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 Keynote Speakers 

Opening Keynote Speaker

Judith F. “Judy” Marks
CEO, Siemens USA
CEO, Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

Judith F. “Judy” Marks is the CEO of Siemens USA, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization with 50,000 U.S. employees and approximately 60 manufacturing sites. On May 26, 2017, Judy was also appointed CEO of Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business.

Marks joined Siemens in 2011, serving for over four years as the President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc.

In 2015, she took over the leadership of the Siemens Dresser-Rand integration as a result of the Siemens acquisition of the Houston-based company. She was simultaneously appointed as Executive Vice President, Global Solutions, at Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division. In that role, Marks oversaw the development and deployment of comprehensive global projects and programs to meet client needs and drive growth in the oil & gas industry. She then served as Executive Vice President of New Equipment Solutions at Dresser-Rand.

From 2011 through 2015, Marks led SGT, based in Washington, DC. In that role, she worked with all Siemens divisions delivering Siemens products, services, technologies and solutions to all branches of the US government.

Marks came to Siemens from Lockheed Martin, where she served as President of two operating entities for more than eight years in Transportation and Security Solutions and Distribution Technologies focused on developing, integrating and delivering advanced solutions and services to federal customers worldwide. She also served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the company's Electronic Systems Business Area.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Marks spent the first 10 years of her career at IBM Federal Systems Company, which was then acquired by the Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin. In total, she served 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including positions in systems engineering, engineering management, business development, capture management, subcontract management, program management and executive management.

She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Siemens Foundation, which provides grants and other financial support towards technology education and workforce initiatives in the U.S. Additionally, she is a Director of Hubbell Incorporated, an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products.

Marks earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

Tuesday Plenary Speakers

Victor R. McCrary is 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 serves on numerous committees including the subcommittee for the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT); 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; 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 most recently was appointed to the advisory board of the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State.

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 received his B.A. in Chemistry from The Catholic University of America; his M.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Howard University.

McCrary was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, in October 2016

Nicole Smith is a Research Professor and Chief Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center’s econometric and methodological work. Smith has developed a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. This framework forms the underlying methodology for Help Wanted, a report that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy through 2020. She is part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways.

Smith was born in Trinidad and Tobago and graduated with honors in Economics and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.). She was the recipient of the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Prize for outstanding research at the Master’s level at the U.W.I. and is co-recipient of the 2007 Arrow Prize for Junior Economists for educational mobility research. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the Center, Smith was a faculty member in Economics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and the University of the West Indies. Her current research investigates the role of education and socioeconomic factors in intergenerational mobility.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering Prof. Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering with appointments in Biochemistry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Chemistry at NYU and Biomaterials at NYU College of Dentistry. She is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She exploits nature’s biosynthetic machinery and evolutionary mechanisms to design new artificial proteins. Her lab focuses on two research areas: (1) developing protein biomaterials capable of self-assembling into supramolecular structures and (2) engineering functional proteins/enzymes for particular substrates with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration.  

Prior to joining NYU, Montclare was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University in 1997, a Master of Science and a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry from Yale University in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

A native of the Bronx, she has been grateful to all of her mentors and teachers who have supported her in her pursuit of STEM. She now gives back through outreach, working with local high schools and creating educational apps to make chemistry engaging. Her outreach efforts has led to the founding of InSchoolApps. She also leads the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NYU Tandon School of Engineering integrating entrepreneurship within the engineering curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students.

Among her many honors and awards are the ACS WCC Rising Star Award, Agnes Faye Morgan Research Award from Iota Sigma Pi, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Fellowship, American Chemical Society PROGRESS /Dreyfus Lectureship, the Dreyfus Special Grants Program Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Wechsler Award for Excellence, the Othmer Junior Fellow Award, the National Institute’s of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

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