Thank You to our Techfest VI Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jeffery G. Wilkinson (9:30)
Jeff Wilkinson is Vice President and the Chief Scientist for MYMIC LLC. At MYMIC, Jeff leads the team of researchers and engineers focused on developing the technologies and processes that enable game-based Virtual Reality systems to provide effective learning. Prior to joining MYMIC, Jeff was a Research Scientist at Texas A&M where he served as the US Government’s Program Manager for the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). The ICT is the DOD’s principal research center for virtual reality and immerse technologies.

After retiring from the US Army, Jeff joined the Sprint Corporation where he led design teams developing integrated solutions for converged broadband applications. This work finalized the design of today’s DSL technology and set the stage for the deployment of Sprint’s integrated broadband voice, data, and video services.

As an Armor office in the US Army, Jeff served in tank battalions at Ft. Benning, GA and in Germany. He has held senior Operations and Training positions at both the Armor Battalion and Brigade levels. He was the Director of Simulations at the Armor Center where he led the concept development and experimentation in one of the Army’s first Virtual Reality test bed facilities. In his last military assignment, Dr. Wilkinson provided customer oversight of the development, testing and fielding of a world wide deployment of high fidelity combat vehicle simulators. Jeff’s primary research interest is in the design, methods, and processes required to ensure Virtual Reality systems enable effective training. Jeff earned a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Mineral Economics/Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in Engineering from the United Stated military Academy, West Point.

Dr. Mollaghasemi (8:00)
Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi founded Productivity Apex (PAI) in 2001 with the goal of using sound principles of industrial engineering and operations research to help commercial enterprises and government agencies improve their productivity and maximize their efficiencies. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she has been teaching and conducting research since 1991.

Her area of expertise includes simulation modeling and analysis, multiple criteria decision making, and system optimization. She has successfully completed numerous funded projects over the last 20 years. Her work has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Siemens Corporation, Disney, Universal Studios, The Boeing Company, Marriott Corporation, Orlando International Airport and the US Army, among others.

Her research has been published in prestigious scholarly journals such as IIE Transactions, Interfaces, Annals of Operation Research, Computers and OR, Journal of operational Research Society, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation, Journal of simulation, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, among others. Her publications also include several book chapters as well as a book entitled “Making Multiple Objective Decisions” published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

Dr. Mollaghasemi received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville in 1991. She also holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering