Raajeev I. Aggarwal, President and CEO
As the President and CEO, Mr. Aggarwal is responsible for providing strategic direction for Compubahn and positioning it as a cutting-edge technology solutions provider to the public and private sector. He plays an active role in Marketing and Strategic Alliances for the company, ensuring that that the latest innovations in Information Technology are applied for Compubahn’s federal and commercial clients.
From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Aggarwal worked as a technical and management consultant to various companies including Sun Microsystems, AT&T, IBM, Rational and Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to that, Mr. Aggarwal held technical positions at Oracle Corporation and Bell Laboratories.
Mr. Aggarwal currently served as the Chair of the Software Shared Interest Group (SIG) of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and an officer of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Chapter. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the co-chair of IAC’s Small Business SIG. Mr. Aggarwal was awarded the Fed 100 award by Federal Computer Week in 2002 and Corporate Communicator of the Year award by the Industry Advisory Council in 2001.
Mr. Aggarwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
The Honorable Wardell C. Townsend, Jr.,
Senior Vice President
Mr. Townsend is Senior Vice President of Compubahn, Inc. where he provides executive consultation and management assistance, US federal market place planning and development, and project oversight. Mr. Townsend has served in this capacity since 1997.
Prior to joining Compubahn, Inc., Mr. Townsend served as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the US Department of Agriculture from 1993 to 1997. During Mr. Townsend’s tenure, he served as the USDA designated senior IRM official responsible for enterprise informational technology policy in the 114,000-person agency. As a member of the newly forming Federal CIO Council, Mr. Townsend chaired the by-laws committee in 1995-96. Mr. Townsend also served as coordinator of the President’s Council for Management Improvement from 1993-96.
Mr. Townsend served as chief of staff, legislative director, and projects director for three different Members of Congress from 1983 to 1993. Before joining the executive branch of government, Mr. Townsend was chief of staff to U.S Representative Mike Espy who became the Secretary of Agriculture in 1993.
The professional membership organizations for Mr. Townsend include AFCEA (Bethesda Chapter), Industry Advisory Council, and the National Association of Social Workers. Mr. Townsend received a master’s degree in administration, planning, and program development from West Virginia University; and holds a bachelors degree with a double major from Western Carolina University.
Dr. Atul Prakash, Chief Technology Officer
Atul Prakash is the Chief Technology Officer of Compubahn. He is also a Professor
of EECS at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research is in the area of information security and privacy.
At Compubahn, he leads a team that is developing products to combat phishing, fraud in the financial industry and improve security of confidential data on transactional websites. His recent work includes designing guidelines and mechanisms so that customers can do safe online banking. A recent study by his team on design flaws at financial web sites that make it hard for customers to make correct security decisions was widely cited by National Public Radio, Business Week, Barron's, BBC Digital Planet, and other news agencies. The study has already led to several banks improving the policies at their web sites for better security.
Dr. Prakash’s other research interests include the design of security policies and enforcement mechanisms for information systems. He has served on several program committees, including several ACM CSCW Conferences, IEEE ICDCS conference, and the IEEE Distributed Systems conference, organized and co-chaired a successful workshop on CSCW systems, and served as associate program chair of several conferences.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley and Berkeley and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Dinesh Kumar, Director, Civilian Programs
Mr. Kumar has over 35 years of technical and managerial experience in the public and private sector. He worked in the Social Security Administration (SSA) in key management positions moving upwards to the SES level. He also worked at HQ USAF as a team lead, where he had managerial responsibilities. In the private industry, worked with APPTIS Inc. and SETA Corp. in senior management positions where he successfully managed projects for CMS, FDA, FEMA and TSA.
He has successfully completed numerous large, challenging and complex Systems Engineering and IT modernization programs within cost, schedule and to client satisfaction. He has extensive experience in program management and IV&V services in all phases of software, products and IT infrastructure development.
He has supported FEMA Mitigation programs by providing Program Management, Systems Engineering (including quality assessments) and IV&V services for Risk MAP/Map Modernization, HAZUS and National Flood Insurance Program. He led the team that Performed IV&V for systems, products and tools under development, assessing their effectiveness with the nationwide stakeholders. He also supported Risk MAP PMO and FEMA Regions in program/contract management, tracked performance and conducted periodic reviews supporting key management decisions. He also provided project and process improvement recommendations to achieve program goals with greater efficiency. He received commendations from FEMA for his outstanding contribution to the success of the program.
John P (Pat) Ways, Principal Advisor
Mr. Ways serves as the Principal Advisor for Compubahn where he assists in strategic and tactical business development activities with the U. S. federal government.
Mr. Ways retired as President of Business Development for CSC’s Federal Sector in June 2003. In that position, he was responsible for the management of all business development activities relating to U. S. federal government new business opportunities as well as for the Federal IT and Federal Management consulting practices. Prior to that position, Mr. Ways was Senior Vice President of Business Development for CSC’s Civil Agencies Group.
Before joining CSC in 1992, Mr. Ways spent more than 27 years with IBM’s Federal Systems Division in numerous technical, management and marketing assignments. Immediately prior to joining CSC, he was the Business Unit Executive responsible for all IBM marketing activities to the U. S. Department of Transportation and to government banking and regulatory agencies. Mr. Ways was also responsible for marketing IBM’s air traffic control expertise to Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide.
Mr. Ways began his professional career in 1963 with Westinghouse Corporation as an engineer and, in 1965, joined IBM as a programmer on the NASA Gemini program at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Mr. Ways holds a BS degree in Physics from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. He has served on the boards of the Armed Forces Electronics Association (AFCEA), the National Space Club and the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), where he also served for two years as vice-chair. Mr. Ways received Federal 100 awards from Federal Computer Week in 1997 and 1999.