THE 2016 Wyoming Global Technology SummiT Speakers INCLUDED


Governor Mead

Matt Mead was sworn in as Wyoming’s 32nd Governor on January 3, 2011. Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Governor Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a BA degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. The Governor has served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm, and served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U.S. Attorney, Matt and his wife Carol, the First Lady, returned full time to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming.

Since taking office, the Governor has put a major emphasis on diversifying Wyoming’s economy by expanding the technology sector. He consolidated all state information technology services into one agency, Enterprise Technology Services, worked with the Wyoming Business Council to offer growth in the data center market successfully recruiting data centers both in state and out of state. On economic growth, a state energy strategy, and creating the first state transition to IPV6 over a “unified” layer 2 network ring named the Wyoming Unified Network. A 100GB high speed fiber ring around the state connecting all Wyoming state offices, schools, community colleges and the University across one fiber backbone looped into the Front Range Gigapop. This high speed network, built by our private partners additionally allows for the expansion of high-speed broadband to all business, county and local governments.

Governor Mead continues to travel to communities around the state to hear from residents in the places where they live and work. He maintains an open door policy at the historic Idelman Mansion where his office recently moved during Capitol Renovation. Representing the interests of the state, the Governor also serves in regional and national leadership roles. He is Chairman of the Western Governors' Association. He serves on the Council of Governors and as the Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association. He is also co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force, which brings together federal officials and representatives of 11 western states for a regional conservation effort. Matt and Carol have been married for 25 years and have two teenaged children, Mary and Pete.

Dr. Yigal Arens
Deputy Director
Intelligent Systems Division
Information Sciences Institute, USC

Dr. Yigal Arens is Deputy Director for Intelligent Systems of USC’s Information Sciences Institute; Director of ISI’s Intelligent Systems Division; and Research Professor at USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Arens received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His current main research interest is cyberinfrastructure for biomedical research. Dr. Arens has been with USC since 1983, first as a member of the faculty of the Computer Science Department, later as a member of the research staff of USC's Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI), and since 2002 also a Research Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Arens helped found the Digital Government Society of North America in 2006 and served as an elected treasurer or board member until 2013. He was also co-founder of Fetch Technologies, a small internet start-up company, which was purchased in 2012 by Connotate, Inc., a larger internet start-up company.

Lucas Budman
CenturyLink Cognilytics

Lucas Budman has over 15 years of experience in commercial software development, high-performance computing (HPC), and machine learning in a variety of industries including finance, e-commerce, retail, education, and high-tech. Lucas was formerly Chief Technology Officer of MyCollege Foundation and Portmont College – a Bill & Melinda Gates funded non-profit whose mission is to provide higher education pathways to low-income young adults. Lucas holds a M.S. in Finance, a B.S. in Computer Science, and is a graduate of Computer Science at the University of Colorado.

Gary Gauba

Gary Gauba is currently the President of CenturyLink, through the acquisition of his third venture Cognilytics by CenturyLink in December, 2014.
CenturyLink is the 3rd largest U.S. telco, global internet backbone provider - carrying over 20% of the world’s internet traffic and a major global player in cyber defense technologies. With recent trends, the big focus is around Cyber Security (Deep Learning Algorithms), IoT and helping clients monetize their data as a strategic asset. In addition, CenturyLink is well positioned to be the go to provider for IoT enabled technologies. One of his key goals for 2016 and beyond is to create a safer, more connected world and help increase life expectancy through the power of big data and advanced analytics.
Prior to CenturyLink: In the past two decades, Gauba, boot strapped, self-funded and successfully exited three companies: Softline, Systech and Cognilytics. Entrepreneur Magazine in 1997 ranked Softline as the second fastest growing company in the U.S.A. - prior to acquisition by KPMG. Currently, on the board of Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, WISeKey and, Advisory Board of DocuSign and other emerging companies. Gauba participated with WISekey at Cyber Security round table alongside Kevin Spacey and other thought leaders at the World Economic Forum. Gauba’s passion is to mentor and encourage emerging entrepreneurs as LP at funds such as, Tim Draper (Draper Associates V), Jungle Ventures (Singapore Fund), The Hive, The Fabric, March Capital, TiE and others. His hobbies include: power lifting, fine wine and food, golf and philanthropy...
“Wyoming Global Tech Summit is a meeting of the minds around digital transformation, its socio-economic effects, and future transformations. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bringing my perspective and becoming an active participant at the summit.”
– Gary Gauba, Wyoming Global Tech Summit, 2016

Dr. Raghubir Gupta, Ph.D.
Vice President, Energy Technology Division
RTI International

Dr. Raghubir Gupta is currently Vice President of the Energy Technology Division. Dr. Gupta obtained his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. He worked as a process engineer for Engineers India Limited in Delhi before earning his Ph.D. degree (also in Chemical Engineering) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. 

Dr. Gupta joined RTI in June 1990 as a Research Chemical Engineer. During his tenure, he has played a key role in establishing a strong R&D program in the clean energy area at RTI. Dr. Gupta currently leads a group of about 50 researchers comprising of engineers and chemists with core annual R&D revenue in excess of $25 million. He is responsible for technical, business, financial, and administrative management of the Energy Technology Division. 

Dr. Gupta’s technical expertise ranges from coal/biomass gasification, biomass conversion, synthesis gas (syngas) cleanup and utilization, methane storage and conversion, carbon capture and utilization, and industrial water reuse. Dr. Gupta has presented his research work in a number of national and international conferences, published in a number of reputed journals (including a paper in “Science”) and holds more than 20 U.S. and foreign patents.

Jeffrey Kaditz

Jeffrey is an angel investor and entrepreneur who has helped drive a wide range of technologies and businesses ranging from rockets, anti-ICBM technologies, network security, consumer electronics and mobile gaming.  His recent startup, Affirm, focuses on transparency to consumer finance and banking.  In 2015, Jeffrey began working on new projects in biotech and healthcare.  Jeffrey has degrees in Quantum Physics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Klaus Lackner
Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
Arizona State University

Dr. Klaus Lackner is the director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. Lackner’s research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy.

Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research. In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms.  His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world. Trained as a theoretical physicist, he has made a number of contributions to the field of carbon capture and storage since 1995, including early work on the sequestration of carbon dioxide in silicate minerals and zero emission power plant design. In 1999, he was the first person to suggest the artificial capture of carbon dioxide from air in the context of carbon management. His recent work at Columbia University as Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy advanced innovative approaches to energy issues of the future and the pursuit of environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.

Dr. Philip Low, Ph.D.
Founder, Chairman & CEO
NeuroVigil, Inc.
Research Affiliate, MIT Media La
WINNER, KAVLI Brain and Mind Innovative Research award
WINNER, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Challenge
WINNER, UCSD Entrepreneurship Competition
WINNER, CONNECT Most Innovative New Product
TOP Young Innovator, Worldwide, MIT-TR35
TOP 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care, Worldwide
WINNER, Jacobs-Rady Pioneer Award for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Philip Steven Low made his first scientific discovery at Harvard Medical School, as a teenager. While inventing new brain monitoring techniques at the University of Chicago, he was referred to the Salk Institute by Francis Crick, Nobel Laureate of DNA fame, where he authored a 1 page PhD thesis on dynamic brain activity mapping, which led to his creation of NeuroVigil, the neurotechnology company responsible for iBrain, a portable brain activity monitor, with 1st and second round valuations two and two-and-a-half times Google’s and Facebook’s combined, respectively, as well as to the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, the first formal document by Neuroscientists recognizing consciousness in non-humans.

He was appointed to dual positions at the Stanford School of Medicine and the MIT Media Lab in his twenties. His partners include Roche and Novartis, his collaborators include Stephen Hawking and NASA, his advisors include Stephen Wolfram and Nobel Laureates Sydney Brenner and Roger Guillemin and his backers include IdeaLab’s Howard Morgan, Qualcomm’s Irwin Jacobs & Andrew Viterbi, DFJ’s Tim Draper and SpaceX’s and Tesla’s Elon Musk. He chaired the 1st Intl. Congress on Alzheimer’s & Advanced Neurotech as well as the Francis Crick Memorial Conference. He advises the White House, Congress, the US Navy, the USISTF & the Canadian government.

Dr. Low’s honors include the MIT TR-35 Top Young Innovator Award, the DFJ Venture Challenge and the Jacobs-Rady Pioneer Award for Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship. His inventions and discoveries have been profiled in scientific and popular media including Science, PNAS, CNN, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Washington Post which lists NeuroVigil as one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care”, The Scientist which singled out Dr. Low as “A Scientist to Watch” and the New York Times which has recognized iBrain as “an innovation that will change your tomorrow.”

Dr. Paul Mockapetris
Chief Scientist

Dr.  Paul Mockapetris is best known as the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), and wrote the first implementation of SMTP, the Internet’s mail protocol .  At present, he is a Chief Scientist at Threatstop, a realtime threat prevention startup, and visiting scholar the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris.  He serves on the board of Farsight Security.

He was chair of an ICANN Strategic Panel, Chief Scientist and board member of Nominum, CTO at Urban Media, Siara, Fiberlane, and and director of engineering at @Home.  He has been IETF chair, program manager at ARPA, and did 15 years of research at the USC Information Sciences Institute, 10 years at UC Irvine with the DCS project, and 4 years at MIT with the Architecture Machine Group before it became the Media Lab.

He received his learner's permits in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the MIT in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine.   He is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame, and is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Miguel Hernandez and Ramon Llull Universities.  He is the recipient of the IEEE Internet award and the ACM Sigcomm award, and is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and the US National Academy of Engineering.

Nicholas J. Schork, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Human Biology
J. Craig Venter Institute

Dr. Schork is Professor and Director, Human Biology, at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix and an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to his position at the JCVI, Dr. Schork was a Professor, Molecular and Experimental Medicine, at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Director of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics for the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). Dr. Schork has also held faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Harvard University. Between 1999 and 2000 Dr. Schork took a leave of absence from CWRU to conduct research as the Vice President of Statistical Genomics at the French Biotechnology company, Genset, where he helped guide efforts to construct the first high- density map of the human genome. He has published over 500 articles in the area of the genetic dissection of complex phenotypes. These articles include both methodological and applied studies. He also has a long history of collaborative and consortium-related research in which he has contributed analysis methodology and applied data analysis expertise. Dr. Schork has a number of patents associated with genetic analysis methodology, been involved with more than 10 start-up companies, and has mentored over 75 students and post doctoral fellows.

Cary Thomas
Master of Ceremonies, Wyoming Global Technology Summit 2016

Cary is a senior executive with extensive experience in advanced education and research institute management. In addition to helping guide the Summit as it moves onto the global stage, Cary provides strategic planning and business analytics at The Scripps Research Institute and serves as President of the Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI).

Although he remained in the background, Cary was instrumental in the tremendous success of the 2015 Summit. The Board was thrilled when Cary agreed to serve as the Jackson Hole Technology Partnership’s Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives, as we move forward to democratize technology that can create abundance, diminish suffering and unleash human genius.