Opening Plenary: Roy Zimmerman & Lori Adakilty

Roy Zimmermann is the director of Education and Scholarly Communication in Microsoft Research. In this role, he collaborates with higher education institutions around the world to develop next-generation technologies for education, museums and researchers. Zimmermann’s primary goal is to work with academics, researchers, and scientists to foster innovations and advancements in teaching and research that help improve education around the world. rnrnBefore he joined Microsoft, Zimmermann worked at the American Council on Education’s Office of Higher Education for Development (HED). He oversaw all programmatic activities across all development sectors, including education, health, agriculture, and economic growth. His role was to ensure continuous quality of overall program implementation as well as new program development and strategic planning. He managed HED’s relations with federal, corporate, and other national and international stakeholders. Zimmermann has 20 years of experience in research, education, and international development.rnrnZimmermann holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in education and history from Emory University with a minor in Latin American studies

Lori Adakilty is a principal program manager for Microsoft Research. She has twenty years of experience engineering software efforts from inception through release and has worked on many different projects including Encarta, Windows, Visual Studio, and Xbox. She has spent a few years working on process improvement efforts and earned her Six Sigma Black Belt, and also created original courseware and conducted classes on how to get to the right metrics and measurements. Adakilty has served twenty years in the military—both active duty and Air National Guard—where she gained experience in graphic design and information systems, helping to create a reporting analytics tool for area commanders long before such things existed. She received her B.S. in computer science from St. Martin’s University in Olympia, Washington.

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