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Eric H. D’Astolfo – Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE
As Vice President of Business Development, Eric D’Astolfo is responsible for business development and client management activities for Pearson VUE’s professional licensure and certification markets. Eric has nearly 30 years of experience in both the K–12 and certification testing industries, including test development, business development, and program management.
Prior to Pearson VUE, Eric served in a variety of leadership roles with The Princeton Review Canada, Harcourt Publishers, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and the Scantron Corporation. An active contributor to industry associations and committees, he has served as both conference chair of the Innovations in Testing conference in 2016 and also as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) in 2017.
Eric earned an Master’s Degree in English and American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BA in English Literature from New York University.
Ken Alba – Head of Product, Trivie and Chief Product Officer, electropath.io
Ken Alba is a dynamic product management leader, serving as the Head of Product at Trivie and the Chief Product Officer at electropath.io. Ken's background is academic, with advanced degree in English Literature from Boston University and a postgraduate fellowship at MIT's Digital Humanities Lab where he worked on extracting structured metadata from unstructured texts.
Ken's current endeavor revolves around pioneering a groundbreaking tool that generates innovative assessment material from diverse unstructured sources, such as PDFs, videos, and websites. His passion for pushing boundaries extends beyond his professional pursuits, as he is an ardent lover of science fiction.
Dr. Kirk Becker – Senior Research Scientist, Pearson VUE
Dr. Becker is a senior research scientist with Pearson. He has over twenty five years experience conducting research and performing operational work in measurement and psychometrics. Kirk has conducted research and worked operationally with test security and data forensics, automatic item generation, applications of natural language processing to testing, innovative test items, and exam formats (CAT, LOFT, and MST). Dr. Becker received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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