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Rear Admiral Huan Nguyen
Deputy Commander for Cyber Engineering, NAVSEA
Rear Adm. Nguyen is a native of Hue, Vietnam. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and received a direct commission with the Reserve Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) program in 1993. He holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering (Southern Methodist University), Engineering (Purdue University), and Information Technology (with highest distinction) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Nguyen’s operational tours include test officer and officer-in-charge of Detachment 113 at Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka, Japan. Nguyen served as executive officer and chief engineer for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) field office in Camp Victory, supporting Multi-National Corps Iraq, where he was instrumental in the stand-up of Joint CREW Composite Squadron One. With Task Force Paladin and the Combined Explosive and Exploitation Cell, Nguyen supported Combined Forces Command Afghanistan as CREW engineer.
Staff assignments include director, Military Programs at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); executive officer for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Enlisted Personnel; Engineering duty officer Community Manager (Reserve Component). His last assignment was as deputy chief information officer for NAVSEA. Selected Reserve assignments include NAVSEA, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and the Office of Naval Research. His first flag assignment is as deputy commander for Cyber Engineering, NAVSEA. Nguyen’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), among various other individual, and unit campaign and service awards. He is especially proud of the unit awards that honor the shipmates he has had the privilege of serving alongside.
Digital Analytics Infrastructure & Technology
Advancement & Mission Systems Groups
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Ms. Amy Markowich is currently the Director for the Digital Analytics Infrastructure and Technology Advancement (DAiTA) and Mission Systems Groups, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As Director, she leads a multi-site, high demand engineering, software development and network team of over 3,000 civilian and contractor personnel and directs delivery of over $500M of engineering products and services to support prototyping, experimentation and testing of naval aviation systems. Ms. Markowich oversees $1.3B of National Asset laboratories enabling innovation in avionics systems, digital transformation and integrated warfighting capabilities. She also serves as the Department of Navy (DON) Naval High Performance Computing (HPC) Principal.
Ms. Markowich was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2009 as the Deputy, DON Test & Evaluation (T&E) Executive. In this role, she was responsible for integration of T&E across the Navy, enhancing the workforce and infrastructure, and ensuring programs plan and complete adequate testing to demonstrate suitable and effective operations in the joint battlespace. She served as the DON Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Executive from June 2010 – October 2020 and was responsible for enabling the use of M&S to support research and design across the Navy.
In her various roles over 30 years Ms. Markowich has served in an array of engineering and leadership positions in T&E and Acquisition. She has been instrumental in conceiving and developing advanced RDT&E Simulation capabilities and in development of the Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility (ACETEF), a NAVAIR National T&E asset, as well as the Joint Simulation Environment, a ground-breaking new capability supporting integration of 5th Generation warfighting systems. Ms. Markowich’s background and specialty is in electronic warfare testing, threat simulator development, and battlespace simulation. She has extensive experience developing multi-spectral stimulation and threat emulation systems. Ms. Markowich has supported defining M&S and test configurations for F-35, MV-22, MH-60R, EA-6B ICAPIII, F-18E/F, EA-18G, P-8, and TRITON and her unique focus in M&S, ground test and VV&A benefited all these programs. Navy and OSD investment experience involves development, management, and prioritization of MRTFB, CTEIP, REP, I&M, MILCON and other investments for the Department. She has been the Navy Technical Subject Matter Expert (TSME) for and is currently the Navy Test Resource Advisory Group (TRAG) Lead to prioritize and review proposed DoD T&E investment projects through the Reliance process.
Ms. Markowich is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BS in Electrical Engineering and BA in Mathematics. She is also a graduate of the NAVAIR Senior Executive Management Development Program. Amy’s experience across UAS, T&E, M&S, Ground Test, Ranges and her Joint Service/Multi-national contacts provide a unique perspective to support future OSD and Navy initiatives.
Director, Information Technology Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Dr. David A. Horner is the Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the U.S Army Engineer and Research Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The ERDC consists of seven laboratories located in four states, with more than 2,100 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and a $1 billion annual program. Its research and development (R&D) programs support the Department of Defense (DOD), the Army, USACE and other agencies in military and civilian mission areas. Principal ERDC R&D areas include Military Engineering, Geospatial Research and Engineering, Civil Works and Water Resources, Environmental Quality and Installations, and Engineered Resilient Systems.
As the ITL Director, Dr. Horner provides leadership in the development and execution of a broad range of R&D and operational programs on behalf of the USACE, the Army, the Department of Defense (DOD), and other federal agencies focused in computational science, information science, information technology, high-performance computing, high-bandwidth communications and data transfer, geographic information systems, software engineering, and scientific visualization. Additionally, the ITL operates and manages the DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) one of the five DOD Supercomputing Resource Centers.
Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Horner served as the Director of the HPCMP, which is a multi-Service/Agency program that provides an enabling high-performance computing ecosystem to the DOD Science and Technology, Test and Evaluation, and Acquisition Engineering communities. The program provides supercomputing solutions, high-speed networking via the Defense Research and Engineering Network, and advanced software development and refactoring to help DOD researchers address the DOD's and Services' mission critical priorities.
Dr. Horner began his career at ERDC in 1984 as a civil engineer in the Dam Safety Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, a position he held for two years before transferring to the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL). While at GSL, he served as the Lead Technical Director for the Military Engineering Program where he was promoted to Senior Scientific Technical Manager. He transitioned to ITL in 2015 as the Director of the HPCMP until he was appointed the Director of ITL in May 2018.
He earned a bachelor's in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1983. He then earned his master's in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1984, and a doctorate in the same from the University of Michigan in 1989.
Dr. Horner is a past recipient of the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Army Engineer Association's Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal and the Society of American Military Engineers Wheeler Medal. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Mississippi, and has also authored more than 50 publications, including a report for the Secretary of Defense.
Director, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program
Information Technology Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Dr. Will McMahon is the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The HPCMP provides the supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications, software applications, and high performance computing expertise to the DoD Science and Technology, test and evaluation and acquisition engineering communities, enabling scientists and engineers to solve the DoD's most mission-critical challenges.
Prior to joining HPCMP, Dr. McMahon was the Chief of the Engineering Systems and Materials Division (ESMD), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), ERDC. Dr. McMahon also served as the acting Deputy Director, GSL, and as Chief of the Structural Mechanics Branch, Geosciences and Structures Division, GSL.
Dr. McMahon began his career in 1982 as a researcher in the Structures Laboratory of, what was formerly known as, the Waterways Experiment Station working on problems in military engineering. In his over 30 year career, he has managed research across a wide range of military engineering and civil works technical areas including explosive storage safety, hard target defeat, critical infrastructure protection, risk and vulnerability analysis, serving customers across the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies.
Dr. McMahon has a bachelor's and master's degree in Civil Engineering, both from Mississippi State University. He received his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. McMahon has received numerous awards, the most recent being a 2018 Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2018 and 2015 ERDC Award for Excellence in Operational Support and a 2014 RDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. He has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications.
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Kevin Newmeyer for Dr. Will McMahon:
Frances C. Hill, Ph.D.:
Scientific Advisory Board (SAB): A New Approach to Technical Oversight at HPCMP
ARL DSRC Update
George Moncrief for Bobby Hunter:
ERDC DSRC Update
Navy DSRC Update
DoD HPC User Advocacy Group (UAG) Update
Climate/Weather Science, Oceanography, Geology (CWS) Presentations
Dr. William Burnett:
Climate/Weather, Ocean, Geology (CWOG) Overview
Christoph R. Englert:
Space Environment Prediction
The U.S. Navy's Global Ocean Forecasting Capability
The Navy's Next-Generation Weather Modeling System: NEPTUNE Development and Optimization
Electromagnetics, Acoustics (EA) Presentations
The Decision Support Tool (DST): Incorporating Rotorcraft Operational Analysis with Conceptual Design
Dr. Anthony Bonomo:
On the Challenges of Navy Structural Acoustics Modeling and Simulation
HPC Computing in Support of Topside Signatures
Recent Progress in Directed Energy Simulations with ICEPIC
Leo Kempel and B. Shanker:
Open Problems in CEM and Acoustics
Fluid Dynamics (FD) Presentations
Robert A. Baurle:
A Practical Approach to Uncertainty Quantification Using Probability Boxes
Wes Brewer, Ph.D.:
Augmenting CFD with Machine Learned Models
Dr. Scott Sherer:
CFD of Realistic Geometry with Complex Physics
Graph Analytics (GA) Presentations
Graph Analytics on Incomplete Graphs
HPC Graph Analytics for Exploring Massive Relational Datasets
Dr. Simon Su:
DSRC Data Analysis and Visualization Workflow for Graph Analytics
Brian Van Essen:
LBANN: A Scalable Deep Learning Toolkit for Large Scale Scientific Machine Learning
High-End Computing Integration with Tests/Experiments (HECT) Presentations
Dr. Michael Barton:
HPC + T&E + HPDA ≠ EZ
(U) Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness
Dr. Lance Griffiths:
Large scale computational electromagnetic simulations using CREATE™-RF SENTRi
Full Ship Transient Shock Analysis and Enhanced Testing Guided by Modeling and Simulation
Machine/Deep Learning (MDL) Presentations
Extracting Phone Numbers with Deep Learning from Human Trafficking Ads
Dr. Sergio Tafur:
HiFi TCPED & OTH R Integration:
AI Improvements to Support Reasoning-Intelligent Agent Models
Collaborative Browser Based UI for ML of Motion Imagery
Dr. Robert P. Trevino:
Campaign Analysis using Machine Learning in the Pacific Theater (CAMELPATH)
Streamlined Machine Learning (StreamlinedML)
Enabling Hybrid AI/ML Systems for DoD Missions
Signal/Image Processing (SIP) Presentations
Kimberly Manser, Ph.D.:
Generation of IR Imagery using DIRSIG on the DoD HPC
Matthew Scherreik, Ph.D.:
PEMS: Performance Estimation for Multi-Sensor ATR
Dr. Colin N. Reinhardt:
TrueView HPC Hyperspectral EO/IR Maritime Scene and Signature Modeling & Simulation
Space Sciences (SS) Presentations
Mr. Jose Salcido:
Mapping the Space Domain Awareness Response Surface for Cislunar Space
Mr. David Meyer:
Using High Performance computing to better understand space as a warfighting domain
Benjamin Prince and Dallin Smith:
An FDTD Investigation of Orthogonality and the Backscattering of HF Waves in the Presence of Ionospheric Irregularities
Paul W. Schumacher, Jr.:
High-Performance Computing Applications for Space Domain Awareness Capability for Future Space Operations
Structural Mechanics (SM) Presentations
Higher-Order Elements for Explicit Dynamics in the EPIC Code
Kent Danielson, Ph.D.:
Higher-Order Lagrange Elements for Lumped-Mass Explicit Modeling in Nonlinear Solid Dynamics
Geometry-Based High-Order Finite Element Approximations for Structural-Acoustics
Isogeometric Analysis: Motivation, Status And Current Directions
Supporting Higher Order Elements in VTK/ParaView