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analysis, in particular wavelets, as well as applications. The American Mathematical Society (AMS) awarded her a Leroy P. Steele prize for exposition in 1994 for her book Ten Lectures on Wavelets, as well as the 1997 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize. From 1992 to 1997, she was a fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a member of NAS, AAAS, the AMS, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jessie DeAro joined the U.S. Department of Education as a presidential management fellow in 1999 after receiving her doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Within the Department of Education, she worked with minority-serving institutions to strengthen the quality of education programs and institutional infrastructure. In 2003, she joined NSF as a program director working with programs to diversify the STEM1 workforce, including the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program and ADVANCE Program. She recently spent a year detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she worked on STEM education and workforce diversity policy. She is once again at NSF working on issues related to graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic careers, and as program director for the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program.

Catherine Didion is the director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Research Council (NRC). In addition, she is a senior program officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her charge at NAE is to provide staff leadership to the Academies’ efforts to enhance the diversity of the engineering workforce at all levels. As part of her responsibilities, she is currently the project director for the $2 million Engineering Equity Extension Service Project, which is working with engineering societies to enhance their gender equity principles within their programs. Before joining the National Academies, Didion was vice president of the Didion Group, a public affairs and communications firm, as well as a director of the International Network of Women in Engineering and Science. Didion previously served 14 years as the executive director of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). During her tenure, AWIS was awarded the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and she was the principle investigator for 17 U.S. government and foundation grants. Didion has presented testimony before the U.S. Congress and U.S. federal agencies. She has worked extensively with the European Commission, the South African Ministry of Science and Technology, the Organization of American States, and many other organizations on these issues. She has been an invited speaker on mentoring, networking, and women in science and engineering at over 200 conferences and has authored over 50 publications on women in science and engineering. She was the editor for the “Women in Science” column for the Journal of College Science Teaching from 1993 to 2002. Didion has extensive experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., including staff positions at the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the U.S. Senate Computer Center, and the U.S. Senate Press Gallery.

Allan Fisher is the vice president of Laureate Education, Inc. He previously was cofounder, president, and CEO of iCarnegie Inc., an online higher education subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University; before that, he served until 1999 as faculty member and associate dean for undergraduate education in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. During that time, Fisher worked in high-performance computing and networking research and also led the creation of Carnegie Mellon’s B.S. program in computer science. In


1 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a commonly used acronym in the United States.

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