Term Professor, Data Analytics M.S. Program, George Mason University Value Creation Strategy Consultant


Web: Volgenau page  LinkedIn

Phone:  703.707.2777
Address: 4509 Nguyen Engineering Building
Fairfax, VA 22030   


His teaching focus spans emerging cyber-physical challenges/opportunities, global ICT & ethics. He also serves as a strategy advisor and mentor to public and private sector innovators and entrepreneurs, and as a public speaker (emerging challenges, innovation opportunity and ethics). HIs core interests include: public policy, high performance computing, emerging big data, health informatics and digital economy and governance challenges.

In addition to teaching and mentoring, Berlin seeks new capstone engagements with high quality, core-value centered innovation teams — collaborating to address societal and market challenges with cyber-physical and policy innovation. Specifically, sustainable solutions which can deliver at the intersection of innovative value creation, human aspiration, and strategic vision.

A founding member of the ISOC-DC chapter of the Internet Society, focused on Internet policy, I also serve professionally as time permits, currently as a member of IEEE-USA Policy Advisory Committees, and of NIST standards working groups (cloud and big data). Additionally, I’ve been privileged to make seminal contributions to the creation and implementation of national policy innovation programs, including: U.S. High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative; DoD HPC Modernization Program; and the SDI National Test Bed Program.


Air Force Command & Staff College
ACSC Completion
Military and Strategic Leadership
1988 – 1991

The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Computer science & Mathematics
1975 – 1977
M.A. Computer Science

United States Air Force Academy
B.S.  Computer Science & Mathematics
1968 – 1972

Activities and Societies: AFA Wrestling, Debate, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Navigator Ministry, Cadet Chorale (& Chapel Choir), Photo Club, Squadron Staff, CS01 & 18
B.S. Computer Science & Mathematics


Term Faculty (Data Analytics Engineering M.S. Program)
The George Mason University
1995 – Present

Previously Adjunct Professor, now FT Volgenau School Term Faculty, Data Analytics Engineering Graduate Program. Previously, have taught in Applied Information Technology (ICT in Global Economy, Ethics, Java Problem solving, etc.); Computer Science Department (undergraduate CS courses in advanced Computer Architecture; and Computer Ethics and Society); College of Science: Associate Faculty, Computational Science & Center for Climate and Society & School of Computational Sciences (graduate seminars in grid & parallel computing).

Member, Committee on Communications Policy & Medical Technology Policy Committee
1983 – Present
Washington, DC
Member of senior volunteer IEEE-USA policy committees which meet to provide engineering independent policy insight and position recommendations to Federal legislative and executive agency staff & decision makers.

Member, Standards Working Groups (Cloud, Big Data, …)
2008 – 2014

Senior Science Strategy Advisor
High Performance Technologies Group, DRC Inc.
1990 – 2012
LocationWashington D.C. Metro Area
Strategy advisor, particularly relating to emergent capabilities and challenges relating to high performance computing (computational science), innovation and cyberspace.

Executive Consultant/Advisor
Company NameBerlin Consulting Associates
1986 – 2010
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Executive strategy management & policy consulting.

Chief Scientist
WareOnEarth Communications, Inc.
2000 – 2004
Advised re: policy & strategy; Developed “Trusted Information Exchange” conceptual framework.

USAF Officer Computer Scientist & Special Consultant
US Department of Defense
1972 – 1994

AF Officer — served in various capacities, both active duty and as a member of the USAF Reserves
Special Defense Consultant — related to high performance computing

Vice Chairman & Founder
Institute for Clinical Information Corporation
1990 – 1991

Co-founded strategy consulting company; recruited CEO/Chairman; Executive Consultant re: health informatics, electronic patient records strategies and state-of-the-practice

Vice President, Government Affairs & Strategy
Kendall Square Research
1989 – 1991

Strategy for emerging HPC company; helped in bringing company public & strategic initiatives for big data applications of high performance computing

Director, Strategic Program Development
Rockwell International
1987 – 1988

Strategic advising & thinking re: SDI & other national strategic directions, policy and emerging programs

Vice President, Government Relations
Cray Research
1980 – 1986

Corporate Diplomat for government relations, policy, strategic national initiatives, advanced R&D. Also, export control and national innovation policy expert. Helped to create National High Performance Comp. & Comm. (HPCC) Initiative; SDI National Test Bed strategy, DoD HPC Modernization Program, etc.

Senior Consultant & Project Manager (Air Force Officer)
1977 – 1980
LocationWashington D.C. Metro Area
Strategy Consulting across federal agencies & DoD to help federal/DoD Agency Leadership identify requirements, plan and execute innovative acquisition strategies for; and effectively manage capability and transition of major information systems and innovations.



George Mason University’s Brett Berlin Talks Cybersecurity

Published on Aug 26, 2014 | Congressman Stockman

At a cyberterrorism policy dinner, Brett Berlin, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at George Mason University, uses the Biblical analogy of old and new wine skins to underscore the need for new cybersecurity policies that meet today’s technological advancements.

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