Meet the Experts
Cross-functional teams with diverse experience across large industry-leading companies, small innovative companies, government agencies, and premier research institutions.
- Industry Executives
- Public Sector Leaders
- Leading Academic Researchers
- National Security Executives
Joseph KopserJoseph Kopser is a technology entrepreneur, thought leader in Smart Cities innovation, and the President of Grayline. Prior to starting Ridescout, a transportation software company, Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. Joseph is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In his free time, he works closely with The Bunker Austin, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In addition, he volunteers as Chairman of NSTXL working to improve U.S. Energy Security policy.
Dr. Dennis O’Neil is a highly effective executive / leader with over 20 years’ experience in corporate, government and academic sectors. He is a trusted strategic advisor who has provided critical analytical guidance to public company Boards, CEO’s and Pentagon Chiefs of Staff. He has deep expertise mobilizing teams and staffs to action, communicating complex messages, and managing large scale operations. Most recently, O’Neil served as the Chief of Staff of Alcoa / Arconic Inc., a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing that delivers value-add products made of titanium, nickel, and aluminum and produces best-in-class bauxite, alumina, and primary aluminum products. The company operates in 30 countries with over 60,000 employees.
Dr. Susan ShaheenDr. Susan Shaheen is an independent contributor with Grayline. Susan’s interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral research on carsharing in the mid-1990s. Her main area of research examines mobility and the sharing economy. She co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and a M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. She has authored 60 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, six book chapters, and co-edited two books. Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards. She was named one of the top 10 academic thought leaders in transportation in May 2016 by the Eno Foundation.
Robert is a 22-year veteran in computer security, known to many in the industry by handle “RSnake”. Robert’s early career was at eBay, where he was responsible for authentication as well as most anti-fraud systems and anti-phishing technologies. His work at eBay was later built into every modern web browser, and is now protecting every Internet user as a result. After eBay, Robert started ha.ckers.org, a web security proving ground that had over twenty thousand hackers and security experts visiting it and attacking it per day. His lab was at one point responsible for developing one third of all the top-ranked web vulnerabilities. Currently, Robert is a floating CISO for multiple companies and sits on advisory boards of multiple technology and security companies, as well as the .trust top level domain. He is a frequent keynote speaker and is on the speaker selection committee for Blackhat and Hack in the Box. He is the Chairman and Founder of OutsideIntel which is focused on corporate discovery and business intelligence. His current passion is for machine learning, building inexpensive big-data solutions and blogging about how to become a completely mobile executive at www.smartphoneexec.com.
Jon SatherJon Sather is a national security expert, and retired officer of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities around the globe. A 25-year veteran of the CIA, Jon has extensive overseas experience leading global teams engaged in complex human and technical intelligence operations. His experience with CIA in confronting global security challenges in environments of high geopolitical and organizational risk, is grounded in the pursuit of strategic advantage. Jon helped lead CIA’s senior leadership training, and has led and presented to private and public sector groups on effective organizational change strategies, and the vital nature of teams working effectively and collaboratively at the very highest levels. He is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in organizational communication.
Dr. Peter StoneDr. Peter Stone is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science, as well as Chair of the Robotics Portfolio Program, at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013 he was awarded the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2014 he was inducted into the UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Teachers, earning him the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Professor Stone’s research interests in Artificial Intelligence include machine learning (especially reinforcement learning), multiagent systems, robotics, and e-commerce. Professor Stone received his Ph.D in Computer Science in 1998 from Carnegie Mellon University. From 1999 to 2002 he was a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Artificial Intelligence Principles Research Department at AT&T Labs – Research. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and 2004 ONR Young Investigator. In 2003, he won an NSF CAREER award for his proposed long term research on learning agents in dynamic, collaborative, and adversarial multiagent environments, in 2007 he received the prestigious IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, given biannually to the top AI researcher under the age of 35, and in 2016 he was awarded the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award.
Alex Larzelere is a technologist, author, and speaker. For over 30 years, he has pursued a diverse career that includes leading large programs that have changed the world of high performance computing and advanced modeling and simulation. He specializes in system of systems designs and the use of modeling and simulation to create scientific insights into complex physical systems, especially energy systems. Alex is a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is currently pursuing his interests in artificial intelligence, computing beyond Moore’s Law, the Internet of Things, distributed energy, and additive manufacturing.
Rob Smithson is a proven, innovative business leader, with extensive experience in building high performance teams, business growth financing, business development, and strategic planning and execution in organizations ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations. He has held positions in the aerospace, robotics, factory automation, transportation, and sustainable energy industries. Rob holds more than 150 U.S. and international patents. He cofounded three startup companies, raising a total of more than $150M in angel, venture, and strategic investor capital. He has advised, evaluated, and coached numerous other early stage companies. His education includes a B.S.E. from Auburn University, M.S.M.E. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a M.S.T.C. from the McCombs School of Business. He was named a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, International in 2009.
Michael Arustamov is an international business executive with over 20 years of experience in global energy and financial markets. He has developed partnerships, led operations, and conducted business in dozens of countries on 6 continents in multiple industries over the course of his career. Michael is an expert in international business issues, political risk, and cross-cultural negotiations, and has dealt extensively with foreign governments and international corporations. Additionally, Michael is focused on emerging technologies for clean renewable energy, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their growing utility in extraction industry and specialized projects. He also is working on a project involving secure communications and corporate network protection. Michael has degrees in petroleum engineering and business & finance and resides with his family in the Houston area.
Mr. Scott F. Belcher serves as President and CEO of SFB Consulting, LLC where he specializes in transportation, transportation technology, the internet of things, smart cities, and the environment. Prior to SFB Consulting, Mr. Belcher served as the CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association for two years and the President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) for seven years. Mr. Belcher has more than 30 years of private and public sector experience in Washington, DC. Mr. Belcher holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, a Masters of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.
Veronica "Ronnye" Stidvent
Veronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent is the President of CEA Consulting, LLC. Most recently, she served as the Chancellor of WGU Texas from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining WGU Texas, Stidvent served in a number of prominent roles in Texas higher education and federal policy. She has served as Head of Education and Training at Dimensional Fund Advisors and as a Lecturer and Program Director at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. In addition, Stidvent was the inaugural Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. In 2003, she served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Policy, where she worked with the President’s senior advisors, Cabinet Secretaries, and agency staff to advance the President’s policy agenda. After unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2004, she served as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she worked on the agency’s regulatory agenda. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Information Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She possesses the rare experience of developing and reviewing federal rulemaking at the agency level, the OMB, and the White House, giving her a valuable perspective that she shares with her clients. Ronnye received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Bret BoydBret Boyd is a strategy and corporate development executive with extensive experience in the defense, energy, technology, and finance sectors. Bret has served in leadership roles at several high-growth companies in the professional services, information services, and technology industries. Prior to entering the private sector, he served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Special Operations Command. During his military service, Bret deployed to combat operations in Iraq four times and to stability operations in other regions. Bret is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he studied international relations and systems engineering.
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