Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker Presentation begins at 8:30 AM.

 Brian Knotts

As Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist, Brian works with research & development, product management, IT, professional services, partners, and customers to assure that ellucian solutions are aligned with current industry leading technology architectures and solutions.  Most recently, Brian has been instrumental in helping develop the technical cloud strategy across the company including the creation of a full application lifecycle DevOps team, which includes the tool chain, core infrastructure and initial adoption by several of the ellucian products.   Brian and his team are also researching cloud technologies based on micro-service based architectures using native cloud services. Brian was also responsible for the creation of security solutions for ellucian products. Currently, Brian is exploring the world of Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Machine Learning and how those technologies will impact Higher Education. Brian frequently delivers technology presentations to conferences about architecture, security the top issues facing Higher Education.

Brian has been with ellucian for more than 20 years working on technology research and product development. He has technical and executive management experience in both the higher education and financial services software industries.

Dr. Celeste Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz is Montgomery County Community College’s Vice President for Information Technology.  She is responsible for academic and administrative technology and technology-supported process improvements. In addition to her technology focus, Dr. Schwartz provides leadership support for the College’s Sustainability, Student Success initiatives, and oversees Institutional Research.  Dr. Schwartz holds an A.A.S. from Montgomery County Community College, a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a M.S. from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Community College Leadership, from Walden University.

Bill Brownlowe

Mr. William (Bill) Brownlowe is an Associate Professor of Engineering and the Coordinator of the Department of Engineering and Design Technology at Montgomery County Community College. He attended the Pennsylvania State University, earning his Masters of Engineering in Engineering Science in 1991, and earned an MBA Post-Graduate Certification in New Ventures Development in 2004. Bill’s most recent publication is a paper titled, “Videoconference Teaching for Applied Engineering Technology Students,” which he presented at the American Society of Engineering Educators Mid-Atlantic Conference. 

Dr. Kendall Martin

Dr. Kendall Martin holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professor of Computer Science at MCCC. She has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Texas Instruments as well as a number of startup tech firms. Her recent sabbatical explored modern fabrication technologies and how they could be integrated into the community college curriculum.