Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, and has a mandate to drive smart communities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus.
Kristi Kirkland has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, joining the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Initiative (SCI2) in 2017. In collaboration with SCI2 faculty, staff, and students, Kristi provides administrative program management support for all SCI2’s programs, activities, and events. Before joining SCI2, Kristi provided research support for the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech which conducted research on various issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with fundamental transformation in enterprises.
Kristi received a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University.
Greg McCormick is the Director of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a smart communities grant challenge for the state of Georgia, championed by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology and sponsored and supported by a team of community organizations and industries. Mr. McCormick is a Senior Research Engineer at GTRI and holds an MBA, Master's, and Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Program & Operations Manager Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Fariba Hollister is the program & operations manager for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 20 years of experience in Product Development, Software Engineering, Supplier Quality and Project Management in Transportation Industry working for Ford, Visteon, Alcoa and Fiat/Chrysler. Before joining Georgia Tech she worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Michigan as a project manager for the Powertrain Application Department where she applied her experience in software/system engineering, supplier quality and project management to manage Powertrain Calibration planning for multiple production vehicle programs. She worked cross-functionally with multiple teams from product development, regulatory affairs, and sales/marketing to successfully launch Dart, Fiat 500 X, Renegade, Abarth, and Hybrid Pacifica models. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University.
Dr. Alex Samoylov is a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Dr. Samoylov's research areas include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Modeling, and Transportation Safety and Emissions. He is currently researching improved modeling for transportation systems and traffic analysis.