The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute announced the keynote speaker lineup for SEPG North America 2011, to be held in Portland, Ore., from March 21 to 24. Headlining the SEPG North America 2011 conference program are three highly-regarded thought-leaders in software, technology, and process improvement: K. Dinesh, co-founder and member of the board of directors at Infosys Technologies Limited; William “Liam” Durbin, former chief information officer and business owner; and Harry S. Hertz, director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Each of the three keynote presenters will share with SEPG North America 2011 attendees his wealth of experience and practical application in software and systems engineering. Drawing upon the conference theme of The Power of Process, these noted leaders will bring their perspectives in areas such as workforce development and improvement, high-maturity organizations, changing behaviors, and business value and impact.
K. Dinesh: In addition to his roles at Infosys, Dinesh serves as director of Narayana Hrudayalaya Private Limited, one of the largest health care companies in India. Dinesh focuses on managing quality at Infosys, championing the company’s software quality processes in achieving world-class benchmarks, including CMM Level 5 and People CMM Level 5.
William “Liam” Durbin: Durbin has more than 20 years of leadership experience with Fortune 500 companies and as a naval officer. In 2011, Durbin left his most recent role at Heinz North America to focus on his small business, E-ponies.com, with a focus on technology as a differentiator. Durbin was named 2010 CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Harry S. Hertz: As the director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program that administers the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Hertz focuses on change management and the evolving definition of quality. Hertz has held positions with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications, and holds one patent. Hertz is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“We are honored to have a distinguished roster of keynote presenters to open the SEPG North America 2011 conference program,” said Dr. Palma Buttles, SEPG North America 2011 technical co-chair. “Their experience, inspiration, and vision in their respective fields will help shape a roadmap for the future of software quality and continuous process improvement.”
“In addition to these keynote presentations, SEPG North America 2011 offers a robust schedule of more than 100 tutorials and technical sessions, plus numerous networking opportunities with software and systems professionals from around the world,” said Gian Wemyss, SEPG North America 2011 technical co-chair.
Register for SEPG North America 2011 by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 18 and save up to $200 off regular registration rates.