Non-Affiliated Experts

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

Richard Carback

Graduate Student
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Richard Carback is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE). He is a member of the team that implemented the Punchscan voting system, which won first place at the intercollegiate voting systems competition, VoComp, in 2007. He studies computer security topics with the Cyber Defense Lab at UMBC. His current research efforts focus on end-to-end voting systems, but he has broad interests in many areas of computer security.

Juan Gilbert

T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor
Auburn University

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department and a Center for Governmental Services Fellow at Auburn University where he directs the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Lab. Dr. Gilbert's research expertise covers Usability, Interface Design, Advanced Learning Technologies, and Data Mining. He has published more than 50 articles, given more than 100 talks and obtained more than $2 million dollars in research funding in his seven years at Auburn. Dr. Read more »

Alec Yasinsac

Florida State University Security and Assurance in Information Technology Laboratory
850 644 6407

Dr. Alec Yasinsac is a Co-founder and Co-Director of The Security and Assurance in Information Security (SAIT) Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Florida State University. He has twenty nine years experience in application development, mainframe operating systems, and network engineering and has published over fifty refereed workshop, conference, and journal papers on information security. He received his doctorate from the University of Virginia where he was on faculty as the Marine Officer Instructor and his advisor was Bill Wulf. Read more »

Brett Glass

LARIAT Internet Service Provider

In 1992, Brett Glass established LARIAT, the world's first wireless broadband Internet service provider as a 501(c)(12) Internet co-op and took it private a decade later at the request of the membership. LARIAT, located in Laramie, Wyoming, expands its coverage each year, reaching areas of rural Wyoming unserved by any form of terrestrial broadband. In addition to being the owner and founder of LARIAT, Mr. Glass is an electrical engineer, consultant, author, and inventor. Read more »

Bill Hefley


Dr. Bill Hefley, CDP, COP is a director at ITSqc, LLC, the spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University created to promote best practice models for the global IT-enabled services industry. Read more »

Ray Scheppach

Executive Director
National Governors Association

Ray Scheppach has led NGA since 1983. As Executive Director he oversees day-to-day operations of NGA, managing all aspects of the association and the NGA Center for Best Practices. Ray also facilitates the association's efforts to achieve the three major missions of producing information and analysis of state innovations and practices, creating a bipartisan forum for governors to establish and implement policy on federal issues and assisting governors in managing state government. Read more »

Ernest Dianastasis

Managing Director
CAI, Inc.

Ernest (Ernie) Dianastasis is Managing Director of CAI's Delaware Valley Operation and is one of the four principals of the company. CAI is an Information Technology consulting and outsourcing services organization that focuses on IT productivity and has over 2,300 associates world-wide. Read more »

Emily DeRocco

The Manufacturing Institute

Emily DeRocco is president of The Manufacturing Institute and its new National Center for the American Workforce and Senior Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers. Elected by The Manufacturing Institute’s Board of Trustees on March 5, 2008, she will oversee the education and research arm of the NAM and the design and operations of the new national center dedicated to fostering a new generation of manufacturing workers for the 21st century. Read more »

Ron Blackwell

Chief Economist
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Unions

Ron Blackwell is Chief Economist of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO) where he coordinates the economic agenda of the federation and represents the AFL-CIO on corporate and economic issues affecting American workers and union strategies. From 1996 to 2004, Ron was the director of the AFL-CIO Corporate Affairs Department. Read more »

Randall Kempner

Executive Director
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), which seeks to dramatically increase the amount and effectiveness of capital and technical/business assistance for entrepreneurs in developing countries. Read more »

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