Ms. Lueny Morell
Lueny Morell is currently Director of Engineering Education Innovation Worldwide for HP Laboratories (HP Labs), Hewlett Packard Company (HP). A licensed professional engineer, she holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez and an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She is responsible for developing engineering education, curriculum innovation and development initiatives and student programs worldwide in support of HPL research and technology areas. From 2002 to 2008, she was Director of HP University Relations for Latin America responsible for developing and strengthening HP’s ties to a select number of institutions in Latin America. Her job included brokering research partnerships in areas of interest to HP Labs, broadening funding opportunities through public/private partnerships, participating in major sales efforts to build HP business and brand, facilitating access to top talent in key growth areas; partnering with industry, government, and academia to improve collaboration, accelerating knowledge transfer, and fostering capacity-building in support of economic development. She also engaged and partnered with leading research institutions and S&T education organizations around the world to drive innovation, quality assurance and diversity in engineering and science education. Before joining HP in 2002, Lueny had a 24 year career at the University of Puerto Rico, holding various positions at the Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) as well as at the system level. A full professor of Chemical Engineering, during her tenure at UPRM she was Director of UPRM’s Research & Development Center, elected member to the Academic Senate and Administrative Board, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and the Dean of Engineering in charge of strategic alliances, new educational initiatives and outcomes assessment, including coordinating the ABET 2000 accreditation responsibilities. At the UPR system, Lueny was part of the staff of the Vice President of the University of Puerto Rico System, coordinating the implementation of a UPR system-wide institutional research function, and Director of the Curriculum Innovation Center of the Puerto Rico Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-AMP) Project. Lueny was also Project Director for various NASA and NSF multidisciplinary curriculum innovation grants involving strong industry partnerships. A founding member of the Puerto Rico TechnoEconomic Corridor, a multi sectorial initiative to foster economic development based on high technology, she is member of the following local, national and international advisory boards: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo CoE Advisory Board, Worcester Polytechnic Board of Trustees, the Southern States Technology Board (appointed by the PR Secretary of Economic Development), Northeastern University’s NSF-sponsored Connections Project. More recently Lueny has provided leadership in Puerto Rico in the island’s quest for a knowledge based economy creating the island’s Science and Technology Trust Fund which provides funds to sponsor competitive R&D in CIT and Life sciences for universities and corporations. She is co-founder and member of the Engineer of the Americas Task Force, a group leading quality assurance and mobility of professionals in the Americas, and selected to participate in developing the engineering action agenda for the US by the National Academy of Engineering. Lueny is a member of the Capacity Building Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, the US NSF International Advisory Committee for Science and Engineering, the Pan American Academy of Engineering, the Women in Engineering Programs Advocates Network (WEPAN) Board of Directors and has received various honors during her academic career, including the prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize for innovation in engineering and technology education given by the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006.
Mr. Richard D. Stephens
The Boeing Company
RICHARD STEPHENS is Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company. A 28 year Boeing veteran, Stephens oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based, $61.5 billion, 158,000-person commercial airplane and defense company. Stephens was appointed to lead companywide Human Resources and Administration in September 2005. He previously served as senior vice president of Internal Services and president, Shared Services Group. Prior to these assignments he was vice president and general manager, Integrated Defense Systems Homeland Security and Services and has led a number of service and support-related programs such as Space and Communication Services, Reusable Space Systems, Naval Systems and Tactical Systems, Space Shuttle and submarine combat systems. He received the American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s 2004 Professional of the Year Award and was appointed to the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. In 2006, Stephens was appointed by President Bush to serve as a member of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board, and is chairman of the Illinois Business Roundtable. Stephens also serves as the Boeing executive focal for the University of Southern California and is vice chair of Healthcare for the Orange County Business Council. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1974 from the University of Southern California and his Master of Science degree in computer science in 1984 from California State University, Fullerton. Stephens is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and served as its chairman from 1988-89. He serves on the Advisory Board for the National Science Resources Center.
Dr. Herman B. White, Jr.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
HERMAN B. WHITE is a Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is an expert in particle physics and the only African American in his field at this facility. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Earlham College, master’s degree at Michigan State University, and Ph.D. at Florida State University, all in Physics. He was a Resident Research Associate in Nuclear Physics at Argonne National Laboratory, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation travel fellow at the CERN Laboratory for particle physics research in Geneva, Switzerland, and University Fellow in Physics at Yale University. His research has covered a range of topics in particle and nuclear physics including Neutrino and Kaon physics, as well as work with Accelerators and Particle Beams. He has been involved with many communication efforts to bring information, concerns, and focus about the workforce as well as physics and physical science research to the U.S. Congress and governmental agencies. He has also made invited presentations to business and law school students at the University of Caen in Normandy, France on the value of science in their professions. Dr. White has mentored and interacted with underrepresented minority students who participate in Fermilab's pioneering internship program since 1974, and has a working relationship with a number of minority serving institutions to encourage more under-served students to enter the scientific workforce. He has served on the American Physical Society (APS) National Committee on Minorities in Physics, APS International Physics Group, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Dr. White also serves on the joint U.S. Department of Energy/National Science Foundation High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, and on a number of institional Boards of Directors.
Dr. Mauricio Futran
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Mauricio Futran is Vice President, Process Research and Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where is responsible for leading the process development area, leading on-going improvements for rapid increase in projects with decreasing timelines, and incorporating Quality by Design and other technology based approaches. He is responsible for small molecule API development from interface with discovery to manufacturing validation. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Futran held positions with Merck Research Labs and Maquinaria Plastica, Morderna in Mexico. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Chemical Physics, made invited presentations at national scientific meetings, and lectured at universities such as Harvard University and North Carolina State University. He holds two patents, “Crystallization Method to improve Crystal Structure and Size” and “Process for Producing N-Amino-1Hydroxyalkylidene-1, 1-bisphosphonic acids”. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, and BCST. In addition, he serves as chair of the chemical engineering advisory board at Princeton University. He received the bachelors and master’s of science in chemical engineering from Rice University and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.