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IEEE Computer Society Leading Professional Webinar Series

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The IEEE Computer Society Leading Professional Webinar Series captures current, must-know topics and best practices for the advancement of the computing profession. Each lecture webcast is approximately 30 minutes, followed by a live Q&A session with the presenter(s). Through the sponsorship of the IEEE-CS Certification and Professional Education program, these lectures are made available to professionals in the field at no charge.

Webinar Archive

Webinar title Lecturer Original Broadcast Date Original Broadcast Time Link to Archived Presentation

Big Data Analytics for Security

Duration: 45 minutes

Webinar description

Alvaro Cardenas, Pratyusa Manadhata, and Sreeranga Rajan Tuesday
29 April
10 a.m. PDT
1 p.m. EDT
5 p.m. UTC
Archived presentation

Developing Systems Engineering Workforce Capability

Duration: 45 minutes

Webinar description

Heidi Davidz Thursday
1 May
10 a.m. PDT
1 p.m. EDT
5 p.m. UTC
Archived presentation

How Value Engineering Powers Innovation

Duration: 45 minutes

Webinar description

Craig Squires Tuesday
6 May
10 a.m. PDT
1 p.m. EDT
5 p.m. UTC
Archived presentation

Building Security In:
Preparing for a Software Security Career

Duration: 45 minutes

Webinar description

Nancy Mead Thursday
8 May
10 a.m. PDT
1 p.m. EDT
5 p.m. UTC
Archived presentation

Systems Management:
Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management Practices

Duration: 45 minutes

Webinar description

Dennis Van Gemert Thursday
29 May
10 a.m. PDT
1 p.m. EDT
5 p.m. UTC
Archived presentation

Big Data Analytics for Security

Big data is changing the landscape of security tools for network monitoring, security information and event management, and forensics; however, in the eternal arms race of attack and defense, security researchers must keep exploring novel ways to mitigate and contain sophisticated attackers.

Systems Management: Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management Practices

Covers project and cost drivers, requirements, and systems thinking.

Developing Systems Engineering Workforce Capability

Practical solutions for accelerating the development of senior systems engineers.

Heidi Davidz

Heidi Davidz

Heidi Davidz is a Principal Engineer in Systems Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne, where she leads the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) initiative. In addition to MBSE, her research interests include systems engineering workforce development and systems engineering capability enhancement. Davidz received a PhD in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her dissertation addressed accelerating the development of senior systems engineers. She has a breadth of experience in the aerospace industry from supporting NASA Headquarters to running hot-fire rocket engine tests. Through several companies, she has worked in pre-acquisition planning, design, systems engineering, test, continuous improvement, and operational support. She is on the editorial board of the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE) and is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering.

How Value Engineering Powers Innovation

Optimizing an enterprise's technologically innovative projects through value engineering.

Craig Squires

Craig Squires

Craig L. Squires, CVS, is Managing Partner of NWIS.net and Immediate Past President of SAVE International. He is a Certified Value Specialist (CVS), the highest certification level in value engineering (VE). He is recognized globally in the VE community for his contributions to advancing VE and related technologies. He completed his term as President in June 2013 after serving as Executive Vice President (2009-2011), VP - Global Affairs (2007-2009), and Houston SAVE Chapter President (2005-2007). In 2012, he was the third recipient of the "Distinguished VE Service Award" from SJVE, Japan's VE society. He was also the first non-Korean to be awarded SKVE's highest award for excellence in VE. In 2009, he was recognized with the "Rising Star Award" by SAVE International. He has a bachelor's degree in international relations and a minor in Japanese. Along with 25+ years in international business development, he speaks five languages, including Japanese (fluently) and Chinese (Mandarin).

Building Security In: Preparing for a Software Security Career

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has developed a set of software assurance curriculum guidance documents, which provides a foundation for preparing a software security workforce. This presentation describes the SEI Software Assurance Curriculum Project's work and the curriculum guidance documents. A case study illustrates how individuals could use the curriculum guidance.

Dennis Van Gemert

Dennis Van Gemert Twenty years' experience in program and project management; systems engineering; systems integration; mission assurance; process development and integration; flight mechanics and performance analyses; mechanical, structural, and ordnance systems design; payload accommodations; systems architecture; launch vehicle flight-worthiness certification; and proposal and source selection operations, for the DoD, NASA, and IC. Experience spans the Launch, Space, and Ground Segments of space systems. Also 8 years' experience lecturing at The University of California on the topics of Project Management, Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Procurement Management, and Earned Value Management. Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credentialed, with Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Project Management, and honored to be recognized as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and awarded an Aerospace Corporation Spot Award for "Excellence in Multi-disciplinary Team Leadership."

Building Security In: Preparing for a Software Security Career

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has developed a set of software assurance curriculum guidance documents, which provides a foundation for preparing a software security workforce. This presentation describes the SEI Software Assurance Curriculum Project's work and the curriculum guidance documents. A case study illustrates how individuals could use the curriculum guidance.

Alvaro Cardenas, Pratyusa Manadhata, and Sreeranga Rajan

Alvaro A. Cárdenas

Alvaro A. Cárdenas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is a member of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute. He holds MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining UT Dallas he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research staff at Fujitsu Laboratories of America in Sunnyvale California. His research interests focus on computer security, network intrusion detection, and big data.

Pratyusa K. Manadhata

Pratyusa K. Manadhata is a senior researcher at HP Labs. His research interests include security and privacy, with a current emphasis on big data analysis for security. Manadhata received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a best paper award at MobiSec 2012. He has been on the program committees of many conferences and workshops. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, and the USENIX Association.

Sreeranga Rajan

Sree Rajan is serving as the Director of Software Systems Innovation Group at Fujitsu Laboratories of America (FLA), Sunnyvale, CA. Sree joined FLA in 1996 from Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International. He is the co-author of more than 25 patents and 30 refereed publications in top-tier conferences and journals in the areas of program analysis and symbolic execution. He has served on conference program committees and chaired standards committees. He is the co-recipient of President's award at Fujitsu. His work on symbolic execution was recognized by NASA as one of top 50 technologies in 2010. Sree served as the founding editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Storage from 2004 to 2010. Sree is the founding chair of a global big data research group with more than 50 researchers and practitioners from different organizations in cloud security alliance. Sree is a senior member of IEEE.

Nancy Mead

Nancy Mead

Nancy R. Mead is a Fellow and Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Mead is an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently involved in the study of security requirements engineering and the development of software assurance curricula. She also served as director of education for the SEI from 1991 to 1994. Her research interests are in the areas of software security, software requirements engineering, and software architectures.

Prior to joining the SEI, Mead was a senior technical staff member at IBM Federal Systems, where she spent most of her career in the development and management of large real-time systems. She also worked in IBM's software engineering technology area and managed IBM Federal Systems' software engineering education department. She has developed and taught numerous courses on software engineering topics, both at universities and in professional education courses.

Mead has more than 150 publications and invited presentations, and has a biographical citation in Who's Who in America. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society, and a Distinguished Member of the ACM. Mead serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal on Secure Software Engineering, and has been a member of numerous advisory boards and committees.

Mead received her PhD in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and received a BA and an MS in mathematics from New York University.