The FutureTech Conference is Sam Houston State University’s only conference created, organized, and solely ran by the collaborated efforts of the students. The conference is energized by the students’ desire to broaden the scholastic frontier of science, social, and technological innovation. New ideas and a fresh perspective are the elements that make the SHACS FutureTech Conference great, strong and like no other..
The Sam Houston Association of Computer Scientists is the official Association for Computing Machinery chapter of Sam Houston State University. SHACS was established in 1983, making it one of the oldest student organizations on campus. It is a completely student lead organization that unites students, professors, and industry professionals to promote the sharing of knowledge, skills, and networks related to Computing Sciences field.
Aaron Guzman is a Principal Penetration Tester from the Los Angeles area with expertise in application security. He is a Chapter leader for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Los Angeles, Research Director for Cloud Security Alliance SoCal and the President for the High Technology Crime Investigation Association of Southern California. Aaron’s interest and expertise are in application security, mobile & web pen testing, and IoT research. Aaron is a seasoned DEFCON presenter and has given talks at various security conferences around the world.
Dennis recently retired as a Principal Fellow at Raytheon Company in Plano, Texas. He remains an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Dennis has also worked at Texas Instruments, the Ford Motor Company, the University of Texas at Austin, and as a tenured, Associate Professor at SMU. He is an active member of SIGCSE and he serves on the IEEE-Computer Society Board of Governors and Education Activities Board. Dennis is also an ABET accreditation program evaluator in the fields of computer science, computer engineering and software engineering. He served as vice president of the ACM in the 1980’s.
Tim is the former Information Security Officer for SHSU. He has presented at DEFCON, Security B-Sides, HouSecCon, and Infragard's Annual Conference. He is also a member of the Cisco Security Advisory Board and the GIAC Advisory Board, and several Information Security communities.
Mark Webster's legacy of prestige and list of accoutrements is no small trophy of his time working with law enforcement. Webster has experience on the National Guard and has worked tirelessly to preserve the peace. Having been vital in many drug busts since joining the force, his work has become more specialized in the Cyber realm of late. He effectively stopped infamous botnets while working for the FBI.
Jake Simpson originally started out in the racing industry, where he accumulated several years of experience in engineering and data acquisition. Since then, his interests have become more specialized, with his work in security becoming on of his main focuses. Simpson specializes in both offensive and defensive capabilities for SCADA and ICS for SNC's Binary Armor® SCADA Network Guard.