Steven I. Cooper is a founding partner of Strativest, a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security and emergency response and preparedness, assisting in the development of 'go-to-market' actions, and in providing management advisory services for business strategy and business development, competitive intelligence, and the strategic use of information and communications technology for competitive advantage.
In November 2007, Mr. Cooper joined Fortified Holdings Corporation as President. Fortified Holdings is a diversified holding company focused on the development and delivery of solutions to improve situational awareness across the homeland security and first responder communities. In addition to operational responsibilities, he is focused on identifying acquisition targets for the company and helping its business units expand their market reach in effectively delivering its product solutions to emergency management organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local municipalities, first responders, and government and military agencies, to include the Department of Homeland Security, the US Army, and the US Coast Guard.
From May 2005 to July 2007, he was senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of the American Red Cross. Mr. Cooper was responsible for the information technology (IT) assets of the Red Cross and leveraging them to support the humanitarian organization's 35,000 employees and the 300 million Americans they serve. He guided the introduction of a first ever national call center during Hurricane Katrina to provide emergency assistance to the more than 4 Million people displaced from their homes and led the strategic sourcing of the ARC's primary data center.
In February 2003, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His accomplishments include the implementation of a Homeland Secure Data Network to enable the exchange of classified homeland security information among federal civilian agencies and with the Department of Defense; in partnership, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the deployment of a Homeland Security Information Network to share sensitive information with state and local agencies; first responders, and private sector entities who own critical infrastructure; in developing the department's first IT Strategic Plan, and in standing up the 'day one' IT operations of DHS. Mr. Cooper testified frequently before Congress on matters related to Cyber and Information Security, and the use of Information Technology to achieve homeland security mission objectives.
Earlier, in March 2002, Mr. Cooper was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and also served as senior director for information integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In this role, he initiated the integration of the terrorist watch lists, and launched the development of the National Enterprise Architecture for Homeland Security to address information integration within the federal government and the sharing of homeland security information with state, local, and relevant private-sector entities.
Mr. Cooper was named one of the Top 100 CIOs in America by CIO Insight in 2007. He previously was honored by Government Computer News as the Government Civilian Executive of the Year; by the Northern Virginia Technology Council as a Titan of Technology; was a recipient of the Fed 100 Award recognizing the 100 most influential people in Federal Government Technology; and was named by the Washington Post as One of the Five to Watch while serving in the White House. Mr. Cooper has remained active in his support of the NGO and Not-for-profit sector. Continuing work he did with the Department of Homeland Security in public safety interoperability through his current role as a Board Member of ComCARE, he is currently participating in the ComCARE Alliance's Core Services Initiative to provide a nationwide Enterprise Provider Access Directory and Identity Management services for all members of the emergency response community.
As a Board Member of NetHope, he is working to extend Information and Communication Technology capability, infrastructure, and innovation across the globe on behalf of NetHope's members, the 23 largest global humanitarian organizations, to 'wire the global village'. Mr Cooper serves as an executive board member of the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue, and as a board member of AFCEA International, both not-for-profit organizations dedicated to addressing matters of disaster preparedness and national security at all levels of government and for each citizen and family.
As the first Executive-on-Grounds at the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, Mr. Cooper brings "real-life" experience in applying technology to the students in the Masters program in the Management of IT.
Prior to his federal government service, Mr. Cooper spent more than twenty years in the private sector as an IT professional and holds a BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a former Naval Air Reserve petty officer who served during the Vietnam conflict. He is married and states that being the father of four daughters, and the brother of four sisters, remains the toughest job he's ever had.
Mr. Prashant Gaur
Director (Enterprise Integration)
DOD Business Transformation Agency (BTA)
Mr. Prashant Gaur serves as the Director of Enterprise Integration at the Defense Business Transformation Agency (BTA). In this role, he works with both the OSD and the services to drive the modernization and integration of business systems at the Department of Defense (DoD).
Prior to joining DoD, Mr. Gaur served as a Vice President and Partner at Unisys, where he was responsible for account management and delivering enterprise systems and infrastructure services to multiple federal agencies, including the General Services Administration. Mr. Gaur also served as Deputy to the CIO at the Internal Revenue Service, where he was responsible for business transformation initiatives and resolving critical issues such as implementation of enterprise architecture and the transition from legacy to modernized systems.
Mr. Gaur was also a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he led the establishment of enterprise resource planning and infrastructure practices for PwC in the federal sector. In addition, he led the business process reengineering and systems implementation of large financial and mission-critical systems for multiple defense and civilian agencies, including the Department of Navy and the Marine Corps. Prior to PwC, Mr. Gaur was a Director with a manufacturing consulting firm, where he led the implementation of supply chain systems for commercial clients such as WL Gore, manufacturer of spacesuits.
Mr. Gaur is very active in the industry and was elected Chair of the Emerging Technology Shared Interest Group of the Industry Advisory Council, where he led industry groups engaged with the government on issues such as acquisition of emerging technology and successful Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation.
Mr. Gaur is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program and received a fellowship for his Master's of Business Administration in finance and accounting from the University of Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Nitin Naik, Ph.D.
Dr. Nitin Naik serves as Technical Director for the IRS. Previously he was Associate Chief Technology Officer for NASA. Dr. Naik has received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from India. He has completed post-graduate studies at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge receiving a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Systems Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Dr. Naik has worked in information management, enterprise networks, data center operations, web-based delivery systems and software development for the last 20 years.
CTO, Civil & Health Services Group
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Daniel G. Mintz currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Civil and Health Services Group at CSC. In this role, he serves as a strategic thought leader ensuring the right combination of technology and services are brought to bear in support of the mission critical requirements of CSC's key government customers. Responsible for providing overall technology leadership for the Group, identifying key current and future customer requirements, interfacing to CSC's industry leading technologists and scientists, and identifying gaps which need to be filled either by additional corporate investments or relationships with strategic partnerships.
Previous, he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). As CIO, Mintz served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on matters involving information resources and information services management. Notable achievements included the creation of the Department-wide Cyber-Security Management Center, CSMC, management of all IT and telephony assets during the move to the new Departmental headquarters, and establishment of a number of Government 2.0 initiatives putting the Department in the front of the social network revolution within Government.
Mintz came to DOT from Sun Microsystems, where he most recently served as the Director for Government Compliance Programs and was responsible for leading a corporate-wide group responsible for security, legal, and regulatory compliance for Sun's US Government business. Over the previous ten years he was responsible for the profitability and successful implementation of large government and commercial programs both domestic and international. This included the creation and management of business and technical teams across Sun, Sun partners, and Sun customer boundaries.
Mr. Mintz's over thirty-year professional career has included senior positions leading product marketing efforts, managing the implementation of software development, and performing technical consulting. He served as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005, focusing on the utilization of technology to support improved medical delivery and the special issues of the nation's senior citizens. He earlier served as a member of the State of Maryland Advisory Panel on Electronic Commerce providing advice on what legislation would be necessary to enable on-line commerce in the state.
Mintz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Mr. Mintz resides in North Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Ellen Elow-Mintz. They have two daughters. Miriam is an acting major at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Tamar is a political science major at the University of Rochester.
Mrs. Trish Hamburger
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Human Systems Integration (HSI) and Warfare Systems Engineering (WSE) Director, SEA 05H;
PEO Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) Technical Director
Trish Hamburger is currently serving as the NAVSEA HSI and WSE Deputy Warranting Officer, providing independent technical assessments of NAVSEA programs for these domains. She is also currently designated as the PEO IWS Technical Director. In addition to establishing HSI and WSE policies and certification criteria, Ms. Hamburger is responsible for the HSI and WSE development of the Navy's national systems engineering capability, working closely with academic and engineering communities to develop the future workforce. Ms. Hamburger was competitively selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2007 to serve as the Human Systems Engineering (HSE) National Competency Domain Executive. Previously, Ms. Hamburger served as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corporate HSI Director, developing HSI policies and practices across the $4.4B enterprise. Her collateral duties included leadership and officer training, and the CNO-initiated Navy Enterprise Human Systems Performance Assessment Capability (HSPAC).
In 2002 / 2003 Ms. Hamburger served as the HSI Director for PEO Integrated Warfare Systems, initiating major HSI efforts, establishing HSI policy and guidance, and identifying science and technology (S&T) investments for the $2.5B enterprise. In 2001, as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Optimized Manning / Human Factors Program Officer, she provided research oversight and Congressional technology demonstrations for the Chief of Naval Research.
From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Hamburger led efforts in the PEO Surface Strike HSI Department, including technical leadership of the $35M Surface Combatant 21st Century (SC-21) / ONR S&T Manning Affordability Initiative which developed Human Performance Models, Advanced Multi-Modal Human Computer Interface Capabilities, Human Centered Design Tools, and Systems Engineering Process Improvements. These products assist with tactical design, automation, and decision support as well as providing automated assistance for tomorrow's systems engineers in optimizing complex systems for the warfighter. Products transitioned into the Naval Collaborative Engineering Environment, into ship systems, and into international systems engineering standards.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Hamburger developed the Integrated Command Environment (ICE) Facility at NSWCDD to investigate issues of Command and Control; led AEGIS Fleet Support and System Test, Certification, and Fleet Delivery efforts; led Shock Trials Data Analysis Teams; taught Prospective Commanding Officer and Department Head classes at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center; led AEGIS Command and Decision (C&D), Display, and Training efforts at warfare center, industry, shipyard, and Fleet locations; participated in incident investigations, shipboard qualification trials, and DT/OT events; and authored numerous papers and articles for national and international conferences / publications. She is a recognized international speaker, and has received numerous awards, including the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Award, the American Society of Naval Engineer's (ASNE) President's Award, and the HSI Symposium Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Hamburger is originally from Brookhaven, Mississippi, and is married to Robert Hamburger of Columbia, South Carolina. The Hamburgers reside in Washington, DC.