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OAA 2010 Award Recipient Biographies

Carla E. Brodley

Carla E. Brodley is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. From 1994 to 2004, she was a member of the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. In 2004, she joined the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. Her research interests include machine learning, knowledge discovery in databases, and computer security.

In addition to an extensive list of achievements related to her research, Professor Brodley has a long-standing and active record of educational excellence. In 1998, she won the Ruth & Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award at Purdue University. She and colleague Roni Khardon are in the middle of a three-year NSF-funded project investigating multi-disciplinary machine learning research and education. She has been active in professional activities in support of graduate education, including garnering NSF funding for the Student Scholarship Program for the International Conference on Machine Learning in 2001, serving as tutorial chair for the Eleventh International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in 2005, and chairing several major conferences. Since 2002, she has served on CRA-W, the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. Since 2008, she has served as the Committee's co-chair.

Shortly after joining the Department of Computer Science at Tufts, she served for a year as Interim Chair, and in Fall 2010, she will start a three-year term as Chair.

She received a B.A. and an M.S. in Math/Computer Science from McGill University in 1985 and 1991, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1994.

Jody J. Daniels

Jody J. Daniels is currently the Director of Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories and a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Prior to her current position at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Daniels was the Director of the Contextual Systems Laboratory where she led a research and development laboratory of 30 people in two technology software areas. She was also a Manager and Engineer in Lockheed Martin's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She is currently serving on DARPA's Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Review Board.

Dr. Daniels has over 26 years of active and reserve military service and is presently serving as a Strategic Planner. She recently completed a successful tenure as Commander of the Theater Support Command, which consisted of 11 military intelligence (MI) battalions. She has served in numerous military leadership positions including command of an MI company in Korea, a basic training battalion, and an MI group. She has done a Civil Affairs deployment to Kosovo and a deployment to Iraq where she served as the Chief of Plans and Integration and then as the Director for Intelligence (J2) for the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC-I).

Dr. Daniels received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1993 and 1997, respectively, and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

Andrew J. Singer

Andrew J. Singer is Chief Scientist of Edison Labs LLC, an independent R&D organization based in Silicon Valley. Previously, he was founder, CEO and CTO of Rapport Incorporated, a company that created integrated circuits and development tools for reconfigurable computing until its acquisition by PWS in 2008.

In former positions, he was the first member of the technical staff at Interval Research, where he was highly influential in shaping a unique research community throughout its nine-year lifespan. Dr. Singer's own research there focused on computer-mediated communication and reconfigurable computing. He was CTO of Radius, introducing the first successful dual-orientation computer display in 1989, and founder and CTO of Think Technologies, creating breakthrough Macintosh integrated development environments (IDEs) and email systems.

Prior to these activities, Dr. Singer was an individual contributor and consultant for 15 years. In 1963, at NYU Medical Center with Dr. Julius Korein, he built the first text database and search engine for medical records.

Dr. Singer received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1975 and 1979, respectively. His doctoral research provided formal methods that were used to define the 7-layer ISO network model and contributed to the establishment of HCI as new domain within Computer Science. In 1982, Dr. Singer was co-author, with Henry Ledgard, of the popular Sherlock Holmes-based programming texts, Elementary Basic and Elementary Pascal. He holds three issued U.S. patents including the "Electronic Tattoo". He is currently on the Board of the Boundary Institute.

Sanjay Tandon

Sanjay Tandon is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Defenses Inc., a privately held company engaged in the development of innovative and strategic IT security solutions that address paramount national and corporate IT security needs.

From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Tandon was Program Manager for Active Directory Security at Microsoft Corporation, working on Microsoft's Windows Server Development team. Active Directory is the foundation of identity and access management at over 85% of organizations worldwide. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Active Directory security including designing Windows and Active Directory security features, authoring functional specifications and official Microsoft whitepapers, presenting at industry conferences, and providing strategic security guidance to Microsoft's customers. In 2005, Mr. Tandon also performed and delivered a risk assessment of Microsoft's global IT infrastructure, resulting in vital improvements to Microsoft's security posture. Mr. Tandon's contributions helped improve the security posture of numerous Fortune 100 and government institutions around the world. For his contributions, he was awarded the "Passion for Customers" award from Microsoft.

In 2006, Mr. Tandon established Paramount Defenses Inc., and led the development of the world's first accurate access assessment solution, the Gold Finger, which enables organizations to precisely determine who has what access to which IT resources. The company was named a finalist for "Most Innovative New Company" at the RSA Conference in 2007, and today is a valued Microsoft partner. Its solutions are deployed at over 700 organizations in over 50 countries worldwide.

Mr. Tandon received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001.

Sidney Topol

Sidney Topol is widely regarded as a telecommunications pioneer and made his mark as an engineer, corporate executive and, most recently, as elder statesman. At Scientific Atlanta, Mr. Topol was instrumental in forging the cable/satellite connection that triggered the growth of cable television in the United States. He also played a key role in the development of international telecommunications trade policies and in the introduction of analog, addressable set-top terminals, leading to the widespread use of digital home terminals today. Mr. Topol began his career with Raytheon Co., where he eventually became general manager of Selenia telecommunications division, a joint venture in Italy. At Raytheon, he was involved in the development of electronic news-gathering equipment, microwave systems, PCM, and satellite earth stations, which allowed live television coverage in the U.S. from overseas. Mr. Topol served as President of Scientific Atlanta from 1971-83, CEO from 1975-87, and Chairman of the Board from 1978-90. During his tenure, the company developed the concept of cable/satellite connection, which established satellite delivered television for the cable industry.

He is the President of The Topol Group, founder of the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council and serves or has served on the boards of Governor Patrick's Readiness Project, Raytheon, APN, the Public Broadcasting Service, WGBH/WGBY, the Boston Latin School, and Clark Atlanta University. He is in the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame. He established The Sid and Libby Topol Scholarship and the Topol Distinguished Lecturer Series at UMass Amherst.

Mr. Topol received a B.S. in Physics in 1947 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, attended the Harvard-MIT Radar School, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from UMass.

Steve Vinter

Steve Vinter is currently Engineering Director at Google, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Vinter started his career as a Software Engineer at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, developing software for the statistical analysis of survey data. After receiving his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, he became a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies. He later held a Lectureship position at Tufts University, was Manager at Siemens-Nixdorf, Director at D&B Software, Vice President of Engineering at Software.com, and Director at Openwave Systems. He has focused on developing products and services for users of mobile and cloud computing used by hundreds of millions of people.

Since joining Google in March, 2007, the office has grown from 50 to over 250 people, with an engineering team working on Book Search, Image Search, Chrome, ChromeOS, YouTube, and networking infrastructure. Dr. Vinter is an Officer and Board member of the Kendall Square Association, is an Executive Committee Member and Talent Sub-Group Co-Chair of the Massachusetts IT Collaborative, is on the Lt. Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and is on the Advisory Council of MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

Dr. Vinter received a B.S. in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Michigan in 1978 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

Alexander L. Wolf

Alexander L. Wolf is a Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He was previously a Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he held the Schelke Chair in the College of Engineering, a Professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Dr. Wolf's research concerns the engineering of large, complex software systems. He has published in the areas of software engineering, distributed systems, and networking. Dr. Wolf is Chair of the Special Interest Group Governing Board of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Chair of the ACM Software Systems Award Committee, and is a member of the ACM Executive Committee, the ACM Council, and the ACM Europe Council. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Communications of the ACM and the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. Dr. Wolf is a Fellow of the ACM, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, holder of a UK Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award, and recipient of an ACM SIGSOFT Research Impact Award.

Dr. Wolf received the B.A. in Geology and Computer Science from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1979 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1982 and 1985, respectively.


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