ICCWS Biographies

Below are the ICCWS Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr. Juan Lopez Jr., USMC (ret) is a cyber-physical R&D program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory located in Oak Ridge, TN.  He leads research in Critical Infrastructure Protection, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Nuclear Power Cybersecurity, and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) modeling.  He served as the technical lead in SCADA/ICS research at the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence located at the Air Force Institute of Technology on Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  Dr. Lopez earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, Master of Science from Capitol College, and Master of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology under the NSA’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program.  Dr. Lopez is an IEEE Senior Member, Co-Chair for the Industrial Society of Automation’s Work Group 4, Task Group 7 (Security of ICS Sensors), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA), Certified Scrum Master, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and has an Extra Class amateur radio license from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).


Dr. Ambareen Siraj is a professor of Computer Science and the founding director of Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC). She has served as the leader on several NSF and NSA education and workforce development grants. Siraj is also the founder of the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) organization, an initiative to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. Her efforts to educate students and enhance the cybersecurity field of study goes beyond classes, research, outreach projects, workshops and conferences. Dr. Siraj’s research focus is on security in cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, situation assessment in network security, security education and workforce development. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications. She is a frequent speaker in various cybersecurity conferences on topics ranging from education, curriculum, workforce development, outreach, security issues & solutions for cyber-physical systems to diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity. Dr. Siraj is recipient of the ­Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Exceptional Leadership in Education Award in 2018.

Dr. Kalyan Perumalla is a Manager and Distinguished Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He founded and currently leads the Discrete Computing Systems Group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as a Joint Full Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee.  He was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, UK, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Technical Advisory Boards for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Perumalla is among the first recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award in high-performance computing. Over the past 20 years, he has served as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several research projects sponsored by government agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Air Force, DARPA, Army Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation, and industry.


Key Note Speakers

Mini Track Chairs

Workshop Facilitators