Management and Consulting

Bruce Jackson, BSAE, MA, is a Director of Air Informatics® LLC. In the area of e-Enabled Aviation, Bruce has worked with Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Kenya Airways, Bombardier Aerospace, Gulfstream and Boeing. He was the consultant called in by Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group to provide technical and business development services for the 787 e-Enabled Crew and Terminal Wireless Local Area Network systems. He was responsible for the redesign of the CWLU architecture. In addition, he supported the BCAG Flight Test team at Boeing Field. Bruce has served at EMSAT: Advanced Technology for Emergency Medical Services, a 501c3, non profit corporation, as the President and Director. EMSAT is dedicated to improving prehospital patient care and outcome through the use of advanced and emerging health information and mobile communication technology. EMSAT’s current effort is the demonstration of a prehospital emergency medical, emerging disease and public health response network, providing syndromic surveillance of emerging infectious disease threats. Previously, he served as a Senior Manager for global infrastructure architecture, Business Technology Group of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc. At Pfizer, he was responsible for mobile technology strategy and implementation. Prior to Mr. Jackson's work at Pfizer, he consulted in the development of wireless ad hoc mobile data networks for battlefield electronic warfare and intelligence. His professional experience also includes Lead Systems Engineer and Systems Lead Mission Controller for real time flight operations of the Voyager Spacecraft during the Uranus and Neptune Planetary encounters and the first phase of the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Prior to his work at NASA JPL, he was at the Lockheed Skunk Works; flight-testing classified military aircraft. Mr. Jackson holds a Masters Degree in Informatics from Columbia University, with additional graduate work at the Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Bruce held a Top Secret, Special Access Required, SBI Security Clearance.

Karen Berg, BS, is a 28-year veteran in the aviation industry, starting at Northwest Airlines in 1986 with successively challenging leadership positions in Reservations, Sales and Marketing, Ground Operations, Information Technology and Alliance development. She joined KLM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she served as the Director of maintenance and modifications for the KLM aircraft fleet. More recently, Karen was the VP Sales North America for Air France Industries and KLM Engineering and Maintenance, selling aircraft maintenance support. Ms. Berg also had a leadership role in KLM’s Information Technology and Air Freight divisions. In addition, Karen took a served as the Director of Operations for Cygnific BV, KLM’s wholly owned customer care center. At Allegiant Air Ms. Berg lead the development of Station Operations procedures, IT innovation, and vendor performance measurement. Ms. Berg has also held a leadership position at Grey Wall Software to help develop, market and sell emergency management collaboration software to the aviation sector, prior to joining Air Informatics. Ms. Berg holds a bachelor's degree from Wartburg College in Iowa. In addition to English, she speaks French, German, and Dutch.

Bob C. Davis, BS, MBA, has been working over 25 years in the aerospace industry. While at Northrop Grumman he was the avionics program director for a number of multi-billion dollar defense programs. For the last eight years Bob has worked as the senior air staff for aircraft sales to Latin America and Asia. Mr. Davis held a Top Secret, Special Access Required, SBI Security Clearance.

John Gilardi, BS, is an experienced Management Consultant with over 20 years of professional experience across many industries and solution areas. Mr. Gillardi was previously employed by the Microsoft Corporation where he grew a mature $250m services portfolio by 20% over three years. He has served as the Global Director of Mobility Solutions for Microsoft Consulting Services where he was responsible for Solution Development, Sales and Delivery. Prior to Joining Microsoft, Mr. Gillardi was a Global Principal with Motorola Professional Services in which he was responsible for starting a new business unit focused on business oriented mobility solutions. In this role he worked with Motorola engineers and business leaders to drive new executive relationships with consulting engagements in non-traditional Motorola accounts. Typical projects included mobility strategy, planning and solution development. Mr. Gillardi spent 11 years at Ernst and Young Consulting as a Senior Executive working as a trusted advisor to many large Fortune 100 business leaders. He was the Americas Director of Mobility Solutions where he conducted strategy and planning engagements across numerous clients and in various industries. Mr. Gillardi was a key leader in the development of Ernst and Young methodologies focused on mobile technologies and Business Intelligence solutions.

Jorn K. Teutloff, BS, MBA, founder of the strategy consulting firm JV-Global, LLC specializes in strategic planning for Internet and mobile/wireless technologies. Previously, Mr. Teutloff held the position of engagement manager with the High Growth Strategy and Transformation consulting practice at Cap Gemini / Ernst and Young. His consulting experience entails Strategic Planning, Financial Modeling and Business Process Reengineering for start-up ventures and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Teutloff is co-author of The Enterprise Guide to Gaining Business Value from Mobile Technologies (Wiley 2004), and The Cap Gemini Ernst and Young Guide to Wireless Application Architecture (Wiley 2002). Mr. Teutloff holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the University of Florida where he graduated summa cum laude. Jorn is fluent in both German and English.

e-Enabled Security and Wireless Services

Mark Baenziger, BSAE, CISSP, Captain, USNR, as a US Navy Cryptologist he is responsible for DOD information security, wireless and wired network penetration testing. As Chief, Cyber Command, Tactics and Capabilities, he led the security technology activities. On the Boeing 787 and 747-8 program, he provided security and risk assessment, led the Red Team wired and wireless penetration testing of the aircraft On Board and Core Networks. In addition, he has conducted security assessments and penetration testing throughout the military, national infrastructure, and financial community.

Robert Esposito, BSIT, MBA, CISSP, ACIA, ACSA, GPEN, CEH, is a former Boeing Associate Technical Fellow, Chief Security Engineer, and Solutions Architect with the Information Security Solutions (ISS) group. On the Boeing 787 program he was the senior principle vulnerability exploitation and penetration engineer on the e-Enabled Network Penetration Test Red Team conducting crystal and black box testing of the e-Enabled architecture, exploring component, process and procedure weaknesses. This included attempts to penetrate the system with the goal to produce flight deck effects through the compromise of the Maintenance Laptops, ACARS protocols, TFTP functions, IFE, Wireless TWLU and CWLU, Cabin Attendant Panels, Cabin System Services Controller, Emergency Lighting system, LSAPs and software loading functions. Mr. Esposito is a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) subject matter expert and architect and has a strong interest in e-Enabled log management and analysis. More recently, Robert was responsible for Boeing’s Enterprise Network Sentinel Advanced Malware Assessment platform system and as a Technical Business Manager, led the Advanced Malware Assessment and Security Operations Center Consultancy businesses. His work resulted in an approved patent application for botnet beacon and data exfiltration detection.

Barb Filkins, BS, CISSP, is an enterprise security architect with an experience ranging from global distributed systems and networks design, military command, control as well as aviation. She is a senior SANS security technology analyst for mobile systems and cloud-based architecture. Her federal and aerospace experience includes concept of operations, requirements development, validation, verification, test, initial operations and sustainment. Barbara is knowledgeable of both US and international information, security, aviation policy and regulations. She understands how to marry policies, infrastructure, procedures and technologies. Here experience includes secure directory services, endpoint, and infrastructure management. Barb is deeply rooted in the aviation industry as a current certified flight instructor and graduate of the Bates Aeronautics Program at Harvey Mudd College. Barb previously held a Top Secret Security Clearance.

Kevin Flynn is an experienced network and communications engineer with a broad experience security, PKI, LAN,WAN, and WLAN networks. His experience includes design, testing, and deployment, and operations of 802.1x wired security, 802.11i wireless security, enterprise PKI system, Policy and Access Services. He was responsible for the enterprise wide wireless network deployment and has performed numerous the wireless site surveys and produced detailed wireless assessment. Kevin has designed and installed network Infrastructures consisting of servers, routers, switches, gateways, firewalls, WAN and LAN connection, cellular and satellite networks using Aruba, Juniper and Cisco infrastructure. He was responsible for the continuous operation and configuration of enterprise networks consisting of over 5,000 network devices. In addition, Kevin was a senior spacecraft telecom engineer responsible for real-time spacecraft communication between worldwide Deep Space Network and Voyager, Galileo, Magellan, and Mars Observer spacecraft during critical mission operations.

Tom Overman, CISSP, ISSMP, PMP. Prior to joining Air Informatics, Tom was a Technical Executive, with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he led their “Security Design, Risk Assessment, and Security Metrics” Project Set. Prior to joining EPRI, Tom was the Information Assurance Manager at Hawaiian Electric Company. Within the aviation domain, Mr. Overman was the project manager for the Boeing 787 cyber security vulnerability exploitation and penetration testing and managed the e-Enabled Network Penetration Test Red Team activities. He also worked as Chief Architect, Boeing Energy Cyber Security; and in a consulting role he served as CIO of Bend Research, a Pharmaceutical Research firm. Tom is a retired Commander, US Navy, where he served as a Cryptology Officer. Earlier in his Navy career he served with the Seabees, and did shipboard telecommunications, signaling device maintenance, and power generation work. Tom has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Math and Physics, and a Masters is in Engineering Management. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and is certified as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the National Cryptologic School at the National Security Agency. From a cybersecurity perspective, Tom’s main focus is on finding ways to design-out vulnerabilities rather than just to compensate for them.

Thomas Peterson, BSCS, MSIT, CISA, CISSP, CISM, is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a strong Security focus in IT Governance, Frameworks and Methodologies. On the Boeing 787 and 747-8F programs he was the primary Crew Information Systems Security Compliance Specialist responsible for reviews, tests and assessments on all Core Network Ethernet-based communication channels. In addition, Thomas prepared and presented security analysis test plans, processes and tools to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance and certification team. He engaged, managed and coordinated the external penetration test team for means of compliance toward type-certification.

Boris Vaysman, BSEE, CISSP, CEH, ECSA CCNP, and LPT, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Licensed Penatration Tester (LPT). He has twenty years of experience in software engineering, information technology, software and network security.  He was a Boeing 787 CIS e-Enabled network security systems engineer, performed the airplane network system analysis, designed airplane network security services, implemented and deployed network security monitoring sensors to trace unauthorized activities.  Boris conducted system security audits, penetration tests and vulnerability assessments, instrumented system network and access controls attacks. Boris is fluent in both Russian and English.

Bernard J. Wilson was appointed Chief of Airport Police at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in April 1999. He oversaw more than 700 law enforcement and security personnel at LAX, an airport serving more than 112 airlines, over 67 million passengers and 91 million visitors and employees annually. He has received advanced training in aviation security issues from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Israeli government. Chief Wilson was the primary airport security planner at LAX for the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. His service as Field Commander during a 1991 aircraft crash at LAX resulted in a Career Service Award nomination by the City of Los Angeles. The California National Guard decorated Chief Wilson with the California Commendation Medal for duty performance and assistance to National Guard units during the Los Angeles Civil Disorder of 1992. Chief Wilson was a key City official in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

e-Enabled Avionics, Software, and Data Management

Henry 'Hank' Harper's professional background includes more than 25 years of extensive design and operations experience with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the Voyager Project Systems Lead Engineer for the Uranus and Neptune Encounters and Interstellar Mission. He was the Voyager Project Configuration Manager of the Multi-Mission Ground Data System for the analysis of spacecraft data. He Co-designed, implemented, and maintained the Voyager Alarm Monitor Processor Including Remote Examination (VAMPIRE) software suite that provided unattended spacecraft operation and remote alarm violation notification with a resulting cost savings and increased optimization of resources. For his work on the Voyager Neptune Encounter Henry was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal. In earlier NASA missions Henry performed system level engineering and operations and subsystem design and testing for The Viking 75 and Mariner Missions to Mars.

Jim Gavino, BS, has over 25 years of field service experience supporting airlines. He worked directly with Boeings airline customers to resolve airplane related issues, providing direct on-site support. His work included defining system processes, monitoring and recording of engine, flight controls, electronic, electrical and mechanical systems. While supporting the 787 e-Enabled Crew Information Systems, he was responsible for testing the e-Enabled wireless network, X509 authentication and encryption services for on-board and off-board data delivery, the release and transfer of Loadable Software Airplane Parts (LSAP) and resolving technical issues and roadblocks.

Garry Hertzberg, BSME, is a seasoned aerospace professional with over thirty year of Boeing experience including as a Technical Fellow. He has served in avionics design, flight test operation and 787 e-Enabling efforts. He was responsible for the wireless e-Enabling of the 787 factory assembly area. Mr. Hertzberg was awarded several US patents on Aircraft e-Enabling, data delivery and security. Garry received his Bachelors of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from the California Polytechnical at San Luis Obispo.

Samer Karadsheh, BSAE, is one of the Principal Engineers and founders of a US aviation consulting company. He is active in Flight Operations Engineering, Electronic Flight Bag implementation and development of fuel saving programs for the airline industry. In addition Samer has consulted for major OEMs in the civil and the defense industries. Projects ranged from in-flight aircraft audits to pilot training in aircraft performance and aircraft ground handling optimization. After graduation from California State University in Sacramento in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, Samer joined a major flag carrier as an Aircraft Structures Engineer. In 1990, he moved to the Flight Operations Engineering Department as an Aircraft Performance Engineer. There he conducted pilot training in aircraft performance to meet type-rating type conversion requirements, oversaw the airline’s fuel policy, developed software to monitor aircraft fuel consumption and warranty claims with airframe and engine manufacturers. Mr Karadsheh participated in commercial aircraft comparative studies and served on aircraft selection committees. He also developed the test flight and acceptance procedure for the flag carrier’s fleet. As Head of the Flight Operations Engineering and Aircraft Performance Section, he authored several aircraft performance training documents, as well as a monthly corporate Flight Operations Magazine. Samer was a country representative during ICAO meetings for the study and implementation of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS). He is fluent in three languages; English, Arabic and French.

Mack Moffat, BSE, has over 30 years of aircraft and UAV flight testing experience, and over 3,300 hours in the air test time. He is completely comfortable on the ramp, control room or in the air as the test conductor, director or test program manager. On the ramp and in the air, he knows what makes an airplane and their systems work. Safety is always foremost in Mack’s mind as he works with Air Informatics to plan and conduct airplane side wireless and electro-magnetic interference testing. He has developed the test plans, define the test instrumentation, scheduled test ranges and assets, assigned crews and aircraft, conducted tests, managed the preflight and post test briefings, completed test data analysis and published the test results. Mr. Moffat has experience in civilian and military avionics systems, flight controls, landing gear, hydraulics, communications, navigation, night and infrared vision, flight management and weapons systems. Mack held a Top Secret, Special Access Required, SBI Security Clearance.

Infrastructure and Information Architecture

Gianni Carlo Contardo, BA, has over 10 years of IT infrastructure of management experience. At Bechtel SAIC Company, LLC he was the Manager, Network and Telecommunication Services, responsible for the administration, management, and maintenance of all data and voice communication services. At Luminous Networks, Inc, Gianni served as the Product Manager responsible for multi-service access platforms for Metropolitan Area Networks. While at Earthlink, Inc, he was the Manager of the Network Routing Group responsible for administration of internal and production hosts providing core Internet services. He also was the Lead / Senior System Administrator responsible for design of the EarthLink domain name service (DNS) architecture. At the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Gianni was the Galileo Spacecraft Flight Team Lead Network Engineer, responsible for planning, maintaining, and orchestrating modifications to the Galileo flight team multi-protocol support networks, technical solutions, coordinating, troubleshooting and overseeing administration of Galileo networks and systems, consisting of UNIX workstations (SunOS and Solaris). Mr. Contardo received his BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkley.

Jason McHugh, BSCS, is an expert in data systems and architecture with specific attention to High Performance Computing in academic research. Jason holds a B.S in Computer Science. He has managed a 220+ node WAN, each site with over 200 computers responsible for break-fix, networking, wired and wireless, heterogeneous systems integration, and technology advisement. Jason works to provide custom solutions and recognize the client’s server, storage, and workstation needs in the architecture, medical informatics, genomics and proteomics, security systems and services, graphic arts, audio production, and motion picture industries.

Alan Sterger, BS, has over 25 years of broadcast, telecommunications and information Technology experience. At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory he was responsible for Spacecraft Telecommunication Systems for the Voyager Neptune Planetary Encounter, Voyager Uranus Planetary Encounter, Magellan launch team and Galileo Orbiter Engineering Team. In addition, Alan has worked as a database administrator and data manager in the entertainment, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has over 20 years in information technology, specializing in Database Management Systems and is an Oracle Certified Professional DBA experienced in multi-terabyte databases. His technical experience includes but is not limited to the following: Oracle, Sybase Teradata, MS SQL Server, MySQL, Solaris, Red Hat AS/ES, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Windows Server, Sun SPARC, Oracle Transparent Gateway, Sybase Direct Connect, ODBC, JDBC, SQL, PL/SQL, Transact SQL, UNIX shell, Perl, Apache, Business Objects, Crystal Reports Enterprise, MatLab and many other tools, databases and systems.

Mike A Taylor, BSCS, MS, PhD (ABD) have over 35 years of professional experience in network system, information technology, IP and cellular communication systems. He has worked both as an analyst and manager within the US and overseas. Mr. Taylor’s experience includes Project Management, Hacking, Hacker Techniques and Tools and Incident Handling, Computer and Network Forensics Investigation and Response, Information Security, PKI, Securing Windows Platforms, Information Systems Auditing, Information Systems Managing Risk, Communications, Networking, Network Security Firewalls and VPNs, Access Security PKI, Security Strategies for Linux and Windows Platforms, Legal Issues in Information Security, Security Policies and Implementation Issues. He holds a NSA Security Certification, is a ISO9000 Auditor, Certified Ethical Hacker, Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Certified Trainer, Cisco Certified Network Associate and Certified Academy Instructor. Mike is a graduate of the USAF Squadron Office School and Air Command and Staff College, FAA Certified Ground Instructor and Pilot. Mike has 20 years experience teaching at College undergraduate and graduate levels.

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