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Ellen Purdy

Director of Initiatives and Analysis, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Mrs. Ellen M. Purdy currently serves as the Director, Initiatives & Analysis in the Office of the Deputy Director for Research & Engineering (DDRE). She is responsible for rapid technology innovation supporting strategic needs in spectrum access, autonomy, communications, sensing, and electronic warfare. She leads the $500M Spectrum Access R&D Program. Purdy assesses resilience of  new capabilities against adaptive adversaries. She fosters collaborative engagement with traditional defense industry, non-traditional commercial sector organizations, and academia to pursue innovative solutions.

Purdy has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, a master's degree in engineering management, and was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellow. She has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; an elected member of the Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); the Board of Advisors, Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University; and elected member of the City of Manassas School Board. Her awards include The Under Secretary of Defense Superior Accomplishment Award, two Superior Civilian Service Award medals, two Commander’s Award for Civilian Service medals, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. She has authored over 20 published technical and journal reports, and periodical articles.

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Nada Golmie 

Chief of the Wireless Networks Division in the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST 

Nada Golmie received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Since 1993, she has been a research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She is currently the chief of the wireless networks division in the Communications Technology Laboratory. Her research in media access control and protocols for wireless networks led to over 100 technical papers presented at professional conferences, journals, and contributed to international standard organizations and industry led consortia. She is the author of "Coexistence in Wireless Networks: Challenges and System-level Solutions in the Unlicensed Bands," published by Cambridge University Press (2006).

She is a member of the NIST Public Safety Communication Research program and leading the efforts on the simulation modeling and evaluation of LTE in support of public safety communications.

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Steve LeFrancois 
Chief Technology Officer for Verizon's Public Sector Division 
As the Chief Technology Officer for Verizon’s Public Sector Division, Steve LeFrancois is responsible for all Enterprise service solutions architectures that support government.

LeFrancois joined the Verizon Enterprise Solutions systems engineering team in February 1992 and has been actively involved in global, large-scale program management, systems integration and Enterprise IT practice areas along with the evolution of the international and managed services solutions within the Intelligence Community and federal government business sector. In his current role as CTO, LeFrancois is responsible for leading a team that supports Public Sector product direction, IT and security services enablement, and custom enterprise solutions development for Verizon's government customers. He brings over 30 years of industry experience in support of IT and network solutions.

Prior to joining Verizon, LeFrancois held engineering positions at AT&T and Teledyne Brown Engineering where he developed a diverse background in mission platforms, Systems Analysis, and Back-Office System development.

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Chris Smith 
Vice President of Shared Services at AT&T Business
Chris Smith brings 20 plus years of government and technical experience and a strong background in cloud, mobility, and security to Business Solutions - Public Sector where he leads a growing team of 600 plus technologists and business developers charged with developing AT&T products and services to meet the unique needs of the federal marketplace.

Prior to his current leadership role at AT&T, Smith was the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer with Accenture Federal Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing the technology agenda for Accenture’s federal business portfolio and overseeing the services provided by Accenture to federal clients in strategic areas such as secure cloud computing, big data, logistics and supply chain and cost reduction. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he led one of the largest federal government transitions to cloud computing. His federal government experience also includes senior positions with the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

During his military service, Smith led multiple missions around the globe as a Joint Tactical Communications Officer in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Army National Guard. Now retired, he also served as a communications officer in the Reserve Air Force. Smith has also served as a co-chair of the Best Practices Committee for the Federal CIO Council and government chair of the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council’s Executive Leadership Conference. In 2011, Smith was named Federal CIO of the Year by Government Executive magazine. Federal Computer Week magazine selected him as a Federal 100 honoree in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2012, he was named a premier 100 honoree by Computer World magazine.

Smith received his B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of South Florida and also holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University. Chris currently serves on TechAmerica’s Public Sector Board of Directors.
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Tom Bradicich 

Vice President and Hewlett Packard Fellow at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr. Tom Bradicich is VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT CoE and Labs. He and his team develop and commercialize advanced connectivity, compute, and controls software and solutions technologies and lead company-wide strategies, venture and M&A business and technical assessments, in the areas of IoT and Intelligent Edge.

Prior, Bradicich was VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Converged Servers, Edge & IoT Systems, with P&L, worldwide sales, product development, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, his business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the global HPE Discovery Labs and IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first IoT strategy. His teams are noted for exceeding sales quotas and developing first-of-a-kind products and solutions that greatly enhance customer business outcomes.

Throughout his career, Bradicich has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of hardware and software products, including the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), enterprise Blade Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems (HPE Edgeline™), and HPE OTLink. Tom’s teams pioneered the first Intel Xeon™ server with on-chip graphics, and first 64 bit enterprise ARM server.

Prior to joining HP, Bradicich worked for National Instruments (NI) as an R&D Fellow and officer, where he conceived and led NI’s big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, comprising embedded data analysis and IT infrastructures. He conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for NI’s test and embedded control and data acquisition products.

Bradicich also founded the charities Soc ( and the SIVA Awards (, helping the homeless and children in need. He is the Executive Sponsor for HPE’s Salvation Army charitable partnership, and is currently writing a book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadershp, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation.
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Theodore Rappaport 

Founding Director, NYU WIRELESS

Theodore (Ted) Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor at New York University (NYU) and holds faculty appointments in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the Courant Computer Science department, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine. He is the founder and director of NYU WIRELESS, a multidisciplinary research center focused on the future of wireless communications and applications.

His research has led the way for modern wireless communication systems. In 1987, his Ph.D. at Purdue University provided fundamental knowledge of indoor wireless channels used to create the first Wi-Fi standard (IEEE 802.11), and he conducted fundamental work that led to the first US Digital cellphone standards, TDMA IS-54/IS-136 and CDMA IS-95. He and his students engineered the world’s first public wi-fi hotspots, and more recently, his work proved the viability of millimeter waves for mobile communications. The global wireless industry adopted his vision for 5th generation (5G) cellphone networks.

He founded three academic wireless research centers at Virginia Tech, University of Texas, and NYU that have produced thousands of engineers and educators since 1990, and has co-authored over 300 papers and twenty books, including the most cited books on wireless communications, adaptive antennas, wireless simulation, and millimeter-wave communications. He co-founded two wireless companies, TSR Technologies and Wireless Valley Communication, which were sold to publicly traded companies, and has advised many others. He co-founded the Virginia Tech Summer School and Wireless Symposium in 1991, the Texas Wireless Summit in 2003, and the Brooklyn 5G Summit (B5GS) in 2014. He has more than 100 patents, has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Radio Club of America, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a life member of the American Radio Relay League, a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Virginia, and an amateur radio operator (N9NB). He has received ASEE’s Terman award, the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s James R. Evans Avant Garde and Stu Meyer awards, the IEEE Education Society William E. Sayle award for achievement in education, the IEEE Communications Society Armstrong award, the Sir Monty Finniston Medal from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Armstrong medal from the Radio Club of America.

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Thyagarajan Nandagopal
Deputy Division Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal serves in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation. He is the Deputy Division Director (DDD) for the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). Prior to his DDD position he managed wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF. He has been with the Foundation since February 2012.

He has managed networking and mobile computing research within the NeTS program, and contributed to several other crosscutting programs, including Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES) and Industry/University Collaborative Research Centers (IUCRC). He has built coalitions in support of new research directions, including leading the establishment of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, which has garnered $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions from an industry consortium of about 30 wireless networking companies and technology associations. He serves as co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group.

Before joining NSF, Dr. Nandagopal spent 10 years as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. His research interests dealt with networking in the cloud, green networking, and software-defined networks. In this role, he helped pioneer the development of the first commercial carrier-grade software-defined network platform (ALU 9980 AINP) between 2006 and 2008, with industry-leading features such as service-chaining and network function virtualization. He also worked extensively on wireless ad hoc/mesh networks and sensors/RFID systems, with specific focus on algorithms for enabling efficient operations of these systems.

Dr. Nandagopal holds 38 US patents awarded and several patents pending, and has published numerous papers in highly regarded conferences and journals in the field. He has also served as program chair or co-chair for many technical program committees, and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Dr. Nandagopal is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); M.S. degrees in applied mathematics and computer engineering from UIUC; and a B.Eng. in electronics and communication engineering from Anna University (Chennai, India).

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Carl Kutsche

Chief Technologist, Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. Carl Kutsche, Chief Technologist for the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), organizes capabilities solving communications, cyber security, energy grid, and critical infrastructure challenges across the nation. He is also the technical lead for INL’s National and Homeland Security Research and Development Program.

Prior to joining INL, Dr. Kutsche served 25 years active duty with the US Air Force leading communications, intelligence, and counter-terrorism programs. Dr. Kutsche received his Doctorate in Electrical and Optical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, focusing on High Speed Communications and Electro-Optic Systems.
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Carolyn Bartholomew
Chair of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission

Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew was reappointed to the Commission by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a two-year term expiring on December 31, 2019. She previously served as the Commission’s chairman for the 2007, 2009, and 2017 Report cycles and served as vice chairman for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2018 report cycles.

Chairman Bartholomew has worked at senior levels in the U.S. Congress, serving as counsel, legislative director, and chief of staff to now House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She was a professional staff member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also served as a legislative assistant to then U.S. Representative Bill Richardson.

In these positions, Chairman Bartholomew was integrally involved in developing U.S. policies on international affairs and security matters. She has particular expertise in U.S.-China relations, including issues related to trade, human rights, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Chairman Bartholomew led efforts in the establishment and funding of global AIDS programs and the promotion of human rights and democratization in countries around the world. She was a member of the first Presidential Delegation to Africa to Investigate the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Children and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Congressional Staff Roundtable on Asian Political and Security Issues.

In addition to U.S.-China relations, her areas of expertise include terrorism, trade, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights, U.S. foreign assistance programs, and international environmental issues. She is a consultant to non-profit organizations and also serves on the board of directors of the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation.

Chairman Bartholomew received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Duke University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

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John Smee
Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning.  

Smee was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program, and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

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Kelsey Guyselman

Senior Policy Council, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kelsey Guyselman is a Senior Policy Counsel in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, responsible for advancing the President’s technology and innovation priorities. Her portfolio includes broadband, spectrum, and other telecommunications issues. Previously, Guyselman was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she advised Chairman Fred Upton and Greg Walden on communications and technology matters. 

Guyselman graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, and has her JD from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she also received a Certification in Communications Law Studies.