Heidi C. Perry - (Chair)
Heidi C. Perry, Chair, is currently Principal Staff for the Division Office for Air, Missile & Maritime Defense Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. In her role, she works strategic initiatives for undersea systems and serves as the chief innovation officer for the division. Previously, Ms. Perry was Director, System Engineering, at the Charles S. Draper Laboratory, Incorporated. She also served in other senior leadership roles, including Director, Algorithms & Software and Director, Internal R&D Portfolio. Her expertise includes guidance, navigation, and control; global position system anti-jam and ground control; autonomous systems; mission-critical software; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. Ms. Perry began her career with General Electric as a systems engineer working on the AN/BSY-2 Sonar System before moving to IBM, as a systems engineer for avionics design and flight test programs. From IBM she moved to Draper Laboratory as task leader for the Dolphin Navigation System Upgrade and remained with Draper for over 20 years. In these years at the laboratory, she served as technical director for various research and development programs involving autonomous spacecraft, aircraft, robotics systems, and underwater vehicles. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), she was named AIAA Software Engineer of the Year 2004—New England Sector. A former member of the Naval Studies Board (2008-2013), she also served on the National Academies’ Committee on Capability Surprise for U.S. Naval Forces, Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces, and Committee on the “1,000 Ship Navy”—A Distributed and Global Maritime Network. Most recently, she served as the co-chair of the National Academies’ Committee on Mainstreaming Unmanned Undersea Vehicles into Future U.S. Naval Operations. She has also served as the chair for the Transportation Research Board’s Committee for Review of the National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering Program. She received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in computer engineering from the National Technical University. She currently serves as a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Thomas J. Eccles, USN
RADM Thomas J. Eccles (NAE) is the Chief Executive Officer of Trident Maritime Systems, LLC. He served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2013 as Chief Engineer for ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and their weapons and systems. His fields of expertise include naval operations and engineering, submarines, deep sea diving, and salvage operations. RADM Eccles led submarine design and construction programs and was responsible for research and development submarines, submarine escape and rescue systems, and atmospheric diving systems. His flag officer assignments included Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare and Undersea Technology in NAVSEA, and Commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, before becoming NAVSEA’s Chief Engineer in September 2008. He is member of the Marine Board of the National Academies and previously served on the National Academies Committee on the Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future. RADM Eccles earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, the Naval Engineer degree, and M.S. in Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jaye Falls is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy. She previously served as a consultant to the Oracle BMW Racing Team for the 2003 America’s Cup, supporting the design and structural analysis of the racing yacht hull, mast, and appendages. She also worked as Senior Engineer in the Proteus Engineering Division at Anteon Corporation performing ship design and analysis for monohull, multihull, and submarine vessels. Prior to working for Anteon, she worked as a Naval Architect at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. She served on the National Academies Study to Update Coast Guard Vessel Stability Standards. Dr. Falls earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park; an M.S. in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.
Barry M. Horowitz
Barry M. Horowitz (NAE) joined the University of Virginia’s faculty as a Professor in the Systems and Information Engineering Department in September 2001, after a research and industrial career involving the application of systems engineering to many large and complex systems. He assumed the role of Department Chair in 2009. Since joining the university he has focused his research efforts on wireless systems, and a systems engineering approach for addressing cybersecurity. From 2006 to 2013 he served as the UVA research site director for the National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/U CRC) called WICAT (Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology) and in 2013 led the UVA effort to create a new NSF I/U CRC called BWAC (Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center). He leads a DOD-sponsored research project on embedding security solutions into systems, referred to as System Aware Cyber Security. The project includes work on cybersecurity for airborne surveillance systems onboard unmanned vehicles. From 1969 through 1996 he was employed in a variety of positions at the MITRE Corporation, including the last five years as President and CEO. He chaired and served on numerous National Academies committees, including the Naval Studies Board. Dr. Horowitz earned a B.S. from City College of New York, M.S. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from New York University, all in electrical engineering.
Lauren J. Kessler
Lauren J. Kessler is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at the Charles S. Draper Laboratory, where she has led the Intelligent Automated Systems and the Resilience and Fault Tolerance groups. She has been a key contributor to the laboratory’s unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) efforts, focused on the human operator engagement with the autonomous vehicles. She was the software systems safety lead for the autonomous path and mission planning system and led projects on automated hydrocarbon extraction rigs, lunar surface systems autonomy software architectures, and autonomous precision lunar landing mission management. She is currently working on the fault tolerant flight computer software development for the DreamChaser unmanned spacecraft. Previously, she was a lead engineer at Northstar and Avidyne for the development and certification of a general aviation next generation Air Data/Attitude/Heading Reference System and a precision approach navigation device for the GPS-Wide Area Augmentation System. Her areas of expertise center on human-in-the-loop and mission-critical systems, including war-gaming simulations, human-embedded autonomous systems, avionics, and human decision aides. She is a commercially rated helicopter pilot, advanced aviation ground instructor, and serves on the Civil Air Patrol in Massachusetts and on the University of Colorado Aerospace Engineering Sciences External Advisory Board. She earned an M.S. from Brown University.