Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for various sections of the annual conference.

Sunday, May 20

Kirill Tatarinov

Kirill Tatarinov
Technology and Investment Advisor

An executive with over 31 years of industry experience, Kirill Tatarinov is currently an advisor to several technology companies and investment firms. His has served as president and CEO for Citrix Systems Inc. and as a member of its board from January 2016 through July 2017. Under Tatarinov’s leadership, Citrix introduced new vision and strategy and advanced corporate culture focusing on innovation and transformation to the Cloud. During his tenure, the company achieved six quarters of continued operational improvement, generated shareholder returns exceeding 50 percent, revived core products and nurtured new Cloud initiatives and acquisitions. Tatarinov previously spent 13 years at Microsoft Corp. in several executive leadership roles and was a member of Microsoft's senior leadership team from 2011 to 2015. Before joining Microsoft, Tatarinov was senior vice president and chief technology officer for BMC Software Inc. He joined BMC in 1994 via acquisition of Patrol Software where he was co-founder, chief architect, and head of R&D. Tatarinov holds two patents for managing computer resources and related technologies. A native of Moscow, he earned a master’s degree in systems engineering from the Russian University of Transport and a master’s in business administration from Houston Baptist University.

Monday, May 21

Jessica Rannow

Jessica Rannow
Project Manager

Jessica Rannow is a project manager at AmerisourceBergen, a global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services company, where she develops and implements multi-million-dollar supply chain projects. She is currently working on initiatives to track pharmaceutical products through the supply chain to support the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. Throughout her career in the supply chain industry, she has worked at JCPenney, Cardinal Health, L Brands, Cap Gemini, and Cummins. Rannow received the Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2009 and the Emerging Leader in Logistics and Procurement Award in 2011 from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She was named one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women Engineers of 2016 and is part of the 2016 Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40 class. Since her first year as an industrial engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rannow has been an active member of SWE and served as its president in 2016-2017. She is active in the Columbus, Ohio, community through Junior League of Columbus, Kappa Alpha Theta Columbus Alumnae Chapter, Wisconsin Alumni Association of Central Ohio, and German Village Society. Rannow is an IISE member and serves on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board.

Tuesday, May 22

Nancy P. Bray

Nancy P. Bray
Director, Spaceport Integration and Services
John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA

Nancy P. Bray is the director of Spaceport Integration and Services at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. She has served the KSC since she began her career at NASA in 1989 with responsibilities ranging from institutional contract management to facilities construction, operations, maintenance and engineering. From January through July 2003, she was assigned to the associate deputy administrator for Institutions and Asset Management at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., integrating agency-wide institutional issues. Bray earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has been honored with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.