The excitement continues to build for the 34th annual National BDPA Technology
Conference and Career Expo to be held at the Downtown Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland on August 1-4, 2012.
The theme for the conference is 'Transforming the IT Professional'. BDPA
recently announced that the Awards Gala keynote speaker will be Dr. Ernest McDuffie .
In early 2010 the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was selected as the lead agency for
the National Initiative for Cybersecurity
Education and Dr. McDuffie was appointed as the Lead for this effort. In his
previous position he had been appointed the Associate Director of the National
Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and
Development in February 2008. From early September 2009 until early November
2009 he served as Acting Director of the NCO. His appointment as the Associate
Director of the NCO comes after joining the NIST as a Computer Scientist in
their Information Technology Laboratory, Office of Federal and Industrial
Relations. In August 2006, Dr. McDuffie joined the NCO where he served as the
Technical Coordinator for the Cyber Security and Information Assurance
Inter-agency Working Group, Federal Agency Administration of Science and
Technology Education and Research Committee of Practice, and the Software Design
and Productivity Coordination Group.
Prior to joining the NCO, Dr.
McDuffie served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Naval Research – Science
and Technology for America's Readiness Initiative. He served as the Lead Program
Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service Program at the
National Science Foundation.
He served as an Assistant Professor at
Florida State University in the Department of Computer Science where he taught
both graduate and undergraduate courses in CS for seven years. Dr. McDuffie has
participated in software engineering projects for the U.S. Air Force, the
National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Federal Aviation Administration,
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the
National Security Agency.
Dr. McDuffie received his Ph.D. and M.S.
degrees in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in
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