GCETM 2015

September 4-5, 2015

“Achieving Sustainable Growth through Engineering and Technology Management”

Keynote Speakers

September 4, 2015 - 8:30

Victoria Jordan, PhD, MBA, MS

Executive Director, Strategic Management and Systems Engineering MD Anderson Cancer Center

Title: Strategic Planning and Management in Healthcare

Dr. Victoria Jordan specializes in systems management, applied statistics and quality improvement. As the Executive Director of Strategic Management and Systems Engineering at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, she currently leads Quality/Systems Engineering, Strategic Planning and Management, and Clinical Informatics within the Office of Performance Improvement. Quality/Systems Engineering provides expertise to the organization in process and system improvement by applying quality tools and methodologies that support safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient-centeredness. Through Clinical Informatics, her area provides accurate and timely process and outcomes data (internal and comparative) to process owners in support of the needs of the EVP of Clinical Operations, the EVP of Research, and Division Heads. In her Strategic Planning and Management role, Dr. Jordan facilitates the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic plan with the Executive Committee. continue »

September 4, 2015 - 13:00

Mark Harris

President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)

Title: Driving research and tech innovation as an intermediary organization

Mark Harris is the President & CEO of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), a member-driven, 1871-based, nonprofit organization that works to increase the impact of research and technology on the state’s economy. Created by the State of Illinois 25 years ago, the ISTC forges public-private partnerships among industry, research universities, federal labs, regional economic development organizations, the entrepreneurial community, and government to increase federal and private investments in research and technology, develop talent, promote awareness and policies at the state and federal level, and in doing so, support economic growth in Illinois. Mark also leads the Illinois Science & Technology Institute, (ISTI), a 501c3 affiliate created in 2011 that advances Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and talent development in the state. continue »

September 5, 2015 - 8:30

Ann P. Kalayil, PhD.

Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region, GSA

Title: How GSA is Using Technology to Build a Sustainable Government

Ann P. Kalayil was named Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region in January 2011. As the agency’s regional chief executive, she heads operations that provide Federal agencies and the U.S. Courts in six states with support in vital areas such as real estate, technology, acquisitions, and fleet. Headquartered in Chicago, the Region has a workforce of 725 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $450 million, a building inventory of 35.8 million square feet, and $3.4 billion in business volume. Ann's appointment is historic as she is the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in this role for the region. continue »

September 5, 2015 - 13:00

Fady A. Harfoush, PhD.

Director & Clinical Lecturer, Loyola University Quinlan School of Business

Title: From Big Bang to Big Data

After a long career in government research, private industry, and a startup initiative Fady A. Harfoush joined Loyola Quinlan School of Business as Lecturer and Director of the Financial Services & Business Analytics Lab. The FSBA Lab serves both the immediate needs for hands-on training in financial services and also the rapidly growing field of business analytics in various industry sectors besides finance such as marketing, healthcare, legal, insurance, risk management, government, and supply chain management. With the advent of ‘big data’, the new race and competitive edge for many companies is how to convert streaming data into actionable business insights—and do it fast. The challenges and opportunities are vast and continuously changing. Prior to joining Loyola, he served as Director of Data Warehouse and Applications Development for Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of multiple aggregated financial data. The role combined global virtual diverse teams’ management, and hands-on authentic leadership solving problems in data warehousing, data aggregation, advanced data analytics, quantification of intelligent information, and smart presentation techniques of large data. Fady is also the co-founder of Social Market Analytics, a global leader in predictive equities sentiment. SMA uses patented algorithms and analytics framework to distill the vast social media big data into actionable intelligence by providing the financial industry with near real-time sentiment analysis for powerful business insights. continue »