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NASA ATARC Digital Transformation Virtual Event

October 7, 2020 11:00 AM-3:00 PM EST
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October 7, 2020

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11:00 AM EST

Opening Remarks

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson

Chief Data Officer/Deputy Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Administrator, NASA

Jill Marlowe

Jill Marlowe

Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Administrator, NASA

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11:00-11:15 AM EST

Visionary Keynote Briefing

Steve Jurczyk

Steve Jurczyk

Associate Administrator, NASA

The Associate Administrator performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator and acts for the Administrator in the absence of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. The Associate Administrator is responsible for integrating the technical and programmatic elements of the Agency, and oversees the Agency’s Centers, programs, Technical Authorities, and the NASA Management Office. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the planning, directing, organization, and control of the day-to-day Agency technical and programmatic operations, including establishing controls over Agency activities, providing a means for evaluating mission. 

Mr. Stephen Jurczyk became NASA’s associate administrator, the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant position, effective May, 2018. Prior to this assignment he was the associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, effective since June, 2015.  In this position he formulated and executed the agency’s Space Technology programs, focusing on developing and demonstrating transformative technologies for human and robotic exploration of the solar system in partnership with industry and academia.

 He previously was Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Named to this position in May 2014, he headed NASA’s first field Center, which plays a critical role in NASA’s aeronautics research, exploration and science missions.  Jurczyk served as Langley’s Deputy Center Director from August 2006 until his appointment as director.

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11:15 AM- 11:45 AM EST

Visionary Panel: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This panel will cover NASA’s emerging strategy for AI and Machine Learning transformation as part of NASA’s overall Digital Transformation initiative.  The strategy includes practical application of AI to NASA-hard problems, access to AI/ML tool platforms, workforce upskilling in AI/ML, AI/ML teamwork / partnerships, and AI-enabling NASA’s data.  We will discuss several specific practical application use cases, as well as initial implementation plans for all elements of the strategy.

Ed McLarney

Ed McLarney

Lead for Transformation Integration and AIML, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA

Dr. Manil Maskey

Dr. Manil Maskey

Senior Scientist, Earth Science Data Systems, NASA

Chris Sexsmith

Chris Sexsmith

Data Science & Edge Practice Lead, Red Hat

Moderator: Jason Miller

Moderator: Jason Miller

Executive Editor, Federal News Network

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11:45 AM- 12:00 PM EST

Speed to Mission: How Government Agencies Are Accelerating Delivery without Compromising Security

Government agencies are facing rapidly changing priorities and challenges, including the global pandemic, economic disruption, civil unrest, and a bewildering tsunami of new technologies. In addition, there are increasingly higher expectations from citizens and mission customers to deliver digital services at the same speed and user experience that they see in the private sector. Agencies have no choice but to find ways to streamline their delivery of digital applications and systems and get them in the hands of all their stakeholders quickly. Today’s pace of change absolutely demands both velocity AND security that meets your agency’s requirements. 

Marc Kriz

Marc Kriz

Strategic Leader, National Security Programs, GitLab

Digital Transformation: Breaking Down Silos is Key to Improving Visibility and Efficiency

Silos are everywhere. They slow down work and hinder visibility. One of the keys to successful digital transformation is removing IT silos. Federal agencies need an application development platform that provides users with a unified, actionable view of all relevant data, across databases, legacy and external systems. Appian allows federal agencies, defense organizations, and many of the world’s largest corporations to securely tap into any data source without forcing the import of data into the platform. 

Manish Rai

Manish Rai

Head of Product Marketing, Appian

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12:00-12:30 PM EST

Visionary Panel: Data as a Foundation to DT

Jason Duley

Jason Duley

Information Management Program Executive, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA

Moderator: Tom Suder

Moderator: Tom Suder

CEO, ATARC

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12:30-12:50 PM EST

Lunch Break

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12:50-1:20 PM EST

Visionary Panel: Process Transformation (PTx)

This panel will cover NASA’s emerging strategy for process transformation as part of NASA’s overall Digital Transformation initiative. Process transformation focuses on continuous improvement of business processes, integration, workflow and adoption of optimal technologies to provide NASA’s teams with additional capacity to advance the mission.  We will discuss success stories and plans for process transformation as it pertains to people, technology an infrastructure, and contracts and partnerships

Mary Davie

Mary Davie

Deputy Associate Administrator, Mission Support Directorate, NASA

Nikki Miller

Nikki Miller

IT Specialist, NASA

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Tech Reporter, FedScoop

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1:20-1:50 PM EST

Visionary Panel: The Importance of Culture & Workforce 

New ways of working are here to stay, both for citizens and the government agencies serving them. This panel will set out to uncover the ways work and the workforce have shifted, and how these shifts have driven the need for a culture transformation. In addition these subject matter experts will examine NASA’s plans to enculturate the growth and openness mindset needed to unleash innovation in the workforce which will empower collaboration efforts and overall digital transformation. 

Dr. Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter

Dr. Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter

Director, Talent Strategy and Engagement Division, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Ken Wright

Ken Wright

Agency Lead for Innovation, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA

Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Government Solutions Lead, Zoom

Moderator: Aaron Boyd

Moderator: Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events, Government Executive Media Group

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1:50- 2:05 PM EST

Transformation and Collaboration with the New Business and Mission Continuity Paradigm

Matt Mandrgoc

Matt Mandrgoc

Head of US Federal, Zoom

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2:05-2:35 PM EST

Visionary Panel: Moving Toward Model-Based Everything

This panel will explore what it really means to have Model-Based Everything (MBx). The importance of moving towards MBx will be discussed as well as the challenges that are faced while making this shift. What impact will moving towards Model Based Everything have on Digital Transformation? 

Tony Diventi

Tony Diventi

Reliability & Maintainability Technical Fellow, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA

Jay Pittman

Jay Pittman

Assistant Director for Strategy, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

Terry Hill

Terry Hill

Branch Chief of Engineering Directorate Policies, Processes, & Tools, NASA

Moderator: Nicole Johnson

Moderator: Nicole Johnson

Managing Editor, GovLoop

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2:35-3:05 PM EST

Visionary Panel: Collaboration

This panel will discuss the difficulties in securely collaborating on sensitive data with our mission critical partners to ensure mission success.

Chris Blakeley

Chris Blakeley

Agency External Collaboration Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA

David Kelldorf

David Kelldorf

Chief Technology Officer, Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA

John Keese

John Keese

Head of Technical Compliance, Zoom

Moderator: Jordan Smith

Moderator: Jordan Smith

Reporter, MeriTalk

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3:05-3:15 PM EST

Closing Remarks

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson

Chief Data Officer/Deputy Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Administrator, NASA

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