University of Oregon
Jessica Green, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon and an applied and theoretical ecologist interested in biological diversity and asking questions about patterns in the distribution and abundance of species. The overarching aim of her work is to understand the forces that organize heterogeneous ecological systems, and to apply this understanding to help inform conservation policy and management decisions. She uses interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of microbiology, ecology, mathematics, informatics, and computer science. Current systems of study include soil microbial communities in marine, alpine, and mediterranean systems. Specific attention has been directed to exploring patterns and principles that may be common to microbes, plants, and animals.
Charles N. Haas
Charles Haas, PhD, is the L. D. Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. His broad research interests include drinking water treatment, bioterrorism and risk assessment. Specific research activities include assessment of risks from exposures to deliberately released agents; engineering analysis and optimization of chemical decontamination schemes; microbiological risks associated with pathogens in drinking water, biosolids and foods; novel kinetic models for disinfection processes and process control; and use of computational fluid dynamics for process modeling. Dr. Haas is co-director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment that is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He received his M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois. He is currently a member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board.
Mark T. Hernandez
University of Colorado Boulder
Mark Hernandez, PhD, PE, is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests lie at the cusp of molecular biology and civil engineering, focusing on the characterization and control of biological air pollution, both natural and anthropogenic. His recent work has focused on engineering disinfection systems for airborne bacteria and viruses and on tracking bioaerosols through natural weather patterns and catastrophic events (such as Hurricane Katrina). He is a registered professional civil engineer and an active technical consultant in the commercial waste treatment and industrial hygiene sectors. Dr. Hernandez serves as an editor of Aerosol Science and Technology and is the director of the Colorado Diversity Initiative. He received his PhD and MS in environmental engineering and his BS in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
University of Florida
Robert Holt, PhD, is an Eminent Scholar and the Arthur R. Marshall, Jr. Chair in Ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Holt’s research focuses on theoretical and conceptual issues at the population and community levels of ecological organization, and the task of linking ecology with evolutionary biology. He focuses on basic research as well as bringing modern ecological theory to bear on significant applied problems, particularly in conservation biology. He approaches ecology by moving beyond traditional analyses of single species or interacting species pairs by focusing on an immediate level of complexity (community modules), which are small sets of interacting species, patterns of interactions found across many ecosystems. He is currently researching how predators influence infectious disease dynamics in host populations that are also prey.
Ronald M. Latanision
Ronald Latanision, PhD, (NAE) is a Senior Fellow of Materials and Corrosion at Exponent. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Latanision was the Director of The H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T., and held joint faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He led the School of Engineering’s Materials Processing Center at MIT as its Director from 1985 to 1991. He is now an Emeritus Professor at MIT. In April 2015, he was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Key Laboratory of Nuclear Materials and Safety Assessment of the Institute of Metal Research of The Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ASM International, NACE International, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1983–1988, Dr. Latanision was the first holder of the Shell Distinguished Chair in Materials Science. He hosted the annual Siemens Science and Technology Competition on the MIT campus for more than ten years. Dr. Latanision was a founder of Altran Materials Engineering Corporation, established in 1992.
Dr. Latanision’s research interests are focused largely in the areas of materials processing and in the corrosion of metals and other materials in aqueous (ambient as well as high temperature and pressure) environments. He specializes in corrosion science and engineering with particular emphasis on materials selection for contemporary and advanced engineering systems and in failure analysis. His expertise extends to electrochemical systems and processing technologies, ranging from fuel cells and batteries to supercritical water power generation and waste destruction. Dr. Latanision’s research interests include stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of metals and alloys, water and ionic permeation through thin polymer films, photoelectrochemistry, and the study of aging phenomena/life prediction in engineering materials and systems. Dr. Latanision is a member of the International Corrosion Council and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Reviews, with Professor Noam Eliaz of Tel-Aviv University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the NAE Quarterly, The Bridge.
Dr. Latanision has served as a science adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology, an executive branch office created to strengthen the Commonwealth’s science and technology infrastructure with emphasis directed toward future economic growth. Dr. Latanision has served as a member of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council and now serves as a member of the NRC’s Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization. In June of 2002, Dr. Latanision was appointed by President George W. Bush to membership on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and was reappointed for a second four-year term by President Barack Obama.
Building Ecology Research Group
Hal Levin, BArch, is a Research Architect with Building Ecology Research Group. Mr. Levin has conducted research and provided consultation in the areas of building impacts on occupant health and comfort as well as on the larger environment. For almost 30 years he has been involved in research and consulting that include the integration of knowledge about indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as other risk factors into the design of residential, educational, and commercial buildings and communities. His work includes many efforts to design buildings with minimal negative impacts on occupants or the larger environment including the design of its ventilation, building materials selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality. He has been a strong proponent of life-cycle analysis and risk assessment as indicators of the sustainability of alternative designs, practices, and buildings. Mr. Levin is a contributor to chapters in several books, including: Indoor Air Quality Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and is a former Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air.
Vivian E. Loftness
Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten Academies panels and the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is the recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Karen E. Nelson
The J. Craig Venter Institute
Karen Nelson, PhD, is the President of the Rockville Campus of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) where she has worked for the past 15 years. She was formerly the Director of Human Microbiology and Metagenomics in the Department of Human Genomic Medicine at the JCVI. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology, and metagenomics. Since joining the JCVI legacy institutes, Dr. Nelson has led several genomic and metagenomic efforts, was involved in the analysis of the microbiota of the human stomach and gastrointestinal tract, and led the first human metagenomics study on fecal material derived from three individuals which was published in 2006. Additional ongoing studies in her group include metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, reference genome sequencing and analysis, studies with non-human primates, and studies on the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and edited three books, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journals Microbial Ecology and Advances in Microbial Ecology. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of BMC Genomics, GigaScience, and the Central European Journal of Biology. She was also a member of the NRC Standing Committee on Biodefense for the U.S. Department of Defense, and has just joined the Board on Life Sciences. She is also a Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies, and her PhD from Cornell University.
Jordan Peccia, PhD, is an associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale University and the director of Yale environmental engineering undergraduate studies. His research group applies classical and molecular biology to solve environmental problems. The current research thrusts in his laboratory include: (i) applying molecular biology techniques to investigate the diversity, origin, and fate of airborne biological material, (ii) development of functional genomic approaches for controlling microalgae growth in biodiesel production, (iii) understanding human pathogen exposure and in vitro toxicity responses associated with land applied biosolids (sewage sludge).
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Andrew Persily, PhD, is Chief, Energy and Environment Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has performed research into indoor air quality and ventilation since the late 1970s. His work has included the development and application of measurement techniques to evaluate airflows and indoor air contaminant levels in a variety of building types, including large, mechanically ventilated buildings and single-family dwellings. These evaluation procedures include tracer gas techniques for measuring air change rates and air distribution effectiveness, contaminant concentrations measurements, and envelope airtightness. He has contributed to the development and application of multi-zone airflow and contaminant dispersal models. Dr. Persily was a vice-president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) from 2007 to 2009, and is past chair of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1, responsible for the revision of the ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62. He is currently chair of Standard 189.1, Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. He is a past chair of ASTM Subcommittee E6.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance and past vice-chair of subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air Quality. He was named an ASTM Fellow and an ISIAQ Fellow in 2002, and an ASHRAE Fellow in 2004.
University of Oklahoma
Jizhong Zhou, PhD, is Presidential Professor and the Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on environmental microbiology across different organizational levels ranging from genomes to ecosystems, further divided into the following areas: (1) functional genomics (linking genes to functions through understanding gene functions and regulatory networks by focusing on several important groups of microorganisms); (2) genomics technologies (developing integrated high throughput experimental and bioinformatic technologies such as GeoChip for microbial community analysis); (3) ecological genomics (linking community structure to ecosystem functioning through applications of high throughput integrating cutting-edge genomic technologies to address frontier research questions related to bioenergy, global changes, carbon sequestration, environmental remediation, industrial and agricultural practices, ecological theories, and public health, (4) metagenomics and microbial ecology (using high-throughput gene sequencing and associated genomics technologies to examine microbial community diversity at various habitats, microbial biogeography and mechanisms shaping microbial diversity patterns; (5) evolutionary genomics (linking genotypes to phenotypes through long-term laboratory experimental evolution, and comparative sequence analysis) and (6) bioinformatics and systems biology (developing novel ecological network and mathematical modeling approaches to address questions related to systems biology and ecosystem sciences important to environments, energy as well as human health).