of Intelligence, where she was responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the Air Force’s global mobility intelligence units. Operationally she led the Command’s daily Threat Working Group, which assessed threat levels for all global mobility flight operations.
Elias Towe is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Albert and Ethel Grobstein Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received the B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Towe was a Vinton Hayes Fellow at MIT. After leaving MIT he became a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and engineering physics at the University of Virginia. He also served as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) while he was a professor at the University of Virginia. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Towe is a recipient of several awards and honors that include the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the Young Faculty Teaching Award, and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Alfonso Velosa III is research director for Gartner with a focus on sustainability, business ecosystems, and smart cities. He is also agenda manager for electronic equipment research at Gartner, concentrating on electronics and semiconductor supply chain research, with a particular focus on global trends for manufacturing, consumption, financing, and the key vendors in the market. Velosa has also written extensively about electronics, outsourcing of electronics manufacturing, electronic manufacturing services (EMS), original design manufacturing (ODM), and semiconductor consumption. He previously worked at or consulted for Intel Corporation, NASA Lewis Research Center and NASA Headquarters, Mars & Co., and IBM Research. Velosa graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in materials science engineering; from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.S. in materials science engineering; and from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, with an M.I.M. in international management.
Eli Yablonovitch (NAS/NAE) is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at UCLA after having served as a full faculty member until 2007. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University in 1972, worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of applied physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy; in 1984, joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff and also director of Solid-State Physics Research; and in 1992, joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became the Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronics Chair and a professor of electrical engineering. Yablonovitch’s work has covered a broad variety of topics: nonlinear optics, laser-plasma interaction, infrared laser chemistry, photovoltaic energy conversion, strained-quantum-well lasers, and chemical modification of semiconductor surfaces. Yablonovitch’s research focuses on optoelectronics, high-speed optical communications, nanocavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, and quantum computing and communication.