Tijen Arik (Vice- President) was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh) and a Master of Science degree from Johns-Hopkins University (Baltimore) in Information and Telecommunications Systems. Tijen Arik’s professional experience in Information Technology includes employment at Hewlett-Packard in US and Europe and currently IT Cadre in Virginia. She is a member of the National Science Foundation and Women in Technology. She speaks English, French and Turkish. Ms. Arik lives in Potomac, Maryland.