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Alan Ewing, Executive Director of CBRS Alliance

Alan has more than 25 years working in telecom and technology standardization with more than 15 years of that time at Nokia. He has experience with different industry associations and Standards Development Organizations including Bluetooth SIG, WiFi Alliance, NFC Forum, ETSI, CTIA, and others. Alan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. ​

Daniel Lazaro, CTO Office, Senior Technical Program Manager, OSlsoft

Daniel manages technology, research, and innovation projects related to IIoT, Open Source and DER, and represents OSIsoft at consortia and the linux foundation. Prior to joining OSIsoft in 2010, Daniel helped kickstart a startup and released a cloud product in 2008 right after Amazon AWS EC2 exited beta. Daniel holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Valladolid University (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Aalborg University (Denmark).

Mark Hearn, Head of IoT Security, Irdeto

Mark is responsible for leading business development strategies to secure the organization's IoT applications and connected devices. Mark has been with Irdeto since 2003, through Irdeto's acquisition of Cloakware. Mark is a seasoned product management executive with 20 years of bringing technology and business requirements together to solve market problems, particularly within media entertainment and security markets. In addition to being a product leader in the private sector, Mark has also provided business analysis security consulting into the Canadian government and has spoken at security conferences. Mark holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and has received certifications in Product Management, Technical Marketing, and Strategic Marketing.

Somayeh Malakuti, Senior Scientist, ABB Corporate Research Center 

Dr. Malakuti focuses on software/system architectural aspects of Industrial IoT systems. She is the co-chair of Digital Twin Interoperability Task Group in Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), as well as the co-chair of the joint task group between IIC and PI4.0 on the topic of Digital Twin/I4.0 Component. Dr. Malakuti has published more than 30 papers in various prestigious venues, has served as the reviewer for various conferences and journals, as well as organizing various conference panels, tracks, and workshops. She has received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Software Engineering Chair in the University of Twente, Netherlands, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and software engineer on different topics.

Brian Patterson, President, EMerge Alliance

Patterson's extensive technical and work history in building technologies, electronics, and fiber optics has resulted in his holding multiple patents in those fields. He is a founding member of the EMerge Alliance, and a member of the IEEE, IEC, CABA, PSMA, SEPA, USGBC and PHIUS and an active participant in UL/NEMA/NFPA task groups on DC power. He is the EMerge liaison to NEMA; Underwriters Laboratories; Solar Energy Industry Association, the NSF sponsored Center for Power Electronic Systems (at the University of Virginia Technology); the FREEDM Systems Center (at the University of North Carolina); the Power Electronics Research Group (at the University of Texas-Austin) and the Alliance to Save Energy. 

Paul Savage, CEO, Nextek Power Systems

A graduate of Haverford College (BA Philosophy), Paul has a background in finance at The First Boston Corporation, Cantor Fitzgerald Corporation, and Lehman Brothers. He also served as the director of marketing and customer finance for V-TRAC Infrastructure Development Company as one of the founding senior managers for the Caterpillar dealership in Hanoi, Vietnam. At Caterpillar, Paul helped grow this start-up to 87 employees, 5 offices, and $22 million in sales in two years. Paul is the current Chair and a Founding Governing Member of the EMerge Alliance; and a member of the advisory board of the Renewable Energy & International Law Project.​


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