The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science

Summit Design Team

Peter Denning

Peter Denning is a Distinguished Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He chairs the Computer Science Department and directs the Cebrowski Institute, an interdisciplinary research center for innovation and information superiority. In the 1990s he was at George Mason University, where he was vice provost, associate dean, CS department chair, and founder of the Center for the New Engineer. In the 1980s, he was the founding director of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science at NASA-Ames, and was co-founder of CSNET.

Frank J. Barrett

Frank J. Barrett, Ph. currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School where he works in the Program on Negotiations. He is also Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and has been Area Chair of the Management group since 2004. He received his BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, his MA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

Tim Bell

Tim Bell is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His current research interests include computers and music, public understanding of (computer) science, educational applications of podcasting, and compressed file searching. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Canterbury.

Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown is CEO and cofounder of Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (m2mi) Corporation. Before m2mi, Geoff was Director, Grid Technologies at Oracle Corporation. He has been an advocate of grid computing for several years and has spoken about grids at conferences such as XML DevCon 200x, Grid Computing Planet 2002, and Semantic Technology Conference 200x. Geoff was also a principal architect of Oracle Message Broker.

Vint Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company.

Robb Cutler

Robb Cutler is the CEO of Tutor Crossing, a small start-up that provides business services to private tutors. He is also president of the the Computer Science Teachers Association, an international membership association of K-12 computer science teachers.

After working for several high-tech companies in New England and building his own successful software consulting company, he started, grew, and then sold an Internet Service Provider known for its friendliness and emphasis on customer service.

John Dunnion

John Dunnion is a Senior Lecturer (approx = Associate Professor) in the School of Compute Science and Informatics (formerly the Department of Computer Science) in University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He is a graduate of Computer Science from UCD in the early 1980s. After graduating, he spent some time working on a research project in the Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, England and some time studying in Technische Universität München, Germany.

Ron Fry

Ronald Fry, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, ranked best in the world overall for the past five year period by the Financial Times. He has also been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School’s Lifetime Service Award. Ron is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functions of the CEO.

Susanne Hambrusch

Susanne E. Hambrusch is professor of computer sciences at Purdue University. She received the Diplom Ingenieur in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State in 1982. In 1982, she joined the faculty at Purdue University.

Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins is the Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, The Cebrowski Institute ( supports cross-disciplinary research on emerging issues and technologies that enable global security in the information age. As a lecturer in the Information Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), she has taught courses in Command and Control, Space Systems, Technology and Innovation, and Network Centric Operations.

Alan Kay

Alan Kay is one of the earliest pioneers of object-oriented programming, personal computing, and graphical user interfaces. His contributions been recognized with the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering[1] “for the vision, conception, and development of the first practical networked personal computers,” the Alan. M.

Leonard Kleinrock

Professor Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. Known as a "Father of the Internet", he developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT. This was in the period 1960-1962, nearly a decade before the birth of the Internet which occurred in his laboratory when his Host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969.

Joshua Kroll

Joshua Kroll is a senior at Harvard University where he studies Mathematics and Physics. Still, he likes to refer to himself as a "computer scientist in disguise." His interest in computing led him in high school to research projects on pseudo-random number generation and on cryptography. Ultimately, it led him to a job at the Naval Postgraduate School. There, he worked with Craig Martell, applying natural language processing techniques to the study of human gestures and endearing himself to students by solving the problems on their automata theory assignments.

Craig Martell

Craig Martell received is Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also done graduate work in Political Science, Philosophy and Logic. His major interests concern modeling how people communicate--both linguistically and non-linguistically. He has done extensive work in the analysis of gesture and is currently working on models of online chat

Andrew McGettrick

Andrew McGettrick is a full professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where he has been Head of Department (on and off) for a period of about 15 years. His initial education was in pure mathematics; he has a PhD in Number Theory from Cambridge University in England. His research interests lie in the more formal side of software engineering and in computing education.

Jeff Moser

Jeff Moser is a Software Engineer at Interactive Intelligence (, an enterprise telephony solutions company in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has also worked as a Software Engineer at Raytheon ( where he developed software for the V-22 and DDG 1000 programs. Prior to graduating, Jeff worked as a Software Engineer summer intern at Metron, Inc ( where he wrote 3D visualization and simulation software for sea mine warfare countermeasures analysis.

Peter G. Neumann

Peter G. Neumann has doctorates from Harvard and Darmstadt. After 10 years at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, in the 1960s, during which he was heavily involved in the Multics development jointly with MIT and Honeywell, he has been in SRI's Computer Science Lab since September 1971. He is concerned with computer systems and networks, trustworthiness/dependability, high assurance, security, reliability, survivability, safety, and many risks-related issues such as voting-system integrity, crypto policy, social implications, and human needs including privacy.

Richard Snodgrass

Richard T. Snodgrass joined the University of Arizona in 1989, where he is a Professor of Computer Science. He holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Carleton College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an ACM Fellow.

Lawrence Snyder

Lawrence Snyder is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a BA from the University of Iowa in Mathematics and Economics, and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of A. Nico Habermann. He has served on the faculties of Yale and Purdue, and has had visiting appointments at UW, Harvard, MIT, Sydney University, The Swiss Technological University (ETH), The University of Auckland and Kyoto University.