Please join us for our May Luncheon AND Biometrics Event — Two back to back events on MAY 27TH!

At our May Luncheon, we will be joined by the recipients of 2015’s Scholarship Awards; twenty three outstanding high school seniors will be presented with $3,000 Scholarships!  Additionally, we will learn about Identity Operations in Today’s Connected world from Dr. Joe DiZinno, Vice President at American Systems/Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at George Mason University.

Mr. DiZinno has over thirty years experience in Forensic Science.  He was the Director of the FBI’s Laboratory for 22 years, and currently teaches Forensic Science at George Mason University in addition to his role as Vice President of American Systems.  Scroll to the bottom of this blog to see his bio.

(Luncheon:  $25 members/$30 nonmembers).

Also on 27 May 2015 at the Crowne Plaza, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC, from 1315-1730, the South Carolina Low Country Chapter of AFCEA, working in partnership with SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, will be hosting the first of two Identity Operations 2015 Meetings oriented on “Building Next Generation, Full Spectrum Identity Operations Capacity for the Naval, Joint, National and Coalition Warfighter.” 

This event will provide Department of Defense, Government, Industry, and Academia perspectives on Naval, Joint, and National Identity Operations (Biometrics, Forensics, Sensitive Site Exploitation, and Identity Intelligence) challenges and requirements, capability and competency development, and public/ private partnerships.  Included will be guest speakers, lightning talk presentations, and breakout sessions.

Identity Operations Meeting Agenda ($10 members/$15 nonmembers/Free to DoD Military and Government).

To register for Biometrics click HERE  and to register for the Luncheon click HERE

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27 MAY 2015



      1315   AFCEA Low Country / SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Welcoming Remarks

1320  SSC Atlantic Guest Speakers: Building Identity Operations Capacity for the Naval, Joint, National, and Coalition Warfighter – Moderator: Kelly Williams
–             Kelly Williams
–             Joey Pomperada
–             Mark Thomas
–             Sagid Elhillali
1420  AFCEA Distinguished Guest Speaker: Topic
–             Dr. Joseph DiZinno, VP of Identity Intelligence at American Systems (Former FBI Laboratory Director)
1450  Break and Networking
1505  AFCEA Presentations, Emerging Technologies
–             Dr. Noah Schiffman, Wave Sciences
–             Joe Hoerl, Integrated Biometrics
–             Greg Alexander, Director, Biometrics, Strategic Operational Solutions
1535   Break Out Sessions
–             Identity Operations Innovation Engineering –
–             Identity Operations Workforce Development –
1615   Break Out Session Debriefs and Closing Remarks
1630   Meeting Adjourns
1630 – 1730   No Host Social, Exhibits, Networking

Please contact Chris Ward (, (703) 589-4538 for more information.

Note:  This event will be held directly AFTER our Monthly May Luncheon, where we award scholarships to 23 outstanding STEM students in our Community and Dr. DiZinno will speak on Identity Operations in Today’s Connected World.

bio 3Kelly Williams is currently the Lead Biometric Systems Engineer for the Solutions in Identity Management Integrated Product Team at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.  He has worked as a systems engineer and biometrics subject matter expert in Identity Dominance and Identity Exploitation at SPAWAR since 2002.  Kelly is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional, INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional, and a registered Professional Engineer.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College.

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 As VP or Identity Operations for AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Dr. DiZinno applies his experience in identity analytics to provide oversight and guidance for the continued expansion of the company’s Identity Operations practice.

Greg Alexander, Director.  Greg Alexander has over 16 years of professional experience in national security with expertise in the fields of biometrics, forensics, identity management and technology development. Over the past several years, Greg has focused on providing analytical, technical and management support to clients within the Department of Defense across the research, development, test and evaluation spectrum as well as leading our efforts at the FBI. Prior to joining STOPSO, Greg provided cyber security support and critical infrastructure protection expertise to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Greg graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in Information and Decision Systems. He was then commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Signal Officer and stationed at Ft Hood, TX. During his five years in the Army, Greg served an 11 month tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later received his Masters of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University.

speaker 1Joe Hoerl, Integrated Biometrics.  Joe Hoerl is a veteran of technology enablement and adoption with an array of achievements in product innovation, business development, and technology application.  At Integrated Biometrics, Joe is lead technology counsel for mobile biometric applications across government, public safety, healthcare, and financial verticals.  Joe regularly speaks at industry events, panel discussions, and forums regarding biometric technology trends sharing his passion for mobile technology advancements and is an active member of the Biometrics Institute Technology Innovation Experts Group.

Prior to joining Integrated Biometrics, Joe held management positions within Nokia and Pario Solutions Inc.   Joe holds a US Patent in the field of mobile robotics.

Joe attended Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S. in Computer Science) and The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina (B.S. Computer Science)

speaker 2Dr. Noah Schiffman, Wave Sciences.  With 20+ years of industry experience, Dr. Noah Schiffman is a former hacker turned security consultant, specializing in penetration testing, threat assessment, and security integration. With degrees in cognitive psychology and mechanical engineering, he has worked on designing authentication/access control systems and improving security usability. After receiving a doctorate in medicine, his research and development have encompassed biometric technologies and medical device security, leading to several patents. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences and has been a contributing writer for several industry publications. Currently, he is located in Charleston, SC and serves as a scientist and Chief Medical Officer for Wave Sciences.

Banner_BGSagid Elhillali is currently a Project Engineer for the PEO C4I FMS IPT supporting Identity Management FMS cases at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.  He has worked as a systems engineer and biometrics subject matter expert  at SPAWAR since 2012.  Sagid is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Spring has sprung! Spring Membership Dinner is right around the corner! Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Please join us for another fun AFCEA Lowcountry Chapter Membership Dinner! Click here to register

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Social from 5:30-6:30 PM, Dinner Starts at 6:45 PM

Cash Bar
$35 per person

Live music will be provided on the patio until 8 PM

Meal choices are:

Shrimp and Grits – A Low Country tradition of whole ground cheese grits topped with sautéed shrimp, onions, celery, black olives, bacon and peppers tossed in a creamy white wine sauce.

New York Strip – A choice 12 ounce strip grilled to a perfect medium served with a baked potato and fresh vegetables.

Both entrees served with Tommy’s house salad with creamy ranch dressing, warm rolls and butter and choice of coffee, tea or soda.



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Don’t Forget to Register for our upcoming March luncheon!

Our March 18th Speaker is:

Mr. John Mark Hall

Surface Sub-Portfolio Lead within the Platform Integration and Installation (PII) Portfolio at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.

As the Sub-Portfolio Lead, he is responsible for cost, schedule, and performance for various aspects of engineering, testing, integration, and installation of Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4I) systems aboard U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and foreign military surface platforms across six Integrated Product Teams.

You can only RSVP via evite.  Click here to register.

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