He was a Chaim Weizmann fellow at the California Institute of Technology and was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship in physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, given for his contributions to many-body theory in nuclear and mesoscopic physics. Dr. Alhassid was a scientific director of two programs at the Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany: “Dynamics of Complex Systems” and “Electrons in Zero-Dimensional Conductors: Beyond the Single-Particle Picture.” He served as the lead organizer of two interdisciplinary summer programs at the intersection of nuclear physics and condensed matter physics at the Institute of Nuclear Theory, University of Washington, Seattle: “Chaos and Interactions: From Nuclei to Quantum Dots” and “From Femtoscience to Nanoscience: Nuclei, Quantum Dots and Nanostructures.” Most recently he served on a review panel for the DOE Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, reviewing proposals in nuclear, particle, and cold atom physics. Dr. Alhassid has published over 200 papers.
Eugenio Coccia is professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Rome, “Tor Vergata.” He is a distinguished experimental physicist with expertise in astroparticle physics, with a focus on the detection of gravitational waves, as well as interests in cryogenic experiments for neutrinoless double-beta decay and in the development of detectors of cosmic rays. For 6 years Dr. Coccia directed the Gran Sasso Laboratory of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). He has been chair of the Astroparticle Physics Scientific Committee of INFN and president of the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics. Dr. Coccia is a member of the International GRG Society, the Italian Physical Society, the IUPAP-affiliated Particle and Nuclear Astrophysics and Gravitation International Committee (PANAGIC), and the Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC). He has been chair of the Coordination Management of European Underground Laboratories (CoMag), and a member of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA), of the CERN Strategy Group on Particle Physics, and of the OECD Astroparticle Physics working group of the Global Science Forum.
Charles Fairhurst, Itasca Consulting Group, Inc., (NAE) is professor emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Fairhurst received his education at the University of Sheffield, England. His current research specialties are the mechanics of rock fracture and rock masses, the determination of in situ stresses in rock masses, and rock mechanics and related technical issues in the geological isolation of high-level nuclear waste. Dr. Fairhurst served as president of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (1991-1995) and as a member of the board of governors for the Geo-Institute of the ASCE (1998-2001). Among his many awards are membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of