Join some of the country’s top CEOs and Senior Leaders as they discuss how maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce has benefited their companies and continues to benefit the larger workforce. The roundtable will address the current state of the US workforce with regards to competitiveness in technology and innovation, and how industry can begin to address the needs of our country at the graduate level (Masters and Doctorate) in STEM.
Moderator: General Lester L. Lyles, USAF (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer, MITRE Corporation
Mr. Alfred Grasso is president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for developing and leading the corporation’s overall strategic and business operations and cultivating key sponsor and customer partnerships. Mr. Grasso is also a member of MITRE’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Grasso has held several leadership and management positions within MITRE since joining the company in 1986. He served as director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by MITRE for the Department of Defense; senior vice president and general manager of MITRE’s Washington Command, Control, and Communications (WC3) Center; and vice president and chief information officer. Prior to becoming an officer, Mr. Grasso was technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at MITRE’s Fort Monmouth, N.J., operation. Earlier, he worked in the company’s Center for Air Force Command and Control Systems. He was appointed president and CEO in 2006.
President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Wanda M. Austin is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has nearly 4,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $850 million. She assumed this position on January 1, 2008.
Austin previously was senior vice president of the company’s National Systems Group, which supports the national security space and intelligence community in the acquisition, launch and orbital operation of advanced technology space systems and their ground data stations. She was senior vice president of Special Studies from January 1 to April 1, 2004, and from June 2001 through December 2003 was senior vice president of the Engineering and Technology Group, directing a staff of 1,000 engineers and scientists working in a wide range of space-related disciplines.
Chief Diversity Officer, Intel Corporation
Rosalind Hudnell currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education & External Relations for Intel Corporation. In this role, she oversees Intel’s strategic approach to the development of a diverse workforce worldwide, college relations, workforce policy and the global branding and marketing of Intel’s image as a workplace of choice. She is readily sought after to speak on a variety of topics and has been interviewed by Forbes, CNN, MSNBC and the Harvard Business Review. Ms. Hudnell serves on the board of directors for Center for Work-Life Policy and the National GEM Consortium. Ms. Hudnell has received numerous awards, including Black Engineer of the Year for Corporate Promotion of Education, Ruth Standish Baldwin Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Community Award, and the Sacramento Urban League’s President’s Award. Hudnell completed her undergraduate studies in management at St. Mary’s College and has done advanced study at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Vice President, Technology Development, Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC)
Dr. Percy V. Gilbert is Vice President, Technology Development, Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC). He has responsibility for development of IBM’s entire portfolio of High Performance/Industry Standard process technologies. His teams drive advancements in high performance device design, advanced metallization techniques and new semiconductor processes. These innovations serve as the foundation of leadership technology for IBM’s multi-billion dollar System’s business and enables strong revenue and profit growth in IBM’s OEM market segments.
Dr. Gilbert holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering all from Purdue University. He has been awarded 10 US patents and is the author of 23 technical papers. He is married and has two children.
USAF (Ret.); Panel Moderator
General Lester L. Lyles received his B.S., in mechanical engineering from Howard University in 1968, his M.S. in mechanical / nuclear engineering from New Mexico State University in 1969, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from New Mexico State University in 2002. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (1980), the Armed Forces Staff College (1981), the National War College (1985), and the National and International Security Management Course at Harvard University (1991).