AFCEA Hawaii was honored to welcome September keynote speaker Mr. Edward Tavares, IT Audit Manager of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. The topic was on plotting a more confident course; rethinking critical infrastructure cybersecurity. He discussed the Smart Grid consumer goals the organization is focusing on for the islands, as well as associated risks and costs. Some of the challenges of the new grid include the need to heavily rely on IT systems, distributed generation and micro grids, smart meters and real time usage data, smart appliances, etc. Along with general risks are new privacy and cyber risks. Mr. Tavares concluded with several statements regarding agile defense.
End to end security must protect against “man-in-the-middle” attacks and ensure our customer data remains secure at all times. It is critical that we know what we have in order to protect it. Modernization provides an opportunity to improve security of the grid.
We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
Student of the Month: Waianae High School, Daisy Monderen
Daisy Monderen, currently a senior at Waianae High School, completed her diploma requirements in her junior year making it possible for her to attend Leeward Community College full time this school year. She also currently serves as an intern in the Searider Productions Kauhale Program, where she assists the instructors by providing student support. Daisy will be graduating from high school this year with 25 plus college credits. Her accolades include placing first in national and state graphic design and public service announcements competitions. Two major events she participated in for the past several years are the Student Television Network competition and Hawaii state performance based assessments. Daisy plans to major in Graphic Design at Leeward Community College for her first two years then transfer to a four year college.
AFCEAN of the Month: Craig Chang
Mr. Craig Chang spent the past 25 years supporting the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense (DoD) in various capacities – squadrons and Groups, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, and as a contractor. He was the Director of Information Technology (J-6) with the Joint Interagency Task Force West at Camp Smith Hawaii prior to his military retirement. He was the Asia-Pacific Program Manager for ActioNet, Inc., overseeing programs in Hawaii and in the Pacific, until his latest adventure as a Program Manager for L-3 National Security Solutions. Mr. Chang is a graduate of Oregon State University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.
He is currently the Treasurer and Webmaster for the Air Force Association’s Hawaii Chapter, Acting Treasurer for the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation, and former treasurer for the AFCEA Hawaii.
Executive of the Month: Viil Lid, Co-Founder, CPO & CSO MeetingSift
Dr. Viil Lid has researched, designed, and developed collaborative technology platforms for innovation, work, and education for more than a decade. Viil holds a PhD in Communication & Information Sciences from University of Hawaii, and an MS in Information Science.
Young AFCEAN of the Month (August): Michelle Wendt, Project Manager, SAIC
Ms. Michelle Wendt is a Project Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Honolulu, HI. She has 15 years of progressive experience in program management, proposal management, contract management and negotiation, national security research and analysis, energy management, and environmental policy research and analysis. She currently manages Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) projects for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), technical and knowledge management support services for United States Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), and IT support services for Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) and United States Pacific Command (PACOM).
Ms. Wendt began her career in 2000 at the U.S. Department of Energy as an Environmental Policy Analyst focused on managing nuclear waste and site remediation. In 2003, she joined SAIC to work as a Senior Defense Policy Analyst and Program Manager for the Defense Science Board in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Ms. Wendt managed studies on topics such as SARS Quarantine, Munitions Systems Reliability, Critical Homeland Infrastructure Protection, Defense Biometrics, Foreign Influence on DoD Software, and DoD Energy Strategy.
After relocating to Honolulu in 2010, Ms. Wendt supported Military Construction (MILCON) projects at SPAWAR and drafted Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) Master Plan for Energy Security at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (the first of its kind for Navy shore installations).
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Politics, a Master degree in Urban Studies and Planning, and a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine.
Ms. Wendt is also a Licensed Acupuncturist and a certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). In her free time, she practices medicine and treats patients at her clinic Indigo Healing Acupuncture, located in Honolulu.
Senior Government Leader (August): CDR James Knoll, SPAWARSYSPAC
A native of Fullerton, California, Commander James A. Knoll received his commission upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 1993. After graduation he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
In 1997 CDR Knoll was transferred to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Joint Staff Support Center where he was in charge of mobile training and deployed operator support for the Global Command and Control System and was assigned to a National Military Command Center Watch Team supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He was selected to the Engineering Duty community in 1999 and served aboard the USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75). Upon completion of this assignment, he attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he was enrolled in the Combat Systems curriculum and graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering.
CDR Knoll was then assigned to SPAWAR Space Field Activity assigned to the Low Earth Orbit System Program Office as the Chief of the Ground Systems Acquisition Branch and was then transferred to the Navy Staff were he served as the Communications and Satellite Communications Section Head. In 2009, he completed an Individual Augmentation deployment attached to Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Composite Squadron One (JCCS-1).
Upon his return from Iraq, CDR Knoll served as the SPAWAR Liaison to Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) in Quantico, Virginia until he was transferred to Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) / Naval Enterprise Networks Program Management Office (PMW 205) where he has been responsible for acquisition and sustainment of the Navy and Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI) and the OCONUS Enterprise Network (ONENET).
In January 2013, CDR Knoll became the Officer in Charge, SPAWAR Systems Activity Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; to include Japan and Guam areas of responsibility.
AFCEAN of the Month (July): Bernie Kenna, SPAWARSYSPAC
Bernie Kenna is the Special Projects Branch Head at the Space and Warfare (SPAWAR) Center Hawaii. Prior to coming to Hawaii, he spent 11 years as the SPAWAR Regional Shore Installation Manager (RSIM) for the Asian Pacific Region operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.
Bernie was born in Tucson Arizona and Enlisted in the Navy 1977. His final Navy assignment before retiring in 2003 was the Officer in Charge of Fleet Technical Support Center Singapore. Other demanding assignments included providing worldwide deployable tactical communications links and infrastructure, while assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE) at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) Tampa, Florida. He was one of the first Navy personnel assigned to this Multiservice Command.
Bernie’s education includes a MBA with a concentration in Information Technology Management. He and his wife currently live on Oahu.