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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Building a Sustainable Tech Community in the Panhandle

How do we keep young talent local (in North FL).  What strategies work in building a sustainable pipeline to bring a community solution for startups, established businesses and government?  What efforts work in community building and partnerships?  You cannot do it alone and the process requires looking at all approaches (and inviting all interested parties) to broadening their impact by creating partnerships between with businesses, workforce organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit groups, students (k-16) and community leaders.  The talk will explore our efforts over the last 5 years in building a university partnership to keep talent local, to showcase and support local tech businesses, and to create a community that attract young people.