CQR 2008 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Adam T. Drobot, President – Advanced Technology Solutions, and Chief Technology Officer, Telcordia Technologies

As president of Telcordia’s Advanced Technology Solutions, Dr. Drobot heads both the Applied Research Business Unit (AR BU) and Government & Public Sector Business Unit (GPS BU).  As head of Telcordia’s AR BU, which consists of over 240 researchers involved in many aspects of Internet, broadband and information networking, and software technologies. Telcordia Applied Research group is renowned for its research and development which led to: ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet telephony.   Dr. Drobot also serves as head of Telcordia’s GPS BU; Dr. Drobot is responsible for planning and implementing Systems Engineering solutions that are applicable to Federal, State and Local government problems.  These solutions span telecommunications and IT areas, including networking and operations for traditional as well as evolving IP and converged general purpose and mission-specific networks.  Areas of expertise include Security and Information Assurance as well as Business Process Outsourcing.  Formed in mid-2005, the GPS unit is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia resources to accelerate Telcordia’s growth in the government space.

Prior to Telcordia, he was with Science Applications International Corporation for 26 years, a $7B Fortune 250 firm.  There, he managed the Advanced Technology group and served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology.

Dr. Drobot's main research interest is the development of multidisciplinary, computationally-based tools for life cycle support of complex products.  He has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems.  He has also published over 100 journal articles, is a frequent contributor to the literature and conference presentations and holds sixteen patents.  Dr. Drobot is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sigma Phi Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi.  He serves on the Boards of the Optical Industry Developer’s Association (OIDA), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and chairs the Communications Research Division of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Dr. Drobot  received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from  Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and PhD. in Plasma Physics from University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

The title of Adam's presentation is "Anticipation:  What’s Next in Quality and Reliability?"


Kevin Peters, Senior Vice President Global Network Operations, AT&T

Kevin Peters is Senior Vice-President of AT&T Global Network Operations. He is responsible for the health of AT&T’s world-wide network, including local, data and voice networks.

Kevin has broad experience and knowledge of communication networks and technologies, and the corresponding business and network operations. Kevin began his career at AT&T in 1986 in the Information Technology organization, and has held positions in technology development, sales, finance/billing, strategy development, and network operations and engineering. He has benefited from working across many lines of business over his career, including AT&T.

Network Systems (now Lucent), AT&T Long Distance, AT&T Local Services, AT&T Labs, and now the new AT&T.

Kevin has held numerous key executive positions including Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Technology where he increased output by 40%; AT&T’s Chief Engineer, where he was responsible for the transformation of the global AT&T network; Vice-President of Network Care, Field Operations and Customer Maintenance, where he was responsible for the integration and improvement of the local service operations; and Vice President of New Product Introduction/Business Planning, where he was responsible for the technology introduction of key services, such as VOIP and AVPN. Kevin was also integral in planning the operational integration of the new AT&T where he managed the convergence of the network and business systems and the related information technology infrastructure.

Kevin received his B.S. from Fairfield University, M.S. in Information and Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, M.B.A. from Columbia University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

The title of Kevin's presentation is "Ever Vigilant: The Pursuit of Enterprise Resiliency."

Dr. Robert Nowill, Director of Information and Network Security, BT

Dr. Robert Nowill (Bob) is the Director of Information and Network Security at BT, responsible for Security, Risk and Compliance and for optimising end-to-end Security processes and governance more widely. He is the leader of BT’s End-to-End Security Professional Community, leads the BT Security Design Centre of Excellence and has been formative in establishing a Virtual Security and Continuity Community across BT. 

Before joining BT in 2005, Bob was the Director of Technology & Engineering and Board Member at the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Bob has an engineering, IT and technical specialist background and inter-alia has led technical project and programme management, design, support, applied research, security, risk, testing, compliance, architecture and commercial procurement teams.

His career has also included periods with UK MoD(PE) (now Defence Procurement Agency and Research Agencies), in The Netherlands with The SHAPE Technical Centre, and research at Cambridge University Engineering Department and BT. Bob is married to Joanna, a Psychologist, with three children: this, plus renovation of a crumbling Victorian house and a rescue-Greyhound, takes up the time usually reserved for hobbies.

Bob is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the IET and the BCS, and on the accreditation panel for the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).

The title of Bob's presentation is "Real Life:  Where Theory meets Practice."

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