Amir AghaKouchak is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and a member of UCI’s Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. His research group bridges the disciplines of hydrology, climatology, and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues, with particular interest in the effects of climate change and variability on the terrestrial water cycle and hydroclimate extremes. His long-term research objective is to utilize continuously growing satellite and climate datasets along with ground-based observations to develop integrated water resources modeling, prediction, and decision support systems.
Andrea Alù is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the David and Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests span a broad range of technical areas, including applied electromagnetics, nano-optics and nanophotonics, microwave, THz, infrared, optical and acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, nonlinearities and nonreciprocity, cloaking and scattering, acoustics, optical nanocircuits, and nanoantennas.
Jeremy Banik is a senior research engineer in the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His work involves advanced deployable space structures and platforms, including radio frequency reflectors, planar antennas, solar sails, booms, solar arrays, and the supporting material systems, analytical approaches, and testing methodologies.
Jonathan Black is an associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering at Virginia Tech and an associate director of research for aerospace systems at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. His research interests include smallsats, mission-oriented satellite constellation design, spacecraft bus engineering, orbital dynamics, aerospace structures and systems, cognitive mission management, joint optimization, engineering design for system payloads, and advanced sensing technology.
Alexandra Boltasseva is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University and adjunct associate professor of photonics engineering at DTU Fotonik at the Technical University of Denmark. Her research is in nanophotonics, plasmonics, plasmonic materials, integrated optics, nanoantennas, optical metamaterials, sensing, and nanofabrication.
Robert Braun is the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on advanced flight systems and technologies for planetary exploration, and he has contributed to the design, development, test, and operation of multiple space flight systems. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Corale L. Brierley is principal and founder of Brierley Consultancy LLC, which provides technical and business consultation to the mining and chemical industries and government agencies. She is an elected member and vice president of the National Academy of Engineering.
David Brumley is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and the CEO of ForAllSecure. With an emphasis on software security, offensive computing, assurance, and defense, his goal is to develop automation using scaling verification and program analysis techniques that check software for exploitable weaknesses.
Jeffrey Czajkowski is the Willis Re Research Fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center of the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research areas are natural hazard event direct economic loss modeling, quantifying risk-based catastrophe insurance premiums, estimating the benefits of short- and long-term natural hazard preparation and mitigation, and other economic impact analysis of natural hazards and environmental factors.
Jennifer Dionne is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University. She develops new optical materials and tools to visualize nanoscale systems and phenomena, particularly those relevant to renewable energy and biology.
James Done is a project scientist II and Willis Research Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research Earth System Laboratory. His research area is the physical processes leading to extreme weather and climate events and societal impacts. Recent research focused on predictability limits and variability of high-impact weather events across a range of temporal and spatial scales, and drivers of societal impacts incorporating weather, climate, exposure, vulnerability, and human behavioral factors.
Kevin Fu is an associate professor of computer science and engineering and a Sloan Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group. His lab investigates technology and policy to increase the trustworthiness of embedded computer systems such as medical devices. He cofounded Virta Labs, Inc., which manufacturers a power outlet to detect anomalies and malware by using machine learning and power analysis.
Julia Greer is a professor of materials science and mechanics at the California Institute of Technology and the Kavli Nanoscience Institute, where she focuses on nanoscale mechanics, microstructure, in-situ mechanical deformation, dislocations, and novel nanoscale testing techniques.
Ning Lin is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Her research integrates science, engineering, and policy to study tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes, how they change with the climate, and how their impacts on society can be mitigated.
Amy Lo is a systems engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, where she focuses on mathematical simulations, mission architecture development, proposal development, and optical systems engineering.
Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist at Google, where she conceived and leads the development of Google Earth Engine. This platform makes trillions of scientific measurements from the world’s satellite imagery data dating back over 40 years available online with analysis tools to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on Earth’s surface. Applications include detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas.
Daniela Oliveira is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focus is interdisciplinary computer security, where she applies concepts from psychology, biology, and other disciplines to make computer systems more secure while studying the nature of software vulnerabilities.
Bryan Payne is the engineering manager of platform security at Netflix, with research interests that include host-based intrusion detection and prevention, operating system security, virtualization security, usable security, live and forensic memory analysis, and trusted platforms.
Franziska Roesner is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on improving the computer security and privacy of existing and emerging technologies. She is particularly interested in designing and building computer systems that address security and privacy challenges faced by end users of technologies such as the web, smartphones, and emerging augmented reality platforms.
Dmitry Savransky is an assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace at Cornell University. His research interests include the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, optimal control of optical systems, statistical analysis of large astronomical surveys, and design and optimization of space missions.
Sara Seager is the Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets, including models of interiors and biosignatures that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Christopher Spadaccini is a principal investigator and research engineer in the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He develops 3D, multi-material fabrication processes spanning size scales that can generate materials with previously unobtainable properties and functionalities by controlling microstructure. High-impact applications include energy-efficient materials and lightweight structures using processes with potential manufacturing production volumes.
Luke Sweatlock is a research scientist in the nanophotonics and metamaterials laboratories at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, where he leads interdisciplinary research in engineered optical materials. He focuses on functional metamaterials for active and nonlinear devices as well as plasmonic materials for nanophotonics and infrared metamaterials for applications in aerospace and communications technology.
Tomas Vagoun is cybersecurity R&D technical coordinator at the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology R&D, providing expertise, technical leadership and management, and guidance, particularly relating to cybersecurity R&D coordination within the federal government.
Mitchell Walker is an associate professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary research interests lie in electric propulsion, plasma physics, and hypersonic aerodynamics/plasma interaction. His current research activities involve advanced spacecraft propulsion systems, diagnostics, plasma physics, helicon plasma sources, space debris mitigation, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, and pulsed inductive thrusters.