Mark Abramson, Message Technologies

Mark Abramson has served as CEO of MTI since 1989. He is responsible for strategic development of MTI's technology and expansion of the company's live agent services on a nationwide basis, advancing its presence in the areas of IVR, audiotext, direct response, dealer locator and telemarketing. Mark has more than thirty-two years of experience in digital computer technology and over thirty years of experience in speech technology. He began his career during his undergraduate and graduate studies, during which he engaged in various natural language processing ventures. He rewrote Naval Research Laboratory text-to-speech algorithms, which led to the creation of an inexpensive computer capable of speaking the Wall Street Journal ®.

Mark is a graduate of Emory University and holds both BS and MS degrees.  His Master's Thesis was based on the work he conducted enhancing software developed by Dr. E. J. Corey, 1990 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. Mark built a natural language interface for Dr. Corey's LHASA (Logic and Heuristics Applied to Synthetic Analysis) software and was the first researcher outside of the Corey's research group ever to have access to it. Mark later consulted for General Electric on the use of speech recognition and received a grant from the company to develop a voice controlled lecture series about the anatomy of the human eye that would allow a lecturer to manipulate a television display and simple animation using voice recognition. As a result of his consulting work with General Electric, Mark also provided speech consulting to Hitachi.

Mark also gained experience in telephony, where he developed a voice-controlled telephone set and established Voice Computer Technologies, Inc. (VCT) in 1980. He was Chairman and Executive Vice-President of Research and Development and generated the world's first IVR college class registration system. Mark and his marketing partner succeeded in raising $4 million in venture funds and private financing for the company before it was sold to Davox Corporation in 1984. He is an active aquarist and enjoys aerobatic flying, and horseback riding. 

Peter Audano, IBM

Peter Audano is a developer working for IBM and managing a project designed to free engineers from repetitive tasks. Fascinated with networking technology and programming, he enrolled at Southern Polytechnic State University in 2001, from where he received his B.S. degree in Computer Science. While studying for his degree, Peter held a full-time job in the computing industry. Currently, he is getting prepared to enter graduate school for bioinformatics. His goal is to take his experience from the computing industry and use it augment scientific discoveries.


Tim Cummins, Tandberg TV


Bio not available.


Fred Emry, Rollins


Fred Emry is Vice President of Applications Development for Rollins, Inc.  He has 34 years experience in application development, 25 of those in management.  His responsibilities at Rollins include all aspects of software development (requirements, analysis, development, test, release), third party software (acquisition, customization, deployment and support), and programming level support of these applications.  He is also responsible for development of the associated processes.  Prior to joining Rollins, Fred spent 26 years with IBM in application development and systems engineering, and 9 years managing application development organizations in three other companies.  He has a BS in math and statistics from Oklahoma State University, and an MS in math from Northern Illinois University.  Fred was visiting professor in MIS at Pan American University in the early 1980’s.


Phil Feibish, Independent Consultant


Phil Feibish has been an independent systems consultant for over 15 years (part time), and has worked for a worldwide software company for 9 years.  He has an undergrad degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, a graduate degree from the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University.


John Hammer, Core Concept

Dr. John M. Hammer was born at Dixon, Illinois.  He attended Knox College and then the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.S. (Highest Honors), M.S., and Ph.D., all in computer science.  He was a faculty member at the Georgia Tech Center for Man-Machine Systems Research, where his research interest was human interaction with complex systems.  He was a principal scientist at Search Technology, where his automated display management system was a key contribution to the DARPA Pilot's Associate program.  He was an engineering manager at Internet Security Systems, where he introduced extreme programming, design patterns, and refactoring.  He was Chief Technology Officer at Applied Systems Intelligence, where he led the effort for a successful Software CMM Level 3 appraisal of an agile process.  He is currently a principal scientist at Core Concept, where he contributes to its technology base for solving difficult problems in clinical trial management for the pharmaceutical industry.


Hammer's  professional interests are in intelligent systems, difficult software problems, software engineering management, and software organizational improvement.  He is an experienced system architect and software manager.  He is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.


Andrew Johnson, Google


Bio not available.


Anand Kale, Wipro Technologies


Anand Kale is industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in Software/IT field. He is Masters in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University(MTSU) and Bachelor in Electronics Engineering from University of Bombay. He has worked with software services and product companies for last 10 years and has worked in various roles as senior developer to program manager. As senior practice manager and consultant at Wipro Technologies, he is responsible for managing the mobility center at Wipro’s Atlanta Development Center along with working with fortune 100 companies in recommendation of their mobility roadmap and strategy.  He has worked in mobile technologies for last 6 years and worked as an entrepreneur prior to joining Wipro Technologies. He is avid follower of pervasive computing in the space of enterprise and consumer mobility.


Ninad Mishra, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Ninad Mishra is an informatics professional and health scientist working with CDC. He worked as a physician and health  executive before joining CDC as a senior fellow. He now leads decision support program and manages Electronic Health Records related projects. He also serves on HIMSS Clinical Decision Support (CDS) task force, Health Associated Infections (HAI) winnable battles team and federal CDS collaboratory.  He is an avid reader and has an interest in economics, psychology and history.


Michael E. Murphy, McKesson Corporation


Mike Murphy has been involved in software development and project management for over 20 years and is currently a Project Manager at McKesson Corporation. In his career, he has managed numerous customer engagements and installations projects. His responsibilities have included setting vision, planning and budgeting, and directing large teams to develop object-oriented and web-based software for worldwide sale. He has extensive experience in implementing and using ISO9000 and CMMI quality models. Prior to his current position, he was with Scientific Games Corporation directing process improvement projects. Earlier positions in included various roles at Unisys Corporation and Wachovia. He is a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Quality Software Engineer (CSQE), and a Board Member of Atlanta SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network). He received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and his Master's in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University.


Janise Richards, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Dr. Janise Richards is the Director of the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) in the Epidemiology Program Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  As Director of the PHIFP she manages the training of 20 Fellows in informatics activities.  She also provides training to other public health professionals on the principles and core competencies of public health informatics. Additionally, she provides informatics expertise on public health information systems and information models to CDC and its constituencies.  Prior to this position, she was the acting Chief of the Informatics and Knowledge Systems Branch in PHPPO for 2 years.  She comes to CDC from the University of Texas, School of Public Health (UTSPH) where she taught a Public Health Informatics course and as Director of Outreach Education, she designed, implemented, and evaluated online educational programs.  Prior to UTSPH, she was an Instructional Technologist in Educational Research and Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she developed information technology based instructional programs.  While there, Janise co-founded a privately held information technology company, Vital Source Technologies, Inc (VSTi).  VSTi is a digital publisher resource that implements over one hundred health science textbooks licensed from the leading health science publishers via an XML browser for health professions education.  Janise has been a consultant to numerous academic institutions including universities in Australia and Fiji.  She has taught post-graduate courses in informatics and instructional technology at Western Illinois University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Emory University.  Janise Richards earned her PhD in information science from the University of Texas Austin, her MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, and her other two masters degrees, a MS in education and a MS in instructional technology, are from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.


James Rundquist, Lockheed Martin


Jim Rundquist is a Staff Engineer in the field of Aeronautical Engineering at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company currently assigned to the F/A-22 Raptor project. Jim joined Lockheed in 1991 where he developed the Air Data System Algorithm for the Raptor. This algorithm is used on board the aircraft to process pressure sensor measurements to compute real time airspeed and altitude information for the Flight Control System. His work since entering the Aerospace Industry in 1983 has primarily revolved around flight simulation tools. The tasks ranged from planning and supporting wind tunnel tests to develop aerodynamic databases used in the simulation to the development and maintenance of off-line and manned simulation algorithms and code. He has worked on flight test programs for such aircraft as the Grumman Aircraft Company built X-29A Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator, the C-130J transport aircraft, and the F/A-22 Raptor. The flight test work involved analysis and reporting of the test results and often required him to write the computer software tools used to analyze and plot the data. He currently develops and maintains the software programs used by his team to extract aerodynamic data from flight test results for use in the F/A-22 off-line and manned simulations.  Jim Rundquist earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MS in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University.


Abi Salimi, Scientific Games International


Dr. Abi Salimi is a process lead and has been involved in Information Technology and in education.   His experience is in areas of telecommunications and banking industries, aviation, software and process development and in education.  His IT responsibilities have included but are not limited to leading assessment of software project and development activities, creation of process improvement infrastructure and processes, management of projects and design activities, development of testing scenarios, development and delivery of training materials, and development of applications from requirements to implementation.  His educational responsibilities have been in teaching, research and leadership.  He has taught numerous courses both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels.   He did research in intelligent databases, led a computer science department, was involved in curriculum committees, and had active role on industrial advisory committees.  Abi Salimi is the president of the Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).


David Stone, WorldWired


Dr. David Stone is president of WorldWired, Inc., an international consulting company focused on learning and performance improvement through use of technology. WorldWired, Inc. clients include Microsoft, UPS, Bayer Medical Systems, Putnam Investments, General Electric, Analog Devices, Wyeth BioPharma, Harvard University and MIT to name just a few. He is currently a Harvard Fellow and an MIT Research Fellow and is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Atlanta. He is the father of two SPSU alumni and has taught in several departments at SPSU over the past ten years. He and SPSU alumnus Constance Koskinen are authors of Planning and Design for High-Tech Web Based Training, Artech House, 2002.



Syam Yellamraju, National Life Group


In his current job as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in addition to delivering the tactical level IT services (application services, and infrastructure), Syam is responsible for development of a 3 year IT Strategic Plan that will not only upgrade the current systems, but also provide tremendous competitive advantage to the company.  Syam started his career over 20 years ago as a programmer, migrated into the project management chain and ended up in the executive cadre. Syam is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; at a later time in life, he also got an MBA from Georgia State University (4.0 GPA!!).  Syam has managed several organizations, was a change agent that migrated the organizations from chaotic processes to optimally structured productive organizations. Syam has a beautiful wife who works as a Research Analyst and they have 2 hyperactive daughters.

Greg Gibbs, Compliance 360

Greg Gibbs has worked in information technology and software development for nearly 20 years. He currently works as an Application Support Manager at Compliance 360, which offers a SaaS solution that addresses governance, risk, and compliance concerns for customers in healthcare, insurance, financial services, and other industries.Prior to Compliance 360, Greg has held technical and management positions for companies such as Accenture CAS, Sybase,iAnywhere Solutions, XcelleNet, Mirant, and others. Greg received his BS in Management of Technology from SPSU.