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2022 ECC Conference
June 12 - 14 at Marist College

George Decandio,
Chief Technology Officer

Nicole Fagen,
Director, Engineering, AI Ops & Automation

Matt Hogstrom,
Distinguished Engineer, AI Ops & Automation

Broadcom Mainframe Software Division

Terri R. Merz, DCS, CISSP, CISM

Senior Research Scientist PNNL

Cyber Research Fellow CEHC UAlbany

Michael W. Kattan, PhD

Chair Quantitative Health Sciences,

Lerner Research Institute

Elpida Tzortzatos

IBM Fellow - CTO


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Conference Themes: 

  •  Cybersecurity

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  •   SocioTechnology

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Keynote Speakers

photo keynote speaker Elpida Tzortzatos

Elpida Tzortzatos, IBM Fellow - CTO AI on IBM Z

Elpida Tzortzatos is an IBM Fellow and IBM CTO for AI on IBM Z. In her 30 years at IBM, Elpida has driven industry-leading infrastructure innovation into the Z platform. Her achievements have influenced every layer of the IBM Z stack, contributing to many products and enhancements driving significant customer value. Her current responsibilities include leading the AI strategy for IBM Z and is focused on infusing AI into critical business workloads running on IBM Z.


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Michael W. Kattan, PhD, the Dr. Keyhan and Dr. Jafar Mobasseri Endowed Chair for Innovations in Cancer Research and Chair Department of Quatitative Health Sciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Michael W. Kattan, Ph.D. is Chairman of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at The Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Dr. Keyhan and Dr. Jafar Mobasseri Endowed Chair for Innovations in Cancer Research.   Dr. Kattan holds a Ph.D. in management information systems with a minor in statistics.  He also holds an MBA with concentration in quantitative sciences.  With over 650 peer-reviewed publications, he is best known for his prediction models, called nomograms.  

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George Decandio, Chief Technology Officer, Broadcom Mainframe Software Division

George is the CTO of the Mainframe Software Division. He is responsible for the team of architects that lead product development across the entire mainframe portfolio.


Nicole Fagen,  Director, Engineering, AIOPs & Automation, Broadcom Mainframe Software Division

Nicole Fagen is the Director of Engineering. She is always working to enable customers to achieve their business objectives and maximize the ROI of their IT investment. She fosters a growth mindset across the organization, setting the bar high and supporting the teams to deliver. She enables mainframe modernization, transformation, and growth through innovative impactful solutions.


Matt Hogstrom, Distinguished Engineer – AIOPs & Automation, Broadcom Mainframe Software Division

After spending 16 years of his career as a systems programmer,  Matt then switched to developing software. This gives Matt a unique perspective based on applied experience in product development. At Broadcom, Matt is responsible for the Architecture of the AIOPs products with a specific focus on Automation. He is responsible for the portfolio of products that manage, monitor, and analyze z Systems for performance and optimal execution. In addition to managing IBM Z-related systems, Matt also provides leadership and strategy for z/OS and other platforms as part of the Hybrid Cloud ecosystem.


Terry (AKA Terri) R. Merz DCS, CISSP, CISM

Dr. Merz is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In February of 2022, she was granted a Joint Appointment as a Cyber Research Fellow at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany. Dr. Merz has 25+ years of cybersecurity experience. This experience spans across the areas of systems and cybersecurity engineering, testing (Blue/Red Team testing), and management.

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