Dr. Roberta L. Rudnick - (Chair)
ROBERTA L. RUDNICK, NAS, is a professor of geology at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Earth Science. Previously, Dr. Rudnick was on the faculty of the University of Maryland in the Department of Geology where she was a Distinguished University Professor, and at Harvard University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. At UCSB, Dr. Rudnick uses geochemical and geophysical data to understand the origin and evolution of the continents, including the continental lithospheric mantle. Emphasis is placed on integration of data from a wide diversity of sources, including petrography, petrology, major and trace element geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in order to determine the bulk crust composition of the continental lithosphere, the processes that have influenced its composition through time, and why Earth has continents. She also uses the lithium isotope system as a tool for tracing fluid flow, continental weathering and crustal recycling. She is a recipient of the Dana Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America and the Bowen Award from the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology division of the American Geophysical Union. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and is a foreign associate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Australian National University. She has served on the Academies’ committee on Grand Research Questions in Earth Science.
Mr. James H. Crocker
JAMES H. CROCKER, NAE, is vice president and general manager, retired, of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The focus of his career has been the design, construction, and management of very large, complex systems and instruments for astrophysics and space exploration both in the U.S. and internationally. These include space missions both human and robotic such as Apollo 17, Skylab, Orion; missions to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, asteroids, the moon, comets, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. In ground-based astronomy, he was program manager for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and head of the Program Office for the European VLT, an array of optically phased 8-meter telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He serves on the board of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and as a past member of the Universities Space Research Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Crocker earned a M.S. in management from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Crocker has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Dr. Vinayak P. Dravid
VINAYAK P. DRAVID is the Abraham Harris Chaired Professor and the founding director of the NUANCE Center at Northwestern University. The NUANCE Center is a major instrumentation and characterization facility. He also serves as the director of SHyNE (Soft- and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental) Resource - an NSF-NNCI center of excellence in facility infrastructure program. Dr. Dravid’s scholarly interests revolve around statics and dynamics of “microstructure”; at the intersection of materials science with physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. He is an expert on characterization and analysis of materials, structures and systems by diverse tools/techniques such as: radiation sources (electron, ion and light/photon microscopy/analysis), scanned probe microscopy (SPM) and correlative multimodal techniques. In the recent decade, he has expanded his characterization expertise to soft, hybrid (soft-hard), dynamic phenomena under external stimuli; and non-invasive characterization based on ultrasound holography, MRI contrast enhancement and related techniques. He is a recipient of several awards/honors; IBM and NSF young career awards, Burton medal of Microscopy Society of America (MSA), Coble and Fulrath Awards from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He is an elected fellow of numerous professional societies including: MSA (inauguration class), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), ACerS, AAAS, among others. Dr. Dravid is an honorary life-time member of MRS India (MRSI), and the Hsuen Lee Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Science. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University.
Dr. John M. Eiler
JOHN M. EILER, NAS, is the Robert P. Sharp Professor of Geology and Geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology and director of the Caltech Microanalysis Center. His research interests include the isotope geochemistry of light elements (H, C, N, O and S), as applied to: the origin and evolution of igneous rocks; the origin and evolution of meteorites; planetary atmospheres; atmospheric and environmental chemistry; paleoclimate; and paleontology. He is a recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Day Medal of the Geological Society of America, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Eiler has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Dr. Katherine H. Freeman
KATHERINE H. FREEMAN, NAS, is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include marine sediment biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, past climates and environments and their modern analogs, and new methods in molecular and stable-isotope analyses. She is currently co-editor of the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the Geological Society of America, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is a recipient of the Science Innovation Award from the European Association of Geochemistry and the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Dr. Freeman earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She has served on the Academies’ Gulf Research Program Advisory Board, the Board on Earth Science and Resources, and the Committee on the Astrophysical Context of Life.