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

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

Ahn Duong currently manages the Department of Homeland Security S&T Unmanned Aerial Systems initiatives and is also responsible for the Technical Assessment of Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Technologies in Cities (TACTIC) program. She has had a distinguished career at DHS and with the US Navy. In 2009 Duong was appointed as the Director for the Borders and Maritime Security Division within the United States Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Borders & Maritime Security Division.

Beginning in 2002, she served as the Director of Science and Technology of Naval Surface Warfare Center, U.S. Department of Defense, where she was responsible for Indian Head’s overall technical investment strategies, guiding and overseeing research and development programs in all areas of science and technology and focusing these efforts toward the creation of future weapon systems for the United States.

Her career with the Navy began in 1983 when she started working as a Chemical Engineer at the Indian Head Naval Surface Weapons Center. From 1991-1999, she managed all Navy basic, exploratory research and advanced development programs in high explosives. She also served as the U.S. Navy focus point for explosives and the transition of Navy explosives into weapon systems, providing consultation to government/military, industries and allied nations. From 1999-2002, she managed all NSWC Indian Head’s technical programs in Explosives and Undersea Weapons, from concept through engineering development to production and demilitarization.

In 1999 she was awarded the Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Achievement in Naval Technology and had her name is engraved in a plaque on permanent display at the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, she was awarded the Civilian Meritorious Medal for superb leadership, technical expertise and significant contributions to the Department of Defense in the area of High Performance Explosives. In 2007, she was awarded the National Security Medal for significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with both a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. degree in Computer Science.

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.