Event: STEM Pioneers Rock!

Event: STEM Pioneers Rock!

Brought to you by NSA and Dreamport/MISI, the STEM Pioneers Rock series, highlights significant accomplishments of those who are "firsts" in their field. These individuals are responsible for attaining goals that opened doors for those who come behind them. In addition, we hope the "pioneers" we have identified encourage our workforce to "stay the course", improving retention statistics.

STEM Pioneers Rock!

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Past Events

Dr. Cynthia Sutherland, First Female CISO of FEMA, Author, leader at Amazon

September 20, 2022 | 1300 - 1430 EST

Dr. Cynthia Sutherland

Dr. Cynthia Sutherland was appointed as the first Senior Executive Service (SES)-level Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at FEMA in June 2020. As CISO, she provides executive leadership and direction for FEMAʼs cybersecurity services: Cybersecurity Policy, Planning, and Training; Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM); Cyber Engineering; Cyber Assessment; Compliance; Risk Management; and Security Operations.

Prior to joining FEMA, Dr. Sutherland served as the Deputy of Cyberspace Division and CISO for the Department of Defenseʼs Joint Sta as the primary advisor to Joint Sta and Combatant Commands for integrating cybersecurity into warfighter systems and military tactical networks. Her specialty areas included topics such as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Industrial Control Systems, and Supply Chain Risk Management. She also served as the Global Chair and U.S. Representative to the Multinational Security Accreditation Board for secure interoperability between DoD and foreign partners plus the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Before her civilian work with DoD, Dr. Sutherland served as a Telecommunications Specialist for the Army National Guard, with an active duty tour to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom. She earned numerous awards to include Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

Dr. Sutherland holds a Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity, Master of Science in Network Security, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. She also contributed to the cybersecurity industry through her published work, Case Study: Integration of Cybersecurity Content into Juris Doctor Curriculum – Creation of the Cybercrime Prosecutor.


Margaret Salter, Director of AWS Crypto

September 8, 2022 | 1300 - 1430 EST

Margaret Salter

Margaret Salter is the Director of Applied Cryptography at AWS. She spent 34 years at the National Security Agency, culminating in her position as the Technical Director for an Information Assurance organization.


Loretta Hall, Author of biography of Wally Funk, member of the female team for Mercury 13 flight

August 15, 2022 | 1300 - 1430 EST

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall is a freelance writer and nonfiction book author. Although she has written for a variety of consumer magazines, she concentrated on civil engineering and architecture trade publications for many years. About ten years ago, her latent fascination with space exploration resurfaced, and she has since concentrated on that subject. During the past fifteen years, she has written seven books for adults and young adults, including two on architecture and three on the history and future of space travel. Her children's picture book about visiting Spaceport America was published in 2017. She is a board member of New Mexico Press Women, a Certified Space Ambassador for the National Space Society, and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico's Speakers Bureau.

Dr. L. Jean Camp, Professor, Author, Innovator

July 25, 2022 | 1300 - 1430 EST

Dr. L. Jean Camp

Professor L. Jean Camp is a founder of the interdiscipline of economics of security. Her core contributions are in area of the social and economic implications of technologies of security and privacy. She is a leader in the investigation of the insider threat in the networked realm.

Prof. Camp began her graduate studies in electrical engineering in North Carolina before moving to the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon to complete her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. Upon graduation she became a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. She left Sandia National Laboratories for eight years as a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, departing to lead the security group in the newly-formed School of Informatics at Indiana University.

Professor Camp is the author of "Trust and Risk in Internet Commerce" (MIT Press), "Economics of Identity Theft" (Springer) and the editor of "Economics of Information Security" (Kluwer Academic). She has authored over one additional hundred works, including ninety peer-reviewed works and two dozen book chapters. She has made scores of invited presentations on five continents. Her patents are in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Her professional service has included terms on the Board of Directors of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, Alumni Board for Carnegie Mellon, Senior Member of the IEEE, and longstanding member of the USACM. See http://www.ljean.com/cv.html for more detailed information.

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