Ron Haskins is a senior fellow and holds the Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. He is also a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was the President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2016. Haskins is the co-author of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Evidence in Social Policy (2015) and the author of Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (2006). Beginning in 1986, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and was subsequently appointed to be the Senior Advisor to President Bush for Welfare Policy. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. He and his colleague Isabel Sawhill were recently awarded the Moynihan Prize by the American Academy of Political and Social Science for being champions of the public good and advocates for public policy based on social science research. Haskins is also president-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Haskins was recently appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan to co-chair the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Edward H. Kaplan
Edward H. Kaplan (NAE/NAM) is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, professor of public health, and professor of engineering at the Yale School of Management. He is an expert in operations research, mathematical modeling and statistics, and studies problems in public policy and management. His recent research has focused on counterterror topics such as the tactical prevention of suicide bombings, bioterror preparedness, and response logistics in the event of a smallpox or anthrax attack. Kaplan has also conducted award-winning research evaluating the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs while developing new mathematical models for the study of HIV transmission, prevention, and resource allocation. He is the author of more than 125 research articles and his work reported in many major media outlets. Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards. An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, he has also twice received the prestigious Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has investigated AIDS policy issues facing the State of Israel. In 2014, he was elected to the presidency of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world’s largest society of operations research and analytics academics and professionals. Kaplan holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning, as well as masters’ degrees in mathematics (statistics), operations research and city planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ronald D. Lee (NAS) is the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Endowed Chair in Economics. Lee is also the director of the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging at Berkeley. His work focuses on demography and population studies, particularly from an economic point of view. Lee is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding member of the British Academy. His other honors include Presidency of the Population Association of America and its Mindel C. Sheps Award for research in Mathematical Demography, and the Irene B. Taeuber Award for outstanding contributions in the field of demography. He also has chaired the population and social science study section for NIH and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Population and has served on the National Advisory Committee on Aging. He is currently on the National Advisory Committee on Child Health and Human Development. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
Robert A. Moffitt
Robert Moffitt is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Moffitt’s research has focused on labor economics, including labor force issues associated with welfare reform, Medicaid, and social insurance programs. His methodological research has led to publications on selection bias and limited-dependent variable models, nonlinear budget constraints, panel data, attrition, duration models, and causal modeling and program evaluation. Moffitt served as chair of the National Academy of Science’s panel to evaluate welfare reform. In addition, he is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, past president of the Population Association of America, and recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. He is also currently serving as Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board Technical Committee on Labor Force Projections and is the editor of Tax Policy and the Economy of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also served as editor to several journals. He earned his doctorate in economics from Brown University.
Duncan J. Watts
Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Prior to joining MSR in 2012, he was from a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review, and has been recognized by the 2009 German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics, the 2013 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for Complexity Science, and the 2014 Everett Rogers M. Rogers Award. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness , and most recently Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer. Watts holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.
Yannis C. Yortsos
Yannis C. Yortsos was appointed Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005. He is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering. Dr. Yortsos is well known for his work on fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media with applications to the recovery of subsurface fluids and soil remediation. Along with his counterparts at Duke University and Olin College, he promoted the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges of Engineering, co-hosting the first NAE Grand Challenges Summit at Duke University in Spring 2009, and the second annual summit at USC in Fall 2010. The recipient of many honors for research, teaching and service, Dr. Yortsos is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and serves as the liaison of Section 11 to the National Research Council. He received his B.Sc. from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering.