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Keynote Speakers

The 2011 UAB Information Technology Fair proudly presents two of the University's most prestigious and knowledgeable faculty members in the fields of Computer Information Science and IEM (Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and   Management) as this year's keynote speakers. Gary Warner,  the Director of Research in Computer Forensics will be speaking at 10AM, and Jennifer Skjellum, IEM Faculty and President/Owner of RunTime Solutions will be speaking at 1PM in Lister Hill Library for the Health Sciences. Read more about our 2011 Tech Fair keynotes below.
Gary WarnerGary Warner
Title:  Investigating Emerging Cyber Threats with UAB Technology
Time and Location: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., Lister Hill Library, Electronic Classroom
Summary:  Tens of thousands of new computer viruses are created each day.  Criminals seem to come up with new techniques to steal your money, your data, and your identity on a daily basis.  UAB's Computer Forensics Research Laboratory has an international reputation as a place that law enforcement can turn when they need help understanding the newest cyber threats.  Gary Warner will explain how UAB created tools like the UAB Spam Data Mine and the UAB PhishIntel system help investigators identify new threats and make sense of crimes where there can literally be millions of victims of a single crime.
About the Speaker
Gary Warner is the Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He earned his Bachelors in Computer Science from UAB in 1989, and has worked for twenty years as an IT Professional in Birmingham, most recently serving for nine years as an Information Technology Director at Energen Corporation.  He is a respected computer network forensics expert and is frequently sought out by corporations and law enforcement agencies to assist in cases of network intrusion, phishing and spam. In 2001, Warner started the Birmingham Chapter of InfraGard, a partnership between local corporate security personnel and the FBI. In 2003, he was elected to the national board of directors of InfraGard. In 2005 he was appointed to the board of the Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).  In 2006 Warner was awarded the "Partnership Award" from the Internet Crime & Complaint Center ( and the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (, the "Outstanding Alumni Award" from the UAB School of Natural Science & Mathematics, and was named one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by the Birmingham Business Journal, and has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Security five years in a row (2007-2011). 
Warner has presented on dozens of topics related to computer security at regional, national, and international  security events and is an active member of the FBI's Digital PhishNet, the Birmingham FBI CyberCrime Task Force, and other national and international groups fighting phishing and malware. He teaches classes in the Computer and Information Sciences Department and the Department of Justice Science, and leads student researchers from both departments in projects related to Spam, Phishing, Botnets, and Identity Theft.  His most significant research projects are the "UAB Spam Data Mine" project which seeks to use data mining techniques to find investigatively useful patterns from millions of spam email messages and the "UAB PhishIntel" project which provides access to more than 200,000 archived phishing websites and intelligence about them to more than 200 law enforcement and cyber investigators around the world. 
Jennifer SkjellumJennifer Skjellum
Title:  Technically Speaking: Realizing how we talk about the technology is more important than the technology itself and other strategies for communicating effectively.
Time and Location: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., Lister Hill Library, Electronic Classroom
Summary:  When talking tech people are often misunderstood.   This talk covers strategies for being more effective, getting your point across and increasing your audience's understanding when talking about or teaching technology.
About the Speaker
Jennifer  Skjellum is President and owner of Runtime Computing Solutions.  RunTime Computing Solutions, located in Innovation Depot, provides software and services for the high performance embedded computing space.
Prior to starting RunTime Computing Solutions in 2009, she served as V.P. of Software Development for Verari Systems, a blade server and storage company headquartered in San Diego, CA.   Verari  Systems acquired MPI Software Technology, a software and services company started in 1996 by Jennifer and her husband Dr. Anthony Skjellum, in 2004.
Jennifer Skjellum is also a faculty member in the UAB School of Engineering  IEM (Information Engineering Management) Program.  She has taught software engineering and is currently teaching professional and business communication.  Skjellum earned a Bachelor's  degree in Speech Communication from Humboldt State University, and a Master's degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.