Appendix A
COMMITTEE MEMBERS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Dr. Isaac C. Sanchez (NAE), Chair, is William J. Murray Endowed Chair in Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas. Dr. Isaac C. Sanchez earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1969. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. In 1997, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s highest engineering honor. Sanchez researches properties of polymer liquids, solutions and blends. He attempts to solve problems in polymer science and engineering by studying polymer interfacial phenomena, and how changes in temperature, pressure and volume affect polymers. Sanchez develops models and uses computer simulations to understand polymer solubility and conformation and to understand the role of water in polymer processes.


Dr. Burt S. Barnow is associate director for research and principal research scientist at the Institute for Policy Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Barnow received a B.S. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His work focuses on the operation of labor markets and evaluating social programs, and his current research includes an evaluation of the welfare-to-work program, an evaluation of training programs to train U.S. workers for jobs currently filled with foreign workers who come to the United States on an H-1B visa, and an evaluation of New Hampshire’s welfare reforms. Dr. Barnow also teaches program evaluation in the Institute’s graduate public policy program and labor economics in the Department of Economics. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was vice president of a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area. Dr. Barnow served nine years in the Department of Labor, most recently as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation for the Employment and Training Administration. Dr. Barnow is a member of the Board on Higher Education, the Committee for Review of the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs, the Committee on Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration, and was a member and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Workforce Needs in Information Technology.


Kathryn Newcomer is the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program and Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies on performance measurement and program evaluation. Dr. Newcomer has published five books, Improving Government Performance (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2004), and Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002) and Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review. She was identified as one of the top 25 evaluation experts in the country in 2001 by the American Journal of Evaluation. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She is serving as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007. She has



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Appendix A COMMITTEE MEMBERS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Dr. Isaac C. Sanchez (NAE), Chair, is William J. Murray Endowed Chair in Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas. Dr. Isaac C. Sanchez earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1969. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. In 1997, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s highest engineering honor. Sanchez researches properties of polymer liquids, solutions and blends. He attempts to solve problems in polymer science and engineering by studying polymer interfacial phenomena, and how changes in temperature, pressure and volume affect polymers. Sanchez develops models and uses computer simulations to understand polymer solubility and conformation and to understand the role of water in polymer processes. Dr. Burt S. Barnow is associate director for research and principal research scientist at the Institute for Policy Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Barnow received a B.S. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His work focuses on the operation of labor markets and evaluating social programs, and his current research includes an evaluation of the welfare-to- work program, an evaluation of training programs to train U.S. workers for jobs currently filled with foreign workers who come to the United States on an H-1B visa, and an evaluation of New Hampshire’s welfare reforms. Dr. Barnow also teaches program evaluation in the Institute’s graduate public policy program and labor economics in the Department of Economics. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was vice president of a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area. Dr. Barnow served nine years in the Department of Labor, most recently as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation for the Employment and Training Administration. Dr. Barnow is a member of the Board on Higher Education, the Committee for Review of the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs, the Committee on Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration, and was a member and Vice- Chair of the Committee on Workforce Needs in Information Technology. Kathryn Newcomer is the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program and Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies on performance measurement and program evaluation. Dr. Newcomer has published five books, Improving Government Performance (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2004), and Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002) and Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review. She was identified as one of the top 25 evaluation experts in the country in 2001 by the American Journal of Evaluation. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She is serving as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007. She has 95

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received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-2004). Dr. Newcomer earned a B.S. in education and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa. Dr. Georgine M. Pion is Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Dr. Pion’s research has focused on career development and human resource policy, particularly as it pertains to the education, training, and employment of scientists and clinical personnel. In addition to training programs, her work has also involved the conduct of large-scale surveys aimed at evaluating peer review in the neurosciences, identifying the factors that affect satisfaction of NIH applicants for research grants, assessing the supply of and demand for faculty in special education, and trends in the education and employment of psychologists and is an Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences. 96