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Wearables & the Internet of Things - Panelist Bios

Wearables & the Internet of Things - Panelist Bios

Wearable technologies are frequently touted as the “next big thing” in mobile technology. Products like Google’s Glass or Samsung’s Gear line of Smartwatches are attracting buzz as large corporations and startups alike rush to innovate new products and capture a share of this growing market. On the corporate level, an increasing number of enterprises are looking to deploy wearables in order to realize gains in productivity and performance. Our panelists will offer their insights on the future of wearables and their potential impact on government.


Tiffany Sargent (@intel): Senior Solutions Architect, Intel

Tiffany A. Sargent has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She also has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  Having an engineering education has enabled her to span both technical and business areas at Intel Corporation for the past 20 years nationally and internationally.  

Tiffany began as a manufacturing systems engineer and rotated through five different business groups taking on various leadership and management roles.  She has led multiple complex technical endeavors across different fields most notability in software, enterprise information technology, security, chipset platform product roles, and Internet of Things.  Beyond her technical roles, she has held positions as a business strategist, innovation manager, operations manager, people manager, program manager, and program office manager.  

Tiffany has received Intel's highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for innovative cyber-security solutions. Tiffany's primary interest has been to integrate decision science into her leadership roles to accelerate and increase the quality of data driven decisions.  Currently, Tiffany is in a senior technical contributor within Intel Federal LLC focused on IoT / M2M, Analytics, Systems and Solutions Architectures.  In 2014, she was named by Connected World Magazine as one of the Women of M2M (IoT).  For the past two decades, Tiffany has volunteered her technical and business expertise with non-profits, academia, and government.  

Tiffany completed an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with a placement at the National Science Foundation. During her tenure of service in Arizona, she served on the Board of Directors for Valley Leadership (member of Class XXVI), was recognized by the Phoenix Junior League both as a 75th Anniversary Outstanding Women Honoree and with the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, and was inducted by the Phoenix Business Journal as a member of the Forty under 40 Class.  


Audie Atienza (@AudieAtienza)Program Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Audie Atienza currently serves as a Senior Behavioral Researcher and Program Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute.  He previously served as Senior Health Technology Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary, as well as Senior Advisor for Technology Partnerships in the NIH, Office of the Director.

At HHS, Dr. Atienza led the Text4Health Task Force that provided recommendations on health text messaging/mobile health to the honorable Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (HHS). He has collaborated with the White House, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on various health initiatives and health technology developer challenges (e.g., Apps Against Abuse Challenge; U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge; Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge; My Air, My Health Challenge).

 He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego (1991) and obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University (1998).  He completed his clinical internship as a Behavioral Medicine intern at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Palo Alto, CA.  Dr. Atienza was then selected as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center.  

At NIH, Dr. Atienza has chaired/co-chaired numerous national and international conferences in electronic health (eHealth), mobile health (mHealth), and real-time data capture.  He has over 50 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals, and has edited/co-edited several publications focused on technology and health.


Joseph Fitzgerald, Deloitte

Joseph Fitzgeral is a Senior Manager in the Deloitte Strategy & Operations practice focused on Supply Chain Strategy and Product Development for high technology products and services.

Joseph is also the leader of Deloitte’s wearable technology business offering focused on smart glass advisory projects and technology implementation.  He has led engagements to define the value of wearable technology solutions in the enterprise as well as next generation product specification development and market research.

Prior to Deloitte, Joseph spent 10 years  in management and engineering roles in the semiconductor equipment industry, electronic materials science research, and high tech manufacturing.

He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a B.A. in Physics from Fairfield University.  


Chris Reed, IARPA

Dr. Chris Reed is a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where he develops and manages programs that research and develop technology to enhance national security. He is the Program Manager for IARPA’s HFGeo and Signal Location in Complex Environments (SLiCE) programs for emitter location. He managed projects on diverse topics including electrically small antennas and reliability of information from sensor networks. Chris has been involved in all development phases for systems for signals intelligence, communications, navigation, radar, and electronic warfare.

Prior to coming to IARPA, he worked with L-3 Communications, Statistical Signal Processing, Raytheon, Hughes, Compaq Computer, and the US Army. He has been the Principal Investigator and engineering lead for several research projects with the Office of Naval Research, US Army, and DARPA. He has patents in parallel computing, radar signal processing, and GPS. Chris's technical interests include emitter location and tracking, reliable communications systems, detection and estimation, and signal processing.


Sokwoo Rhee (@SokwooRhee), US Department of Commerce

Dr. Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and co-led the SmartAmerica Challenge, which brought together Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and CPS across the nation to demonstrate how they can provide concrete examples of the socio-economic benefits.

Prior to joining US government, he was Co-founder and CTO of Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless mesh/sensor network and Internet of Things technology from academia. Prior to the founding of Millennial Net, he worked on wireless medical sensors as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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