Robert P. Denaro - (Chair)
ROBERT P. DENARO is Vice President of NAVTEQ, a company that specializes in digital roadmap data and services for navigation, and leads NAVTEQ's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business. Mr. Denaro joined NAVTEQ from Rand McNally & Company, where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Solutions, responsible for business-to-business applications and consumer technology products and services in mapping and routing. Prior to joining Rand McNally, Mr. Denaro was Vice President and Director of Motorola's Consumer Telematics Products, a division he launched after heading the company's Global Positioning System (GPS) business for five years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Denaro launched Trimble Navigation's Fleet Management and Vehicle Tracking Division and was co-founder of TAU Corporation, producer of the first commercial differential GPS systems. He started his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for nine years, initially working on research, development, and flight testing of the first cockpit digital map displays, and ultimately carrying out research, development and field test as a USAF Captain at the Navstar GPS Joint Program Office. Mr. Denaro is a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee, Vice Chair of the DOT ITS Program Advisory Committee, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and served as a Policy Board Director of the 511 National Traveler Information Number Deployment Coalition. He is a past Vice President of the Institute of Navigation, past Vice Chairman of the U.S. GPS Industry Council, and was a lecturer for the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development. He is nominated for his expertise in private industry mapping programs, and for his knowledge of prior NRC studies conducted in this area. He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Engineering Sciences (Astronautics) from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
George H. Brimhall
University of California, Berkeley
GEORGE H. BRIMHALL (NAE) is a professor of geology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught and conducted research for nearly 33 years. Previously he taught in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a project and underground mine geologist for the Anaconda Company. Dr. Brimhall’s research interests include digital field mapping, exploration and mining geology, ore deposit genesis and geochemistry, surface process geochemistry, and mineral resources issues. In addition, he has been active with both the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of America; he was associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin from 1992 to 1995. Dr. Brimhall was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and received the University of California, Berkeley Noyce Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network
ROBERT S. CHEN is director and senior research scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University. He served as CIESIN's deputy director from 1998 to 2006 and as CIESIN's interim director from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Chen is also the manager and co-principal investigator of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, a data center in the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System. He is currently secretary-general of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science and an ex officio member of the Board on Research Data and Information of the NRC. He has contributed to activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for more than a decade and currently serves as an ex officio member of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis and co-manager of the IPCC Data Distribution Center. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina from Chapel Hill and holds Masters degrees in Technology and Policy and in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His undergraduate degree was in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina from Chapel Hill and holds Masters degrees in Technology and Policy and in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His undergraduate degree was in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
ANDREA DONNELLAN is a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a research professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Donnellan integrates satellite technology with high-performance computer models to study earthquakes, plate tectonics, and the corresponding movements of the earth's crust. She is currently NASA's Applied Sciences Program Area Lead for Natural Disasters, and Principal Investigator of NASA's QuakeSim and other projects. Dr. Donnellan has also been the Project Scientist of a mission to study natural hazards, ice sheets, and ecosystems, and Deputy Manager of the Laboratory's Science Division. She has conducted field studies in California in the region of the Northridge earthquake, the Ventura basin, and on the San Andreas fault. She has also carried out field work on the West Antarctic Ice Streams, in the Dry Valleys, and in Marie Byrd Land of Antarctica, on the Altiplano of Bolivia, in Mongolia, and on Variegated Glacier in Alaska. Dr. Donnellan received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1996, the Women in Aerospace Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2003, the Women At Work Medal of Excellence in 2004, and was the MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation Woman of the Year in 2006. She has held an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and has been a Visiting Associate at the Seismological Laboratory at Caltech. Dr. Donnellan has a B.S. in geology from the Ohio State University, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MICHAEL EMCH is Associate Professor of Geography, Fellow at the Carolina Population Center, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is in infectious disease ecology, neighborhood determinants of health, and geographic information science applications of public health. He leads the Spatial Health Research Group which conducts research that explores spatio-temporal patterns of disease, primarily infectious diseases of the developing world (www.unc.edu/depts/geog/ spatialhealthgroup/). Disease patterns are studied using a holistic approach by investigating the role of natural, social, and built environments in disease occurrence in different places and populations. Diverse statistical and spatial analytical methods are informed by theory from the fields of medical geography, epidemiology, and ecology. These theories and methods are used to examine diverse topics such as the role of population-environment drivers in viral evolution, how social and spatial connectivity simultaneously contribute to disease incidence, and using environmental indicators to predict disease outbreaks. Dr. Emch holds a PhD in medical geography from Michigan State University, an MA in geography from Miami University, and a BA in biology from Alfred University.