CELEBRATING WOMEN IN NITRD

The National Coordination Office honors Women’s History Month, March 2019, by celebrating the women in NITRD who contribute so much to the NITRD Program.

"Everyone wins when we have an inclusive image of a STEM professional: this allows us to increase the talent pool, foster critical STEM skills among the broader community, and promote a healthier, more culturally sensitive workplace... An inclusive workforce provides a rich set of perspectives that enable innovation and creative discovery. I’m proud to say the NITRD Co-chairs and the NCO are committed to an inclusive NITRD, and so I challenge you with this question: What will you do today to empower a co-worker, neighbor, relative, or friend?" - Kamie Roberts, NCO Director and Co-chair, NITRD Subcommittee


Rael Ammon

Rael Ammon

Management Analyst, Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA

Rael develops new programs to address emerging public health issues, including the opioid epidemic and natural disaster response, in America’s communities. NITRD’s collaboration offers her innovative uses for new technologies that can make a positive impact on public health nationwide.

Charlotte Kirk Baer

Charlotte Kirk Baer

National Program Leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA/NIFA

Charlotte is an animal scientist who is passionate about harnessing the power of technologies to transform the future of agriculture and food systems by leading multidisciplinary, data science, and digital agriculture competitive grants programs in the agency’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

Shannon Beck

Shannon Beck

Associate Program Director, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, NSF/CISE

Shannon is a computer scientist and cyber systems analyst on loan to the NSF from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her research centers on computer security including novel application of bioinformatics approaches for malware. Shannon is passionate about cyber education, from elementary, college to professional adults and has led several efforts within the DOE as well as volunteer organizations.

Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein

Senior Advisor, Privacy Policy, Office of Science and Data Policy, HHS

Maya is a lawyer and subject matter expert with 25 years of experience in information policy.  She started her federal career at the Office of Management and Budget and also served as the Privacy Advocate of the IRS. In her current role, she represents HHS in government-wide policy discussions, especially regarding personally identifiable information and confidentiality in complex IT environments.  Her work includes the breadth of HHS activities, such as health IT, research, consumer-generated health information, social welfare, cybersecurity, sharing of administrative data, prescription drug surveillance, insider threats, and personnel privacy.

Nina Bianchi

Nina Bianchi

White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, GSA

Nina is an entrepreneur and innovator dedicated to collaborating with Federal agencies to provide smarter, more accessible, efficient, and effective products and services to the American people, including directing IT modernization efforts focused on reskilling and training the workforce of the future.

Laura Biven

Laura Biven

Program Manager, Computer Science, Office of Science, DOE

Laura is an applied mathematician managing a portfolio of computer science research focused on data management, analysis, and visualization; and providing strategic direction for policies related to DOE research data.

Roselie A. Bright

Roselie A. Bright

Epidemiologist, Office of Health Informatics, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, FDA/OC

Roselie is an epidemiologist researching applications of big data tools and machine learning to FDA concerns, including surveillance for patient harm related to FDA-regulated products, and development of medical device APIs (application programing interfaces) for public access on the openFDA website.

Joanna Chan

Joanna Chan

Supervisor, Data and System Development Teams, HHS/ACF/ORR

Joanna is an environmental social scientist aiming to bring insights from data science to inform policy. Her approach: Ask the appropriate questions, apply data analytics to identify likely answers, and take actions to make an impact.  

France A. Córdova

France A. Córdova

Director, National Science Foundation

France is an astrophysicist whose scientific foci have been in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, multispectral research on x-ray/gamma ray sources, and space-borne instrumentation.

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Cindy A. Crump

Health IT Portfolio Manager, DHA/USAMRMC

Cindy is a health technology researcher, and telehealth subject matter expert with several patents in the field of mobile health for clinical interventions in the home.

Irina Dolinskaya

Irina Dolinskaya

Program Director, Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), NSF

Irina is an industrial engineer whose research is in transportation science and logistics focused on adaptive modeling approaches to integrate dynamic real-time information.  

Christine Dymek

Christine Dymek

Director, Division of Health Information Technology, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS/AHRQ

Christine is a computer scientist and health IT researcher who is dedicated to advancing the productive use of information technology within health care. Her team focuses on providing foundational research in AI-related innovations for healthcare, health IT usability, consumer health IT, clinical decision support, health IT safety, and patient-reported outcomes.

Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

Senior Research Scientist, NSA Research

Kimberly is a computer science researcher focused on cybersecurity and the intersection of computer science and human behavior.

Cita M. Furlani

Cita M. Furlani

(Retired) Director of the Information Technology Lab (ITL), NIST

Cita is a computer and electronic engineer who served as the Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) where she oversaw a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines. She also served as Director of the NCO from 2000-2002.  

Monisha Ghosh

Monisha Ghosh

Program Director, NeTS Program, Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division, NSF/CISE

Monisha is an electrical engineer managing wireless networking research for NeTS. She is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, next-generation Wi-Fi and cellular systems and spectrum sharing.

Nada Golmie

Nada Golmie

Chief, Wireless Networks Division, Communications Technology Laboratory, NIST

Nada is a computer scientist and research engineer leading projects related to modeling and evaluation of future-generation wireless systems and protocols, serving as a cochair for the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance heading, with extensive research experience and publications in media access control and protocols for wireless networks.

Susan Gregurick

Susan Gregurick

Director, Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology; Senior Advisor, Office of Data Science Strategy, NIH/NIGMS/OD

Susan is a computational data scientist who oversees a team of talented colleagues that support programs to join biology with computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Susan’s division also supports technology development from early stage proof of concept through national research resource centers.

Carol Hawk

Carol Hawk

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Program, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, DOE/CESER

Carol is a high-energy physicist directing DOE R&D programs that promote resilience in the Nation's energy delivery cyber infrastructure to enable critical operations to continue even in the presence of cyber attacks.

Thuc T. Hoang

Thuc T. Hoang

Program Manager, Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC), DOE/NNSA

Thuc manages the ASC High Performance Computing (HPC) systems’ research, development and operation activities, including the NNSA Exascale Computing Initiative, to provide advanced simulation capabilities for the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship mission. 

Meghan Houghton

Meghan Houghton

Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagements, NSF/CISE

Meghan supports emerging CISE research frontiers, and in particular cross-agency, industry, and international partnerships within CISE.

Sally E. Howe

Sally E. Howe

(Retired) National Library of Medicine, NIH

Sally Howe spent 12 years at NIST, 15 years at the NCO beginning with its 1992 creation, and 10 years at NLM. She was editor then executive editor of the annual Supplements to the President’s Budget for all but two of her NCO years. At NLM, where the NCO was originally located, she built an NCO/HPCC archive for the Federal High Performance Computing and Communications Program (predecessor to NITRD) and the NCO, and wrote three blog posts (first, second, third) on the topic. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University.

Chun-Ju (Janey) Hsiao

Chun-Ju (Janey) Hsiao

Health Scientist Administrator, Health Information Technology Division, HHS/AHRQ

Chun-Ju is a health services researcher and health scientist at the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement with expertise in patient-reported outcomes, electronic health record systems, quality of care, quality of life, disability, utilization of health services in physician practices and nursing homes, and survey methodologies.

C. Suzanne Iacono

C. Suzanne Iacono

Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), NSF

Dr. Suzi is the Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since she joined NSF in 1998, she has served in many leadership roles, including Acting Assistant Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Deputy Assistant Director for CISE, Senior Science Advisor, Acting Division Director in Computer and Network Systems (CNS) and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), and Program Director in IIS.

Erin Kenneally

Erin Kenneally

Program Manager, Data Trust & Innovation, Cyber Security Division, HSARPA/S&T

Erin is an information technology law specialist in trusted data sharing, privacy, cyber analytics and forensics, information and communications technology ethics, cybercrime, emergent IT legal risks, and technology policy.

Chloé Kontos

Chloé Kontos

Executive Director, National Science and Technology Council, OSTP

Chloé is the NSTC Executive Director, who supports the OSTP Director in the day-to-day management of the NSTC, including organizational process, strategy, and content coordination, and who oversees the activities of the executive secretaries and ensures coordination among the various NSTC-level bodies.

Arthi Murugesan Krishna

Arthi Murugesan Krishna

Advanced Solutions Division, USPTO

Arthi is a computer scientist working at the intersection of data, analytics and AI at the USPTO. She studied AI under the guidance of Prof. Patrick Winston and obtained her PhD in Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under Prof. Selmer Bringsjord and Prof. Nicholas Cassimatis. Her journey at the USPTO spans user experience, customer outreach, coding, and more, all in the name of improving patent and trademark examination and processing tools. Her current work covers how AI and machine learning can yield potential new efficiencies in patent and trademark examination.

Padma Krishnaswamy

Padma Krishnaswamy

Senior Engineer, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC/OET

Padma is a senior engineer with the Office of Engineering and Technology at the FCC. She applies her electrical and systems engineering background, together with extensive experience gained in  various Internet-related technical and program management roles in the private sector, towards contributing to  the FCC’s mission. Her professional interests include the continuing evolution in network services and technologies, network architectures, measurements and characterization, secure and trustworthy networking, and network resilience.

Alexandra (Sandy) Landsberg

Alexandra (Sandy) Landsberg

Deputy Director, High Performance Computing Modernization Program, DoD

Sandy is an aerospace engineer who is a nationally recognized leader in computational modeling, algorithm development, simulation of complex physics-based applications, and software development for high performance computing.

Naomi Lefkovitz

Naomi Lefkovitz

Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST/ITL

Naomi is leading the team developing the NIST Privacy Framework, her work focuses on privacy and cybersecurity risk management and integrating solutions for protecting individuals’ privacy into information technologies, including digital identity services, Internet of Things, smart cities, big data, mobile and artificial intelligence.

Elena Messina

Elena Messina

Program Manager, Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics Leader, NIST/ISD

Elena is an engineer and roboticist who is internationally recognized for her work in the development of methodologies and metrics for evaluating the performances of robotic and autonomous systems.

Melissa Midzor

Melissa Midzor

Program Manager, National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN), NIST/CTL

Melissa is a physicist working on complex spectrum sharing measurements between Commercial and Federal system.  NASCTN is a multi-agency organization that provides trusted and validated data to accelerate the design and deployment of spectrum sharing technologies.  She is the former Director for Electronic Warfare Integrated Laboratories (EWIL) at NAVAIR, Pt. Mugu CA.

Wendy J. Nilsen

Wendy J. Nilsen

Program Director, CISE/IIS, Smart and Connected Health, NSF

Wendy is a clinical psychologist whose work focuses on interdisciplinary intersections between technology and health, including methods for health data collection and analytics in sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data, robotics, and manufacturing.

Lynne Parker

Lynne Parker

Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence, OSTP

Lynne is a computer scientist who provides research leadership and strategic planning expertise in the areas of information and intelligent systems; areas of specialization include artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent systems, sensor networks, and robotics, including human-robotic interaction.

Nora Pasion

Nora Pasion

Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence, Army/C3I

Nora is an electrical engineer providing strategic direction for direct research in the C3I portfolio (one of the Army’s six modernization priority areas), including advising and briefing senior leaders on the portfolio and creating strategic portfolio plans based upon risk management and market analysis.

Lavanya Ramakrishnan

Lavanya Ramakrishnan

Staff Scientist, Computational Research Division, LBNL

Lavanya is a computer scientist building software tools for computational and data-intensive science, especially for workflow, resource, and data management. More recently, she and her team have been using user research methodologies to complement technical insights with user and social perspectives to improve the design of computational tools and technologies.

Jean Rice

Jean Rice

Senior Broadband Program Specialist, Broadband USA, NTIA

Jean is a telecommunications expert and educator working with Federal agencies; tribal, local, and state governments; industry; universities; and nonprofits on Smart Cities and Communities projects and technical assistance efforts to support widespread deployment of smart broadband infrastructure.

Kamie Roberts

Kamie Roberts

Director, NITRD National Coordination Office (NCO), NCO/NITRD

Kamie is a computer scientist on loan to NCO from NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory, where she provided leadership to a wide range of programs, including IT standards, networking, health IT, big data, and future computing technologies. She leads NITRD work to coordinate Federal R&D in networking and IT with an enhanced focus on transitioning the results into use for the Nation’s benefit.

Sonia Sachs

Sonia Sachs

Program Manager, Office of Science, DOE

Sonia is an electrical engineer and computer scientist managing DOE’s Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, providing vision, planning, development, team-building, and management of high-performance or extreme-scale and computing research programs; managing installation, testing, & transition to operation of HPC upgrades; and working on computing systems resiliency and power efficiency.

Loretta Schlacchta-Fairchild

Loretta Schlacchta-Fairchild

Health IT and Informatics Research Program Area Manager, Army/DHA

Loretta is a telenursing/telehealth expert and healthcare administrator working to improve quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes for military healthcare in theater/wartime and peacetime, and to develop health IT and informatics research portfolios to meet strategic current and future needs of the military healthcare system.

Merrill Smith

Merrill Smith

Program Manager, Office of Electricity, DOE

Merrill is an engineer working on DOE initiatives targeting smart grid technologies that will increase the resiliency and reliability of the power grid, including microgrids and related technologies, such as clean distributed energy generation, combined heat and power, renewables and advanced power systems.

Heidi Sofia

Heidi Sofia

Program Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH/NHGRI

Heidi is a biochemist and computational biologist who manages NIH genomics, data science, and informatics portfolios, with interests in enabling technologies and next-generation standards for challenging problems in genomic biology and health, including secure data sharing with privacy.

Riju Srimal

Riju Srimal

Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, DOS/OES

Riju is a neuroscientist who monitors the nexus of artificial intelligence and foreign policy and leads scientific engagement with Middle East countries.

Ceren Susut

Ceren Susut

Program Manager, Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Division, DOE/ASCR

Ceren is a chemist managing multi-institutional collaborations and partnership programs in high-performance and quantum computing, physical sciences, and computational science research.

Elham Tabassi

Elham Tabassi

Acting Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST/ITL

Elham is the acting chief of staff of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST where she has worked in the past 20 years with a technical focus on computer vision, machine learning, and biometrics.  

Ngwe Thawdar

Ngwe Thawdar

Electronics Engineeer, AFRL

Ngwe is an electrical engineer and researcher who has led diverse teams to design, implement and demonstrate cutting edge technologies in wireless communications and networking. She is currently the technical lead for AFRL’s Terahertz Communications portfolio.

Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing

Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University

Jeannette is a computer scientist who served as Cochair of the NITRD Subcommittee during her tenure at the National Science Foundation. She has also worked at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are in trustworthy AI, security and privacy, formal methods, and programming languages.

Dana Wolff-Hughes

Dana Wolff-Hughes

Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH

Dana is a physical activity epidemiologist providing direction for OBSSR research efforts related to the development of and evaluation of mobile and wireless health technologies utilized in behavioral and social sciences research.   

Teresa Zayas-Cabán

Teresa Zayas-Cabán

Chief Scientist, HHS/ONC

Teresa is an industrial and systems engineer with a specialization in human factors and health systems.  As Chief Scientist she is responsible for developing and evaluating ONC’s overall scientific efforts and activities.  She directs ONC’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) and patient-centered outcomes research activities.  Prior to joining ONC she was Chief of Health IT Research and Acting Director of the division of health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).     

NITRD NCO Staff

Jacqueline Altamirano

Jacqueline Altamirano

Executive Coordinator (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Jacqueline provides high-level executive support to the NCO Director and Deputy Director. She is the NCO administrative liaison to the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.

Nekeia Butler

Nekeia Butler

Executive Secretary (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Nekeia is an administrative professional, biologist, and writer providing executive support to the Federal agency members of the NITRD Program and high-ranking government officials and serving as liaison to the NSTC Executive Director.     

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson

Editor and Technical Writer (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Pat is the staff technical writer and a former instructional technology specialist who provides writing, editing, and document management expertise for policy, planning, and technical documents for the NITRD program.

Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee

Technical Coordinator (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Joyce is an attorney with a background in technology, law and federal energy regulation.     

Ji Hyun Lee

Ji Hyun Lee

Technical Coordinator (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Ji is an information management specialist and a former systems architect who has worked in topic areas including RF communications, information and tactical systems.

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore

Chief of Staff and Contract Manager (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Virginia manages the internal operations and the contract deliverables for NITRD National Coordinating Office.

Diane Theiss

Diane Theiss

Operations Manager and Budget Analyst (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Diane manages all areas of finance and operations for the NITRD NCO.

Wendy Wigen

Wendy Wigen

Technical Writer (contractor), NCO/NITRD

Wendy is an information management specialist and a former educator who has worked in topic areas including wireless spectrum, broadband, Big Data, and Internet policy.

The National Coordination Office celebrates #WomenInNITRD to recognize the women who strengthen the Federal science and technology research organizations through their leadership, passion, and fortitude. This webpage is being launched as part of National Women’s History Month, which traces its origins back to women protesting for better working conditions in 1857, the advent of the International Women’s Day in 1909, and National Women’s History Week established by Congress in 1981 (P.L. No: 97-28) and expanded in 1987 (P.L. No: 100-9) to the month of March. On March 1, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the 2019 Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month.

Standing on the shoulders of women of previous generations, women in NITRD have been able to overcome difficult cultural and social barriers to sit in the classroom and at the conference table, raise families, build careers, and provide senior-level leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We offer this recognition and appreciation, knowing that girls of today will see women in NITRD as role models who worked hard and chose demanding fields of study and research to help improve our world.


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