DCACM: Candidates for Office 2013 – 2014

Chair

Amar Zumkhawala

Education

  • M.B.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University

Professional Experience

  • SpicyKey, Founder, 2012-present
  • Cardinal Solutions, Java Developer, 2007-2008
  • Amazon.com, Senior Software Engineer, 2001-2006

Position Statement

I am very passionate about furthering the field of computer science in a grass-roots manner. As chair, I would work with other executive board members and volunteers to honor the organization’s mission and continue its successes. Under my leadership, we would continue the outreach to great speakers, as well as further the momentum of organizing community events that benefit our members. I would also open the door to partners and DC ACM members to work through the DC ACM to create professional development and technical workshops.

As programs coordinator for the DC ACM, I have been working with the other great volunteers in the DC ACM Chapter to organize events. I conducted the outreach to amazing professionals in the field of computer science such as Vint Cerf and Larry Davis and coordinated with several organizations and volunteers to make the community building happen.

Vice Chair

Gene Lloyd

Education

  • Masters of Computer Science, Computer Systems Security, Colorado Technical University
  • Bachelors of Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), Grantham University
  • Associate, Applied Science of Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force

Professional Experience

Gene Lloyd is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force nearing the completion a 20 year active duty career where half of his service was focused on developing and working within the Air Force’s cyber warfare program. He has been a member of the AFCERT, alumnus of the AF cyber warfare school house, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on developing algorithms to detect the true source of network attacks.

As the Vice chair for the previous term, Gene worked with the Chair to streamline the constitution and bylaws, line up speakers for monthly discussions, and spearhead discussions on how to get more engaged in local tech focused community events. If re-elected, he will continue to push in those directions during the next year with a specific focus on getting DC ACM more engaged in local events focused on getting younger kids interested in the STEM fields.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society
  • Member, DC Rotary Club
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society

Treasurer

Robert Downs

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Computer Science, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Information Systems, George Mason University
  • MS, Bioinformatics, George Mason University

Professional Experience

Mr. Downs is a Patent Agent, registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and employed with a nationally ranked Patent Law Firm since 2001. There he performs patent preparation and prosecution services in the area of computer technologies, particularly in the areas of software and bioinformatics, semiconductor, display devices, and communications. Prior to employment with the law firm, was employed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There he served in various positions including: patent quality review and trainer in the area of electronic commerce. During the 1980’s, he worked for the Dept. of the Navy in reliability engineering for early stage ship design. While at the Dept. of the Navy, he managed SBIR projects in artificial intelligence, and was involved in projects including development of expert systems.

Position Statement

My relationship with ACM in the past has been by way of professional development and networking. I look forward to engaging members in activities that help them to grow, as I have, through programs that foster professional development. As current practices in computing promote openness and sharing, certainly networking facilitates sharing of problems and solutions to those problems. I will utilize my own professional experiences in serving in the role of treasurer so that others may benefit through networking with others in the organization.

Secretary

Matt Piekarczyk

Professional Experience

Mr. Matt Piekarczyk’s relationship with ACM dates back to 1998, when he joined and later became the president of the Poly-NYU student chapter. Throughout his career, Mr. Piekarczyk’s involvement with computer engineering field only strengthened. He has come to found two companies in the subject areas of computer networking and artificial intelligence. He served as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Army’s Chief Systems Engineer. He supported and lead the engineering groups responsible for designing and fielding Network Operations solutions covering Army’s division through battalion tactical forces. He has been responsible for numerous R&D projects, including one of the first modern data analytics platforms for tactical networks, founded by the then Commander in charge of research and development within U.S. Army, Major General Justice. In most recent years, Mr. Piekarczyk has focused on leading Cortix Systems Inc., a Virginia startup focused around automating data and systems integration, as well as providing direct support to the ACM community as the Programs Chair for the DC professional chapter.

Member-At-Large

Varetta Huggins

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Hampton University
  • Master of Science, Information Systems Technology, George Washington University

Professional Experience

Mrs. Varetta Huggins has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology, College Education, and Financial industries. Her expertise is in Program/Project Management, Acquisition Management, and Systems Engineering.

Mrs. Huggins has over 15 years of experience in Program Management, Project Management, Acquisition Management, Systems Engineering, Software Development, and Configuration Management. She has managed many weather system projects for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) under the Tsunami, AWIPS, and NEXRAD programs. She has also managed many Acquisition projects for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Technical Training, Wake Turbulence Mitigation for Departures (WTMD), and Data Communications NEXTGEN Programs. She has also worked as a Computer Programmer on the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Stratospheric and Gas Experiment (SAGE) II Program. She held progressively technical and management federal contracting positions in the Information Technology industry with companies that included SAIC, Keane, Advanced Systems, Inc., North Star Group, and Integrated Systems Solutions.

Mrs. Huggins is dedicated to creating a company which provides solutions using a Project Management process-oriented approach; provides excellent customer satisfaction; is employee focused; provides financial scholarships to degree seekers; and fosters an environment where honesty and ethical conduct are valued and integrity is un-compromised.

Professional Affiliations

  • Director, IEEE, Washington DC Section
  • Member, IEEE
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