Leadership Team

Howard Grimes,CEO

Noted research scientist with 25 years of success in directing complex university and National Laboratory research programs and entrepreneurial start-up initiatives. Serves as Vice Provost & Vice President for Institutional Initiatives at UTSA; formerly Director for Innovation and Industry Partnerships (3 years) at INL’s Idaho CAES. Secured uninterrupted research funding from DOE, USDA, and NSF, increased research funding by 190% at Washington State University over 4-year span. Elected American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow with 59 peer-reviewed publications, multiple op-eds, and 2 patents to his credit.


Greg Shannon,CSO

Internationally recognized cybersecurity expert with over 30 years of academic, government, and industry experience. Chief Scientist for the CERT® Division at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) Software Engineering Institute. Member of U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board, providing independent science and technology expertise to USAF Chief of Staff. Former Senior Advisor, S&T at DHS and Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Strategy for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP).


Jaclyn Shaw,COO

15 years of experience, currently serving at the executive level at UTSA, most recently leading UTSA’s Office for Research Support. Extensive experience in operational intensive environments within health care and emergency management/operations. Led the conception and operational establishment of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) and assisted in securing $100M for physical and programmatic infrastructure with $5M per year in sustained R&D revenue.


Beth Manning,CFO

25 years of research financial administration experience with the University of Texas System and Texas A&M System. Accomplished professional in contracting and compliance, subrecipient monitoring, budgeting, and financial reporting. Leads Research Finance and Operations at UTSA and directs the billing and financial reporting, research quality assurance and risk management, research computing and business intelligence, and research financial administration units.

Tom Kurfess,Manufacturing Lead

45-year career and international recognition as a leading expert in digital manufacturing, focusing on the design and development of advanced manufacturing systems. Serves as ORNL’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, with responsibility for the lab’s strategic planning for advanced manufacturing. Has 35 years of cyber experience with an in-depth knowledge of production operations, manufacturing systems and supply chains, and policy issues related to advanced manufacturing; sits on MxD Board of Directors.


Krystel Castillo,Energy Lead

10 years of experience in energy efficiency modeling and system optimization; 7 years of DOE experience. GreenStar Endowed Associate Professor in Energy, Mechanical Engineering Dept; and Director of Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA. Manages strategic alliance between UTSA and CPS Energy for $50M in research support (last 10 years). Recipient of San Antonio Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, and the 2017 INFORMS Minority Issues Forum (MIF) Early Career Award.


Rebecca Taylor,Partnerships

Diverse 28 years of manufacturing and Government policy experience, including 25 years of collaboration with DOE and 6 years addressing cybersecurity challenges in mfg. Sr. VP for Strategy and Business Development at NCMS, responsible for strategic partnerships and oversight of government programs; leads NCMS cybersecurity strategic interest group.


Gabriela Ciocarlie,R&D Lead

Leads SRI’s New York City research hub focused on cyber-analytics. 15 years of cybersecurity experience, 10 years in industrial control systems. Recognized expert in anomaly detection, distributed alert correlation, network and application level security, cyber-physical systems security, and distributed systems securities. General Chair of the 2020 IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium; 30 publications (1 best paper), 3 patents, and 5 patent applications.


Dongyan Xu,Securing Supply Chain Lead

Leading expert from Purdue University in cyber and cyber-physical security with ongoing sponsored research projects in securing cyber-physical systems, including supply chain networks, autonomous vehicles, industrial control systems, and industrial IoT systems, against emerging cyber attacks such as advanced persistent threats (APTs). Led Purdue’s cybersecurity research and education center (CERIAS) from 2016 to 2018. Served (or serving) as Program Co-Chair of two top security conferences (CCS and NDSS). Co-author of four award papers in “Big Four” security conferences in the past five years.


Wayne Austad,Securing Automation Lead

27 of 30-year career at INL. As Technical Director of INLs Cybercore Integration Center, acts as the organization’s CTO and leads university outreach efforts to provide an enduring control systems cybersecurity innovation capability for the nation. Previously Director of the Mission Support Center/Strategic Manager for National Security, developed new methods for cyber-threat detection and analysis, and new paradigms for information sharing with supply chain.


Paris Stringfellow,CCO and TrustWorks Lead

Recognized expert in human factors, user-centered design, and risk engineering, with 14 years of industry and university experience that includes 4 years working with DOE. As Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Clemson University, serves as a primary interface with industry partners and manages day-to-day operations.


Curtis Taylor,Integration Lead

Accomplished cybersecurity research scientist in ORNL’s Physical Systems Group under the National Security Sciences Directorate; 9 years of experience in cybersecurity R&D with expertise in networking, network security, and systems security of general computing and embedded devices in collaboration with DOE, DOD, DHS, DOT, and others.


John Collins,Roadmapping

Co-author of Environmental Management Roadmapping Guide, lead reviewer for Technical Readiness Guide (DOE G 413.3-4a), chair of Waste Management Symposium on Roadmapping, DOE Environmental Management Core Lab team lead. Roadmapping lead for CMI Hub.


Pam Hurt,Membership Lead

With 17 years of experience in not-for-profit management, Pam Hurt currently serves as the NCMS Director of Membership, Communications, Brand and Business Capture. A member of the NCMS leadership team, Pam works to establish the organizational strategies with short-term and long-term goals to strengthen and grow NCMS. As the Membership Director for CyManII, Pam will work closely with strong internal and external teams to ensure CyManII membership includes large and small companies with traditional and emerging technology capabilities.