Jennie S. Hwang - (Chair)
H-Technologies Group, Inc.
JENNIE S. HWANG (NAE, 1998) is CEO of H-Technologies Group, and board trustee and distinguished adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. She was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corporation and has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corp., Hanson, PLC and Sherwin-Williams Co. and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. With more than 35-year globe-trotting experience, she is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. She has served as Global President of the Surface Mount Technology Association and in other global leadership positions and is an international speaker and author of 450+ publications including several textbooks on leading technologies, advanced manufacturing and global market thrusts. She has lectured to tens of thousands of engineers and researchers on professional development courses. She is also an author and speaker on education, technology, trade and business issues. Her speeches range from university commencement addresses to keynote at DoD Federal Women’s Program to tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Among her awards/honors are the U.S. Congressional Certificate of Achievements, induction into the International Hall of Fame (Women in Technology), R&D-Stars-to-Watch (Industry Week) and YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Dr. Hwang has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and a number of international industry boards. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Fortune 500 NYSE-traded and private companies, and various civic boards. Her formal education include Harvard University Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Governance Program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S.) in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry, and Liquid Crystal Science. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award, in its 16th year, recognizing outstanding women students who study in STEM was established in her honor. Further info: www.JennieHwang.com.
Frederick R. Chang
FREDERICK R. CHANG (NAE) is the executive director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Dr. Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former director of research at the National Security Agency (NSA). He is currently the Co-Chair of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies. He has also served as a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. Dr. Chang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2016) and he has been awarded the NSA Director's Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Chang received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has also completed the senior executive program at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Colorado School of Mines
MARK EBERHART is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Molecular Theory Group (MTG). At the MTG knowledge of bonding is obtained through detailed topological analyses of the spatial distribution of electrons in molecules and solids. Many subtle aspects of the distribution become obvious when viewed from a topological perspective. The accompanying topological formalism gives well-defined, unambiguous, meaningful and consistent definitions to previously indeterminate quantities such as atomic bonds and basins. His work is based primarily on first principles computations, which provide the electron charge densities, and topological analysis software developed at the MTG. He is also exploring the topological and geometric origins responsible for the stability of amorphous metallic alloys. In addition to his work on condensed phase systems, his group has active research programs exploring the relationships between charge density and the chemical properties of molecular systems, both organic and inorganic. Dr. Eberhart holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in Physical Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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, 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. 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). 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.
Wesley L. Harris
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
WESLEY L. HARRIS (NAE) is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of the Lean Sustainment Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected to the NAE “for contributions to understanding of helicopter rotor noise, for encouragement of minorities in engineering, and for service to the aeronautical industry.” He has performed research and published in refereed journals in the following areas: fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; unsteady, non-linear aerodynamics; acoustics; lean manufacturing processes; military logistics and sustainment. Harris has substantial experience as a leader in higher education administration and management. Harris also has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing major national and international aeronautical and aviation programs and personnel in the executive branch of the federal government. He is an elected Fellow of the AIAA, AHS, and of the NTA for personal engineering achievements, engineering education, management, and advancing cultural diversity.