Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Andrew Baranak

Andrew Baranak
Industrial Designer & Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Andrew Baranak is the lead industrial designer in the Consumer Product Integration Branch of GTRI. Andrew has worked on product design and engineering projects pertaining to human centered design and accommodation since 2007. Throughout his time at GTRI, he has used this interest to inform numerous projects. From helping with the design of gloves that educate people about the effects of arthritis on people’s hands to cereal packaging design to wearable sensor suites for the military, Andrew continues to grow his understanding of the human-product interaction. Read more »

Amy Eskilson

Amy Eskilson
CEO and President
Inrad Optics

Ms. Amy Eskilson has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Inrad Optics Inc. since October 1, 2012. Ms. Eskilson served as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Photonic Products Group Inc. since joining in February 7, 2011 until October 1, 2012. She has a wealth of experience in the photonics sector. She was formerly with Thorlabs, Inc. and served as a Director of Business Development for the photonic components catalog. Read more »

David Hemker

David Hemker
Chief Technology Officer
Lam Research

Dr. David Hemker has spent the past 24 years in the semiconductor equipment industry focusing on advanced technology development. He joined Lam Research Corporation in 1998 as vice president of New Product Development and is currently the Chief Technology Officer, responsible for long range research and technology development. Prior to joining Lam, he was vice president of Technology for PMT/Trikon, where he managed research and development, technology, and engineering. He also spent five years in various technology roles at Applied Materials.

Sharon Laskowski

Sharon Laskowski
Computer Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Whitney Quesenbery

Whitney Quesenbery
Co-Director
Center for Civic Design

Whitney is the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which wants every interaction that any citizen has with government to be an easy, effective experience. Their current work includes projects with the Future of California Elections (funded by the James Irvine Foundation), continuing work to develop new Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent (funded by the MacArthur Foundation), and further development of the Anywhere Ballot. She served on two Federal advisory committees, or the U.S. Read more »

Jules Polonetsky

Jules Polonetsky
Executive Director and Co-Chair
Future of Privacy Forum

Jules serves as Executive Director and Co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. Founded five years ago, FPF is supported by more than 80 leading companies, as well as an advisory board of comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates.

FPF’s current projects focus on online data use, smart grid, mobile data, big data, apps and social media. Read more »

Paul Feenstra

Paul Feenstra
Senior Vice for Government and External Affairs
ITS America

Paul Feenstra serves as Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), where he oversees the organization’s policy priorities, legislative outreach and communications strategy. Read more »

Catherine McCullough

Catherine McCullough
Executive Director
Intelligent Car Coalition

Catherine McCullough is Executive Director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, a group of that advocates for public policies that bring the benefits of innovation at the intersection of automotive and communications technologies to consumers. 

She was raised in Washington and has worked in politics and policy for over twenty years. Much of her work helps clients in the tech and telecom fields successfully navigate the current Washington state-of-play. Read more »

Hilary Cain

Hilary Cain
Director, Tech and Innovation Policy
Toyota

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Eric Berkobin

Eric Berkobin
Vice President, Engineering
Verizon Telematics

Eric Berkobin is the Vice President of Engineering for Verizon Telematics (f/k/a/ Hughes Telematics, Inc.) and has been with the company since 2005. He has engineering (both software & hardware) and manufacturing responsibility for OEM, Aftermarket, and Mobile PERS products.Berkobin has helped secure In-Drive contracts with three Fortune 500 clients. He played an integral role in HTI’s 2006 acquisition of Networkfleet, a leading provider of wireless fleet management services. Read more »

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