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Tech Council of Maryland to Host Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO Live! Networking Dinner on November 15

Google CTO and NOAA CIO to Give Keynotes and Participate in Interactive Q&A

Rockville, MD (October 24, 2012) – The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology trade association with more than 400 life science and technology members employing more than 200,000 in the region, today announced that two of the region’s top IT professionals will headline the Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO Live! dinner and networking event on Thursday, November 15, in Bethesda. The annual event will feature interactive question and answer sessions with keynote speakers Michele R. Weslander Quaid, CTO (Federal) for Google, and Joseph F. Klimavicz, CIO and director of High Performance Computing and Communications for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO Live! is a great opportunity for IT professionals from around the region to meet and talk about the issues and trends impacting their businesses,” said Art Jacoby, TCM’s CEO. “And, this year, we’re thrilled to be able to give our attendees the opportunity to pose questions and learn from the experiences of our featured experts, Michele and Joseph.”

Featured Speakers

In addition to serving as CTO (Federal) for Google, Weslander Quaid also is the company’s “innovation evangelist.” Throughout her career, she has taken on the challenge of creating start ups and transforming existing businesses in both industry and government, which has resulted in her being recognized and sought after as a leader of change and innovation. Prior to joining Google in April 2011, Weslander Quaid worked for nearly 20 years in the national security community, including more than a decade in industry as an image scientist and chief engineer supporting government programs. In 2001, she was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for her collaborative efforts on a multi-agency and military team, and in 2005 she was personally awarded the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. In 2002, she was asked to join the U.S. government in various transformational roles, serving in some “first ever” roles, such as deputy technical executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; intelligence community deputy CIO for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); CTO for the National Reconnaissance Office; and the DNI’s senior representative to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force leading information sharing and collaboration initiatives in support of coalition stability operations. Weslander Quaid earned a B.S. in Physics and Engineering Science with honors from Seattle Pacific University, and a M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Managers in Government, and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow.

Klimavicz was named NOAA’s CIO and director of High Performance Computing and Communications in January 2007. In this position, he is responsible for implementing statutory requirements regarding the acquisition, management and use of NOAA's information and information technology resources. Klimavicz also is responsible for NOAA's Homeland Security Program, which is designed to ensure business continuity in event of a terrorist attack, major disaster or other emergency. He also serves as the Department of Commerce senior agency official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI), and as the senior executive responsible for the Department's use of the radio frequency spectrum. He previously served in the Department of Defense (DOD) as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency deputy CIO, and as the DOD SAOGI. Klimavicz has been employed with the federal government for more than 25 years, beginning his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an imagery scientist, developing photogrammetric math models in the National Photographic Interpretation Center, and subsequently served in line management positions within the CIA and the DOD, leading information technology operations and acquisitions. Klimavicz earned a B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a M.S. in Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1988.

Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO Live will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Sponsors of the event include Morrison Foerster, Comcast, Iron Bow, Randstad, Tower Federal Credit Union and Hughes.

For more information or to register, visit the TCM website.

About the Tech Council of Maryland

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.