The Volgeneau School of Engineering is fortunate to have the guidance and knowledge of a distinguished group of executives working on the Dean's Advisory Board.
The board's goal is to create synergy between Volgenau and the professional community by addressing workforce development demands, industry expectations, and employment trends. The board meets four times a year, and has working subcommittees that take on specific tasks.
Chair, Charles Joyce
Charles Joyce grew up on Long Island, New York, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and a master's degree in industrial management. In 1959, he joined the newly formed Mitre Corporation, providing systems engineering services for the SAGE air defense system. In 1963, he moved to the Washington, D.C., area with a team from Mitre to assist in developing the National Military Command System supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1966, he left Mitre to become Director of Command, Control, and Communications in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis. In 1968, he was assigned to the National Security Council staff at the White House to be Project Manager for the building's first highly secure electronic information systems. Upon successful completion of that project in 1970, he was appointed Assistant Director for Government Systems in the newly formed White House Office of Telecommunications Policy. He rejoined Mitre in 1976.
In 1979, Joyce co-founded Network Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in the design of integrated telecommunications systems combining voice, data and video networking capabilities for both government and private sector clients. When the firm was acquired by Ernst and Young in 1988, he became a partner and served a leadership role in the information technology practice for three years. In 1993, he teamed with two other consultants to form Integrex Systems Corporation, a systems engineering and implementation firm specializing in network implementation in the fields of health care and education.
Since his retirement in 1997, Joyce has been involved in a variety of community activities, including: President of the George Mason University Arts Associates; Chair of the Arts at Mason Board; Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Volgenau School of Engineering at Mason; and member of the Board of Directors of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.
Members at Large
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Barry Barlow is the senior vice president and chief technology officer at Vencore, Inc. Barlowe directs all technology and solution strategies within the company to optimize operational efficiencies in support of the corporate business plan. He leads customer outreach initiatives relative to technology and the planning and execution for all of Vencore’s Independent Research and Development (IRAD) projects.
Barlowe has more than 35 years of government, commercial, and academic experience in the defense and space industry. In addition to teaching Computer Science for seven years, During his federal career, Barlowe was honored with multiple awards, including the Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Senior Executive, Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Senior Executive, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and NGA Medallion for Excellence, as well as numerous Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and NGA Meritorious Unit Citations. In Dec. 2012, a flag was flown in his honor over the International Security Assistance Force’s headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, commemorating his distinguished service in Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Beck Foundation
B.G. "Buddy" Beck is an industrial entrepreneur and business executive, scholar, public servant, inventor, and technologist. He had several years of distinguished and decorated military and public service, and served on the National Security Council staff in the White House during both the Ford and Carter Administrations. Other career highlights include founding companies such as Atlantic Systems Research & Engineering and Trans Digital Technologies. Currently, he sits on the boards of several public and private companies and serves on a number of national security boards, as well as various non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Charlotte, founded the Beck Foundation, which has established research programs at a number of universities. The program for wounded veterans – which has received national awards – improves opportunities for all those who have given so much for America. Beck received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Arkansas State University, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and he did a fellowship in post-graduate studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Brian Blake, who received his PhD in information and software engineering from Mason in 2000, is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for Drexel University. He has held positions at the University of Miami, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and The Mitre Corporation. Blake's research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for the integration of Web-based systems. His scholarly activities have been funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards from various government and commercial organizations. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, books/book chapters, and conference/workshop papers.
Blake earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Mercer University.
Lisa Donnan is vice president of the federal business for BeyondTrust, a global cybersecurity company dedicated to proactively eliminating data breaches from insider privilege abuse and external hacking attacks.
Donnan has also served as a vice president for TASC, in Chantilly, Virginia.
She is an executive with 20 years of global experience in redefining sales and market strategies, overhauling operations, and recruiting top talent.
She has a bachelor's degree in business from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an executive non-degree in finance and financial management services from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Independent Board Director, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Deborah Dunie serves on the board of directors for Alliant Energy, SAIC, and works with technology startups. Previously, she served as executive vice president and chief technology officer for CACI. She has worked in both industry and government, serving in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, with oversight of a multi-billion dollar portfolio. She held positions at Oracle, Raytheon, and Martin Marietta dudring her 30-year career. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Chief Technology Officer
Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Communications Division
Peter M. Fonash, who has a PhD in information technology and engineering from George Mason University, is the chief technology officer for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Department of Homeland Security. He previously held positions as: director of the National Communications System; special assistant to the staff director, Federal Reserve Board; and director of technology, chief of the advanced technology office, and chief of the Joint Combat Support Applications Division at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Fonash received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Vice President, Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Intelligence, Information, and Services
Jack Harrington, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University, is vice president of cybersecurity and special missions (CSM) for Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services. Harrington leads the CSM business that provides cybersecurity and advanced intelligence solutions that strengthen critical infrastructures, information systems, and missions worldwide.
He is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Washington, D.C., chapter, and a graduate of MIT’s distinguished Birthing of Giants entrepreneurial program. He is also a graduate of Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit.
Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Deepak Hathiramani is non-executive chairman of the Vistronix board of directors.
The founder and former CEO of Vistronix has more than 25 years of management and technical experience with privately funded and venture-funded high-tech start-ups.
He is a member of the senior advisory board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Services Council.
He has a BS in mathematics and physics from St. Xavier’s College and a BA in computer sciences from The University of Texas at Austin.
Knowledge Consulting Group
Maryann Hirsch serves as the President of Knowledge Consulting Group. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Consulting, of Federal Sources, a leading market research firm focused on the public IT market. She was responsible for all revenue growth, profitability, and operational aspects of the consulting practice. She supported customers in the areas of procurement marketing strategies, acquisition support, competitive analysis, organizational analysis, and positioning of new solution offerings within the public sector market. She is a graduate of Mary Washington University with a BS in Business Administration.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Leslie, CEO for Dovel Technologies, has experience successfully building companies for substantial market value and growth. He is responsible for Dovel’s growth strategy and oversees daily operations. He has experience and expertise in operational excellence, business development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and extensive public-sector operations. He served as President of Apptis, a Chantilly, Virginia-based technology services company, and he co-founded and served as President and CEO of Apogen Technologies, a Federal IT services and technology company with a focus on homeland security and defense. Leslie is the Board Chairman of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, is on the Senior Advisory Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and serves as an Advisor to the Children’s Science Center, which focuses on STEM initiatives. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts, Boston State College.
President, Mission Sustainment
Wayne Lucernoni is president of Mission Sustainment for Harris Corporation’s Critical Networks segment. Previously, he was president of Harris IT Services, which designed, deployed, operated, and maintained secure communications systems and information networks. He is a member of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Professional Services Council and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council. He recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance,
Prior to joining Harris in 1990, Lucernoni worked as an accountant in contracting firms that were service and manufacturing focused, serving government and commercial markets.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University’s School of Accounting, and Certified Public Accountant certification in Maryland and Virginia, and has completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
U.S. Army (Ret.)
David M. Maddox is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, United States Army Europe/Commander, Central Army Group from 1992 to 1993; Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe from 1993 to 1994.
After retiring from the army, Maddox has worked as an independent consultant to industry and the government. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and he received his MS in Applied Science (Operations Research) from Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Senior Fellow with the Army Science Board, and Chairs the National Academies’ Board on Army Science and Technology.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Brad Medairy is a McLean, VA-based Senior Vice President and leader in Booz Allen Hamilton's Predictive Intelligence initiative focused on delivering solutions that combine systems development and integration, big data analytics, data sciences, and specialized tradecraft to help clients anticipate, prevent, detect and respond to global threats and opportunities with real-time actionable insight about their environments.
He has a proven track record in the application of emerging technologies (e.g. Hadoop, Cloud Computing) and techniques (e.g. Agile Development, Advanced Analytics, Enterprise Architecture) to design, develop, and deliver large-scale enterprise systems that address business and missions needs across Federal and Commercial clients.
He has MS in information systems and technology from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in information systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Federal Communications Commission
As the senior cybersecurity engineer at the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Vernon Mosley provides strategic and technical advice on cybersecurity activities. He works with public and private partners to help ensure communications networks are resilient to cyber incidents and meet the public safety and homeland security needs of Americans during emergencies.
Mosley is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He earned a master's degree in engineering management from the George Washington University.
Information Technology and Systems Division, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
As director of IDA’s information technology and systems division, Margaret Myers leads researchers who address cybersecurity and other cyberspace challenges of national and global importance, drawing from their broad understanding of related operations and business, technology and systems, and policy and law. Myers has served as principal director for the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer and as director of information technology acquisition and investment for the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I).
She earned a doctorate in information technology from George Mason University; a master of science in operations research from American University in Washington, D.C.; and a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematics from Colorado College.
Todd Pantezzi is a Senior Vice President with ICF International, responsible for ICF’s relationships and growth across the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) since 2009. He represents ICF’s consulting practices in biomedical information services, data management and analytics, technology and management consulting, digital strategy, communications, survey research, and program evaluation. Since joining ICF the firm has grown to be one of the most prolific prime contractors across HHS.
An expert on the federal government’s civilian health programs, his first assignment was to create and build a health informatics practice for a small systems integrator. As an independent consultant he created and implemented market entry strategies for most of the large federal systems integrators seeking to enter the civilian health sector. He went on to lead HHS business development for SRA, Pearson (now GDIT), UnitedHealth Group, and CSC. As chair of “An Evening for Hope” to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH, he led the committee that raised a record $900,000 donation in 2016, and is the chair of the 2017 gala.
Mr. Pantezzi is a regular committee chair, moderator, speaker, and panelist at industry and government events. He is a graduate of Skidmore College.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Michael Papay is vice president and chief information security officer for Northrop Grumman, working on the company’s internal information security program. In his role, he is also responsible for strategy and vision for the company’s global computer and network information security systems; defining companywide policies for information security; and enhancing the security of Northrop Grumman’s products, services and infrastructures. Papay has 29 years of experience with the company developing engineering solutions for the Department of Defense and intelligence community, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; command and control systems; networking solutions; satellite and ground systems; airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms; modeling and simulation programs; military training tools; and cybersecurity solutions. He served on the 2012 Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Cyber Skills. He has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech.
Chairman of the Board
Phillip J. Tarnoff is chairman of the board of Traffax, which produces equipment that measures travel times and origin-destinations of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Traffax equipment is based on the use of Bluetooth technology. Tarnoff’s current goal is to help state and local departments of transportation move away from their current construction and public works orientation, and significantly increase their focus on efficient operation of the nation's roadway system. His consulting and writing activities are aimed at this goal. He recently completed a book titled The Road Ahead. He has received numerous awards, including in 2002, the prestigious Theodore M. Matson award for his contributions to the transportation industry.
Tarnoff received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology (subsequently renamed Carnegie Mellon University) and Master of Science from New York University.
National Security Agency’s Cyber Task Force
Immediately prior to this position, Tarun served as the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency. Her focus areas include strategy, planning, integration, and relationship management, in cybersecurity and related disciplines. She has served as a Cyber Strategist in a joint Defense Department-Homeland Security Department organization for orchestrating coordinated joint efforts in operational planning, policy and strategic development, and identification of gaps and solutions for cyber issues. She also served as the Protect Data and Networks and Operational Resiliency Portfolio Lead for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information and Identity Assurance. Throughout her career she has worked as a computer scientist, information technologist, and a variety of policy, program management, and resource jobs.
Advanced Analytics and Agile IT (AIT) Division, Noblis
Sterling Thomas is a Fellow and Director of the Advanced Analytics and Agile IT (AIT) Division at Noblis, a nonprofit research corporation with headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. There, he’s had the opportunity to work, and lead, in a field with rapid advances and continuous innovations. Under his direction, Noblis’ AIT division offers advanced analytics research and development for clients in state, federal and private sectors for projects ranging from developing human diagnostics to developing financial algorithms for equities markets. His division also manages a portfolio of diverse projects including the 2014 Ebola outbreak, infectious disease tracking and research, Web research focused on pursuing human traffickers, and research in cybersecurity.
Sterling has a PhD in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University.