CSIT University of the District of Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dept. of Comptuer Science and Information Technology

Advisory Board

Ado Trakic

Ado Trakic
Ado Trakic has over 17 years of experience in the IT industry with excellent project management and technology implementation track record by providing information technology solutions and senior level consulting to business clients in both private and government sectors. Ado's expertise includes systems development and architecture as well implementation of Enterprise Architecture models including the techniques that contribute to a successful implementation of IT programs and projects. He has extensive experience in helping various organizations undergo modernization effort, providing program, project, business process improvement, systems implementation and integration support on multi-phase, multi-year projects.

Most recently, he has been creating the enterprise Cloud Strategy and ensuring that enterprise wide applications development activities are aligned with technology direction and strategy of both private and government sector organizations.

Ado has been providing management consulting and advisory services to various Federal Agencies such as US Census Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Internal Revenue Service. During his IBM tenure, Ado published two patents that were approved by the US Patent Office as well as other international patent entities.

Specialties: Cloud Computing, Project Management (PMI PMP certification), IT Governance (CobIT certification), Requirements Analysis and Management, Enterprise Architecture, SDLC, Business Process Management, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Strategic Decision Making.

Ivan M. Johnson

Ivan M.  Johnson
Ivan M. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Novel Applications of Vital Information, Inc. (Novel Applications, Inc.) and Chairman of Novel Applications Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr Johnson started the company in July of 2004 and landed the company's first large subcontracts with SAIC supporting the ARMY INSCOM and several other DOD entities in 2005.

Mr. Johnson has since grown the company - with the support of his outstanding cast - to now have several contracts within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community environment partnering with several large companies such as CACI, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Oberon - Stanley, and L3 and revenues exceeding $4M. The company provides outstanding personnel that offer a stellar service to its customers and has built successful and long-lasting relationships. The company's focus is within the areas of Cyber Security, Information Assurance, Systems Integration, and Enterprise Architecture.

Mr. Johnson began his career in 1996 as a government employee at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he served as a Computer Scientist. While at NSA he completed his Masters Degree in Computer Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence at Johns Hopkins University. He became a government contractor in February of 2000 and supported customers at Army INSCOM, CIA, AFRL, NSA, and NCTC before he began overseeing operations at Novel Applications, Inc. on a full-time basis. In 2004, Mr. Johnson received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute which he used to assist in the robust management he provided to the government customers he served. Mr. Johnson has a great deal of experience managing both large and small project as well as stepping in to turn-around troubled efforts.

In June of 2012, Mr. Johnson was sponsored by Lockheed Martin to attend the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council's (NMSDC) Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) at the Northwestern University Kellogg Business School. This prestigious program covered business areas such as Financial Management, Business Management, Human Resources, Business and Strategic Planning.

Mr. Johnson is a firm believer that to whom much is given much is required. To that end, he is active in his community through both support as the chair of his Prince Hall masonic lodge's scholarship program, Budget and Technology Committee as well as supporting fundraising activities for a local inner-city high school Archbishop John Carroll.

Ozlem Kilic, D.Sc.

Ozlem Kilic, D.Sc.
Dr. Kilic received her Ph.D. in 1996 in the area of electrophysics from the George Washington University, Washington, DC. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Prior to joining CUA, she was an Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi MD where she managed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Programs for the development of hybrid numerical electromagnetic tools to analyze and design electrically large structures. Dr. Kilic has over five years of industry experience at COMSAT Laboratories as a Senior Engineer and Program Manager with specialization in satellite communications, link modeling and analysis, and modeling, design and test of phased arrays and reflector antennas for satellite communications systems. Her research interests include antennas, wave propagation, satellite communications systems, and microwave remote sensing. She is a Member at Large for URSI Commission A for the National Academy of Sciences, a full member of URSI Commission B, and a member of the Education Committee for IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. She was the past Chair of URSI Commission A, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society.

Blossom Baker

Blossom Baker
Blossom Baker has over fifteen years of experience in the areas of Information Technology, Cyber Security, System Engineering and Integration, and Software Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Enterprise Risk Management, Information Sharing and Safeguarding, Program Management, Governance and Strategic Planning. Her undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and she holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Maryland. She also has a second Masters in Executive Global Leadership from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

She serves as a Senior Cyber Security Advisor for agency senior executive team, and participates on Cyber Security and National Security Council. She leads key inter-agency initiatives on Cyber Security priorities, Presidential Directives, Office of Management and Budget and Department of Homeland Security policies.

She is the founder of JB Technologies, Inc., a Cyber Security firm that provides information security support to Federal and Commercial customers. She is a member of the following association:
  • International Council of System Engineers, (INCOSE) WMA, ChapterWomen In Aerospace, (WIA)
  • Women In Defense, (WID)
  • Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA), WMA Chapter
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), WMA Chapter
  • Project Management Institute, WMA Chapter

Moeti Masiane (alumnus)

Moeti Masiane (alumnus)
Moeti Masiane is a Technical Program Manager at Google Inc in Mountain View California. Moeti has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of the District of Columbia and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Norfolk State University in Norfolk Virginia. His academic research mainly focused on XML Security and he currently works on networking projects and deploying new technologies. Moeti is married to Rachel and they live in San Jose California where they spend their spare time hiking, cycling, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.