taking in an industry noted for its fierce competition. From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Spencer was a senior officer with Xerox Corporation and managed Xerox's worldwide research and development operations. Prior to that, Dr. Spencer managed the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and held positions at Sandia National Laboratories and Bell Labs. Dr. Wessner added that Dr. Spencer also serves as the vice-chairman of the National Research Council's STEP Board and plays a leadership role in the "Government-Industry Partnerships" project.

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