Board of Advisors

George Beam

Sr. Vice President, Installed Based-America, AREVA, Inc.

Education

  • M.B.A.,  University of Virginia
  • M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, NC State
  • B.S. in Applied Math and Computer Science, University of Virginia
  • Registered professional engineer in VA

George Beam is currently Senior Vice President of Nuclear Services for AREVA NP Inc. George started his career as a Reactor Engineer at the Oconee Nuclear Station in 1977. After two years, he left to attend business school, after which he started work at Babcock & Wilcox in its Nuclear Services business in 1981. He initially started out on staff as a Strategic Planner, followed by several assignments in Business Development/Marketing for Steam Generator and Reactor Services.

George became the General Manager for the Plant Services business responsible for all field services performed by B&W Nuclear Technologies, excluding steam generator services. He was later promoted to Vice President, Steam Generator Services.


Bill Janky

Director, Systems Design, Harris Electronics

Education

  • MSEE, Syracuse University
  • B.S. in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois
  • Graduate of GE’s Advanced Course in Engineering

Bill Janky is currently the Director of System Design in the Public Safety and Professional Communications unit of Harris Corporation’s RF Communications Division. Bill has over 33 years of experience in a broad range of technical disciplines including infrared systems, signal processing, hardware/software development, technical management, and Land Mobile Radio systems. While originally employed in the defense industry as a member of GE’s Aerospace Electronics Systems department, Bill has spent the last 23 years in Lynchburg, VA working on LMR systems with GE, Ericsson, Com-Net, Tyco Electronics-M/A-COM, and finally Harris. In addition to managing system design, he also holds the title of Sr. Scientist at Harris.

Bill is a recognized expert in the area of system architecture definition and design for LMR Mission Critical Public Safety Communication Systems. He has been an active participant in TIA TR-8 LMR standards development for many years and is currently active in 3gpp and ATIS broadband standards.


Rich Diddams

Executive Director for Center for Energy Research & Education

Education

  • D.B.A. candidate at Liberty University
  • M.S. in Management, Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S. in Construction Engineering, John Brown University
  • Certified ACG Commissioning Agent & LEED 

Rich Diddams joined Liberty University in order to provide opportunities for LU and the industry sector to enhance and develop new technologies in the energy industry in an effort to develop the future workforce through applied research and education.

Rich served for twenty years as a United States Marine before leading commercial projects both in the U.S. and Overseas. Following his career in the United States Marine Corps, Rich served as the Chief of Staff for Halliburton/KBR’s LOGCAP project, the largest contract ever awarded in the history of the United States and founded and led CCCxA a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing firm with a Top-Secret security clearance focused on Value Engineering and service to the Department of Veterans Affairs and State Department.

Rich serves on the following boards: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority, ASIS International (Architecture and Engineering), and Society of American Military Engineers.


Keith Mascher

Co-Owner/General Manager AMTI Microwave Circuits

Education

  • B.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology, University of Central Florida

Keith Mascher is Co-Owner of AMTI (Advanced Manufacturing Technology Inc) which includes Advanced Manufacturing Services (contract manufacturing of electronic circuit board assemblies) and Microwave Circuits ( Design and Manufacture of RF Filters and Components). AMTI currently employs +90 people with 2 locations, Lynchburg, VA and Beltsville, MD. AMTI manufactures and designs electronic products for the DOD, Industrial, Commercial and Consumer business segments.

Previously, Keith was employed by Ericsson Inc in Lynchburg holding positions in Component Application Engineering, Project Management and Engineering Manager. Before joining Ericsson, he worked at Rockwell Collins Avionics in Melbourne, Florida designing RF circuits for Navigation (ILS, ADF, VOR) products. Keith was also involved with the Air Force Eastern Test Range upgrade during the late 80's employed by Pan Am World Services.

He currently sits on the board of directors for CAER (Center for Advanced Engineering & Research) and AMTI.


Aaron Mathes

Deputy Secretary of Technology, Office of the Governor of Virginia

Aaron Mathes serves as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the State of Virginia. Prior to his current position with Governor McDonnell’s office, he served as the CIO and Information Security Officer for the Office of the Attorney General.

During his time at the state capital, Aaron has been strategically involved in the direction of the state’s technology infrastructure planning, among other duties.

Before heading to Richmond, Aaron served over 10 years in IT Leadership at Liberty University, spending the majority as the Deputy CIO and COO of IT Operations.

As part of the leadership team, Aaron’s blend of IT and people skills helped the university to expand its technology infrastructure. He developed key partnerships with outside vendors while helping the university business units leverage technology to achieve their goals. Apart from the technical side, Aaron worked for the CIO where teamwork, professional development, mentoring and obedience to Christ was central to the organization and its successes.

Aaron is actively involved in the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and a local non-profit organization called Noble Warriors, which ministers to men.


Ron Parsons

Vice President, Integrated Solutions & Services

Education

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Michigan

Ron Parsons joined TecSec, initially assisting in product development and corporate strategy. He now oversees the development, deployment, and support of software solutions, including the integration of CMK technology into existing customer applications as well as focusing attention on new markets.

Ron founded and ran two quick reaction electronic and software design companies over a twenty year period, servicing commercial, civilian, and DoD customers across the country. He also served as an Associate Director at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) before assisting in the launch of several organizations focused on electronic commerce, identity management, and information security. Ron launched and served as the Director of the Federal Sector for CommerceNet, was founding co-chairman of the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Services (FiXS), and founding co-chairman of the Federated Electronic Government Coalition (FEGC).

Ron's vision and creative solutions mindset have been employed over the years in originating projects and standing up pilot programs involving multiple government agencies and numerous commercial entities. He brought to TecSec this visionary insight and solutions experience, as well as demonstrated success in customer relations. 

Ron serves as the Board Chairman for Sustainable Missions Incorporated and on multiple other committees and advisory panels. He also assists Christian organizations with strategic and tactical planning.


Robert Rashford

Founder, President, & CEO, Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Robert Rashford has been Founder, President and CEO of Genesis Engineering Company for 24 years. Robert has over 30 years of experience in aerospace engineering with some of America’s leading high tech companies such as RCA Astro Division, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Genesis Engineering Solutions.

He has led Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc (GES) through four servicing missions for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope missions, coupled with service missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and is currently playing a key role in the development of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program which is the replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope. Currently, he is and his team is developing new technologies for the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s largest telescope to be deployed in deep space in 2018 by NASA.


Richard Rawls

CEO, Rawls Aerospace Consulting

Richard Rawls is the CEO of Rawls Aerospace Consulting. This small consulting company was formed after he retired from NASA. His career at NASA spanned 37 years and started with a Mechanical Engineering background, working Aeronautics in his early years with NASA and eventually working Systems Engineering.

Over the last 20+ years of his career at NASA, his focus was on International Space Programs. He interfaced with space programs in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, France, and Italy. He has also supported satellite programs at Ball Aerospace, TRW, and Northrup Grumman.

His support of various space programs has also allowed him the opportunity to work at many NASA Centers including Langley, Goddard, Kennedy, Johnson, Ames, Dryden, Marshall and Glenn. He also spent a year at the Jet Propulsion Lab (Cal Tech) leading the mechanical team in the development, assembly, and test of the two Mars Exploration Rovers.

Since his retirement from NASA, he has provided consulting support to the Constellation Program managed out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and the CERES FM5/FM6 Project managed out of the Goddard Center in Maryland. he continues to maintain close contact with his NASA counterparts as well as counterparts in industry.


Larry Root

President, SimVentions

Education

  • B.S. in Computer Science, University of Michigan – Flint

His technical career involved working on tactically-fielded systems that included the 5” Laser Guided Round, and Marine and Navy intelligence systems. His primary focus was on software development in the areas of tactical communications, operating systems, and simulators, where he received several Superior Achievement Awards from NSWCDD. He left the civil servant ranks and joined private industry, taking a job with Synetics, Inc., a small business providing defense-related services. Synetics was later acquired by Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS).

While at ACS, he assisted in establishing their defense-focused Modeling & Simulation capability.

Later, he co-founded SimVentions, Inc. As President/CEO, his primary goals are to provide a solid work environment that is built on biblically-based principals, and that focuses on caring for their employees, their families, their community, and their customers.


Jeremiah Sahlberg

IT Release Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.

Education

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic University

Jeremiah Sahlberg has over 20 years of security experience and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). 

He actively contributes to the security community and has presented at NCTA, SINET, New York State Cyber Security Conference, Nevada Digital Government Summit and also contributed to O’Reilly’s Secure Coding: Principles & Practices, Graff and Ken van Wyk. 

Jeremiah joined NBCUniversal as the Senior Director of Protect Operations responsible for Security Assurance, Security Awareness, and Training, Third-party Vendor Security Reviews, Information Security Policies, and Standards and Security Engineering functions servicing all NBCUniversal properties.

Additionally, Jeremiah has been guest lecturing at NPower teaching cybersecurity for young adults from underserved communities. He also currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Liberty University’s School of Engineering and Computational Sciences and mentors a US Cyber Patriot team and robotics team.


Anderson Silva

IT Release Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.

Education

  • M.S. in Information System, University of Maine
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Liberty University
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer
  • Red Hat Certified Architect

Anderson Silva works as the IT Platform Operations Manager at Red Hat. His team is spread throughout the world in 5 different countries and they ensure all of the IT-owned infrastructure at Red Hat stays up and running. Red Hat has been rated as the number one enterprise software vendor for value in a CIO Insight Magazine study for four consecutive years, Red Hat is the most recognized Linux brand in the world. They serve global enterprises through technology and services made possible by the open source model. Solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, middleware, and a broad range of management and services: consulting, 24x7 support, Red Hat Network. Red Hat's global training program operates worldwide and features RHCE, the global standard Linux certification.

Anderson was a faculty member at Liberty University teaching both on campus and on the distance program. He also worked for several years at the IT department of the University as a developer and testing team lead. He has also worked as a developer and system administrator for the University of Maine, Whestone Logic, Inc, and NumbersUSA Foundation. He was also a release engineer and team leader at Red Hat IT.


Trent Warner

IT Release Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.

Education

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute
  • Registered professional engineer in VA

Trent Warner, a Civil Professional Engineer, is a Vice President and Manager of Engineering Services at the engineering and surveying firm, Hurt & Profitt. Trent has over 25 years of experience in the development of site designs, site utilities, stormwater management, water quality, erosion and sediment control facilities, and public water and sewer system designs. Trent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of civil municipal and land development engineering.

In addition to working for Hurt & Proffitt, Trent is the co-founder of Virginia Youthful Engineers. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization created to encourage local youths to learn more about the science and engineering fields. The group has had an annual week-long Engineering and Science Summer Camp since 2010. The camp is made up of 50 5th and 6th graders along with 25 college interns, provided primarily by BWXT. The effort is to communicate college experiences along with the profession of engineering in a fun and exciting way. The goal is to educate the students regarding potential colleges and professions and open their eyes to their potential futures. The camp fills quickly, often with an extensive waiting list and has been very well received by the community.

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