Walker Royce is the chief software economist in the IBM Software Group. He is a principal consultant and practice leader specializing in measured improvement of systems and software development capability.
He is the author of three books: Eureka! Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language (Morgan James, 2011), The Economics of Software Development (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and Software Project Management, A Unified Framework (Addison-Wesley, 1998).
From 1994 through 2009, Walker was vice president and general manager of IBM's Rational Services organization and built a worldwide team of 500 technical specialists in software delivery best practices.
Prior to joining Rational/IBM, Walker spent 16 years in software project development, software technology development, and software management roles at TRW Electronics & Defense. He was a recipient of TRW's Chairman's Award for Innovation for his contributions in distributed architecture middleware and iterative software processes in 1990 and was a TRW Technical Fellow.
Royce received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Paul Mesterhazy is currently the acting deputy director of the National Cyber Security Division. Previously, he was the chief of staff for the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications. Prior to these positions, Mesterhazy supported the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Information Officer under the former Office of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection and Preparedness Directorates.
Throughout his tenure in the federal government, Mesterhazy has been involved in many aspects of federal programs, providing support in areas of legal, acquisition, procurement, capital planning, budget, accessibility, governance and compliance, strategic planning, project management, information technology, enterprise and service-oriented architecture, privacy, human capital, and security.
Previously, Mesterhazy practiced law at a Washington, D.C. telecommunications law firm. Mesterhazy graduated from the University of Virginia, the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., and attended George Washington Law School’s masters of law program for public contracting. Prior to attending law school, Mesterhazy served in the United States Navy as a supply officer. Mesterhazy is certified as a PMI Project Management Professional.
Carl Wyrwa is an independent consultant and former director of quality, with a focus on software, at Beckman Coulter, Inc. located in Brea, California. He has been involved in the development of software-controlled medical devices for more than 36 years. His responsibilities have included medical device software management and development, medical device software quality assurance, software standardization, 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, and the management of worldwide information systems and services.
Wyrwa is a member of the advisory committee and instructor for the medical product development certificate program offered through the University of California, Irvine extension program.
Dr. Khaled El Emam is a senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and heads the Electronic Health Information Laboratory. El Emam also holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, where he is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
His main area of research is privacy of personal health information, which includes developing techniques for secure anonymization of health information and assessing re-identification risk of health datasets.
El Emam is a member of the CHEO Research Ethics Board, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario (ORANO), and the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc.
Prior to his work at the Electronic Health Information Laboratory, El Emam was a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
He has co-founded two companies to commercialize the results of his research work. In 2003 and 2004, El Emam was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement, and ranked second in 2002 and 2005.
He holds a B.Eng. (Honors) in Computer Systems and Electronics, and a PhD from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, King's College, at the University of London (UK).
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