Keynote Presenters Information

Lisa Guess, Senior Vice President – Global Sales Engineering, Cradlepoint, an Ericsson Company

Lisa Guess, MBA, BSEE, has extensive work experience in various leadership roles within the technology industry. Lisa currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales Engineering at Cradlepoint, where they consolidated the pre-sales engineering function and built an efficient organization focused on revenue growth. Lisa grew the global sales engineering team by over 50% within a quarter and reduced the onboarding process from 13 to 3 months. Prior to Cradlepoint, Lisa worked at Juniper Networks for over 10 years. Lisa served as the Vice President of Systems Engineering for the Americas, where they prepared the organization for growth by evolving the SE organization and increasing diversity. Lisa also created a program to hire and support new college graduates, increasing diversity and expanding the team’s knowledge and skillsets. Additionally, as the Vice President of Systems Engineering for Global Partners, Lisa collaborated with Juniper Partner teams and created a global partner SE structure to enable and develop partners. Before Juniper Networks, Lisa worked at Brocade Communications as a Senior Product Manager, where they drove product development from concept to launch and developed next-generation strategies for IP in Storage Area Networks. Lisa also has experience at Atrica as the Director of Consulting Engineering, where they developed solutions for the Atrica product and forged technology partnerships to increase revenue opportunities. Earlier in their career, Lisa held leadership positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Wellfleet, and Shell Oil, where they built and led systems engineering teams, delivered technical presentations, and contributed to the development of IP networking solutions. Overall, Lisa Guess has a diverse and impressive work experience in leadership roles, where they have demonstrated their ability to drive growth, increase diversity, and develop efficient organizations. Lisa Guess, MBA, BSEE, completed their education in a chronological manner, starting with their Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Lisa attended Christian Brothers University from 1984 to 1988. Lisa then pursued further education and earned their MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Houston between 1991 and 1993.

Grace Bochenek, Professor/ Director, IST, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, University of Central Florida

Director of the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Bochenek held a presidential cabinet appointment as Acting U.S. Secretary of Energy and earlier had a career of motivating research, and development in national security and energy, the private sector, and as a member of the federal government Senior Executive Service. Recognized for her ability to anticipate and inspire technological innovation, Director Bochenek is endlessly fascinated by the potential of next generation technology, and the next generation who will wield it in the workforce. Her past leadership roles included managing research and overseeing partnerships with universities as Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, and leading research and development as the Director of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. She was awarded the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive, a Silver Medal from the National Defense Industry Association, and Decorations for Exceptional Civilian Service from both Departments of Army and Energy.


Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University Central Florida
M.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Michigan Dearborn
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wayne State University
B.S., Nutritional Science, Michigan State University


Director, IST, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF
Professor, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF
Army Science Board Member
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board Member
Team Orlando Board Member
National Center for Simulation Board Member

Javier Diaz, CTO, Aingura IIoT

Dr. Javier Diaz-Rozo is CTO in Aingura IIoT, where he leads the company research and development and the different departments of engineering, software, hardware and data analytics towards Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology, from data acquisition to its transformation into actionable insights. Javier has 20 years of industrial experience working in different positions related to R&D, such as, Senior Consultant in a R&D consulting firm; R&D Director in a business group mainly dedicated to the wind energy sector and Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Area in the ASCAMM Technology Centre; and Project Manager for the advanced manufacturing research area at Ikergune (R&D Unit of the INZU Group), where he led the development line of IIoT and AI, which has allowed to spin-off the company Aingura IIoT. Javier holds an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia in 2001 and a M.Sc. degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management from the University of Manchester, UK in 2003. He obtained his PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain.

Kyle Daughtry, Digital Reality Product Manager, ExxonMobil

Kyle has been with ExxonMobil over 12 years in various roles ranging from software development to high end visualization. Kyle found his true passion working as the Technical Lead for high end visualization spaces called CAVEs. He quickly realized anything to do with immersion and computer generated environments called his name. Soon after the Oculus DK1 announcement he started development within Unity and tinkering with how to integrate it within the business. Shortly after getting bitten by the “immersion” bug he joined the technology research group and started doing proof of concepts on XR. Proof of concepts quickly turned into business cases and allowed him and colleagues to journey into creating a service organization called Immersive Technology Studio designed to help the business with all XR needs. He is now the solution architect of that organization and domain architect of the Digital Reality ecosystem continuing to apply his passion to the group mission of saving lives through immersive technology.