Information Sharing Architecture Specialist Joins SEARCH Systems and Technology Team

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Yogesh Chawla
Mr. Yogesh Chawla has been hired as an Information Sharing Architecture Specialist at SEARCH, effective May 1, 2011.

In this position, Mr. Chawla will plan, develop, implement, and deploy information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He will also provide programming and configuration assistance, as well as consultation on implementation architecture and design with clients.

Mr. Chawla has 15 years of experience as an information technology professional specializing in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the justice domain. He has in-depth knowledge and experience with many open source projects and has worked in the capacities of analyst, designer, programmer, and system architect. He is familiar with the national justice standards that SEARCH supports, including GFIPM (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management), GJXML (Global Justice XML), GRA (Global Reference Architecture), Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx), and NIEM (National Information Exchange Model).

"I am very excited to have Yogesh on our team," said SEARCH Systems and Technology Director Mark Perbix. "Yogesh has an extensive background in many of the technologies that SEARCH supports for information sharing, and he is a strong proponent of using open source technologies to achieve information sharing goals."

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Chawla spent more than five years as the Technical Lead on the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS) program, where he helped design and build the WIJIS Justice Gateway for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. The Gateway started as a pilot group with five law enforcement agencies and has grown to include more than 170 law enforcement agencies, 72 district attorneys' offices, and all of the Wisconsin Circuit Courts. The incident data, prosecutor case files, and court data from these participants are all available through a single search interface. Mr. Chawla also served as the liaison for local agencies to facilitate connecting to the Gateway.

In addition to his work with the WIJIS program, Mr. Chawla's professional experience includes:
  • Hardware and software design work on the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) airplane with Lockheed Martin, working closely with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.
  • Application and user support for institutional traders, investment bankers, and retail brokers, for Merrill Lynch in Argentina.
  • Managing Y2K transition for Merrill Lynch's Chile office, and designing and implementing new firewall architecture.
  • Work as a project consultant for the insurance and banking industry, for Beacon Technologies.

Mr. Chawla earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Binghamton University in New York. He holds two Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) certifications: Series 7 (General Securities Registered Representative) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law).