Daniel L. Dumbacher - (Chair)
DANIEL L. DUMBACHER is executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Formerly, he was a professor of engineering practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. At Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher specialized in program and project management, complex, state-of-the-art systems engineering, and propulsion and power systems engineering. He was instrumental in the development of the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, an effort to integrate better the engineering disciplines with business, political science, communications, and philosophy. Prior to Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher served as deputy associate administrator in the Exploration Systems Development Division, for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Dumbacher earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Purdue University and an M.B.A. in business administration from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has served on the Academies’ Committee on A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA as a co-chair.
Steven J. Battel
STEVEN J. BATTEL (NAE) is president of Battel Engineering, providing engineering, development, and review services to NASA, the Department of Defense, university, and industrial clients. His areas of specialization include program management, cost and schedule evaluation, systems engineering, advanced technology development, spacecraft avionics, power systems, high-voltage systems, precision electronics, and scientific instrument design. He developed scientific instruments for recent NASA missions including Curiosity, Mars-Phoenix, Cassini, HST, LADEE, MAVEN, ExoMars and Mars2020. Mr. Battel was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope External Readiness Review Team for SM-2, SM3A, SM3B and SM4; the AXAF/Chandra Independent Assessment Team; the TDRS-H/I/J Independent Review Team; the Mars Polar Lander Failure Review Board; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Genesis Failure Review Board. He is a current or former member of more than 80 review boards for NASA missions. Prior to Battel Engineering, he worked as an engineer, researcher, and manager at the University of Michigan, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Mr. Battel is a fellow of the AIAA and AAAS, a member of Sigma Xi, and a member of the AURA Space Telescope Institute Council. Mr. Battel earned his B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served on many Academies committees, including the Committee on NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment, the Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Committee on Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and the Committee on Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space. He has also served on the Committee on Solar and Space Physics and is a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Martin J. Curran
MARTIN J. CURRAN is executive vice president and innovation officer of Corning. He was appointed Corning’s first innovation officer six years ago. In this role, Mr. Curran manages a portfolio of programs to increase the probability of success for new business opportunities. The innovation office was created to build an entrepreneurial-focused organization that could operate across all business segments to identify and develop near-term revenue opportunities. Prior to joining Corning, Mr. Curran has held a variety of executive roles in finance, manufacturing, and marketing. He holds a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
JANICE L. FRASER is a chief product officer with Bionic Solution in New York. She installs entrepreneurship and venture capital as forms of growth management in Fortune 100 companies, which enables them to launch new billion-dollar businesses. Ms. Fraser is also a serial entrepreneur and an expert on the management practices needed to support innovation at scale. Her clients have included the Obama White House, Proctor and Gamble, Lyft, and the Navy Seals Training Command. She sits on growth boards at Nike and Levi Strauss & Co. Previously, Ms. Fraser was director of innovation and transformation at Pivotal Software. For 16 years before that, she started numerous businesses. Among them, Ms. Fraser was founder/CEO of Luxr, an early Lean Startup firm (sold to Pivotal), and Adaptive Path, the world’s first UX firm (sold to Capital One). She served as an advisor to more than 50 startup companies in a ten week product-acceleration program. With backing by leading Silicon Valley investors including 500 Startups, Mitchell Kapor, Bill Gross's Idealab, and Tony Hsieh's Vegas Tech Fund, Luxr reached entrepreneurs around the world. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics surrounding the management of innovation, and is a deeply respected member of the Lean Startup community. Ms. Fraser earned a B.A. in English from the Ohio University. She has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Linda A. Hill
LINDA A. HILL is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where she is also chair of the Leadership Initiative. Dr. Hill specializes in leadership, global business strategies, and governing innovation. She has authored several critically acclaimed books on leadership, including Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. Drawing from her experience in consulting, Dr. Hill designed the management development program Breakthrough Leadership, and she has worked professionally with organizations including General Electric, IBM, Merck, the National Bank of Kuwait, and the Economist. She earned both her Ph.D. in behavioral sciences and her M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.