Keynote Speaker

Kirk Borne

Dr. Kirk Borne is an Executive Advisor and the Principal Data Scientist in the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton since 2015.
He is an active contributor on social media, where he has consistently been ranked amongst the top worldwide influencers in Big Data and Data Science. He was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University (GMU) for 12 years. He served as undergraduate advisor for the GMU data science program and graduate advisor in the computational science and informatics Ph.D. program. Before that, he worked 18 years on NASA projects, developing and managing large data systems for space science research. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech.




Mischel Kwon

Mischel Kwon is the founder and CEO of MKACyber, a rapidly expanding security company with elite SOC expertise. Mischel has more than 35 years of broad IT and security experience, including serving as VP of Public Sector Security for RSA Security, the Director for the US-CERT and as the Deputy Director for IT Security Staff at the United States Department of Justice where she built the first Justice Security Operations Center. In addition to leading MKACyber, Mischel also started the Cybersecurity Diversity Foundation to promote diversity in the field of cybersecurity. Mischel holds a Master of Science, Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance.




Brett Berlin

In his current faculty appointment within the George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering, Professor Berlin teaches, directs the joint capstone program, and helps develop curriculum for the multi-disciplinary Data Analytics Engineering M.S. program. Previously, Mr. Berlin has served as: President/Founder, Berlin Consulting Associates; Chief Scientist, WareOnEarth Communications; Vice Chairman & Founder, Institute for Clinical Information; Vice President, Kendall Square Research; Vice President, Cray Research, Inc. and other executive positions. His Air Force military service spanned 22 years as an active, then reserve officer and computer scientist.