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.
Julia M. Phillips (NAE), Chair, Director Emeritus, Retired Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories
Dan Arvizu (NAE), Chancellor and the 28th Chief Executive, New Mexico State University System
Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE), Chief Technology Officer, Diamond Consulting
Thomas Budinger (NAE/NAM), Faculty Senior Staff Scientist and Professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley
Claude R. Canizares (NAS), Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics and Associate Director for the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uma Chowdhry (NAE), senior vice president and Chief Science and Technology Officer of DuPont (retired)
Daniel E. Hastings (NAE), Cecil and Ida Greed Professor and Department Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael R. Ladisch (NAE), Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University
Nathan Lewis, George L. Agryos Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Lester L. Lyles (NAE), former United States Air Force general, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
James M. Tien (NAE) is distinguished professor and dean emeritus of the University of Miami College of Engineering (UM CoE) and currently foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Richard Truly (NAE), Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) and U.S. Department of Energy National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (retired)
Michael S. Turner (NAS), Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago
David A. Whelan (NAE), Professor of the Practice, Vice President Engineering (ret), The Boeing Corporation, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
Peter D. Blair, Executive Director, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Julia M. Phillips (NAE), Chair, 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.
Dan Arvizu (NAE) is Chancellor and the 28th Chief Executive of the New Mexico State University System (NMSU). He has had a long distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He started his career in 1973 at Bell Labs, spent 21 years at Sandia National Labs, and in 1998 he joined CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd for 6 years and served as a CTO. In January of 2005 he was appointed the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and after 11 years he retired in December of 2015, and is presently Director Emeritus. Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of boards, panels and advisory committees including the State Farm Mutual Insurance Board of Directors, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council. He was twice appointed by the President (Bush in 2004, Obama in 2010) to serve on the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation. He served his last 4 years as the NSB Chairman. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Arvizu has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE) is currently Chief Technology Officer of his own consulting practice – Diamond Consulting. He provides leadership, guidance and solutions for technology and innovation for major corporations, organizations and NGOs. Dr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Automotive Research since 2015, and is an Automotive News PACE Judge since 2016, CES Technology & Innovation Judge since 2016. He advises University of Maryland Fraunhofer Software Institute, Wayne State University College of Engineering, Georgia Tech College of Engineering. Dr. Brown retired as Vice President & Chief Technologist for Delphi Automotive where he provided leadership on corporate innovation and technology issues to help achieve profitable competitive advantage. He also represented Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of innovation and technology including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, academia, etc. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Brown had responsibility for common policies, practices, processes and performances across Delphi’s 19,000 member technical community globally and its budget of $1.8 billion, including establishing Delphi’s global engineering footprint with new centers in Poland, India, China, Mexico, etc. In December 2014, he was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame. Dr. Brown was elected to the NAE in 2002 for the effective planning and integration of large-scale, highly diverse research and engineering activities. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Wayne State in 1975 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering focused on energy and environmental engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978.
Thomas Budinger (NAE/NAM) is Faculty Senior Staff Scientist and Professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He received the B.S. in chemistry (magna cum laude, Regis College, Denver, 1954); the M.S. degree in physical oceanography (University of Washington, Seattle, 1957); the M.D. degree (gold-headed cane award, Univ. of Colo. 1964); and the Ph.D. in physical optics of electron microscopy (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, 1971). Military service was as the International Ice patrol science officer of the U.S. Coast Guard (1957-1960). At UCB, he has held the Henry Miller Research Medicine Chair (1974 –2008) and he has been professor of bioinstrumentation, electrical engineering, and computer sciences since 1976. In 2004 he completed a six-year appointment as founding chair of the department of bioengineering at Berkeley. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of California Medical Center where he served as director of the Magnetic Resonance Science Center (1993-97). At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he has been Medical Research Division Director (1986–1992), Head, Center for Functional Imaging (1992-2007), and Faculty Senior Staff Scientist (1986-present). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering where he served as Home Secretary.
Claude R. Canizares (NAS) is Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics and Associate Director for the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his BA, MA and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University after which he came to MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and then joined the faculty. He has served as Director of the Center for Space Research, now the MIT-Kavli Institute (1990-2001), Associate Provost (2001-2006), Vice President for Research & Associate Provost (2006-2013), and Vice President (2013-2015). He 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. He has served on numerous advisory committees including the NASA Advisory Council, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrpreneurship of the Department of Commerce, and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and chaired the National Academies’ Space Studies Board. He has also received several awards including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, and two NASA Public Service Medals.
Uma Chowdhry (NAE) retired in 2010 as senior vice president and Chief Science and Technology Officer of DuPont, responsible for the company's corporately funded global research and development programs.
Uma is a materials scientist by training who joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist in the Central Research & Development (CR&D) Department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Delaware. From 1981-88 Uma was a manger in CR&D where she led various groups doing research ranging from heterogeneous catalysts to superconducting materials. In 1988 she moved from CR&D to the Electronics department where she was appointed Lab Director and in 1990 became a business manager for Duont’s thick film paste business with products used to print electronic circuits. In 1992 she moved from the electronics department and was appointed Laboratory Director of the Jackson Laboratory for the Chemicals group. In 1993 she became R&D Director, for Specialty Chemicals. In 1995 she became the Business Director for Terathane, a premium polyether glycol used as a soft segment building block for high performance polyurethanes, polyesters, and polymers with low temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability. Terathane was also the key intermediate for DuPont’s Lycra™(spandex) fiber business. After a couple of years as Business Planning and Technology Director for Chemicals, she was promoted to Director of DuPont Engineering Technology in 1999 and in 2003 to Vice President in CR&D. In 2006, Uma became DuPont’s Chief S&T Officer responsible for DuPont’s global R&D programs. She retired from DuPont in 2010 after 33 years of service. Uma earned a Bachelor's degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Mumbai University in 1968, and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science from Caltech in1970. After two years as a research scientist with Ford Motor Company in Michigan, Uma entered MIT where she earned a Ph.D. in Materials science in 1976. Her technical career specialized in the science of ceramic materials, including catalysts, proton conductors, superconductors and ceramic packaging for microelectronics. She is an elected fellow of the American Ceramic Society and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Daniel E. Hastings (NAE) is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor and Department Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. From 1997 to 1999, he served as chief scientist of the Air Force. In this role, he was the chief scientific adviser to the chief of staff and the secretary and provided assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. His research has spanned five areas: laser material interactions, fusion plasma physics, spacecraft plasma environment interactions, space plasma thrusters, and space systems analysis and design. He has published more than 120 papers, has written a book on spacecraft-environment interactions, and has chapters in several other books. He is a fellow the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA; the International Astronautical Federation, IAF; and the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was also a member of the Intelligence Science Board, where he was co-leader of a study on science and technology management processes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and the Aerospace Corporation. Previous service includes membership on the NASA Advisory Council; the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, including three years as chair; the Defense Science Board; and the National Science Board. He has worked on numerous committees of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering. National awards include the Air Force Exceptional Service Award (2008), the QEM Giant in Science Award (2005), the NRO Distinguished Civilian Award (2003), the AIAA Losey Award (2002), the National Guard Bureau Eagle Award (1999), and the Air Force Distinguished Civilian Award (1999 and 1997). Dr. Hastings earned a Ph.D. and S.M. from MIT in aeronautics and astronautics and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Oxford, England.
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.
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.
Lester L. Lyles (NAE) is a former United States Air Force general, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. After retirement from the Air Force in 2003, he became a company director for General Dynamics, DPL Inc., KBR Incorporated, Precision Castparts Corp., MTC Technologies, Battelle Memorial Institute and USAA. He is also a Trustee of Analytic Services and a Managing Partner of Four Seasons Ventures, LLC. Lyles entered the Air Force in 1968 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He served in various assignments, including Program Element Monitor of the Short-Range Attack Missile at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in 1974, and as Special Assistant and Aide-De-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) in 1978. In 1981 he was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB as Avionics Division Chief in the F-16 Systems Program Office. He has served as Director of Tactical Aircraft Systems at AFSC headquarters and as Director of the Medium-Launch Vehicles Program and Space-Launch Systems offices. Lyles became AFSC headquarters' Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Requirements in 1989, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Requirements in 1990. In 1992 he became Vice Commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. He served as Commander of the center from 1993 until 1994, then was assigned to command the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., until 1996. Lyles became the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in 1996. In May 1999, he was assigned as Vice Chief of Staff at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He assumed command of Air Force Materiel Command in April 2000.
James Tien (NAE) is distinguished professor and dean emeritus of the University of Miami College of Engineering (UM CoE) and currently foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Tien served as dean of the CoE from 2007 to 2015, and became a distinguished professor in 2007. His research interests include systems modeling, public policy, decision analysis, and information systems. Tien has also served as the Yamada Corporation Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He joined RPI’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering in 1977; became acting chair of the department; joined a unique interdisciplinary Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems as its founding chair and twice served as the acting dean of engineering. He also has held leadership positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, at the Rand Corporation, and at Structured Decisions Corporation – which he co-founded. He also served on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers board of directors (2000-2004) and was its vice-president in charge of the Publication Services and Products Board and the Educational Activities Board.Tien earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI and his Ph.D. in systems engineering and operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Richard Truly (NAE), 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.
Michael S. Turner (NAS) is the Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago where he has been a faculty member since 1980. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, received his BS in physics from Caltech, his M.S. and PhD degrees from Stanford University, and an honorary D.Sc. from Michigan State University. Trained in general relativity and particle physics, Turner came to Chicago in 1978 as an Enrico Fermi Fellow. Working with David Schramm he began to explore the connections between particle physics and astrophysics & cosmology, and helped pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology. In 1983, he and Edward W. (Rocky) Kolb created the Theoretical Astrophysics group at Fermilab. Turner's research has been recognized with the APS's Lilienfeld Prize, and the American Astronomical Society's Warner Prize; he is a Fellow of the APS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and a winner of the Klopsted Prize of the American Association for Physics Teachers. Turner was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1997 and is the past Chair of its Physics Section.
David A. Whelan (NAE) is Professor of the Practice, Vice President Engineering (ret), The Boeing Corporation, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego. He recently retired from The Boeing Company where he was Vice President and Chief Technologist, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Prior to joining Boeing in 2001, Dr. Whalen was Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led the development of enabling technologies, such as unmanned vehicles and space-based moving target indicator radar systems. Prior to his position with DARPA, Dr. Whalen held several positions of increasing responsibility with Hughes Aircraft. His high-technology development experience also includes roles as a research physicist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as one of four lead engineers assigned for the design and development of the B-2 Stealth Bomber Program at Northrop Grumman. Dr. Whelan received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of California At Los Angeles.
Peter D. Blair, 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.