Kyle Owen is an electrical engineer in Huntsville, AL, where he works with old hardware and software. His work allows him to work with old technology daily, which hasn’t taken away from his hobby of collecting and restoring vintage technology, from calculators and computers to cameras and radios.
From an early age, Kyle knew he wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps of becoming an electrical engineer. He assembled his first electronics kit (a theremin) at age eight, with his dad ensuring he didn’t burn himself with the soldering iron. In 9th grade, he enjoyed learning assembly programming on his first vintage computer, a SWTPC 6800. He quickly fell in love with assembly language programming and enrolled in the computer engineering program at Auburn University in 2010. During his early college years, Kyle met Lonnie Mimms at the first Vintage Computer Festival Southeast.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2014 and decided to continue his studies by pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University, graduating in 2016.
Favorite exhibit: Enigma
First computer: Gateway 2000 tower
Why I serve on the CMoA board: To help inspire the next generation of innovators by closely examining past innovations interactively.
John J. Scroggin (“Jeff”) is a semi-retired attorney practicing with the law firm of Scroggin & Burns in Roswell, GA. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Laws in Taxation, from the University of Florida. Since 1979, Jeff has practiced as an Atlanta-based tax, business, charitable planning, and estate planning attorney. US News and World Report repeatedly named Jeff as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and he was named a Georgia SuperLawyer for 15 years. He was inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame in 2017 and served on the University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees for eight years. Jeff has served on 16 different charitable boards over his career.
A nationally recognized speaker on tax and estate planning issues, Jeff has authored over 260 published articles on tax, business, and estate planning and was extensively quoted in national media, including nine times in the Wall Street Journal, five times in Forbes magazine, and three times in the New York Times. He was Founding Editor of the Journal of Estate and Tax Planning, a national publication of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.
Jeff owns one of the largest collections of tax memorabilia in the US, with the collection being the subject of a front-page Wall Street Journal article on April 15, 2015.
Favorite Exhibit: The World Wall II German Enigma Computer
First Computer: A Texas Instruments handheld business calculator I purchased in 1973 for more money than I could afford.
Why I serve on the CMoA board: I hope to broaden the impact of the museum’s preservation of history and development of community while supporting the founder’s vision.
Ms. Sacks-Mandel is the Microsoft Global Chief Technology and Transformation Officer for the education industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was the Chief Information Officer at two unique, technically advanced, large, and diverse public school districts where she enabled student-centric teaching and learning, which resulted in dramatic improvements in literacy, graduation rates, test scores, and advanced placement credits.
She has led innovation teams at IBM, Walt Disney World, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and provided management consulting at many others. Serena has won numerous state, national, and global awards for leadership, vision, technical excellence, and her commitment to improving student outcomes. She and her husband, Scott are adventure seekers – biking, hiking, traveling, and boating, often with their three wonderful adult daughters.
Favorite exhibit: The STEAM Timeline with tech, people stories, and pop culture
First computer: IBM PC with dual floppy drives and a Casio calculator
Why I serve on the CMoA board: The Museum is important for preserving our shared technical past, inspiring future innovation, and has the potential to be a magnet for community, connection, education, and economic development.
Barkha Suri is often described as a technology evangelist; she has had an impact through her work with various community-focused organizations. Her comprehensive professional IT experience has allowed her to deploy holistic solutions in education, business management, and development. She uses her creative experience as a way to bridge the gap between engineering and many other domains, focusing on increasing the participation of women and minorities in STEM fields. She is a leader in the design and delivery of STEM education programs, engaging the future brightest minds of America and enhancing their learning experience.
Barkha is the CEO of Strem HQ Tech Academy, Metro Atlanta, which she founded in 2015 to make technology education the nation’s #1 priority. Using the latest innovations in technology and robotics to enable students to have a propitious advantage for their future, over 18,000 future engineers, doctors, programmers, and scientists have been impacted throughout the United States. She also founded Socialyte Media, Metro Atlanta, in October of 2021, where she serves as the Chief Creative Officer.
She began her career in the commercial sector working in business development, project and product management, and quality assurance roles at Ozonix, Inc., Baxter Healthcare, Envision, Inc., and Parke Davis (India).
Barkha holds a Bachelor of Technology, a Bachelor in English, and a Master of Business Administration. Certifications include Six Sigma, Green Belt; Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner; Executive Global Information Technology Management Certificate; and a Diploma in Marketing & Management.
Favorite exhibit: A tribute to Apollo
First computer: 1988 Commodore PC20-III, Dial-up
Why I serve on the CMoA board: CMoA has amazed me from the moment I stepped inside the museum’s doors. With the integration of education and technology, the museum will enable great minds to gather and utilize the abundance of knowledge and history that the Computer Museum of America offers. I strongly believe that with the various awe-inspiring exhibits and the plethora of historical gadgets, CMoA has the potential to enrich and inspire future generations as they take the journey of the evolution of technology through time.