Stephen R. Forrest
Stephen Forrest is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, and Materials Science and Engineering. In 1985, Prof. Forrest joined USC and, in 1992, moved to Princeton University. In 2006, he rejoined the University of Michigan as Vice President for Research, where he is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor. A Fellow of the APS, IEEE and OSA and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, he has received numerous awards and medals for his invention of phosphorescent OLEDs, innovations in organic LEDs, organic thin films, and advances in photodetectors for optical communications. Prof. Forrest has authored ~600 papers and has 339 patents. He is co-founder or founding participant in several companies, including Sensors Unlimited, Epitaxx, NanoFlex Power, Universal Display and Apogee Photonics, and is on the Board of Directors of Applied Materials. He is past Chairman of the Board of the University Musical Society and served as Chairman of the Board of Ann Arbor SPARK, the regional economic development organization and is now on its Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology where he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering. Currently, Prof. Forrest serves as Lead Editor of Physical Review Applied and recently joined the Air Force Studies Board. He received his B.A. in physics from the University of California, Berekely, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan.
Christine H. Fox
Christine Fox became the assistant director for policy and analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in 2014. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other federal agencies. The laboratory has more than 5,000 staff members who are making critical contributions to a wide variety of nationally and globally significant technical and scientific challenges. Previously, she served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense between December 2013 and May 2014. With her appointment, Ms. Fox became the highest-ranking female official in history to serve in the Department of Defense. Until August 2013, Ms. Fox served as the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She was appointed to that position in November 2009. A presidential appointee confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Fox served as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense for analyzing and evaluating plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives and resource constraints. Ms. Fox possesses three decades of experience as an analyst and research manager focusing on defense issues, with a special emphasis on operations. She formerly served as the president of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded research and development center, and as the scientific analyst to the Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to her appointment as president of CNA, Ms. Fox was the vice-president and director of CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group, responsible for approximately 85 field representatives focused on helping operational commanders execute their missions. She oversaw CNA’s analysis of real-world operations, including the operations in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990’s, operations in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks, and the operation in Iraq in early 2003. She served as a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group, chartered by the NASA Administrator to certify the recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, from 2007 until 2009. Hon. Fox earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in applied mathematics from George Mason University.
Melvin Greer is chief data scientist, Americas, Intel Corporation. He is responsible for building Intel’s data science platform through graph analytics, machine learning, and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for public sector and commercial enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in cloud computing, synthetic biology, and IoT bio-sensors for edge analytics. He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies, including nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, and gamification. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s GUIRR. Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and technology and his Master of Science in information systems from American University, Washington, D.C. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School and the Entrepreneurial Finance program at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Charles Isbell has been a leader in education efforts both at Georgia Tech's College of Computing, where he is senior associate dean for academic affairs, and nationally, where he has co-chaired the Computing Research Association's Subcommittee on Education and currently co-chairs the Coalition to Diversify Computing. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Isbell was one of the co-leaders of Threads. Threads is a successful, comprehensive restructuring of the computing curriculum that provided a cohesive, coordinated set of contexts or threads for teaching and learning computing skills, with a goal of making computing more inclusive, relevant, and exciting for a much broader audience. Dr. Isbell has won numerous teaching awards. Dr. Isbell received his Ph.D. from MIT. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Peter Levine is senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va. Previously, he served as principal assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Levine served from May 2015 to April 2016 as the Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) of the Department of Defense. As DCMO, he served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense on business transformation and led the department’s efforts to streamline business processes and achieve greater efficiencies in management, headquarters, and overhead functions. Prior to his appointment as DCMO, Mr. Levine served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee from August 1996 to February 2015, including two years as staff director, eight years as general counsel, and eight years as minority counsel. Throughout this period, Mr. Levine was responsible for providing legal advice on legislation and nominations, and advised members of the committee on acquisition policy, civilian personnel policy, and defense management issues affecting the Department of Defense. Mr. Levine played an important role in the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2009, the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, the Acquisition Improvement and Accountability Act of 2007, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, and numerous defense authorization acts. Mr. Levine served as counsel to Senator Carl Levin of Michigan from 1995 to 1996 and as counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight of Governmental Management of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs from 1987 to 1994. In this capacity, Mr. Levine played a key role in the enactment of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994, and the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. Mr. Levine was an associate at the law firm Crowell and Moring from 1983 to 1987. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Ann F. McKenna
Ann McKenna is the vice dean of strategic advancement for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University and is a professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools. McKenna’s research focuses on entrepreneurial thinking in the context of engineering faculty mentorship and curricular innovations, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, and the impact and diffusion of education innovations. She was named one of the nine 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) fellows for demonstrating outstanding contributions to engineering education. McKenna has been an ASEE member since 1996. McKenna is PI on the NSF-funded ASU Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) project that focuses on instilling an additive innovation and risk-taking mindset among faculty to transform engineering teaching practices. She is also PI on the Kern Family Foundation project that is conceptualizing and implementing a national-focused effort on applying an entrepreneurial mindset approach to faculty mentorship. She was a co-investigator and instructor for the first I-Corps for Learning project, which fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in the education community to design and implement novel and effective teaching strategies, technologies, and curriculum materials. McKenna has twice been the recipient of the ASEE best overall paper award (1998 and 2011), as well as the recipient of the outstanding paper award from the IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference (1997). Her work in the area of design education has been nationally recognized by receiving the best paper award for three consecutive years, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in the Design in Engineering Education Division of ASEE. She has also received the best research paper (2018) and best teaching paper (2017) in the Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division of ASEE. McKenna works across the disciplinary lines of engineering, education, and design and has published in diverse disciplinary venues including Science, Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Computer, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, and Teaching in Higher Education. McKenna recently served as a senior associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education (2012-2015), the leading research journal in the field of engineering education. She served a two-year term (2011-2013) as a director of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division of ASEE. She was a member of the advisory board for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium (2011-2013), as well as a panel member for Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) Chairs in Design Engineering (CDE) program (2011-2014). Prior to joining ASU, she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education and was the director of education improvement in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. McKenna received her bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alyson G. Wilson
Alyson Wilson is a professor in the Department of Statistics and principal investigator for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research interests include statistical reliability, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to problems in defense and national security. Prior to joining NCSU, Dr. Wilson was a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Science and Technology Policy Institute (2011-2013), an associate professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University (2008-2011), a technical staff member in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999-2008), and a senior statistician and operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources (1995-1999). Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University, her M.S. in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University.
Jun Zhuang is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Zhuang received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zhuang's long-term research goal is to integrate operations research, big data analytics, game theory, and decision analysis to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for natural and manmade disasters. Other areas of interest include applications to health care, sports, transportation, supply chain management, sustainability, and architecture. Dr. Zhuang's research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), by the U.S. Department of Energy, by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and by the National Fire Protection Association. Dr. Zhuang is a fellow of the 2011 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, sponsored by the AFOSR, and a fellow of the 2009-2010 Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Program, sponsored by the NSF.Dr. Zhuang has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles in Operations Research, IISE Transactions, Risk Analysis, Decision Analysis, and European Journal of Operational Research, among others. His research and educational activities have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spark CBC Radio, Metro, The Washington Post, USA Today, Stanford GSB News, NSF Discovery, Science Daily, Industrial Engineer, The Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, and The Pre-Engineering Times, among others. Dr. Zhuang is dedicated to mentoring high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in research.
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