Chairman of the Board
David J. Galas, PhD
Principal Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI)
David J. Galas, Hertz Fellow and Chairman of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors, is Principal Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI). Dr. Galas is leading the genetic research studies in support of the Institute’s long-standing fight against the global diabetes epidemic. He is particularly interested in the approach that uses modern technology, like full genome sequencing of both humans and mice, to find the gene and environmental interactions that can be related to the pantheon of pathologies around diabetes.
Previously, Dr. Galas served as Senior Vice President and Professor for the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), a non-profit research institute with the mission of transforming biological and medical research by creating and using systems approaches to unravel the workings of complex biological systems. Prior to that, Dr. Galas was a co-founder of Keck Graduate Institute, (KGI), where he served as first Chief Academic Officer and Chancellor. He was also President and Chief Scientific Officer of Chiroscience R&D, based on the start-up company, Darwin Molecular, which he also co-founded. All of these organizations, including PNDRI, ISB, KGI, Darwin Molecular and Chiroscience R&D are based in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Galas was Director for Health and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy, were he directed the Human Genome Project. Before his service in Washington, D.C., Dr. Galas was Professor and Chairman of Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California, (USC). He received his MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Davis-Livermore. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Galas was responsible for discovering the gene that partly regulates bone metabolism. This important breakthrough has led to the development of a new medicine that may eliminate osteoporosis as a health problem. His research interests include molecular biology, human genetics, complex biological network analysis and the development of new technologies for the life sciences. He is a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Science.
Jay Davis, PhD
National Security Fellow
Dr. Jay Davis is the President of the Hertz Foundation, which funds graduate studies in the applied physical sciences and engineering. Jay is a nuclear physicist trained at the Universities of Texas (BA 63, MA 64) and Wisconsin (PhD 69). During his three-decade career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he built accelerators for research in nuclear physics and for materials science in support of the fusion program. In 1988, Davis founded the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, the World’s most versatile and productive AMS laboratory, creating isotopic tracing and tagging tools for research programs in the geosciences, toxicology, nutritional sciences, oncology, archaeology, and nuclear forensics. At the time he left LLNL to join the Department of Defense in 1998, he was the Associate Director for Earth and Environmental Sciences.
In the national security component of his career, he worked to develop techniques for arms control treaties, was a senior member of the NEST program, served as an inspector in Iraq for UNSCOM after the First Gulf War, and then served as the founding Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. As Director of DTRA, he merged three DoD organizations to create DoD’s operating and technical focus for dealing with all aspects of weapons of mass destruction.
Among his honors are Phi Beta Kappa and Junior Fellow at Texas, an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wisconsin, and being twice given the Distinguished Public Service Medal, DoD’s highest civilian award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on its Panel on Public Affairs. He currently chairs the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He also serves on the Board of Distinguished Advisors for the American Committees on Foreign Affairs and the Institutional Review Board of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Jay’s continuing interests are in the areas of nuclear forensics, renewal of the US nuclear force, management of change in organizations, and counter-terrorism. In Livermore, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce and of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as well as the Tri-Valley Innovation Task Force. Married to Mary McIntyre Davis for forty-eight years, he has two grown children, four grandchildren, and happily operates a small Livermore vineyard, producing Petite Syrah grapes for boutique winemaking.
Michael Ansour, PhD
Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of March Partners LLC
M. Michael Ansour has been the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of March Partners LLC since he founded it in 1993. March Partners is an asset management company specializing in “event-driven” investments. Dr. Ansour has extensive experience in financial analysis and strategic planning. He was previously a Vice-President in mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation, the investment bank. From 1989-1991, he was Vice-President with the investment firm of Kellner DiLeo & Co. in New York City.
Dr. Ansour also serves on the Board of Directors of Servco Pacific Corporation as well as its Audit Committee. Servco Pacific, headquartered in Honolulu, HI, is one of the ten largest companies in Hawaii with interests in automotive distribution, insurance and real estate. Until recently he also served on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Executive Compensation Committee of Vicor Corporation, an Andover, MA, based public company which manufactures power components and systems. In addition, he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relation. The CFR, established in 1921, has been called “the most powerful private organization in U.S. foreign policy since it began.” CFR publishes Foreign Affairs, as well as a number of books and reports.
Dr. Ansour received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, sat for Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at Cambridge University in 1974, obtained his PhD in physics from MIT in 1978, and has a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
General Partner, Opus Capital
A mobile and consumer marketing veteran with more than two decades experience working with some of the most innovative brands, Bob Borchers is currently a General Partner at Opus Capital—an early stage venture capital fund. At Opus Bob is focused on discovering and investing companies that will transform the mobile ecosystem.
Prior to life as a VC, Bob was Sr. Director of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple for the iPhone. Bob was part of the original iPhone team and led the development and launch of three generations of iPhone. While at Apple he also led the Nike+iPod initiative and was instrumental in forging relationships with every major automotive OEM to provide an option for iPod integration.
Bob also spent six years at Nokia Mobile Phones where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing responsible for the Vertu business unit. In this role, he successfully defined and developed the market for luxury ($5,000+) communications instruments. Prior to his tenure at Vertu, Bob held several senior-level marketing positions at Nokia Mobile Phones where he was instrumental in positioning the mobile phone as both a technology and lifestyle product.
Before his career in the mobile industry, Bob worked for Nike in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led efforts in product and service personalization. His work resulted in the development of a number of innovative product and retail concepts, and was awarded an IDSA (Industrial Design Association) Design Distinction award in 1997.
Bob holds a Bachelors Degree from Stanford University and a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied biomechanics. He has over 30 patents granted or pending and has lectured on innovation and mobile marketing across the United States.
John Browne, PhD
Retired Independent Consultant
St. George, UT
Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Browne was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Drexel, in 1999. He is a past recipient of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration fellowship. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and Sigma Pi Sigma honorary societies. He owns a private consulting company, called JCB Scientific Consulting, LLC, which provides services to various laboratories, companies and universities on scientific and national security matters. He also serves on nonprofit foundation boards, including the Fannie and John Hertz foundation and the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation. John and his wife Marti live in St. George, Utah.
John C. Browne received his B.S. in physics from Drexel University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in physics from Duke University in 1969. From 1970-79, Dr. Browne was a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he did research in nuclear physics with a focus on astrophysics and fission physics. Dr. Browne came to Los Alamos National laboratory in 1979 as a group leader in the Physics division. During his 24 years at Los Alamos, he has held several positions, including Physics Division Leader, Associate Director for Experimental Physics, Associate Director for Research, Associate Director for Defense Research and Applications, and Associate Director for Computational and Information Sciences. From 1993 to 1997 he was Program Director for the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) and also managed Energy Research programs. He served as the Laboratory Director from 1997 to early 2003. He retired from LANL in June 2003.
Carol J. Burns
Division Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Carol Burns is a Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and serves as the Division Leader for Chemistry. She came to LANL as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, and has been employed at the Laboratory since that time, serving in a variety of line and program management positions, including Group Leader for Nuclear and Radiochemistry, Chemistry Division Deputy Division Leader, and Program Manager for Advanced Concepts in Energy Technology.
Dr. Burns served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2003-4, where she provided technical and policy assistance on national and homeland security science and technology issues involving defense infrastructure and threat preparedness, as well as coordination of science and technology policies within the national security and intelligence communities. She continues to support LANL in the coordination of activities in nuclear forensics, including working with the interagency on workforce pipeline and educational program development. She established the first summer undergraduate school in nuclear forensics, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Burns was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, and was named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003. She also been a member of two teams recognized with LANL Distinguished Performance Awards. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. She is a recognized expert in actinide and radionuclide chemistry, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters, and has served on a number of editorial boards, review boards, and advisory panels.
Carol received her BA in Chemistry from Rice University, and her PhD in Chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.
Gregory H. Canavan, PhD
Former Chairman of the Board
Senior Fellow & Scientific Advisor, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Canavan previously served as the DOE Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S Air Force, and as a Presidential White House Fellow. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently chairs panels of the U.S. NORTH Command, Air Force Space Command Independent Strategic Assessment Group (ISAG), USSTRATCOM, the Missile Defense Advisory Committee, and the New York City Mayor's Commission on Counter Terrorism.
He has served as a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Climate Change, the Army Science Board, the Commission on the International Space Station, the NASA Earth Systems Science and Applications Advisory Committee, the USAF Scientific Advisory Board study of New World Vistas, the White House Science Council Military Committee, and SDIO Advisory Committee. Dr. Canavan's current research interests are stochastic processes, missile defense, and arms stability.
Dr. Canavan received his B.S. in Mathematics from the USAF Academy, a M.B.A. from Auburn University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Science from University of California at Davis. He received a Hertz Foundation Fellowship at the University of California at Davis, 1968-1969.
Wendy R. Cieslak, PhD
As the Principal Program Director for Nuclear Weapons Science & Technology at Sandia National Laboratories, Wendy Cieslak is responsible for the programmatic stewardship of the technical foundations necessary for Sandia to perform its nuclear weapons mission today and into the future. From 2009 through 2011, she was the Materials Science & Technology (MST) Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. MST Division is an organization of close to 300 people performing materials R&D to provide national security solutions for diverse challenges from nuclear weapons to energy security. MST division has specialized capabilities in processing of actinides, primarily plutonium and uranium, as well as precision machining for target fabrication, and a full spectrum of materials analysis and microscopy.
Prior to her time at Los Alamos, Dr. Cieslak was employed at Sandia for 25 years. As Deputy to the Vice President for Science, Technology and Engineering (ST&E), she led the Laboratory Directed R&D program, the University Partnerships program, and operations of the ST&E Strategic Management Unit. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Physical, Chemical and Nanosciences Center, the Energetic Components Center, and the Geoscience and Environment Center. Previous management assignments have included Technical Advisor with the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Manager of Sandia's Materials Interface Reliability Department. Her technical staff career started with basic and applied corrosion research of metals in liquid and atmospheric environments. This was followed by a decade of weapons component work, developing electrochemical power sources from early R&D through prototype production, specifically lithium/thionyl-chloride battery development and lithium-ion battery research programs.
Dr. Cieslak earned her PhD and BS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A graduate Hertz Fellow, she was inducted to the Hertz Foundation Board of Directors in October 2008. She is a Fellow of ASM, International. Her professional service has included 2008 President of the AAAS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region and member of the 1997 National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council study on Aging of U.S. Air Force Aircraft. She currently serves on the Awards Policy Committee for ASM, International and has recently served on advisory boards for the Materials Portfolio at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the College of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Davis. Wendy pioneered the establishment of part-time employment at Sandia in 1989 so that she could continue her career while raising her daughters. She is an active mentor and coach, especially to women. Wendy performs regularly as a violinist in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, and informal chamber ensembles. She studies violin with Leonard Felberg, Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico.
Ruth A. David, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Analytic Services, Inc.
In October 1998, Dr. David became president and chief executive officer of Analytic Services Inc., an independent, not-for-profit, public service research institute that provides research and analytic support on national and transnational issues. In 1999 she initiated the corporations Homeland Defense Strategic Thrust to address the growing national concern of multi-dimensional, asymmetric threats from rogue nations, sub-state terrorist groups, and domestic terrorists; she formally established the ANSER Institute of Homeland Security in May 2001 to enhance public awareness and education and contribute to the dialog on a national, state, and local level. In 2004 the corporation was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to establish the legislatively-mandated Homeland Security Institute (HSI). Today the corporation has two operating unitsANSER, which supports clients in the National Security, Homeland Defense, and Public Safety sectors; and HSI, the only federally funded research and development center dedicated solely to the Homeland Security mission space.
From September 1995 to September 1998, Dr. David was Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDS&T) at the Central Intelligence Agency. As Technical Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence, she was responsible for research, development, and deployment of technologies in support of all phases of the intelligence process. She represented the CIA on numerous national committees and advisory bodies, including the National Science and Technology Council and the Committee on National Security. During her tenure as DDS&T she conceptualized a new nonprofit corporation that could speed CIAs adoption of commercially viable technologiesIn-Q-Tel was subsequently established to fulfill this role. Upon her departure, Dr. David was awarded the CIAs Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Director's Award, the Director of NSA Distinguished Service Medal, the National Reconnaissance Officers Award for Distinguished Service, and the Defense Intelligence Directors Award.
Previously, Dr. David served in several leadership positions at the Sandia National Laboratories, where she began her professional career in 1975. Most recently, she was Director of Advanced Information Technologies. From 1991 to 1994, Dr. David was Director of the Development Testing Center that developed and operated a broad spectrum of full-scale engineering test facilities.
Dr. David is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Member of the Corporation for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., and a Director of the Hertz Foundation. She chairs a standing committee of the National Research Council (NRC) on technology surprise and serves on several ad hoc committees for the NRC. She also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the National Security Agency Advisory Board, the Wichita State University Foundation National Advisory Committee, the Purdue University Homeland Security Institute Advisory Committee, the Jet Propulsion Laboratorys Technical Division Advisory Board, and the Lucent Technologies Government Advisory Board. She previously served on the NRC Naval Studies Board, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Technical Advisory Group, the Defense Science Board, the Department of Energy Nonproliferation and National Security Advisory Committee, and the Securities and Exchange Commission Technical Advisory Group. She is a Class Director for the AFCEA International Board of Directors, and a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Society. She is a former adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has technical experience in digital and microprocessor-based system design, digital signal analysis, adaptive signal analysis, and system integration.
Dr. David received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University (1975), an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1976), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1981).
Dr. David frequently provides speeches, interviews, lectures, briefings, and articles on the many facets of homeland security as well as technology-related issues. She is the coauthor of three books on Signal Processing Algorithms and has authored or coauthored numerous papers and book chapters.
Gilbert F. Decker
Strategic Planning and Technology Consultant
Los Gatos, CA
Gilbert F. Decker is a private consultant for several clients including the Boeing Corporation, the United States Navy, and Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was previously the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Production.
Mr. Decker served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, and as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Before becoming a private consultant, he held several distinguished positions, including President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company, President and CEO of Acurex Corporation, and Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research, Development, and Acquisition.
Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army.
Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and on the Board of Army Science & Technology at the National Academy of Sciences. He acts as the Director of Alliant TechSystems, Anteon Corporation, and the Allied Research Corporation. Mr. Decker is also a Trustee for the Hertz Foundation and for the Association of the US Army.
Mr. Decker holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The John Hopkins University and a Master of Science, Operations Research, from Stanford University. He undertook his military education at the US Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Paul M. DeLuca, Jr.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Paul M. DeLuca, Jr, PhD, received a bachelor of science degree in physics and math in 1966 and a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. That same year he joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a research associate, and in 1975 he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Radiology.
Following the creation of the Department of Medical Physics in 1981, he served as chair from 1987 through 1998 and holds an appointment as professor in the Departments of Medical Physics, Radiology, Human Oncology, and Engineering Physics. In 1999, DeLuca assumed a role in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as associate dean for research and graduate studies, and his administrative role was expanded in 2001 with his appointment as vice dean. In that role, he was closely involved with the development of the Wisconsin Institutes of Medical Research. He began serving as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in July, 2009.
His research interests have concentrated on fast neutron dosimetry including production of intense sources of fast neutrons, determination of elemental neutron kerma factors and application of microdosimetry to radiation dosimetry. Provost DeLuca is an internationally recognized expert in high energy particle radiation effects on humans. He is a member of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements and has served as vice chairman and chairman.
He has also served as a member and chair of the Nonproliferation and International Security Division Review Committee (DRC) at Los Alamos. Other national and international associations and professional society affiliations include the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Physical Society, Health Physics Society, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards, and Institute of Physics.
Philip Eckhoff, PhD
Research Scientist, Intellectual Ventures
Philip Eckhoff is currently the Principal Investigator of the disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue Washington. This group develops computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning eradication of different diseases. These simulations have resolution of individuals but cover large geographic areas and are focused on studying all phases of a Global Eradication campaign. Beyond modeling disease Eradication, his research interests include technologies for improved public health in the developing world and other global development issues, such as vaccine delivery and sanitation.
Philip completed his undergraduate studies at University of Texas, Austin receiving degrees in pure mathematics and aerospace engineering. At UT, he participated on the winning design team for FASTRAC, a student designed and built satellite for the Nanosat-3 competition. Philip began his graduate studies at Princeton University in applied and computational mathematics, receiving his PhD in 2009. At Princeton, his work focused on computational neuroscience and biophysics-motivated models of decision making. While at Princeton, he began work on malaria and mathematical models of disease transmission, having had malaria frequently while growing up in Haiti.
Philip received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on Malaria Modeling. He enjoys hiking and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest and attending Seattle Symphony performances.
Stephen Fantone, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation
Stephen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation. He has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from MIT, and a PhD in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. While at the Institute of Optics, he was awarded the College of Engineering Fellowship in 1974 and the Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship from 1975 to 1978.
In 1982, Stephen founded Optikos Corporation, an engineering firm that develops optically-based products and manufactures a proprietary line of optical metrology systems. He designed the optics for many commercial and industrial optical products ranging from photographic systems to medical instruments and toys. In the late 1990s it was determined that over one-half of American households had a product that Optikos helped design and over 500 million optical components designed by Optikos had been manufactured. Optikos-designed products can be found in homes and laboratories around the world. An accomplished inventor, he has been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents and in 2008, Optikos was the recipient of the Massachusetts Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year Award.
Stephen is a director and Treasurer for the Hertz Foundation. He has also served as Chairman of Benthos, Inc., a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of oceanographic instrumentation and packaging inspection equipment, from 1997 until its sale to Teledyne Technologies in 2006. Currently, he serves as a director of several organizations: Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. a NASDAQ (RSTI) traded global manufacturer of CO2 and other high power lasers used for material processing; Zygo Corporation, a NASDAQ(ZIGO) traded manufacturer of ultraprecision optics and optical metrology products; the Pioneer Institute, a Boston, MA based think tank whose mission is to bring free market principles to the delivery of government services; and the Sea Education Association, an educational non-profit that provides maritime educational experiences to both high school and college students. Since 1996, he has served as a director and Treasurer of the Optical Society of America.
Stephen is also a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.
Michael Farmwald, PhD
Serial Entrepreneur and Partner at Benchmark Capital
Michael Farmwald is a serial entrepreneur with one of the most successful track records in Silicon Valley. Known for his unique combination of computer engineering skill and market vision, Mike has founded six companies to date, five of which were financed in part by Benchmark Capital, where he is a Venture Partner. Mike is probably best known for cofounding Rambus Inc., a developer of scalable chip technologies that enable semiconductor memory devices and ASICs to keep pace with faster generations of processors and controllers. After founding the company in 1990, Mike served as Vice President and Chief Scientist, overseeing the development of several key innovations, including the 1992 introduction of the world's first 4 Mbit RDRAM.
In 1993, Mike cofounded Chromatic Research, a privately held developer of media processors for the PC industry. Mike served on the board of Chromatic Research until the company was acquired by ATI Technologies in November 1998. In 1996, Mike cofounded Epigram, creator of advanced semiconductor home networking technology, which helped revolutionize high-speed networking connectivity within the home. Epigram was acquired by Broadcom in April 1999. In late 1997, Mike cofounded Matrix Semiconductor, a pre-IPO start-up backed by Skymoon, Benchmark and Microsoft, among others.
Prior to his success at Rambus, Mike founded FTL in 1986. FTL, an ECL supercomputing company, merged with MIPS in the same year. At MIPS, Mike served as Chief Scientist for High End Systems. Following his experience at MIPS, Mike was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. Mike holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. He currently sits on the boards of Rambus (Nasdaq: RMBS) and AON Networks
Senior Vice President, L-1 Identity Solutions
Joanne Isham joined L-1 Identity Solutions in 2008 as the Senior Vice President for Washington Operations. She is the leader in planning, developing and executing the Federal market strategy for the world’s largest supplier of identity products, solutions and services.
Prior to joining L-1, Ms. Isham was the Chief Operating Office of High Performance Technologies. Her leadership responsibilities included the management and operational oversight of the firm specializing in computational science, enterprise technology and planning, systems architecture and engineering and secure software development.
Formerly Ms. Isham was the Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Network Systems at BAE Systems. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, she was directly responsible for identifying strategic opportunities for new mission focus.
Ms. Isham was also a senior official at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From September 2001 until her retirement in 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Previous to that assignment, she served as the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA, the principal executive overseeing the CIA’s scientific and technical programs. Before that assignment, Ms. Isham was as the CIA’s Associate Deputy Director of Science and Technology.
Ms. Isham held several other senior management positions in the CIA and other Intelligence Community organizations, including Director of Congressional Affairs for CIA, where she oversaw the congressional and legislative interests of the Director of Central Intelligence. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office of the Community Management Staff (CMS) and as CMS’s director of Program Analysis. In these positions, she was responsible for budget and resource issues spanning the Intelligence Community. Ms. Isham also spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Legislative Affairs and a Program Manager.
She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the CIA and NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medals and the DIA Director’s Award.
Ms. Isham is a member of the Advisory Group for the Director of National Intelligence; Board of Trustees Analytic Services, Inc.; and serves on the Boards of Silicon Graphics Incorporated: Applied Analysis, Incorporated; and The Sanborn Map Company. She is also a member of the President’s Roundtable and several Dean’s councils at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ms. Isham is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Hans Mark, PhD
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
The University of Texas at Austin
Hans Mark has resumed his former position at the University of Texas at Austin having completed his assignment as Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense (1998-2001). Prior to this presidential appointed position, he held the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Dr. Mark was Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 1984 until 1992.
Dr. Mark is a Fellow of the American Physics Society and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has formerly been a Deputy Administrator for NASA in Washington, DC, Secretary of the United States Air Force, Director of the NASA Ames Research Center and has taught at several universities including the University of California, Berkeley and MIT. Dr. Mark is the author of several books and articles. He was the recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals from NASA in 1972 and 1984 and two from the Department of Defense in 1981 and 2001.
He holds an A.B. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. from MIT and has received six honorary doctorate degrees.
Thomas E. McCann, PhD
President and Founder, McTech LLC
Thomas McCann is the President and Founder of McTech LLC, a consulting firm offering services in the aerospace and entertainment industry sectors. Tom retired as the senior vice president of engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering in July 2006, an organization that develops Disney theme parks worldwide. Before he began working at Disney in 1999, Dr. McCann was a technical director at Raytheon Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for technology and engineering personnel in hardware development, software development, and integration and testing for a systems of systems business unit. Prior to joining Raytheon in 1992, Dr. McCann was a senior scientist for the Extended Air Defense Testbed (EADTB) program at Hughes Aircraft Corporation. From 1986 to 1991, he was the manager of technology and product development at Loral Command and Control Systems (formerly Ford Aerospace) where he managed three engineering departments. Dr. McCann was on active duty with the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. Some of the positions he held in the Air Force include professor of physics, director of faculty research and computer-based education at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and exchange scientist in Germany. He received his BS in Mathematics and MS in Physics from the University of North Texas. He was awarded a Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 1977 and completed his PhD in Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Davis, in 1978. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, is on the Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee and is a member of the Thesis Prize Committee.
Richard B. Miles, PhD
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor Richard Miles attended Stanford University and received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966, his Masters' Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1972. At Stanford he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow and an NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate. He joined the faculty at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the fall of 1972. He was promoted to Associated Professor in 1978 and Full Professor in 1982. From 1980 to 1996 he served as Chairman of Engineering Physics at Princeton University and from 1994 to 2000 as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Professor Miles’ work focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, electric discharges, microwaves and magnetic devices to control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, molecular detection and propulsion applications. Research in these areas is facilitated by advanced linear and nonlinear laser diagnostic concepts he and his research group have developed. Prof. Miles’ research team includes graduate and undergraduate students, research associates and technical support staff. Recent advances include the development of a backward propagating air laser, turbulence imaging by line writing in air using femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging, part per billion stand-off detection of hazardous gases, microwave enhanced extension of the combustion lean limit, and a laser based air data concept for high speed aircraft.
Professor Miles is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Trustee of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Chairman of the Elmer A. Sperry Board of Award, a member of the Board of Directors of Precision Optics Corporation, a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, a US Representative on the International Liaison Group on MHD Energy Conversion, and a past judge for the National Siemens Westinghouse High School Competition. He is a life member of the American Physical Society, a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the recipient of the 2000 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award and the 2011 AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award. He has 9 patents and over 360 publications and published conference manuscripts.
Harold J. Newman
HJ Newman Capital LLC
Harold has been a valued member of the Hertz Board Directors for over 20 years. He recently founded HJ Newman Capital, LLC, after being at Neuberger Berman as Partner and Managing Director for over 33 years. In addition, he is a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee of the Asia Society; he participates on the International Program Committee at the University of Oklahoma which brings together members from the US State Department and their equivalent in China for annual informal gatherings; he is active at the New York Historical Society serving on the Chairman’s Council, sponsoring a series called, “The World Beyond Tomorrow” with his wife Ruth; he serves on the Board of a non-profit off-Broadway theater group; and he is involved in producing Broadway shows, most recently “In the Heights.”
Harold graduated with a BS in Geography from University of Oklahoma in 1951; received a MA from the School of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania in 1953; and received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1957. He served in the US Army in Strategic Intelligence from 1953-1955.
Early in his career, Harold worked in real estate and at Goldman Sachs where he was a security salesman for domestic and international accounts. In the late sixties, he was a founding partner in Hawthorne Partners Hedge Fund, developing Hawthorne International, the first domestic off-shore based hedge fund in the country. It was during this time Harold helped persuade Senator Robert Kennedy (NY) to introduce legislation that permitted domestic managed hedge funds to exist while domiciled abroad. Only foreign accounts could be limited partners.
In his free time, Harold enjoys ballroom dancing with his lovely wife Ruth.
Paul D. Nielsen, PhD
CEO and Director, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Paul D. Nielsen is the director of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Paul's leadership of the SEI started on August 1, 2004. The SEI is sponsored by the Department of Defense and performs research across the broad range of software engineering--architecture, product lines, performance critical systems, integration of software intensive systems, process improvement, measurement and analysis, and network security. The SEI works with researchers and software practitioners around the world to improve the skills and productivity of the software community.
Prior to his arrival, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force as a major general after 32 years of distinguished service. Nielsen relinquished his command of the Air Force Research Laboratory on June 25, 2004. For over four years, he managed the Air Force's science and technology budget of more than $3 billion annually and directed the efforts of the laboratory's 8,700 men and women at ten sites across the United States. He also was the Air Force's technology executive officer.
Nielsen entered the Air Force in 1972 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served at three product centers and three laboratories, including assignments at the Secretary of the Air Forces Office of Special Projects and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a senior officer, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, commanded the Air Force's Rome Laboratory, and was the operations chief of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. He was the director of plans for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the vice commander of the Aeronautical Systems Center.
Nielsen received a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy; a master of science degree in applied science from the University of California, Davis; an MBA from the University of New Mexico; and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of California, Davis. He was a Hertz Foundation Fellow during his years at the University of California, Davis. He also graduated from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.
Nielsen was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 and is also a Fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Legion of Merit. He is currently serving as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
Jessica C. Seeliger, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Jessica C. Seeliger is assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on chemical and biophysical approaches to understanding membrane biogenesis in bacterial pathogens. Dr. Seeliger was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, after earning a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry as a Hertz Fellow at Stanford University. She also earned an MPhil in chemistry as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge and an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Throughout, Dr. Seeliger has been active in the mentoring of young scientists, especially women. She helped organize the first two West Coast Hertz Fellow Retreats and contributed to the inception and organization of a pilot mentoring program for Hertz Fellows. Jessica is an avid violinist and violist and has studied solo and chamber music performance with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Stanford University.
Sidney Singer, PhD
President, Sistos, Inc.
Los Alamos, NM
Sid Singer retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1994 following an illustrious career that began in 1956 when he joined the staff. Since retirement, Sid has been active in economic development in North Central New Mexico, in public service, and in real estate development in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. His company SISTOS, Inc. stands for Science in Service to Society.
A community activist, Sid Singer has worked with the community of Los Alamos in a major renovation of the downtown, chairing The Main Street Future Committee for a new design for downtown. In addition, Sid has served and serves on numerous civic and cultural state and local boards. In 1996, Sid Singer received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award for his business and civic activities and was declared Citizen of the Year by the Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of Wayne State University with a major in physics and mathematics, Sid received a MS and PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Illinois graduate school. Sid and his wife Elizabeth Allred continue as community leaders in Los Alamos and Santa Fe.
Karl A. van Bibber
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Karl van Bibber received BS (Physics, Mathematics) and PhD (Physics) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, where he subsequently served as Instructor of physics. After a Lectureship at the University of California Berkeley, and Postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of Stanford University, serving as Assistant Professor of Physics from 1980-1985.
Dr. van Bibber joined LLNL in 1985, where he founded and built up the High Energy Physics & Accelerator Technology Group, bringing the Laboratory into collaboration with DOE Office of Science laboratories in the design, construction and scientific exploitation of accelerators for high energy physics. He was the LLNL Project Leader for the SLAC/LBNL/LLNL B Factory accelerator and detector, which announced the discovery of CP-violation in the b-quark system in July 2000, and Program Leader for R&D on the future International Linear Collider. He is Co-Spokesperson for the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX), the most sensitive search for axionic dark matter in the world.
In 2001, Karl became Chief Scientist for the Physics & Space Technologies Directorate. In 2002 was appointed Deputy Director of the Laboratory Science & Technology Office (LSTO) at LLNL, responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Laboratory's institutional R&D portfolio.
Dr. Van Bibber joined the Naval Postgraduate School in January 2009, serving as Vice-President and Dean of Research. In January 2012, he was appointed Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, acceding to Chair in July 2012. Additionally he serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a DOE center-of-excellence in nuclear non-proliferation comprised of seven research universities and five national laboratories.
He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in nuclear and particle physics, accelerator technology, and particle astrophysics. He was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1982), the Director’s Distinguished Performance Award for the B Factory (1997), and the LLNL Science and Technology Award (2002, with the B Factory team) for outstanding scientific and technical contributions to the discovery of CP-violation in the B-Meson System. In 2000 he shared the DOE Deputy Secretary’s Award for the B Factory. In 2001 was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2006 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for his research in dark matter. Five physics postdoctoral fellowships were endowed in his name at Stanford University in 2005 by an anonymous industrialist and Stanford alumnus. In 2012 he received the Navy's Superior Civilian Service Award, for establishing the first degree and executive education programs in Energy within the Department of Defense. He is Chair-Emeritus of the California-Nevada Section of the American Physical Society.
Thomas Weaver, PhD
Senior Fellowship Interviewer
Dr. Thomas Weaver is Senior Fellowship Interviewer for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, he coordinates the process for selecting the Graduate Fellowships in the applied physical sciences and engineering offered by the Foundation, as well as the mentoring of in-school Hertz Fellows.
Tom is also well known for his pioneering research in understanding the evolution of massive stars and supernova, as well as the production of the chemical elements in such stars and the design of and demonstration of x-ray lasers. He has received many honors for his work, including the Department of Energys E.O. Lawrence Award.
Tom worked for 28 years in the Physics Department at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where in addition to his research, he served as the Leader of the X-ray Laser Program and the General Studies Division Leader. His current research interests have expanded to include theoretical biology and an exploration of the evolution and nature of complex systems, mind/brain operation and the associated phenomena of consciousness.
Tom also consults for Intellectual Ventures on the development of a broad range of new ideas and inventions in physics, engineering and biology, including the TerraPower initiative for the development of advanced nuclear reactors.
Executive Assistant to the Director, Ames Research Center National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Moffett Field, CA
Robert A. Duffy
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
John F. Holzrichter, PhD
President Emeritus, Hertz Foundation
Dr. John F. Holzrichter is President Emeritus of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He served as President from 1999-2009
Prior to becoming President of the Hertz Foundation, Dr. Holzrichter directed the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's internal research program, and its inertial confinement laser-fusion programs. He also continues to serve as a senior scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as a research professor at the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Holzrichter is an AAAS Fellow. He has published over 100 papers, monographs, and lectures on lasers, fusion, speech recognition, and research management. He has been granted 10 patents. His present work is concerned with optimizing R&D investments in the public sector.
Dr. Holzrichter received a B.S. with Honors in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1964 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1971. He received an A. E. Sloan Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (Heidelberg 1965), and a Hertz Foundation Fellowship at Stanford, 1969-1971.
For a listing of John's published papers visit his personal website: www.johnholzrichter.com
Wilson K. Talley, PhD
President Emeritus, Hertz Foundation
Professor Emeritus, University of California
Dr. Wilson K. Talley is President-Emeritus of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He served as President from 1972 to 1999.
He has held a variety of positions within the University of California and with the Federal Government, as well as with industry. Now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Applied Science, University of California, Davis/Livermore, he was a member of the faculty from 1963 to 1991. From 1971 to 1974 he was Assistant Vice President for Academic Planning and Program Review of the University of California, Statewide. Other administrative assignments within the University of California include Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the Department of Applied Science in 1968-69 (just before he left to spend a year as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as a White House Fellow). After his return to California in 1970, he was first a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and then Leader, Theoretical Physics Division. From 1991 to 1994, he was Assistant to the Director of LLNL.
Dr. Talley served as the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development in the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency from December 1974 to June 1977. Immediately prior to joining EPA, Dr. Talley was the Study Director of Nelson Rockefellers Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
In 1978 he became a member of the Army Science Board, appointed Vice Chair in 1981 and Chair from 1983 to 1986. He rejoined the Army Science Board in 1994 and became Chair in 1995, serving until April 1996. From 1989 to 1993, was a member of the Army Surgeon Generals Medical R&D Advisory Committee He was a member of the National Science Foundations Advisory Committee on Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He served as a member of several Technical Advisory Boards of such companies as Johnson Controls, Inc., and Phoenix Laser Systems, Inc.
A life member of the American Physical Society, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was a member of the 1980-81 Presidential Transition Team, dealing with policy issues in space and national defense. In 1987-88, Dr. Talley worked for the Bush-for-President National Campaign, not only on the Research Staff, but also as a speaker in the campaign in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Talley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with an A.B. in physics, a Masters in physics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides with his wife, Helen, in Davis, California.
Lowell Wood, PhD
Dr. Lowell Wood retired in 2006 from the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he had worked in a variety of capacities since receiving his PhD.
During this same time, Lowell has served as an interviewer of applicants and Fellows for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, which supports graduate studies in the applied physical sciences. He has also served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Hertz Foundation, and was elected Director Emeritus when he retired from the Board in 2010.
Lowell continues to serve on various advisory groups supporting the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. His professional interests center in science and technology applied to national security problems, and extend more generally to national and international issues having a significant technical component, including large-scale aspects of human health and development.
Lowell received his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Math in 1962 and a PhD in Astrophysics in 1965 from the University of California at Los Angeles.