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Confirmed Guests: February 23, 2016

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Juan Gilbert (University of Florida) will be our guest speaker on the February 23rd episode of the BDPA iRadio Show.

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab.

Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing) and databases/data mining. He has published more than 140 articles, given more than 200 talks and obtained more than $24 million dollars in research funding. He is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. He was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology. He was also named a 2015-2106 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Speech Technology Luminary by Speech Technology Magazine and a national role model by Minority Access Inc. Dr. Gilbert is also a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Recently, Dr. Gilbert was named a Master of Innovation by Black Enterprise Magazine, a Modern-Day Technology Leader by the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference, the Pioneer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers and he received the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. In 2002, Dr. Gilbert was named one of the nation's top African-American Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2013, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association at Auburn University named their Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of Dr. Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert testified before the Congress on the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act of 2008 for his innovative work in electronic voting. In 2006, Dr. Gilbert was honored with a mural painting in New York City by City Year New York, a non-profit organization that unites a diverse group of 17 to 24 year-old young people for a year of full-time, rigorous community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.

BDPA iRadio Show audience will enjoy an open discussion with Dr. Gilbert. He is a long-time BDPA member with a remarkable journey. We would like to hear his insights on how BDPA can move forward into the future.

You can follow Dr. Gilbert on Twitter - @DrJuanGilbert

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BETF is happy to announce that 1991 HSCC champion Kobie Burrell will be our guest on the February 23rd episode of BDPA iRadio Show.

Kobe Burrell is self-employed. He worked for a number of years as a systems engineer with a number of start-ups. BDPA has known Kobie for over a quarter of a century. We first met him 25 years ago when he competed as part of the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team trained by BDPA Detroit chapter. His HSCC team won the 1991 HSCC championship. He later received his college degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional career has worked itself through corporations like Fiserv. He is living and working in the San Franciso area.

BDPA iRadio Show audience would love to hear what Kobie remembers about his HSCC training from 25 years ago ... and also what he remembers about his championship run at the conference held in New York.

BETF proudly announces that Wells Fargo assistant vice president Lawrence Belton will be our guest on the February 23rd episode of BDPA iRadio Show.

Lawrence Belton is a certified security professional who manages cybersecurity and malware threat analysis for one of the major financial institutions -- Wells Fargo -- in our nation. The loss of money, privacy and well-being as a result of people breaking through our cybersecurity at a corporate level ... and even on a personal level ... is at all-time highs. We've asked Lawrence to speak to our BDPA iRadio Show audience about steps that they can take at home or on the job to increase their own sense of well-being when it comes to this whole issue of cybersecurity. Is your mobile device, laptop or computer safe? Are your children safe when they are online?

Lawrence will share his insights and suggestions with our audience.


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