Dr. Alan C. Bovik
ALAN BOVIK holds the Cockrell Family Endowed Regents Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). He is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Neuroscience. His research interests include image and video processing, digital television and digital cinema, computational vision, and visual perception. He has published more than 800 technical articles in these areas and holds several U.S. patents. His publications have been cited more than 60,000 times in the literature, his current H-index is above 90, and he is listed as a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters. His several books include the companion volumes The Essential Guides to Image and Video Processing (Academic Press, 2009). Dr. Bovik received Television’s highest honor, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The Television Academy) in October 2015, for his work on the development of video quality prediction models which have become standard tools in broadcast and post-production houses throughout the television industry. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He has also received a number of major awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T). Dr. Bovik co-founded and was the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1996-2002), created and served as the first General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, held in Austin, Texas, in November, 1994, along with numerous other professional society activities, including: Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 1996-1998; Editorial Board, The Proceedings of the IEEE, 1998-2004; and Series Editor for Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing, Morgan and Claypool Publishing Company, 2003-2015. His was also the General Chair of the 2014 Texas Wireless Symposium, held in Austin in November of 2014. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and is a frequent consultant to legal, industrial and academic institutions.
Dr. Jean M. Andino
Arizona State University
JEAN M. ANDINO is an associate professor of chemical engineering and a senior sustainability scholar, and a graduate faculty of civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering at the Arizona State University. Her research focuses on chemical kinetics and mechanisms as applied to the fields of atmospheric chemistry, air pollutant sensing, and air pollution control. Her expertise is in atmospheric chemistry; air quality; atmospheric processes; alternative fuels; energy efficiency technologies; and nanotechnology. She worked at Ford Motor Company characterizing the reactions taking place on novel materials to be used in catalytic converters and determining the air quality impacts of fuels and alternative fuels. Dr. Andino has published numerous journal articles and is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Andino has also received numerous prestigious national awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award at the start of her second year as a professor, and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award through the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Ellen J. Bass
ELLEN J. BASS is head of the Department of Information Science at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI). Dr. Bass shares joint appointments in both CCI and the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP). She also holds affiliate status in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. Dr. Bass has over thirty years of human-centered systems engineering research and design experience in air transportation, healthcare, meteorology, and other domains. The focus of her research is to develop theories of human performance, quantitative modeling methodologies, and associated experimental designs that can be used to evaluate human-automation interaction and human-human collaboration in the context of total system performance. The outcomes of the research can be used in the systems engineering process: to inform system requirements, procedures, display designs, and training interventions and to support system evaluation. Dr. Bass's research contributions can be decomposed into four synergistic areas: characterizing human judgment and decision making, modeling human judgment when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation interaction (these computational models are instantiated via mathematical formulations, simulation, and formal verification methods), and design and evaluation of interventions to improve human judgment and decision making. Dr. Bass is the Human Factors lead of the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). Dr. Bass currently serves as a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also a member of the consensus study “Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise.” Dr. Bass is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and of the IEEE. In 2016 she earned the Outstanding Contribution Award from the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society for serving as the inaugural Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. She serves on the editorial boards for the IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, the IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, and the journal Human Factors.
Dr. Kathleen M. Carley
Carnegie Mellon University
KATHLEEN M. CARLEY is a professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, a university wide interdisciplinary center that brings together network analysis, computer science and organization science and has an associated NSF funded training program for Ph.D. students. Her research combines cognitive science, social networks and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. Her specific research areas are dynamic network analysis; computational social and organization theory; adaptation and evolution; text mining; and the impact of telecommunication technologies and policy on communication, information diffusion, disease contagion and response within and among groups particularly in disaster or crisis situations. She and her lab have developed infrastructure tools for analyzing large scale dynamic networks and various multi-agent simulation systems. The infrastructure tools include ORA, a statistical toolkit for analyzing and visualizing multi-dimensional networks. Her simulation models meld multi-agent technology with network dynamics and empirical data. She is the founding co-editor with Al Wallace of the journal Computational Organization Theory and has co-edited several books in the computational organizations and dynamic network area.
Dr. Phillip B. Chilson
PHILIP CHILSON has been with the University of Oklahoma since 2005 as a professor in the School of Meteorology. He is a member of the Atmospheric Radar Research Center and an adjunct professor in OU’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A common thread woven through most of Dr. Chilson’s research has been observations of the atmosphere using radar; however, he has worked in a variety of research areas as well, which fall outside of this broad theme. For example, after receiving his B.S. degree Dr. Chilson spent one year in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship pursuing nuclear solid-state physics at the Kernforschungsanlage in Jülich. For his M.S. degree topic, Dr. Chilson studied quantum fluids in a low temperature physics lab. It was during his Ph.D. studies that he began focusing on atmospheric physics using radar. Since obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Chilson has been using radar to investigate such topics as the ablation of meteors and the resulting ionization, dynamics in the summer polar mesosphere region, dynamic instabilities in the lower atmosphere, effects of ionospheric modification, orographically induced gravity waves, convective and stable boundary layers, biological scatter, and so forth. Many of these studies required the development, implementation, and utilization of advanced measurement and signal-processing techniques. Dr. Chilson completed a postdoc in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy (currently the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research) during 1994-1997. He then worked as a research scientist at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (1997-2000). Dr. Chilson returned to the U.S. to assume a research scientist position at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (2000-2004). Dr. Chilson’s awards include: Fulbright Scholarship (1985), Clemson University Physics Award (1985), Clemson University German Award (1985), and AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (2001). Dr. Chilson obtained a B.S. in physics from Clemson University in 1985, an M.S. in physics (ultra-low temperature physics) from the University of Florida in 1990, and a Ph.D. in physics (atmospheric physics) from Clemson University in 1993.
Dr. Edward F. Crawley
EDWARD F. CRAWLEY (NAE) is the Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Crawley’s research has focused on the architecture, design, decision support and optimization in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints. His work ranges from the development of underlying theory to the development of approaches and tools, and includes a fundamental paper on the algebra of systems, the framing of system architecture as a decision graph, and the development of complex stakeholder network models to identify value creation. The problems to which he has applied this approach include the design of Moon – Mars Human spaceflight systems, launch to low earth orbit, NASA and NOAA’s earth observing system, and NASA’s Space Communications System. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the founding president of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), in Moscow, a new university focused on science and innovation. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program, an effort to significantly strengthen the quality of engineering leadership education for competitiveness and innovation. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the executive director of the Cambridge – MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University, with a mission to understand and generalize how universities act as engines of economic growth. For the previous seven years, he served as the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, leading the strategic realignment of the department. Dr. Crawley was the founding co-director of the System Design and Management Program, which leads to a degree jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is the founding co-director of an international collaboration on the reform of engineering education, and the lead author of the book, Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach. Dr. Crawley is a fellow of the AIAA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and is a member of five national academies: the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, the (UK) Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Science, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is the author of numerous journal publications in the AIAA Journal, the ASME Journal, the Journal of Composite Materials, and Acta Astronautica. In his outreach and public service, Dr. Crawley was chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee, and was a member of the NASA Advisory Committee. He holds the NASA Public Service Medal. In 1993, was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. He was a finalist in the NASA Astronaut selection in 1980, is an active pilot, and was the 1990, 1995 and 2005 Northeast Regional Soaring champion. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Crawley received his B.S. (1976), M.S. (1978) and Sc.D. (1981) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Mark E. Davis
MARK E. DAVIS is the sole proprietor of Medavis Consulting, established in 2008 to assist in review and development of advanced sensor systems, with customers in government, industry and small business. Dr. Davis has over 48 years of experience in government and industry in developing technology and systems for radar and electronic systems. He held senior management positions at DARPA as Deputy Director of the Information Exploitation Office (2006-08), Technical Director for Air Force Research Laboratory Space Based Radar Technology (1998-2006), and Program Manager in the DARPA Information Systems Office for Counter CC&D technologies (1995-1998). Dr. Davis also had senior engineering and program management positions with General Electric Aerospace, and General Dynamics Missile Systems. His interests are in radar and microwave system design, phased array antennas and adaptive signal processing. Dr. Davis is a life fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia, and past-chair of the IEEE Radar Systems Panel. Within the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society, he has been a member of the Board of Governors (2008-2013) holding positions of VP of Conferences (2010-2012, 2015-2017) and VP of Finance (2013). Dr. Davis has served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and is a member of the NASA review board on earth resource monitoring. In addition to these technical duties, he has published over 80 journal and conference papers on radar and microwave systems. More recently, he has authored a book Foliage Penetration Radar - Detection and Characterization of Objects under Trees published by Scitech Publishing in March 2011, and a Chapter on Principals of Modern Radar on FOPEN. He received a Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University, and bachelor and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.
Dr. Susan T. Dumais
SUSAN T. DUMAIS (NAE) is a distinguished scientist at Microsoft and deputy managing director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond. She is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington Information School. Dr. Dumais is a leader in the field of information retrieval, and has been a significant contributor to Microsoft's search technologies. Her sustained contributions have shaped the thinking and direction of human-computer interaction and information retrieval. Dr. Dumais is interested in algorithms and interfaces for improved information retrieval, as well as general issues in human-computer interaction. She has been at Microsoft Research since July 1997. Her current research focuses on gaze-enhanced interaction, the temporal dynamics of information systems, user modeling and personalization, novel interfaces for interactive retrieval, and search evaluation. Previous research studied a variety of information access and management challenges, including personal information management, desktop search, question answering, text categorization, collaborative filtering, interfaces for improving search and navigation, and user/task modeling. She has worked closely with several Microsoft groups (Bing, Windows Desktop Search, SharePoint Portal Server, and Office Online Help) on search-related innovations. Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Dr. Dumais was a researcher at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies), where she and her colleagues conducted research into what is now called the vocabulary problem in information retrieval. Their study demonstrated, through a variety of experiments, that different people use different vocabulary to describe the same thing, and that even choosing the "best" term to describe something is not enough for others to find it. One implication of this work is that because the author of a document may use different vocabulary than someone searching for the document, traditional information retrieval methods will have limited success. Dumais and the other Bellcore researchers then began investigating ways to build search systems that avoided the vocabulary problem. The result was their invention of Latent Semantic Indexing. In 2006, Dr. Dumais was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2009, she received the Gerard Salton Award, an information retrieval lifetime achievement award. In 2011, she was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering for innovation and leadership in organizing, accessing, and interacting with information. In 2014, Dr. Dumais received the Athena Lecturer Award for "fundamental contributions to computer science" and the Tony Strix Award for "sustained contributions that are both innovative and practical" with "significant impact". In 2015, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Dumais holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Bates College and a Ph.D. in cognitive and mathematical psychology from Indiana University.
Dr. Jonathan Grudin
JONATHAN GRUDIN is a research scientist at Microsoft Research. He is also an affiliate professor in the University of Washington Information School. His expertise is in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). Dr. Grudin is a pioneer of the field of CSCW and one of its most prolific contributors. Dr. Grudin is also well known for the Grudin Paradox or Grudin Problem, which states basically with respect to the design of collaborative software for organizational settings, "What may be in the managers' best interests may not be in the ordinary users' interests." He was awarded the inaugural CSCW Lasting Impact Award in 2014 on the basis of this work. Prior to working at Microsoft Research, Dr. Grudin was a professor of information and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, from 1991 to 1998. His career has spanned numerous institutions. He worked at Wang Laboratories as a Computer Programmer (1974–1975 and 1983–1986). He was a visiting scientist in the Psychology and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories at MIT (1976–1979) and then a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit (now known as the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (1982–1983)). He spent from 1986-1989 at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation before taking a series of faculty positions (including visiting professorships) at Aarhus University (1989–1991), the University of California, Irvine (1991–1998), Keio University (1995) and the University of Oslo (1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, one of the most prestigious journals in the field of HCI. Dr. Grudin was inducted into the selective ACMSIGCHI CHI Academy in 2004. In 2012, he was made an ACM fellow for "contributions to human computer interaction with an emphasis on computer supported cooperative work." He holds a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Reed College (1972), an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University (1973), and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, San Diego (1981).
Dr. Verlin B. Hinsz
North Dakota State University
VERLIN B. HINSZ is professor in the Department of Psychology at the North Dakota State University. His broad research interests focus on small group processes and performance, organizational behavior, judgment and decision making, work motivation and morale, attitudes and interpersonal influence, and the intersections among these areas with emphases on formal models and application to social and organizational settings. Similarly, his teaching responsibilities are in the areas of organizational psychology, social psychology, and judgment and decision making. He is currently associate editor of the Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes portion of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, USDA, AFOSR, and AFRL. Dr. Hinsz earned a Ph.D. degree in social-organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. John M. Lanicci
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
JOHN M. LANICCI is a professor of applied meteorology and coordinator for the Masters of Science in Aeronautics Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His research interests are in aviation meteorology, environmental security, climate change, severe storms. He has over 30 years’ experience in the meteorological profession, having spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and 6½ years on the faculty at Embry-Riddle. He has a wealth of diverse experience, from operational meteorology, top military leadership positions, to published research. He is currently the program coordinator for the M.S. in aeronautics program, and has taught nearly a dozen undergraduate and graduate courses, including introductory meteorology, aviation meteorology, advanced weather analysis and forecasting, and environmental security. He is chair of the AMS Committee on Environmental Security, part of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise. He also is a member of the AMS Board on Higher Education, which is part of the AMS Commission on Education and Human Resources. Since 2008 he has been the faculty co-chair of the annual AMS Student Conference, held in conjunction with the AMS Annual Meeting.
Dr. Greg Morrisett
J. GREGORY MORRISETT is the Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. In 1996, he took an assistant professor position in the Computer Science Department of Cornell University, where he was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2002. In the 2003-04 academic year, he took a sabbatical and visited the Microsoft European Research Laboratory. In 2004, he moved to Harvard as the Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science, and served in the position of associate dean for computer science and engineering from 2007-2010. Dr. Morrisett has received a number of awards for his research on programming languages, type systems, and software security, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (presented at the White House in 2000), an IBM Faculty Fellowship, an NSF Career Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He was recently made a fellow of the ACM. He served as chief editor for the Journal of Functional Programming and as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and Information Processing Letters. He currently serves on the editorial board for The Journal of the ACM and as co-editor-in-chief for the Research Highlights column of Communications of the ACM. In addition, Dr. Morrisett has served on the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study (ISAT) Group, the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Council, Microsoft Research's Technical Advisory Board, Microsoft's Trusthworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, and the Fortify Technical Advisory Board. Dr. Morrisett received his B.S. in mathematics and computer science from the University of Richmond in 1989, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1995.
Dr. Randolph L. Moses
The Ohio State University
RANDOLPH L. MOSES is professor of electrical and computer engineering, and associate dean for research with the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research interests are stochastic digital signal processing; spectral estimation; time series analysis; parameter estimation; statistical properties of algorithms; array signal processing; and applications to automatic target recognition and sensor networks. His current research efforts include feature extraction for automatic target recognition (ATR) from radar signals; ATR performance analysis; self-localization of sensor networks; and object detection and tracking using sensor networks. He was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 1984-85; a summer faculty research fellow, Rome Air Development Center, Rome, NY, 1983; a visiting researcher, Systems and Control Group, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1994-95; a research scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH, 2002-03; and a visiting researcher, Signals and Systems Group, MIT, Summer 2003 and Summer 2005. He has a B.S. (1979), M.S. (1980), and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Prof. Jose M.F. Moura
Carnegie Mellon University
JOSE M.F. MOURA (NAE) is Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an associate department head for research and strategy in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and, by courtesy, a professor of biomedical engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Moura's research interests are in data science, and statistical signal and image processing. Current research projects include data analytics for unstructured big data, distributed inference in networks, SPIRAL an intelligent compiler, non-destructive health monitoring systems, bioimaging, signal processing on Graphs, and image/video processing. His work has been sponsored by Darpa, NIH, ONR, ARO, AFOSR, and NSF grants, and several industrial grants. Dr. Moura received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in signal processing, and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award for fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a corresponding member of the Portugal Academy of Science, an IEEE fellow, and a fellow of the AAAS. He has been a visiting professor at New York University (2013-2014), a visiting professor at MIT (2006-2007, 1999-2000, and 1984-86), a visiting scholar at USC (Summers of 1979-1981), and was on the faculty of IST (Portugal). He is on the board of directors of the IEEE and served as IEEE Division IX Director (2012-13). He was the president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2008-2009). He was editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and acting editor in chief for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He was on the editorial board of several journals, including the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and the IEEE Proceedings. He was in the steering committees of the IEEE International Symposium on Bioimaging (ISBI) and of the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN). He serves or served on several IEEE Boards including the Education Activities Board (2010), Technical Activities Board (TAB) (2008-09), Press Board, the TAB Periodicals Committee, and the TAB Publications Review Committee, and chaired the TAB Transactions Committee. He holds a D.Sc. in electrical engineering and computer science and an M.Sc. degree from MIT.
Dr. Peter Willett
PETER WILLETT has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut since 1986 and has been a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1998. His primary areas of research have been statistical signal processing, detection, machine learning, data fusion and tracking. He has interests in and has published in the areas of change/abnormality detection, optical pattern recognition, communications and industrial/security condition monitoring. He has published 168 journal articles (14 more under review), 355 conference papers, and 10 book chapters and a book on target tracking and data association. He was awarded IEEE Fellow status in 2003. He was editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems from 2006-2011, and now serves as the AESS Vice President for Publications. Until recently he was associate editor for three active journals – IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (for Data Fusion and Target Tracking) and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, parts A and B. He is also associate editor for the IEEE AES Magazine, associate editor for ISIF’s electronic Journal of Advances in Information Fusion and is Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Signal Processing Letters. He was founder and editor of the AES Magazine’s periodic Tutorial issues, and was a member of the editorial board of IEEE’s Signal Processing Magazine. He was general co-chair (with Stefano Coraluppi) for the 2006 ISIF/IEEE Fusion Conference in Florence, Italy, executive chair (with Wolfgang Koch) for the 2008 ISIF/VDE Fusion Conference in Cologne and emeritus chair for the 2011 IEEE/ISIF Fusion Conference in Chicago. He was program co-chair (with Antonio De Maio) for the 2012 IEEE SPS SAM Conference in Hoboken, and was program co-chair (with Eugene Santos) for the 2003 IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics in Washington DC, and program co-chair (with Pramod Varshney) for the 1999 Fusion Conference in Sunnyvale. He was co-organizer of the tracking sub-session at the 1999 IEEE Aerospace Conference, and has been organizer of the Remote Sensing Track of that conference 2000-2003. Jointly with T. Kirubarajan he co-organized the SPIE “System Diagnosis and Prognosis: Security and Condition Monitoring Issues” Conference in Orlando, 2001-2003. He has been a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Sensor-Array & Multichannel (SAM) technical committee since 1997, and is its vice president. He is also a member and officer of the IEEE AESS Board of Governors (2003-2009 & 2011-present). Dr. Willett received his BAS.c. (engineering science) from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1986.
Dr. Prabhat Hajela - (Chair)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PRABHAT HAJELA is provost and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include analysis and design optimization of multidisciplinary systems; system reliability; emergent computing paradigms for design; artificial intelligence; and machine learning in multidisciplinary analysis and design. Before joining Rensselaer, he worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, for a year and was on the faculty at the University of Florida for seven years. He has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 2003, Dr. Hajela served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy, including the anti-SPAM legislation that was signed into law in December 2003. Dr. Hajela is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Hajela has held many editorial assignments including editor of Evolutionary Optimization, Associate Editor of the AIAA journal, and is on the editorial board of six other international journals. He has published over 270 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author or co-author of 4 books in these areas. In 2004, he was the recipient of AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award.