Dr. Brendan B. Godfrey - (Chair)
University of Maryland, College Park
Brendan B. Godfrey is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He was the Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, from which he retired in January 2010. In that position, Dr. Godfrey guided the management of the entire basic research portfolio of the U.S. Air Force, including a staff of 200 scientists, engineers, and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo, and Santiago; and was responsible for a nearly half billion dollar investment in basic research. Each year, AFOSR selects, sponsors, and manages innovative basic research relevant to Air Force needs, performed by over 200 academic institutions, 150 businesses and 200 research efforts within the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Godfrey was an Air Force lieutenant at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., from 1970 to 1972, performing research in computational plasma physics. He began his civilian career in 1972 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., where he was responsible for establishing the intense particle beam research program. He left Los Alamos in 1979 to manage and conduct intense microwave and particle beam research at Mission Research Corp., becoming their Vice President and Regional Manager in 1987. In 1989, Dr. Godfrey returned as an Air Force civilian as Chief Scientist of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB. His later assignments include Director of Advanced Weapons and Survivability at Kirtland's Phillips Laboratory; Director of the Armstrong Laboratory at Brooks AFB, Texas; and Director of Plans and Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to his last assignment, he was Deputy Director of the 311th Human Systems Wing, Brooks City-Base, Texas. Dr. Godfrey is known for his contributions to computational plasma physics theory and applications. The Minneapolis native is the author of more than 200 publications and reports. During his more than 20 years in the Air Force Reserve, he served primarily as scientific manager for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1996 as a colonel. Dr. Godfrey received his BS in physics from the University of Minnesota and PhD in physics from Princeton University. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Godfrey was nominated for his expertise in military weapons systems and intelligence and threat analysis.
Prof. Ilhan A. Aksay
Ilhan A. Aksay (NAE) is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton in 1992, his teaching and research affiliations included appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle (1983-92); University of California, Los Angeles (1981-83); the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1975-81); and Xerox Corporation, Webster Research Center, Webster, New York (1973-75). At the University of Washington, he held the Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratory Professorship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (1987-92). His research activities include the processing science of ceramic matrix composites, thermodynamics and phase equilibria in materials systems, diffusion and structural studies in ionic systems, interfacial reactions and capillarity phenomena, and the utilization of self-assembly techniques in materials processing. In recent years, Prof. Aksay’s work has been heavily influenced by biomimetics and bioinspired processing, focusing on the use of complex fluids to control the architecture of organic/ceramic nanocomposites. He and his coworkers’ research has been recognized not only by contributions to the literature on the fundamentals of ceramic processing (over 350 articles) but also by products produced by the industry, holding more than 40 patents in materials processing. The most recent patents are related to graphene and its processing and applications. Prof. Aksay has been named as a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Thomson Reuters ISI, reflecting over 13,000 citations of his published research. In recognition of his contributions to ceramic processing, he received the Richard M. Fulrath (1987) and the Edward C. Henry (2000) Awards of the American Ceramic Society, the Charles M. A. Stine Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1997), and the Turkish National Medal of Science (2001) and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, NAE (2010), the Turkish Academy of Sciences, TÜBA (2010), and Science Academy, Turkey (2012). In recognition of his research and efforts in promoting technology transfer, he was named the Puget Sound (Washington State) Engineering Council's 1988 Academic Engineer of the Year. Ilhan Aksay is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and an honorary member of the Japanese Materials Research Society. He earned his BS (1967) in ceramic engineering at the University of Washington and his MS (1969) and PhD (1973) in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Aksay is nominated for his expertise in nanotechnology, biotechnology, coatings and materials, and sensors.
Dr. Ann N. Campbell
Sandia National Laboratories
Ann N. Campbell is Director, Information Solutions and Services, at Sandia National Laboratories. Her organization develops and stewards a broad range of software applications and information systems for both internal (enterprise) and external customers to facilitate the delivery of effective national security technologies. She previously served as Senior Manager and Deputy to the Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security S&T at Sandia National Laboratories. In that role she was responsible for developing and implementing an institutional strategy for cyber S&T. She was recently Acting Director for Sandia’s Cyber Security Strategic Thrust, leading the lab’s activities to expand Sandia’s cyber workforce and infrastructure, and strategies to provide increased support for Sandia’s national security sponsors’ cyber missions. Dr. Campbell has also served as Deputy for Technical Programs for the Defense Systems and Assessments Strategic Management Unit (DSA SMU). In that role Ann advised the DSA Vice President regarding the Unit’s national security programs, was responsible for strategic planning and the investment strategy for the DSA, and assisted with implementation of the laboratory’s cyber strategy. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Campbell led the Assessment Technologies Group in Sandia’s Information Systems Analysis Center. She was responsible for development, coordination and oversight of programs focusing on vulnerability assessments and development of national security solutions in information technologies for multiple government sponsors. From 1999 – 2003 she was Manager of the Microsystems Partnerships Department which assessed and addressed microelectronics vulnerabilities for a variety of government sponsors. In that role Ann led Sandia’s program to support the DoD Anti-Tamper Initiative. Dr. Campbell joined the Technical Staff at Sandia in 1985. She had assignments in the Materials and Process Center and Microsystems Science, Technology, and Components Center. She conducted research on the microstructure and physical properties of advanced materials, the physics of microelectronics failures, and the development of advanced microelectronics failure analysis techniques. Dr. Campbell served on the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Technology Insight – Gauge, Evaluate and Review (TIGER). Ann is a Senior Member of IEEE. She has served as VP Membership for the IEEE Reliability Society and on the Management Committee and Board of Directors for the IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS). She has over 20 publications and several patents. Ann holds a BS degree (1979) in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS (1980) and PhD (1985) degrees in Applied Physics (Materials Science Concentration) from Harvard University. Dr. Campbell is nominated for her expertise in nanotechnology, military weapons systems, electronics, and sensors.
Dr. John F. Cashen
Northrop Grumman Corporation [Retired]
John F. Cashen (NAE) is a part time aerospace and defense consultant to both Australian and the US governmental and industrial clients. He retired in 1993 after 20 years as Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. He is recognized as a national leader in the research and development of aircraft and weapon systems and was honored by his peers as an original Pioneer of the US Stealth Program. He was instrumental in the design/ development of: B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber; Tacit Blue experimental aircraft; Tri-Service Stand-Off Attack Missile (TSSAM); GPS-Aided Targeting & GPS-Aided Munition (GATS/GAM) (later became JDAM); and theYF-23 Advanced Tactical fighter (competitor to the F-22). From 1993 through to a second retirement in 1998 he was a Research Leader with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation directing research and advising on acquisition of new surveillance systems. Notably he initiated the : Wedgetail AWACS system; Ingara wide area surveillance system; and the US / Australia Global Hawk Cooperative Deployment: He was awarded Distinguished Service Medal, the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, for his contributions to the U.S. stealth program. He also was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for his contributions in Australia. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE; a Fellow of AIAA and an elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering. In Australia he is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was honored by both UCLA and NJIT as a distinguished engineering alumnus. He holds 3 patents and has published 27 papers. He has served as a member of the USAF SAB, OSD DSB, several NRC committees. Notably he sat on the DIA Advisory Committee for 4 years in the 80’s. He resides in Pearland, Texas. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1965. He received his MS (1967) and PhD (1971) in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Cashen is nominated for his expertise in military weapens systems, coatings and materials, electronics, sensors, development/systems engineering, intelligence and threat analysis, aerodynamics and propulsion and space technology.
Dr. Edward M. Greitzer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edward M. Greitzer (NAE) is the H.N. Slater Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to his joining MIT in 1977, he was with United Technologies Corporation, and, more recently, he was on leave at United Technologies Research Center as Director, Aeromechanical, Chemical, and Fluid Systems. From 1984-1996 he was the Director of MIT's Gas Turbine Laboratory; and from 1996-2002 Associate Head, and 2006-2008 Deputy Head, of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His research interests have spanned a range of topics in gas turbines, internal flow, turbomachinery, active control of fluid systems, university-industry collaboration, and robust gas turbine engine design; he was the MIT lead for the Cambridge-MIT Institute Silent Aircraft Initiative. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of propulsion, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and energy conversion, as well as the department's undergraduate project course. He has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Committee and is an Honorary Professor at Beihang University (Beijing). Dr. Greitzer is lead author of the book Internal Flow: Concepts and Applications, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a fellow of AIAA and ASME, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He received his BA, MS and PhD from Harvard University.
Dr. Elliott D. Kieff
Elliott D. Kieff (NAS, IOM) is currently the Albee Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard University. He is the Director of Infectious Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Co-Director Channing Laboratory at Harvard University. Dr. Kieff joined the faculty at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in medicine and virology in 1970. He was named Chief of Infectious Disease and Director of Interdepartmental Training in Infectious Disease in 1971. In 1975 he was promoted to associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and to the Committees on Immunology and Virology. In 1985 he became a chaired professor (Louis Block) at Chicago. In the mid-1980’s, he was recruited by the Dean of Harvard Medical School, the Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard, and the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to come to Boston to create an infectious disease program at the Channing Laboratory. He became a chaired professor at Harvard University (Ryan Albee Professor) in 1988. He was Chair of the Virology Program from 1991 to 2004 and Director of the BWH Cancer Center from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Kieff is the recipient of many honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds several patents including a vaccine against the Epstein-Barr virus. Dr. Kieff received his BA in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, and a MD from Johns Hopkins University in 1966. He was an Intern and Resident in Medicine from 1966-1970 at the University of Chicago and a received PhD. in microbiology from the University of Chicago in 1971. Dr. Kieff is nominated for his expertise in biotechnology and medical microbiology.
Mr. Francis R. Landolf
Core Consulting, LLC
Francis R. Landolf is the principal of Core Consulting LLC. He created Core Consulting to match private sector solutions with public sector problems by applying innovation from small, sometimes obscure companies. He is an advisor to a number of small innovative product companies that are or have potential to address both Government and commercial applications. Fran has performed coaching and leadership development for both private and public sector executives and teams. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence and serves on the National Security Agency Advisory Board. He is also an advisory board member of the Cyber Incubator at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Mission Link. Before Fran’s recent career as a “matchmaker” he led public sector organizations responsible for delivering time critical services essential for informed military and National level decisions for the National Security Agency. The organizations he created and led performed analysis of signals, communications systems and computer networks. They also developed and deployed the processing solutions that transformed network and communications data into a form consumable by intelligence analysts. In recognition of his accomplishments he was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award by the National Security Agency in 2005 and received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2004. He completed an executive leadership program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and is a graduate of the National Security Leadership Course, a partnership between the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Fran holds a BA from State University of New York, a MS from Clarkson University and an MA from the University of Kentucky all in Mathematics. Mr. Landolf is nominated for his expertise in development/system engineering, intelligence and threat analysis, and aerodynamics and propulsion.
Dr. Patrick Lincoln
Patrick Lincoln is the Director of the Computer Science Laboratory of SRI International, where he has worked since 1989. He is also the executive director of the Department-of-Homeland-Security-funded Cyber Security Research And Development Center, and he is the director of the SRI Center for Computational Biology. He has previously held positions at MCC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and ETA Systems. Dr. Lincoln leads research in the fields of formal methods, computer security and privacy, computational biology, scalable distributed systems, computer accelerated collaboration, and nano electronics. He has led multidisciplinary groups to high-impact research projects including symbolic systems biology, scalable anomaly detection, exquisitely sensitive biosensor systems, strategic reasoning and game theory, and privacy-preserving data sharing. SRI's computer science laboratory has made significant contributions to the formal analysis of systems, languages, and protocols in computer security, privacy, and fault tolerance, and to their integration into scalable and survivable systems. Dr. Lincoln has published dozens of influential papers, holds several patents, has served on scientific advisory boards for private and publicly-held companies, and has served on government-related panels including DARPA-sponsored Information Science and Technology (ISAT), the Defense Science Research Council, and the Defense Science Board. Dr. Lincoln holds a BS in Computer Science from MIT and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Dr. Lincoln is nominated for his expertise in nanotechnology, biotechnology, computer science and IT/online social dynamics.
Dr. Darrell D. Long
University of California, Santa Cruz
Darrell D. E. Long is the Kumar Malavalli Professor of Computer Science, and the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair of Storage Systems Research. He is the Director of the Storage Systems Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Usenix Association, Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Sigma Xi. He has broad research interests in many areas of mathematics and science, and in the area of computer science including data storage systems, operating systems, distributed computing, reliability & fault tolerance, and computer security. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy (Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration), Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, the Office of Naval Research, and a number of industrial sponsors that include IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, Symantec, LSI Logic, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard and Data Domain. He served as the Vice Chair and then Chair of the University of California Committee on Research Policy. He has served on the University of California President’s Council on the National Laboratories, and on the Science & Technology, National Security and Intelligence committees. He currently serves on the Science & Technology committee for both Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He previously served on the National Research Council Standing Committee for Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate and Review. He continues to serve on numerous committees and advisory panels for various Federal government agencies. He received his BS degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University, and his MS and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Long is nominated for his expertise in military weapons systems, computer science, and intelligence and threat analysis.
Dr. David F. McQueeney
David F. McQueeney is the Vice President of Software and Business Analytics & Mathematical Sciences at IBM Research. Dave’s background covers a wide range of disciplines ranging from solid state Physics, to high-speed interconnect design, to distributed software development tools, to participation in a startup software company in Scientific Data Analysis, to Government-specific industry solutions. Dave has spent about half of his career as a researcher and research executive, and half in IBM’s customer-facing units including Software Group, acting as VP of Technology and Strategy, Global Sales and Distribution, acting as the Global Government Solutions General Manager and leader of the Federal Systems Integration services unit. Previously, Dave was Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s US Federal Government unit. In that role, Dave worked with IBM’s Federal Clients and IBM’s Federal System Integrator partners to provide technical leadership across the domain of enterprise systems technology and architecture. Dave continues to work with several Federal clients on emerging technology issues. Throughout his career, Dave has driven strong connections between IBM Research and IBM’s clients, as well as the other units of IBM, most recently IBM Software Group. Dave was recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the top 25 consultants for 2002, citing his work to make the innovations of IBM Research directly available to customers via IBM’s Business Consulting Services. Dave has held a number of other significant positions in IBM Research, including Director of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Vice President of Communication Technology, and Vice President of Technical Strategy and Worldwide Operations. He joined IBM in the Research Division in 1988. Dave was recognized as one of the “Fed 100” top leaders in the Federal community for 2006 by Federal Computer Week magazine. He holds a BA in Physics from Dartmouth College and an MS. and PhD in Solid-State Physics from Cornell University. Dr. McQueeney is nominated for his expertise in computer science, intelligence and threat analysis, and IT/Online social dynamics.
Dr. Randolph L. Moses
The Ohio State University
Randolph L. Moses is the Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University, appointments which he has held since 1985. Professor Moses has also been a visiting researcher with the Air Force Research Laboratory (1983; 2002-03), Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands (1984), Uppsala University in Sweden (1994-95), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003).Professor Moses serves on the ASEE Engineering Research Council, and on the IEEE Sensors Council, and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) and the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI).
He is a past associated editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2008-09) and of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2000-04). He was the founding chairman of the Columbus Ohio Section of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Professor Moses’ research interests are in statistical signal processing, and include parametric time series analysis, radar signal processing, sensor array processing, and sensor networks. He has published more than 150 technical papers and co-authored two textbooks. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech 1979, 1980, and 1984, respectively. Dr. Moses is nominated for his expertise in electronics and sensors.
Dr. Monica Olvera de la Cruz
Monica Olvera de la Cruz (NAS) is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and the Director of Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Northwestern University. She was as a guest scientist (1985-86) in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD. She joined Northwestern University in 1986, where she is Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and of Chemical & Biological Engineering and the director of the Materials Research Center. From 1995-97 she was a Staff Scientist in the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France, where she also held visiting scientist positions in 1993 and in 2003. She has developed theoretical models to determine the thermodynamics, statistics and dynamics of macromolecules in complex environments including multicomponent solutions of heterogeneous synthetic and biological molecules, and molecular electrolytes. Her major awards include: 2012 member of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow; 2010 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (DoD); 2007 Cozzarelli Prize, National Academy of Science (NAS); 1990-95 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (NSF); 1990-92 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship; 1989-94 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as Vice-Chair (2008-10) and Chair (2010-2012) of the NAS NRC Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee. She is a member of the NAS NRC Board of Physics and Astronomy (2010-15) and has served in many other committees including the NAS NRC Research at the Intersection of Life and Physical Sciences Committee (2007-09), the NSF Mathematical Physical Science Directorate Advisory Committee (2005-09; DMR Chair, 2007-09) and the NSF MRSEC Executive Committee (Chair, 2008-09). She has directed various educational programs and has taught in prestigious schools and workshops. She serves on the advisory boards of many national research centers and is a member of the editorial board of Macromolecules, J. Polymer Science Polymer B: Polymer Physics, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, and Annual Review of Materials Research. She obtained her BA in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1981, and her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge England in 1985. Dr Olvera de la Cruz is nominated for her expertise in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and coatings and materials.
Dr. Thomas E. Romesser
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Thomas E. Romesser (NAE) is the recently retired vice president of Aerospace Systems, and chief technology officer for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security. In this role he provided senior leadership representation with customers, universities, industry and the rest of the corporation. He also was responsible for technology development to support future programs while maintaining close linkage to legacy programs. Prior to this assignment, Romesser was sector vice president and general manager of Technology & Emerging Systems Division for Northrop Grumman's former Space Technology sector. In this role, he was responsible for the development and execution of Space Technology's strategy to support both near- and long-term business objectives, system enhancements and technology leverage for new business pursuits. He oversaw activities of the Directed Energy Systems and Advanced Concepts organizations as well as the Space Technology Research Laboratories. Previously, Romesser was vice president of Technology Development, responsible for the identification, development and acquisition of Space Technology's strategic technologies, and managed discretionary investments in technology and product development. Romesser joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in 2002. A vice president since 1998, he previously served as vice president and deputy of the Space & Electronics Engineering organization. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of TRW's Space & Technology Division, responsible for spacecraft hardware and software engineering, manufacturing, test and space vehicle production, as well as chemical and solid-state laser design and development, sensor systems, space and tactical propulsion systems, and research in the physical, chemical and engineering sciences. Since joining the company in 1975, he has been involved in the development and management of a broad range of high technology capabilities that have established and maintained Northrop Grumman's reputation and enabled technological differentiation in the marketplace. Romesser was elected a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society in 2002 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in February 2003. Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Romesser earned a BS degree in physics from Manhattan College and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa. He is also a graduate of the USC Executive Management Program. Dr. Romesser is nominated for his expertise on nanotechnology, military weapons systems, coatings and materials, electronics, sensors, development/system engineering, aerodynamics and propulsion, and space technology.
Dr. Mikhail G. Shapiro
University of California, Berkeley
Mikhail G. Shapiro has been named as a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley to develop an independent research program focused on ways to non-invasively sense and manipulate brain activity at the molecular level. Dr. Shapiro is a neuroscientist, engineer, and technology entrepreneur focused on developing better ways to study the brain’s activity and treat neurological and psychiatric disease. Working with Alan Jasanoff and Robert Langer, Shapiro created the first-ever functional MRI sensors for neurotransmitters. He was also a cofounder of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, whose BrainGate technology allowed paralyzed people to control external devices directly with their thoughts. As a venture principal at Third Rock Ventures, an $800M life science venture capital firm, Shapiro helped launch companies focused on novel treatments for chronic pain, cancer and other diseases. In 2010 he was recognized by the Technology Review as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under age 35. He studied neuroscience at Brown and received his PhD in biological engineering from MIT as a Hertz and Soros fellow. Dr. Shapiro is nominated for his expertise in biotechnology and medical microbiology.
Dr. Elias Towe
Carnegie Mellon University
Elias Towe is currently the Grobstein Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Towe was a Vinton Hayes Fellow at MIT. After leaving MIT he became a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering Physics at the University of Virginia. He also served as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) while he was a professor at the University of Virginia. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Towe is a recipient of several awards and honors that included the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the Young Faculty Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Achievement from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his BS, MS, and the PhD. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Towe is nominated for his expertise in nanotechnology, coatings and materials, electronics, sensors, and space technology.