Plenary and Keynote Speakers

JOANN BROWNING, Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering

Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair, Dean of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering.  Ph.D. Purdue University.  P.E. Kansas & Texas. Dr. Browning was named Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering in August 2014.  Previously she was a faculty member at the University of Kansas for 16 years, and served 2 years as Associate Dean of Administration.  While at KU, Dr. Browning twice was awarded the Miller Award for Distinguished Professional Service (2004 and 2011) and was the 2012 recipient of the Henry E. Gould Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education.  In 2015 she was named a Purdue Distinguished Woman Scholar.  In 2016 INSIGHT into Diversity magazine presented her with an Inspiring Women in STEM award.  She received the San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership Award in 2018. Dr. Browning has been active in the engineering community, as President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  She has served on the Board of Directors of ACI and on the ACI 318 Building Code Committee. Her own research interests include structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering materials, reinforced concrete design and analysis, and engineering education. She received the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2008 and was named an ACI Fellow in 2009.  Browning is a Professional Engineer in the states of Kansas and Texas.

JOAQUIN CASTRO (D-San Antonio), Texas District 20 Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives

Serving his fourth term, Rep. Castro sits on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees and is Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Rep. Castro is also Chair of the Texas Democratic Caucus, and founded the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, the U.S.- Japan Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN. Before Congress, Rep. Castro graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and served five terms in the Texas Legislature. Rep. Castro is active on several boards, including the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) Taskforce on Education. Rep. Castro also hosts the Diplomatic Cable, a foreign policy podcast available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

GUY WALSH, Executive Director, National Security Collaboration Center

Brigadier General (Retired) Guy Walsh serves as the Executive Director of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In his role as NSCC Executive Director, he leads a consortium of diverse government, industry and academic partners working together on collaborative solutions to the nation's most difficult issues of national security and global defense. Formerly Walsh served as Technical Advisor to the Executive Director and Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), Fort Meade, MD. General Walsh founded and managed the USCYBERCOM National Guard and Reserve Forces Directorate and was a founding member of the commands Capabilities Development Group. He worked with the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), military service components and the National Guard Bureau in the development of strategy and policy for Reserve Component support to U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to joining USCYBERCOM, Walsh served a distinguished career of 31 years of military service as a command pilot, commanding at the Squadron, Group, and Wing level. General Walsh graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Southern California. He is a Command pilot having accumulated 4300 flight hours and 100 combat missions including 79 A-10C Close Air Support missions supporting U.S. and NATO ground forces in Afghanistan while serving as the first Commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009-2010.

JONATHON E. MONKEN, Senior Director – Electricity Infrastructure Policy in the Law Compliance and External Relations division of PJM Interconnection

Prior to becoming IEMA director, Mr. Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Mr. Monken also possesses a distinguished military career having served as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Major Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat. He is currently serving in the Army Reserves supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Monken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Monken also served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency from February of 2011 to January of 2015 where he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 225+ employees and a budget of more than $425 million. In this capacity, he served as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. At IEMA, Mr. Monken directed the response and recovery effort to a wide variety of disasters including flooding, blizzards and tornadoes. In this capacity, Mr. Monken develops policy with PJM states, members and federal partners to build enterprise-level resilience in the areas of physical and cyber security, risk management, operations and planning. Mr. Monken served as vice president, U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council. In this role he worked with government and industry officials to develop best practices and capabilities to improve the resilience of life support infrastructure systems to widespread, long-duration power outages, known as “Black Sky” events.

ANNE E. BOMAR, Senior Vice President–Gas Transmission Commercial Services, Dominion Energy

Anne oversees commercial aspects of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transportation and storage businesses. Her team handles marketing, business development and transportation services. Bomar joined Consolidated Natural Gas in 1985. She held roles in Planning, Gas Procurement, Regulation and Legal, ultimately serving as Deputy General Counsel for natural gas regulation.  Anne led Dominion Energy’s Ohio and West Virginia gas distribution companies, from 2009-2013. Bomar earned a BA in economics from Cornell University, and a JD from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law (William & Mary), where she is Vice President of the Alumni Association Board.

PATRICIA HOFFMAN, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ms. Patricia A. Hoffman also served as Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy from January 2017 until November 2017 when the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Menezes as Under Secretary of Energy. Ms. Hoffman served as Acting Assistant Secretary for OE from January 2017 until October 2017 when the OE Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Ms. Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for OE from June 2010 to January 2017, after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility was to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

RITA BARANWAL, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Rita Baranwal serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Baranwal leads the office’s efforts to promote research and development (R&D) on existing and advanced nuclear technologies that sustain the existing U.S. fleet of nuclear reactors, enable the deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems, and enhance the U.S.A.'s global commercial nuclear energy competitiveness. Prior to her current role, Dr. Baranwal directed the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative at Idaho National Laboratory. She was responsible for providing the nuclear industry and other stakeholders access to DOE's state-of-the-art R&D expertise, capabilities, and infrastructure to achieve faster and cost-effective development, demonstration, and ultimate deployment of innovative nuclear energy technologies. Under her leadership, GAIN positively impacted over 120 companies. Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Baranwal served as Director of Technology Development & Application at Westinghouse. There, she led the creation and development of game-changing technologies and managed characterization and hot cell laboratories. Her previous positions at Westinghouse included director of Core Engineering and manager of Materials and Fuel Rod Design. Prior to joining Westinghouse, she was a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis, Inc. where she led and conducted R&D in advanced nuclear fuel materials for US Naval Reactors. Dr. Baranwal has served on Advisory Boards for MIT’s Materials Research Laboratory and UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department, and also was adjunct faculty at University of South Carolina's nuclear engineering graduate program. Dr. Baranwal is a past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Nuclear Society's (ANS) Materials Science and Technology Division. Dr. Baranwal has a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in materials science and engineering and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Michigan.

KIMBERLY DENBOW, Managing Director, Security & Operations, American Gas Association

Kimberly Denbow is the Managing Director of Security & Operations at the American Gas Association (AGA) and has been with AGA for over 22 years. Ms. Denbow has served as staff executive for multiple AGA Operations Section technical committees, including the AGA Natural Gas Security Committee and the AGA Board-appointed Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force. Ms. Denbow developed the AGA security program and helped stand up the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing & Analysis Center. She supports AGA’s resilience and reliability initiatives and AGA’s all-hazards emergency preparedness activities. As the industry liaison to numerous U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy-sponsored programs targeting natural gas utility physical and cybersecurity operations, she helps lead efforts that drive the coordination of multiple Federal government security initiatives – all designed to benefit the oil and natural gas sector. More recently, Ms. Denbow has accepted appointments to the Transportation Security Administration Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee and Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. Ms. Denbow is an active member of the Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) and has served as the chair of the ONG SCC Intelligence Sharing Task Group (to improve information sharing between the asset-owners and the government intelligence community), ONG SCC Cybersecurity Working Group, and the ONG SCC Metrics Working Group. She presently co-chairs the ONG SCC Cross-sector Working Group. Ms. Denbow is also an active member of the Pipeline Sector Coordinating Council and chairs the Pipeline Cybersecurity Working Group. Ms. Denbow has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

HOWARD GRIMES, CEO, Cyber Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Dr. Grimes is a noted research scientist who excels in developing and leading multi-disciplinary teams working to solve diverse sets of global challenges. His expertise spans all aspects of program, project, and personnel management in dynamic research environments. Dr. Grimes currently serves as Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Institutional Initiatives at UTSA. He is establishing the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute in coordination with 14 Tier I research universities, national laboratories, and leading US companies. Dr. Grimes has 25 years of success in directing complex university and national laboratory research programs and entrepreneurial start-up initiatives. As the Director for Innovation and Industry Partnerships at INL’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), Dr. Grimes led multiple university efforts for nationwide workforce development for advanced manufacturing grants. As the vice president for research, he increased research funding by 190% in under five years by developing integrative research frameworks engaging the end users in the scientific process. Securing a $50+M investment from WA State, Dr. Grimes spear-headed a partnership between the Governor's office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Industry Giants (Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, and Gevo), and WSU to start a program in aviation biofuel production from field to plane. This program resulted in winning the largest USDA award ($40M) and the first cross-country flight on biofuels by Boeing. Dr. Grimes is an elected AAAS Fellow with 59 peer-reviewed publications, multiple op-eds, and two patents to his credit. He has published extensively on areas ranging from molecular biosciences to creating new paradigms for IP management in the developing world. Dr. Grimes is a highly sought-after speaker on a wide array of cybersecurity, biochemistry, climate change, and other topics.

DIANA L. BURLEY, Ph.D., Executive Director and Chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), and Full Professor of Human & Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

Dr. Burley was named one of SC Magazine’s Eight Women in IT Security to Watch in 2017 and a 2016 Woman of Influence by the Executive Women’s Forum in Information Security, Dr. Burley regularly advises global enterprises on managing cybersecurity risk, developing robust cybersecurity awareness programs, expanding high-tech human capital, and strengthening organizational cybersecurity posture. She has testified before the US Congress and chaired US National Academies convenings on a range of cybersecurity topics. This year, the global task force she led on behalf of the world’s leading computing societies published the first set of global cybersecurity curricular guidelines for post-secondary academic institutions. She is a member of the US National Academies Board on Human-Systems Integration and several industry research and advisory boards. Prior to GW, Dr. Burley managed a multi-million-dollar computer science education and research portfolio for the US National Science Foundation. Dr. Burley has written nearly 80 publications and secured more than $7 million in sponsored research support. She is the sole recipient of both educator of the year and government leader of the year awards from the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education and has been honored by the U.S. Federal CIO Council for her work on developing the federal cybersecurity workforce. She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; M.S. in Public Management and Policy, M.S. in Organization Science, and Ph.D. in Organization Science and Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.