Rob Fish is on the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Princeton University. He also serves as President of the IEEE SA and a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society. He co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE standards in communications and networking. He is Co-founder and formerly the Steering Committee Chair of IEEE ComSoc’s Consumer Communications and Networking Conference. For his leadership and contributions to the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, Dr. Fish was the recipient of MMTC’s Distinguished Service Award. Rob was also awarded the Standards Medallion of the IEEE Standards Association. Dr. Fish was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE "for application of visual communications and networking."
Senior Director, Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE Standards Association
Karen McCabe is a Senior Director of Technology Policy and International Affairs at IEEE, where she leads efforts to build and connect communities working in the technology policy ecosystem and where her focus is on the development and promotion of collaborative strategies that produce impactful outcomes among mulit-stakeholders to help advance technology for society and humanity benefit. Karen has over 20 years experience working at the nexus of mission-driven organizations, industry, NGO and government bodies to raise awareness, to educate and build capacity among stakeholders in the technology sphere.
Director, Emerging Communities & Initiatives Development, Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association
My professional life has given me an opportunity to meet and work with talented people and see the world from many different aspects. Each experience has opened a new door of learning but none have been as inspiring as the world of disruptive and emerging technologies. I am believer that disruption is not always bad and when adopted on the principle of growing economies that lead to better quality of life or the advancement of underserved populations, that it should be embraced to the fullest extent.
I have been fortunate enough to work in many different industry sectors including finance, legal, pharma/life sciences, telecommunications, and natural resources. The driving force to learn and accelerate in those sectors is my passion for “changing the status quo.”
As an enthusiast of blockchain and advocate for emerging technologies adoption, I get the unique opportunity to fully utilize the unique combination of knowledge on multiple industry sectors with my passion for innovative disruption. And for that, I am energized to see what tomorrow brings.
Maria is the founder of DisruptiveRx, an information gateway addressing the critical need for pharmaceutical and life sciences executives to connect innovation with business strategy to re-think the pharmaceutical value chain. She has extensive experience in building global media and events brands in multiple industry sectors. She holds a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.
Director, New Initiatives, IEEE Standards Association
Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, with leadership responsibilities for the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program and the IEEE Industry Connections program. Prior to joining the IEEE-SA, he was a Principal Engineer with EnerNex Corporation, and a program manager for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) with a focus on its testing and certification initiatives. Rudi has a 20+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs, assuring expectations for functional performance, compatibility, product robustness and safety are achieved. He is recognized as a technical expert and industry thought leader on conformance and interoperability programs.
Senior Director, Technical Program Operations, IEEE Standards Association
Sam Sciacca Senior Director of Technical Program Operations at IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). Prior to joining IEEE, founded Automation Technologies and Services, a multinational firm working in electric utility automation and control. He went on to become CEO of SCS Consulting LLC. He is a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of electric utility operations, both domestic and international. He is past Board member of the IEEE-SA, and serves as the IEEE-SA representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission. Mr. Sciacca is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and proceedings around the world, specializing in Smart Grid and Cyber Security, including China, India, Korea, Japan, Europe, North and South America. He also served as an advisor for companies seeking to develop international markets for electric utility products and services. He has also served as an IEEE-SA Working Group Chair and volunteer on multiple efforts in areas of cyber security, communications and automation for electric grid operations.
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