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GUIRR Executive Committee

The primary function of the Executive Committee is to set the agenda (topics and speakers) for the coming GUIRR meetings and review/approve proposed projects.  

Uma ChowdhryUma Chowdhry (Co-Chair) is Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus at DuPont, a position she assumed in September 2010 after announcing her plans to retire at the end of 2010. She was senior vice president and chief science and technology officer (CSTO) at DuPont from 2006-2010. Chowdhry joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist in the Central Research and Development (CR&D) department at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. She spent the first 11 years of her career in CR&D in several research and management roles. From 1982 to 1999, Uma held a number of technology and business management roles. She led R&D for Electronics and Specialty Chemicals and also had business management roles for the MCM and Terathane® businesses. In 1999, she was appointed director of DuPont Engineering Technology and in 2002 was appointed Vice President, CR&D. She assumed her role as CSTO in 2006 in which she has been responsible for the company's market-driven science and technology based innovations. Uma was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996 for her contributions ranging from heterogeneous catalysis to superconductors. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. For her contributions to ceramic materials science she was elected "Fellow" of the American Ceramic Society in 1989. Dr. Chowdhry has served on numerous advisory boards of Universities ranging from MIT and Princeton to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. She has served on several Federal Government advisory boards and committees of the National Academies and the Department of Energy. Uma is also a member of the Delaware Science and Technology council, and a board member of the Delaware Art Museum. In 2010 she has been appointed to the board of LORD corporation. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she came to the United States in 1968 with a B.S. in Physics and Math from the Institute of Science, Mumbai University, received an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Engineering Science in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.

Jacques GanslerThe Honorable Jacques S. Gansler (Co-Chair) is a Professor and holds the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise in the School of Public Policy, and is the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise. Additionally, he is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Fellow of Engineering at the A. James Clarke School of Engineering, and an Affiliate Faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business (all at the University of Maryland). He also served as Interim Dean of the School of Public Policy from 2003 to 2004, and as the Vice President for Research for the University of Maryland from 2004-2006.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Previously, Dr. Gansler served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from November 1997 until January 2001. In this position, he was responsible for all matters relating to Department of Defense acquisition, research and development, logistics, acquisition reform, advanced technology, international programs, environmental security, nuclear, chemical, and biological programs, and the defense technology and industrial base. (He had an annual budget of over $180 Billion, and a workforce of over 300,000.)

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gansler was Senior Vice President and Corporate Director for TASC, Incorporated, an applied information technology company, in Arlington, Virginia (from 1977 to 1997). From 1972 to 1977, he served in the government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Acquisition), responsible for all defense procurements and the defense industry; and as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Electronics) responsible for all defense electronics Research and Development.

His prior industrial experience included: Vice President (Business Development), I.T.T. (1970-1972); Program Management, Director of Advanced Programs, and Director of International Marketing, Singer Corporation (1962-1970); and Engineering Management, Raytheon Corporation (1956-1962).

Dr. Gansler serves (and has served) on numerous Corporation Boards of Directors, and governmental special committees and advisory boards (e.g., the FAA Blue Ribbon Panel on Acquisition Reform; member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Board (10 years); senior consultant to the "Packard Commission" on Defense Acquisition Reform; member of Secretary of Defense’s “Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management”; and as Chairman of the “Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations”). And currently, he is a member of the Defense Science Board, and of the Comptroller Generals’ (GAO) Advisory Board.

He has Chaired numerous Defense Science Board Task Forces (on topics such as “Fulfillment of Urgent Operational Needs”; “Creating an Effective National Security Industrial Base for the 21st Century”; etc.); and he currently Chairs two National Academy Committees (on “Small Business Innovative Research” and on “Human, Machine, Network Integration: Enhanced Data-to-Decisions”).

Additionally, from 1984 to 1997, Dr. Gansler was a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the author of 5 books (“The Defense Industry” (1980); “Affording Defense” (1989); “Defense Conversion” (1995); “Democracy’s Arsenal” (2011) [all MIT Press]; and “Ballistic Missile Defense” (2010) [NDU Press]; a contributing author of 25 other books; author of over 100 papers; and a frequent speaker and Congressional witness (particularly on government acquisition, innovation and commercialization).

Dr. Gansler holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, a MA in Political Economy from The New School for Social Research, and a Ph.D. in Economics from American University.

Erik AtonssonErik Antonsson is currently the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning for the Aerospace Sector of the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he is responsible for coordinating technology strategy across the organization and for establishing and growing external strategic relationships to support current and future NGAS programs. From 2007 through 2011 he established and led the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Research Laboratories (ARL). In that role he had the responsibility for recruiting and leading a distinguished multidisciplinary research team, and for setting the long-term R&D directions for the Aerospace Sector. Work in the laboratories led by Dr. Antonsson included intelligent autonomy, nano-structured materials and metamaterials, carbon nanotubes for structural, thermal and electrical applications, and advanced propulsion and power systems. Dr. Antonsson served on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology through 2009, where he organized the university’s Engineering Design Research Laboratory and where he has conducted research and taught since 1984. He previously served as the executive officer (Chair) of Caltech’s Mechanical Engineering Department. From September 2002 through January 2006, Dr. Antonsson was on leave from Caltech and served as the Chief Technologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this role, Dr. Antonsson provided intellectual leadership for JPL in the strategic planning of advanced technology and guidance for approximately 550 technology researchers. He was the co-chair of JPL's Science and Technology Management Council and also served as a member of JPL's Executive Council, Strategic Management Council, Project & Engineering Management Council, and as the senior representative to NASA Headquarters and other NASA centers and government agencies for JPL’s basic technology research. He was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1986-1992), and won the 1995 Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and is a co-winner of the 2001 TRW Distinguished Patent Award. Dr. Antonsson earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a masters and doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal: Research in Engineering Design. He served as an Associate Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design with responsibility for the Design Research and the Design Theory and Methodology areas. He has published more than 130 scholarly papers in the engineering design research literature, has edited three books and holds eight U.S. patents. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California, and serves as an engineering consultant to industry, research laboratories, and to the Intellectual Property bar.
Dan MoteC. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr.  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.

At Berkeley, he held an endowed chair in mechanical systems and served as chair of the mechanical engineering department from 1987 to 1991 when the National Research Council (NRC) ranked its graduate program effectiveness highest nationally. Because of his success at raising funds for mechanical engineering, in 1991 he was appointed vice chancellor at Berkeley expressly to create and lead a $1 billion capital campaign for the campus that ultimately reached $1.4 billion.

In 1998, Dr. Mote was recruited to the presidency of the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he held until 2010 when he was appointed Regents Professor. His goal for the university was to elevate its self-expectation of achievement and its national and global position through proactive initiatives. During his tenure the number of Academy members among the faculty tripled, three Nobel laureates were recognized, and an accredited school of public health and a new department of bioengineering were created. He also founded a 130-acre research park next to the campus, faculty research funds increased by 150%, and partnerships with surrounding federal agencies and with international organizations expanded greatly. The number of students studying abroad tripled, and he created an annual open house day that has attracted over 100,000 visitors on that day, founded a charitable foundation for the campus whose board of trustees launched a $1 billion capital campaign that reached its goal, and took every student to lunch that wanted to go. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the campus #36 in 2010 and its Engineering School #13 globally.

The NAE elected him to membership in 1988, and to the positions of Councillor (2002-2008), Treasurer (2009-2013), and President for six years beginning July 1, 2013. He has served on the NRC Governing Board Executive Committee since 2009. He chaired the NRC Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effects on US National Security (2009-2010), cochaired the National Academies Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (2007-2013), and cochaired the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Workforce Needs for the US Department of Defense and the US Industrial Base (2011-2012). He was vice chair of the NRC Committee on the Department of Defense Basic Research (2004) and served on the NRC committee authoring the Rising Above the Gathering Storm reports of 2005 and 2010. He was also a founding member of the FBI’s National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (2005-2010).

Dr. Mote’s recognitions include the NAE Founders Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal, and the Humboldt Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany. At the University of California, Berkeley, he was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, Berkeley Citation, and Excellence in Achievement Award. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Mechanics, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds three honorary doctorates and two honorary professorships

Susan SloanSusan Sauer Sloan (Director, Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable) joined The National Academies on May 27, 2008 as Director of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). Before assuming the role, Ms. Sloan served a six-month appointment as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) of the National Academy of Engineering and, for the six years prior, as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC), a university-industry membership organization committed to the development and incorporation of current wireless technology curricula in academic institutions worldwide. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sloan worked as Corporate/Foundation Relations Consultant to the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, as Associate Director of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, as Director of Communications for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Senior Program Associate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sloan got her start in Washington, DC, working as a staff assistant to Representative Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO), U.S. House of Representatives.

Catherine WotekiCatherine Woteki is Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, as well as the Department's Chief Scientist. Her responsibilities include oversight of the four agencies that comprise REE, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS.) The National Agriculture Library and National Arboretum also fall under this mission area. Before joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Mars, Incorporated, where she managed the company's scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002 to 2005, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, where she was also the head of the Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA from 1997 to 2001, where she oversaw U.S. Government food safety policy development and USDA's continuity of operations planning. Dr. Woteki also served as the Deputy Under Secretary for REE at USDA in 1996. Prior to going to USDA, Dr. Woteki served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Deputy Associate Director for Science from 1994 to 1996. During that time she co-authored the Clinton Administration's policy statement, "Science in the National Interest." Dr. Woteki has also held positions in the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1983 to 1990), the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA (1981 to 1983), and as Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences (1990 to 1993). During her tenure as Director of the Food and Nutrition Board she had direct responsibility for twenty-seven studies and co-authored a nutrition book entitled Eat for Life which became a Book of the Month Club selection. Dr. Woteki's research interests include nutrition, food safety policy, risk assessment, and health survey design and analysis. She is the author of over sixty refereed scientific articles and twelve books and technical reports. In 1999, Dr. Woteki was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where she has chaired the Food and Nutrition Board (2003 to 2005). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1974). Dr. Woteki received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Washington College (1969).