Keynote Speakers

Sunday, Nov. 2, 1:00pm

Kris KutcheraKris M. Kutchera
Vice President Information Technology
Alaska Air Group

Kris M. Kutchera is the Vice President Information Technology for Alaska Air Group. She is responsible for managing and developing computer systems, information systems, and voice and data communication for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Alaska has received widespread recognition for its application of technology to increase efficiency and productivity while improving customer service and convenience. InformationWeek magazine has recognized Alaska Airlines as one of the nation’s 100 most technologically innovative companies, and the company has been consistently listed in the InformationWeek 500.

A 20-year information technology veteran, Kutchera joined Alaska Airlines in May 2005 as managing director of IT applications, and was promoted to Vice President Information Technology in April 2008. She began her career at Boeing Computer Services and Capgemini America before moving on to leadership positions at Washington Natural Gas (now part of Puget Sound Energy), Fluke Corporation, and at F5 Networks, where she served as Vice President of IT for five years.

Kutchera earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and graduated in June 2009 from the Executive M.B.A. program at the University of Washington.


Monday, Nov. 3, 10:30am

Alessandro AcquistiAlessandro Acquisti
Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). He is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute and a member of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the CyLab Usability, Privacy, and Security (CUPS) lab.

Alessandro’s research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, and privacy in online social networks. His studies have been published in leading journals across diverse disciplines (such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, ACM Transactions on the Internet), as well as edited books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and numerous international keynotes. 

Alessandro has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College’s School of Information Teaching Excellent Award, and various best paper awards. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Transcoop Foundation, Google, and Microsoft. He has been invited to be part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Roundtables and to co-chair the Cyber-Economics Track at the "National Cyber Leap Year Summit,” as part of the NITRD Program under guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media and Associated Privacy Considerations.