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2014 Speakers

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    • Speakers for the 2014 Summit are arranged below by last name.


Massoud Amin

Director, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
Dr. Massoud Amin leads extensive projects in smart grids and infrastructure security and is considered the father of smart grid. He holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota, directs the University’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Before joining the University in 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto. After 9/11, he directed all Infrastructure Security R&D and led Grid Operations/Planning and Energy Markets. Prior to 9/11, he served as head of mathematics and information sciences, led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry, and twice received the Institute’s highest honor.


Stewart A. Baker (Invited)

Partner, StepToe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC; Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
and Former General Counsel, National Security Agency

Brett Beranek (Invited)

Senior Principle, Solutions Marketing Manager, Nuance Communications, Inc.

Andrew Borene, Esq.

Chairman of Robotics Alley & Advisor to the Cybersecurity Summit

Andrew Borene is a defense industry executive, Adjunct Professor at American University, and Counselor to the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He currently serves as Director of National Security Solutions at Nuance Communications. His corporate career includes leading corporate development at a microrobotics startup and managing federal open-source intelligence programs for a publicly-held, international big-data company. He served as a civilian Associate Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense and is a former U.S. Marine Corps military intelligence officer. He is active within the leadership of leading public-private initiatives for improved US national security, global leadership and technology growth. Andrew is the editor of American Bar Association legal research books on human rights, humanitarian law and national security. A Minnesota native based in Washington, D.C., Andrew has published numerous policy articles and appears as a guest analyst on military, intelligence and veterans issues for several international news networks.

Eran Kahana

Special Counsel, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP

Eran Kahana, Special Counsel to Minneapolis law firm Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, is an IP attorney with extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. He focuses his practice on matters such as drafting and negotiating complex software, patent, and trademark licenses, joint development agreements, strategic partnerships, subcontract agreements, and service agreements. Eran has extensive experience managing and enforcing global copyright, trademark and patent portfolios, and advises clients on a wide variety of IP needs. Eran is a frequent speaker and writer on various intellectual property topics and a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School.

Dr. Ron Ross (Invited)

Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Dr. Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He leads the Federal Information Security Management Act Implementation Project, which includes the development of key security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. Dr. Ross has authored numerous cyber security publications and is the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, a joint partnership with NIST, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community, to develop a unified information security framework for the federal government. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in a variety of leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. Dr. Ross holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

Scott Singer

CAPT Scott Singer, USNR; Chief Security and Information Officer, PaR Systems, Inc.

Scott joined PaR Systems as the CSIO in March of 2010. Scott has responsibility for information systems, global quality, export control, security, and continuous process improvement. Before PaR, Scott spent 16 years with Medtronic in various leadership positions. Scott has held several infrastructure positions as Desktop Support Manager, Network Manager, and European Data Center Manager. His last IT position at Medtronic was as head of IT for a billion dollar division. In 2003, Scott changed Medtronic careers into quality where he was one of the early leaders that brought LeanSigma to Medtronic and developed the corporate shared services quality system. In that role he also drove a Medtronic wide systems development and validation methodology for IT systems. In his last two years at Medtronic, Scott led the global security function.

CAPT Singer is active in the Navy Reserve and has been involved in the Gulf War and Operations Enduring Freedom/Noble Eagle. Currently he is the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the state of MN. In his most previous role he was the Executive Officer for Commander Pacific Fleet Maritime Operations Center responsible for supporting the communications and cybersecurity needs of the Pacific Fleet. Prior to that he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Commander 5th Fleet in Bahrain as part of Theater Security Cooperation. Scott is an active participant in his community and serves on several boards including the Minnesota High Tech Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Scott has an undergraduate degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.