Trusted CI Advisory Committee

TOM BARTON is the Senior Consultant for Cyber Security and Data Privacy at the University of Chicago. He also works with Internet2 and InCommon in the area of trust and identity research engagement. He is a member of InCommon’s Assurance Advisory Committee, Internet2’s Community Architecture Committee for Trust and Identity (CACTI), the Kantara Initiative’s Assurance Review Board, and the Research & Education Federations (REFEDS) Steering Committee. He was a member of the Middleware Architecture Committee for Education that guided the early development of what is now called “trust and identity”, led the Internet2 Grouper project, and served on the InCommon Federation's Technical Advisory Committee and EDUCAUSE's Identity Management Working Group. He was the University of Chicago’s Chief Information Security Officer and has had IT leadership roles at UChicago and earlier at the University of Memphis, where he was a tenured member of the Mathematics faculty before turning to administration.

NEIL CHUE HONG is director of the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), the UK national facility for cultivating world-class research through software. He is responsible for representing the SSI and UK researchers' software interests nationally and internationally. Within the organization, he oversees SSI operations, leads the community engagement, develops and manages collaborations, and acts as the principal liaison with stakeholders. This is done to address the institute's key themes of skills and training, recognition and reward, career paths, and reproducible research.

ERIC CROSS is the Information Technology Manager for the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Boulder, Colorado, and has in the past served in the same role at the National Ecological Observatory Network and the Raytheon Company.  During his time at the NSO, he has played key roles in major projects including the moving the organization to cloud-based collaboration applications via Google GSuite, deployment of IT services within a new-construction facility for the DKIST support and science research staff, and  managing the procurement and deployment of the DKIST Operations Network and IT infrastructure at the Haleakala summit on the island of Maui, Hawaii.   While at Raytheon Company, he earned the recognition of his peers with being awarded twice as Senior Engineer with Honors while specializing in the support and deployment of large-core High Performance Computing cluster systems and storage. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Security from Boston University.  While not at the NSO office, he and his family are enjoying many of the outdoor opportunities the Boulder area has to offer.

NICHOLAS J. MULTARI is the senior project manager for research in cyber security at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.  He establishes the direction and leads the execution of the various research projects resulting in a rigorous foundation upon which security concepts are matured and implemented.  Prior to joining PNNL,  he was the manager for trusted cyber technology at Boeing Research and Technology in Seattle, Washington. In that position, Nick directed and led a group of researchers conducting research, development, and technology assessment of cyber and information assurance technologies in support of Boeing Business Unit needs. In 2008, he served as a consultant to the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) investigating the effects of the contested cyber environment on the USAF mission. In addition to being a Senior Security Engineer with Scitor Corporation in Northern Virginia, Nick spent 20 years as a computer scientist in the Air Force retiring as a Lt. Col. In the Air Force, his positions ranged from system acquisitions to networking to computer security management. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Manhattan College, New York; a master’s degree in computing and information science from Trinity University, Texas; and a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.

MELISSA WOO is the Senior Vice President for Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University, responsible for the IT services supporting the University's teaching, research, and service mission. Melissa oversees the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), which provides a broad range of services to Stony Brook University's students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Melissa was the Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at the University of Oregon. Melissa has also worked for the central IT organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leading and supporting a number of areas, including research cyberinfrastructure, enterprise IT services, and IT operations and infrastructure.

In 2012, Melissa was the recipient of the EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award, an annual award that recognizes an emerging leader in higher education IT whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession. Throughout her career, Melissa has been actively engaged with higher education IT professional organizations, and is particularly passionate in her support of aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds. Melissa serves on a number of higher education IT committees and working groups, authors articles, and is a frequent conference presenter. 

She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.

MICHAEL ZENTNER is the Director for Sustainable Scientific Software at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the Director of the HUBzero project, Associate Director for the Science Gateways Community Institute, and co-PI on the project (a science gateway serving over 1.4 million visitors annually).  In this combined role, Michael focuses on new innovations in cyberinfrastructure and science gateways, as well as sustainability models for such gateways and other scientific software.  Michael’s background consists of 9 years in academic settings advancing data analytics and cyberinfrastructure software, as well as 18 years of entrepreneurial experience in creating sustainable business models for software and applying technology based software solutions in Fortune 500 companies tor supply chain optimization, data analytics, and collaboration.  Michael holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and dual MBAs in International Business from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and the TIAS School for Business and Society in Tilburg, Netherlands.