Harry Blount is currently the founder and CEO of DISCERN. Mr. Blount is chair of the Futures Committee for the Tech Museum of Innovation and is chair of the Advisory Committee for Alpha Theory (www.alphatheory.com), a portfolio management software company. He served on the board of directors of Lefthand Networks until the time of its purchase by Hewlett-Packard in November 2008. Mr. Blount spent 21 years on Wall Street, most recently with Lehman Brothers, where he was a leading analyst in multiple consumer and enterprise technology disciplines, including the Internet, wireless networks, personal computers, servers, storage, hard drives, telecommunications, information technology distribution, environmental services, and convertible securities. His weekly publication, In Blount Terms, was widely read by technology investors and executives. Prior to working at Lehman Brothers, which he left in November 2007, Mr. Blount had worked at a variety of firms, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and CIBC Oppenheimer. Mr. Blount was named an All-American in Information Technology Hardware and Internet Infrastructure Services by Institutional Investor magazine. He was also recognized as a Wall Street Journal All-Star for Computer Hardware. From 2002 to 2006, while at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Blount served as an outside adviser to Nokia Innovent, a Nokia Ventures Organization company. Innovent evaluated emerging technologies for the digital home and data center. Mr. Blount has spoken at numerous events, including Storage Visions, IDEMA (the Hard Disk Drive Industry Association), the Digital Home Developers Conference, and the Global Technology Distribution Council conference, and at internal management events at some of the world’s leading technology companies. He has appeared frequently on CNBC and the Bloomberg Report and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Forbes, Fortune, and Business Week. Mr. Blount is a chartered financial analyst. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 1986.
Ruth A. David (NAE) is the president and chief executive officer of ANSER, an independent, not-for-profit, public service research institution that provides research and analytic support on national and transnational issues. In April 2004, ANSER was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to establish and operate a new federally funded research and development center, the Homeland Security Institute. From September 1995 to September 1998, Dr. David was the deputy director for science and technology at the CIA. As technical adviser 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. Previously, Dr. David had served in several leadership positions at the Sandia National Laboratories, where she began her professional career in 1975. Most recently, she was the 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 has also been an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico. She has technical experience in digital and microprocessor-based system design, digital signal analysis, adaptive signal analysis, and system integration. Dr. David is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and the Corporation for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. She is the chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Technology Insight—Gauge, Evaluate, and Review and the vice chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council Senior Advisory Committee of Academia and Policy Research. Dr. David received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Stephen W. Drew (NAE) holds consultancies with a variety of pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations and is a founder and principle of Science Partners LLC. Until 2000, he worked with Merck and Company, Inc., in a series of increasingly responsible positions, culminating with distinguished senior scientist. He held vice presidential positions including vice president of Vaccine Science and Technology, vice president of Vaccine Operations, and vice president of Technical Operations and Engineering. Prior to joining Merck Manufacturing Division in 1987, he was the senior director of Biochemical Engineering in the Merck Research Laboratories, a department that he started in 1981. Dr. Drew received his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), he has served in several capacities within