The mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, and engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public. The DEPS portfolio of work focuses on the role of science and technology developments in areas of national security, space and aerospace, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, materials, physics, astronomy, mathematics and operations research, information technology, and telecommunications. In support of these goals the Division Committee will articulate intellectual and strategic goals for the Division, with particular attention to the promotion of intra- and inter-division collaborations to capture interdisciplinary opportunities that are emerging or likely to emerge; ensure the quality of the Division’s work, perform strategic reviews of the Division’s boards, and approve board members; and provide direction on emerging issues, and review the Division’s structure and operational ability to pursue these issues. The Committee will also annually review the Division’s activities, reports, successes, and challenges, and articulate its vision of how the Division should evolve in the future.
Steven Koonin (NAS), Chair, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University
Linda Abriola (NAE), University Professor and Director of Tufts Institute of the Environment
Ruzena Bajcsy (NAE\NAM), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
Phillip Colella (NAS), Senior Mathematician and Group Leader, Applied Numerical Algorithms Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ruth David (NAE), Chief Executive Officer, Analytic Services Inc.(retired)
Henry J. Hatch (NAE), Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired), Chief of Engineers and Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
Fiona A. Harrison, (NAS), Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics and Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Michael R. Ladisch (NAE), Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University
Cato T. Laurencin (NAE/IOM), Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Nathan Lewis, George L. Agryos Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
M. Granger Morgan (NAS), Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Julia M. Phillips (NAE), Director Emeritus, Retired Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories
Maxine L. Savitz (NAE), General Manager, Technology/Partnerships (retired), Honeywell Inc.
Richard Truly (NAE), Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) and U.S. Department of Energy National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (retired)
Peter D. Blair, Executive Director, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Steven Koonin (NAS) Chair
Center for Urban Science and Progress
New York University
Director of New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) which is an applied science and engineering institute created by NYU as a consortium of world-class universities, global technology corporations, and innovative urban designers. Dr. Koonin was confirmed by the Senate in May, 2009 as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving in that position until November, 2011. Prior to that, he was BP’s Chief Scientist, where he was a strong advocate for research into renewable energies and alternate fuel sources. Dr. Koonin came to BP in 2004 following almost 3 decades as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, serving as the Institute’s Vice President and Provost for the last nine years. Most recently, Dr. Koonin held a position at the Science and Technology Policy Institute of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC. Dr. Koonin’s research interests have included nuclear astrophysics; theoretical nuclear, computational, and many-body physics; and global environmental science. He has been involved in scientific computing throughout his career. Dr. Koonin has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Linda Abriola (NAE)
School of Engineering
University Professor and Director of Tufts Institute of the Environment at Tufts University, where she holds appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. From 2003 to 2015, she served as the Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering. During her tenure as Dean, the Tufts Engineering School substantially expanded its administrative infrastructure, faculty, research activity, and educational programs in support of interdisciplinary education and research. Prior to joining Tufts, she was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.
An expert in the multiphase transport, fate, and recovery/destruction of contaminants in the subsurface, Professor Abriola is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association for Women Geoscientist's Outstanding Educator Award (1996), the National Ground Water Association’s Distinguished Darcy Lectureship (1996), designation as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Ecology/Environment (2002), the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year Award in Remediation (2006, 2012), and Drexel University’s Engineering Leader of the Year Award (2013). Her numerous professional activities have included service on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board, and the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Deans Council Executive Board. Current and recent professional activities include service as an elected member of the NAE governing Council, as well as membership on the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, the National Research Council Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Drexel University’s National Advisory Board for its Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) Program.
Dr. Abriola received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and a Bachelor's degree from Drexel University, all in Civil Engineering.
Ruzena Bajcsy (NAE\NAM)
Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and Director Emeritus of the Center of Information Technology Research in the Interest of Science (CITRIS). Her current research areas include artificial intelligence, biosystems and computational biology; control, intelligent systems, and robotics; graphics and human-computer interaction, computer vision; and security. Prior to joining Berkeley, Dr. Bajcsy headed the Computer Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation where she managed a $500 million annual budget. As a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, she also served as the Director of the University’s General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Laboratory, which she founded in 1978, and chaired the Computer and Information Science Department from 1985 to 1990. Dr. Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and the American Associate for Artificial Intelligence. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering for Slovak Technical University and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.
Phillip Colella (NAS)
Senior Mathematician and Group Leader
Applied Numerical Algorithms Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Senior Staff Scientist and Group Leader of the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group in the Computational Research Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a Professor in Residence in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley. He is widely recognized for his contributions in high-resolution finite difference methods, adaptive mesh refinement, volume-of-fluid methods for fronts and irregular geometries, and multidimensional shock dynamics. He has developed high-resolution and adaptive numerical algorithms for partial differential equations and numerical simulation capabilities for a variety of applications in science and engineering. He has also participated in the design of high-performance software infrastructure for scientific computing, including software libraries, frameworks, and programming languages. Honors and awards include the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award for high-performance computing in 1998, the SIAM/ACM prize (with John Bell) for computational science and engineering in 2003, election to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and election to the inaugural class of SIAM Fellows in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. Dr. Colella received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, all in applied mathematics.
Ruth David (NAE Foreign Secretary)
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER)
Retired in 2015 and since 1998 as president and chief executive officer of ANSER, an independent, not-for-profit, public service institute that provides research and analytic support on national and transnational issues. Prior to her service at ANSER Dr. David was Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDS&T) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She represented the CIA on numerous national committees and advisory bodies, including the National Science and Technology Council and the Committee on National Security. Upon her departure, Dr. David was awarded the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Director's Award, the Director of NSA Distinguished Service Medal, the National Reconnaissance Officer's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Defense Intelligence Director's Award. Dr. David began her professional career in 1975 Sandia National Laboratories, where she was Director of Advanced Information Technologies and Director of the Development Testing Center. She is a Member of the Corporation for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. and a Director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Dr. David serves as a Senior Fellow of the Defense Science Board and is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and numerous advisory boards. She is a member of both the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and in 2010 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. She is a former adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has technical experience in digital and microprocessor-based system design, digital signal analysis, adaptive signal analysis, and system integration. Dr. David was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2002 and currently serves as the NAE’s Foreign Secretary. Dr. David holds a BS from Wichita State University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in in Electrical Engineering.
Henry J. Hatch (NAE)
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired)
Chief of Engineers and Commander,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
Retired from the Army in 1992 as a Lieutenant General, the Chief of Engineers and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whose missions include military construction and environmental engineering for the Army and Air Force and the Army’s civil water resources program. After eight years in the private sector, he continues as an active volunteer in a number of professional organizations. Among these have been two boards of the National Research Council, the American Association of Engineering Societies and the American Society of Civil Engineers where he is a former member of the Board of Direction and has chaired and serves on several committees. He is a past National President of the Society of American Military Engineers and is a member of and has chaired the Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee of the US National Commission for UNESCO. Hatch earned his Bachelors from West Point and his Masters from The Ohio State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, a Distinguished Graduate of West Point, and a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering of The Ohio State University.
Fiona A. Harrison, (NAS) is Chair of the Space Studies Board (SSB) and is the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, and the Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics and Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and went to Caltech in 1993 as a Robert A. Millikan Prize Fellow in Experimental Physics. Harrison's primary research interests are in experimental and observational high-energy astrophysics. She also has an active observational program in gamma-ray, X-ray and optical observations of gamma-ray bursts, active galaxies, and neutron stars. Dr. Harrison is the principal investigator of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), a small explorer-class mission launched in 2012. She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in 2000, was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News and the Kennedy School of Government in 2008, and received the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal in 2013. In 2015, she was awarded the Bruno Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, and in 2016 she won the Harrie Massey Award from the Committee on Space Research. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Harrison is a member on the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences, was a member of the Space Studies Board, and chaired the Committee on an Assessment of the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Mission Concepts. She also served as a member of the decadal survey committee on astronomy and astrophysics that authored the 2010 report, New Worlds New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Michael R. Ladisch (NAE) is Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. He was CTO at Mascoma Corporation from 2007 to 2013, and serves on the scientific advisory board of Agrivida. Ladisch’s research addresses transformation of renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts, protein bioseparations, and food pathogen detection. He is an author of two textbooks, numerous journal papers, and 20 patents. Dr. Ladisch was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, named as one of 100 engineers of the Modern Era by AIChE in 2008, received the Charles D. Scott Award in 2009, elected fellow of ACS and AAAS in 2011 and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014. He has recently joined the Board of the newly-formed Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Dr. Ladisch has a B.S. from Drexel University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University in chemical engineering.
Cato T. Laurencin (NAE/IOM) is Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. He previous served as the UConn Health Center’s Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UConn School of Medicine. Prior to his arrival at the UConn Health Center, Dr. Laurencin was the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, as well as Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Virginia Health System. In addition, he was designated as a University Professor at the University of Virginia, one of the University’s most prestigious titles, and held professorships in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Laurencin is an expert in shoulder and knee surgery and an international leader in tissue engineering research. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons. President Obama named Dr. Laurencin a 2009 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence, awarded to science, math, and engineering mentors. He is also the winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s highest honor. Dr. Laurencin earned his B.S.E. from Princeton University, a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.D. the Harvard Medical School.
Nathan Lewis is the George L. Agryos Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Lewis has been on the faculty at Caltech since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute’s Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Lewis was on the faculty at Stanford University. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. Dr. Lewis received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003, and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 400 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Dr. Lewis received his B.S. from Caltech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
M. Granger Morgan (NAS), 2017
Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He holds appointments in three academic units: the Department of Engineering and Public Policy; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the H. John Heinz III College. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and analyze uncertainty in Quantitative Risk and Policy Analysis. He has worked extensively on issues in climate change and the problems of decarbonizing the energy system. In this context, he co-directs the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. He also co-directs and is conducting research at the CMU Electricity Industry Center where he works in areas such as distributed resources, carbon management, and basic technology research to support clean energy. He has worked extensively in risk analysis, communication and ranking. Dr. Morgan received a BA in physics from Harvard University, an MS in Astronomy and Space Science from Cornell, and Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Information Sciences from the University of California, San Diego.
Julia M. Phillips (NAE) is Director Emeritus and Retired Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories. Previous positions at Sandia include Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director, Laboratory Research & Strategy Partnerships; Director, Nuclear Weapons Science and Technology Programs Director, Physical, Chemical, and Nano Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and Director of the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. After 14 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, she came to Sandia in 1995. Her research has been in the areas of epitaxial metallic and insulating films on semiconductors, high-temperature superconducting, ferroelectric, and magnetic oxide thin films, and novel transparent conducing materials. Dr. Phillips currently serves as Home Secretary for the National Academy of Engineering and is past chair of the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics and served as president of the Materials Research Society. She served as a member of the Working Group for the 2014 NNI (National Nanotechnology Initiative) Review under the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST). Dr. Philips received the 2008 George E. Pake Prize for outstanding achievements in physics research combined with major success as a manager of research or development. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. She has served on the editorial boards of Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, and Applied Physics Reviews. She chaired the Advisory Review Board for Journal of Materials Research and has served as its principal editor. She has edited two books, written three book chapters, and prepared more than 100 journal publications, twelve major review articles, and 45 refereed conference proceedings publications. She also holds five patents. Dr. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale University and a B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary.
Maxine L. Savitz (NAE)
Retired, General Manager, Technology/Partnerships
Retired general manager, Technology/Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. formerly AllliedSignal. She is also member and current vice president of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. Dr. Savitz serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and on advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She serves on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visiting committee for sponsored research activities. In 2009, Dr. Savitz was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Past board memberships include the National Science Board, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRU), Draper Laboratories, and the Energy Foundation. Dr. Savitz’s awards and honors include: the Orton Memorial Lecturer Award (American Ceramic Society) in 1998; the DOE Outstanding Service Medal in1981; the President’s Meritorious Rank Award in 1980; recognition by the Engineering News Record for Contribution to the Construction Industry in 1979 and 1975; and the MERDC Commander Award for Scientific Excellence in 1967. She is the author of about 20 publications.
Richard Truly (NAE)
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
U.S. Department of Energy National
Renewable Energy Laboratory
Member of the National Academy of Engineering Council. After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1959, Truly began his 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. After distinguished service as a naval aviator, he became one of the first military astronauts and transferred to NASA. Among his accomplishments as an astronaut, he piloted the Space Shuttle Columbia and was commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger for the first night launch and landing in the shuttle program. In 1983, he became the first commander of the Naval Space Command, the principal naval space operations element of the Department of Defense. Called back to NASA as associate administrator for space flight, Truly led the accident investigation and rebuilding of the space shuttle program following the Challenger accident. From 1989 to 1992, Truly served as NASA’s eighth administrator under President George H. W. Bush. Following his career at NASA, Truly served as vice president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and director of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Truly was awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal by President Ronald Reagan, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of five honorary doctorates of science and/or engineering. He is a trustee of Regis University and the Colorado School of Mines and previously served on the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Army Science Board, and the Defense Policy Board.
Peter D. Blair
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
executive director of the NRC Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, was also director of the National Academies’ series of studies, America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation (2006 to 2011), requested by Congress to inform the national debate about the role of science and technology in shaping the nation’s energy future. Prior to his current position, he was executive director of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society and publisher of American Scientist (1997–2001). He was previously assistant director of the of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) and director of its Division of Industry, Commerce, and International Security and, before that, OTA’s energy policy and research program manager. He received the agency’s distinguished service award in 1991. Dr. Blair was cofounder and principal of Technecon Analytic Research, Inc., which was acquired by the Reading Energy Corporation in 1985. In the 1970s and 1980s he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and in the 1990s as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Blair is the author or co-author of Multiobjective Regional Energy Planning (1978), Geothermal Investment Decision Analysis (1982), and Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Extensions (1st ed., 1985; 2nd ed., 2010), and Congress’s Own Think Tank: Learning from the Legacy of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, 1972–1995 (2013); and he co-edited Trends in Industrial Innovation: Industry Perspectives & Policy Implications (1997). He has authored over a hundred technical articles on energy and environmental policy, electric power systems, operations research, economics and regional science, and science policy.
Dr. Blair is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and chaired its section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. He currently serves on the National Renewable Energy Technology Analysis Advisory Committee. He is a past co-chair of the National Science Foundation’s Business and Operations Advisory Committee and a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for the Statistical Sciences and advisory or visiting committees for Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineering and Public Policy Department, the Colorado School of Mines, Electric Power Research Institute, Gas Research Institute, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Energy Division, New York Energy Research and Development Authority, Houston Applied Research Center, and many others. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum and as an associate editor of the Journal of Regional Science.
Dr. Blair holds a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College, and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: an MSE in systems engineering, and MS and PhD in energy management and policy.