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Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE), Chairman, Vice President and Chief Technologist (retired), Innovation and Technology Office, Delphi Corporation, Troy, Michigan
David T. Allen, Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
W. Terry Boston (NAE), President and CEO, PJM Interconnection, LLC, Audubon, Pennsylvania
William F. Brinkman (NAS), Research Physicist, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Emily A. Carter (NAS, NAE), Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey                                                             
Jared L. Cohon (NAE), Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and President Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Barbara Kates-Garnick, Professor of Practice, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Debbie A. Niemeier, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
Margo Tsirigotis Oge, Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA, McLean, Virginia                                
Michael P. Ramage (NAE), Executive Vice President (retired), ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Annandale, New Jersey
Dorothy Robyn, Consultant, Washington, District of Columbia
Gary W. Rogers, Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Roush Industries, Inc, Livonia, Michigan
Alison Silverstein, Consultant, Pflugerville, Texas
Mark H. Thiemens (NAS), Dean, Division of Physical Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chancellor's Associates Chair, University of California, San Diego                                                                      
John Wall (NAE), Vice President and Chief Technical Officer (retired), Cummins Inc., Belvedere, California   
Robert Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission, Sacramento       
Mary Lou Zoback (NAS), Consulting Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, California
James J. Zucchetto, Director



Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE) is retired from his position as Vice President and Chief Technologist, Innovation and Technology Office, Delphi Corporation. Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the GM Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he was Director-Strategic Futures. He served as Manager of Saturn Car Facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn, he was on the Site Selection Team and responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of the manufacturing facility. Dr. Brown began his GM career as a Project Engineer at Manufacturing Development in 1973. He progressed in the engineering field as a Senior Project Engineer, Staff Development Engineer, and manager of R&D for the Manufacturing Staff. During this period, he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on productivity improvement and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM, he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Incorporated, in Morristown, New Jersey. He is currently chair of the NRC Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Wayne State University in 1975 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered Professional Engineer, Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Engineering in September 1992.
David T. Allen is Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also director of the university’s Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. Dr. Allen serves as chair of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal: Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. His research focuses on urban air quality and the engineering of sustainable systems, and he has been lead investigator for multiple air quality studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. Dr. Allen served on several NRC committees and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and is currently a member of the NRC Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

W. Terry Boston (NAE) has served for the past six years as CEO of PJM Interconnection, the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Mr. Boston is president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators. He also served as a U.S. vice president of the International Council of Large Electric Systems and is a past chair of the North American Transmission Forum. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. In 2011, Mr. Boston was honored with the “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He also was chosen by Intelligent Utilities Magazine as one of the Top 11 Industry Movers and Shakers, and led PJM to win Platts Global Energy Awards in Industry Leadership 2010 and Excellence in Electricity in 2012. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and an M.S. in Engineering Administration from the University of Tennessee.
William F. Brinkman (NAS) is currently a research physicist in the Physics Department at Princeton University. He previously served as Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy from 2009 to 2013. He retired as vice president of research from Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies on September 30, 2001. In that position his responsibilities included the direction of all research to enable the advancement of the technology underlying Lucent Technologies' products. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served on a number of NRC committees, and he chaired the NRC’s Physics Survey Committee and the Committee on Solid-State Sciences. He is past president of the American Physical Society. Dr. Brinkman was the recipient of the 1994 George E. Pake Prize. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Emily A. Carter (NAS, NAE) is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004. She holds courtesy appointments in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and three interdisciplinary institutes (PICSciE, PRISM, and PEI). The author of over 300 publications, she has delivered more than 450 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She received the 2007 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, in 2009 was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, in 2011 was awarded the August Wilhelm von Hoffmann Lecture of the German Chemical Society, in 2012 received a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, in 2013 was awarded the Sigillo D’Oro (Golden Sigillum) Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, and in 2014 was named the Linnett Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, among other honors. 

Jared L. Cohon (NAE) is currently director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and President Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles and the Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption and previously chaired the Committee on Measuring and Improving Infrastructure Performance.  He has more than 25 years of technology, research, policy, and management experience. Dr. Cohon is also Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He was a Professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he also served as Vice Provost for Research from 1986 to 1992, Associate Dean of Engineering from 1983 to 1986, and Assistant Dean of Engineering from 1981 to 1983. Dr. Cohon began his teaching career at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Assistant, Associate, and full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he became Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis at Yale University. Dr. Cohon also served as Legislative Assistant for Energy and Environment on the staff of U.S. Senator Moynihan from 1977 to 1978. He has been a Director of American Standard Companies Inc. since October 1999. Dr. Cohon has been a Director of Mellon Financial Corp. since 1998 and also serves as a Member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance, and Nominating Committee. He has been a Director of Freemarkets Inc. since July 21, 2003 and is a Director Emeritus of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. President George W. Bush appointed him in 2002 to serve on his Homeland Security Advisory Council. In January 1995, Dr. Cohon was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. In 1997, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 2002. Dr. Cohon is a national authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis and is the author, co-author or editor of more than 80 professional publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Barbara Kates-Garnick is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School. Most recently she served as the Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she was responsible for guiding energy policy. She also served as the Co-chair of Massachusetts’ Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act. She has had an extensive career in energy, environment, and clean technology that has spanned the private and public sectors and included the creation of a clean technology incubator at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering where she also taught courses on energy policy. She served as corporate officer at a major U.S. utility, a consultant on strategic energy initiatives, and as a public utility regulator. At Fletcher, in addition to teaching, she will serve as the interim director of the Energy, Climate and Innovation Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy where she will pursue her interests in energy innovation, clean energy technology, and energy policy. Kates-Garnick holds a Ph.D., Master of Law and Diplomacy, and an MA from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.
Debbie A. Niemeier is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She joined UC Davis in 1994 as an Assistant Professor after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She has served as Dept. Chair and she recently served for four years as the Director of the John Muir Institute and Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Research at UC Davis. Several previous positions include Transportation Project Engineer, T.Y. Lin International, Falmouth, Maine; and Engineer, Texas Dept. of Highways, Austin. She is an expert in transportation-air quality modeling, energy consumption, land use interactions and sustainability and the project development process for major infrastructure projects. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research, Part A and is a member of the MARs Corp. Scientific Advisory Council (Sustainability). She is also the Director of the UC Davis-Caltrans Air Quality Project, a continuing state and federally funded research program, which began in 1999, aimed at improving vehicle emissions modeling and developing regulatory responses for state and local agencies. She has received a number of awards including the Aldo Leopold Leadership Award (2005), the Chancellor’s Fellow Award (2001-2004), an NSF CAREER award (1997), and UC Davis Outstanding Faculty Mentor (1997) and Faculty Advisor (1995) Awards. Working with an interdisciplinary research group of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty collaborators, she has published more than 110 journal articles and book chapters. She has served on several National Research Council committees and as an expert reviewer for the Bay Bridge Cost Analysis and Panama Canal 3rd Lock proposal. She is a member of the graduate faculty in computer science, geography, and ecology. She has a Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. of Washington (Seattle); an M.S., Civil Engineering, U. of Maine, Orono; and a B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas (Austin).
Margo Tsirigotis Oge is Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, Ms. Oge served as Director of the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) and served more than thirty years at EPA. During her tenure and leadership at OTAQ she was a key architect of EPA’s efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that included programs to significantly reduce emissions from automobiles and gasoline fuel, trucks, buses, off-road vehicles including locomotives, marine vessels, and diesel fuel. She also led the EPA’s first-ever national GHG emission standards for cars and heavy-duty trucks and to double fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicles by 2025. She also helped to establish the renewable fuels standard. She was also instrumental in establishing the U.N. process on global harmonization of transportation emissions standards worldwide, including helping China to design policies and programs to address pollution from cars and fuels. Under her leadership of OAR, EPA addressed indoor air pollution and developed the scientific findings on the health effects of radon and second-hand smoke. She received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award in 2004, the Presidential Meritorious Award, and EPA’s Distinguished Service Career Award. She was also the recipient of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment Woman of Achievement Award, as well as the California Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her efforts to protect California’s air quality and public health. She earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, where she was responsible for achieving aggressive energy goals for renewable resources, energy efficiency, and biofuels. She was also responsible for enhancing the environmental quality on shore and afloat. Prior to this, she served a 5-year term as Commissioner and Chairman of the California Energy Commission, a full-time energy regulatory and policy agency responsible for licensing thermal power plants, mandating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and managing a $100 million public interest research program, as well as developing strategies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and assuring the development of stable, long-term supplies of electric power, natural gas, and transportation fuels. As chair, she had overall responsibility for the Commission’s policies and programs and was responsible for a number of key initiatives, such as a 2008 energy roadmap for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. She has also been an energy consultant, held a number of positions during a 20-year career at Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation including Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Vice President, Corporate Planning. Prior to 1980, she was Senior Economist, California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Economist, Connecticut PUC. She has a wealth of energy policy experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric utility systems. She has been a member, Board of Directors, Alliance to Save Energy, and the Western Interstate Energy Board. She served as Chair, Energy Conservation Study, Energy Modeling Forum (1992-1993); she received the Civilian Service Award (2012) from the Navy, and the Star of Energy Efficiency award (2011) from the Alliance to Save Energy. She has a B.A. in economics, Clark University, an M.A. in economics, University of Hartford, and attended the Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Michael P. Ramage (NAE) is retired Executive Vice President, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Previously he was Director, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Mobil Oil Corporation. He held a number of positions at Mobil including Manager of Process Research and Development Division; General Manager of Exploration and Production Research, Development, and Technical Services; Vice President of Engineering; and President of Mobil Technology Company. He has broad experience in many aspects of the petroleum industry including R&D, chemical processes, and capital project management.  He was a Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was a member of DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He has served on a number of university visiting committees and is a member of a number of professional societies. He has served on several Academies committees including as Chair, Committee on Resource Needs for Fuels Cells and Hydrogen Technologies; Member, Committee on America’s Energy Future (AEF); Chair, AEF’s Panel on Alternative Liquid Transportation Fuels; and Chair, Committee on Alternatives and Strategies for Future Hydrogen Production and Use. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and served on the NAE Council. He has a B.S., M.S., and PhD. in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Dorothy Robyn writes and consults on public policy issues related to energy and infrastructure. From September 2012 to March 2014, she served as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). PBS is the real estate arm of the federal government and has been a leader in making federal buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. Prior to joining GSA, Dr. Robyn spent three years as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, where she provided Department-wide oversight of U.S. military bases around the world and led DoD's facility energy initiative. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a principal with The Brattle Group. She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Dr. Robyn holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gary W. Rogers is currently Vice President, Advanced Engineering for Roush Industries, Inc. Formerly, he was president, chief executive officer, and sole director, FEV, Inc., and executive vice president, FEV GmbH. His previous positions also include director, Power Plant Engineering Services Division, and senior analytical engineer, Failure Analysis Associates, Inc.; design development engineer, Garrett Turbine Engine Company; and exploration geophysicist, Shell Oil Company. He has extensive experience in research, design, and development of advanced engine and powertrain systems, including homogeneous and direct-injected gasoline engines, high-speed direction injection passenger car diesel engines, heavy-duty diesel engines, hybrid vehicle systems, gas turbines, pumps, and compressors. He provides corporate leadership for a multinational research, design, and development organization specializing in engines, specialty vehicles and energy systems. He is a member and Fellow of the SAE and has served on a number of advisory boards. He served on President’s advisory board, Clemson University and currently sits on the advisory board to the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, where he chairs the Research Committee. He served as a member of the NRC Committee on Review of DOE’s Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies Program, the NRC Committee on Assessment of Technologies for Improving Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy, the NRC Committee on the Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards, and the NRC Panel on Benefits of DOE’s Light-Duty Hybrid Vehicle R&D Program. He also recently supported the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by conducting a peer review of the NHTSA CAFE Model. He holds a B.S.M.E., Northern Arizona University, and a Masters of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), University of Colorado.

Alison Silverstein is an independent consultant, providing advice and research in areas such as electric transmission and reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grids, electricity technology and marketing strategy, and infrastructure security. Previous positions include Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, Public Utility Commission of Texas (Austin); Supervisor, Information & Communications Services, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; Economist, Environmental Law Institute; and Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Policy Analysis. Recent work has included serving as project manager for the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative; working with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory supporting DOE on Interconnection-wide Long-term System Planning; supporting the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency; and a U.S. country expert team member for the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Project XVII. She is a Board member, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Member, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel; Member emeritus, GridWise Architecture Council; and Advisory Board member, Ice Energy. She has a B.A. in Economics and an M.S.E. in Systems Analysis and Economics, The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Mark H. Thiemens (NAS) is Dean, Division of Physical Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Chancellor's Associates Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego. He also served as Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of California at San Diego, he held positions at the Enrico Fermi Institute and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 for discovering and exploring isotope anomalies in oxygen and sulfur not predicted by classical theory, which led to a deeper understanding of Earth's atmospheric composition and evolution. He developed new insights into atmosphere-surface interaction on Earth and Mars, and stimulated a new approach to theories of isotopic reaction mechanisms. He has received numerous awards including the Alexander Von Humboldt Award (1990; 1993); elected Fellow of the American Meteoritical Society (1996); the Ernest O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy (1998); the Chancellor's Associates Endowed Chair (1999); Distinguished Scientist of the Year (2002), American Chemical Society; and elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002). He received a B.S., University of Miami; an M.S., Old Dominion University in Oceanography; and a Ph.D, Florida State University in Oceanography.
John Wall (NAE) is retired Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Cummins Inc. In this role, he oversaw more than 6,000 engineers working to design internal combustion engines, power generation systems and related technologies in Cummins technical centers around the world. Dr. Wall’s earlier positions at Cummins include Chief Engineer–Heavy-Duty Projects; Director–Emissions Research; Vice President–Research & Development; and Vice President–Advanced Engineering and Technology Planning. Prior to joining Cummins, Dr. Wall held research and engineering positions at Chevron Research Company, most recently serving as the Unit Leader of Diesel & Aviation Fuels Research. Dr. Wall’s interests include advanced internal combustion engine design, emissions control and fuels, and engineering in a global environment. He serves on advisory boards at MIT and Purdue University. Dr. Wall currently chairs the National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Prize committee and has previously served other NAE committees. Dr. Wall earned his S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as member and Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and reappointed in January 2015. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission, where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas: engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years of energy experience to the Commission, including expertise in electricity and gas markets as well as California regulatory policies. He has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets. Chair Weisenmiller is the lead commissioner on the Energy Commission's budget and management, legislative and intergovernmental matters, international relations, military partnerships, energy research, development, demonstration and deployment, climate change, combined heat and power, and electricity and natural gas markets. Before his appointment, as a co-founder of MRW & Associates, he used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institutions, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, power pricing for qualifying facility projects, marginal cost analysis, rate design and implications of utility mergers. Commissioner Weisenmiller was also the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Independent Power Corporation. His career also included a previous period of public service with the Energy Commission as Advisor to Commissioner, Manager of the Special Projects Office, and Director of the Office of Policy and Program Evaluation in the period between 1977 and 1982. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College. 


Mary Lou Zoback (NAS) is currently a Consulting Professor in the Department of Geophysics, Stanford University. Previously, she was Vice President, Earthquake Risk Applications with Risk Management Solutions in Newark, CA. RMS is the world's leading catastrophe modeling firm. Her responsibilities at RMS include leading initiatives on the significance of risk quantification for expanding the societal role of earthquake insurance, disaster management, and risk reduction activities worldwide. She previously served as Chief Scientist of the USGS Earthquake Hazards team in Menlo Park, CA, and also as Regional Coordinator for the Northern California Earthquake Hazards Program. From 2003-2006 she was Chair of the Steering Committee for the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance, a non-profit promoting public outreach on seismic safety and coordinating more than 280 groups and organizations that put on events to commemorate the 1906 earthquake. She has served on numerous national committees and panels on topics ranging from defining the next generation of Earth observations from space, storage of high-level radioactive waste, facilitating interdisciplinary research, and science education. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a past-President of the Geological Society of America, a member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America, and currently serves on the National Research Council’s Disasters Roundtable. She is the recipient of the 2007 GSA Day Medal, 2007 GSA Public Service Award, the "Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction" Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (2006), and the AGU Macelwane Award for Young Scientists (1987). She joined the USGS in 1978 after receiving her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University.