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Are you prepared for a disaster?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The recent severe storms and damage to many of our members’ homes and property was the driver for scheduling our August meeting.  There is a lot you can do now so you are prepared for a disaster. Don’t wait till something happens and suffer the consequences! Cassandra Wallace will show us what we can do so we are at least ready to face a disaster and hopefully come out with the least amount of damage.

June 13 Meeting: Electic Vehicle Update

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

June’s meeting promises to be informative and interesting especiallly if you think you’ll be a purchaser of an electric vehicle. Stanton Zeff, IEEE member and owner of an electric vehicle, decided to take the plunge. His extensive research and experience is the foundation of this program.  Come learn what he did to make a great purchase.

We meet at Texas Land and Cattle this month.

Hope you can join us!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

Cyber Security: Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The May 9 meeting of Consultants Network should be a very interesting presentation.

Join a friendly group of engineers for Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, and Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research Institute, at UTD.  She has a fascinating bio and a wealth of expertise in this area.

Here’s what Dr. Thraisingham says:

I have a unique 35 year career first as a visiting faculty, then in the commercial computer industry, followed by federally funded research and development center experience and then as program director in the government before joining academia full time as a tenured professor in 2004. I joined The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center. Since 2010 I have been the Louis Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI) at UTD. I am also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Informatics at Kings College University of London, England 2015-2018.

Prior to joining UTD, I spent 24 years in the commercial industry (HoneywellControl Data Corporation), and at MITRE Corporation and the National Science Foundation as IPA. During this time I also worked as visiting faculty and/or adjunct faculty at the New Mexico Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Minnesota and Boston University.

Between 1980 and 1983, while at the New Mexico Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota, my research was focused on theory of computation where I studied decision problems for systems functions which are essentially inference functions. This work was published in journals such as the Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic and the Journal of Mathematical Logic. I also conducted research in Algorithmic Information Theory during this time.

From 1983 to 1986, while working in computer network development at Control Data Corporation, my research focused on distributed systems and this work was published in journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and the IEEE Network.

I began my research in data and applications security in 1985 and continued for the next 30 years while at Honeywell, MITRE, NSF and at UTD. My early work between 1985 and 1995 focused on secure relational, object and distributed and deductive data management systems. I also proved that the inference problem was unsolvable and this work was cited as the most significant work in database security by the National Security Agency in 1990. Numerous papers were published in several prestigious journals and conferences on this research including in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE ICDE, ACSAC, IEEE Computer Security Foundations Workshop, and ACM OOPSLA.

Between 1993 and 2001, I conducted research in real-time systems and subsequently contributed to integrating secure systems and real-time systems. This work was published in journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Real-Time Systems Journal and the VLDB Conference. During this time I also worked in data mining and led the Massive Digital Data Systems project for the Intelligence Community.

Between 2001 and 2004, I established the Data and Applications Security special competition at NSF and was a member of the Cyber Trust theme. During this time I worked tirelessly to promote Data and Applications Security as well as Data Mining for Counter-terrorism and gave talks at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the United Nations.

Since October 2004, together with my students and colleagues at UTD, I have made significant contributions in the areas of policy-based information sharing as well as ontology alignment, data mining for malware detection and secure cloud computing. This work has appeared in premier journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions in Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transctions on Reliability, ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, the VLDB Journal, the Journal of Web Semantics, ACM KDD, ACM CODASPY, ACM SACMAT, ACSAC, and IEEE ICDM. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has also done a press release of my work on secure cloud computing.

I teach courses in Data and Applications Security, Digital Forensics, Trustworthy Web Services and Semantic Web, Biometrics, Secure Cloud Computing, Analyzing and Securing Social Media, and Information Systems Security. I have mentored junior faculty as well as women and minority students and have given featured addresses at conferences and events organized by SWE, WITI, CRA-W and the BCS/UCL London Hopper. I co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS) in Dallas in 2016 at which over 800 people including around 700 women participated and will continue promoting Women in Cyber Security by establishing a Center as part of CSI. I have been a consultant to the NSA in data security between 1991-1997, the CIA in data analytics between 1993-1999 and the IRS on software research credit since 1999. I am also involved in transferring the university technologies to commercial products.

I have held team leadership and management positions for the past 27 years at MITRE, NSF and UTD. These include leading multiple team efforts in cyber security and data analytics at MITRE between 1989 and 1995, managing a Department between 1995 and 1999 where I grew the department from 8 to 28 staff, working as chief technologist between 1999 and 2001, managing programs at NSF between 2001 and 2004 and directing the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute since 2004 whose memebrs have generated over $30M in research and over $7M in education funding including 100% success rate with NSF CAREER (4 out of 4) and multiple AFOSR YIPs, and DoD MURI among others.

My work has not only resulted in several publications including over 120+ journals, 250+ conferences, 130+ keynote/featured addresses (e.g., at ACM SACMAT, EDBT, ICMLA, PAKDD, ARES, ASIACCS), and 100+ panel presentations, I have also obtained five patents, authored 14 books, edited several more, served (serving) as program and/or general chair of prestigious conferences (e.g., ACM SACMAT, IEEE ICDE, ACM CCS, IEEE ICDM, IFIP 11.3) and have received prestigious awards from IEEE and ACM. My short bio can be found here.  My CV can be found here.  More details about my work can be found here.

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Calling all bitcoins!!!!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Our April 11 Meeting promises to be a very, very interesting one.  You will learn more about the hot topic of bitcoins. Thanks to John Lindsay for suggesting this topic and speaker.  Here’s what you’ll be hearing about:

“Doing Business in Bitcoin”
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money, the first and largest of the burgeoning peer-to-peer cryptocurrencies. Michael Lewellen will cover the basics of Bitcoin, mining for Bitcoin, buying and selling using Bitcoin, and trading in Bitcoin. The presentation will include a demonstration of a Bitcoin purchase and the mechanics of the transaction.

Michael Lewellen is a Bitcoin trader and consultant at his firm Cryptocurrency Consulting. He learned about Bitcoin his freshman year of high school and began mining Bitcoin his sophomore year. After that he began trading in Bitcoin as a LocalBitcoin trader and other exchanges. Eventually, that lead to him offering his services to others as a Bitcoin consultant in setting business using Bitcoin or businesses based on Bitcoin. Michael is currently a student attending the University of Texas at Dallas for his B.S. in Computer Science. You can see more of his services and background at .


March Meeting: Information Security

Friday, February 12th, 2016

What an interesting February Meeting we had from the Small Business Development Center on How to Start and Grow a Small Business utilizing the service of the Small Business Development Center.

The March meeting promises to be just as interesting.  Mart Nelson will be presenting a program on Information Security. Hope you can make it!

Date:  March 14  6:15 pm

Where: 7920 Belt Line Road, Dallas 75254 (near Coit/Beltline intersection)  Conference Room First Floor

How to Start & Grow a Small Business Using the Small Business Development Center

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

You can now deliver a Compelling PowerPoint presentation if you attended the January Consultants Network Meeting.  Jo Umberger delivered her compelling PowerPoint on how to do that.

Your compelling PowerPoint might result in a new wall business.  You will want to be prepared to grow your business.  Why not attend the February 8 meeting and learn how to ensure your small business success?

Presenters: Rose Blair – Director, Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center
Sergio Bento – Senior Business Advisor
Mark Christie – Business Advisor
Steven Sweeny – Business Advisor (tentative)


The Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center in
partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the
Dallas County Community College District, offers free and confidential
one-on-one counseling for existing and startup businesses in Dallas
County. The SBDC’s professional focus is hands-on counseling,
so that you will be guided and trained in the areas of assistance
required, rather than doing the work for the client. The SBDC has
market research tools available to assist clients with important strategic
business decisions. Learn more about our services and necessary steps
to schedule an appointment.

Hope to see you there!


Maura Schreier-Fleming

IEEE Consultants Network Chair

Here’s where you can register:

New Year Excitement

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Hope you are planning on attending our January Program which should start you and your business off the right way.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year!

Speaker:    Jo Umberger, Business Trainer & Coach, President, Umberger Development Partners, Inc.

Program Description:  Creating & Delivering Compelling PowerPoint Presentations


Description:  Have you ever wondered why some people didn’t understand the obvious message you delivered?

Join us at the IEEE Consultants Network meeting on January 11, 2016, to consider important strategies for creating and communicating clear, concise and compelling messages using PowerPoint. You will also learn speakers’ tips that will help you keep the audience’s attention focused on your message.

BIO: For 23 years, Jo Umberger has helped engineers and other technical thinkers to communicate in such a way that even non-technical thinkers can understand the message.

Holiday Party December 14

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Plan on attending our Holiday Party on December 14!

RSVP Here!

DECEMBER Meeting Location:

Texas Land & Cattle:   812 S. Central Expressway / RICHARDSON, TX 7508

US-75 & Spring Valley, next to Service King
Ph: 972 / 705-9700

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015  6: 15PM

Speaker:    Our Holiday Party!

Program Description:  Have fun!

Survey Results: Speaker Topics for 2016

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Thanks for those who took the poll to determine topics for 2016 Consultants Network meetings. Here are the top 9 results:

1- Electric Cars-Toyota

2-Crypto Coin (Bitcoin)

3-FBI And Internet Security

4-PE Licensing

5-How to Present Effectively

6-How to Start a Business

7-On Board Computer Data Analysis: Venli presentation

8-City of Dallas Infrastructure Security

9-Free Publicity:  How to write a column for Free Publicity

We need you for our September Meeting

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

We will be deciding which speakers to invite to our 2016 meetings.  These programs help our members develop their skills so they can enhance their careers.  Your input and interests are what we use to select speakers.  Please come and share your ideas with the group so we can develop the best 2016 program for our IEEE Consultant and IEEE members.


Maura Schreier-Fleming