Ranking of World Universities. Mote is a leader in the national dialogue on higher education, and his analyses of shifting funding models have been featured in local and national media. He has testified on major educational issues before Congress, representing the University of Maryland and higher education associations on the problem of visa barriers for international students and scholars, global competitiveness, and deemed export control issues. He has served or currently serves on National Research Council (NRC) committees that work to identify challenges to U.S. leadership in key areas of science and technology. He chaired the 2010 NRC study S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States; served as vice chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Basic Research Committee; is a member and officer of the NAE; co-chairs the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable; and serves on the governing board of the NRC.
In 2004-2005, he served as president of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In its last ranking in 2002, “Washington Business Forward” magazine counted him among the 20 most influential leaders in the region. Before assuming the presidency at Maryland, Mote served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, for 31 years. From 1991 to 1998, he was vice chancellor at Berkeley, held an endowed chair in mechanical systems, and was president of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He led a comprehensive capital campaign for Berkeley that ultimately raised $1.4 billion. He earlier served as chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and led the department to its number one ranking in the National Research Council review of graduate program effectiveness.
Mote is internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing and has produced more than 300 publications. He holds patents in the United States, Norway, Finland, and Sweden and has mentored 58 PhD students. Mote has received numerous awards and honors, including the Humboldt Prize, awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a recipient of the Berkeley Citation from the University of California and was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. He has received three honorary doctorates, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International, and is fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In the spring of 2005, he was named a recipient of the J.P. Den Hartog award by the ASME International to honor his lifelong contribution to the teaching and/or practice of vibration and sound. He received the 2005 Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and for leadership in academia. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Burt S. Barnow is the Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and Economics at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He has over 30 years of experience as an economist in the fields of workforce investment, program evaluation, performance analysis, labor economics, welfare, poverty, child support, and fatherhood programs. Before coming to George Washington University, Barnow was associate director for research at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy Studies, where he worked for 18 years. Prior to that, he had worked for 8 years at the Lewin Group and nearly 9 years at the U.S. Department of Labor, including 4 years as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Employment and Training Administration. Even earlier, Barnow was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has extensive experience conducting research on implementation of large government programs and is currently co-project-director for a study for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to analyze states’ experiences in implementing workforce investment and unemployment insurance provisions of the Recovery Act. Barnow also co-directed studies for ETA on the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the 1992 amendments to the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). His current and recent research includes an evaluation of the Center for Working Families programs for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a project to develop and evaluate demonstrations that test innovative strategies to promote self-sufficiency for low-income families for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a study for ETA to evaluate the impact of selected projects in the High Growth Job Training Initiative using nonexperimental methods, an assessment of occupational skill shortages for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, an evaluation of the priority of services for the veterans’ mandate for Department of Labor programs for ETA, a project to develop cost-performance standards for ETA, an evaluation of the determinants of the welfare caseload in Colorado for the State of Colorado, and an evaluation of a