PHILIP BEAUCHAMP manages the Mechanical Systems-Performance Lab at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. His laboratory is in part focused on research and development (R&D) of hydromechanical devices for GE. In this regard, he has participated internally with GE Energy and GE Water and with numerous external organizations in tracking a wide range of emerging ocean energy technologies. Dr. Beauchamp holds an M.S. in numerical methods from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Boston University.

MICHAEL BECK is a senior scientist with the Global Marine Initiative of the Nature Conservancy and a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He works in the interface between marine science and policy. Dr. Beck’s present work includes research on marine regional planning; the nursery role of nearshore habitats such as kelp forests; tools for ecosystem-based management and land-sea integration; the conservation and restoration of nearshore habitats, including shellfish reefs and beds; and marine proprietary rights, including the lease and ownership of submerged lands. Dr. Beck holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Florida State University.

VALERIE BROWNING is the owner, senior consultant, and subject matter expert for ValTech Solutions, LLC. She serves as a subject matter expert for a number of Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and other government activities in the areas of advanced materials and alternative energy. Prior to forming ValTech Solutions in 2007, Dr. Browning served as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During her tenure at DARPA, she assumed full responsibility for the strategic planning, operating management, leadership, and development of multiple DOD R&D programs providing innovative technologies in power and energy, radar, telecommunications, and biotechnology for diagnostics, therapeutics, and chemical and biological warfare defense. Specific programs managed by Dr. Browning include the MetaMaterials, Palm Power, Direct Thermal to Electric Conversion, Negative Index Materials, Robust Portable Power Systems, and BioMagnetic Interfacing Concepts programs. She also served as the DARPA liaison to the DOD Integrated Product Team on energy security and served as acting director of the Defense Sciences Office prior to her departure from government service. In addition to her time at DARPA, Dr. Browning spent 16 of her 24 years of government service as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory.

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