David M. Maddox, (NAE), General, USA Retired, Chair, Independent Consultant Steven W. Boutelle
Vice President, CISCO Consulting ServicesEdward C. Brady,
Managing Director, Strategic Perspectives, Inc.Carl A. Castro
, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Innovation and Research and Military Families, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Karen and John Huff School Chair, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of TechnologyDavid E. Crow, NAE,
Distinguished Professor-in-Residence, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of ConnecticutEarl H. Dowell, (NAE),
William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus, Duke University
Peter N. Fuller
, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Cypress InternationalW. Harvey Gray,
Interim Associate Laboratory Director for National Security, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RetiredJ. Sean Humbert,
Techno-Sciences Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Innovation, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of MarylandJennie Hwang, NAE,
Chief Technology Officer, H-Technologies GroupBruce D. Jette
, President and CEO, Synovision Solutions, LLCRandall 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 UniversityJohn Joannopoulos, NAE,
Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and The Francis Wright Davis Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRobin L. Keesee,
Independent Consultant Roger L. McCarthy, NAE,
Founder and Owner, McCarthy EngineeringMichael McGrath,
Independent Consultant, McGrath Analytics, LLCWilliam L. Melvin,
Director, Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research InstituteAllan T. Mense
, Principal Engineering Fellow, Systems Design & Production Directorate, Raytheon Missile SystemsWalter F. Morrison,
Independent Consultant, WFM Consulting
Chief Medical Officer, Health Center for Polar Medical Operations, University of Texas Medical Branch
President, University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterKenneth M. Rosen,
NAE, Principal Partner and Founder, General Aero-Science Consultants, LLCLeon E. Salomon,
GEN, USA Retired,
Independent Consultant Albert A. Sciarretta,
President, CNS Technologies, Inc.Neil Siegel, NAE,
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Northrop Grumman Information SystemsMichael A. Vane,
Independent ConsultantJoseph Yakovac
, JVM LLC
Bruce A. Braun,
Director (bio)Nia D. Johnson
, Senior Research AssociateChris Jones
, Financial AssociateJames C. Myska
, Program OfficerDeanna P. Sparger
, Program Administrative Coordinator
David M. Maddox
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.
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.
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Mr. Scott Badenoch is Chief Executive Officer of Badenoch LLC, and has spent his career at the nexus of humanity and technology, answering that question. He and his teams use their expertise to help clients chart their path to a better future.
In 2002, Mr. Badenoch ended a thirty year career in product development and marketing at General Motors, Delphi, Raychem and ITW to join the professional faculty at Georgia Tech Research Institute. Throughout his career, he ran advanced groups developing new concepts, technologies and markets. The range of successful products included the repositioning of the Cadillac brand, electronic stability control, the Fastex plastic buckle, TAPCON construction fasteners, and the radiation cross-linked angioplasty balloon. In 2005, he founded Badenoch LLC to work on defense and energy. Clients include major corporations, private equity groups, high net worth individuals, institutes, and the government and military of the United States. Along the way, he sharpened his competitive edge with a variety of motor racing teams including Hendrick (NASCAR), Newman-Haas, Kelley Racing, Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren, helping the teams win several major championships.
Mr. Badenoch is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was a University Scholar in the study of design for advancing technical impact. He holds over 150 records of invention, patents, and trade secrets, and is the winner of the Kettering Award and the President’s Council Award for innovation and leadership in the auto industry.
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is Vice President of the Cisco Consulting Services, where he leads a business development team that advises government customers on business practices and technology solutions. Boutelle’s team focuses on defense, and intelligence markets. He is Cisco’s Executive Sponsor to the Ministries of Defense of Japan, Israel and Norway, US Army’s Cyber Command and the Navy Federal Credit Union.
Before joining Cisco, General Boutelle served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army, responsible for the Army’s worldwide use of information technology. He introduced converged voice, data, and video to the Army, building an enhanced network infrastructure to serve 1.9 million users. He established the Army Knowledge Online portal and the Defense Knowledge Online portal to provide streamlined access to content for 6 million defense users. Through an IT portfolio management program, he reduced the costs of IT systems and applications by half.
As a Program Executive Officer, General Boutelle was responsible for design, acquisition and fielding of the Army’s Tactical Command and Control Systems, including, Artillery, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, Air Defense, Intelligence, Logistics, and Maneuver. Also acquiring Tactical Radios, Satellite Terminals, Blue Force Tracking and the Warfighter Information Network (WIN-T).
General Boutelle led the effort in design and fielding the Army’s first “Digitized Division” converting the Army from “analog to digital” and baselined the Army on the Internet Protocol, Web Services, Collaboration and Video. He was instrumental in technology solutions in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
General Boutelle is a recognized leader, technology evangelist, and mentor. A consistent record of adopting new technologies and streamlining processes to improve productivity and enhance collaboration marks his career in the U.S. Army. He led the U.S. Federal Government in implementing “Secure Network Logon,” with 98 percent of 1.2 million Army users adopting Common Access Cards. He also led compliance with U.S. Office of Management Budget criteria and President’s Management Agenda, with 100 percent compliance for two years.
As a teacher and mentor, General Boutelle expanded the Army’s education program to incorporate the latest Internet and convergence technologies. He has personally instructed and mentored more than 350 admirals, generals, and senior civilians in networks, communications, web technologies, and information assurance.
General Boutelle was named a “Top 100 CIO” by Federal Computer Week in 2006, received the “North American Leadership Award” by Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association — Rocky Mountains in 2006, and was named “US Department of Defense Executive of the Year” by Government Computer News in 2005.
General Boutelle has served in several leadership positions in the U.S. Army, including Director of Information, Operations, Networks and Space; Program Executive Officer of Command, Control and Communications Systems; and Joint Chiefs of Staff Project Manager — Communications Systems. He retired from the U.S. Army at lieutenant general rank. General Boutelle serves on several boards, including the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force for Interoperability, the National Science Center, PacStar, ThreatMetrix, Systematic, and he was an outside director of Finmeccanica DRS from 2009-2012. He is also a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
General Boutelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, and a Masters in Business Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He received a Doctorate of Law (Honorarium) from the University of Puget Sound. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Senior Service College and the US Department of Defense System Management College.
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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. Carl A. Castro
is Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation and Research and Military Families at the School of Social Work, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Castro joined the USC School of Social Work faculty in 2013 after serving 33 years in the Army, where he obtained the rank of colonel. He began his military career as an infantryman in 1981. Throughout his military career, Castro has served in a variety of research and leadership positions, including commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe in Heidelberg, Germany; chief of the Department of Military Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.; and director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland. Castro has completed two tours in Iraq and peacekeeping missions to Bosnia and Kosovo.
He is currently chair of a NATO research group on military mental health training and serves as an adviser for several Department of Defense research panels focused on psychological health. He is the current editor of Military Behavioral Health, the flagship academic journal about the biopsychosocial health and well-being of service members, veterans and military families. Castro has authored more than 150 scientific articles and reports in numerous research areas. His current research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family and unit readiness, and evaluating the process of service members’ transitions from military to civilian life.
Dr. Castro received his B.A. in psychology from Wichita State University; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Dr. David E. Crow, NAE, is a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut and is also consulting; he retired from Pratt and Whitney in April of 2002.
Dr. Crow joined Pratt & Whitney in 1966 as an analytical engineer and has broad experience in multiple engineering disciplines and manufacturing.
Dr. Crow is a member of the National Academy of Engineers. He is actively involved National Science Foundation studies on Aeronautics’. He is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Scientists and Engineers. He is actively involved in the major engineering technical societies. He belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He serves on the ASME Foundation. He also belongs to several honor societies, Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Blue Key. Dr. Crow is also on the Engineering Advisory Board at University of Connecticut and a member of the University of Missouri-Rolla Academy of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Crow graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.S. in mechanical engineering. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
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Dr. Reginald DesRoches is the Karen and John Huff School Chair, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are in resilient systems and design of critical infrastructure under extreme loads. He has published over 250 articles in the general area of resilience and seismic risk assessment and has given over 100 presentations in 30 different countries.
Dr. DesRoches has served as the key technical leader in the US response to the Haiti earthquake, and has traveled to Haiti numerous times since the earthquake. He was a member of an early response team which traveled to Haiti immediately following the earthquake to conduct critical building safety assessments for the United Nations. He later led a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists to study the impact of the earthquake. This visit resulted in a series of recommendations on the recovery and rebuilding of Haiti, and was the foundation for the Earthquake Spectra special issue on the Haiti earthquake, which consisted of a compilation of research papers on the lessons learned from the Haiti earthquake.
Dr. DesRoches has served as Chair of the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee (2006-2010), Chair of the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (2010), and Board of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He is currently a member of the executive committee of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, and is on the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management Research Center (DIEM). Dr. DesRoches has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2002. The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed upon scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. He was a recipient of the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the Georgia Tech ANAK Award (2008), and the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award (2010).
Dr. DesRoches earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering; a M.S. in civil engineering, and Ph.D. in structural engineering – all at the University of California, Berkeley.
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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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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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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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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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Peter N. Fuller is the president and chief operating officer at Cypress International, a business development and acquisition management consulting firm operating for over 36 years. Previously, he was the deputy commander for programs, NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan, and was responsible for planning and executing resources in order to generate and sustain the Afghan security forces. He integrated and synchronized all processes to include requirements generation, acquisition, funding, construction, logistics, and contract management for a yearly program valued at over $10 billion dollars comprised of infrastructure, equipment, training, and sustainment efforts. He also coordinated with external organizations such as the Defense Contract Management Agency, Corps of Engineers, Joint Task Force-435, NATO International Security Assistance Force, ISAF Joint Command, Combined Air Power Transition Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, he was Program Executive Officer—Soldier. In his capacity as PEO Soldier, General Fuller was responsible for ensuring all Soldiers were lethal, survivable and able to operate in any environment. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1980 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in history and political science. He also holds an M.S. in public administration from Shippensburg University, an M.S. in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and an M.S. in resourcing of the national security strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. General Fuller’s assignments include assistant director for acquisition (PATRIOT), Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Washington, D.C.; systems coordinator, U.S. Army Staff for Anti-Armor Missiles; project manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team; deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Program Executive Officer—Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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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
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. J. Sean Humbert
is the Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Humbert’s research interests include bio-inspired robotics, estimation, and control theory, with applications to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Recent work has focused on the flight mechanics and distributed sensing and estimation approaches in small-scale organisms, including insect-based perception and navigation in cluttered, uncertain environments. Best paper honors include the AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation, and Control, the American Control Conference, and the International Conference on Insect Sensors and Robotics. Dr. Humbert is an AIAA Associate Fellow, has recently won the AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Scientist/Engineer Award, and is the recipient of an ARO Young Investigator Award. He is Director of the MAST-CTA on Microsystem Mechanics, Co-Director of the AFOSR Center of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies, and is the Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Humbert holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Caltech.
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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is Chief Executive Officer of H-Technologies Group and Board Trustee and Invited Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. She was CEO of International Electronic Materials Corporation and has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation, SCM Corporation, and Sherwin Williams Company. Doing business in over 30 countries, her technical expertise includes advanced materials, infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing.
Dr. Hwang is an inventor and author of more than 400 publications, including the sole authorship of several internationally-used textbooks. As a columnist for the globally circulated trade magazines, she addresses leading technologies and global market thrusts. Her work is highlighted by numerous national and international awards and honors, including the U.S. Congressional certificates of achievements; induction into International Hall of Fame (Women in Technology); named R&D Stars-to-Watch by the Industry Week and featured in the inaugural volume of the book: “Road to Scientific Success - Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers”, published by World Scientific Publications. A worldwide speaker, her speeches range from university commencement addresses to keynote at DoD Federal Women’s Program to tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing. She is also an author and speaker on education, technology, trade and business issues. Dr. Hwang has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Institute and numerous industry boards. She has also served in the advisory capacity for the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and NASA. Additionally, she is a board director of Fortune 500 NYSE-traded, Canadian TXS-traded and private companies, and on various civic boards. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award, was established in her honor, recognizing outstanding women students who study in engineering or sciences.
Dr. Hwang earned a Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Liquid Crystal Science, respectively, from Columbia University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University.
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Bruce D. Jette is President and CEO, Synovision Solutions LLC: Dr. Jette founded Synovision Solutions LLC, an innovative company designed to work with clients to identify a vision that is achievable, determine the innovations necessary to achieve that vision, and the synergies between people and companies to make those innovations work in a timely and financially acceptable manner. Prior to Synovision Solutions, he retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. During his Army career, he was the Director of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force where he founded the Army’s entrepreneurial business unit for rapid integrated product identification, development, and production; established the vision and implementation plan convincing senior defense department leadership to underwrite start-ups; and was the first person to employ robots in combat that led to broad and rapid integration of technologies into the current force.
Dr. Jette served as the Deputy Director, US Army Objective Force Task Force where he was the Deputy for concepts and acquisition for the Army’s task force chartered to define a path to the strategically-oriented, high-technology future force structure. He developed and supported implementation plans and planning. He was selected by the Army Chief of Staff to specifically implement rapid and innovative acquisition concepts. Dr. Jette also served as Project Manager, Soldier Systems where he established the first systemic approach to technology development and integration at the individual soldier level. This approach integrated low technology soldier items such as boots and clothing with high technology computing and communication electronics laying the foundation for the Army’s future soldier concepts and programs, and saved soldiers’ lives through rapid and innovative implementation of advanced materials and technologies. Its success drove establishment of a major command for soldier system with annual business in excess of $3 billion.
As Product Manager for all the US Army airborne intelligence platforms: PM Aerial Common Sensor, Guardrail, and Airborne Reconnaissance Low – Mult-Function, Dr. Jette guided the development of some of the most technically challenging and complex systems in the military. In three years, he moved the Guardrail System II development program from foundering to a fully funded program which was able to integrate with many other national sensor systems to perform in more difficult environments and to new levels of precision. Following a Congressional demand for a rapid replacement of the Mowhawk surveillance aircraft, Dr. Jette developed and fielded to operational use ARL-M, an integrated moving target/imaging radar, electro-optical, and signals intelligence system in a single aircraft in only 8 months from concept to fly-away. Concurrently, he was laying the foundation for the Army’s furture airborne system, Aerail Common Sensor.
Dr. Jette earned his BS Nuclear Engineering & Chemistry, from the United States Military Academy, 1976; his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electronic Materials, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991 and 1993 .
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Professor John Joannopoulos, NAS, is Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies and the Francis Wright Davis Professor of Physics at MIT. He is the author or coauthor of over 540 refereed journal articles, two textbooks on photonic crystals, and over 60 U.S. Patents. He is also co-founder of four startup companies: OmniGuide, Inc., Luminus Devices, Inc., WiTricity Corporation, and Typhoon HIL, Inc.
Professor Joannopoulos is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the World Technology Network, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1976-80), a John S. Guggenheim Fellow (1981-82), and has been on the Thompson ISI Most Highly Cited Researchers List since 2003. Professor Joannopoulos is the recipient of the MIT School of Science Graduate Teaching Award (1991), the William Buechner Teaching Prize of the MIT Department of Physics (1996), and the David Adler Award of the American Physical Society (1997). He is a former Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, and former Member of the Editorial Board of Reviews of Modern Physics.
Professor Joannopoulos received a B.A and Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley; and an M.A. in physics from the University of California, Davis.
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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. Roger L. McCarthy, NAE,
is the founder and owner of McCarthy Engineering. Dr. McCarthy serves on the Board of Shui on Land (SOL), Ltd., which is publicly traded (stock code 0272) on the Hong Kong Exchange. SOL was recognized as one of the “2012 Top 50 China Real Estate Listed Companies with Strongest Comprehensive Strengths” by China Real Estate Appraisal, and also as one of the winners of the “Corporate Governance Asia Recognition Awards 2012 – The Best of Asia 2012” by Corporate Governance Asia.
Dr. McCarthy specializes in the analysis of mechanical designs (and their associated risk), and the analysis of incidents, failures and accidents involving design issues related to mechanical, thermal, machine, architectural, and controls design, particularly as it involves the engineering of the man/machine interface, safety, and fire/explosion/heat transfer. He also analyzes associated issues related to product design and intellectual property issues related to design. He is extensively published in the area of vehicular design, vehicle component design (occupant restraint, transmission, fuel tank, brakes, wheels, axles, etc.), risk analysis related to mechanical design, risk analysis of sports recreation and associated products, and the quantitative analysis of the reliability of complex systems. In his career he has directed the scientific testing of over 1,000 human subjects. Dr. McCarthy directed the development of Exponent’s Land Warrior System for the US Army, and has directed the development of new robotic weapons systems deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. McCarthy is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, #M20040; a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Arizona, #13684; and a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Ohio, #70487. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, trained at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1980. Dr. McCarthy was formerly a member of the Army Science Board.
Dr. McCarthy received his B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and an A.B. in philosophy from the University of Michigan; an S.M., Mech. E., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
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Dr. Michael McGrath is an independent consultant with McGrath Analytics, LLC, who provides analytic support for government and industry technology programs. He is also a Senior Technical Advisor (and former Vice President) at Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), a not-for-profit government services organization. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN(RDT&E)), where he was a strong proponent for improvements in technology transition, modeling and simulation, and test and evaluation. In prior positions, he served as Vice President for Government Business at the Sarnoff Corporation, ADUSD for Dual Use and Commercial Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Assistant Director for Manufacturing at the Defense Systems Research Projects Agency (DARPA-DSO), and Director of the DoD Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics Support (CALS) program. While at DARPA, he managed the Affordable Multi-Missile Manufacturing Program and the Agile Manufacturing program. He was also heavily involved in DARPA’s dual-use Technology Reinvestment Project. His early government career included positions in Logistics Management at Naval Air Systems Command and in Acquisition Management in OSD. He is a member of the National Research Council’s Materials and Manufacturing Board, the Defense Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Committee (chair), the Penn State ARL Materials and Manufacturing Advisory Board, and the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute Advisory Board.
Dr. McGrath earned a B.S. in Space Science and Applied Physics and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Catholic University, and a doctorate in Operations Research from George Washington University.
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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. Allan T. Mense
is Principal Engineering Fellow, Systems Design & Production directorate, Raytheon Missile Systems. As the most senior technical person within the systems engineering directorate, Dr. Mense reports directly to senior management and as a result works on a broad portfolio of projects that cover most aspects of missile design and performance for all missile product lines within the company. Dr. Mense serves on many outside boards and advisory committees. He works closely with the RMS Design for Six Sigma and Design Margin Analysis teams to improve product quality and consistency. Dr. Mense introduced Bayesian statistical techniques into many areas of engineering analysis including product reliability and life testing. He is recognized as the senior statistician within the directorate and is called upon to help in statistical Design of Experiments and the application of statistical tools in the product design phase. He has authored many articles and chapters in books, and is frequently called upon as a presenter at technical meetings and chairs sessions at major conferences on applied statistics and reliability.
Dr. Mense earned his B.Sc. and M.S., in engineering physics and nuclear engineering respectively from University of Arizona; an M.S. in industrial and management systems engineering from Arizona State University; and a Ph.D. in plasma physics/nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
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is currently working as an independent consultant, providing R&D management consulting and support for technology business development, capture and proposal development. Previously, he was a Principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, a position where his primary focus was leading a multi-disciplinary science and engineering team of approximately 100 staff supporting client advanced science and technology (SETA) needs in DARPA, i.e. the Defense Sciences Office (DSO), the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and the Information Innovation Office (I2O), as well as, the Energy ARPA (ARPA-E), and the Intelligence ARPA.
Dr. Morrison’s 30+ years of government service included positions as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Army ERDC, and the Director of Research and Laboratory Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. He also served as the Chief of the Terminal Effects Division at ARL.
Dr. Morrison earned his B.S. (1971), M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1978) in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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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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received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College summa cum laude and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981; he was appointed Chief of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989; and was named the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1998. Under his leadership, the GI Unit became one of the leading programs in the country, highly regarded for its dynamic research and training activities, in addition to its comprehensive program of clinical care in gastroenterology. Podolsky established an innovative Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 1991, funded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Digestive Disease Center program, and the Center has been a highly productive multidisciplinary research program, yielding many significant advances.
Podolsky’s own research interests have focused on the delineation of epithelial cell function. His laboratory has made significant contributions to understanding the mechanisms through which growth factors and cytokines regulate epithelial function and has provided important insights into the mechanisms of epithelial injury and repair. His laboratory has also identified and characterized the functional actions and molecular mechanisms of trefoil peptides, which are central to sustaining mucosal integrity and facilitating repair after injury has occurred. In recent years his laboratory has helped clarify the role of the intestinal epithelium as a component of the innate immune system, through the characterization of innate immune receptors and their functional role in this cell compartment. In conjunction with studies defining basic mechanisms regulating epithelial function, Podolsky’s laboratory has provided important insights into the role of these processes in intestinal inflammatory diseases, most especially the inflammatory bowel diseases.
Podolsky is the author of more than 300 original research and review articles. He is the past editor-in-chief of the journal Gastroenterology. He served as President of the American Gastroenterological Association and was the recipient of its Julius Freidenwald Award in 2009. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen, NAE,
is Principal Partner and Founder of General Aero-Science Consultants, LLC. Previously, he was the Corporate President of Concepts NREC.
Dr. Rosen’s research interests are helicopters, propulsion/turbomachinery V/STOL Aircraft and System Design. An ancillary, but significant capability has been developed in transmission systems, air vehicle/engine controls, and structural fatigue methodology. He has also developed an expertise in a wide range of aerothermodynamic topics; specifically, inlet/exhaust design, boundary layer control, IR suppression, heat and mass transfer, pneumodynamics, particle separators, icing and environmental systems. This expertise has been incorporated in the development of systems for many helicopters including the S-58T, S-67, CH-53, BLACK HAWK, S-76, X-Wing, Comanche, S-92 and Cypher UAV. These products, many of which are still in service, range from 250 lbs. to 75,000 lbs. gross weight. Propulsion experience has included at least ten different engine installations ranging from 150 shp turboshaft to 9000 shp convertible engines producing combinations of thrust and shaft power. Icing design expertise includes applications for inlets and rotor systems. Over the last decade, his interests have broadened to include systems integration, low observables (radar and infrared), systems engineering, unmanned vehicles and product development technology.
Dr. Rosen earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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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.
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Albert A. Sciarretta is President of CNS Technologies, Inc., a company that consults on research and development, experimentation, modeling and simulation, management, and assessment of advanced information, sensor, and test technologies. He is also a consultant and the primary support to the Program Manager (PM), Test and Evaluation/Science and Technology (T&E/S&T) in the office of the Secretary of Defense; and an on-call subject matter expert (SME) for serving on an Independent Review Team (IRT) for assessing Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology technology programs.
He has served as experiment director of the Department of Defense’s Smart Sensor Web effort and as director of a demonstration of an integrated live-virtual-constructive simulation-based joint urban operations training environment. His current primary efforts included demonstrating networked sensor-information systems, assisting in the development of command and control (C2) systems for urban operations, assessing advanced information and test technologies, and identifying performance metrics for the Army’s Future Force Warrior and associated small-unit C2 systems. Mr. Sciarretta is also a retired Army officer.
Mr. Sciarretta has a B.S. degree in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and dual M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research from Stanford University. He previously served as a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committees on Army Science and Technology for Homeland Defense: C4ISR; Review of the Department of Defense Air and Space Systems Science and Technology Program; Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technologies, and Making the Soldier Decisive on the Future Battlefields.
Dr. Neil Siegel, NAE,
is vice-president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. He leads the sector’s technology activities, provides oversight of the sector’s research portfolio, and oversees the development of solutions for our customers’ most complex and most important problems.
Prior to this current role, Dr. Siegel was the sector’s vice-president and chief engineer. In this position, he oversaw the sector’s 12,000-plus scientists and engineers, directed engineering process improvements, and led activities intended to further the development of the company’s top technical talent. Previously, Dr. Siegel served as vice-president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, and vice-president and general manager of the company’s Tactical Systems division. He has been responsible for several projects outside of the United States, including work in the U.K., Egypt, Germany, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
His expertise is recognized by the U.S. Government, as indicated by past membership on the Defense Science Board, the Army Science Board, and other senior government advisory panels. He is also in demand as a speaker for both academic and conference settings, and is an adjunct professor of engineering at both the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles.
He is certified by the International Congress on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) as an expert systems engineering practitioner (ESEP).
Dr. Siegel earned his B.A. and M.S. in mathematics; and has a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Southern California. His advisor there was noted computer scientist Barry Boehm.
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Michael A. Vane is currently an independent consultant. Previously, he was Group Vice President, Training and Intelligence Solutions, DynCorp International, a leader of approximately 5,000 employees globally serving areas of training, intelligence and special operations forces roles to DoD and DoS customers. General Vane has expertise in training and intelligence solutions with standards, certifications and delivery methods to meet customer needs. He managed multiple programs worth over $500 million annually for a diverse customer set. Prior to DynCorp, General Vane was an Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton where his responsibility was to advise in the capability area of Analytics in DoD markets – specifically working on requirements development, Live-Virtual-Training analysis to improve home station training, improved costing and readiness models, and institutional transformation.
Before retiring to civilian life, General Vane served as the Deputy Commanding General, Futures/Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) at the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). In his 36-year Army career, he has served as the Vice Director, J8, Force Structure, Resources and Assessments; Commanding General, U.S. Army Air Defense Center at Fort Bliss, TX; Deputy Chief of Staff for Doctrine, Concepts and Strategy at TRADOC; Commanding General 32nd Army Air and Missle Defense Command; and Director of Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Force Development.
General Vane received a B.S. in general engineering from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an M.S. in systems technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
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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.
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.