ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR. serves as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, a post he took on February 6, 2006. Prior to joining the University System, he served as Chairman of the Board of Alliant Energy Corporation, an energy holding company based in Madison, Wisconsin, with $8.3 billion in total assets and annual operating revenues of $3.0 billion. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He joined Alliant in 1998 as president and chief executive officer. Prior to the creation of Alliant Energy, Davis served as president and CEO of WPL Holdings (Wisconsin Power and Light), from 1990 to 1998. From 1978 to 1990, Erroll rose through the senior management ranks at Wisconsin Power and Light Company, starting as vice president of finance and ending as CEO and president. His career also includes corporate finance positions at Xerox Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Erroll Davis is someone who has a passion about education and has devoted a considerable amount of his personal time and financial resources to this end. He and his wife Elaine established the Davis Family Foundation, which makes annual grants to numerous students in need. He previously served as a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, from 1987 to 1994, and as a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, of which he is a life member. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of BP p.l.c., PPG Industries, Inc., and Union Pacific Corp., and numerous professional associations and civic organizations. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board, and chairs the USOC’s Audit Committee.
DARYUSH ILA, Alabama A&M University Research Institute, is an expert in ion–matter interactions and has authored or coauthored over 200 publications, five books, and one book chapter in this area. He holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Massachusetts. At Alabama A&M, an HBCU, he has built up a research program that has garnered over $45 million and has led to the creation of the AAMU Research Institute, a university-owned 501(c)(3) that Dr. Ila founded and directs. He also founded the Center for Irradiation of Materials at AAMU. In addition to his AAMU responsibilities, Dr. Ila is the campus director of the AAMU-Space Grant Consortium (since 1989), Secretary of the South Eastern Section of University Space Research Association (USRA), Director of the Advanced Propulsion Materials Center at AAMU, and Director of the Alabama DoD EPSCoR Program. Dr. Ila has chaired multiple committees in national professional societies. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.