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Alan H. Epstein (NAE), Chair, Vice President, Technology and Development, Pratt & Whitney
David M. Maddox, (NAE), GEN, USA Retired, Vice Chair, Independent Consultant
Duane Adams, Independent Consultant 
Ilesanmi Adesida (NAE), Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mary C. Boyce, (NAE), Ford Professor of Engineering and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edward C. Brady, Managing Director, Strategic Perspectives, Inc.
W. Peter Cherry (NAE), Chief Analyst, Future Combat Systems, Science Applications International Corporation
Earl H. Dowell, (NAE), William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus, Duke University
Julia D. Erdley, Research Engineer, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
Lester A. Foster III, Chief Technology Officer, Electronic Warfare Associates
James A. Freebersyser, Director, Advanced Systems, BBN Technology
Ronald P. Fuchs, Independent Consultant
W. Harvey Gray, Interim Associate Laboratory Director for National Security, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Retired
John H. Hammond, Vice President, Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Retired
Randall W. Hill, Jr., Executive Director, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
John W. Hutchinson (NAS/NAE), The Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering, Harvard University
Mary Jane Irwin (NAE), Evan Pugh Professor and A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Robin L. Keesee, Independent Consultant 
Elliott D. Kieff (NAS/IOM), Albee Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Sciences, Channing Laboratory, Harvard University
William L. Melvin, Director, Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Scott Parazynski, Chief Medical Officer, Health Center for Polar Medical Operations, University of Texas Medical Branch
Richard R. Paul, Maj. Gen., USAF, Retired; Independent Consultant 
Jean D. Reed, Independent Consultant
Leon E. Salomon, GEN, USA Retired, Independent Consultant 
Jonathan M. Smith, Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Mark J.T. Smith, Michael and Katherine R. Birk Professor and Dean, Graduate School, Purdue University
Michael A. Stroscio, Richard and Loan Hill Professor; Co-Director, Nanoengineering Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Chicago
David A. Tirrell (NAE/NAS/IOM), Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor, California Institute of Technology Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Joseph Yakovac, LTG, USA, Retired, JVM LLC
Bruce A. Braun, Director (bio)
Nia D. Johnson, Senior Research Associate
Chris Jones, Financial Associate
Robert J. Love, Senior Program Officer
James C. Myska, Senior Research Associate
Joseph Palmer, Senior Program Assistant
Harrison T. Pannella, Senior Program Officer
Nancy T. Schulte, Senior Program Officer
Deanna P. Sparger, Program Administrative Coordinator
Dr. Alan H. Epstein is the Vice President of Technology and Development at Pratt & Whitney where he is responsible for setting the direction for and coordinating technology across the company as it applies to product performance and environmental impact. He leads Pratt & Whitney’s efforts to identify and evaluate new methods to improve engine performance and fuel efficiency for all new Pratt & Whitney products. He also provides strategic leadership in the investment, development and incorporation of technologies that reduce the environmental impact of Pratt & Whitney’s world-wide products and services. This includes responsibility for validating Pratt & Whitney’s technology and environmental strategy with customers, industry representatives and government and international agencies Previous to joining Pratt & Whitney, Dr. Epstein was the R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and currently holds an appoint there as Professor Emeritus. His research while at MIT was concerned with aerospace propulsion, power and energy, infrared systems, and micro-mechanical and electrical systems, MEMS. He has served on many government and NRC advisory committees is currently a member of the NRC standing committee for Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate & Review Dr. Epstein has over 120 technical publications and has given over 100 plenary, keynote, and invited lectures around the world. He has won several international awards for topics including heat transfer, turbomachinery, instrumentation and controls, gas turbine technology, and MEMS.  Dr. Epstein is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. .He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in aeronautics and astronautics.
General David M. Maddox (USA, Retired) is an independent consultant to civilian corporations, government agencies, and defense industries regarding concepts, systems requirements, program strategies, operations and systems effectiveness, and analytic techniques and analyses. He served on the Defense Science Board study of Tactics and Technology for 21st Century Military Superiority, the study Joint Operations Superiority in the 21st Century: Integrating Capabilities Underwriting Joint Vision 2010, and the study of Integrated Fire Support; was a member of the Army Science Board and co-chaired the study on Strategic Maneuver, assisted on the ASB Study on Technical and Tactical Opportunities for Revolutionary Advances in Rapidly Deployable Joint Ground Forces in the 2015-2025 Era and on Ensuring the Financial Viability of the Objective Force, and co-chaired the study on Intra-theater Logistic Distribution; and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences study of C4ISR and the study on Defense Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis. He was a member of the Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management on Expeditionary Operations and the 2010 Army Acquisition Review. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory, The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Dean’s Board of Advisors. He also serves as a member of corporate boards and is a Senior Fellow of the Army Science Board.

His consulting involves a myriad of issues ranging from corporate acquisition strategies, leadership requirements during acquisitions and mergers, future organizational strategies and objectives, application of new technologies, proposals for new major contracts, and assessment and justification of new concepts. His reputation is based upon his unique combination of practical experience and strong analytic expertise.

General Maddox retired from the U.S. Army after serving as Commander in Chief, U.S. Army in Europe. While on active duty, General Maddox served extensively overseas with four tours in Germany during which he commanded at every level from platoon through NATO's Central Army Group, 7th U.S. Army and theater. His last six years of active duty were in Europe transitioning from the Cold War, through Desert Storm, to the total reengineering of our presence and mission in Europe.

General Maddox received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute, and a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis with an Engineering Specialty from Southern Illinois University. 

Dr. Duane Adams is currently an independent consultant.  In 2006, Dr. Adams retired from Carnegie Mellon University as the Vice Provost for Research.  Prior to that position, he was the Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) assigned to the Department of Defense as an IPA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Adams held other positions at Carnegie Mellon including Associate Dean for Research, School of Computer Science; Associate Department Head of Computer Science and Associate Director of Research, Robotics Institute; and Research Professor.  He received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Montana; an M.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.  Dr. Adams was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory and the chairman of the Army Science Board.
Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida is the Dean and Willett Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. His research involves the nanoscale processing of materials and the fabrication of devices based on various semiconductors. He has conducted research on the science and technology of nanofabrication in order to obtain the relationships between pattern dimensions and molecular structures. This is important in delineating the smallest dimensions of structures that can be fabricated. The novel processes developed using advanced nanofabrication methods are in turn utilized to make high performance electrical and optical devices in conventional and novel semiconductors such as silicon, indium phosphide, and gallium nitride. His group has sought to understand in detail the impact of these processing performances of the fabricated devices. Many of these nanoscale devices are used in ultra-high speed and ultra-high power applications such as in space, wireless, and optical communications. His group has also extended many of the processing methods to the fabrication of structures that are applicable to nanoelectromechanical and nanobiological systems. 
Dr. Adesida is a Past President of the IEEE Electron Device Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Mary Boyce is the Ford Professor of Engineering and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Boyce earned her B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech; and her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1987. Professor Boyce teaches in the areas of mechanics and materials. Her research areas focus primarily on the mechanics of elastomers, polymers, polymeric-based micro- and nano-composite materials, lattice- structured materials, natural materials, and biological macromolecular networks, with emphasis on identifying connections among microstructure, deformation mechanisms, and mechanical properties. She has published over 100 journal papers in the field of mechanics and materials; and has mentored 36 SM Thesis students and 20 PhD students. Professor Boyce has been the recipient of several awards and honors recognizing her research and teaching efforts, including the MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Keenan Award for Teaching, the Spira Award for Teaching, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASME Applied Mechanics Young Investigator Award, Member-at-Large of the USNCTAM, Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, Fellow of the ASME, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  
Mr. Edward C. Brady is Managing Director of Strategic Perspectives, Incorporated, a small business consulting firm focused on strategic approaches to achieving corporate growth and enhancing shareholder value. Clients are primarily Fortune 100 firms, and some smaller firms including start-ups, mainly in the information and telecommunications technology and services sector. He also consults directly for the Department of Defense. He serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, both Corporate and Defense Department.  Dr. Brady currently mainly consults with two leading defense/aerospace firms.
Previously, he was engaged primarily as the Chief Architect and the Chief Scientist of the Boeing/SAIC Lead Systems Integrator Team for the Army’s Future Combat System (a $22B development program.) Dr. Brady was Co-Chair of the Program Decision Board which had day to day program-wide management responsibility. He had direct oversight responsibility for the definition and evolution of the System of Systems Architecture and specifications; design analysis and performance analysis; definition and execution of an integrated approach to simulation-based design and testing; and technology maturation, assessment, and integration planning for the multiple Blocks of the Future Combat System.
Dr. Brady is a nationally recognized expert in information, telecommunications, simulation, artificial intelligence technologies and systems; as well as quantification and analysis of military systems; He is a recognized expert in systems architecture, engineering, and testing of combat systems. He is highly experienced in technology development, engineering management, and the design, development, and procurement of national, strategic, and tactical level command, control, communications, and intelligence systems, as well as advanced combat systems and simulation systems.
Mr. Brady received his B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; an M.S. in management from American University; and a Ph.D. (ABD) in athematical Economics from Georgetown University.
Dr. W. Peter Cherry is the Chief Analyst on the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems Program at Science Applications International Corporation. He oversees analytic support to requirements analysis, performance assessment and design trades.
Previously, Dr. Cherry was Leader of the Integrated Simulation and Test Integrated Process Team, focusing on test and evaluation planning, the development of associated models and simulations, and the development of the Future Combat System of Systems Integration Laboratory.  He has been a participant in the Future Combat Systems program since its inception, leading analysis and evaluation of concepts as a member of the Full Spectrum Team in the contract activities which preceded Concept and Technology Development.
Prior to joining Science Applications International, he spent over 30 years with Vector Research Incorporated and its successor, the Altarum Institute.  His professional career began in the field of maritime operations research in the Department of National Defence in Canada. He left that organization to obtain a Ph.D.  in Operations Research at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in Stochastic Processes. Since the completion of his studies at the University of Michigan, he has focused on the development and application of operations research in the national security domain, primarily in the field of land combat.  He contributed to the development and fielding of most of the major systems currently employed by the Army, ranging from the Patriot Missile System to the Apache helicopter, as well as the command control and intelligence systems currently in use such as ASAS and AFTAADS.  In addition, he contributed to the creation of the Army’s Manpower Personnel and Human Factors and Training Program (MANPRINT) and to the Army’s Embedded Training Initiative.  His recent research interests include Peacekeeping Operations and the development of transformational organizations and material.
Dr. Cherry received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of New Brunswick; an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Toronto; an M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Earl H. Dowell is William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University. The fundamental areas of Professor Dowell's research interests are dynamics, fluid and solid mechanics and acoustics. A particular focus at present is on the dynamics of nonlinear fluid and structural systems and their associated limit cycle and chaotic motions. Examples include flexible plates and shells excited by dynamic fluid forces, oscillating airfoils and wings in a transonic flow, and aero-mechanical instability of rotorcraft systems. Also of interest are studies of systems with many degrees-of-freedom. Three aspects of such systems are being considered: eigenfunctions of nonconservative (fluid or fluid-structure) systems, turbulence as a multi-mode chaotic phenomena, and the asymptotic behavior of a dynamical system as the number of degrees-of-freedom becomes very large (asymptotic model analysis). The potential applications for the results of these research efforts are very broad, but a principal emphasis is on aerospace, automotive, naval and other transportation.

Dr. Dowell received his B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Ms. Julia D. Erdley is a Research Engineer in the Advanced Technology Office of the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University and has been for 22 years. She was a Principal Investigator for the Counter-IED Basic Research Program where she managed Penn State’s Counter-IED research program, a 6.1 Office of Naval Research funded portfolio of S&T projects to address the IED threat; participated in Counter-IED basic research in Anomalous Behavior Detection; and participated in Counter-IED basic research in Reconfigurable Antennas for explosive detection. She was also the Principal Investigator for the Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Guidance and Control System where she provided oversight for systems engineering, hardware and software design, and signal and tactical algorithm development for Canisterized, Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo Torpedo (CCAT) Guidance and Control System. This effort required an understanding of entire torpedo functionality with specific knowledge of acoustic array design, receiver and transmitter analog hardware design, digital processing hardware design, signal and tactical algorithm design, and interface specification. She led a team of 30 Scientists, Engineers, and Technicians in support of this effort. 

From September 2010 through September 2011, Ms. Erdley served as the Science Advisor of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, advising the Director, LTG Michael Barbero, on matters relating to Science and Technology. She also served from 2007 to 2010 as the Deputy to the Science Advisor. JIEDDO is a $2.8B per year organization within the Department of Defense with a focus on the rapid acquisition of Counter-IED capabilities in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was assigned to the organization from the Pennsylvania State University through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement (IPA) program. During her four years with JIEDDO, she supported S&T strategy development across a broad range of topics in the hard and soft sciences. She led three S&T programs examining sensor and information fusion for the counter-IED mission, served as a voice for JIEDDO to the external community, and led efforts to coordinate Science and Technology for counter-IED across the DoD and Inter-Agency.

Ms. Erdley received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Dr. Lester A. Foster, III, is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) Government Systems, Inc. and has 22 years of system engineering and management experience for the development of advanced technologies and systems. Responsibilities include the assessment of technology both inside and outside the EWA Inc. to expand the intellectual property of EWA and to identify technologies and partners that are in line with EWA's business objectives. He performs business development to expand or bolster the technological capabilities of EWA. He leads the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) business process for the company. Dr. Foster supports the proposal development processes including authoring, and red and gold team review. Dr. Foster provides consulting support to EWA customers and partner corporations. He also aids senior management with business decisions by providing input from a technical and engineering perspective. He manages EWA Internal Research and Development (IR&D) and performs initial technical analyses to provide guidance to new business initiatives. 

On the technical side, Dr. Foster’s expertise covers the range of EWA technology products and services including radio frequency, and optical communications, networking, tracking and sensing, unmanned platforms, navigation, modeling and simulation and test range instrumentation development. Some examples follow. He developed algorithms to geolocate radio emitters on the ground from aircraft mounted receivers. He designed a team wireless intercom system using solar blind UV pulses. He developed an approach to support reconnaissance and surveillance sensing by conceiving of a deployable sensor calibration panel to emit a pattern or array of calibrated spectral sources.

Previously, Dr. Foster was Vice President of Government Programs at Multispectral Solutions, Inc. where he managed all government business for research, development and engineering of Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio technology with the goal of transitioning research to products. He was Program Manager and principal investigator for applications of radar, wireless communications, tunable jamming systems, navigation, and, location and tracking applications using short pulse UWB radio technology. He performed all duties of technology R&D management, including, application concept development, patent application support, business development, strategic planning, proposal writing, development scheduling and costing, contract and subcontract negotiation, engineering staff management, risk assessment, material acquisition, reviewing, testing and development completion.

Dr. Foster received his B.S. in aerospace engineering, an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. 

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Dr. James A. Freebersyer is Director of Advanced Systems at BBN Technologies. In this position, he leads business development efforts for external funding of new technology development, primarily at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and transition of existing technology efforts, including technical concept development, market strategy, and business planning. 

Prior to joining BBN, Dr. Freebersyer was the Technology Portfolio Manager, Navigation, Communications, and Control (NCC) Directorate at Honeywell.

Dr. Freebersyer also worked as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Advanced Technology Office on detail from the Army Research Laboratory. He received his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Dr. Ronald P. Fuchs is currently an independent consultant.  He retired as the director for modeling and simulation at the Boeing Company.  Dr. Fuchs lead a group which was responsible for developing, maintaining, and coordinating Boeing government and defense modeling and simulation efforts for ~2500 people.  His additional responsibilities for Boeing included identifying, prioritizing, and allocating funding to M&S technology needs; developing and operating the collaboration environment for Boeing’s M&S community; developing Boeing’s Simulation Based Acquisition program; and managing Boeing’s M&S technology development group.
Prior to his last  position, Dr. Fuchs was the director for system of systems architecture development at Boeing where he led a Phantom Works group that was responsible for defining and analyzing SOS architectures with emphasis on C2 systems.  Dr. Fuchs received a B.S. in aerospace engineering and an M.S. in control systems engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a Ph.D. in nonparametric statistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Dr. W. Harvey Gray has served as ORNL Interim Associate Laboratory Director for National Security since October 1, 2008. In this position, he is responsible for leading a focused research, development, and deployment portfolio for sponsors that include the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and the private business sector with missions involving national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety. This broad portfolio of basic and applied research and development projects focus on topics complementary to the national security mission of ORNL and address key areas in nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and materials; counterterrorism; information operations; advanced computing; physical and cyber safeguards and security; advanced materials; law enforcement and public safety; international threat reduction; transportation, supply-chain, and logistics systems and technologies; and sustainability technologies and methodologies.
Dr. Gray is a mechanical engineer (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) who has held a variety of positions since joining the ORNL staff in 1974. For eight years prior to taking his current position, he was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for National Security. Before joining the National Security Directorate, he served as Director of the Advanced Computing Technologies division at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and he served as the Director of the Computational Center for Industrial Innovation at Lockheed Martin Energy Research. He led or managed projects in agile manufacturing, high-performance computing, advanced imaging and visualization, data storage, electronic medical records, telemammography, information assurance and security, and computer-aided engineering data exchange. Additionally, he represented ORNL on the Healthcare Information Technology Enabling Community Care project [funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program], on the Computer Aided Manufacturing-International’s Next Generation Manufacturing Systems project, and on several DOE weapons-complex-wide computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering committees, activities, and programs. Earlier, he was an ORNL research staff member using high-performance computing to design and develop advanced superconducting magnets for large-scale fusion energy experiments
Dr. John H. Hammond is retiring in 2009 after serving eight years as Vice President, Technology at Lockheed Martin (LM) headquarters in Bethesda, MD.  He chaired the corporation’s Research & Technology Board, and was a member of the Corporate Technical Council.   Dr. Hammond headed a group responsible for technology coordination across LM business areas and for internal R&D investment in a number of corporate-wide programs.  These include the LM Shared Vision Programs at the Sandia National Laboratories and at the General Electric Global Research Center, as well as the LM University Grants Program.  He was also responsible for the LM Technology Integration Initiatives to develop technologies enhancing system-of-systems architecture capabilities.  In a previous position with the LM Space & Strategic Missile business area, Dr. Hammond chaired and participated in several major satellite, launch vehicle and missile program reviews.  He has represented LM externally on numerous occasions with presentations to professional associations and Government organizations including panels of the Defense Science Board.
Prior to joining LM, defense industry positions held by Dr. Hammond include Board Member and Vice President/General Manager for Reconnaissance & Surveillance at Schafer Corp., a technical analysis firm, and Vice President for Satellite Products at Defense Systems, Inc., a hardware firm, both located in Virginia.  He has served as Program Manager and made technical contributions to high-energy laser, laser propagation, and satellite contracts.  Dr. Hammond led a multi-company team to analyze comparative performance of kinetic and directed energy options for boost-phase missile defense, including ground, satellite and unmanned air platform basing alternatives. His laser work has also addressed devices for inertial confinement fusion and simulation of nuclear device physics.
In Government service, Dr. Hammond headed the Directed Energy program element of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), since renamed the Missile Defense Agency, with responsibility for development of laser and particle beam weapons and associated target acquisition, tracking and precision beam control; he also contributed to advanced kinetic kill weapons and decoy discrimination technology.  Dr. Hammond represented SDIO with Congressional testimony and at Defense and Space and ABM Consultative Committee meetings with the Soviets in Geneva.
Dr. Hammond received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Randall W. Hill, Jr. is currently the Executive Director for the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). While at ICT, he has also held positions of Director of Applied Research and Transition, Deputy Director of Technology, and Senior Scientist. Previously, Dr. Hill was Project Leader and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, and also held positions of Task Manager, Technical Group Leader and a Member of the Technical Staff at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Hill served in the U.S. Army as a Commissioned Field Artillery/Military Intelligence Officer and was honorably discharged as Captain in 1984. He received his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California.
Dr. John Hutchinson is the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University where he has spent the past 4 decades in various positions. Dr. Hutchinson is a renowned scholar in the field of applied mechanics, and has made seminal contributions to the mechanics of structures and mechanics of materials. He is a recipient of the Timoshenko Medal.

Dr. Hutchinson, his students and collaborators work on problems in solid mechanics concerned with engineering materials and structures. Buckling and structural stability, elasticity, plasticity, fracture and micro-mechanics are all figure prominently in their research. Examples of ongoing research activities are (1) efforts to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (2) development of a mechanics framework for assessing the durability of thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines, (3) the mechanics of ductile fracture and its numerical simulation and (4) the mechanics of thin films, coatings and multilayers.

It has recently been announced that Dr. Hutchinson has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Ludwig-Prandtl-Ring, the highest honor awarded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrt.

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Dr. Mary Jane Irwin is the Evan Pugh Professor and A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Prior to coming to Penn State, Dr. Irwin was on the research staff of the Institute for Defense Analysis in Bowie, MD, and has held positions as a graduate teaching and research assistant in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Her research interests include computer architecture (power constrained, application specific) and computer arithmetic, power and energy in design, reliable systems design, embedded and mobile systems designs, VLSI systems design and EDA tools.  Dr. Irwin is a recipient of many awards and honors including Penn State’s Computer Science Club’s Outstanding Teacher Award (1981), and the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Research Award (1995).  She has also received an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University in Göteborg, Sweden (1997).  Dr. Irwin became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.  She has served as chair of the NAE’s Computer and Engineering Peer Committee as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee to Study the Future of Supercomputing; the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board and its Panel on Digitization and Communications Science.  Dr. Irwin is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Computer Society, and is a distinguished lecturer and an author of many publications
Dr. Irwin received a B.S. in mathematics from Memphis State University in 1971; an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from UIUC in 1975 and 1977 respectively.
Dr. Robin L. Keesee, a recently retired Federal civil servant, was Vice Director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization. As second-in-charge under senior general officers, he helped oversee the execution of the $3-to-4B per year mission. His emphasis was on the materiel initiatives, seeking technology and other counter-measures to IEDs drawing from across the Service and DOE labs, universities, defense contractors, and DARPA.

Earlier, Dr. Keesee had been the first Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Director of Human Research and Engineering in the Army Research Laboratory, also at APG; and Director of the Systems Research Laboratory of the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Keesee earned a B.S. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in human factors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Elliott D. Kieff is currently the Albee Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Channing Laboratory at Harvard University. Dr. Kieff has also held many distinguished, academic positions at Harvard and the University of Chicago.  He is the Director of Infectious Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the recipient of many honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds several patents including a vaccine against the Epstein-Barr virus.
Dr. Kieff received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania; a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Chicago, and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. William L. Melvin is Director of the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor in Georgia Tech’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has successfully developed and fostered major research thrusts within Georgia Tech centered on systems engineering, advanced signal processing, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation. His specific expertise includes digital signal processing with application to RF sensors, including adaptive signal processing for aerospace radar detection of airborne and ground moving targets, radar applications of detection and estimation theory, electronic protection, SIGINT, and synthetic aperture radar. He has authored over 150 publications in his areas of expertise and holds three patents on adaptive radar technology. 
As Director of SEAL, Dr. Melvin focuses a technology portfolio in excess of $36M/year involving all aspects of sensor systems engineering, including: environmental characterization; antenna development; hardware and software design, implementation, test, and evaluation; advanced system concepts; signal processing; physics-based modeling and simulation; and field testing. Areas of recent special interest include deploying SAR-GMTI sensors on small UAVs; space-radar algorithm development and processing techniques; dismount detection and urban radar; multistatics; electronic protection; integrated air and missile defense; and, expeditionary force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Dr. Melvin is a Fellow of the IEEE, with the follow citation: “For contributions to adaptive signal processing methods in radar systems.” He has served as a guest editor for several recent special sections appearing in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and acted as the Technical Co-Chair of the 2001 IEEE Radar Conference and 2004 IEEE Southeastern Symposium on System Theory. Dr. Melvin received a “Best Paper” award at the 1997 IEEE Radar Conference. He has provided tutorials and invited talks at a number of IEEE conferences and local IEEE section meetings on Ground Moving Target Indication, STAP fundamentals, and space-based radar. He is a regular reviewer for several IEEE and IET journal publications. Among his distinctions, Dr. Melvin is the recent recipient of the 2006 IEEE AESS Young Engineer of the Year Award, the 2003 US Air Force Research Laboratory Reservist of the Year Award, and the 2002 US Air Force Materiel Command Engineering and Technical Management Reservist of the Year Award.
Dr. Melvin received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1994, as well as the MSEE and BSEE degrees (with high honors) from this same institution in 1992 and 1989, respectively.
Dr. Robin R. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station.  Previously, she was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, joint appointment in Cognitive and Neural Science, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.  Dr. Murphy was also the Founding Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Safety Security Rescue. She is an expert in artificial intelligence for robotics and the use of robot technology for emergency response.  She has participated in several disasters starting with the 9-11 World Trade Center collapse.
Dr. Murphy received her B.M.E., M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Scott E. Parazynski currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health Center for Polar Medical Operations in Galveston. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Medical Officer at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas, where he is helping a world class team of scientists and clinicians develop technologies that will one day reshape medical care around the world. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations and companies, as well as on the visiting or adjunct faculty at several universities around the world. Dr. Parazynski has numerous publications in the field of space physiology, and has a particular expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.
He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: five NASA Spaceflight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, two Vladimir Komarov Diplomas from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, two Flight Achievement Awards from the American Astronomical Association, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award, Gold Medal from the American Institute of Polish Culture, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club. Additionally, he a member of the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dr. Scott Parazynski has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school and high school years in places such as Dakar, Senegal; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; and Athens, Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski is also physiologist with expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.

In 1992 he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle Missions and conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs). In his 17 years as an Astronaut, he served in numerous senior leadership roles, including EVA Branch Chief and the Lead Astronaut for Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Inspection & Repair (in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy). Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping mission on STS-66; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn's crewmate and "personal physician" during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built space station arm during STS-100.

In October 2007, Dr. Parazynski led the EVA team on STS-120, a highly complex space station assembly flight, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The fourth and final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. During the EVA he was positioned by a 90-foot robotic boom farther than any orbiting astronaut had ever ventured from the safety of their airlock. During this EVA he had to repair a fully energized solar array wing. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control and other engineering experts has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era's "Apollo 13 moment."

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Major General Richard R. Paul (USAF, Retired) is an independent consultant.  He recently retired from the Boeing Company after seven years in 2007.  Prior to Boeing, General Paul served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2000.
During his seven-year Boeing career, General Paul served as a Vice President in Phantom Works, Boeing’s centralized research and development organization that develops advanced technologies for Boeing’s family of commercial aircraft and defense-related  aerospace products and services. During 2006 and 2007, he concurrently served in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) where his duties included executive management of Boeing’s 2000-person Technical Fellowship program and its External Technical Affiliations program that served as the Boeing interface to dozens of professional societies.
During his 33-year Air Force career, General Paul served in three Air Force laboratories in New Mexico and Ohio, a product center in Massachusetts, two major command headquarters in Nebraska and Ohio, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment in Nebraska. His assignments during the latter one-third of his career were aligned with the Air Force science & technology enterprise, where he served in his final assignment as the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory headquartered in Dayton, OH. He retired in the rank of Major General.
General Paul received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (UMR); and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and has been awarded a professional degree in Electrical Engineering by UMR. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base AL and the Naval War College at Newport RI, and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Program Management Course at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Mr. Jean D. Reed is an independent consultant and Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for Technology, and National Security Policy, where he currently focuses on chemical biological defense and the integration of research and development and national security policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

He received his B.S. in Physics (with Distinction), and M.S. in physics from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He did post graduate studies in physics at Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the National War College, and was a Chief of Staff Army Fellow at the Army’s Strategic Studies Institute.

Mr. Reed was previously the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Chemical Biological Defense/Chemical Demilitarization) (DATSD(CBD/CD)) in the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Matters from December 2005 to April 2010. He exercised overall oversight, coordination, and integration of all aspects of the Department of Defense chemical and biological medical and non-medical defense program and of the program for destruction of the United States stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions.

Prior to assuming his position as DATSD, Mr. Reed served for 15 years as a professional staff member of the Committee on the Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he had principal staff responsibility for oversight of the Department of the Navy research and development program, Defense-wide science and technology, and selected programs of other military services and defense agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, joint experimentation, test and evaluation, and chemical demilitarization and chemical biological defense.

Mr. Reed’s 30-year military career encompassed a succession of line and staff assignments, including field artillery battery and battalion and major Army research and development laboratory command, two combat tours in Vietnam, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager, deputy commander of a nuclear-capable corps artillery in Germany, and two tours on the Army General Staff. He retired in 1990 as a Colonel. 

General Leon E. Salomon (USA, Retired) is currently working as an independent consultant. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Procurement and General Manager, Rubbermaid Procurement Services, Rubbermaid Incorporated where he oversaw the establishment and operation of the Rubbermaid Procurement Services division – a shared services activity that centrally sources, negotiates and procures over $1.4 million in material and services for the Rubbermaid Corporation. General Salomon also worked as Vice President, Procurement and Logistics at Rubbermaid where he oversaw the Corporate-wide procurement and logistics policies and programs for a $2.5 billion consumer products company. He chaired several corporation-wide councils for purchasing key commodities, freight and facility management and operating policies, and identified inherent inefficiencies and suboptimization of organizational structure that shattered underperforming purchasing paradigm and led to the phased creation of the Rubbermaid Procurement Services organization.

Prior to civilian life, General Salomon was the Commanding General of the United States Army Materiel Command and was the senior logistician in the Army. He oversaw daily operations for an organization of more than 70,000 people at 255 world-wide facilities, reengineered and streamlined the Army’s acquisitions programs through process improvement and process change, reduced acquisition lead-times 41% and inventories by more than $4 billion, oversaw the operational supply, maintenance and distribution programs for the Army, and developed and implemented plans to reduce more than 20,000 spaces in response to changing missions and financial realities.

General Salomon received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Florida, and an M.S. in logistics management from the School of Systems and Logistics at the U.S. Air Force Institute. He has served on the Army Science Board and was a member of the BAST Committee on Army After Next Logistics.

Dr. Jonathan M. Smith is the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Previously, he served as an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of CIS where he developed new protocol design paradigms in the “Protocol Boosters” project, and led the SwitchWare active networking effort, centered on the design of secure, high-performance programmable network infrastructures, based on a “Store-Translate-and-Forward” packet-switching model. Dr. Smith also developed new hardware and operating systems support for gigabit networking as part of the AURORA gigabit testbed project at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Smith also worked as a Program Manager, Information Processing Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and held positions as a Member of the Technical Staff at both Bell Communications Research and Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Dr. Smith received an A.B. in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Boston College; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University.
Dr. Mark J.T. Smith is the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birk Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Purdue University.  Previously, he was head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Prior to coming to Purdue, he was a professor and executive assistant to the president of Georgia Institute of Technology. His research involves speech and image processing, filter banks and wavelets, and object detection and recognition.  He is the co-author of numerous books, journal and conference publications, and holds several patents including the “Video Coding System and Method for Noisy Signals”.  He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Dr. Smith received his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.S. and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Michael A. Stroscio is currently the Richard and Loan Hill Professor and co-director of the Nanoengineering Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  Previously, he was the principal scientist and scientific officer in electronics at the Office of the Director of the Army Research Office. 
Dr. Stroscio received his B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; and a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University.  He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Harry Diamond Award.  He is also the co-author of many books and publications.
Dr. David A. Tirrell is the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry at MIT in 1974, Tirrell enrolled in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, where he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1978 for work done under the supervision of Otto Vogl. After a brief stay with Takeo Saegusa at Kyoto University, Tirrell accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University in the fall of 1978. Tirrell returned to Amherst in 1984 and served as Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts before moving to Caltech in 1998. He served as chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech from 1999 until 2009.

Dr. Tirrell’s contributions to macromolecular chemistry have been recognized by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Arthur C. Cope Scholar, Carl Marvel, Harrison Howe, S. C. Lind and Madison Marshall Awards of the American Chemical Society, as well as the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry. He holds the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Massachusetts, the G. N. Lewis Medal of the University of California Berkeley, and the degree of Doctor honoris causa from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

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Lieutenant General Joseph Yakovac (USA, Retired) is President of JVM LLC, and joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor in July 2008. General Yakovac retired from the United States Army in 2007, concluding 30 years of military service. His last assignment was Director of the Army Acquisition Corps and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. In those roles, General Yakovac managed a dedicated team of military and civilian acquisition experts to make sure America’s soldiers received state-of-the-art critical systems and support across a full spectrum of Army operations. He also provided critical military insight to the Department of Defense senior civilian leadership on acquisition management, technological infrastructure development, and systems management. 
General Yakovac also served as the Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems; and Deputy for Systems Management and Horizontal Technology Integration.
After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy as West Point, he was commissioned in the infantry. He served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company and Battalion Commander in mechanized infantry units. General Yakovac earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder before returning to West Point as an Assistant Professor.  He is also a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He now teaches classes at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Defense Management College, and the Naval Post Graduate School.