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|Tilak Agerwala is vice president, Systems at IBM Research. He is responsible for developing the next-generation systems hardware and software technologies for IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputers, mainframe and Unix computers, storage systems, and data center networking. Dr. Agerwala joined IBM at the T.J. Watson Research Center and has held executive positions at IBM in research, advanced development, development, marketing and business development. His research interests are in the area of high performance computer architectures and systems. Dr. Agerwala received the W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE in 1998 for “outstanding contributions to the development of high performance computers.” He is a founding member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received his B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.|
Paul Allinson is Vice President and General Manager of Process Analytical & Catalysis Department for the Chevron Energy Technology Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for Research and Development, pre-commercial design and scale-up of new conversion technologies for the Upstream and Downstream sectors. Educated in England with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Process Control, he worked for Shell Oil in the UK and BORCO in the Bahamas before joining Chevron in 1980.
Over the past 30 years with Chevron, Allinson has held a number of technical and operating assignments including: Cracking Operations Manager in Chevron's Pascagoula Refinery, Plant Manager at Chevron's St. James Chemical Plant in Louisiana, Managing Director of Technology Marketing, General Manager of Chevron's Hawaii Refinery and General Manager of Caltex's Cape Town Refinery where he was also a member of Caltex South Africa's board of directors. Allinson currently serves as a Chevron board member for Petropiar and Petroindependencia companies in Venezuela.
Mark G. Allen is Senior Vice Provost for Research and Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received the B.A. degree in Chemistry, the B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering, and the B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and the S.M. and Ph.D. (1989) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he currently holds the rank of Regents' Professor and the J.M. Pettit Professorship in Microelectronics, as well as a joint appointment in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He also holds the position of Senior Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, and is charged with overseeing Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary research centers, managing Georgia Tech's sponsored research portfolio, and guiding the commercialization of Georgia Tech research results and intellectual property. His current research interests are in the field of microfabrication and nanofabrication technology, with emphasis on new approaches to fabricate devices with characteristic lengths in the micro- to nanoscale from both silicon and non-silicon materials. Examples include micromagnetics, high temperature sensors, small-scale power generation, biofluidic microvasculatures and implantable microsensors, and the use of microstructures to create nanostructures. Professor Allen was the cochair of the 1996 IEEE/ASME Microelectromechanical Systems Conference, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and is a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for Sponsored Research. He is also co-founder of CardioMEMS, Inc, a company that is commercializing wireless implantable microsensors. CardioMEMS received the 2006 Company of the Year award from Small Times magazine and the 2006 Frost and Sullivan Patient Monitoring Product Innovation of the Year Award. CardioMEMS' wireless pressure monitor was recently highlighted by the FDA in its annual report as a medical device likely to have a significant impact on patient care.
|Erik Antonsson is currently the Corporate Director of Technology 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.
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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.
|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.|
Richard Buckius joined Purdue University as Vice President for Research and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2008. Previously, he was Head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and Richard W. Kritzer Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Dr. Buckius also served as the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Engineering, Director for the Engineering Directorate’s Division of Chemical and Transport Systems, and Program Director of the Thermal Systems and Engineering Program. Buckius is author/co-author of over 100 publications, books and invited talks and articles. He coauthored a textbook titled Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics (Mc-Graw-Hill) which was published in English, Spanish and international versions. He is a member of the editorial boards of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Heat Transfer Research, and Heat Transfer- Asian Research. He was Associate Technical Editor for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Buckius received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972, 1973 and 1975, respectively.
|Claude Canizares is the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost and the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at MIT. He has overall responsibility for research activity and policy at the Institute, overseeing more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Broad Institute, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, Haystack Observatory and the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He oversees several offices dealing with research policy and administration; he chairs the Research Policy Committee, and serves on the Academic Council and the Academic Appointments committee among others. His service outside MIT includes the National Research Council (NRC) committees on Science Engineering and Public Policy and on Science Communication and National Security. He is also on the Board of Directors of the L-3 Communications, Inc. Professor Canizares is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Canizares is the Associate Director of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center and a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, having led the development of the Chandra High Resolution Transmission Grating Spectrometer. His main research interests are high resolution x-ray spectroscopy and plasma diagnostics of supernova remnants and clusters of galaxies, X-ray studies of dark matter, X-ray properties of quasars and active galactic nuclei, and observational cosmology. He is author or co-author of more than 218 scientific papers. Professor Canizares earned his BA, MA and PhD in physics from Harvard University. He came to MIT as a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department in 1971 and joined the faculty in 1974. Professor Canizares has received several awards including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, two NASA Public Service Medals, and the Goddard Medal of the American Astronautical Society.|
|Robert L. Caret was elected President of the five-campus, 68,000-student University of Massachusetts system on January 13, 2011. Ranked as the 19th best university in the world in the Times of London's 2011 World Reputation Rankings, UMass was established in 1863 and consists of the flagship campus in Amherst, along with campuses in Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester. The Worcester campus is the home of the Commonwealth’s only public academic medical center. The state’s new public law school is based at UMass Dartmouth. The University has an operating budget of $2.8 billion and graduates more than 13,000 students a year. UMass research expenditures exceed $500 million and the University has become a national leader in generating licensing income. The President is the University’s chief executive officer, working to advance its mission of education, research and public service, and reports to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.|
Leo M. Chalupa became the 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 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. |
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Walter Downing serves as the chief operating officer of SwRI, an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization that provides innovative technical solutions in the physical sciences and engineering disciplines. He directs the activities of eleven technical operating divisions. He is also a member of the SwRI Board of Directors. Prior to assuming responsibility for SwRI's technical operations, Walter served as a senior research engineer in electronics systems. He was promoted to positions of increasing management responsibility as section manager and department director before becoming vice president of the Avionics and Support Systems Division. As division vice president, his job functions included planning, organizing, and directing research and development in the field of avionics and associated aerospace electronics, including technologies for training, maintenance, and logistics support. Walter holds a BS in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and an MBA in management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Texas and Florida. He has been a management instructor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and serves on several colleges' industry advisory boards.
|James Economou, M.D., Ph.D. is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA.He received all of his education from the Johns Hopkins University, completed his general surgical training at the University of California, San Francisco and joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. He is the Beaumont Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. A tumor immunologist, Dr. Economou has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since joining the faculty and has chaired two NIH study sections. He undertook the first gene therapy trial on the West Coast; founded and led for 15 years the UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program; and has served as Deputy Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2002. Dr. Economou is President-Elect of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the recipient of its James Ewing Medal. Dr. Economou's research interests include DNA and dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines, T-cell receptor engineering of lymphocytes and hematopoietic stem cells, and molecular mechanisms of resistance to apoptosis. As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Economou maintains a referral-based clinical practice in surgical oncology and translational cancer gene therapy research.|
Taylor Eighmy is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Knoxville campus (UTK). He joined UTK’s Office of Research & Engagement on October 1, 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University and Interim Vice President for Research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). UT and Battelle Memorial Institute jointly manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) under the UT-Battelle LLC. Dr. Eighmy is actively engaged with ORNL through his oversight role of the four joint institutes between UTK and ORNL, his efforts at recruiting and appointing joint faculty (including Governor’s Chairs), and his work on the UT-Battelle Liaison Committee. He manages the $4M annual State-appropriated Science Alliance budget supporting UTK-ORNL collaboration and oversees the $1M jointly directed R&D (JDRD) program associated with the ORNL Laboratory-directed R&D (LDRD) program. Dr. Eighmy is a full board member and serves on the Executive, Contactor Assurance, and Policy Committees of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a 1,200-person, $385M, not-for-profit federal U.S. DOE contractor focusing on science education programs, national security and emergency preparedness, occupational exposure, environmental assessment, and health communications. He is also a board member of the UT Research Foundation, and chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. Dr. Eighmy represents UTK on the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) along with Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh of ORNL. He participates in the Technology Leadership & Strategy Initiative (TLSI) of the Council on Competitiveness. Dr. Eighmy is active in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) of the National Academies. He serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and chairs the U.S. EPA Research Budget Workgroup of the SAB. Dr. Eighmy is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and works at the national level to promote the value proposition of public research universities. Dr. Eighmy received his B.S. in Biology from Tufts University in 1980, his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UNH in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from UNH in 1986. Eighmy is a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventers (NAI). He is an inventor of a patented reactive barrier technology for contaminated sediments (US 6290637 B1).
Richard Friedrich heads Strategic Innovation Research Services Office, which was established to deepen Hewlett-Packard Labs’ strategic collaborations with those in academia, government and the commercial sector. This global team, supporting HP Labs around the world, is charged with driving high-impact research results that meet HP and its partners’ scientific and business objectives. In this role, Mr. Friedrich is responsible for identifying best-in-class technologies that complement the HP Labs research agenda. Mr. Friedrich’s accomplishments span his 20-plus-year career at HP. He previously directed the Enterprise Systems and Software Lab (ESSL) at HP Labs, and also previously led the system performance team that optimized the first commercial PA-RISC based systems in the mid-1980s and the first online transaction processor called, Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), in the late 1980s. Additionally, he was responsible for the architecture and design of a large-scale, distributed measurement system for the Open Systems Foundation Distributed Computing Environment in the early 1990s. More recently, he led the teams that invented WebQoS, the novel technology for providing predictable and stable performance for Internet-based applications, re-architected Linux for IA-64 and contributed key technologies to HP’s Utility Data Center, OpenView automation products and StorageWorks data grid products. Mr. Friedrich’s team also worked with DreamWorks to provide a remote 1,000-processor utility rendering service that was critical to the production of the feature films, Shrek 2 and Madagascar. A graduate of Northwestern University, he has participated on many scientific program committees, published extensively and is a co-inventor on 15 patents.
|Mory Gharib is Vice Provost for Research and a Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bio-Inspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University (1975) and then pursued his graduate studies at Syracuse University (M.S., 1978, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) and Caltech (Ph.D., 1983, Aeronautics). After two years as a senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/CIT), he joined the faculty of the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences Department at UCSD in 1985. He became a full professor of fluid mechanics in 1992 and, in January 1993, he joined Caltech as a professor of aeronautics. Dr. Gharib’s current research interests include bio-inspired engineering for the development of medical devices, wind energy harvesting and propulsion systems. His other active projects include the development of advanced 3-D imaging systems, and nano and micro-fluidics. His biomechanics work includes studies of the human cardiovascular system and physiological machines. Dr. Gharib has a keen interest in the history of science and engineering. His work on using wind power to lift heavy objects is the subject of a one hour History Channel documentary titled “Flying Pyramids-Soaring Stones”. His work on Leonardo’s studies of heart valves has been published in technical journals and referenced in four books on Leonardo’s work. Also, his work on Leonardo’s heart studies has been featured in a PBS series titled “Leonardo's Dream Machine”. Currently, he is working on a manuscript that describes the scientific significance of Leonardo’s work in fluid and hydraulic engineering. Dr. Gharib holds 173 publications in refereed journal and 45 U.S. Patents.|
John S. Hickman is Director of Global University Relations and Life Sciences at John Deere. The new Global University Relations group is developing and sustaining a global network of university relationships to support Deere’s strategic business objectives. Dr. Hickman also directs and provides leadership to Enterprise life science and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) efforts. Dr. Hickman is a native of Indiana, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree at Purdue University in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. He obtained his MS and PhD at Oregon State University in Soil Science. He worked for 10 years as a faculty member at Kansas State University specializing in soil management and environmental quality before joining John Deere in 1994.
S. Jack Hu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. 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.
|Ray O Johnson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Dr. Johnson guides the Corporation’s technology vision and provides corporate leadership in the strategic areas of Technology and Engineering, which include more than 70,000 people working on more than 4,000 programs. Dr. Johnson also leads the Corporation’s Advanced Concepts Organization and the Center for Innovation, a world-class laboratory for collaborative experimentation and analysis involving Lockheed Martin, its customers, and industry partners. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Johnson was the Chief Operating Officer for Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI), of Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to that, he held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Concepts Business Unit. In addition to executive leadership and management positions, Dr. Johnson has experience in strategic planning, program development, program management, and venture capital funding. He currently serves as a member of the Sandia Corporation, the SPIE, and Project Lead the Way Boards of Directors. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. He previously served on the boards of two biotechnology companies. Dr. Johnson was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2001 to 2005, where he chaired the 2003 Summer Study titled, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Perspective: Effects, Capabilities, and Technologies and co-chaired the 2002 Summer Study titled, Predictive Battlespace Awareness. He participated in several additional Summer Studies and Science and Technology Reviews. His Air Force career included assignments in laser physics and systems design and analysis, electro-optic systems research and development, survivability, and command and control. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.|
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
|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).|
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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.
Virginia Meade is currently the Program Manager for Intel’s Government Research Program, established to influence federal funding of basic research of high priority to the Computing and Communications Industry. In that capacity she is responsible for establishing policy, managing and growing the program and ensuring compliance to federal regulations. She has eight years experience in Federal grant and European Framework Programs. For many years she directed Intel’s Applications Committee, championing fundamental research in universities to discover technologies that will fuel new uses and new users for Intel’s future platforms. She is a member of Intel Labs and has been at Intel for 16 years.
Prior to joining Intel, Ms. Meade was Director of the Information Technology Group at Bellcore where she led a research team responsible for implementing mark-up language standards and building a digital infrastructure to optimize the creation, production, delivery, and reuse of electronic information. She has ten years experience in information management and services, including systems development management, information classification, and electronic document consulting.
|H. Gilbert Miller is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Noblis. Dr. Miller is responsible for advancing the Noblis science and technology base to meet the future needs of client work programs and corporate initiatives. Noblis is a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization working at all levels of government, in private industry and with other nonprofits in areas that are essential to our nation’s well being. The Noblis science and technology base includes telecommunications and networks, computing and software, data and knowledge management, information and network security, biometrics and imaging, modeling and simulation, and life and environmental sciences. Dr. Miller brings over 30 years of experience in large scale systems engineering and acquisition projects spanning nearly every federal government agency, as well as state and local governments. He has served as a voting member on and advisor to numerous source selection boards. He has testified before source selection protest bodies such as the General Services Administration (GSA) Board of Contract Appeals, has represented federal clients with members of Congress and their staff, and has served as advisor to several GSA administrators. He is a recognized expert in information technology, networks and telecommunications, and acquisition strategy.|
Patrick O’Shea is Vice President for Research, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. Previously he has served as Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Executive Director of the Center for Applied Electromagnetics, Co-Director of the Maryland Cyber Security Center; Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, all at the University of Maryland; Project Leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and on the faculty of Duke University. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University College Cork, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. He holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Physics, the Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics, the Maryland NanoCenter, and the Maryland Energy Research Center. He played a leading role in the founding of the Maryland NanoCenter, the Maryland Center for Applied Electromagnetics, and the Maryland Cyber Security Center. Professor O’Shea’s technical expertise lies in the field of applied electromagnetics, and particle accelerators for applications in medicine, nanoscience, high energy physics, and energy. He has published over 200 scientific articles. In recognition of his leadership in science, engineering and education he has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher of the University of Maryland.
|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.|
|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.|
Robert M. Price is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. A native of Brooklyn, New York, in 1963 he undertook his graduate work in political science at UC Berkeley, where he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He joined the Berkeley faculty in the Department of Political Science in 1970, and served as Department Chair from 1996 through 2001. Professor Price’s research and teaching interests include comparative politics and African affairs, with a special emphasis on the politics of contemporary South Africa. He is author of Society and Bureaucracy in Contemporary Ghana (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975), U.S. Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa: National Interest and Global Strategy (Berkeley: Institute of International Studies, 1979), The Apartheid Regime: Political Power and Racial Domination (coeditor, Berkeley: Institute of International Studies Publications, 1980), and The Apartheid State in Crisis (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters dealing with the new African state, U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, and political change in South Africa. Among latter is “Race and Reconciliation in the New South Africa,” Politics and Society, V. 25, No.
Deborah Radasch is the Director for Strategic Universities and Special Initiatives & Experimentation for Boeing Research and Technology organization. In addition, Debbie currently serves as the functional systems engineering lead for Engineering Operations & Technology and active in the Industrial Research Institute. Radasch’s background is diverse, having leadership roles in engineering, technology, business development, manufacturing and supplier management for both development and production programs. She received her Ph.D. in decision sciences and finance from St. Louis University, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees in operations research and decision sciences from Pennsylvania State University. Active in the community, Debbie has been recognized for her community efforts through Boeing's William Allen Award, the Jaycees Young Outstanding St. Louisan Award, National Hearts of Gold Award, and National CASA Award.
Ramamoorthy Ramesh joined ORNL as Deputy for Science and Technology in June 2013. Ramesh oversees one of the nation’s largest research and development programs, with annual expenditures of $1.6 billion in materials and physical sciences, energy and engineering sciences, computing and computational sciences, biological and environmental sciences, neutron sciences, and global security. Prior to his present appointment, he was the Plato Malozemoff Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, with a joint appointment as a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Ramesh holds a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Bellcore in 1989 and initiated research in several key technology areas, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. Ramesh joined the University of Maryland in 1995 and was promoted to Professor in 1999 and Distinguished Professor in 2003. In 2004 he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in the Materials Science and Engineering and Physics departments. Ramesh served as director of DOE’s SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program in 2011–2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 in recognition of his contributions to the science and technology of functional complex oxide materials.
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. Russell has worked in design engineering, operations, field testing, and project and program management for state-of-the-art radar, missile and communication systems including Patriot, HLDA1, Wide Band Gap Semiconductor (WBGS), Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System, Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS), Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX), Cobra Judy Replacement, Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) and the DDG 1000 destroyer. He has overseen the management of production facilities, including the Advanced Products Center and Raytheon RF Components. He has also served as director of surface radar engineering, and the Radar Design and Electronics Center for Raytheon’s Electronic Systems business, and he has expertise in the development of microwave systems and components. Russell has published 16 peer-reviewed papers on active electronically steered arrays and radar systems, missiles, photonic technology, solid-state transmitters and communications systems. He holds 36 patents in the areas of microwave and millimeter wave components, high-range resolution radar applications and missile seekers. Outside of Raytheon, Russell provides leadership on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He is involved in the University of Massachusetts K-16 Engineering Collaborative and the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), and he is Raytheon’s campus executive for the University of Massachusetts. Russell graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He joined Raytheon after graduation, and then attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the Raytheon Advanced Study scholarship program, earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering. The universities have both honored Russell for his career accomplishments with distinguished alumni recognition. Russell has completed several Raytheon management programs, including the Executive Leadership Summit and Business Leadership Program, and is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist. Russell is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Juan M. Sanchez is the Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship #4 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his B.S. in Physics at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, 1971; M.S. in Materials Science, 1974; and Ph.D. in Materials Science, 1977 at the University of California, Los Angeles. 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 multi-component material systems. Other research interests include the development of laser-controlled selective chemical vapor deposition processes for metals, alloys and ceramics. Dr. Sanchez serves on the Council of Federal Relations of the Association of American Universities; on the Board of Directors as Council Vice Chair for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative. He also serves as a Representative to the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies, as Trustee for the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc, a past member of the Board of Visitors of the US Army War College, Member of the International Consulting Board, the National Scientific and Policy Advisory Council for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and Member of the AusTech Alliance of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
|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, and he presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at The National Academies in the United States. |
John A. Schneider assumed his current position with Purdue University in 1994 after spending twenty-seven years with the Dow Chemical Company. As Assistant Vice President of Industry Research, Dr. Schneider assists faculty in developing industry contacts and partnerships. His office links Purdue University faculty members with industry and encourages corporate sponsorship of research. He provides a point of contact for companies that are interested in collaborative research programs with Purdue, and can facilitate contact with the departments and/or faculty, which are most appropriate. In addition, he is active in Purdue's economic development initiatives and carries out special projects for the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. While with Dow, he had a varied management career with assignments in research, development, marketing, technical services, sales (District Sales Manager for New York area), marketing research, business profit/loss (Dow Brazil) and New Ventures. During his technical career, he carried out R&D on synthetic Cephalosporin C derivatives, peptide synthesis and catalysis, trialkyloxonium tetra-fluoroborate chemistry, condensation chemistry, halogen chemistry, vapor phase chromatography, resins, latexes, fire retardancy and amines. In addition, he managed R&D efforts in fuel cells, latex coatings and binders, electronic chemicals, industrial fluids, rheology control agents, oxazolines and monomers. He has publications dealing with cepham synthesis, synthetic peptide catalysis, trialkyloxonium tetra-fluroborate chemistry, polyester synthesis, halogen chemistry, fire retardancy, government regulations and product stewardship, entrepreneurship, and university-industry collaboration partnerships. He is a member of the following boards/committees: Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research (University of Michigan) Training and Technology Transfer Advisory Board); Access Technology Across Indiana (ATAIN) Board (President); Lafayette Venture Capital Club Steering Committee; Ecologistics Advisory Board; Indiana Space Grant Consortium Advisory Board; Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue Advisory Board; Crane Technology Inc. Advisory Board; Indiana Defense and Homeland Security Working Group; the Indiana Region IV Workforce Development Board (Secretary), Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Board (Vice President) and Elevate Ventures, Inc. Board (Treasurer). Dr. Schneider received an AB in chemistry from Albion College, Albion, Michigan and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Gary B. Schuster is currently provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the Vasser Woolley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He recently served the Institute as interim president. Dr. Schuster holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) (1968) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester (1971). After twenty years in the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois, he became dean of the College of Sciences and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in 1994. He was a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has been awarded the 2006 Charles Holmes Herty Medal recognizing his work and service contributions since his arrival at Georgia Tech. Schuster is a nationally known scholar and researcher with an extensive list of published articles on topics ranging from biochemistry through physical chemistry as well as a number of scientific discoveries with commercial applications.
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.
|Larry W. Sumney is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The SRC executes a global cooperative research effort in universities that is supported by leading integrated circuit manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. Mr. Sumney began his career as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1962, later serving as Research Director of the Naval Electronics Systems Command. Following that assignment, he was named the Director of the Tri-Service Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Technology Development Program by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense and, thereafter, joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering. In 1982, the Semiconductor Industry Association selected Mr. Sumney to head up the industry's new research consortium, the Semiconductor Research Corporation. He was named President and CEO in 1984 and a member of SRC Board of Directors several years later. In 1997, he became Chairman of Board, MARCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC, which manages the Focus Center Research Program. In 2005, he became Chairman of the Board, NERC, another wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC, which manages the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Since the SRC Education Alliance was established, he has held the position of Board Chairman. The SRC Education Alliance is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC. Mr. Sumney received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College in 1962 with Honors in Physics; his Master's in Engineering Administration (MEA) from George Washington University (GWU) and completed his course work toward the DSc degree in Systems Engineering and Mathematics, also at GWU. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was awarded, together with William C. Holton and Robert M. Burger, the 1998 IEEE Frederik Philips Medal. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). |
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.
Caroline C. Whitacre is the Vice President for Research in the Office of Research at The Ohio State University. As vice president for research, she oversees the university's efforts to stimulate new research and support ongoing activities, which currently include $756 million in research expenditures. Dr. Whitacre was formerly the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Vice Dean for Research in the College of Medicine, and the Director of the School of Biomedical Science. She is a professor and former chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics and a leading authority on autoimmune disease. Her research focuses on the immunological mechanism and gender differences in multiple sclerosis (MS). Her research has led to clinical trials in MS, rheumatoid arthritis, uveoretinitis, and diabetes. Dr. Whitacre received her BA and PhD degrees at The Ohio State University and completed postdoctoral training in microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She joined the Ohio State faculty in 1981 and has held progressively greater leadership roles since then. She has received continuous research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1982, and currently has five NIH grants as well as several other funding awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Whitacre is former President of the International Society of NeuroImmunology. She served as Chair of the Task Force on Gender, MS and Autoimmunity for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Whitacre also co-chaired the Task Force on Stem Cells together with the Chair of the National Board of Directors for the National MS Society. She has served on NIH grant review panels, chaired an NIH study section, chaired the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Fellowship Committee and chaired the Presidential Commission on University Governance at Ohio State. In recognition of her University activities, she was awarded the OSU Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2001. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In February 2008, Dr. Whitacre was named an Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar, the highest recognition for scholarly accomplishment at the University.
Jack Wenstrand joined Hewlett-Packard in 1991 as a member of the technical staff in the ULSI Research Center concerned with achieving world-class cycle-times in a semiconductor research fab. He then led the LaserJet ASIC business, building a capable IC design team and doubling revenues to more than $100M. Next, Jack managed a global R&D team for Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division, developing Agilent’s initial camera module products and contributing to the fastest growing business in Agilent at that time. As Chief Technologist for Agilent/SSD, he led a program resulting in the shortest time to high-volume manufacture of a new technology product in Agilent’s history, the laser-based optical mouse. Jack is now Director of University Relations and External Research for Agilent Technologies, enabling more than 100 active research collaborations with universities and research institutes globally. Concurrently he is a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, with research interests including sensor networks and machine interpretation of complex sensory input. Jack holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in E.E. from Stanford University and M.B.A. and B.S.E. degrees from the University of Michigan. He is married and father of three, he has studied Japanese, and he lived in Japan for a year while conducting research in Toshiba's ULSI Research Laboratory.
|Jack Wilson, a physicist, entrepreneur, and educator, is the 25th President of the University of Massachusetts comprising five campuses. He also serves as one of the seven Board members of the Massachusetts Life Science Center charged with administering the Commonwealth’s $ 1 Billion investment in Life Science areas with special focus on RNAi (Gene Silencing) and Stem Cell Research. With Drew Faust of Harvard, Susan Hockfield of MIT, and Henri Termeer of Genzyme, he serves as one of the four co-chairs of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Collaborative that brings together industry, hospitals, and academe in support of research in the Life Sciences. Prior to serving UMass as the President, he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of UMassOnline and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMass. Dr. Wilson was also the co-founder, President, and Chairman of the ILINC LearnLinc Corporation. He also served as a professor and administrator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Maryland, and he served for eight years as the Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Dr. Wilson also serves on numerous local and national boards including the Council on Competitiveness, Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America, the Education Commission of the States, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Mass Technology Leadership Council, and the New England Council. |
|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. |
|Maria T. Zuber is the Vice President for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has overall responsibility for research administration and policy at the Institute. She oversees more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers, including the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the Center for Material Science and Engineering, and the Haystack Observatory. The Office of Sponsored Programs, International Scholars Office, and Division of Comparative Medicine, among others, report to the Vice President for Research. The VPR is responsible for research integrity and compliance and plays a central role in research relationships with the federal government.|