Register Now for President’s 3rd Annual Forum on Data

UAlbany’s 3rd Annual President’s Forum on Data will convene nationally recognized leaders to explore the role that data and data analytics play in better protecting our citizens.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 11, 2016) –The University at Albany will be convening nationally recognized leaders for a series of conversations on emergency management and homeland security on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the D’Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Research Building on the Uptown Campus.

Registration is currently open.

This year’s forum provides a platform to explore the role that data and data analytics play in better protecting our citizens. Keynote speakers and discussion panelists will gather to share their insights, experiences, and knowledge on how data analytics is enhancing emergency preparedness, protecting our homeland, bolstering extreme weather resiliency, and strengthening public health response.

Keynote speakers include:

Haden Land, Former Vice President of Research and Technology, Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS)

Land recently retired as vice president of research and technology for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions – one of the largest defense, and technology companies in the world. He oversaw all technologies at the company including cybersecurity, public security and defense related innovations. Land is a recognized cyber security and information technology senior executive consultant. He supports U.S. government agencies, allied nations, and regulated commercial industries. Full bio.

Stephen Dennis, Innovation Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate

Dennis is the engine director of data analytics at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate. He leads the development of cutting-edge research, new technologies and capabilities, and threat and risk assessments. Dennis has over thirty years of experience managing research programs in information analysis and processing automation within the intelligence community and other federal agencies. Full bio.

Joseph Nimmich, Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Nimmich was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2014 by the U.S. Senate as the deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During his tenure, his primary focus is on strengthening and institutionalizing the agency’s business architecture over the long term to achieve the FEMA mission. Under his leadership, the agency has undertaken a number of efforts, including actively modernizing information technology systems, instituting data analytics to enable evidence-based decision making, enhancing communication, and building a broader and more diverse workforce. Full bio.

Nancy Nurthen, Director of the Fusion Division, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Services

As director of the fusion division, Nurthen leads the integration of internal and external data sources to provide analytical decision support during public health or disaster related emergency response events. Prior to coming to her current position, Nurthen was a science and technology manager within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). She managed a portfolio that focused on biosurveillance data fusion and epidemiological modeling tools, and was the lead for DTRA’s innovative Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE) program. Full bio.

To register for this year’s forum, visit albany.edu/research/dataforum/. Also view the full list of keynote speakers and panelists here.

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