William B. Bonvillian is lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science, Technology, and Society and Political Science Departments, and advises on research projects at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center and its Office of Digital Learning. Prior to this position, from 2006 to 2017, he was Director of MIT’s Washington, DC Office, reporting to MIT’s President. In this position he worked to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role in national science policy.
Prior to that position, Bonvillian served for 17 years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on intelligence reform, on climate change, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation leading to the America Competes Act in 2007. He is the author of a forthcoming book on advanced manufacturing from MIT Press and has written extensively on innovation and manufacturing topics.
In addition to teaching at MIT, Bonvillian is on the adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He graduated with honors from Columbia University, and has an M.A.R. (in
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religion) from Yale University Divinity School and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Patrick Bressler has been executive vice president of Fraunhofer USA since October 1, 2014. He manages the operations of the seven Fraunhofer USA Centers. Tasks include developing technology transfer and innovation partnerships with U.S. universities and companies, and strengthening transatlantic collaboration in applied science and technology between the United States and Germany. Bressler serves on scientific review panels and international expert groups, in particular, in materials research and transatlantic cooperation and science and technology. He is an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University.
From 2010 to 2014, Bressler was the director of Fraunhofer Brussels and a member of several advisory committees to the European Commission (EC) on science and innovation, in particular, proposal review panels and as an independent expert on the EC’s Key Enabling Technologies High Level Group and Electronics Leadership Group. He chaired the European Science Foundation’s Materials Science and Engineering Committee from 2012 to 2015.
Earlier career stages include academia and industrial research jobs and over a decade as senior scientist at the Berlin synchrotron radiation facility in the field of synchrotron radiation instrumentation and condensed matter physics. Bressler holds a Ph.D. in semiconductor and surface physics from the Technical University Berlin, Germany.
Lawrence Brown is executive director of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), which operates LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow). In this role, he is responsible for day-to-day management and leadership of the organization, including interface with the Office of Naval Research Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR).
In most recent employment, Brown was with EWI for more than 14 years, and most recently served as the organization’s Director of Government Technology Programs. Prior to this role he held leadership positions as director of the Project Management Office and Director of Engineering. He also has served as the director of the Navy Joining Center (NJC), where his responsibilities included planning and control of NJC technology development projects in support of the Office of Naval Research ManTech Program. Prior to joining EWI, Brown worked for Rolls-Royce Corporation as Senior Materials Joining Developing Engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. He also worked for Allied Signal, Energy Controls Division, as a Manufacturing Welding Engineer.
Brown is the recipient of the 2005 ManTech Achievement Award. He also serves on the Metals Subpanel of the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP). Brown has been awarded six patents that support aircraft gas turbine engine manufacturing. He holds a B.S. in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is a Certified Project Manager (PMP).
Yoel Fink is chief executive officer of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), MIT Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Joint Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Fink’s work is in fiber devices and harnessing weaving and knitting technologies to create integrated fabric systems, with the aim of redefining what a fabric is.
Fink is the recipient of multiple awards, among them the National Academies Initiatives in Research (2004), the MacVicar Fellowship (2007) for outstanding teaching, and the Collier Medal (2016). He is a co-founder of OmniGuide Inc. (2000) and served as its chief executive officer from 2007 to 2010. He presided over its commercial launch, established an 80 percent gross margin business, and grew it to $20 million. He is the coauthor of more than 80 scientific journal articles and holds more than 50 issued U.S. patents on multimaterial fibers and devices. As director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, he initiated the Translational Fellows Program, a postdoctoral venture program to facilitate research-derived ventures, and the Low Cost Renovation effort, and during his tenure, the lab became fully endowed.
Fink recently led MIT’s $317 million winning proposal for the creation of the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII), located near MIT. The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute is backed by industry, academia, government, and venture capital and is aimed at accelerating widespread commercialization of highly functional fabrics.
Fink holds a B.A. in physics and a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Technion, and a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Erica R. H. Fuchs is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her research focuses on the development, commercialization, and global manufacturing of emerging technologies, and national policy in that context. Fuchs was selected in 2012 as World Economic Forum Young Scientist (top 40 under 40, internationally). Her National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award–supported research focuses on rethinking national innovation systems.
Over the past decade, Fuchs has been playing a growing role in national and international meetings on the future of advanced manufacturing, including advising the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during a 1-day workshop that led to the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and serving on the expert group that supported the White House in the 2016 Innovation Dialogue between the United States and China. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Committee for Evaluation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the National Academies’ National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB), and the World Economic Forum’s Future of Advanced Materials Global Agenda Council. She is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board for Research Policy.
Before coming to CMU, Fuchs completed her Ph.D. in Engineering Systems at MIT in June 2006. She received her master’s and her bachelor’s degrees, also from MIT, in Technology Policy (2003) and Materials Science and Engineering (1999), respectively.
Brennan Grignon currently serves as senior advisor and program director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (ODASD MIBP). She strategically coordinates efforts among the 14 Manufacturing USA institutes, with Department of Defense (DOD) counterparts and with other government agencies, to create a holistic strategy for education and workforce development efforts in manufacturing. She leads engagement between DOD and industry, facilitating dialogue to support a communicative and collaborative relationship between small, medium, and large defense industrial base companies and the Department. Grignon also leads efforts regarding strategic use of additive manufacturing (AM, also known as 3D printing) throughout DOD.
Prior to her role at MIBP, Grignon was the program manager of LMI’s Research Institute, managing a multi-million dollar R&D budget and coordinating more than 40 internal and external R&D projects on a variety of technologies. She also supported government clients (civilian and defense) in strategic planning, communications, change management, technology transfer and implementation, competency management, and workforce development efforts. Grignon served as LMI’s additive manufacturing lead.
Grignon’s early career was as a financial advisor and retirement plan analyst, managing large personal estates and retirement plans for individuals, companies, and private equity firms.
André Gudger is the founder and CEO of Eccalon with more than 20 years of experience leading middle-market technology companies and senior positions within the federal government. From 2011 to 2017, he served as
President Barack Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) and the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs.
As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Gudger provided detailed analyses of the increasingly global and financially complex industrial supply chain and took appropriate actions to maintain the health, integrity, and technical superiority of the industrial base. In his many roles, Gudger was also the Defense Department’s lead for President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, through which he led the establishment of eight manufacturing institutes that focus on additive manufacturing, lightweight metals technology, robotics, and biotechnology. He is credited with reshaping MIBP by creating programs that focus on Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Global Markets to modernize the office’s programs and realign its focus areas for the 21st century. Previously, he served as the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, where he acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business, and oversaw more than $120 billion of annual awards to small companies.
In the past, Gudger has worked on key technical and financial initiatives with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Union Bank of Switzerland, and AT&T, and founded Solvern Innovations, a cybersecurity solutions company, where he served as its chairman and CEO. Gudger received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Hagan-Dier is the director of the Tennessee National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (TMEP) Program for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS). She joined UT CIS in September 2013 as the Solutions Consultant Team Leader and TMEP Director. In 2015, she led the successful proposal for the TMEP Program in the first round of the national recompetition of the NIST MEP network, resulting in a $3.6 million increase in federal funding and reorganization of the TMEP Program. In the past year, under Hagan-Dier’s leadership, TMEP developed two pilot projects generating more than $1.9 million in additional funding for UT CIS and expanded service offerings to focus on workforce development and technology acceleration.
Hagan-Dier has extensive experience in economic and community development and incentives, client and project management, business development, strategic planning, and outreach. As the director of the TMEP Program, Hagan-Dier is responsible for constructing the vision of TMEP and ensuring its financial viability through strategic planning, implementation, and partnership development. Through her work on the UT CIS and TMEP leadership teams, Hagan-Dier works to promote the importance of the manufacturing sector and expand the awareness of UT CIS’s capabilities
throughout Tennessee and across the country. Hagan-Dier also manages UT CIS’s connection to the NIST MEP national system and its nationwide network of industry resources. In this role, Hagan-Dier serves as a member of the NIST MEP Brand Council and a member of the Education and Workforce Working Groups for LIFT and MForesight.
Prior to joining the State of Tennessee in 2007, Hagan-Dier served 2 years as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Thomas A. Wiseman in the Middle District of Tennessee and 4 years as an associate with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, LLP in Chicago. Hagan-Dier received her J.D with honors from DePaul University College of Law in 2001 and a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1997.
David M. Hart is professor and director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is a senior fellow on clean energy innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, where he also is a member of the board of directors, and a nonresident senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Hart served as senior associate dean of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs in 2013–2015 and as assistant director for innovation policy, with a focus on advanced manufacturing, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, in 2011–2012. Hart’s books include Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, co-authored with Richard K. Lester), The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press), and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the U.S., 1929–1953 (Princeton University Press).
Susan Helper is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She was formerly chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a member of the White House Staff. She has served as chair of the Economics Department, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Helper received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and her B.A. from Oberlin College in economics, government, and Spanish.
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MAJ. GEN. NICKOLAS JUSTICE, USA (RET.)
Major General Nickolas Justice (ret.) is executive director of PowerAmerica, a public–private power electronics manufacturing institute led by North Carolina State University, focusing on accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components into a wide range of products and systems. General Justice served in the U.S. Army for 41 years, capping his career as commanding general of RDECOM, the Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, headquartered at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He previously led the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications Tactical at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
General Justice received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in institutional management from Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina College. In addition, General Justice has earned numerous military awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is the founding Director of MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight—a federally funded national think-and-do tank focused on accelerating technological innovation to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
Between 2009 and 2012, Kota served as the assistant director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and to foster innovation-based manufacturing and commercialization of emerging technologies. Kota played an instrumental role in initiating and launching National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. He orchestrated other initiatives, including the National Robotics Initiative and National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing.
Kota has authored more than 200 technical papers and 30 patents on product design, bio-inspired engineering systems, and soft robotics. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and Outstanding Educator Award. His research work has been featured in the popular press, including Aviation Week, BBC, Business Week, CBS, CNN, Fox, NASA Films, New York Times, NPR, Popular Science, Scientific American, etc. He is the founder and CEO of FlexSys Inc., which developed the world’s first modern aircraft with shape-changing wings.
Brett B. Lambert is vice president of Corporate Strategy at Northrop Grumman. Prior to joining the firm he was an executive-in-residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a senior fellow at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and served on several corporate boards involved in national security.
From 2009 to 2013, Lambert was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. In this position Lambert served as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD [AT&L]) on all matters relating to the defense industrial base, including industrial capabilities and assessments; defense industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidation, preservation of essential industries and technologies, and other industrial-related matters.
In 2011 Lambert led President Obama’s effort at the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish the first National Network for Manufacturing Innovation site, which culminated in the selection of additive manufacturing (3D printing) as the focal point for the administration’s pursuit of a manufacturing renaissance.
Prior to joining DOD, Lambert spent 20 years working with defense and intelligence firms. From 1989 until 2007, Lambert held positions of increasing responsibility at DFI International, a national security consultancy that he built with the founder and that he assisted in selling in 2007. Before joining DFI, Lambert worked for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in New Delhi. Prior to this, he attended graduate school at Jawaharlal Nehru University on a Rotary Graduate Scholarship he received during his senior year at Kansas State University. He also worked as an independent journalist in India, Pakistan, and Burma.
Mark LaViolette is a specialist leader in Deloitte’s Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations practice and retired United States Marine Corps Colonel with more than 30 years of experience solving cross-functional challenges facing both commercial and government clients. He is an expert on the Department of Defense (DOD) decision-making process with hand-on experience working inside resourcing, requirement, acquisition governance, and congressional engagement processes. LaViolette has a proven record in high-profile, fast-paced, complex, and demanding roles that require sound decision making, strategic vision, and problem solving.
At Deloitte, LaViolette has worked extensively advising and supporting clients involved in public–private partnerships in the advanced manufacturing
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space. His work includes developing DOD additive manufacturing (AM) technology roadmaps and most recently, leading a team to conduct a third-party assessment of the Manufacturing USA program. That effort provided an analysis of the program and its progress toward achieving its strategic goals, and included a series of recommendations for the future program.
LaViolette holds a master’s in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, a master’s in logistics management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL), a Supply Chain Operational Reference Model Professional (SCOR-P), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Kelvin H. Lee is director of the Manufacturing USA National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), and he is the Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. He previously served as director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. He received a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Caltech. He spent several years in the Biotechnology Institute at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, and also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Caltech’s Biology Division.
Prior to his current appointment, he was on the faculty at Cornell University, where he held the titles of Samuel C. and Nancy M. Fleming Chair Professor, professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Cornell Institute for Biotechnology, and director of the New York State Center for Life Science Enterprise.
Kirk McConnell is a professional staff member on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is responsible for oversight of and legislation concerning Cyber Command and DOD cyber security, intelligence programs and activities, and information technology, and for liaison with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Previously, McConnell was a staff member on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was responsible for Committee oversight of the National Security Agency and DOD military intelligence programs. Prior to this, he was a staff member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, with oversight of national intelligence agencies and military intelligence activities, and also on the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China.
McConnell received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Rochester.
Jennifer McNelly serves as the president of 180 Skills, LLC, an online technical education experience supporting our nation’s manufacturers. 180 Skills offers the only industry-defined, competency-based, high-quality, low-cost solution to advance the manufacturing workforce. McNelly has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business.
Prior to joining 180 Skills, McNelly was the president and executive director of the Manufacturing Institute, the nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where she advanced a national agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive. She is a proven leader at the Institute as the chief architect of one of the organization's flagship initiatives, the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. McNelly is a member of the Senior Executive Services (SES) and served as an administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in helping Fortune 500 corporations build strategic partnerships with government agencies in support of workforce development.
In 2012, McNelly was recognized as one of the 100 inaugural Women in STEM, and she is the immediate past chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing. McNelly previously served as a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation, and the SME Education Foundation Board.
Mike Molnar is the founding director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this capacity, he is responsible for NIST extramural advanced manufacturing programs and liaison to industry and academia. Molnar is also the founding director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), an interagency team with core staff hosted at NIST. This interagency team works to coordinate federal activities in advanced manufacturing, and is the congressionally designated National Program Office for Manufacturing USA—the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
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Molnar joined NIST in 2011. Prior to federal service, he had a 30-year industry career in advanced manufacturing, with leadership roles in manufacturing technology development, corporate manufacturing engineering, capital planning, metrology, quality systems, automation, computer integrated manufacturing, and industrial controls for manufacturing competitiveness. Midcareer, Molnar served as the manufacturing policy Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Molnar is well known in industry and academia, with more than 30 years of leadership roles in manufacturing professional societies and associations—most recently as the President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and was elected Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Molnar earned an executive M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and master’s in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Chris Murray is an assistant director with the Natural Resources and Environment team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Since joining GAO in 2001, he has worked on evaluating federal programs in a variety of areas, including hazardous waste site remediation, renewable energy, and safe drinking water. Over the past several years, he has focused on science and technology issues related to federal support for research, advanced manufacturing, and the patent system, among other issues. Prior to joining GAO, he received a master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Jonas Nahm is assistant professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of development and industrial upgrading in green industries, the politics of innovation, and the political economy of the energy sector. In addition to China—his primary focus for the exploration of these themes—his research draws on cases in Germany and the United States. His current book project, Varieties of Innovation: The Creation of Wind and Solar Industries in China, Germany, and the United States, examines the mechanisms through which distinct patterns of innovation have emerged in renewable energy sectors in each of these locations.
Before joining the faculty, Nahm was a postdoctoral fellow for International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He completed a Ph.D. in political science at MIT, holds an M.A. in political science
and Asia-Pacific studies from the University of Toronto, and graduated with a B.A. in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Mike Russo leads the corporate office of Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in the United States for GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), the nation’s largest contract semiconductor chip maker. In his role, Russo is responsible for strategic plan development and execution to support business needs, policy development, and lobbying, directly interfacing with top administration officials and lawmakers on the federal and state levels. Russo is currently leading initiatives that are focused on developing and scaling innovations in the areas of education and workforce development; full-spectrum, distributed power grids; supply chain development; cyber security; and ensuring technology access for the U.S. government. Russo serves as a private-sector advisor to the U.S. Government in the areas of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) and Advanced Manufacturing, providing an in-depth understanding on issues central to the nation’s defense and maintaining its leadership in technology development and innovation.
Prior to joining GF, Russo was a senior congressional staffer, running offices in both the U.S. Senate and House. Prior to his work in Congress, he spent nearly three decades in manufacturing and as an Executive Officer for the nation’s oldest industrial union, and was responsible for all of the union’s operations in the Northeastern United States. An expert in organizational development and effectiveness, Russo has led initiatives in total workplace redesign and the development of innovative workplace safety cultures, helping to make U.S. manufacturers and businesses globally competitive. Russo holds a B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies from the State University of New York, majoring in political science and labor relations.
Arun A. Seraphin is a professional staff member on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. His areas of responsibility include acquisition policy, Pentagon management issues, Department of Defense science and technology programs, information technology systems, technology transition issues, defense laboratories, the Small Business Innovation Research program, manufacturing programs, and test and evaluation programs.
From 2010 to 2014, Seraphin served as the principal assistant director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). During this time, he both led (in an acting capacity) and served as the deputy director of the OSTP National Security and International Affairs division. His areas of responsibility included
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developing and implementing White House initiatives and policies in areas including defense research and engineering; weapons of mass destruction; defense manufacturing and industrial base; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; cybersecurity; and promoting innovation in government research and engineering organizations. He also led interagency groups on small business programs and on improving the quality of the federal STEM workforce.
In 1996, Seraphin earned a Ph.D. in electronic materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he performed research on silicon nanotechnology. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in political science with a concentration in American government and in engineering science with a concentration in materials science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Ravi Shanker is the vice president for Dow Lightweighting and was recently named to the Chairman and CEO’s Team on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative for the United States. Previous to this role, Shanker served in various business leadership roles, such as the president and CEO of Dow Kokam. Shanker has many years of experience building, growing, and running businesses within the Dow Chemical Company. He was also part of the AMP 2.0 team working on Advanced Manufacturing Strategy and Initiatives with colleagues from industry and academia.
Shanker holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and a B. Tech. in mechanical engineering from B.I.T. Sindri, in India. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.
Katie Stebbins is the Massachusetts Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and leads the state’s efforts in the areas of cyber security, robotics, digital health, advanced manufacturing, the Internet of Things, marine technology, and the startup ecosystem. In this role, Stebbins convenes sector leaders and prioritizes investments on behalf of the Baker Administration and diligently exposes community leaders across the state to the economic opportunities being generated in Massachusetts.
Stebbins has served the public sector for more than 20 years, playing a leadership role in community-based economic development, specifically in low-income communities. Through this work, she honed her expertise in workforce development, community engagement, environmental science and public health, and real estate development. Technology and innovation have been a consistent theme throughout Stebbins’ career as she made it a priority to deliver the most cutting-edge science and technology to populations that are generally the last to receive such benefits.
Stebbins is an avid entrepreneur and mentor, having started three companies of her own and dozens of community-based programs and projects. Her former consulting company played a lead role in establishing and growing the Holyoke Innovation District in Holyoke, Massachusetts, one of the first innovation districts in the state and the only one located within a high-poverty community.
Stebbins received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her graduate degree in city planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Boston Business Journal named Katie one of the top 10 “2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology.”
Charles Wessner teaches Global Innovation Policy at Georgetown University and is a powerful advocate for effective innovation policies. Previously, he served for two decades as a National Academies Scholar, a position in which he directed the Innovation Policy Forum. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in innovation policy, including public–private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, 21st-century universities and manufacturing, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry. As an outgrowth of his work with the U.S. government, he advises technology agencies, universities, and government ministries in Europe and Asia. In addition, he cooperates closely with international organizations and lectures at major universities in the United States and abroad. The overarching goal of his work is to develop a better understanding of how we can bring new technologies forward to address global challenges in health, climate, energy, water, infrastructure, and security. Reflecting his commitment to international cooperation, he was recently named an Officer of the Order of Merit by the President of France.
Currently, Wessner is leading a comprehensive study of the development of the successful New York Nanocluster. The analysis involves extensive field interviews, original source material, and close cooperation with leading companies such as IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, as well as the Center for Economic Growth. The analysis is focused on the build-out of the cluster through the development of new educational institutions, public–private partnerships to provide cutting-edge manufacturing equipment, and the policies and substantial investments required to attract and retain high-tech industry. This work includes a chapter in an upcoming volume on Smart Specialization supported by the European Commission’s DG-REGIO. Wessner was also tasked by the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) to prepare the Overview of the Current Trends in the U.S. Innovation System (2016). His most recent publication, Innovating for the Future: Helping Italian Firms Cross the Valley of Death, was published by the Fondazione G. Brodolini in Cities as Engines of Innovation and Inclusive Growth in March 2017.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox is vice president for Engineering and Program Operations for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity, he is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering, program management, production operations, and sustainment functions across the enterprise.
Previously, Wilcox served as vice president for Corporate Engineering. In that role, he was responsible for the engineering enterprise, ensuring that the right people, processes, tools, and technologies were in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to customers’ most complex challenges.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Wilcox served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). During his tenure at SAIC, he progressed through the executive ranks, holding technical, program, and business management leadership roles, including senior vice president of the company’s Sensor Systems operation.
Wilcox earned his B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.