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Keynote Speakers

Gerard BuckleyWelcome Remarks, Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean

Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as chairperson and assistant professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as director of NTID's Center for Outreach and assistant professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team. From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID associate dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant vice president for college advancement with responsibility for the admissions, placement, marketing, and outreach operations of the college from 2004 until beginning his role as President of NTID and Vice President of RIT on January 1, 2011.


Dr. Jane LeClair, "Cyber Security and You" 

Dr. Jane LeClair is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College, whose mission is to serve as an academic and research center dedicated to increasing the knowledge of the cyber security discipline. Dr. LeClair previously served as Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College.

Before joining Excelsior College, Dr. LeClair worked in education and the commercial nuclear power industry. She taught at various universities and in 2015 published Volume II of Protecting Our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce and Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives. Dr. LeClair is an advocate for attracting and retaining more women in cyber security and welcomes contributions to the LeClair Scholarship for Women in Technology. As a thought leader, she regularly speaks with the media and has testified before the House Committee on Small Business on Cybersecurity in Small Business. Dr. LeClair holds an MS in Cybersecurity. 

Keynote abstract

The digital systems of our nation are under escalating cyber attack from those with malicious intent. Our private businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and critical infrastructures are increasingly vulnerable not only to hackers who have long sought financial gain, but increasingly by state sponsored 'bad actors' seeking inroads into our nation's most sensitive areas. The task of keeping intruders away from our data has fallen to IT personnel and cyber warriors. There is a growing need for cybersecurity personnel but the massive deficit in the number of well educated and trained individuals available to meet those needs continues to grow. Learn more about where we are today, where we need to be tomorrow and what you can do to help strengthen our nation’s defenses.


Dr. Randy Yerrick, “Engineering and It’s Role in Next Generation Science Standards”

Dr. Yerrick is a Co-PI and collaborator on numerous science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation as well as being an instructor teaching courses in engineering education with the UB/RIT Engineering Education PhD Cohort. Dr. Yerrick is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Served on the Board of NARST, and currently acts in their role of Director of Electronic communications. He is also recipient of the JRST Outstanding Research Award, STANYS Award for Excellence in College Science Teaching, and UB Award for Innovation in Teaching Award.

Keynote abstract 

The Next Generation Science Standards have called for engineering practices to be incorporated in the latest national science education reform in the USA. Historically there has been no explicit invitation for engineers to enter the arena of K-20 reform. Now that engineers who may be researchers by training and teachers by appointment are being called into conversations regarding teaching expertise, best practices, appropriate evaluation, curricular design, and many more educational topics. What is the requisite knowledge of a true "Engineering Educator?" How can engineers wisely join into education public discourse and make real contributions? Dr. Yerrick will outline several issues inherent in NGSS reform as well as outline common land mines engineers can avoid when stepping into efforts to reform classrooms, assessments, activities, and the ever increasingly diverse student body.

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