Ms. Magdalena Navarro currently serves as Senior International Program Manager in the International and Academic Office (IAAO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In that role, she is responsible for managing the International portfolios at NIST, including developing and implementing NIST international S&T policies, providing liaison with foreign and U.S. government representatives, government institutions and universities.
In 2012, Ms. Navarro served as Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) of the White House developing International S&T Policy.
She joined NIST in 1990 as a biologist to conduct experimental studies of toxic potency in combustion products to further develop the N-Gas model, an approach for predicting the toxicity of complex combustion mixtures.
From 1992 to 1999, she served as physical scientist in the Optical Technology Division of the NIST Physical Laboratory (formerly Physics Laboratory) conducting research in Photometry and Radiometry.
In 2018, Ms Navarro received NIST MML Accolades Award, and in 2011 received the NIST Bronze Medal and was inducted as a Distinguished Scientist to the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. She currently serves in the Selection Committees of the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors and National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum.
Dean R. Collins
DEAN R. COLLINS is a Managing Member of DRC Consulting LLC, providing scientific and engineering consulting services to government, public and private entities. Representative disciplines include: electronics, semiconductors, photonics, MEMS, visible and IR sensors, energy sources, manufacturing technology, supply chain management, computer systems, quantum computing, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and cybersecurity.
He previously was a chief scientist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served as Deputy Director of the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). In this role, he was responsible for the monitoring, analysis, and evaluation of over 100 research projects directed by the MTO Program Managers. He also initiated and managed a unique major new office thrust in Supply Chain Cybersecurity, “TRUST in Integrated Circuits”, which was focused on evaluating potential threats from integrated circuits designed or fabricated offshore.
From 2000 to 2005 he was Director of the Advanced Research and Development Activity in Information Technology (ARDA) , a precursor to the present IARPA , supporting the entire US intelligence community.
From 1996-2000 he worked as Chief of the High Performance Systems and Services Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). One of the highlights of the Division’s achievements was the development of an international standard for data exchange for electronic books.
This standard allowed a common framework for both publishers and electronic book manufactures to use and enabled the present surge in the commercial sales of electronic books. From 1995 to 1996 he worked as the Director of the Electronics and Photonics Technology Office at NIST, where he was responsible for program direction in broad areas of electronic and optics technology. Duties included evaluation of high-risk technical proposals with high commercial economic benefits.
From 1966-1994 he worked as Director of the Systems Components Laboratory, Director of the Interface Technology Laboratory, and Director of the Charge Coupled Device Laboratory at Texas instruments. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Physical Society. Dr. Collins has an S.B. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, where he held a Westinghouse Fellowship, all degrees are in electrical engineering.
Dr. Thomas Rush
Dr. Tom Rush is the Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at PASCO. Before joining PASCO, Tom started his career as a research scientist with AT&T Bell Laboratories in NJ, He was charged in 1993 with opening the AT&T Government Communications office in South Africa. As the managing director for AT&T in South Africa, he was successful in selling AT&T’s products and services into the African government market. When AT&T formed Lucent Technologies in 2007, Tom’s responsibility
included selling Lucent Technologies products in Africa as well as in
the Middle East.
Dr. Rush holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ, a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park Md and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington DC.
Darryl W. Lunon II
Darryl W. Lunon, II is an accomplished civil engineer, attorney, and commissioned military officer with transactional and litigation experience. He currently works at The Pennsylvania State University as Associate General Counsel and Director of Compliance. Prior to joining Penn State’s Office of General Counsel, he was Assistant Counsel for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. While at NAVFAC, Darryl’s practice included procurement, federal real estate, fiscal law, and ethics. Before joining NAVFAC, Darryl was Associate District Counsel for The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Louisville, KY. While at USACE, his practice included procurement and federal real estate, as well as protecting the Government’s interests in litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Government Accountability Office. Darryl is also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve’s Judge Advocate Corps, and was mobilized to Fort Bragg as a member of the XVIII Airborne Corp’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently, he serves as the International Law Officer for the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).
Prior to becoming an attorney, Darryl practiced as a civil engineer/construction manager for multi-billion dollar airport capital improvement projects both at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science from Morehouse College. Darryl earned his Juris Doctorate and Certificate of Legal Writing from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Darryl’s education and career have given him significant experience negotiating, structuring, reviewing, and litigating complex contracts for the DOD and private clients. His experience also enables him to both develop effective organization-wide policies, as well as provide legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of issues.
Joanne C. Murphy
Joanne C. Murphy’s unique combination of business, technical and leadership acumen, combined with a 20+ year proven track record and entrepreneurial passion, enables her to craft, share and execute on the vision of what’s possible to create new business models and revenue streams.
She has held positions in AT&T Labs Research and Development, Engineering, Sales and Marketing. Joanne has expertise translating business strategy into technology enablers, identifying and exploiting value and consumption chain subcomponents for emerging technologies, business opportunities availed by technology, Mobility, Security, Public Speaking, Business Analysis, Strategy and Business Continuity.
Joanne holds a Master of Science in Technology Management, cosponsored from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as well as CISSP, CCNA and an abundant number of Bellcore Certifications.
Joanne’s current role as AT&T Director of Strategy and Innovation, responsible for $1 Billion revenue stream, enables her to act as a trusted advisor to both business and technology Fortune 50 executive teams to translate and align corporate business strategic direction into technology accelerators. These technology enablers are used as a catalyst for strategic advantage to exceed global business goals and spearhead corporate global growth.
Joanne is the lead and charter member of two AT&T advisory councils; AT&T Outsourcing and Network Integration, and Mobility. Each council was established solely to accelerate and increase their respective managed services and mobility mulitbillion dollar ($xB) revenue streams and provide additional value to AT&T’s client base. She leads council initiatives to analyze both internal and external factors across the managed services and mobility continuum to address solution, process, technology evolution, and competitive forces and provide recommendations to address and capitalize on the aforementioned. Joanne develops strategy, strategy execution, sales team up skilling and leadership to enhance the relevance and value of AT&T. Tasked to transform revenue base and sales team behaviors while increasing and expanding revenue streams. She influences AT&T solution portfolio’s through integration of disparate product portfolios citing technology evolution and adoption, global economics, client trends and uncertainties. Interwork with AT&T Research and Development, Product and Offer and Innovation Centers to provide best in class solutions.
Joanne, an avid cyclist, participates in community activities such as the MS NJ City to Shore two day 180 mile bikeathon to aid those living with MS today and fund MS research activities, holds non-profit board positions with the Family and Community Services of Somerset County to assist those with mental health needs, and both Morgan State University and University of the District of Columbia’s External Research and Advisory Panels geared toward increasing the development of additional STEM and minority professionals.
Anthony V. Junior, Ph.D., MBA, PMP
Dr. Junior is President of Strategic Consulting Network, Inc., a business management consulting firm that provides services to small and medium-sized businesses in the areas of strategy, contracting, and proposal/business development. He is a DoD certified acquisition professional (Contracting Officer and Program Manager), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and executive coach. Dr. Junior currently serves on the advisory board for Howard University’s School of Business, Executive Education Program and has served on the Board of Trustees for Martin University, Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Junior is an adjunct instructor for Howard University’s Executive Education program, teaching business strategy and leadership development. He also instructs PMP exam prep courses for various organizations and has served as an external reviewer for research and education programs with the National Science Foundation and the Nuclear Regulatory
Previously, Dr. Junior was the Director of the Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program Office ($45M annual budget) and the program manager for STEM education and outreach ($85M annual budget). Additionally, Dr. Junior was Deputy Director, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Small Business Office ($500M annual budget). He was the
Deputy Director for the Systems Engineering Division and Director of Computer Security at the ONR. Dr. Junior earned his Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a B.S. in Business Administration. Executive and leadership development courses/programs include: Harvard University Law School – Contract Law; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business – Business Strategy; Howard University’s School of Business – Executive Coaching Program’ Hampton University – Executive Leadership Development Program; Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute – Seminar for Executives on Legislative Operations; and the African American Board Leadership Institute’s – Foundations of Corporate Governance program.
William A. Lester, Jr. PhD
With more than 55 years of experience, William A. Lester, Jr. PhD, has held positions in government, industry, and academia. He began his career with the National Bureau of Standards as Physical Chemist from 1961 to 1964. From 1964 to 1968 he held multiple
posts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, first as a Postdoctoral Associate, 1964 to 1965, followed by Assistant Director, Theoretical Chemistry Institute, 1965 to 1968 and Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, 1966 to 1968.
Between 1968 and 1978, Dr. Lester was with the IBM Corporation, initially as a Staff Member, San Jose Research Laboratory, subsequently as a member of the Technical Planning staff at the T. J. Watson Research Center, followed by appointment as Manager at the San Jose Laboratory.
From 1978 to 1981, Dr. Lester held the positions concurrently of Director, National Resource for Computation in Chemistry, and Associate Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,.
In 1981, Dr. Lester was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1991 to 1995, he also served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley. For 1995-1996, he served the National Science Foundation as Senior Fellow for Science and Engineering and Assistant to the Director for Human Resource Development.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Lester has received recognition and a number of awards. These include the Percy L. Julian Award in 1979 from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). the Alumni Award in Science in 1983 from the Catholic University of America, the Outstanding Teacher Award from NOBCChE in 1986, and the Outstanding Service Award from the National Science Foundation in 1996.
He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the California Academy of Sciences. In 2006, he became a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and a Fellow of the African Science Institute.
In 2018, Dr. Lester was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the International Association of Top Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019.
Dr. Ramesh Kolluru
Dr. Ramesh Kolluru is the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In this role, he establishes the strategic vision and plans, as well as leads initiatives that drive the transition of UL to a toptier research university through research, scholarship, innovation, and economic development activities of its students, staff, and faculty. His efforts are focused on expanding UL’s regional, national,
and global impact through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, embodied in its motto of being commitment to “Research for a Reason.”
He provides leadership to the university’s offices and functions related to research and sponsored programs, research integrity, innovation management,
entrepreneurship, and economic development. Additionally, he oversees operations of the University Research Park, as well as various research centers and institutes at UL Lafayette. Under his leadership, the University continues to expand its research portfolio, growing its reported annual R&D expenditures
from $62M in 2013 to over $100M in 2017. He has served as member of the team to help recruit several IT and biotech companies, helping create more than 2000 knowledge-economy jobs in the region. He is a tenured Professor in the School of Computing and Informatics. He is a recognized researcher in the field of computing and data science, with a distinguished record of applying research to solve societal challenges in the areas of health care, homeland security, cybersecurity, and emergency management, public-private partnerships, and big data analytics, among others. During his career as researcher, he founded and led three premier applied research centers – the Center for Business and Information Technologies with its focus on healthcare innovation; the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute with its focus on public-private partnerships; and the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, the nation’s only National Science Foundation “big data” center of excellence. Through his research, he has generated more than $75 million in external funds from various federal and state agencies and the private sector, supporting the educational and scholarly pursuits of over 190 students.
He has been appointed by FEMA Administrator to the FEMA National Advisory Council to serve a threeyear term from 2018 through 2021. In addition, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed him as a Commissioner of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, chairing two of its 8 committees. He also serves as the Chair of Technology and Innovation Committee of the Louisiana Supply Chain and Transportation Council, established by the State Legislature in 2016. He has been nominated to the American Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to the Executive Committee of its national Council for Research (COR). Lafayette Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux appointed Dr. Kolluru as a Trustee of the 5-member Lafayette Public Innovation Alliance. He represents the University as counselor of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, trustee of the Southern Universities Research Alliance, and member of the Louisiana RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the executive committees and boards of OneAcadiana, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Opportunity Machine, and as Chair of the United Way of Acadiana Education Committee.
Born and raised in India, Dr. Kolluru has lived in Lafayette for over 25 years. Recipient of the Governor’s Technology Leader of the Year award in 2008.
Dr. Deepak Varshneya
Dr. Varshneya received both his Ph. D. and M.S. in Physics from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He is an accomplished and results oriented visionary scientist with demonstrated track record in innovating, developing, managing and manufacturing advanced systems using cutting edge technologies. Dr. Varshneya has over 38 years of technical experience that covers a wide spectrum of technologies, products and electro-optical systems combined with experiences in
leadership, management and profit and loss. After retiring from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he founded XeroWind, LLC, a small business, focused at developing challenging technologies for the Department of Defense (DOD). While serving at DARPA for 8 years, he was accountable for managing a total budget of approximately $200 million in the execution of high-risk high pay-off programs. He has proven track record in the investigation of complex problems with innovative solutions, preparing and presenting briefs with strategic execution plans to top leadership in the Government. He is a visionary leader with the ability to lead change, identify and capitalize on strengths of individuals in the management of multiple teams of scientist, engineers and professors in the execution and transition of advanced technologies. He is talented in negotiating and executing
multi-million-dollar programs of major importance and high security classification. Dr. Varshneya has demonstrated his skills by bringing many novel products to markets; some of which are currently deployed by the DOD around the world. He has advised commercial industry in launching new products, analysis of market caps, defining competitive edge, market demands with cost bogies to first enter market. His core technical competencies include: Multi-disciplinary & unconventional domain knowledge in Optical Sensors, Free Space and Fiber Optical Communications, Signal processing, Imaging, Spectroscopy, Fibers, Lasers, Detectors, Cameras, GPS, High Strength Materials with Systems Analysis, System Design to cost, environment qualification, field testing. Dr. Varshneya is a recipient of over 22 US Patents with Gold awards in the development and delivery of UK Ministry of Defense Live Maneuver Training Range, Silver and Bronze awards for the development of Fiber Optic Flight Controls. He has been an invited speaker at the SPIE, GOMAC, MSS and ITS and has published 6 papers in professional journals and presented over numerous papers in conferences.
Thomas M. Gallas, CPA, LEED AP BD+C
Mr. Gallas is the Chief Executive Officer of a talented and awardwinning urban planning and design firm. Under his leadership, Torti Gallas + Partners has gained international recognition as a firm dedicated to advancing the principles of the New Urbanism, Sustainability and Smart Growth to meet the challenges of our time. Torti Gallas has been a leader in designing residential, mixeduse, and transit-oriented communities throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Gallas and his firm’s focus on the “Architecture of Real Estate” has provided an important catalyst for transformation in numerous cities and suburbs around the world. His financial and management background provides him with a deeply rooted appreciation and understanding of the
complex decisions in realizing successful community transformations. This experience includes extensive design work in resilient coastal communities and flood prone regions throughout the country. The firm’s experience with resilient design came into focus in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and continued with the design of housing and amenities at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. These projects are representative of their “Spectrum” approach to neighborhood placemaking. Combining award-winning creativity with over 65 years of experience creating successful placemaking destinations, Torti Gallas + Partners has unparalleled capabilities in the design and development of retail and mixed-use environments. Mr. Gallas contributes a broad spectrum of design, financial and management skills to assist private and public clients, and their stakeholders, in creating valued places to live, work, shop and play. His management expertise enhances his ability to coordinate the efforts of a broad cross-section of participants encompassing residents and community representatives, developers, planners, architects, engineers, financial, social and other expert consultants brought together to ensure successful implementation of the firm’s visionary plans.
Mr. Gallas is recognized as a national leader in the design and revitalization of communities throughout the United States. As testament to his leadership and expertise, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Gallas to the National Capital Planning Commission in 2016. He is serving a six-year term as the Presidential appointee representing the State of Maryland. Mr. Gallas also serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Victor McCrary, PhD
Victor R. McCrary is the Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of the District of Columbia. Prior to this position, he was Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and before that the first Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University,
Baltimore, MD. He is a change agent and serial innovator responsible for developing a comprehensive research strategy, fostering cross-disciplinary research, expanding research programs via engagement with federal and state agencies ($32M in FY16), increasing the University’s intellectual property portfolio, and
positioning Morgan State as Maryland’s Public, Urban Research University. Previously, he was the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where he directed investments totaling over $60M for basic and applied research projects targeted for national security and space applications. In 2005, Dr. McCrary was selected to the rank of Principal Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is a former national president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.
McCrary has serves on numerous committees including; the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; the advisory board for electrical and computer engineering at The Citadel, and the advisory board of the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. He served on the subcommittee for the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) the board of the Maryland Innovation Initiative of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO); and the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health.
He has authored or co-authored over 60 technical papers and co-edited two books in his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is blessed to have received a number of honors and awards during his career including: Most Promising Black Engineer in 1990; co-recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal in 2000; the 2002 NOBCChE Percy Julian Award; in 2005, he was featured in Science Spectrum Magazine as one of the Top 50 Minorities in Science, and elected to the 2007 DVD Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was honored as Scientist of the Year by the Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award-STEM Conference. In 2015 he received the Alumni Award for Research Excellence from The Catholic University of America, and Distinguished Alumni Award by Howard University in 2017.
McCrary was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Science Board, which oversees the
National Science Foundation, in October 2016