David M. Hart - (Co-Chair)
David M. Hart is Professor and Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Since April 2016, Professor Hart has served as co-chair of the STEP Board’s Innovation Policy Forum, helping to lead the Forum’s activities in organizing and moderating workshops and roundtables focused on regional innovation and innovation investment returns. He served as chair of the committee on “Manufacturing USA: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: A Workshop,” the committee that planned the 2017 workshop to which this project is a follow-up.
Dr. Hart received a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. in 1995.
Luis M. Proenza - (Co-Chair)
Luis M. Proenza was President of the University of Akron from 1999 to 2014. He has been involved in national science and technology policy matters since the 1970s. In 2001, President George W. Bush named Dr. Proenza to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the nation's highest-level policy-advisory group for science and technology. In 2004, the Secretary of Energy appointed him chairman of the Science and Mathematics Education Task Force and, later, to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.
Dr. Proenza is a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy and served as co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum. He served on the planning committee for the “Workshop on The Role of State Governments in Economic Development and R&D Competitiveness” and on the “Committee on 21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology,” among others.
Dr. Proenza received a Ph.D. in neurobiology/psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
William B. Bonvillian
William B. Bonvillian is Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science, Technology, and Society and Political Science departments and Senior Director for Special Projects at MIT's Office of Digital Learning. Mr. Bonvillian has been a member of the Innovation Policy Forum since September 2015, participating in Forum events and providing his expertise in science policy, advanced manufacturing, and innovation issues. Since 2006, Mr. Bonvillian has served on National Academies’ committees related to innovation, manufacturing, science policy, and education, including as a member of the Board on Science Education (2006 to 2012) and as a member of the committee on “Manufacturing USA: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: A Workshop,” the committee that planned the 2017 workshop to which this project is a follow-up.
Mr. Bonvillian received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1974; a M.A.R. from Yale University in 1972, and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1969. Further background information is available at: www.bonvillian.org.
Emily Stover DeRocco
The Honorable Emily Stover DeRocco is the Founder of E3, a Washington, DC-based consulting practice focused on linking education, workforce, and economic development assets, and is Education and Workforce Director of LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tommorrow), one of the Manufacturing USA Institutes.
She is the immediate past president of The Manufacturing Institute where she launched and implemented a strategic national agenda on education reform and workforce development, innovation support and services, and research on behalf of U.S. manufacturers. She served as Assistant Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and has represented the United States and led delegations in international forums including the G-8 Labor Ministerials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Western Hemisphere Competitiveness Forum, U.S.-Canada Policy Forums, and U.S.-EU Dialogues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Western Governors University and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology as well as the Board of Advisors to the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Secretary DeRocco served on the National Academies’ “Committee on Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries.”
Secretary DeRocco received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.
Dr. Nancy Diaz-Elsayed is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to working at USF, she was the Sustainable Manufacturing Specialist at Autodesk. Her projects have spanned discrete and continuous processes, including the development of a building intelligence application that combined real-time data with Building Information Models to improve the performance of factories and commercial buildings, and the sustainable design of integrated water and wastewater treatment systems. Her research interests include the modeling of complex systems and processes, technology development for smart and sustainable manufacturing, and the role of industrial symbiosis in the design and growth of urban environments.
Dr. Diaz-Elsayed received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013.