Oregon Cyber Security Day



Distinguished Speakers

This one-day event will feature a slate of distinguished speakers from academia and industry to discuss current challenges and future opportunities in cybersecurity, in general, and in use of Blockchain technology, in particular.


Wenjing Lou

Virginia Tech

Wenjing Lou is the W. C. English Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech and a Fellow of the IEEE. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Her research interests cover many topics in the cybersecurity field, with her current research interest focusing on privacy protection in networked information systems and security and privacy problems in the Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

Prof. Lou is currently on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and Journal of Computer Security. She is the TPC chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2019 and SecureCom 2019. She chairs the steering committee of IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS) and is also a member of the steering committees of IEEE INFOCOM and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.


Stephen Curran

Hyperledger Ambassador, Cloud Compass Computing

Stephen Curran is a 25+ year veteran in Software Solution Development and DevOps who dove into the Hyperledger Indy world in Summer 2017 and has been having a blast ever since. Working with the British Columbia (BC) Government, Stephen has helped define, build and launch OrgBook BC, the largest production instance of Hyperledger Indy and Verifiable Credentials in the world.

Stephen is a regular presenter in the Hyperledger Indy community, helping to facilitate discussions and drive to deliverables. Stephen has presented workshops on blockchain and the Hyperledger Indy project at multiple events, including the Hyperledger Global Forum in Basel, Switzerland (Dec. 2018). Stephen is also a member of the Sovrin Foundation Technical Governance Board.


Jia Chen

Offering Leader, Blockchain for Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM Innovation and Solution Incubation

Dr. Jia Chen is an Offering Leader of Blockchain solutions for Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM’s Innovation and Solution Incubation team. She serves on the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership team. She previously led technical strategy at IBM Watson Health Innovation, with a focus on data and AI. Prior to that, Dr. Chen was the global leader of Watson Experience Centers at IBM, responsible for Watson AI client experiences across all Watson group. She held leadership positions for Innovation and client engagement at IBM Corporate Headquarters as well as emerging markets. She was formerly the Director of Health Solutions for Smarter Cities at IBM, and the Director of Technical Sales & Innovation for IBM’s Growth Market Units. She led the identification, structuring and execution of first of a kind technology and business initiatives that provide innovative and sustainable differentiation for IBM’s clients. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University. Her research work was recognized as one of the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ by Science magazine in 2001. She was named as one of the top 35 technology innovators under the age of 35 worldwide by MIT’s Technology Review in 2005, the Best Researcher of the Year by Small Times magazine in 2006 and one of the top 26 tech women innovators at IBM in 2015. She serves on the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association Board.


Craig DeWitt

Director of Product, Ripple

Craig DeWitt is the Director of Product at Ripple, the world’s leading provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments. Craig leads the strategic direction and development of Ripple’s blockchain network, known RippleNet. Prior to joining Ripple in 2015, Craig worked at both Adobe and Bloomberg in product management. Craig earned his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley.


David Archer


Dr. Archer has over 30 years of research and development experience in system hardware and software architecture, secure computation, cryptography, and database systems. Currently, Dr. Archer is a Principal Investigator in several DARPA programs, including the SafeWare program (cryptographic program obfuscation); the Brandeis program (privacy-preserving computation and databases); and the Transparent Computing program (analysis of computation by its provenance). Dr. Archer is also a Principal Investigator for research programs at DHS S&T and IARPA, conducts privacy research for the Bipartisan Policy Center, is an active member of the cryptography advisory board for the Callisto Project, and is active in the United Nations Privacy Preserving Techniques Task Team. At Galois, Dr. Archer leads the company’s research work on secure multi-party computation, applied cryptography, and data provenance. Dr. Archer holds a PhD in Computer Science from Portland State University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering and BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.