Dr. Tilak Agerwala
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center [Retired]
TILAK AGERWALA is IBM Research Emeritus and Retired IBM Vice President, Data Centric Systems. His interests are in high performance computing and analytics, to create transformational, high value solutions for industries. Examples include POWER processor clusters; the SP2 supercomputer; ASCI Blue; Blue Gene L, P, Q; and now data centric systems (DCS). He was responsible for ensuring that IBM leads the industry in the next generation of scalable systems for big data, analytics, technical and cognitive computing. The team established the guiding principles for DCS, leveraged Open Power, defined the architecture, and established a new paradigm of differentiated scalable data centric systems for big data, analytics, technical (modeling, simulation) and cognitive computing. He has given well over a hundred invited presentations, keynotes, and distinguished lectures at conferences, universities and national laboratories worldwide. He retired from IBM in December 2014 after 35 years of service.
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. Peter A. Beling
University of Virginia
PETER A. BELING is an associate professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia where he joined the faculty in 1993. Previously, he has held positions at the Center for Naval Analyses, where he worked primarily on analyses of Marine Corps operations, and IBM Almaden Research, where he studied algorithms for parallel and distributed optimization. Dr. Beling’s research interests are in the area of decision making in complex systems, with emphasis on Bayesian scoring models, machine learning, and mathematical optimization. His research has found application in a variety of domains, including reconnaissance and surveillance, education and training, and lender and consumer credit decision making. Dr. Beling is the founder of the Financial Engineering Research Group at the University of Virginia, which is a focal point for research on the mathematical modeling and risk management aspects of consumer and retail credit. He is also active in the University of Virginia site of the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology, which an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and has served as reviewer or editor for a number of academic journals. Dr. Beling received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Jay P. Boris
Naval Research Laboratory
JAY P. BORIS (NAE) is the chief scientist and director of the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics at the Naval Research Laboratory. His major fields of scientific interest are computational physics, aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, and reactive flow modeling including turbulence and propulsion. For the last ten years he has been focusing this expertise primarily to the understanding and modeling of urban aerodynamics to predict the transport and dispersion of airborne contaminants in cities with an eye to chemical transportation safety, the global war on terror, urban fires and accidents, and military force protection. This interest focuses on improving operational contaminant plume prediction technology as current technology in use is too slow to be useful for crisis management and embedded applications. He also has a continuing interest in plasma dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics of laboratory and space applications, and the nuclear and simulation technology relevant to inertial confinement fusion. To underpin these interests he has maintained a continuing expertise in the development and practical application of advanced computing architectures for parallel processing and in creating unique new solution methods and algorithms for roadblock problems.
Dr. Ronald J. Brachman
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
RONALD J. BRACHMAN is vice president, head of Yahoo Labs and chief scientist at Yahoo, Inc., the worldwide leader in Internet services. In that role, Dr. Brachman manages research, applied science, and research engineering teams in seven locations around the world. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr. Brachman served as the director of DARPA’s Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO), and there developed IPTO’s Cognitive Systems initiative, which brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. national research community and broke substantial new ground in the development of technology and systems for automated intelligent assistance (including the technology that became Apple’s Siri), machine learning, speech and language processing, high-productivity computing systems, coordinated operation, robotics, augmented cognition, and other key capabilities. For his service at DARPA, Dr. Brachman was awarded The Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He has made numerous important contributions to artificial intelligence (AI), including developing the cornerstone ideas behind the subfield of description logics, which has had substantial influence in the development of the Semantic Web. He has been awarded best paper and “Classic Paper” awards, and has published a textbook with Hector Levesque, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. He was president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) from 2003-2005. Dr. Brachman was elected to the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association and also serves as its treasurer. He is a Founding Fellow of AAAI and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). At the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in January of 2007 he was awarded the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award. In January, 2008 he was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE. In July of 2008, he was awarded AAAI’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Brachman has served on numerous academic advisory committees at universities including Princeton, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Penn, and Johns Hopkins. He has served on multiple panels and task forces for US government organizations, including NSF, NSA, and the Defense Science Board. He is also an editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In 2013, Dr. Brachman was a recipient of Yahoo’s Leader Super Star Award, Yahoo’s highest internal honor. Dr. Brachman earned his B.S.E.E. degree from Princeton University, and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
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. John M. Carroll
The Pennsylvania State University
JOHN M. CARROLL is a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). He is distinguished professor and co-director of the College of IST’s Laboratory for Computer Supported Collaboration and Learning. He is also the director of Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He has courtesy faculty appointments as professor of computer science and engineering, instructional systems, and psychology. He is interested in how user interfaces and interactive systems are designed, what is designed and how it serves a person’s immediate tasks, and how through time designs and people co-evolve and adjust, eventually articulating new design needs and opportunities. He is especially interested in methods and theory, including scenario-based methods for design and development, minimalist techniques for making information engaging and efficient, computer support for collaborative problem-solving and learning, community informatics, social impacts of computing, social sources of creativity. His style of research combines social/cognitive analysis and empirical studies with prototyping, mock-ups, and software development. His awards include the ACM Joseph T. Rigo Award (Association for Computing Machinery, 1994), ACM SIGCHI Academy (2001, ACM SIGCHI is the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), ACM Fellow (2003), IEEE Alfred N. Goldsmith Award (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2004), IEEE fellow (2004), honorary fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2005), fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), and fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (2012). He has a double B.A. in information sciences and mathematics from Lehigh University, a M.A. in experimental psychology from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University.
Dr. John F. Cashen
Northrop Grumman Corporation [Retired]
JOHN F. CASHEN (NAE) is a retired vice president of advanced projects and chief scientist of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is now a part time aerospace and defense consultant to both Australian and the U.S. governmental and industrial clients. 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 U.S. 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 and 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 Defense Science and Technology Organization directing research and advising on acquisition of new surveillance systems. Notably he initiated the: Wedgetail AWACS system; Ingara wide area surveillance system; and the U.S./Australia Global Hawk Cooperative Deployment. He was awarded a 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. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1965. He received his M.S. (1967) and Ph.D. (1971) in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf
VINTON G. CERF (NAE) is vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, Inc. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company. Widely known as a "Father of the Internet," Dr. Cerf is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Dr. Cerf and Robert Kahn received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them "at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment." From 1994-2005, Dr. Cerf served as senior vice president at MCI. Prior to that, he was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and from 1982-86 he served as vice president of MCI. During his tenure with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1976-1982, Dr. Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies. Since 2000, Dr. Cerf has served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and he has been a visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995 and was on the ISOC board until 2000. Dr. Cerf is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Cerf has received numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computer Machinery, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, among others. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA and more than dozen honorary degrees.
Dr. Bronis R. de Supinski
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
BRONIS R. de SUPINSKI is the chief technology officer of Livermore Computing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research interests are in innovative massively parallel systems, parallel performance evaluation, cache coherence and consistency semantics, parallel performance and correctness tools, parallel programming, computer architecture and memory systems, and parallel and distributed simulation. He is a co-editor in chief of the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications and the associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Mark E. Dean
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
MARK E. DEAN (NAE) is the Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He previously served as the vice president world-wide strategy and operations at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and had been on assignment overseas focused on the development of skills and research activities specific to the Middle East and Africa. He led a team that developed the interior architecture (ISA systems bus) that enables multiple devices, such as modems and printers, to be connected to personal computers. He managed the design team responsible for creating the first 1-gigahertz processor chip, which became the basis for processors used in the top three game consoles. He also managed the early R&D team responsible for IBM’s family of supercomputers. He holds 39 patents, three of which are part of IBM's original nine PC patents.
Dr. Michael J. Franklin
University of California, Berkeley
MICHAEL J. FRANKLIN is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science and chair of the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in large-scale data management applications and infrastructure. He works primarily in database and operating systems and networking technology areas. Dr. Franklin is director of the Algorithms, Machines and People Lab (AMPLab) -- an industry and government-supported collaboration of students, postdocs, and faculty who specialize in data management, cloud computing, statistical machine learning, and other topics necessary for making sense of vast amounts of varied and unruly data. He is a founder of Truviso, a high-performance analytics software company in Foster City, CA, that has been acquired by Cisco. He received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Irene Greif
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
IRENE GREIF (NAE) is a retired IBM fellow and chief technology officer for social learning from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. This most recent role as chief technology officer for social learning has prepared her for a transition to independent work as an IBM-retiree promoting STEM education for women. Irene Greif has spent her career building interdisciplinary teams focused on collaboration, social software and organizational design. She founded the field of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) in 1986, and has applied the principles of that field in her work at IBM where she led research as IBM Fellow, Director of the IBM Center for Social Business and head of the Collaborative User Experience Group (CUE) in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Greif is a former faculty member of computer science at University of Washington and of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. She headed a research group in the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science which developed shared calendar, co-authoring, and real-time collaboration systems. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM.) Dr. Greif was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2000 and awarded the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology Leadership award in 2008. In 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2012 she received the Anita Borg Technical Leadership award and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Greif joined Lotus Development Corporation in 1987, formed Lotus Research in 1992, and merged that group into the IBM Research Division in 2000. Product innovations from her group include the core features now shipping in Lotus Connections: social bookmarking (dogear); business activities. Dr. Greif received her S.B. in mathematics, her S.M. and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science, all from MIT.
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. Barry M. Horowitz
University of Virginia
BARRY M. HOROWITZ (NAE) is the Munster Professor of Systems and Information Engineering and chair of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Horowitz joined the University of Virginia’s faculty as a professor in the Systems and Information Engineering Department in September 2001, after an industrial career involving the application of systems engineering to many large and complex systems. He assumed the role of department chair in 2009. Since joining the university he has focused his research efforts on economic models and system technologies related to cyber security. He is the University of Virginia research site director for the National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center called WICAT (Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology). He currently is leading a DoD sponsored research effort focused on embedding security solutions into systems, referred to as System Aware Cyber Security. From 1969 through 1996 he was employed in a variety of positions at the Mitre Corporation, including the last five years as president and CEO and the three prior years as executive vice president and COO. Early in his career at Mitre he led an FAA-sponsored research activity that developed a prototype airborne collision avoidance system which served as the basis for what became the currently employed international system for commercial aircraft collision avoidance, TCAS. During Desert Storm he conceived of and led the integration efforts for a system for tracking and destroying SCUD missile carriers, involving the use of Joint Stars and other sensors integrated into the then existing command and control structure for controlling fighter aircraft. He received the Air Force’s highest award for a civilian as a result of this effort. He also was awarded the Gold Medal for Engineering in 1990 from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association for his efforts in leading major large scale systems integration activities. As a result of his efforts, in 1996 Dr Horowitz was elected into the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies. Dr. Horowitz serves as a member of the Naval Studies Board (NSB) of the National Academy of Science and recently led a Chief of Naval Operations sponsored study for the NSB on cyber security. He also serves as a member of General Electric’s Academic Software Advisory Panel and is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Board for the Virginia Joint Commission on Science and Technology (JCOTS). Dr. Horowitz received an M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from New York University in 1967 and 1969 respectively, and a B.E.E. from the City College of New York in 1965.
Dr. Mary Jane Irwin
The Pennsylvania State University
MARY JANE IRWIN (NAE) has been on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University since 1977 and currently holds the Evan Pugh Professor and the A. Robert Noll Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research and teaching interests include computer architecture, embedded and mobile computing systems design, power-aware design, and electronic design automation. Her research is supported by grants from the MARCO Gigascale Systems Research Center, the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse. She received an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University, Sweden, in 1997 and the Penn State Engineering Society’s Premier Research Award in 2001. She was named an IEEE fellow in 1995, an ACM fellow in 1996, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003. Dr. Irwin is currently serving on the steering committee of the Computing Research Association’s (CRA’s) Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science and Engineering. In the past she served as an elected member of the CRA’s Board of Directors, of the IEEE Computer Society’s Board of Governors. She also served as the editor in chief of ACM’s “Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems” from to 1999 to 2004, and as chair of the NSF/CISE Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Irwin has served in leadership roles for several major conferences, including as general chair of the 1996 Federated Computing Conference, general co-chair of the 1998 CRA Conference at Snowbird, general chair of the 36th Design Automation Conference, general co-chair of the 2002 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design, and general co-chair of the 2004 Conference on Compilers, Architecture, and Synthesis for Embedded Systems.
Dr. James T. Kajiya
JAMES T. KAJIYA (NAE) is currently a director of research at Microsoft Corporation. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Kajiya was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, where he built and led the graphics group. His recent work has focused on very high-quality computer graphics. This work has included nonlinear anti-aliasing algorithms for the display of text on raster screens; invention of several new techniques for ray-tracing primitives such as swept volumes, parametric patches and fractal surfaces; an early paper on volume rendering; a hierarchical bounding box technique for accelerating ray tracing; the introduction of anisotropic light reflection models for surfaces; the introduction of algebraic geometry in patch computations; a new technique extending the ray-tracing process via an integral equation, or Monte Carlo algorithm, called the rendering equation; and a solution to the problem of rendering fuzzy surfaces. Most recently, Dr. Kajiya has returned to graphics hardware design. He was the principal architect on Talisman, a low-cost hardware architecture for very high-quality real-time 3-D graphics. Dr. Kajiya also served as the principal investigator on a joint research project with IBM that produced an implementation of Prolog yielding a speed of 0.9 megalips and a new object-oriented systems programming language called FITH. In other work, he explored parallel ray tracing on the IBM RP3 and specified software architecture for scientific visualization in the IBM SVS, which became the power visualization station. In joint work with TRW, he has served as architect for the FISC-1 and FISC-2 machines, supercomputers oriented toward military signal and image-processing tasks. Dr. Kajiya has served on the external advisory board of the Defense Mapping Agency, on the National Neurocircuitry Database Committee for the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, and on the SIGGRAPH executive committee. He received the SIGGRAPH Technical Achievement Award in 1991 and served as the technical program chair for SIGGRAPH 93. In 1997, Dr. Kajiya, along with Dr. Timothy Kay, received an Academy Award (technical certificate) for work on rendering hair and fur.
Dr. George Karypis
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
GEORGE KARYPIS is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research interests span the areas of data mining, bio-informatics, parallel processing, CAD, and scientific computing. His research in data mining is focused on developing innovative new algorithms for a variety of data mining problems including clustering, classification, pattern discovery, and deviation detection, with an emphasis on business applications and information retrieval. His research in bio-informatics is focused on developing algorithms for understanding the function of genes and proteins in different species using data arising from genome-wide expression profiles. His research in parallel processing is focused on developing scalable parallel algorithms for emerging applications and architectures. His recent research has led to the development of a number of highly efficient and scalable software packages and algorithms such as METIS (a serial sparse graph partitioning software), ParMETIS (an MPI-based parallel graph partitioning software), hMETIS (a circuit partitioning software), PSPASES (a parallel direct solver), and CHAMELEON (a spatial clustering algorithm).
Dr. Charles E. Kolb
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
CHARLES E. KOLB (NAE) is the president and chief executive officer of Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), a position he has held since 1985. Since 1970, ARI has provided research and development services requiring expertise in the physical and engineering sciences to commercial and government clients working to solve national and international environmental, energy and defense problems. These include a wide range of topics such as global and regional environmental quality and the development of clean and efficient energy and propulsion technologies. His research interests include: atmospheric chemistry, combustion chemistry, and the physics and chemistry of aircraft and rocket exhaust plumes. Dr. Kolb has published over 225 archival journal articles and book chapters on these and related topics. Dr. Kolb has received numerous professional honors and has served in a broad range of professional and Academy related positions. He is currently chair of the Advisory Council for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University and has served as a committee member (2003-2011) and chair (2006-2008) of the Committee on Environmental Improvement of the American Chemical Society. He has contributed to a variety of National Academy of Sciences activities including service on the National Research Council’s Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Optical Society of American, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Kolb holds an S.B. in chemistry (chemical physics option) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University.
Dr. Vipin Kumar
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
VIPIN KUMAR is currently the William Norris Professor and head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kumar is the lead principal investigator of a 5-year, $10 million project, "Understanding Climate Change - A Data Driven Approach", funded by the NSF's Expeditions in Computing program that is aimed at pushing the boundaries of computer science research. He also served as the director of Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Kumar's current research interests include data mining, high performance computing, and their applications in climate/ecosystems and biomedical domains. His research has resulted in the development of the concept of isoefficiency metric for evaluating the scalability of parallel algorithms, as well as highly efficient parallel algorithms and software for sparse matrix factorization and graph partitioning. He has authored over 300 research articles, and has co-edited or co-authored 11 books including widely used text books ``Introduction to Parallel Computing'' and ``Introduction to Data Mining'', both published by Addison Wesley. Dr. Kumar has served as chair/co-chair for many international conferences and workshops in the area of data mining and parallel computing, including IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (2002) and International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (2001). Dr. Kumar co-founded SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and served as a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (an official journal of the American Statistical Association). Currently, Dr. Kumar serves on the steering committees of the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, and is series editor for the Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Book Series published by CRC Press/Chapman Hall. Dr. Kumar is a fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee (2013); the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland College Park (2009); and IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award (2005). Dr. Kumar's foundational research in data mining and its applications to scientific data was honored by the ACM SIGKDD 2012 Innovation Award, which is the highest award for technical excellence in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). Kumar received a B.E. in electronics and communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (formerly, University of Roorkee), India, in 1977; an M.E. in electronics engineering from Philips International Institute, Eindhoven, Netherlands, in 1979; and a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Maryland in 1982.
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. Guy M. Lohman
GUY M. LOHMAN is manager of disruptive information management architectures in the Advanced Information Management Department at IBM Research Division's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, where he has worked for 31 years. He currently manages the Blink research project, which most recently contributed BLU Acceleration to DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows 10.5. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Lohman’s team invented and developed the Query Engine of the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS, V1.1 and the Informix Warehouse Accelerator. Dr. Lohman was the architect of the Query Optimizer of DB2 on the Linux, UNIX, and Windows platforms, and was responsible for its development from 1992 to 1997 (versions 2 – 5), as well as the invention and prototyping of Visual Explain and efficient sampling in DB2. During that period, Dr. Lohman also managed the overall effort to incorporate into that DB2 product the Starburst compiler technology that was prototyped at the Almaden Research Center. More recently, he was a co-inventor and designer of the DB2 Index Advisor (now part of the Design Advisor), and co-founder of the DB2 Autonomic Computing project, part of IBM's company-wide Autonomic Computing initiative. From 2004-2006, he was responsible for the design of the extensions to DB2 to optimize XQuery queries in DB2 9. Dr. Lohman was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2002. He was the general chair for ACM's Symposium on Cloud Computing held in October 2013 at Santa Clara University, and the General Co-Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) to be held 13-16 April 2015 in Seoul, Korea (http://www.icde2015.org). Previously, he was the chair of the Workgroup on Self-Managing Database Systems (SMDB) of the IEEE Technical Committee on Database Engineering, and on the editorial boards of the “Very Large Data Bases Journal” and “Distributed and Parallel Databases”. His current research interests involve disruptive machine architectures for business intelligence, advanced data analytics, query optimization, self-managing database systems, information management appliances, and autonomic problem determination.
Dr. Kyran D. Mish
Sandia National Laboratories
KYRAN D. MISH is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At Sandia, Dr. Mish serves as the technical liaison between the Department of Defense computational analyst community and the Sandia engineering code groups funded under the NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) initiative. Dr. Mish has four decades of experience in computational engineering in national laboratory, private engineering practice, and academic venues. Dr. Mish’s professional experience includes his current work at Sandia, a senior management tenure at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as the founding director of the Center for Computational Engineering, and service on the engineering faculty of the University of California, Davis and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Mish’s research interests lie at the interface of critical infrastructure and information technology, and his body of research work includes interests in subsurface mechanics, structural engineering, fluid-structure coupling, soil-structure interaction, scalable computing, and scientific visualization.
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. Linda A. Ness
Applied Communication Sciences
LINDA A. NESS is chief scientist and university liaison at the Applied Communication Sciences Applied Research (formerly Telcordia). Her expertise are in multi-scale algorithms for representing and analyzing high-dimensional data; mathematics; computer science; research program management; management of innovation, technology transition and insertion; telecom operations support systems processes and products; and software development process. She has served as co-principal investigator of two research projects focused on fast multi-scale algorithms for representing and analyzing high-dimensional data. Both projects are in collaboration with Professors Peter Jones and Vladimir Rokhlin of Yale University. Her former experience includes serving as assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Washington, visiting associate professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, and associate professor of mathematics at Carlton College. She has a B.A. in mathematics from St. Olaf College, an M.S. in mathematics from Harvard University, an M.S. in computer science from University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University.
Dr. Arogyaswami J. Paulraj
AROGYASWAMI J. PAULRAJ (NAE) is a professor emeritus in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. He is a pioneer of MIMO wireless communications, a technology break through that enables improved wireless performance. MIMO is now incorporated into all new wireless systems. His other research interests include opportunistic scheduling, performance modeling of wireless networks, and exploiting rich multipath wideband channels (e.g., time reversal). He is the author of over 400 research papers, two text books and a co-inventor in 52 U.S. patents. He has won over a dozen awards in the U.S., notably the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the top award for telecommunications technology pioneers. He is a fellow of seven scientific academies including the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is a fellow of IEEE and AAAS.
Dr. Radia Perlman
RADIA PERLMAN (NAE) is a fellow at EMC Corporation. She was previously an Intel fellow and director of network and security technology in Intel Labs. In this role she provided strategic direction for future network, security and trusted platform research. Perlman is the inventor of many fundamental technology innovations in computer networking, including the spanning tree algorithm, which is at the heart of today's Ethernet; TRILL, an emerging standard for data center interconnection that can replace today's spanning tree Ethernet; scalable and robust link state routing technology; and contributions in strong password protocols, authentication and authorization models, and denial of service protection techniques. Perlman has authored two networking textbooks and earned a Ph.D. from MIT in computer science. She holds approximately 100 patents in network security and routing technologies. Perlman has been recognized with numerous industry awards including an honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, the SIGCOMM lifetime achievement award, and the Usenix Association lifetime achievement award.
Dr. Kalyan Perumalla
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
KALYAN PERUMALLA is a distinguished research and development staff member and manager in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an adjunct professor in the School of Computational Sciences and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Perumalla founded and currently leads the Discrete Computing Systems Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has performed research as an investigator on several research programs sponsored by U.S. federal agencies including the DOE, DOD, DHS, and NSF. His areas of interest include reversible computing, high performance computing, parallel discrete event simulation, and parallel combinatorial optimization. His primary research contributions are in the application of reversible computation to high performance computing and in advancing the vision of a new class of supercomputing applications using real-time, parallel discrete event simulations. Dr. Perumalla is a winner of the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Career Award in Advanced Scientific Computing Research, 2010-2015. His recent book Introduction to Reversible Computing is among the first few in its area. He co-authored another book, three book chapters, and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Five of his co-authored papers received the best paper awards, in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2014, and two were finalists in 2010. Dr. Perumalla serves as program committee member and reviewer for several international conferences and journals. He is a member of the editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) and the SCS Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SIMULATION). His research prototype tools in parallel and distributed computing have been disseminated to research institutions worldwide. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.
Dr. H. Vincent Poor
H. VINCENT POOR (NAS/NAE) is dean of engineering and applied science and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University. His research activities are focused on advances in several fields of rapid technology development, notably wireless networks, social networks and smart grid. One focus of his recent work in wireless networks has addressed the fundamental limits of such techniques through the information theoretic analyses of relay and interference channels. A further issue that we are addressing is the fundamental ability of the physics of the radio channel to provide security in data transmission, and the development of codes and other methods to exploit this capability. In the area of social networks, his focus has been on two areas of interest. The first is the development of new models and analytical techniques for studying the degrees of social separation in small-world networks, and the application of such models to aid in the understanding of social phenomena that have been observed in experimental studies of social networks. The second area of interest has been the development of an on-line content trading platform, and the use of this platform as an experimental test-bed to investigate the behavior of users in various types of content sharing and content trading scenarios. In the smart grid area his work has focused on the use of advanced methods from communications and information technology to address several issues arising in this context, including the detection and amelioration of bad data attacks, the study of privacy issues for both operators and consumers, and development of distributed algorithms for state estimation and control of the grid. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Dr. Padma Raghavan
Pennsylvania State University
PADMA RAGHAVAN is the director of the Institute for Cyber Science and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Raghavan’s research interests concern sparsity as a unifying abstraction from computational science to computer architecture, toward increasing computational performance by constant factors to orders of magnitude. Her publications are in three major areas including: (i) parallel algorithms for high performance scientific computing (supercomputing), (ii) energy-aware performance scalability of advanced computer systems (green supercomputing), and (iii) computational modeling, simulation and knowledge extraction. Specific contributions concern scalable sparse solvers, parallel and distributed graph and numeric algorithms for modeling, simulation and knowledge discovery, and energy-aware supercomputing. She has several awards including the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished Scholar Award, Argonne National Laboratory (Department of Energy) and the University of Chicago; and the National Science Foundation, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate CAREER Award.
Dr. Neil G. Siegel
Northrop Grumman Information Systems
NEIL G. SIEGEL (NAE) is the sector vice president and chief engineer at the Northrop Grumman Information Systems. His most recent work has focused on the use of information technology on the battlefield, in order to enable better, faster decisions, and thereby improve combat outcomes for U.S. forces and our Allies. This has required the creation of new techniques in communications protocols (especially those aimed at achieving very high efficiency for a large community of low-bandwidth wireless links, e.g., low-bandwidth reliable multicast, unicast route selection at the time service request, etc.); automation of software, network, and system configuration (including the notion of a "force-structure-aware network", e.g., infusing knowledge of the community being served into the network control structure, as a mechanism for providing better service); and large-scale software design techniques (e.g., technical approaches to partitioning large software systems so as to fit the distribution of skill levels in real teams, and new systems engineering techniques designed to allow systems to evolve over time in desirable ways), so as to meet the demands for flexibility, adaptability, reliability, and operation under harsh and off-nominal conditions induced by the battlefield.
Dr. Salvatore J. Stolfo
SALVATORE J. STOLFO is professor of computer science at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from NYU Courant Institute in 1979 and has been on the faculty of Columbia ever since. He won an IBM Faculty Development Award early in his career in 1983. He has published several books and well over 230 scientific papers since then, several winning best paper awards, in the areas of parallel computing, artificial intelligence knowledge-based systems, data mining, computer security and intrusion detection systems. He has been granted 47 patents. In his early career he invented a parallel speech processor widely used in the telephone system. Today, many companies produce security products incorporating a number of his inventions. Dr. Stolfo served as chair of computer science and director of the Center for Advanced Technology at Columbia University. He was a member of several journal editorial boards including the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. He has chaired, served on the program committees or led many workshops and conferences. He has consulted for government including serving on the NRC Naval Studies Board Sub-Committee on Cybersecurity, and the Futures Panel for DARPA IPTO. Dr. Stolfo has also consulted and collaborated with a number of large financial institutions. Dr. Stolfo is also an entrepreneur having founded several companies that have developed security and privacy technology.
Mr. Steven J. Wallach
STEVEN J. WALLACH (NAE) is a chief scientist and a co-founder of Convey Computer Corporation, which was recently bought by Micron Technology, Incorporated. He is also an adviser to venture capital firms CenterPoint Ventures, Sevin-Rosen, and InterWest Partners. Previously, he served as vice president of technology for Chiaro Networks Ltd., and as co-founder, chief technology officer, and senior vice president of development of Convex Computer Corporation. After Hewlett-Packard Co. bought Convex, Dr. Wallach became chief technology officer of HP's Enterprise Systems Group. Mr. Wallach served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1998 to 2007. He was also a visiting professor at Rice University in 1998 and 1999, and was manager of advanced development for Data General Corporation. His efforts on the MV/8000 are chronicled in Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Soul of a New Machine." Dr. Wallach, who has 38 patents, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE fellow, and was a founding member of the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is the 2008 recipient of IEEE's prestigious Seymour Cray Award.
Dr. Dusan S. Zrnic
National Severe Storms Laboratory
DUSAN S. ZRNIC (NAE) is a senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He also serves as an affiliate professor of meteorology and electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He is a fellow of the IEEE and of the AMS and was the chief editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. He has published extensively on weather radar signal processing, radar meteorology, and remote sensing and has co-authored (with Dr. Richard Doviak) the book Doppler Radar and Weather Observations, New York, Academic Press, 1984, second edition 1993, paperback reprint by Dover 2006. The book has been published in Russian and Chinese. He has developed scientific and engineering aspects (e.g., a patent) of polarimetric weather radar technology and brought these to successful operational implementation on the National Network of weather radars. Dr. Zrnic is a co-recipient of the IEEE 1988 Harry Diamond Memorial Award, is sharing the 1993 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Award, and is a recipient of the WMO 1996 Vaisala award. In 2004 he received the Presidential Rank Award. He was inducted into the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006 with citation: “For development of potent radar methods that have greatly enhanced operational weather detection and warning and advanced meteorological research.” He was recognized by the AMS Remote Sensing Prize in 2008.
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 US 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.