heterogeneous catalytic materials, and she has investigated metal, metal oxide, and metal phosphate systems. Her work has included the study of a variety of catalytic processes including natural gas conversion to alternative fuels and commodity chemicals production. Her research often involves collaboration with universities and industrial firms.
Dr. Jackson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to attending graduate school she held positions at the ACS, as a U.S. Senate staff member, and the American Foreign Service Association at the U.S. State Department. She is active in issues regarding Native American education and is now chair of the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs. Jointly with her position at Sandia, she is presently an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico and serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards.
Henry T. (Hank) Kohlbrand is director of external technology and intellectual asset management for the Dow Chemical Company. He is one of eight directors responsible for corporate R&D at Dow. He assumed this position in 1997 and is responsible for Dow's external R&D programs, offices of science and technology in Europe and Japan, and the Intellectual Asset Management Technology Center. Previous responsibilities included corporate director of waste elimination, R&D director for engineering science and process development, and director of the Central Research Engineering Laboratory. Over his career he has worked in a number of research and manufacturing roles. In addition, he is recognized as an international expert in reactive chemicals engineering and process scale-up and has authored many publications in this area. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973.
Todd R. La Porte is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) since 1965. Receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1962, he has taught public administration, organization theory, administrative behavior, and technology and politics at the University of Southern California and Stanford University as well as at UCB. He has published in the areas of organization theory, technology and politics, and the organizational and decision-making dynamics of large, complex, technologically intensive organizations, as well as public attitudes toward advanced technologies and the problems of governance in a technological society. He was a principle of the Berkeley High Reliability Organizations Project, a multidisciplinary team that has studied the organizational aspects of safety-critical systems such as nuclear power, air traffic control, and nuclear aircraft carriers. His current research concerns the evolution of large-scale organizations operating technologies demanding a very high level of reliable (nearly failure-free) performance and the relationship of largescale technical systems to political legitimacy, especially in the nuclear domain.
He was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 1985, and he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, and a research fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum (Sciences Center) Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Social Research, Cologne. He has been a member of the Board on Radioactive Waste Management and panels of the Committee on Human Factors and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Department of Energy, and chaired its Task Force on Radioactive Waste Management, examining questions of institutional trustworthiness. He was a member of the National Research Council's panel on Human Factors in Air Traffic Control Automation and the Technical Review Committee for the Nuclear Materials Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory.