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Government Acquisition Leaders
& Panel Discussions

The interactive Panel Discussions feature experts in key fields of interest. This is a unique and valuable opportunity to interact with officials responsible for acquisition of vital goods and services. From military platforms and warfare systems to intelligence processes, they ensure that our military personnel have the resources they need. The network of providers includes not only military entities but industry and academia as well.

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Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Luncheon 11:30 am

Luncheon Keynote:
Speaker TBA

Sponsored by Concurrent Technologies Corporation 
                        NCMA Johnstown

Panel Discussions:  12:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Sponsored by Kongsberg  
                         Bramer Group

2024 Luncheon Keynote


Major General Borys Kremenetskyi
Defense Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine

Between 1983 and 2000, Maj Gen Kremenetskyi held various Air Force command, staff, and administration positions, including time as Military Observer, UN Mission to Tajikistan.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was staff officer at the Cooperation and Regional Security Division, NATO International Military Staff, after which he became Head, Euro-Atlantic Integration Department, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine.

From 2009 till 2014 he was Defence Adviser, Mission of Ukraine to the EU following the position of the First Deputy Chief, Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations General Directorate, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine.

He followed as Head of the UKR side of the Joint Ceasefire Coordination and Control Centre (Eastern Ukraine) until taking up his current appointment as Defence and Air Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. Maj Gen B. Kremenetskyi is a graduate of the Air Force Engineer Academy (1983) (MA Avionics), US Air War College (1998) and National Security Course, JFK School of Government, Harvard University (2000)


2024 Panel Discussions

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

Panel 1: What’s Next in Manufacturing?

Mr. James Chew
Senior Global Group Director
Aerospace and Defense Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Dr. Yadunath Zambre
Chief Microelectronics Technology Officer
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


Panel 2: Current Trends Toward Carbon-Free Energy Solutions

Amy Jorden 
Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP)

Wendy Gumb (invited)
Schneider Energy

Panel Moderator
Randy Monahan
Concurrent Technologies Corporation

There is a lot of interest to produce carbon-free energy supported by tax incentives.  There are several technologies currently available, such as solar, energy storage, wind, geothermal, hydro, hydrogen, and even nuclear. Combine these solutions with new tax incentives and/or grants and they become economical in many cases.  Additionally, there are companies that will provide free feasibility assessments to address your needs and other companies that will develop a sustainability package to support you for decades. 


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Panel 3: Space Force

The Honorable Frank Cavelli (invited)
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
U.S. Air Force

Stacie Williams, PhD (invited)
Space Science Architect
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

As the newest branch of the military, Space Force is quickly building out the infrastructure it needs to be an effective fighting force, which means rich opportunities for government contractors.  Given space is now a major warfare domain, Space Force needs robust command and control systems, resiliency, cybersecurity, unique manufacturing capabilities and interoperability capabilities.  Learn how your business may be able to pivot and expand your offerings by customizing your current products and services to meet new challenges.


Panel 4: Cyber Readiness/CMMC

Chad LeMaire 
Chief Security Officer
Echelon Risk + Cyber

Michael Zambotti
Cybersecurity Professor, Saint Francis University
Client CIO, Miles IT

Panel Moderator
Dr. Kevin Slonka
Principal IT Security Consultant, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Associate Professor of Computer Science & Cybersecurity, Saint Francis University

Cybersecurity has never been more of a hot button issue than it is today.  In the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) there is the CMMC framework that is about to finalized into law. In the wider industry, there are various cyber frameworks required of businesses (e.g. HIPAA for healthcare, CJIS for criminal justice data, etc.) Across the world there are also various cyber and privacy frameworks being implemented on a country-by-country basis.  After seeing the constant barrage of cyber attacks over the past decades and the increase in intensity and sophistication of state-sponsored attacks, requiring a minimum baseline for cyber security is a small step in the right direction.  This panel will discuss recent events in cyber security with a focus on CMMC within the DIB, giving insights into what companies must do to stay protected.


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Panel 5: Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Catherine F. Cahill
Director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
CEO, Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex

Kathleen Hicks (invited)
Deputy Secretary of Defense

Panel Moderator
Jimmy Parrish (tentative)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Panel 6: Future Innovations in Workforce Development

James R. Martin II, PhD, M.ASCE
Chancellor for STEM Research and Innovation
University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Petra Mitchell
President & CEO
Catalyst Connection

There are many initiatives related to workforce development, including government and private investment.  They also span high school and pre-high school Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) initiatives, trade schools, community colleges, university level programs and numerous consortia programs.  This panel will explore emerging workforce development challenges and ideas for how to continue innovating across these initiatives.


Panelist Bios

Dr. Catherine F. Cahill serves as the Director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the CEO of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex.  For more than 30 years, Cathy has conducted research on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate and human health.  Since 2006, Cathy has collaborated with the UAF UAS program and worked on developing unmanned aircraft-based sensors for determining the concentration, composition and spatial distribution of atmospheric aerosols.

Chad LeMaire is the chief security officer for Echelon Risk + Cyber.  He is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of experience across all facets of cybersecurity operations and planning.  He is a veteran who served as CIO and director of cybersecurity for the Air Force Special Operations Command and Pacific Air Forces, as well as deputy CIO and deputy director of cybersecurity for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.  In these roles, he identified cybersecurity gaps, authored strategies, and implemented cybersecurity capabilities.  He was a qualified cyber warfare officer in the U.S. Air Force, commanded the Air Force Blue Team, and led cyber incident responses and vulnerability assessments on critical networks and systems within the Department of Defense.  He pioneered the development of cyber protection teams and the concept of the Director of Cyber Forces within the Air Force.  He also built and led small teams and large organizations which conducted offensive, defensive and cybersecurity operations.

James R. Martin II is vice chancellor for STEM Research and Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh, where he drives transformative intiatives ranging from the University’s core STEM landscape to regional campuses.  Focused on enhancing Pitt’s $1.3 billion research portfolio and expanding STEM access, he leads collaboration to spawn new research growth, builds innovation ecosystems and connects rural areas to city centers via urban-rural research bridges.  As a senior advisor and thought leader, he influences national action from the White House to major funding agencies to think tanks.  Locally, he is a board member for Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and was a foundational advisor for Neighborhood 91 at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Dr. Martin received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from The Citadel, and earned his master of science and PhD in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.  He has received numerous national, state and unviersity awards for research, teaching, scholarship and service, including the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Norman Medal, the highest honor for published work in his field.  He was inducted into Virginia Tech’s Civil Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.  His dedication to broadening participation, fostering innovative collaborations and regional engagement continues to shape STEM education, research and innovation.

Ms. Petra Mitchell is the president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to helping manufacturers with business growth and job creation.  Catalyst Connection is the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Affiliate and the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Ms. Mitchell’s experience in manufacturing operations, technology acceleration and business development stretches back to 1988.  Before joining Catalyst Connection, she was employed by GE Aircraft Engines, now GE Aviation.  She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, and a master of science from the University of Cincinnati.  She is on the board of directors of the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (IRC) Network, and the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC). Previously she served as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – Pittsburgh Branch.  Ms. Mitchell is also the honorary Consul for the Republic of Slovenia.

Michael Zambotti is a cybersecurity educator and consultant with extensive experience in the finance and legal industries.  Michael teaches courses on governance, risk and compliance (GRC), cybercrime, and foundational cybersecurity classes at Saint Francis University.  His practical experience and academic background uniquely position him to provide valuable insights to organizations to provide strategic consulting and align cybersecurity with business goals.  Michael holds a degree in finance from Penn State University and a master’s degree in cybersecurity and intelligence from Utica University.


Moderator Bios

Dr. Kevin Slonka is a principal IT security consultant with Concurrent Technologies Corporation and an associate professor of computer science and cybersecurity at Saint Francis University.  Dr. Slonka has worked for various government contractors since 1999 and has taught at the collegiate level since 2007.  Specializing in the cybersecurity sector of the computer science field, he holds various industry certifications, among which are the Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and the EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C/CISO). Dr. Slonka’s passion is teaching the younger cyber workforce the deep computer science knowledge necessary in order to fully understand both the business and technical aspects of the field.

























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