Army for Research, Development, and Acquisition, a position in which he served from 1993 through 1997. After his service as Assistant Secretary, he served as Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing, and Program Management of Walt Disney Imagineering. Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense, the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army, the Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Army, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He also serves on the advisory board of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He previously served on the National Research Council’s Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST). He is the Vice President and a director of the Hertz Foundation. He was formerly a director of Alliant TechSystems for 10 years, a director of Anteon Corporation for 10 years, and a director of the Allied Defense Group for 10 years. He served as a trustee for the Association of the U.S. Army and is a sustaining member. Mr. Decker holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the John Hopkins University and an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University. He undertook his military education as a U.S. Army Reserve Officer at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
ROY LEVIN is a Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, which he co-founded in August 2001. The laboratory at present numbers approximately 75 researchers working in the area of distributed computing and related disciplines and operates in a highly collaborative style that embraces the technical spectrum from theory to practice. From 1996 until he joined Microsoft, Dr. Levin was the Director of the Digital/Compaq Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Previously he had been a senior researcher in the Center since its founding in 1984. During those years he was a primary contributor and project leader for the Vesta software configuration management system and for the Topaz multiprocessor programming environment and its micro-kernel operating system. Before joining Digital, Dr. Levin was a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where he was a principal developer and project co-leader of Cedar, an experimental programming environment for high-performance workstations. He was also a developer of Grapevine, a landmark electronic mail system. Dr. Levin received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in mathematics from Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a former chair of its Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS), and a co-recipient of the ACM SIGOPS 2008 Hall of Fame Award. He is the author or a co-author of approximately 25 technical papers, books, and patents.
J. STEPHEN ROTTLER is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science and Technology at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. Dr. Rottler is the executive responsible for leadership and management of corporate research and development and capabilities stewardship at SNL. He is also responsible for leadership of technology transfer and strategic research relationships with universities, industry, and the State of New Mexico.