WESLEY L. HARRIS, Chair, NAE, is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and director of the Lean Sustainment Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected to the NAE “for contributions to understanding of helicopter rotor noise, for encouragement of minorities in engineering, and for service to the aeronautical industry.” He has performed research and published in refereed journals in the following areas: fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; unsteady, nonlinear aerodynamics; acoustics; lean manufacturing processes; military logistics and sustainment, and hemodynamics. Dr. Harris has substantial experience as a leader in higher education administration and management. He also has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing major national and international aeronautical and aviation programs and personnel in the executive branch of the federal government. He is an elected fellow of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc., the American Helicopter Society, and the National Technical Association for personal engineering achievements, engineering education, management, and advancing cultural diversity. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in aerospace and mechanical sciences at Princeton University and a B.S. in aerospace engineering (honors) from the University of Virginia.
SANDRA BEGAY-CAMPBELL is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Ms. Begay-Campbell leads Sandia’s technical efforts in the Renewable Energy Program to assist tribes with renewable energy development. She served as a member of the NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. As a member of the Navajo Nation, Ms. Begay-Campbell’s perspective incorporates her cultural values into a technical environment. Ms. Begay-Campbell is the former executive director of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of American Indian scientists and engineers. She subsequently worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Sandia. She has served on two committees for the National Academy of Engineering: the Committee on Diversity of the Engineering Workforce and the Committee on Engineering Studies at Tribal Colleges. Ms. Begay-Campbell received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in structural engineering from Stanford University.
FRANK CAPPUCCIO is the President and CEO of Cappuccio and Associates LLC. He recently retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation as executive vice president and general manager of its famed Skunk Works, tasked with the pursuit, capture and selective execution of new business for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Prior to that, Mr. Cappuccio was the Lockheed Martin corporate vice president of the Joint Strike Fighter Program. He also served as vice president for programs and technology for the company’s Aeronautics Sector in Bethesda, Maryland. He has over 45 years of comprehensive and diverse management and engineering experience in acquisition, development, and deployment of high-tech products ranging from navigational computers to missiles and tactical fighters. Mr. Cappuccio holds an M.B.A. from Adelphi University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from City College of New York.
CARLOS CASTILLO-CHAVEZ is a regents professor and a Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology at Arizona State University and the founding director of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center and has coauthored over 200 publications at the interface of the life, social, and mathematical sciences. He has had 33 Ph.D. students, a group that includes 19 individuals from underrepresented groups. Recognitions of his work include three White House Awards (1992, 1997, and 2011), the 2010 American Mathematical Society Distinguished Public Service Award, and the 2007 AAAS Mentor award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). He has held honorary professorships from Xi’an Jiatong University in China and Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. He was appointed a Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Cátedra Patrimonial at UNAM in Mexico, and a Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor at MIT. He is a member of the Board of Higher Education at the National Academy of Sciences (2009-2016) and serves on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.
VADM PAUL G. GAFFNEY II, NAE, served as the seventh president of Monmouth University from 2003 to 2013; he is president emeritus and currently part of Monmouth’s Urban Coast Institute as its first fellow. A retired Navy vice admiral, he was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Naval Research with responsibility for Department of the Navy science and technology investment. He was appointed to the statutory U.S. Ocean Policy Commission and served during its full tenure from 2001 to 2004. In his military career he headed the Navy’s worldwide operational meteorology and oceanography program and commanded the Naval Research Laboratory. He has been recognized with a number of military decorations: the Naval War College’s J. William Middendorf Prize for Strategic Research, the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Virginia Research and Technology Consortium, and the Potomac Institute’s Navigator Award. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, has served on several boards of higher education, was a member of the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board and chaired the Federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel. He is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. Admiral Gaffney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an M.S. in ocean engineering from Catholic University. He graduated from the Naval War College with highest distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University. The University of South Carolina, Jacksonville University, and Catholic University have awarded him honorary doctorates.
MICHAEL T. NETTLES is senior vice president and Edmund W. Gordon Chair at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Dr. Nettles’ research covers a broad spectrum of educational policy topics, including educational assessment at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels; student achievement; educational opportunity; access and equity; faculty compensation and rewards; and financing higher education. Dr. Nettles is a member of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. He also serves on the board of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center on Research on Teaching and Learning and the board of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice at the University of Southern California. Dr. Nettles was initially at ETS from 1984 to 1989, first as a research scientist and later as a senior research scientist. From 1989 to 2003, he served as vice president for assessment for the University of Tennessee system and as a professor of education for 12 years at the University of Michigan. Prior to returning to ETS in 2003, he served for a decade on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress; for 8 years on the board of trustees of the College Board, which owns the SAT, the Advanced Placement course and exams, and other educational products and services; and for 4 years on the Graduate Record Examination board. Dr. Nettles earned his B.S. in political science at the University of Tennessee and two master’s degrees, one in political science and the other in higher education, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State University.
LYLE H. SCHWARTZ, NAE, is retired director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He was professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University for 20 years and director of Northwestern’s Materials Research Center for 5 of those years. He then became director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he served for more than 12 years. His experience there included metals, ceramics, polymers, magnetic materials, techniques for characterization, and standardization of these characterization techniques, and his responsibilities included management of the R&D agenda in the context of a government laboratory. Dr. Schwartz subsequently assumed responsibility for basic research on structural materials of interest to the U.S. Air Force in addition to the areas of propulsion, aeromechanics, and aerodynamics. He completed his government service as director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research with responsibility for the basic research program of the Air Force. His current interests include government policy for R&D, particularly for materials R&D, STEM education at K-12 levels, and enhanced public understanding of the roles and importance of technology in society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Schwartz received both a B.S. in engineering and a Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University.
THEDA SKOCPOL, NAS, is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. At Harvard, she served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005-2007) and as director of the Center for American Political Studies (2000-2006). In 1996, Dr. Skocpol served as president of the Social Science History Association, an interdisciplinary professional group, and in 2002-2003, she served as president of the American Political Science Association during the centennial of this leading professional body. Dr. Skocpol’s research focuses on U.S. social policy and civic engagement in American democracy, including changes since the 1960s. She has recently launched new projects on the transformations of U.S. federal policies in the Obama era. Her books and articles have won numerous awards, including the 1993 Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science for the previous year. In 2007, she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Dr. Skocpol also belongs to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1994), the American Philosophical Society (elected 2006), and the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2008). She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. in sociology from Michigan State University.