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Interface 2013 Symposium at Chapman University is honored to have some very distinguished keynote speakers. Please see below for a short bio on each.

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Tarek El-Ghazawi

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Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi
Professor and IEEE Fellow The George Washington University

Tarek El-Ghazawi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The George Washington University, where he leads the university-wide Strategic Academic Program in High-Performance Computing. He is the founding director of The GW Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies (IMPACT) and a founding Co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC). El-Ghazawi’s research interests include high-performance computing, computer architectures, reconfigurable, embedded computing and computer vision. He is one of the principal co-authors of the UPC parallel programming language and the first author of the UPC book from John Wiley and Sons. He has received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1988. El-Ghazawi has published well over 200 refereed research publications in this area. Dr. El-Ghazawi has served in many editorial roles and is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has chaired and co-chaired many international conferences and symposia including the 2009 Conference on Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Programming Models and Languages (PGAS2009), The 10th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications (ScalCom-10), 2010, and the 9th ACS/IEEE Conference on Computer Systems and Applications, AICCSA2011 and the 24th IEEE Conference on Applications-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (IEEE ASAP2013). Dr. El-Ghazawi’s research has been frequently supported by Federal agencies and industry including DARPA/DoD, NSF, DoE/LBNL, AFRL, NASA, IBM, HP, Intel, AMD, SGI, and Microsoft. Professor El-Ghazawi was recognized with the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander Humboldt Foundation in Germany, was a recipient of the 2012 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technical Innovation, has been elected to a Fellow of the IEEE for his work in High-Performance Computing, and selected as a Research Faculty Fellow of the IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Toronto. El-Ghazawi was also a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar.


Jack A. Kaye

Jack Kaye

Dr. Jack A. Kaye
Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

Jack has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his more than 28-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ. In addition, he has held temporary acting positions as Deputy Director of ESD and Deputy Chief Scientist for Earth Science within SMD. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the US Naval Research Laboratory. As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. 

      He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (from Jan., 2009 through May, 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for these activities). He also serves as NASA’s representative to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System and currently serves an ex officio member of the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. He has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010, and named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010. He was elected to serve as co-secretary of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 1998-2000 and earlier served on the AGU Publications Committee. The AGU has recognized him on two occasions with a Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society. In addition, he has attended the Leadership for Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government Program a the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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John Vigouroux

John Vigouroux

John Vigouroux
General Partner - Frost Venture Partner

John is a serial entrepreneur and five time CEO with 30 years of experience leading private and public software companies. He has had hands-on success in all corporate lifecycle stages, from raising capital and early market penetration for start-ups, to delivering on top and bottom line results for public companies around the world. John raised over $60M in Venture and Private Equity for his last 3 private companies. His expertise and experience in start-ups, rapid growth strategies for early stage organizations, executing successful corporate 'turn-arounds' and his M&A experience provide foundational guidance for the Frost VP portfolio companies. Previous companies include CEO M86 Security (acquired by Trustwave), CEO Finjan Software (acquired by M86 Security), Pres./COO Tumbleweed Communications, CEO Valicert (acquired by Tumbleweed), also leadership positions with Cisco, Adobe, and General Electric.

Edward Wegman


Dr. Edward Wegman
School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Science and Department of Statistics, George Mason University

Dr. Wegman was the chief architect and was a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics. He has published more that 210 papers and 10 books in a 45 year career. He has directed 39 doctoral dissertations and has been Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He holds an endowed chair and has a split appointment between the Department of Statistics and the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences at George Mason University. His work has been highly interdisciplinary including not only statistics and data visualization, but also computational social sciences, alcohol research, computer science, electrical engineering, and educational technology. He is Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; and Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

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