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COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND PUBLIC POLICY
MEMBERS' BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
August 2013

 
RICHARD N. ZARE (Chair) is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University. He was born on November 19, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his B.A. degree in chemistry and physics in 1961 and his Ph.D. in chemical physics in 1964. In 1965 he became an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but moved to the University of Colorado in 1966, remaining there until 1969 while holding joint appointments in the departments of chemistry, and physics and astrophysics. In 1969 he was appointed to a full professorship in the chemistry department at Columbia University, becoming the Higgins Professor of Natural Science in 1975. In 1977 he moved to Stanford University. He was named Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University in 2005. In 2006 he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor.
Professor Zare is renowned for his research in the area of laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level. By experimental and theoretical studies he has made seminal contributions to our knowledge of molecular collision processes and contributed very significantly to solving a variety of problems in chemical analysis. His development of laser induced fluorescence as a method for studying reaction dynamics has been widely adopted in other laboratories. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1976.
 
LINDA M. ABRIOLA is the Dean of Engineering and a Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. Her research in the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory uses both mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments to study reactive contaminants in the subsurface. Prior to her arrival at Tufts University, she was a member of the faculty at University of Michigan from 1984 to 2003. In addition to her work with the National Research Council, she has served on advisory committees for the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. She received her bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in 1979, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 1979 and 1983. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
 
SUSAN ATHEY is Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Born in 1970, she received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her Ph. D from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard.
Her current research focuses on the economics of the internet, marketplace design, auction theory, the statistical analysis of auction data, and the intersection of computer science and economics. She advises governments and businesses on the design of auction-based marketplaces, consulting for Microsoft Corporation in the role of chief economist since 2007, focusing on online services. She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping to architect and implement their auction-based pricing system.
At the age of 36, Professor Athey received the John Bates Clark Medal. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. In 2000, she received the Elaine Bennett research award, given every other year to an outstanding young woman in any field of economics. She was elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society in 2004, and she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2000-2001, and in 2004-2005 was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science at Stanford.
Professor Athey is a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. She served as an elected member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association; as an elected member of the Council of the Econometric Society, and an elected member of the Council of the Game Theory Society.
She has served as co-editor of American Economic Journals: Microeconomics and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and as an associate editor of several leading economic journals, as well as the National Science Foundation economics panel.
Non-academic honors include being named as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, Diversity MBA's Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executives, Kilby Award Foundation's Young Innovator Award, and the World Innovation Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s World’s Most Innovative People Award.
 
 
MOSES HUNG-WAI CHAN is the Evan Pugh Professor in the Department of Physics at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on low temperature physics. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 1979. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College in 1967, and a Master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1969 and 1974. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
RALPH J. CICERONE (ex-officio) is the President of the National Academy of Sciences and the Chair of National Research Council. His research in atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and energy has contributed to the understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion. Prior to his election as NAS president, he held positions at the University of Michigan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and University of California, Irvine. He served as Dean of the Physical Sciences from 1994 to 1998, and then Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 1998 to 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has served as president of NAS since 2005.
 
PAUL CITRON is a senior fellow at the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego. Prior to his arrival at UCSD, he served as Vice President of Science and Technology and Vice President of Technology Policy and Academic Relations at Medtronic, Inc., a medical technologies company, until he retired in 2003. During his 32 years at Medtronic, Inc., he was responsible for corporate-wide assessment and coordination of technology and for establishing and prioritization of corporate research. He also co-invented the tined pacing lead. He received his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in 1969, and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota in 1972. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
 
DAVID DANIEL is the fourth president of The University of Texas at Dallas. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and served on the faculty at UT Austin from 1980 to 1996. In 1996, he moved to the University of Illinois, finishing his service as Dean of Engineering before being appointed UT Dallas' president in 2005.
Dr. Daniel’s professional work has been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which awarded him its highest honor for papers published in its journals (the Norman Medal), and on two separate occasions awarded him its second highest honor, the Croes Medal. He received the Presidents’ Award in 2007 and the OPAL (Outstanding Projects and Leaders) Award for Education for 2010. In 2000, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
 
GORDON R. ENGLAND is the president of E6 Partners LLC, a partnership which promotes linkages between U.S. companies and overseas investors by providing due diligence, management strategy, and regulatory clearance of merger and acquisition deals.  Mr. England served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2006 – 2009, having previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and as the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy.  Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. England worked as an executive vice president at General Dynamics, as president of General Dynamics Land Systems Company, and as president of the General Dynamics Fort Worth Aircraft Company (later Lockheed).  Mr. England is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
 
HARVEY V. FINEBERG (ex-officio) is the President of the Institute of Medicine. His work has encompassed multiple aspects of health policy, including assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. Prior to his election as IOM president, he served as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from 1984 to 1997 and Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001. In addition to his work with the National Research Council, he has served on advisory committees for the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1967, a M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1971, a Master’s from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 1980. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has served as president of IOM since 2002.
 
DIANE E. GRIFFIN  is the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Griffin’s research focuses on the relationship between viruses and disease, with particular emphasis on encephalitis and measles. Her work with Sindbis virus, which causes encephalitis, identified measures by which the immune system can safely clear the virus from neurons. Dr. Griffin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. She received her BA from Augustana College and her MD and PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a member and serves on the Governing Councils of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
 
C. DAN MOTE, JR. (ex-officio) is President of the National Academy of Engineering and Regents Professor, on leave, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Mote is a native Californian who earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at the University of California, Berkeley in mechanical engineering between 1959 and 1963. After a postdoctoral year in England and three years as an assistant professor at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, he returned to Berkeley to join the faculty in mechanical engineering for the next 31 years. He and his students investigated the dynamics, stability, and control of high-speed rotating and translating continua (e.g., disks, webs, tapes, and cables) as well as biomechanical problems emanating from snow skiing. He coined the area called “dynamics of axially moving materials” encompassing these systems. Fifty-eight PhD students earned their degrees under his mentorship.
 
PERCY A. PIERRE is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He also served as the Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies from 1990 to 1995. His research focuses on stochastic models in engineering systems. He has also been a principal architect of the national minority engineering effort, working to recruit, retain, and graduate domestic graduate students, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. Prior to his arrival at Michigan State University in 1990, he held positions in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of the Army. He also served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Howard University from 1971 to 1977 and President of Prairie A&M University from 1983 to 1989. In addition to his work with the National Research Council, he has served on advisory committees for the University of Notre Dame, White House Fellows Foundation and Association, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from John Hopkins University in 1967. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
 
E. ALBERT REECE is the Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice President for Medical Affairs, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served as Acting President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2010. His research focuses on pregnancy, birth defects and prenatal diagnosis, in particular diabetes-induced birth defects. Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland in 2006, he held positions at Yale University, Temple University, and the University of Arkansas. He also served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine. In addition to his work with the National Research Council, he has served on advisory committees for the March of Dimes, Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services. He received his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University, an M.D. from New York University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and a M.B.A from the Fox School of Business & Management of Temple University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
 
MICHAEL S. TURNER is the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. He has served as the Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics since 2010 and served as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1997 to 2003. His research has pioneered the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology, and he coined the term “dark energy.” He has also held positions at Argonne National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, the Aspen Center for Physics, and the Fermi Research Alliance. In addition to his work with the National Research Council, he has served on advisory committees for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.He received his bachelor’s degree from Caltech in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1978. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
NANCY S. WEXLER is the Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University. She has served as President of the Hereditary Disease Foundation since 1983. Her research led to the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene and has since led to the identification of other disease genes including those responsible for familial Alzheimer's disease, kidney cancer, two kinds of neurofibromatosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and dwarfism. Dr. Wexler has taken part in developing guidelines for how the potentially toxic information associated with highly accurate genetic testing should be handled. In addition to her work with the National Research Council, she has served on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and Human Genome Organization. She received her bachelor’s from Radcliffe College in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. Dr. Wexler has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health and as a Councilor, Society for Neuroscience, and as a Council Member of the Institute of Medicine. She is an honorary Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section on Neuroscience; and a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is also an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and of the Royal College of Physicians, London, U.K. She is an Overseas Fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine. She has received numerous honors and awards, including several honorary doctorates. In 1993, she received the Albert Lasker Public Service Award. Dr. Wexler received the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science. 
 
PETER G. WOLYNES is the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science at Rice University. He is a professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. He is also a Senior Researcher at the NSF-sponsored Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University.
Peter Wolynes was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1953. He graduated with an A.B. from Indiana University in 1971 and received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University in 1976. He taught at Harvard University and in 1980 moved to the University of Illinois, eventually becoming the Center for Advanced Study Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Biophysics. In 2000 he moved to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, and in 2011 he relocated to his present positions at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Wolynes’ work across the spectrum of theoretical chemistry and biochemistry has been recognized by the 1986 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, the 2000 Peter Debye Award for Physical Chemistry of the ACS, the 2012 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, the Fresenius Award, and the Joseph Hirschfelder Prize. For his work on the energy landscape theory of protein folding he received the 2004 Biological Physics Prize from the American Physical Society (now called the Max Delbrück Prize) and the 2008 Founders Award of the Biophysical Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina," and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. He has received honorary degrees from Indiana University and the University of Stockholm.