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Agilent Technologies, Inc. - Jack WenstrandUniversity of Michigan - Jack Hu
Batelle - Brett BosleyThe Ohio State University - Randy Moses
The Boeing Company - Majed Al HarbiGeorgia Institute of Technology - Stephen Cross
Dynetics - Robert BerinatoAuburn University - John Mason
Elsevier - James TonnaPurdue University - E. Daniel Hirleman
Forward Industries, Inc. - Terry WisePending
Harris Corporation - Andy LeeUniversity of Florida - David Norton
Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Mark PotterTexas A&M University - Karen Butler-Purry
IBM - Jeff WelserStanford University - Arthur Bienenstock
Intel Corporation - PendingPending
Janssen Pharmaceuticals - Ken KilgoreTemple University - Michele Masucci
Lockheed Martin - Robie Samanta RoyUniversity of Maryland - Laurie Locascio
Mars, Incorporated - Harold SchmitzUniversity of California-Davis - Robert Powell
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Thomas ZachariaUniversity of Tennessee-Knoxville - Robert Nobles
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Kelly SullivanWashington State University - Christopher Keane
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems - Mark RussellUniversity of Massachusetts - Martin Meehan
Siemens - Arturo PizanoNortheastern University - David Luzzi
Switch - Betsy FretwellUniversity of Nevada Reno - Mridul Gautam
 Arizona State University - Sethuraman Panchanathan
 California Institute of Technology - Kaushik Bhattacharya
 Drexel University - Aleister Saunders
 Florida Atlantic University - Daniel Flynn
 George Washington University - Leo Chalupa
 Iowa State University - Sarah Nusser
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Karen Gleason
 University of Arizona - Kimberly Andrews Espy
 University of Southern California - Yannis Yortsos
 University of Texas - Austin - Daniel Jaffe
 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Juan Sanchez
 West Virginia University - Fred King

Majed Al Harbi is Strategic Technical University Portfolio Manager with Boeing Research and Technology.
Bob BerinatoDr. Robert (Bob) Berinato is Chief Research Scientist at Dynetics, a leading mid-tier aerospace and defense company headquartered in Huntsville, AL. Since joining Dynetics in 1985, he has assumed increasing responsibilities supporting customers across a diverse set of technical disciplines. In his current position, he manages Dynetics’ IRAD Program, promotes innovation and learning throughout the organization, and leads “Dynetics University,” a vibrant internal education program featuring evening courses taught by Dynetics employees for Dynetics employees. Dr. Berinato received bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics from Georgia Tech in 1985, and master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering and master’s in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) in 1987, 1993, and 2007, respectively. He serves part-time as adjunct associate professor in the UAHuntsville Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where he teaches courses in communications theory, sensor systems, and signal processing. Dr. Berinato currently serves as the chair of the local IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, is a member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee, is a board member of The Schools Foundation, is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville / Madison County, and represents Dynetics on the AMA Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Management Council.

Dr. Kaushik Bhattacharya is the Vice Provost for Research the Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science at Caltech. His research group studies the mechanical behavior of solids and uses theory to guide the development of new materials.

Professor Bhattacharya received his B. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and completed post-doctoral training at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He joined Caltech in 1993. Dr. Bhattacharya has held visiting positions at Cornell University, Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), the Max-Planck-Institute (Germany), the University of Cambridge (England) the Indian Institute of Science, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received the Warner T. Koiter Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2015), the Young Investigator Prize from the Society of Engineering Science (2004), the Special Achievements Award in Applied Mechanics from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2004), and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1994). Professor Bhattacharya is a fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and received Caltech's Graduate Student Council Teaching and Mentoring Award (2013).  He was the editor of the Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (2005-2015) and served as Executive Officer for Caltech's Mechanical and Civil Engineering department (2007-2015), overseeing the renovation of the Charles C. Gates Jr.-Franklin Thomas Laboratory.

Arthur BienenstockDr. Arthur (Artie) Bienenstock is Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy at Stanford University. A professor of materials science and engineering and of applied physics, Bienenstock has served Stanford in a variety of administrative roles. He chaired the Faculty Senate Planning and Policy Board, the Committee on Research and two committees on undergraduate admissions and financial aid. He also served as the vice provost and dean of research and graduate policy, as well as vice provost for faculty affairs. He was the university's first faculty affirmative action officer. From 1978 to 1997, he directed the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), where he still holds a professorship. During the last five years of his tenure as director, he also served as associate director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). In 1997, he was nominated by President Clinton to become associate director for science of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. As associate director --along with the director of the National Institutes of Health and the director of the National Science Foundation - Bienenstock filled one of the administration's key positions in the area of science. In that role, he was a strong advocate for federal research funding and provided guidance on complex scientific and policy issues. Dr. Bienenstock received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Polytechnic University and his doctorate in applied physics from Harvard.
Brett Bosley is Battelle’s vice president for Science and Technology. In that capacity, he oversees corporate R&D investments that drive growth and strengthen Battelle’s technical capabilities and intellectual capital. Previously, Brett held management positions in the chemical and life sciences industry, including director of operations of Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomarker Research, and general manager of Callery Chemical. He was the finance leader at venture-backed startups in chemistry, drug discovery, and medical devices. Brett received an MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from National University. He is a member of the boards of the Battelle-managed Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Brett served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dr. Karen Butler-Purry is Interim Vice President for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research interests are in the areas of computer and intelligent systems application to power distribution systems, distribution automation and management, fault diagnosis, estimation of remaining life of transformers, intelligent reconfiguration, system modeling and simulation for hybrid vehicles, and engineering education. She developed a successful research program securing over $4,000,000 in research funding as a principal investigator, and supervised and funded over 40 graduate and 65 undergraduate research students. She received the National Science Foundation Faculty Career Award (1995) and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1999). Also she secured over $10,000,000 in fellowship or education program funding and directed several of these programs that target recruitment, retention and advancement of pre-college, college, and graduate students in STEM fields.

She was Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering from 2001-2004 and Associate Department Head in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2008-2010. In addition she has served in many capacities on committees for the college, university, and professional societies. She has received numerous awards in including the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mentor Award for efforts to mentor students from underrepresented groups and for leadership in promoting PhD careers for them in electrical engineering and computer sciences. Dr. Butler-Purry is a member of the Power Engineering Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Louisiana Engineering Society. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Leo ChalupaDr. Leo M. Chalupa became the George Washington University’s first vice president of research on April 1, 2009. Dr. Chalupa is charged with overseeing the strategic and operational development of GW’s rapidly growing research enterprise. An accomplished scientist and administrator, Dr. Chalupa comes to GW following a 34-year career at the University of California, Davis, most recently serving as the chair of neurobiology, physiology and behavior in the College of Biological Sciences. A distinguished professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at UC Davis, he founded the university’s Center for Neuroscience in 1992, as well as the Mind and Brain Center, the Brain Imaging Center and the Center for Visual Sciences.  Dr. Chalupa is a recipient of many honors and awards from the National Academy of Sciences Exchange with USSR (1973); Guggenheim Fellowship (1978); Fellow-in-Residence at the Neuroscience Institute, New York (1987); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1989); NIH Fogarty International Senior Fellowship (1992); Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (1993); and Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (2009). Dr. Chalupa holds a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and a Bachelor of Science from Queens College. In 2011 he received an honorary degree from Queens College for his accomplishments as a scientist, educator and administrator.
Steve CrossDr. Steve Cross is the Executive Vice President for Research of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds faculty appointments as a Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering and as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Computing and the College of Management. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2003, he was the Director and CEO of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, an internationally recognized research and technology transition center in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a past member of an advisory board at Queen’s University in Belfast and a consultant to the Science Foundation Ireland. He has worked closely with the IDA Ireland. Dr. Cross was one of the founders of Georgia Tech Ireland in Athlone, County Westmeath in 2006. He has recently been asked to serve on the advisory board of the Atlantic Corridor in Tullamore, County Offaly. Dr. Cross is a member of the Defense Science Board (DSB) and co-chaired a study on adaptive organizations in 2010. He has served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB) and chaired a study on disruptive innovation in 2006. He has also chaired the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) Panel for Information Science and Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his MSEE from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and his BSEE from the University of Cincinnati. In 2002, he was chosen as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering. Dr. Cross is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received his Professional Engineer certification from the State of Ohio in 1978 and he is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Program). He has published over 60 technical papers and book chapters on application of artificial intelligence and technology transition. A past Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems, he is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management.
Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy serves as the Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona. She is the Chief Research Officer, and as a leader in the President’s senior executive team, is charged to advance transformative excellence in research across the campus towards achievement of the goals articulated in Never Settle, the University’s academic strategic plan. Dr. Espy is responsible for university interdisciplinary research centers and institutes that span from basic to applied, from the sciences to the humanities disciplines, as well as the three museums and central core facilities. She oversees sponsored research and contracting services and the full array of research compliance services. Dr. Espy is leading efforts to support faculty research through a variety of new research development services and programs, as well as by broadening and deepening strategic external research partnerships. She also represents the University in national organizations such as the American Association of Universities and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, and serves as a member of several public boards.

Dan Flynn headshotDr. Daniel Flynn Ph.D., Vice President for Research, oversees research administration in the Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity, Research Accounting, Technology Development, Veterinary Services, Research Communications and the Florida Atlantic University Research Corporation. The division works to expand and support the University’s academic and research programs, promoting research, scholarship, creativity and collaboration with faculty and students. Prior to joining FAU, Flynn served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. In that role, he helped grow the research enterprise by 60 percent, promoted the development of invention disclosures and patent applications by faculty and developed undergraduate entrepreneurial programs and research programs. He also served as the founding Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development at The Commonwealth Medical College, a new medical school in Scranton, PA. He oversaw all research activities at the college, including sponsored programs, research compliance, interactions with industry and technology transfer.

Flynn spent 17 years at West Virginia University, where he served as a Professor and Deputy Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. During his career, he has been awarded more than $40 million in research funding, mostly federal grants. The National Institutes of Health has funded Flynn’s research program for more than 20 years to study signals that regulate invasion in breast cancer. During this tenure at WVU, he was Director of a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Cancer Cell Biology, developed mentoring programs for junior faculty, organized core facilities, served as principal investigator on a training grant in cancer nanotechnology and served as coordinator of the M.D./Ph.D. training program.

He has published 72 research articles and is the scientific founder of a successful biotech company, Protea Biosciences, Inc., based in Morgantown, West Virginia. The company employs more than 50 people and he served on its board of directors for 12 years. Flynn has also served on an editorial board, advisory committees for NIH and Association of American Medical Colleges, and has been an active member of NIH study sections. For more than 20 years, Flynn taught medical students, graduate and undergraduate students. He was nominated as teacher of the year at WVU medical school five times and received the award twice. He also developed graduate and undergraduate courses, a doctoral degree program curriculum in cancer cell biology at WVU and developed a Professional Science of Masters degree program, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

He obtained his B.S. in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park (1981) and his Ph.D. in virology from North Carolina State University (1988). Flynn conducted his post-doctoral studies at the University of Virginia (1992) in oncogenes and signal transduction. Flynn has been married to Sharon for more than 30 years and has four grown sons, one of whom currently serves as a Sergeant and Combat medic for the U.S. Army.

Betsy Fretwell heashot Betsy Fretwell is the Senior Vice President of Switch CITIES. In her role, she leads the result-based community solutions team to drive the strategic development, implementation and national expansion of Switch’s vision to integrate all aspects of smart city development utilizing Switch’s data center ecosystem. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed the world’s largest technology ecosystem with a vision of fully integrating the infrastructure and analytics needed to run a truly smart city. Betsy will be educating and motivating the communities Switch serves to lead the nation in the smart initiatives through this unique platform.

Prior to joining Switch, Betsy retired from the City of Las Vegas after 17 years and served as the City Manager from 2009 to 2017. As a nationally recognized leader, she oversaw a dynamic organization of more than 3,300 employees and a budget of $1.3 billion. She also served as the Executive Director of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency charged with the economic revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. Under Fretwell’s leadership, the City built a new City Hall, attracted the corporate headquarters of, Inc. to downtown, completed The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and attracted the new UNLV Medical School to the City’s Medical District. 
As a change leader, Betsy developed the Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas to test new technologies in a live environment, hosting the first real-time autonomous shuttle in the U.S. She also achieved a 4-Star community sustainability ranking by converting all city facilities to 100% renewable energy sources a value she shares with Switch. She also improved the city’s equality index score to 100, and open data ranking to 1st among the nation’s cities.

Fretwell is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She completed the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2007. 
Betsy serves on the Board of Directors for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.

Mridul Gautam headshotMridul Gautam serves as the vice president for research and innovation and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining the University in October 2013, he served as the associate vice president for research at West Virginia University (WVU) as well as the vice president for the WVU Research Corporation. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions, aerosol sampling, and particulate matter measurement, characterization, and control.

As a member of the President's Council, Gautam advises on major policy issues affecting the University and serves as the institutional official. He provides leadership for articulating and implementing a shared vision for research and addresses state and national issues of compelling interest to the research community. His office strives to support world-class research and discovery, innovation and commercialization. Furthermore, the office provides faculty, students and staff with the highest quality of administrative services and a competitive infrastructure that will enable faculty to excel in their research, scholarly and artistic endeavors. The office is focused on building interdisciplinary collaborations, serving University faculty in their career development, and facilitating connections with industry. Gautam oversees the support organizations that assist University researchers both in obtaining and managing funding and in conducting research with integrity in a safe and healthy environment. The office is committed to creating an innovative ecosystem in the region and providing conditions that foster entrepreneurship and enhance economic development. Gautam strives to create an environment that will afford faculty to have career, personal and life balances.

Gautam has over 25 years of experience in initiating and managing large interdisciplinary and multi-institutional programs. His areas of specialization are the characterization and control of combustion generated emissions, heavy-duty engines, and experimental multiphase flows with a particular emphasis on ultrafine and nanoparticles. Gautam has served as the principal investigator (P.I.) on over $24 million in funding, and as a P.I. and/or co-principal investigator on over $80 million in funded research. Gautam has published more than 400 technical articles including refereed journal articles, symposia-published proceedings and published abstracts of papers presented at professional meetings. In addition to a licensing agreement to his credit, he has been a recipient of the Outstanding Aerosol Paper Award through the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award through the Society of Automotive Engineers, and several Outstanding Researcher of the Year awards at WVU. He serves on several national and state advisory committees and on several boards of directors. Gautam received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1989 and his master’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1984.


 Dr. Karen Gleason is the Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gleason earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT before receiving her doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She has served on the MIT faculty since 1987 and is currently the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering. Previously, she has served MIT as the associate dean of engineering for research, the associate director for the Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies, and executive officer of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Gleason’s pioneering research in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of polymer thin films makes it possible to fabricate novel organic surfaces and devices. Gleason has authored more than 250 publications and holds 18 issued U.S. patents for CVD polymers and their applications in optoelectronics, sensing, microfluidics, energy, biomedicine, and membranes. She has also been a successful entrepreneur during her time on the MIT faculty.


Jack HuDr. S. Jack Hu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He teaches courses and conducts research manufacturing systems, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods. He is a member of INFORMS, ASEE and SME, and a Fellow of ASME. He currently serves as the editor of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems.

E. Daniel HirlemanDr. E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. is currently the Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer at Purdue University.  He is responsible for growing private-sector and global partnerships, and oversees the Global Policy Research Institute as well as Purdue’s International Programs operation which serves over 9,000 students and scholars.  Hirleman received the BSME with Highest Distinction, followed by the MSME and PhD, all from Purdue. He held Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined Arizona State University as faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.  He then served as William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering, where sponsored research tripled and highpoints of a $142M Capital Campaign were twelve new endowed professorships and two new ME buildings, one being Purdue’s first with LEED certification.  Prior to his current position he was the second dean of the School of Engineering at the new University of California, Merced, serving 62% first-generation and 44% students from underrepresented groups. His tenure was highlighted by substantial growth, inaugural ABET accreditations, and a new building.

Hirleman has about 200 technical publications, 6 U.S. patents, and 80 invited lectures in 14 countries.  His research is in laser-based sensors for cells and bacterial colony identification, particle and flow diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering.  Ten inventions/technologies developed in his lab have been licensed to the private sector and/or are in commercial products.  His recognition includes the Hon. George E. Brown, Jr. Award for International Scientific Cooperation, the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award of ASME/Pi Tau Sigma, and the iNEER International Achievement Award.  He is a Fellow of ASME, chaired the Advisory Board of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and served editorial roles for Applied Optics and Particle Characterization.

Dr. Daniel Jaffe is vice president for research at The University of Texas at Austin. Jaffe has been a faculty member in UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences since 1986 and is the immediate past chair of the Department of Astronomy. He played a leading role in establishing the university’s partnership in the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile and served on the board of directors of the Gemini Observatory, twin telescopes located in Hawaii and Chile.

Dr. Christopher Keane is Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He received a B.S. degree in Physics and a B.S. degree in Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Rochester in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1986. Dr. Keane then joined the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), performing computational and experimental research in x-ray lasers, inertial confinement fusion, and ultra-high intensity laser–matter interaction.

Dr. Keane joined the Department of Energy in 1996 as Associate Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion within the Office of Defense Programs. In 2000, he was named Director of the Division of Secondaries and Inertial Fusion within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2004, concurrent with his selection as the NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for Inertial Fusion and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Project. Dr. Keane rejoined LLNL in 2007 as Assistant Associate Director of Physics, and went on to serve as Director of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) User Office from 2009 through June 2014. He also served in 2014 as Acting Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science and Technology within the NIF and Photon Sciences Directorate. Dr. Keane is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the NNSA Silver Medal, the Defense Programs Award of Excellence, and the Fusion Power Associates Special Award. He also serves on a number of national and international governmental advisory committees regarding controlled thermonuclear fusion and related science.
Dr. Kenneth Kilgore earned his undergraduate and M.S. (Cell Biology) degrees from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1987 and 1989, respectively. In 1993, Ken obtained his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at the University of Michigan followed by Postdoctoral training in the Department of Pathology (University of Michigan). After completing his postdoctoral training in 1996, Ken accepted a research faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. In 1998, he joined the Inflammation Department at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis (Pfizer) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ken left Pfizer in 2005 to join GlaxoSmithKline in Collegeville, Pennsylvania where he was Head of Translational Pharmacology for the ImmunoInflammation Center of Excellence in Drug Discovery. In 2009, Ken left GSK for Johnson and Johnson, where he established the ImmunoPharmacology Group within the Immunology Therapeutic Area. He is currently the head of the Partnered Pharmacology group which seeks to establish non-traditional collaborations/alliances with external partners. Ken is an author on over 60 scientific publications and has recently completed his Executive MBA at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA).  He currently resides in Berwyn, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Fred L. King is the Vice President for Research at West Virginia University where he guides campus-wide efforts to support and grow the research enterprise across a diverse spectrum of specialties through a range of support activities from the administration of key grant awards to programs and processes that assist faculty in seeking and securing grant funding for research. From1998 to 2013, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Dr. King earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University.  He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory from 1988 to 1990.  In 1990, he joined the faculty of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry in 1990. He was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2002. His research specialty at WVU has been fundamental characterization and analytical development of optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry techniques. He has been the principal investigator or associate principal investigator on multiple sponsored research projects from numerous federal agencies and the private sector including: Office of Naval Research, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, the WV Coal Energy Research Bureau, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as a guest scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as an adjunct professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy.  He received the Finnigan MAT Distinguished Young Investigator in Academia Award in 1993. In addition to performing his administrative duties at the University, Prof. King continues to maintain an active research group.

Dr. Andy Lee is the Chief Technology Officer and Mission Architect at the Harris Corporation. Andy is responsible for architecting end-to-end multi-INT mission solutions for such customers and managing the research and development of technologies to fill mission gaps. Key technologies include space structures and electronics, communications, photonics, sensors, ground processing, image processing, data analytics and command and control. In addition, Dr. Lee leads the development of technical strategies to support major growth areas of the business.

Laurie E. Locascio, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland. Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, rising from a research biomedical engineer to senior leadership positions, including, most recently, Acting Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, providing leadership and operational guidance for NIST's seven scientific and mission-focused laboratories.

Locascio directed the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), one of NIST's largest scientific labs, overseeing 1,000 research staff in eight locations around the U.S. and a $175M annual budget. The Material Measurement Laboratory is the Nation’s reference laboratory for the biological, chemical, and materials sciences, and provides research, measurement services and quality assurance tools to address problems of national importance in areas that include precision medicine, data and informatics, biologic and cellular therapeutics, environmental science, and the Materials Genome Initiative. As MML Director, she recruited top talent, fostered excellence, and built a collegial and collaborative workplace. She implemented strategic partnerships with universities, industry, and other government labs, including a partnership with UMD's Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research at Shady Grove. Prior to that, Locascio served as chief of the Biochemical Sciences Division in the MML.

Locascio’s most recent honors and awards include the 2017 American Chemical Society Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management, and the 2017 Washington Academy of Sciences Special Award in Scientific Leadership.  She has published 115 scientific papers and holds 11 patents in the fields of bioengineering and analytical chemistry. Her honors and awards include the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal, US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Arthur F. Findeis Award, and the NIST Applied Research Award.  She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Locascio received a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University, a M.S. in bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

David LuzziDr. David E. Luzzi is the tenth Dean of Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, having joined in September 2007. In 2009-2010, the College celebrates its Centennial – 100 years providing its highly-successful cooperative education model of engineering education. Today, Luzzi leads a $118 million per year enterprise with a standing faculty of 108 professors in four departments, over 100 teachers, lecturers and staff, and a student body of 4,000. The College is home to six national research centers; an NSF ERC in sub-surface sensing and imaging, an NSF NSEC in nanomanufacturing, and four applications-driven research centers in explosive threat detection, infrastructure monitoring, veterans healthcare engineering, and information assurance funded by DHS, NIST, DVA and NSF, respectively. The College is a regional leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Luzzi is a board member of the Boston Science Partnership. Since 2003, he has been the Chief Scientific Advisor to NanoSelect, Inc., a nanotechnology company that develops and manufactures chemical and biological sensors. NanoSelect was founded based on technologies developed within the Luzzi research laboratory. In 1999-2000, Luzzi was a Science and Technology Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2003-2008. In 2006-2007, he was the Science and Technology Chair, leading the review of the $3.6 billion/year Air Force Science and Technology program. In 2008, Luzzi was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Air Force in recognition of his service. Prior to joining Northeastern, Luzzi was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years, where he taught materials and nanoscience, and engaged in scientific exploration of atomic level structure and processes. He is a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology (BE, Nuclear and Thermonuclear Energy, 1980), Northwestern University (PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, 1986), the Institute for Defense Analyses Defense Science Study Group (1997) and the Wharton School of Business (MBA, 2007).
John MasonDr. John Mason joined Auburn University on September 1, 2008 as associate provost and vice president for research. He is responsible for research program development, sponsored programs and technology transfer and commercialization. Mason earned a bachelor's degree in transportation from Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in transportation engineering from Villanova University, and a doctorate in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Michele Masucci is Vice President for Research Administration, the Director of Information Technology and Society Research Group, and Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. Dr. Masucci received her Doctorate in Geography from Clark University in 1987. She also holds an M.A. in Geography (Clark University 1986) and a B.S. in Geography and Regional Planning (Salisbury University 1982). She has been on tenure-track appointment at West Georgia University (1989-1991), at Auburn University (1991-1997) and at Temple University since 1997. She is the current Vice President for Research at Temple University, and has served previously as Vice Provost for Research, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, Director of Research Development, Director of the Information Technology and Society Research Group and Chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. In her role as the Vice President for Research, she oversees the research enterprise for the university, including strategic research initiatives, technology transfer, research integrity and compliance, and grant administration. Dr. Masucci is Temple's representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership, where she leads the Pipelines Initiative, aimed at expanding access to STEM careers for women and underrepresented minorities.


Martin Meehan is the 27th president and first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he was elected to the presidency after eight successful years as chancellor of his alma mater, UMass Lowell, during which he led the university to top-tier national status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity, including enrollment, student success, fundraising and auxiliary revenue generation.

Meehan made raising money for scholarships the centerpiece of his inauguration and generated $1.7 million for scholarship funds on all five campuses. He also closed his congressional campaign committee, transferring its funds to an educational foundation and making a $1 million scholarship donation to his alma mater, UMass Lowell. Under Meehan’s leadership and with his support and advocacy, the UMass system has reached new heights and achieved historic milestones. During the 2016-17 academic year UMass set records in enrollment, research expenditures, financial aid funding and economic impact. In addition, the UMass School of Law earned full accreditation from the American Bar Association and UMass became the first public university system in the nation to divest its direct investments in fossil fuels from the university’s endowment as a climate change initiative.

During his 14 years in Congress, Meehan served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees and established a national reputation for his legislative leadership. He won praise for his efforts to protect the public from the health risks of tobacco, and he was a central figure in campaign finance reform.


Randolph L. Moses, PhD, is the senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University. In this role, he oversees strategic planning and infrastructure support for the universities $847 million annual basic and applied research program. Dr. Moses joined the Office of Research in March 2017 as senior associate vice president for research, bringing to the position considerable experience in strategic organizational leadership, a successful record of accomplishment in securing funding and a national perspective on key issues related to research. He has worked to broaden major research initiatives, including playing a role in coordinating Discovery Themes strategies and strengthening partnerships across the university with college deans, college research officers and other university offices. Dr. Moses has played a role in expanding the university’s corporate and industrial research portfolio and strengthening defense and security related research.

Dr. Moses is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research focuses on statistical signal processing, including parametric time series analysis, radar signal processing, sensor array processing and sensor networks. He served as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering from 2008 to 2017, leading the research endeavors of over 950 faculty and staff, and providing oversight for the college’s research operations totaling more than $128 million in annual research expenditures. He cultivated strategic industry partnerships with companies such as Battelle, Honda and GE Aviation and led the IP and commercialization strategy for the college.

Dr. Moses is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, a member of the American Society of Engineering Education and of the Society of Photonics and Instrumentation Engineers. His recent professional service includes the American Society of Engineering Education’s Board of Directors and the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Science and Technology for Defense Warning and the Academy’s Scientific Advisory Panel for the Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Moses has published more than 150 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the holder of seven patents.

Dr. Moses received his BS, MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He joined the Ohio State faculty in 1985.

Robert Nobles serves as the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health within the College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences. Nobles joined UT in 2013 with the intent of enhancing the research infrastructure to support faculty and students in their scholarly pursuit of research answers. In his current capacity, he leads efforts and oversees research compliance activities related to the responsible conduct of research, research with human subjects and animals, work with biological and radiological hazards, research conflicts of interest, export controls, and research misconduct. Nobles also serves as the co-investigator on a 5-year $4.9 million NIH award for the Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER); and chairs the UT institutional compliance committee, campus safety committee, and Commission for Blacks.

Before coming to UT, Nobles served as the research compliance officer and public health faculty member at both Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Prior to his career in academia, Nobles served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as a program manager for the state of Florida’s Department of Public Health. Nobles completed his Doctor of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston with a triple major that included health policy & management, epidemiology, and health economics; and he received his master's in Public Health specializing in epidemiology, and bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Florida A&M University. Nobles is an avid educator and has taught on the collegiate level since 2001 in the areas of environmental biology, anatomy and physiology, public administration, health policy and management, health care finance, ethics, epidemiology, and responsible conduct of research.

David NortonDr. David P. Norton is the Vice President for Research at the University of Florida.  Previously, David served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

He has 23 years of experience in science and technology research having served 11 years as a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory prior to joining UF as a faculty member in 2000.  Over his career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida, David has published over 350 refereed journal articles with over 11,000 citations.  He is an inventor on 10 patents and has presented over 70 invited presentations at national and international conferences. David is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David holds Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University.


Sarah NusserDr. Sarah Nusser is Vice President for Research at Iowa State University and a Professor in the Department of Statistics.  She is a faculty member in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and in interdepartmental graduate programs for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University.  As Vice President for Research, Nusser leads efforts to advance and support the research mission at Iowa State University.  She supports campus-wide programs for fostering faculty research development, new research initiatives, and new interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.  Nusser oversees several interdisciplinary research centers, as well as units that support sponsored funding, responsible conduct of research, and institutional research facilities.  Prior to joining the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2014, Dr. Nusser served as the director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology at Iowa State University for 15 years, where she conducted research in survey statistics and methodology with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Economic Research Service, and National Institute of Food and Agriculture; National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (NIH); and federal statistical agencies, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau.  Nusser has served on numerous scientific panels, advisory committees and governing boards with the National Academies, NSF, NIH, U.S. Census Bureau, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and statistical societies. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and has received awards for excellence and service from Iowa State and the ASA.  Nusser received a BS in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in botany from North Carolina State University, and PhD in statistics from Iowa State University.

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University. In this role he is responsible for advancing research, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development at ASU. He is a Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics and the Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC).

Dr. Panchanathan was the Founding Director of the School of Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He was also the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Panch’s research interests are in the areas of Human-centered Multimedia Computing, Ubiquitous Computing Environments for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Disabilities, and Haptic User Interfaces. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE for individuals who are blind and visually impaired won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year-Academia Award. He has published over 400 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. He has been a Chair, invited speaker, panel member, organizer of special sessions, and a program committee member of many conferences. Panch is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) and a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Arturo PizanoDr. Arturo Pizano is Manager, University Collaboration for Siemens Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. In this capacity he is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with US universities of strategic importance to Siemens’s R&D organization across the globe. Prior to his current position, Arturo was a part of the internal audit organization of Siemens as a member of the Operational Audit team. Arturo joined Siemens Corporate Research in 1993 as a Member of the Technical Staff in the Imaging and Visualization Department. He became Program Manager in Multimedia Communications and Collaboration and later Head of the Multimedia and Video Technology Department. Prior to joining Siemens he worked as a Staff Scientist in the Software Research Center of Ricoh Corporation in Santa Clara, California. Arturo holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles.
Mr. Mark Potter is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise Group (EG) and Director of Hewlett Packard Labs, the company’s exploratory and advanced research group. The Enterprise Group is a $28 billion annual revenue business that includes server, storage, networking, technology services, and cloud solutions. In this role, he works closely with the business, sales and Hewlett Packard Labs to set strategy, help incubate and commercialize new businesses and accelerate HPE’s innovation agenda to a broader set of customers.

Prior to this role, Potter served as the senior leader over key business areas at HP spanning close to a decade. Most recent, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager (GM) of the $14+ billion server business which included the industry standard and mission critical server portfolios. Before taking the server leadership role, Potter was the GM of HP’s Blades business growing it from $400M to over $3B in revenue and establishing it as the clear #1 market leader and establishing new categories of products in the market. In addition, he served as the GM of the strategic infrastructure software business at HP which focused on developing and growing cloud software and infrastructure management solutions, as well as managing key OEM software relationships with Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware. The recipient of eight engineering patents, Potter has held numerous senior business and management positions since joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in 1989. In addition, Potter currently serves on several boards including private and public companies as well as non-profits. Before joining HPE, Potter served in leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and serves on the University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering Board of Advisors.
Robert PowellDr. Robert (Bob) Powell is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and also a Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis. From September 2012 through August 2013 he will serves as the Chair of the Academic Senate of the University of California system. He began his academic career in 1979 at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Chemical Engineering. While at Washington University, Dr. Powell taught in the Materials Science and Engineering Program and the Biomedical Engineering Program. Dr. Powell was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (1994 - 1995). At UC Davis, he was the Special Assistant to the Provost, advising on academic planning and campus growth (1996-1999). From 2002 until 2011 Dr. Powell served as the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and from 2008-2011 as the Chair of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate. Dr. Powell received all of his degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Mechanics and Materials Science. His research interests include the development of new sensors for monitoring processes, large scale modeling of complex systems and the fluid mechanics of reproduction. He has published 100 papers in journals ranging from the Journal of Applied Physiology to the Journal of Rheology and Review of Scientific Instruments. He is a member of many professional societies including the Society of Rheology, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Robie Samanta Roy is Vice President, Technology and Innovation at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Robie’s responsibilities include leading the Corporation’s enterprise-level technology innovation strategy to ensure the Corporation’s continuing ability to develop and leverage new technologies to help solve customers’ most challenging problems. In this role, he works with the Engineering & Technology Council and Enterprise Operations leaders to develop and actively manage an enterprise technology roadmap aligned with business area needs, focusing on innovation. He also works with Lockheed Martin’s university program with the goal of fostering and transitioning research from leading U.S. research universities, as well as liaison with U.S. government organizations critical to the formation of technical policy and the execution of research.

Mark RussellMr. Mark E. Russell is vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon Company. He assumed the position in July 2008, and was elected a company officer in June 2008. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. Russell guides the company’s vision and provides corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology and research, engineering, operations, performance excellence, programs security, Raytheon Six SigmaTM and Mission Assurance. He is responsible for 45,000 world-class people working on more than 8,000 programs. Prior to leading Raytheon’s engineering organization, Russell was vice president of engineering for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. In this role, he was responsible for leading IDS’ engineering activities, including the capture and management of technology and advanced programs; coordination of strategic architecture initiatives; development and production of advanced semiconductor products at Raytheon RF Components; continuous improvement of processes and tools; and product development. 

Dr. Juan Sanchez is Interim Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Temple Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his B.S. in Physics at the University of Cordoba, Argentina (1971) and M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. in Materials Science (1977) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, he served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York. Dr. Sanchez was appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and served in that capacity until January 2016.

During his tenure as Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin annual research and development expenditures grew by approximately $400 million, reaching an all time high of $650 million in fiscal year 2015. Two major developments at the University of Texas at Austin fostered by Dr. Sanchez during his tenure as Vice President for Research were the creation of the Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (ICES) and of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). ICES has become an internationally recognized center of excellence in computational sciences and engineering, and applied mathematics. Likewise, TACC has evolved into a leading advanced computing center in the world.

Dr. Sanchez is the author and co-author of over 140 technical publications on a wide range of topics in materials science and engineering. His current research interests are in the electronic, thermodynamic and structural properties of materials including intermetallic compounds, magnetic and non-magnetic alloys, thin films and magnetic multilayers. Primary interest is the development and application of first principles computational methods for the construction of phase diagrams of multicomponent material systems.

Aleister Saunders headshotDr. Aleister Saunders is an accomplished educator, researcher and administrator. He serves as mentor to undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers in and out of the classroom. A biochemist by training, he oversees an active laboratory that investigates the biochemical, genetic, molecular/cellular biology aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. His research program has been funded by a variety of federal, state, and foundations including NIH, NSF, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and the Cure Alzheimer’s Foundation. He has also served on NIH study sections to review grant applications. The goal of his research program is to identify genes, proteins, and pathways that are intimately associated with disease pathogenesis. He is particularly interested in identifying druglike compounds to exploit the discoveries made in the laboratory.

As Senior Vice Provost for Research he oversees the University’s $110M research enterprise and is responsible for the strategic, compliance and grants management aspects of research and scholarship. Dr. Saunders oversaw Drexel’s success application to the Department of Defense’s Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovative Institute. Prior to being appointed Senior Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Saunders served as the Associate Dean for Natural Sciences Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also held the positions of Associate Head of the Department of Biology and Director of Drexel University’s RNAi Resource Center. He also currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Margaret Q. Landenberger medical research foundation.

Dr. Saunders obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in the same subject from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Harvard Medical School in Functional Genomics and later in Genetics. Following these fellowships, he served as an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School prior to joining Drexel University.
Harold SchmitzMr. Harold H. Schmitz is presently Chief Science Officer for Mars, Incorporated. His responsibilities include strategy, alignment and quality control aspects common to corporate staff functions, as well as management of the company’s cocoa sustainability science program, its cocoa science facility in Brazil, its pet care nutrition science facility in the UK, its multidisciplinary research units at universities and its global scientific affairs group. Prior to taking on this role in 2005, he held various positions within Mars in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences and Corporate Staff. In addition, he has been a Visiting Faculty member in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis since 1995. Prior to joining Mars in 1993, he was an USDA National Needs Research Fellow at North Carolina State University’s Department of Food Science. Dr. Schmitz received his Master of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois and his Doctoral degree in Food Science, with a minor in Organic Chemistry, from North Carolina State University. Dr. Schmitz’s research interest’s center around the agricultural, biomedical, clinical and engineering sciences related to food production and its influence on human and companion animal health. He has particular interests in the application of analytical sciences to these disciplines. Dr. Schmitz has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications and invited book chapters that reflect these interests (see below for selected citations), and developed and Chaired several scientific symposia to discuss state of the art knowledge in the area of plant-derived nutrients and health benefits. Dr. Schmitz is a member of Sigma Xi and Gamma Sigma Delta. In addition to research, Dr. Schmitz has a keen interest in enhancing the contributions that science can make to society and the environment.
Kelly SullivanDr. Kelly O. Sullivan joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in August of 2001, and now leads the Laboratory’s Office of Institutional Partnerships in the Office of the Deputy Director for Science and Technology. She is responsible for developing and maintaining collaborations and partnerships with colleges, universities and other research institutions that help the laboratory achieve its missions for the nation and the world. In addition, Dr. Sullivan manages the Laboratory’s Postdoctoral Programs, including the Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. These programs provide early career PhD’s with development opportunities to allow them to mature as independent research scientists who can still function as part of an interdisciplinary team. Prior to coming to PNNL, she was a chemistry professor at Mankato State University in Minnesota and at Creighton University in Nebraska. She taught physical and general chemistry, and also directed the Creighton Chemistry Players, a team of faculty and students who brought the excitement of chemistry to children and adults through theatre and music. Dr. Sullivan’s research interests focus on the electronic structure of small molecules and ions. Early in her career she utilized a home-designed and built mass spectrometer to study high-energy neutrals using neutralization mass spectrometry. Later she branched into computational chemistry, focusing primarily on small molecules and anions of atmospheric and mass spectrometric interest. She currently serves on the Governing Board of the Council for Chemical Research and as President-Elect of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Sullivan received a B.S. in chemistry from Christian Brothers College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas Tech University. 
James TonnaMr. James Tonna is a Vice President within the Academic and Government Markets for the Science and Technology division at Elsevier.  He joined Elsevier in 1998 and has focused on building and developing client relations for Elsevier across North America.  James is often a speaker and presenter on topics that range from bibliometric measurement institutional research to the impact that investment of information resources have on the productivity of organizations.   Prior to Elsevier James worked for Thomson Science / Chapman and Hall in their electronic publishing division.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Hofstra University in New York. 
Dr. Jeff Welser, Vice President of IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, California oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world’s first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including: Watson technologies, storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, materials science, Web 2.0 technologies and IBM Smarter Planet projects, such as healthcare informatics, water desalination and electric car batteries. In his prior position, Dr. Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services organizations.
Jack WenstrandDr. Jack Wenstrand leads Agilent's global university relations and external research programs while concurrently serving as consulting professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford. His research interests include sensor networks and machine interpretation of complex sensory input. He received his B.S.E. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Michigan, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He lived in Japan for a year while conducting doctoral research in Toshiba's ULSI Research Laboratory. At Hewlett-Packard, later Agilent Technologies, he developed systems for rapid and productive silicon process R&D. He led an IC design business to generate revenues of over $100M/yr. Jack was R&D manager and Chief Technologist for Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division, with responsibility for mobile imaging and optical navigation products.

Mr. Terry Wise has served as a director of Forward Industries since February 2012 and has over 30 years of experience in the furniture, plastics, luggage and accessories industries. Mr. Wise serves as principal and Chairman of The Justwise Group Limited, which he founded in 1977, a company that specializes in the procurement of consumer durable products from Asia and is an established supplier to a list of major UK multi-channel retailers. Mr. Wise also serves as a principal of Forward Industries Asia-Pacific Corporation (f/k/a Seaton Global Corporation) (“Forward China”) and has significant shareholdings in two manufacturing plants in China.

Yannis YortsosDr. Yannis Yortsos is Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and holder of the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering. He was appointed dean in 2005. Yortsos had served as senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Viterbi School from 2001 to 2005. He was chairman of the USC Department of Chemical Engineering from 1991 to 1997. Yortsos received his B.Sc. degree from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, in 1973, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology in 1974 and 1979 respectively, all in chemical engineering. Yortsos is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the recipient of a number of awards. He currently also serves on the Executive Committee of the Engineering Deans Council. His research interests are in the flow, transport and reaction processes in porous media and constricted flow geometries.
Thomas ZachariaDr. Thomas Zacharia is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Thomas Zacharia oversees one of the nation’s largest research and development (R&D) programs, with an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and a portfolio that spans physical sciences, energy and engineering sciences, computing and computational sciences, neutron sciences, and global security for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other sponsors.

Thomas was originally named to the post of Deputy Laboratory Director in 2009. In September 2012, he accepted a position as the Executive Vice President of Research and Development for the Qatar Foundation, where he advanced and promoted the organization’s research initiatives in energy and environment, information and computing technology, life sciences and biomedical research, and social sciences. As executive vice president of the Qatar Foundation, he has been responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to invest in science and technology initiatives designed to contribute to Qatar's economic prosperity, public health, environmental quality, and national security. Under his leadership, Qatar initiated construction of 2 million square feet of scientific infrastructure to support the Qatar National Research Strategy and made significant progress in recruiting world-­‐class expertise, with more than 500 scientists joining the effort. Thomas also drew on his experience at ORNL as chairman of the Qatar Science and Technology Park, building partnerships with industry to create an international hub for applied research, innovation, and entrepreneurship that now hosts more than 40 multinational companies. He returned to ORNL in April 2015.