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Donald Saari is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Saari received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1967. His research interests include dynamical systems and their application to the physical and social sciences. He is especially interested in voting, social choice, and decision theory; evolutionary game theory and applications to the social sciences; and dynamical systems and celestial mechanics. Dr. Saari is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Robert W. Corell is presently on leave from his position as Vice President of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, in order to devote his time to working as chair of The Climate Action Initiative (CAI) and to provide leadership to the U.S. Global Energy Assessment Support Office (USGEASO) in collaboration with IIASA’s GEA. He is also working closely with IIASA to define the Institute's new Arctic initiative. He was previously Senior Policy Fellow with the Atmospheric Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He was also a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to joining the AMS in January 2000, Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, where he had oversight of the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of the NSF. While at the NSF, he also served as the Chair of the committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that has oversight of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He has also served as Chair and principal U.S. delegate to many international bodies with interests in, and responsibilities for, climate and global change research programs. Before joining the NSF, Dr. Corell was a Professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. He has also held appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Washington. Dr. Corell is an AMS Fellow. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees at the Case Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology respectively.

Peter Gleick (NAS) is Cofounder and President of the Pacific Institute in California. In 2006, Dr. Gleick was elected as a member to the National Academy of Sciences' Section 64 - Human Environmental Sciences. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, human and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. He is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003 for his work. Dr. Gleick was the first to successfully link general circulation models with regional hydrologic models to characterize regional impacts of climate change on water. His subsequent work has focused on the challenges of understanding the interactions of global freshwater resources with respect to human environmental impacts, economic development, and international security. He was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the BBC. In 1999, he was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Olso, Norway. Dr. Gleick received a PhD in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.

Jerry Melillo (NAS) is a senior scientist and former co-director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) where he has conducted research for more than three decades. He is also a Professor of Biology at Brown University. He specializes in the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems. He has studied carbon and nitrogen cycling in ecosystems across the globe, including arctic shrublands in northern Sweden, temperate forests in North America, and tropical forests and pastures in the Amazon Basin of Brazil. He has had a long association with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), having served as a lead author on both the 1990 and 1995 IPCC Assessment Reports. Dr. Melillo served as the Associate Director for Environment in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was the Director of the Ecosystems Studies Program for the National Science Foundation (1986-1988). Melillo has served as President of the Ecological Society of America (2004-2005) and of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) (1998-2004), the environmental assessment body of the International Council for Science. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, National Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Melillo spearheaded a report released by the Obama Administration offering the most comprehensive assessment on the impacts of climate change on the United States to date.  He received his Ph.D. in Ecosystems Ecology/Biogeochemistry from Yale University, 1977.

Stephen M. Robinson (NAE) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, he was elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering's Section 8 - Industrial, Manufacturing, and Operational Systems Engineering. His research is in the development of quantitative methods for making the best use of scarce resources, which is part of the broad category of operations research methods. He works particularly on nonlinear and stochastic optimization methods for both optimization and equilibrium problems, trying both to develop the underlying theory and to find better numerical methods for solving applied problems. His recent work has focused especially on the mathematical properties of solutions of variational condition, considered as functions of the data appearing in those conditions. He has published 98 articles and is currently the president of INFORMS. Dr. Robinson received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971.

Kathleen Segerson is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut.  She is an environmental economist, with a strong interest in collaborative interdisciplinary work.  Her research within economics has focused primarily on the incentive effects of alternative environmental policy instruments, including applications in the following areas: groundwater contamination, hazardous waste management, workplace accidents; land use regulation, climate change and nonpoint pollution from agriculture.  In addition, she has been a participant in several projects related to ecosystem services and to the protection of marine species.  Dr. Segerson is a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), and is past-president of AERE. Dr. Segerson has been a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and several of its committees.  She is also currently a member of the NRC's Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).  Past service includes several other advisory committees for the NRC and the National Science Foundation, including recent service on the NRC Panel on the Review of the National Climate Assessment.  She also serves on the Centre Advisory Panel of the Nordic Center on Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change and the External Advisory Board of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).

Barbara Boyle Torrey is a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Aging of NIH.  She served as the executive director of the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Sciences from 1993-2002, and was a visiting scholar at the Population Research Bureau from 2002-2010, researching a series of topics on the interaction of social policy and population changes.  An economist-demographer with a special interest in children and the elderly, she is well known for her social policy research across a broad range of topics. She served on the IIASA Science Advisory Committee from 2002 through 2010.

Detlof von Winterfeldt is a Professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. From 2009 to 2012 he was on a leave of absence from USC as the Director of the IIASA. In 2003 he co-founded the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first university-based center of excellence funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, serving as CREATE’s director until 2008. His research interests are in the foundation and practice of decision and risk analysis as applied to the areas of technology development, environmental risks, natural hazards and terrorism. He has served on many committees and panels of the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an appointment to the NRC Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and of the Society for Risk Analysis. In 2000, he received the Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. Dr. von Winterfeldt received his PhD in mathematical psychology from University of Michigan in 1976.

Elke U. Weber is Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Co-Director, Center for the Decision Science at Columbia University. Dr. Weber is an expert on behavioral models of judgment and decision-making under risk and uncertainty. Her current research is in three areas. First, she investigates the different ways in which people have been shown to make decisions. Second, she studies psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking. Third, she examines the role of personal experience in risky decision making and the role that memory processes play in preference construction. Finally, most recently, she has investigated psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. She is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, coeditor of Risk Decision & Policy and associate editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She serves on the editorial boards of two other journals, on the executive councils of INFORMS's Decision Analysis Society and the Society for Mathematical Psychology, and on an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change. Dr. Weber received her PhD in Behavior and Decision Analysis from Harvard University in 1984.

Ex-Officio Members

Norman P. Neureiter is an ex-officio member of the committee by virtue of his service as a trustee to IIASA's newly established endowment fund (IEF). Dr. Neureiter was appointed Director of the new Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. Dr. Neureiter was a Fulbright Fellow to Germany from 1955 to 1956 and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Northwestern University in 1957. After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, during the height of the Cold War, he became the first U.S. science attaché in Eastern Europe in 1967, based at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. From 1969 to 1973, he served as the international affairs assistant in President Richard Nixon's Office of Science and Technology. After leaving that post, he worked for Texas Instruments until 1996, serving in his last years there as Director of Texas Instruments in Japan and the Vice President of Texas Instruments Asia. In the closing months of the administration of President Bill Clinton, he was named to a three-year term as science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, serving first under Secretary Madeleine Albright and then, after President George W. Bush took office, under Secretary Colin Powell. Neureiter left the post in September 2003, after his term expired.

Roger Levien is the founder of Strategy & Innovation Consulting, a consultancy established to provide support to senior managers in developing longer-term strategic direction and strengthening innovation. His consultancy draws upon extensive experience at the Xerox Corporation and in public policy research organizations. In addition to Xerox, he has worked to design, execute, and implement strategic renewal and technology evaluation processes with the senior management teams of a number of other corporations, including Cooper Tire and Rubber, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Sonoco Products Company, FMC Technologies, and Blackboard, Inc. and with non-commercial organizations, such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. From January 1982 through May 1997, he held senior positions at the Xerox Corporation in business and technology strategy. As a Corporate Vice President, he had responsibility for Corporate Strategy and, within Corporate Research and Technology, for Technology and Market Development and for Strategy and Innovation. He designed and managed four longer term strategic direction setting exercises -- Xerox ‘92, Xerox ‘95, Xerox 2000, and Xerox 2005 -- that guided the transformation of Xerox from a copier company to The Document Company. In addition, he was responsible for the technology planning and strategy functions, designing and managing development of the first longer-term Technology Strategy for Xerox. During 1992-95 he led Xerox’s new business venturing activity. He is the author of Taking Technology to Market (Crisp Publications, 1997). From 1974 through December 1981, Dr. Levien was with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, which he served as General Director from 1975 through 1981. The Institute is an international, interdisciplinary, and applied research organization that works on problems of global and universal importance with a research staff drawn from more than 20 countries and as many disciplines. The United States and the Soviet Union established it in 1972 as a bridge between East and West. The Austrian Government awarded him the Ehrenkreuz First Class for his service. From 1960 through August 1974, he was on the staff of The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and Washington, DC. During that time Dr. Levien was Deputy Vice President for RAND’s Domestic Program, Head of its Washington Office Domestic Programs, the Education Program, and the System Sciences Department. While at RAND he co-authored two books: The Emerging Technology (McGraw-Hill) and Research and Development Management (Lexington Books). From 1969 through 1974 he was also Adjunct Professor of System Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Levien chaired a National Research Council Study Panel on the future of Internet Navigation and the Domain Name System, whose report, Signposts in Cyberspace, was published in July 2005 by the National Academies Press. He has served on the board of Brown and Sharpe - a NYSE company, the Research Advisory Council of the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the board of the National Corporate Theatre Fund, and the board of the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra. He has also been chairman of the Engineering Council of Swarthmore College and of the strategic planning panels of the Conference Board and of MAPI. Dr. Levien holds the Ph.D. and MS in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a BS in Engineering (with Highest Honors) from Swarthmore College. He has been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Technology, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.


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