Alumni Luminaries are members of each reunion class who have gone on to achieve significant success or done interesting work. You might remember these luminaries
from your time together at Emory. Catch up with them during your reunion weekend.
Dr. David Bray 01C 04PH 08G
Dr. David A. Bray is an executive for innovation, integration, and interoperability in the Office of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment. Bray joined the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in October 2010 as a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive. The Program Manager has government-wide authority to plan, oversee the build-out, and manage use of the ISE to implement the President’s terrorism-related information sharing priorities. Dr. Bray’s work focuses on empowering the ISE partnerships of five communities – Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Law Enforcement – in support of whole-of-government solutions for assured information sharing, protection, and access.
Prior to joining ISE, Dr. Bray served as a strategist at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Science and Technology Policy Institute. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Advisor to STRATEGIC EFFECTS for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, with the task of helping to “think differently” on critical strategic efforts.
Dr. Bray also served as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the technology aspects of the bioterrorism program’s response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, SARS, and other outbreaks. He started working for the government in 1993, providing strategy on crisis response, collaboration, cybersecurity, national intelligence, information sharing, and innovation. He has worked as a senior developer and project manager for the government and private sector.
Dr. Bray holds a PhD in information systems, a MSPH in public health informatics, and a BSCI in computer science and biology from Emory University, alongside two post-doctoral associateships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Collective Intelligence and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership for a Networked World Program. He also serves as a Visiting Associate with the National Defense University.
Travis Sentell 01C
Travis Sentell, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated with Bachelor degrees in Religion/Philosophy and Psychology from Emory University and obtained his Master's in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland while studying there as a Bobby Jones Scholar. While on campus, Travis performed with Rathskellar and was involved in the arts on campus.
Travis currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he works as a screenwriter, novelist and actor. He most recent book, In the Shadow of Freedom, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2010 and received extensive coverage in the New York Times and on CNN, Fox and local news, as well as positive reviews in over 200 newspapers nationwide. His first novel, SINergy, was optioned for the screen by Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), with Jim Uhls (Fight Club) attached to write. His new novel, Fluid, will be released in October of this year.