AITS/ISC2 Coffeehouse Speaker Series: Brent Lanford - April 16

AITS/ISC2 Coffeehouse Speaker Series: Brent Lanford

Tuesday, April 16 | 5:30 PM

Warner Robins Campus | Walker Auditorium 

Brent Lanford, Chief Technology Officer for the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, is scheduled to be the Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m. speaker for AITS/ISC2's monthly speaker series. Mr. Lanford will share the Middle Georgia Regional Commission's unique role in supporting Middle Georgia government entities.

Additionally, the School of Computing will honor Alpha Iota Mu inductees with a reception and recognition before the meeting begins at the MGA Warner Robins Campus in the Walker Auditorium at 5 p.m. prior to the speaker event. Alpha Iota Mu inductees are graduating information technology majors at the bachelor's and master's degree levels who have maintained a 3.85 GPA or higher.

Brent Lanford is a member of the senior management team at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC), the state-designated regional planning agency serving the eleven-county and twenty city region of central Georgia. He joined the MGRC in 1994 and has progressed through a series of positions, including Government Services Specialist, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager, Information Technology (IT) Director, Deputy Director, and his current role as the MGRC's first Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mr. Lanford's 29 year career with MGRC has focused on project development and management, with emphasis on the application of digital and geospatial data technologies in support of regional planning. He is a member o the MGRC geospatial team that was award an ESRI Significant Achievement in GIS (SAG) in 2014 and was recognized in 2016 as a Catalyst in Geospatial Excellence by the National States Geographic Information Council (MSGIC) for his role in helping to create the Geospatial Information Office (GIO) for the State of Georgia. In 2023, Mr. Lanford was appointed to the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council (GGAC) and currently serves on its board of directors.

Mr. Lanford holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Brent and his wife, Vicki, are lifelong residents of Macon and have two children, Nicholas and Carter, ages 18 and 17. Mr. Lanford enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Following Mr. Lanford's talk and a brief intermission, plan to stay for an MGA student panel at 6:15 p.m. and a professional panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Artificial Intelligence Challenges in Everyday Life. These events will be recorded and presented live via Zoom

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April 16 Lineup

5 p.m. - Alpha Iota Mu Honor Society Induction Ceremony followed by brief intermission for refreshments

5:30 p.m. - Mr. Brent Lanford, CIO, Middle Georgia Regional Commission

6:15 p.m. - Student Panel highlighting artificial intelligence recent developments

7 p.m. - Artificial Intelligence Challenges in Everyday Life