IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit – Anchorage 2017
18-20 September 2017 – Anchorage, AK

IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit – Anchorage
2017 September 18th-20th
Anchorage, Alaska


Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor of Anchorage (Invited)

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has lived in Anchorage since 1990. He and his wife, Dr. Mara Kimmel, have two children, Ziva and Noah.

Mayor Berkowitz earned an undergraduate degree studying Government and Economics at Harvard University, where he graduated with honors. He received a Master’s degree from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. After moving to Alaska, he worked as an assistant district attorney before serving for ten years in the Alaska State Legislature, eight as Minority Leader. As a state legislator he supported fiscal responsibility and a more comprehensive and sustainable energy policy. In the private sector, Mayor Berkowitz worked on technology and energy projects, including deployment of fiber optic cables in Alaska and across the Arctic, and a major geothermal project in Northwest Alaska.

Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Alex Hills spent years living in rural Alaska, where he worked on providing telecommunication services to people living in the villages. He lived in Kotzebue, Nome and Bethel but worked in more than a hundred small villages across the state. This work is described in his new book, Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them.

Later Alex became a university professor. He is now Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Affiliate Distinguished Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Well known in the fields of wireless, telecommunications, and networking technology, he has lectured widely and published many papers and technical reports. He holds 18 patents, and readers worldwide have enjoyed his easy-to-understand articles in Scientific American and IEEE Spectrum.

Dr. Hills also led the team that built Carnegie Mellon’s “Wireless Andrew” system, the world’s first large Wi-Fi network. With this work, described in his book, Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio, he helped to create the vision of what Wi-Fi would later become.

He served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was responsible for the development and operation of Carnegie Mellon’s computing and telecommunications systems.  As head of the university’s information technology organization, he was responsible for the financial and operational performance of the unit, which had 150 employees.  Previously, he held a similar position at the University of Alaska.

And Alex has a great deal of international experience.  He has traveled widely, lecturing and consulting in nearly 30 countries. When all are counted, he has visited 60 countries and seven continents. He has held visiting distinguished professor appointments in Chile, Singapore, and New Zealand.

Dr. Hills is a former U.S. Army Signal Corps officer and served as a company commander in South Korea. He lives in Alaska with his wife Meg, a nurse practitioner. The couple has two adult daughters and four grandchildren.

Maciej Kranz, Vice President, Corporate Technology Group at Cisco, and best selling New York Times Author on IoT

Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. In this role, Mr. Kranz leads a team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kranz was General Manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, a business unit focused on technology solutions for the Internet of Things. He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco’s major priorities. Previously, Mr. Kranz led efforts across Cisco to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps. He also drove business and product strategy for the wireless and mobility business and led product management for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit through its expansion from $400M to $6B in revenues. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Mr. Kranz held senior management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he drove a $1B Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation. Maciej Kranz holds a master’s in business administration degree from Texas Christian University.

Hon. Fran Ulmer – Chair, US Arctic Research Commission

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative, and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state, and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Anh Duong, S&T Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Department of Homeland Security


SABT Kajetan H. Groicher, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent Kajetan Groicher joined the FBI in May of 2003. SA Groicher has worked a wide variety of investigations from international terrorism to interstate child prostitution, in fact, SA Groicher was the co-case Agent for the now national Innocence Lost Initiative which targets finding child sex trafficking victims.  In 2006, SA Groicher was assigned to the Operational Enduring Freedom Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While there, he formed and oversaw the FBI’s involvement in an intelligence exploitation cell staffed by members of the United States Intelligence community. One year later, in 2007, SA Groicher was promoted to
Supervisory special Agent and oversaw the FBI’s detainee operations mission at GTMO. He has been at the Anchorage Field Office since 2009 where he serves as Assistant WMD Coordinator and Bomb Technician.

Prior to joining the FBI, SA Groicher was a Criminalist in the Forensic Biology Unit at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with concentrations in Criminal Justice and Biology from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. SA Groicher holds a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Idaho as well as a Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma. He was a National Institute of Health Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, his research led to the identification of genes involved in antibiotic tolerance and in the first complete decoding of the genome for the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus.

SA Groicher is a native of Colorado and a first-generation American born to immigrants from Austria and The Netherlands. With his name being near impossible to correctly pronounce, most of his friends call him KG.

Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine

As the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Suzanne Allen works broadly across academic affairs and regional affairs to enhance the excellence of medical education for the UWSOM and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. Dr. Allen grew up in Washington, attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, and George Washington University for her medical education, before completing her Family Medicine Residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB. Following four years of active duty practicing at Ellsworth AFB and Andrews AFB, Dr. Allen joined the FMRI faculty. She enjoys reading, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Barbara Doty, MD, Clinical Dean, Alaska U of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Barbara Doty has been serving the Matanuska-Susitna Valley since 1986, delivering babies and taking care of Mat-Su residents of all ages and walks of life.  She grew up in Vancouver, Washington where her family owned and operated a tree seedling nursery.  After completing her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Washington State University, Dr. Doty spent a year working as a crisis intervention counselor in the inner city Seattle, and then went to Fairbanks for her first year of medical school with the WWAMI Medical Education program through the University of Washington. Dr. Doty completed her Family Practice training in Denver, Colorado and returned to Alaska to practice in 1985. First at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) and then with Matanuska Health Care Associates, with Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, and Dr. Milton Lum, Pediatrician.  Dr. Doty has maintained a love of teaching and leadership throughout her career, and often works with students interested in a career in various health professions.  She was selected as Alaska’s “Family Doctor of the Year” in 1997, has been frequently been sited by the Frontiersman’s “Best Doctor in the Valley”, and was honored to be elected to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors in 2010.

Latif Ladid, University of Luxembourg and Chair IPV6 Forum

Latif is President of the IPv6 Forum, is a professor at the University of Luxembourg. He is a Senior Researcher in S&T. He works on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, – First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT, Euro6IX,; Eurov6,; NGNi,; Project initiator of SEINIT, and SecurIST,

Latif initiated the new EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management,, re-launched the Public Safety Communication Forum,, supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS, and the new safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom, and co-initiated the new EU Coordination of the European Future Internet Forum for Member States called ceFIMS:

He holds the following positions: President, IPv6 FORUM, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society, Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award

Latif is also a Member of 3GPP PCG (, 3GPP2 PCG (, Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc EntNET (, Member of UN Strategy Council, member of IEC Executive Committee, Board member of AW2I, Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg.

Brian Goldstein, MD, Chief Health system Officer for UW Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington

Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein, MD, is the chief health system officer for UW Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington.  Known for his collaborative approach to improving clinical operations through partnerships with physicians, nurses and other members of the care team, Dr. Goldstein is responsible for overseeing the operations of the clinical entities of UW Medicine to include Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, and twelve UW Neighborhood Clinics.  Dr. Goldstein also oversees the operations of Airlift Northwest and other key senior management positions at UW Medicine.  In his role as the Chief Health System Officer for UW Medicine, Dr. Goldstein is integral to the collaboration of UW Medicine’s Accountable Care Network with healthcare partners across the state of Washington.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Goldstein served six years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of North Carolina Hospitals, where he led strategic planning initiatives, facility expansion projects, and process improvements in care quality and patient safety.  During his tenure, UNC was named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers, increased employee and patient satisfaction scores, and twice received recognition from the University HealthSystem Consortium as the top academic medical center for patient-centered care.  From 2000 to 2010, he held progressively responsible positions at UNC including associate chair for clinical operations in the Department of Medicine; medical director for ambulatory care; and chief of staff, UNC Hospitals, executive associate dean for clinical affairs, UNC School of Medicine.  Dr. Goldstein received an M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Stan Barber

Stan BarberStan is currently working for Google, having started as one of the first fifty staffers working on the deployment of the Google Fiber project in 2011. Known primarily as a Network Operations Expert having created or updated Network Operations Centers for NTT America, Google Fiber and a hosting company (The Planet, which merged with SoftLayer, now part of IBM), Stan has always had an interest in learning how things work and how to keep them working. He got is BA from Rice University in Houston in 1978 and was able to be exposed to computers and networking during the time that BSD UNIX was being worked on by the folks at Berkeley and TCP/IP was becoming the lingua franca of what is know today as the Internet. He was part of one of the first projects promoting network-based collaborative work at Baylor College of Medicine. It was a precursor of the World Wide Web called the Virtual Notebook System. He was the chief engineer of SESQUNET, the NSFNET Regional network serving Texas, between 1994 and 1998. The assets were sold to Verio during its startup period. Stan was also hired by Verio at that time and subsequently transferred to NTT America after NTT acquired Verio in 2000.

In 2009, Stephen Langerholm and Stan founded the Texas IPv6 Task Force to promote the deployment of IPv6 in the Lone Star State. Stan has been chairman of the IRS 501c3 non-profit since then, hosting six multi-day education events in the state and co-sponsoring others around the country. Stan also led the IPv6 planning efforts at Cox Communications just prior to joining Google in 2011. He has also been active in the Internet Engineering Task Force and a member of NANOG (North American Network Operators Group) since it was founded. He as recognized as an ACM Senior Member in 2011.

Terry Davis

Terry DavisAbove the Falls Technology – Founder – Completely new cyber security technologies for the IOT and IIOT that eliminates passwords, is quantum proof, and requires no complex, costly infrastructure only a smart phone..

Chief Scientist – MicroSystems Automation Group of Falls Church, Virginia 2013 – 2016.. Development of advanced cyber security architectures and systems for aviation and ICS.

Chief Scientist – iJet Onobard -2010-2013 Served as the Chief Scientist for “iJet Onboard” of Seattle, Washington for their system to control remote portions of the platform for control operations, data acquisition, and remote application installation and management.

Boeing Technical Fellow — Boeing Commercial Airplanes – 2006-2010- Aircraft Network and Security; Architecture & Strategy Development of the communication and security architectures for commercial aircraft to transition from OSI-based communication to Internet protocols for new global Air Traffic Management communications.

CIO — Connexion by Boeing 2005-2006. Development of the Information Systems Architecture required to transition the program from development to sustained revenue growth.

Chief Network Engineer — Connexion by Boeing 2001-2005. Development and implementation of the network architecture and supporting services to provide seamless Internet connectivity to aircraft in flight around the world.

Vice-President of Professional Services — ViaLight, Inc 2000-2001. Consulting services to cities, and counties for fiber-to-the-home combined services.

Corporate Security Architect — The Boeing Company 1996-2000. Developed the first corporate “identity management” plan and the first corporate “security perimeter”.

Craig Lee, Director – AT&T Foundry, Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem & Innovation

Craig Lee

Craig Lee is the Director of the AT&T Internet of Things Foundry located in Plano, TX. The AT&T Foundry fosters “The Art of the Possible” in Internet of Things innovation/solutioning. Prior to his current position, Lee has served as Director of Technical Resources and Solutioning within the AT&T IoT Center of Excellence, responsible for the architecting, development and deployment of customers IoT solutions.

Additionally, Lee has served in several previous IoT focused leadership positions at AT&T spanning more than 15 years.

Previous to AT&T, Mr. Lee served in leadership positions at Motorola, Racal, and Georgia Tech Research Institute in the areas of business development, RF & electronic design engineering, and pure research.

Mr. Lee has been awarded 11 US patents and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

A native of Alaska, Mr. Lee earned a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology, a MBA from Nova Southeastern University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Dallas in Telecommunications Engineering.


Pasi Hurri, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BaseN Corporation

Pasi Hurri, founder and Chief Executive Officer of BaseN Corporation, spent more than a decade in senior technology management positions prior to establishing BaseN in 2001.  Mr. Hurri presided the engineering effort of the KPNQwest Eurorings network, then the largest pan-European carrier transporting more than 50% of the Internet traffic. During his tenure with Ahlstrom Corporation, Mr. Hurri managed the creation of a global IP network in the early 90`s.

With his strategic thinking, inherited from the Finnish Air Force, Mr. Hurri has always emphasized the importance of deep situational awareness, according to Clausewitz principles.

Mr. Hurri also holds the position of the Chairman for Industrial Internet of Things steering group of TEKES.  He is an expert speaker and senior Member of IEEE, as well as a visiting lecturer at several Universities