William L. Guttman is the founding chairman and chief executive of Carnegie Innovations, LLC (CI), the technology commercialization company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). CI’s portfolio serves more than 3,000 corporations, universities, and national governments in 94 countries. He has also served for more than a decade as special advisor to the provost at CMU. Over the past two decades, he held senior leadership roles in several dozen institutionally backed ventures – in many instances serving as chief executive.
As a CMU professor of economics, Bill served on the cybersecurity committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and co-founded Cylab, one of the world's largest cybersecurity research centers. Before entering the private sector, Bill worked on projects in over 30 countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
He earned master's and doctoral degrees in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a British Council Scholar.
Eric Burns has 15 years of successful innovation experience in the video-on-demand, distance education, and digital library sectors.
Mr. Burns was the co-inventor of the SlideCentric and Focus courseware projects at Carnegie Mellon University and oversaw the design, development and implementation of both systems. While at CMU, he also spent eight years with the Universal Library Project building massive-scale digital library search and archiving systems. This research led to the creation of a parallel-computing, turn-key digital library search appliance.
Mr. Burns went on to become a senior engineer at Microsoft Corp, spending two years helping to lead development of the Books and Academic search engines for Microsoft's Windows Live division. He received his Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
William L. Scherlis is a full professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is the founding director of CMU's PhD program in Software Engineering and director of CMU's Institute for Software Research (ISR) in the School of Computer Science. His research relates to software assurance, software evolution and technology to support software teams. Dr. Scherlis joined the CMU faculty after completing a PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University, a year at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as a John Knox fellow and an A.B. at Harvard University.
He was Lead Principal Investigator of the High Dependability Computing Project (HDCP), in which CMU led a collaboration with five universities to help NASA address long-term software dependability challenges. He was also co-principal investigator (with two colleagues) of a project with NASA and diverse industry and laboratory subcontractors which focused on dependable real-time and embedded software systems. The project he led on software assurance technology and practices led to the creation of SureLogic, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon spin-off.
Dr. Scherlis is involved in a number of activities related to technology and policy, recently testifying before congress on innovation and information technology and previously, on roles for a federal CIO. He interrupted his career at CMU to serve at DARPA for six years, departing in 1993 as Senior Executive Responsible for Coordination of Software Research. While at DARPA he had responsibility for research and strategy in computer security, aspects of high performance computing, information infrastructure and other topics.
Dr. Scherlis chairs the National Research Council (NRC) study committee on defense software producibility and is a member of the NRC study committee on cyber security. He served multiple terms as a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (ISAT). He recently completed chairing a NRC study on information technology, innovation and e-government. He has led or participated in other national studies related to cyber security, crisis response, analyst information management, Department of Defense software management and health care informatics infrastructure. He has been an advisor to major IT companies and he has served as program chair for a number of technical conferences, including the ACM Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) symposium. He has more than 70 scientific publications.
Mark S. Kamlet is professor of economics and public policy, provost, and executive vice president at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to serving as provost, Kamlet was dean of the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon and head of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. An author of over 75 scholarly publications, Kamlet has served on research and policy committees of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. He is chairman of the board of Carnegie Learning, Inc., and has served as chairman of iCarnegie, Inc. He is on the board of Highmark, Inc.