Elmer Bernstam is an associate professor of healthy informatics and internal medicine at the University of Texas at Houston. His primary appointment is in the School of Health Information Sciences with a secondary appointment in Internal Medicine. He received an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1995, and an M.S. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999. His research focuses on MEDLINE search, consumer health informatics, shareable executable clinical practice guidelines, and informatics in clinical and translational research.
Stephanie Chang is an associate professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She received a Ph.D. in regional science from Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests are in urban planning, geography, and regional science; natural disasters, risk management, and GIS decision-support systems; human-environmental interactions; transportation and other urban infrastructure systems.
David Dorr is an assistant professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. He received an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and after completing
his residency, received a master’s degree in medical informatics and health science administration from the University of Utah. His research is in care management, coordination of care, collaborative care, chronic disease management, quality, and the requirements of clinical information systems to support these areas. He has broadened into clinical information needs, electronic health record deployment, and health information exchange as ways to expand systems-based approaches to health care.
Riley Duren is the chief systems engineer for the Earth Science and Technology Directorate and a principal staff member at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. From 2002 until 2009, he served as the chief engineer for NASA’s Kepler mission, which launched in March 2009 and is conducting a 3.5 year mission to search for habitable planets around other stars. His current focus is applying systems engineering techniques to the challenge of climate change and in this capacity, is leading an interagency effort to define the policy–relevant needs and a design for a global greenhouse gas observing system to support climate treaties, cap-and-trade programs, and adaptation planning.
Claire Gmachl is a professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University. She received a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Vienna in 1995. Her research group is working on the development of new quantum devices, especially lasers, and their optimization for systems applications ranging from sensors to optical communications. Their special focus is on Quantum Cascade (QC) lasers, a novel type of semiconductor injection laser based on electronic intersubband transitions in the conduction band of a coupled quantum well heterostructure.
Carla Gomes is director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability and associate professor with joint appointments in Computer Science, Information Science, and Applied Economics and Management. She obtained a Ph.D. in computer science in the area of artificial intelligence and operations research from the University of Edinburgh. Her central research themes are the integration of concepts from mathematical programming, constraint programming, and algorithm theory for large-scale combinatorial problems; the study of the impact of structure on problem hardness; and the use of randomization techniques to improve the performance of exact (complete) search methods.
Arpad Horvath is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. His research interests are in developing methods and tools for environmental and economic
analysis of civil infrastructure systems, primarily for the construction industry and the built environment. His research has focused on the environmental implications of the construction, electronics and various service industries, life-cycle assessment modeling using environmentally augmented economic input-output analysis, and environmental performance measurement.
Mike Krames is chief technology officer at Soraa, Inc. in Goleta, California. Previous positions have included director, Advanced Laboratories at Philips Lumileds Lighting Co., and engineering scientist and hardware design engineer in the Optoelectronics Division at Agilent Technologies. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in electrical and computer engineering.
Vinothan Manoharan is an assistant professor of physics and chemical engineering at Harvard University. He received a Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research explores light scattering, optical microscopy, spectroscopy, synthesis and other experimental techniques to understand the physics of self-organization. For most of these experiments, his lab uses colloids, suspensions of particles typically about a micrometer in size. They seek to understand how very simple systems of micro- or nano-particles can assemble themselves into ordered structures. By doing so, they might be able to control the process in order to build new kinds of optical materials and photonic devices, and more generally, figure out the physical ‘rules’ for making nanoscale materials through self-assembly.
Genevieve Melton-Meaux is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Health Informatics and an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. She holds undergraduate degrees in computer science, mathematics, and electrical engineering and received an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2000. Her research is on improving the use of patient data from electronic health records to enhance the quality, research, and outcomes of health care. She utilizes informatics tools that allow data to be used more effectively for large-scale analyses, such as biomedical ontologies/terminologies, knowledge representation, and text-mining.
Lukas Novotny is a professor of optics and of biomedical engineering and physics at the University of Rochester. He earned a Dipl. El-Ing (M.S. in electrical engineering) in 1992 and a Dr. sc. techn. (Doctor of Technical Sciences) in 1996, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. His research is in
the area of experimental and theoretical optics. He is interested in the application of optical science and technology to the study of nanoscale phenomena ranging from solid-state physics to biology.
Lucila Ohno-Machado is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego. She received a Ph.D. in medical information sciences and computer science from Stanford University. Her research is in the area of validation of breast cancer biomarkers, assessing the quality of individual estimates in decision support systems, and scalable medical alert response technology.
Oskar Painter is an associate professor of applied physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. from Caltech in 2001. His current research focuses on the interesting ways that light propagates within microfabricated high-contrast periodic dielectric and metallic structures.
Bradford Parkinson is Edward C. Wells Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Emeritus at Stanford University. He was the principal advocate and chief architect for the Global Positioning System (GPS) in the early 1970s. He was the first GPS program director and led GPS development through the first satellite launches. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in astronautics (1966). As a professor at Stanford University, he led the development of many innovative civil applications of GPS. He was the CEO of two companies and serves on many boards. Among his many awards is the Draper Prize of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, considered by some to be the “Engineering Nobel.”
Kristina Swallow is owner of AVP Consulting, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received an M.S. in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. AVP Consulting provides flood control, air quality, and transportation studies for public and private sector clients. She has been appointed an American Society of Civil Engineers Congressional Fellow for 2009-2010.
Sean Wiggins is a project scientist and principal development engineer at the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research interests are in marine mammal acous-