Bruce Alberts (Plenary Session Two Speaker, Planning Committee Member) is a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education. He is editor-in-chief of Science and professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences. He also serves as one of President Obama’s first science envoys. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
G. Steven Burrill (Plenary Session Four Speaker) is chief executive officer of Burrill & Company. He has been involved in the growth and prosperity of the biotechnology industry for over 40 years. Prior to founding Burrill & Company in 1994, he spent 28 years with Ernst & Young, directing and coordinating the firm’s services to clients in the biotechnology/life sciences/high technology/manufacturing industries worldwide. Mr. Burrill holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Ruth A. David (Planning Committee Member) is president and CEO of ANSER (Analytic Services Inc.), a not-for-profit corporation that provides research and analytic support on national and transnational issues. She was previously deputy director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. David received a B.S. from Wichita State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mary Good (Plenary Session Three Speaker, Final Panel) is the Donaghey University Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and serves as the managing member for Venture Capital Investors, LLC. Dr. Good was previously U.S. under secretary of Commerce for Technology and senior vice-president of technology at Allied Signal, Inc. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she received a B.S. from the University of Central Arkansas and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas.
Carl E. Gulbrandsen (Welcome) is the managing director of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin Madison. He joined WARF in 1997, after practicing intellectual property law in private practice and with several high technology companies. He received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, and his Ph.D. in physiology and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sangtae Kim (Plenary Session Four Speaker) is executive director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the institute is intended to become the Midwest’s premier, private medical research institute. Prior to his appointment at the Morgridge Institute, Dr. Kim served on the faculties at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also held positions in government and industry. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Kim earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from Princeton University.
Judith Kimble (Workshop and Planning Committee Chair) is Henry Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Her research focuses on the molecular regulation of animal development. Over the course of her career, she has made seminal contributions in the area of how stem cells are regulated to self-renew or differentiate. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Kimble earned her B.A. at the University of California-Berkeley and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Michael Lach (Plenary Session One Speaker) is special assistant for STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education. Previously, he was officer of teaching and learning for Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Lach began his professional career teaching high school biology and general science in New Orleans in 1990 as a charter member of Teach for America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College, and master’s degrees from Columbia University and Northeastern Illinois University.
Tom Luce (Plenary Session One Chair and Speaker) recently stepped down as chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, which was created in 2007 to implement the recommendations of Rising Above the Gathering Storm by dramatically improving U.S. K-12 math and science education. He previously served as U.S. assistant secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. An attorney, Mr. Luce received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Arun Majumdar (Plenary Session Three Chair and Speaker) became the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in October 2009. Dr. Majumdar was previously associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he received his B.S. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
John P. Morgridge (Welcome) is a founding trustee of the Morgridge Institute for Research, a trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and chairman emeritus of Cisco Systems. He was president/CEO of Cisco from 1988 to 1995, growing the company from $5 million to over $1 billion in sales. He previously held top management positions at several other information technology companies, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Tashia F. Morgridge (Welcome) is a founding trustee of the Morgridge Institute for Research and a member of the University of Wisconsin, School of Education Board of Visitors. She and her husband John actively support a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives, including generous support for the Morgridge Institute for Research and numerous other initiatives at the University of Wisconsin. Mrs. Morgridge was previously a special education teacher. She received a B.S.E. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. from Lesley College.
C.D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. (Setting the Stage, Plenary Session Three Speaker, Planning Committee Member) is Regents professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. He served as president of the University of Maryland from September 1998 to August 2010, spurring the university to lead the state in the development of its high technology economy. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Mote received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Paul S. Peercy (Discussion Leader) is dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously president of SEMI/SEMATECH, a non-profit technical R&D consortium of U.S.-owned and operated companies that comprise the equipment and supplier infrastructure for the semiconductor industry. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Peercy earned a B.S. from Berea College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin.
Helen R. Quinn (Plenary Session One Speaker, Final Panel) is a professor of physics emerita at Stanford University where she also served as Education and public outreach manager at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She chairs the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education, and chaired the 2011 study A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. A theoretical physicist and National Academy of Sciences member, Dr. Quinn received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Stanford University.
Duane J. Roth (First Evening Keynote, Final Panel) is chief executive officer and member of the board of CONNECT, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining the growth of innovative technology and life science businesses in San Diego. Prior to joining CONNECT, he founded Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., where he serves as chairman of the board, and held senior management positions at Johnson & Johnson and American Home Products (now Pfizer) operating companies. Mr. Roth earned a B.S. from Iowa Wesleyan College.
Frank Samuel, Jr. (Plenary Session Four Speaker) is president of the Geauga Growth Partnership, Inc., a business-led economic development organization in Geauga County (northeastern Ohio). He was science and technology advisor to the governor of Ohio from 2000–2007, where he was a principal architect of Ohio’s Third Frontier Project. Mr. Samuel is a graduate of Hiram College and Harvard Law School.
Lorrie A. Shepard (Plenary Session Two Chair and Speaker) is University Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1992 and served as its president from 2005 to 2009. She earned her B.A. from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
William J. Spencer (Plenary Session Four Chair, Planning Committee Member) is chairman emeritus of International SEMATECH, having served as
chairman of the SEMATECH and International SEMATECH boards, and previously as SEMATECH’s president and chief executive officer. He also held key research and management positions at Xerox Corporation, Bell Laboratories, and Sandia National Laboratories. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Spencer received an A.B. degree from William Jewell College an M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in physics from Kansas State University.
The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson (Keynote Speaker) is currently a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Before entering the private sector in 2005, Secretary Thompson enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service, including service as U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services and 14 years as governor of Wisconsin. Secretary Thompson received both his B.S. and J. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Julie Underwood (Final Panel) is dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was previously dean of Miami University’s School of Education and Allied Professions. Dr. Underwood has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from DePauw University, a law degree from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Florida.
Robin Wright (Plenary Session Two Speaker) is associate dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her major goal as associate dean is to catalyze the development of the nation’s best biology curriculum. Her research focuses on the genetics and physiology of cold adaptation in yeast. Dr. Wright earned a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University.