Summit Speakers

Eman El-Sheikh

Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science
University of West Florida

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh is Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science at the University of West Florida. Her research interests include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and machine learning. El-Sheikh has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and given over 60 research presentations and invited talks. Her research projects include the development, application and evaluation of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for cybersecurity, education, software architectures and robotics. Eman received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. El-Sheikh received several grants to enhance cybersecurity education and training for pre-collegiate and college students with an emphasis on increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups in cybersecurity. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of the UWF ADVANCE Program, a National Science Foundation-funded grant aimed at enhancing the culture for recruiting, retaining and advancing women in STEM. El-Sheikh enjoys engaging students in research activities and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate student research projects. She teaches undergraduate and graduate Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence courses, and has integrated cybersecurity into many of her courses. She received the 2014 UWF President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity and the 2016 International Security and Management Conference Achievement Award.

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Women in Tech Panel Discussion

9:00 AM 10/14/2016

The mission of Innovation Coast is to grow, sustain and showcase the successful, vibrant community of technology companies and professionals in Pensacola, Florida, and along the Northern Gulf Coast. Innovation Coast is a business community serving entrepreneurial garage start-ups, established leaders, and everyone in between. 

The Women in Technology Committee’s mission is to develop an alliance to advance, advocate and support women in technology.  The committee focuses on providing women across the Panhandle with resources and tools that will enable them to succeed in their technology-related career field. As women are an important part of the growing demand of workforce in technology industries, this committee strives to establish a forum that promotes networking opportunities and career exploration. This vision also aligns with Innovation Coast’s mission to grow and showcase the region’s vibrant ecosystem of technology companies, professionals, and investment opportunities.

Innovation Coast and the Women in Technology Committee is pleased to participate in the ITEN Wired Summit.  We will conduct a panel discussion with women who have successful careers in the field of Cyber Security.  The discussion will focus on the experiences, challenges, and opportunities associated with the field of Information Technology and Cyber Security.