2016 South Sound Technology Conference

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Honorary co-chairs:
Congressman Denny Heck
Congressman Derek Kilmer
Congressman Adam Smith
  • Drones, Drones, OMG Drones
  • Women and the Technology Industry
  • Building the South Sound Technology Hub
  • Little Kids are Coding
  • Student Research and Poster Sessions



Chris Anderson
2Bridges Technologies
Mr. Anderson as CEO of 2Bridges Technologies, a Tacoma based IT Solutions Provider, has pioneered new ways of empowering small and medium sized businesses through sustainable design and long term planning. He is also involved in supporting technology education for young adults as a Networking and Cyber Security Program committee member at TCC and Career & Technical Education program advisor and committee member with Tacoma School District.
Paul Applewhite
President, Applewhite Aero
Paul Applewhite has been involved in aviation for over a third of a century. Soloing at age sixteen, he earned his commercial certificate the day he turned eighteen. He became a flight instructor and had soloed his first student before graduating from high school. He went on to get an aerospace engineering degree from Georgia Tech and later a MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery.  He has worked as an engineer for aircraft companies such as McDonnell Douglas, Grumman, Sikorsky, and two suppliers to Boeing.
Paul has over 13,000 flight hours in everything from bush planes flying above the Arctic Circle to jet airliners flying into cities such as Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Newark. He represented a pilot’s union on some of the early advisory committees tasked with establishing rules for unmanned aircraft. In 2010, he established Applewhite Aero in order to offer quality training in this emerging industry. His company has had some of the first FAA approvals in this region. A transplant from Mississippi, he has lived in Washington since 1993. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Seattle.
Marek Brejl PhD
Founder, Coding with Kids
Marek has spent over 15 years in the software industry - from pioneering automated 3D disease detections algorithms for radiology, to leading large multi-national software development teams at Microsoft. Marek now leads Coding with Kids full-time and is dedicated to building the best coding education program for children in the country. Marek has two elementary school age children who are becoming coders of their own. Marek is a climber and a hiker, and has travelled around the globe.
Trisha Canzler
Mobility Coordinator, ADA Eligibility
Trisha has worked for Pierce Transit for over 10 years.   Her primary focus has been on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Eligibility for paratransit service and community accessibility. Her work includes increasing opportunities for safe reliable community travel so individuals with disabilities can access employment, education, healthcare, and community life independently.
Trisha has a degree in Social Services with an emphasis in Mental Health.  She worked in the Mental Health field prior to her employment with Pierce Transit in 2005.  Her work involves assisting individuals with disabilities to travel safely in the community, collecting and inventorying access surrounding the most common places traveled to by bus, and collaborating with stakeholders to make access a priority. 
Shane Clarke
City Government Solution Engineer    
Shane is a solution engineer for the city government team at Esri. Shane has over 25 years of experience in GIS, across multiple markets. The last 10 years have focused on state and local government, helping customers to maximize their investment in location data for both employees and citizens.
Heavenly Cole
Microsoft TEALS Program, Lincoln High School
George Comollo
Director of the Aviation Program, Green River College
Dominic Cristomo
Math, Science & Leadership Camp
Michaela Eaves
User Experience Designer
I'm a UX and visual designer working in the Seattle and Bellevue areas. I have experience working on various platforms – desktop online services, mobile apps, and experimental hardware. I have a BFA in Graphic Design, and I do a bit of illustration when a fun project comes up. In my free time, I hang out with my dog, mountain bike, and volunteer to rescue animals though rarely all at the same time.
Andrew Fry
Assistant Director of Industry Partnerships and Lecturer, UW Tacoma
Linda Gerull
IT Director, Pierce County
Heather Glock
Government Account Manager, Esri
Heather has over 15 years’ experience working in the geospatial technology industry as an account manager for Esri, an industry leader in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). The majority of government data is location based, and Heather works with local governments to leverage the location aspect of their data to improve decision making, service delivery, and citizen engagement.
Heather is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration. 
Kirsten Grace
Software Engineer, Microsoft IT
DC Grant
Lecturer, UW Tacoma
D.C. Grant is an information technology and cyber security instructor at the University of Washington in Tacoma. He graduated magna-cum-laude from the University of Washington with a BS in Information Technology in 2012. He was a National Science Foundation Cyber Corps Scholarship recipient from 2012 to 2014 through the University of Washington Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and received a master's degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from University of Washington in 2014.
D.C. has over 25 years of industry experience, including operations management, consulting and systems engineering work in manufacturing, software development, import-export, state government and banking. He has worked extensively in network and data center operations management and in consulting roles for several well-known companies. He has been CISSP and CISM certified since 2004, is an IEEE, ACM and ISSA member, and is president of the Mt. Rainier ISACA Chapter. His research interests include intelligent grid-connected hydrogen-oxygen power storage and development of a cyber security immune system response to protect critical infrastructure systems.
Ed Greutert
Regional Manager/Principal, Alta Vista Solutions
Mr. Greutert is a registered professional engineer and is the Regional Manager and Principal Engineer for Alta Vista Solutions Pacific Northwest business unit.  He manages a team of skilled and experienced professionals that consist of engineers, researchers, scientists, construction managers and technical experts with specialties in steel, precast and pre-stressed concrete design, inspection, non-destructive testing, materials engineering, structural health monitoring, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineering.  He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an M.S. in UAS systems engineering.  Mr. Greutert is the Regional Manager for the Pacific Northwest, a Principal engineer with the firm, and responsible for the firm’s UAS systems engineering service offering.
Tom Hagen
CEO, Enterprise Initiatives
Tom Hagen is the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Cascade Chapter.  AUVSI is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community through education, advocacy and leadership.  The Cascade Chapter has over 400 members in the Northwest.
Hagen is also the President and CEO of Enterprise Initiatives, Inc., a company he founded in September 2003 to provide consulting, management and education services to a broad spectrum of businesses and government agencies. During that same timeframe, Hagen was employed by The Boeing Company in Seattle and St. Louis for 13 years where he most recently was the company’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System (UCLASS) Business Development Lead for Phantom Works.  His previous leadership positions in Phantom Works included developing Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) technology and employment concepts for the military as well as civil/commercial applications such as resource management and precision agriculture.  Hagen joined Boeing in May of 2002 after serving 28 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He served in numerous A-6 Intruder squadrons, commanding Attack Squadron 75 and later commanded Carrier Air Wing 3 aboard USS Enterprise.
Hagen holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as well as an MBA, both from Oregon State University.  He is currently a Professor in the College of Distance Education, Naval War College, and teaches Joint Maritime Operations to military officers and senior government civilians in the Puget Sound area.
Denny Heck
On November 6th, 2012, the residents of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District elected Denny Heck to be the district’s first member of the United States House of Representatives. Since taking office, Congressman Heck's top priorities have been creating jobs, growing our economy and keeping the American Dream alive for the middle class and those working to get into it. He has been a vocal advocate for military families and veterans as well as for the health and natural beauty of the Puget Sound’s environment.
Congressman Heck is the only Member of Congress from the Pacific Northwest that serves on the House Financial Services Committee. He is a member of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee.
In the decade prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Heck successfully grew several small businesses in Washington State. One of those small businesses, which specializes in workplace education, was started in Olympia with only two employees. Today it employs more than 300 people throughout the United States and has continued to grow in recent years. Congressman Heck was also an original investor in Real Networks, the digital entertainment company that pioneered streaming media on the Internet.
A strong advocate of open government, in 1993 Congressman Heck co-founded TVW to provide the people of Washington State greater accessibility to their state government. TVW has grown into the nation’s preeminent statewide public affairs network. While at TVW, the Congressman hosted the renowned public affairs program Inside Olympia and won an Emmy for a documentary he wrote and produced.
Congressman Heck served his community in the State House of Representatives for nearly a decade. He was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader before retiring in 1986. While in the State House, Congressman Heck was one of the prime authors of the state’s historic Basic Education Act. After his time in the Legislature, he served as Chief of Staff to Governor Booth Gardner during his second term.
Congressman Heck is a native Washingtonian and graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1973. He has been married for 39 years to Paula Fruci Heck, an educator who began her career as a teacher and retired as principal at Jefferson Middle School in Olympia. He and Paula have lived in Olympia for 30 years. They have two sons, Bob and Trey, and recently became grandparents of Maleah, born December 30, 2014.
Mike Henson
Since 2001, Mr. Henson has been the Chief Security Officer for Northwest Open Access Network, NoaNet, a mutual non-profit corporation. In that role Mike has been responsible for the security posture of a telecommunications infrastructure of more than 3,500 miles with 700 access points.
Tania Johnson
Software Engineer, Washington State Patrol
Tania Johnson came to UW Tacoma to pursue a degree in Computing & Software Systems after a successful career as both an accountant and a computer programmer.  She owned and operated her own software company for eight years creating specialized software for attorneys while also working as an accountant for thirteen years while living in Florida.  After returning to Washington State she decided it was time to formalize her computer skills by completing a degree program at UW Tacoma.  While attending UW Tacoma, Tania worked as both a teaching assistant and a lab tutor.
Today, Tania lives in Dupont and works as a software engineer for the Washington State Patrol where she has been employed since graduating in 2002. Happily married and parent to four adult children and one grandchild, she enjoys scuba diving, camping, snowboarding, weight lifting, travel, and motorcycle riding. Tania also serves on the HeartStrides board, a program that partners horses with individuals with disabilities to empower their lives. Two of her children are currently attending college; her son will graduate from the University of Washington with his degree in Material Sciences Engineering this year, and her daughter is pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Derek Kilmer
Representative from Washington; born in Port Angeles, Clallam County, Wash., January 1, 1974; A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1996; D.Phil., University of Oxford, Oxford, England, 2003; businessman; member of the Washington state house of representatives, 2005-2007; member of the Washington state senate, 2007-2012; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
Kurtis Kingsolver
Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.C. Public Works Director, City Engineer, City of Tacoma
Emily Linniman
Coding with Kids
Emily graduated from University of Washington Tacoma in December 2014 with her Bachelors in Computer Science and joined the Coding with Kids team shortly after as a lead instructor. Since then, her role with the company has grown to include web development and coordinating both new and existing programs in the Tacoma region. She loves watching her students learn and grow into brilliant coders, and she is excited to be part of the Computer Science Education community. In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her two cats, reading books from a wide range of genres, and casually testing Netflix's algorithms.
Dr. Chris Lum
Research Scientist, University of Washington
Christopher Lum is a research assistant professor in the University of Washington’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Dr. Lum received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington in 2003 and 2005, respectively.  He continued research on unmanned systems at the UW and received his PhD in 2009 focusing on autonomous systems and algorithms. 
Dr. Lum is interested in various unmanned aerial systems technologies such as coordinated multi-vehicle searching, automatic target recognition, formation flight of swarms of vehicles, risk assessment of UAS in the national airspace system, collision avoidance/deconfliction, and UAS flight operations. He is the director of the Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory where he investigates practical applications of autonomous systems.  To this end, he pursues research projects involving precision agriculture and mapping using UAS, using optical information to augment autopilot control algorithms, and integration of UAS into the NAS.  He has worked closely with industry partners such as the Boeing Company, Insitu, Aerovel, Hood Technology, and the Washington Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation to implement academic technologies onto deployed platforms. 
Dr. Lum teaches both undergraduate and graduate course on automatic control, flight mechanics, modeling and simulation, mathematical tools for engineers, sensors and actuators, and other controls related courses. He has been awarded the department's "Instructor of the Year" award twice (2012 and 2013).  He is also the faculty advisor to the department's design, build, fly team. He has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University and as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Scott McQueen
Fred Morris
IID an Infoblox company
Fred Morris is an "Internet Plumber" and started his career in 1984 with a small display ad in the back of _Computer World_ which read "VAX Hacker for Hire". He moved from Seattle to Tacoma after joining IID; he is now a Staff Software Engineer with Infoblox.
William Mounts
Northwest Innovation Collaborative
Since 2010, Mr. Mounts has served as a Founding Director of the Northwest Innovation Collaborative, a Washington Nonprofit Corporation, to foster and facilitate collaboration as between government, industry and academia in the pursuit of innovative better, cheaper, faster solutions.
Adam Smith
Home Grown Leadership
Adam Smith was born on June 15, 1965, in Washington, D.C. Adam was raised in SeaTac, Washington where his father, Ben, worked as a ramp serviceman at SeaTac Airport and was active in the local Machinists’ Union. His mother, Leila, stayed at home, raising Adam and his two brothers. Adam attended Bow Lake Elementary, Chinook Middle School, and Tyee High School, graduating from Tyee in 1983.
After a year at Western Washington University, Adam transferred to Fordham University, where he worked his way through college loading trucks for United Parcel Service and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Political Science. Following his graduation, Adam attended the University Of Washington School Of Law, and earned his law degree in 1990. He later worked in both private and public practice, first as a lawyer at Cromwell, Mendoza and Belur in 1992, and then as a prosecutor for the City of Seattle from 1993-1995. As a prosecutor, Adam focused on drunk driving and domestic violence cases, and in 1996, went on to work as a judge pro tempore.
During his final year at UW, Adam decided to run for the State Senate in the 33rd Legislative District, where he grew up. He campaigned door to door, eventually doorbelling the entire district twice and defeating the 16 year incumbent in the 1990 election. When he took office in January 1991, Adam was 25 years old and the youngest State Senator in the country. While in the State Senate, Adam served on the Education and Law and Justice Committees, and served as Chair of the Law and Justice Committee from 1993-1997. Despite the strong Republican tide in 1994, Adam was re-elected to the State Senate in 1994 and his victory helped the Democrats retain control of the State Senate by one seat. During his time in the State Senate, Adam developed a reputation for having a thoughtful and common sense approach to governance.
Work in Congress
As our economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is clear that middle and working-class families no longer have access to the same opportunities that they did just a decade ago.  A central driver of this “squeezing out” effect is income inequality, which is now as high as it’s been since the 1930s. Adam's top priority is to encourage broad-based economic opportunity by ensuring all Americans have access to a high-quality education and job-training opportunities, building a stronger transportation infrastructure, reforming our tax code, and supporting social programs that provide a bridge for struggling families to get back to work. These efforts are necessary to restore the American Dream with a pathway to a middle class life for American families.
Adam also understands the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform.  He has been a strong voice in Congress advocating for the House of Representatives to pass legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship.  For too long our immigration system has been broken and it continues to rip families apart. Adam has also been leader in advocating for new legislation and policy changes to reform deportation and detention policies.  
Now in his 10th term, Adam serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families. Adam is also committed to providing our military personnel with the best equipment available to carry out their current and future missions while ensuring that the Pentagon spends taxpayer dollars in the most efficient and effective manner. This includes carefully examining our current policies and working to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse.  
Having served on the on the House Armed Services Committee since 1997, Adam formerly chaired the subcommittee on Air and Land Forces (ALF), which has jurisdiction over all Army and nearly all Air Force acquisition programs. Prior to serving as Chair of ALF, Adam chaired the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, which oversees the United States Special Operations Forces and counter-terrorism policy, among other critical areas. Adam has also previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Given his current and previous committee assignments and extensive travel, Adam has unique insights into today’s foremost national security issues throughout the Middle East, including the war in Afghanistan, as well as Northern Africa and our larger efforts to stop the spread of violent extremist groups and their ideology around the globe. Understanding the need for a holistic approach to national security, Adam recognizes the importance of poverty reduction, access to education, sustainable global markets, diplomatic engagement, good governance and other measures to enable our pursuit of stable international partners.  As such, he has been a long-time advocate of strengthening American diplomacy and development as well as defense.
Congressman Smith sees a clear need to reform our foreign assistance and improve these two pillars of national security that have been under-resourced and underutilized for too long. He has supported efforts to reform American foreign assistance, introduced legislation to address global poverty, and created the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) with Congressman Ander Crenshaw.
In 1993, Adam married Spokane native, Sara Bickle-Eldridge, a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. Their daughter, Kendall Charlotte, was born in July 2000, followed by their son, Jack Evers, in June 2003. The Smiths live in Bellevue, where their children attend Issaquah Middle School and Issaquah High School, and participate in local sports leagues and school clubs.  Both Adam and Sara are involved in their community and their children's schools, with their highlights being Adam's stint as a recreational soccer coach and Sara's two terms as PTA President.
Cynthia Tee
Executive Director, Ada Academy
Sarah Wilkes
STEM College and Career Readiness Program Manager, TAF Academy 
Sharon Wong
Director, Business Development, Cisco Systems
Morgan Zantau
CREATES Architect, UW Tacoma
Professional Adviser/Recruiter for both the Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity at the Institute of Technology UWT and Architect for the Cyber4Vets, a NIST funded project in collaboration with WA Department of Commerce.  She has twenty years’ experience designing and managing innovative educational and career development program initiatives.


Thank you to our sponsors:


Vendor tables at the conference:

City of Kent

City of Tacoma

FabLab Tacoma

Highline College Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics

Pierce County IT

Surge Tacoma