THERESA KOTANCHEK, Co-Chair, is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Evolved Analytics, LLC, a data science and system design, software, and solutions provider. Prior to assuming this role, she spent 23 years in executive and leadership positions at Dow Chemical, including vice president for sustainable technologies and innovation sourcing (2010-2013). From 2005-2010, she served as the chief technology officer of Dow Chemical China Company Limited, leading Asia Pacific research and development (R&D), including the development of Dow’s state-of-the-art 1-million-square-foot research and development center in Shanghai, China, and the staffing of more than 1,200 scientists and engineers across the region. Over the course of her Dow tenure, she held numerous business and corporate roles, including global director in Dow Plastics, Dow Ventures and Corporate R&D. In 2011-2012, she served as the industrial lead and working group co-chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative. In 2013-2014, she served on the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) “Making Value for America” committee, and currently serves on numerous university boards, including Penn State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Institute and Materials Institute. Dr. Kotanchek holds a Ph.D. in materials science, an M.S. in ceramic science, and a B.S. in ceramic science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She has published more than 100 technical articles, holds 6 U.S. patents, and has given more than 200 invited talks. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Council of Industrial Research, and Society of Women Engineers.
EDWARD MORRIS, Co-Chair, is the president of Consequence Consulting, LLC. He retired in 2017 from the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining as the vice president and director of America Makes—The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. America Makes is focused on accelerating the use of additive manufacturing design and production technologies in the United States by bridging the gap between research and technology deployment. Previously Mr. Morris was the director of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing on the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering and Technology team. Reporting to the vice president of engineering, he worked with the Business Areas to develop and maintain the skillsets and tools necessary to efficiently design and manufacture Lockheed Martin’s portfolio of products. He has been an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Manufacturing Division, having served three 2-year terms as the division chairman. Other prior national leadership activities include membership in the Aerospace Industries Association’s Engineering Management Committee and the joint industry/government Pb-free Electronics Risk Management Consortium Steering Committee. He has served on the Industrial Advisory Boards for the Navy Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering Electronic Products and Systems Consortium at the University of Maryland, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University, and the NSF Industry–University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas. Mr. Morris has a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Arlington. He has more than 40 years of defense, commercial, and international aerospace industry experience with emphasis on program management, engineering, procurement, and manufacturing. Mr. Morris is a nationally recognized leader in advanced manufacturing technology.
WILLIAM B. BONVILLIAN is a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, and senior director, Special Projects, at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, directing a research project on workforce education. He began teaching science and technology policy MIT in 2007 and has also taught a course on innovation policy since 2017. Prior to this position, from 2006-2017, he was director of MIT’s Washington, D.C., 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 on national science policy. He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives on energy technology, the “convergence” of life, engineering and physical sciences, advanced manufacturing, online higher education and its “innovation orchard” project on start-up scale-up. Prior to that position, he 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. Prior to his work on the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the deputy assistant secretary and director of congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, a federal judge in New York. He has been a member of the Connecticut Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.
THOMAS M. DONNELLAN has a 35-year career in research and technology development and has worked at government laboratories, in industry, and in academia. He currently serves in the Office of the Director at the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. Until August 2018, Dr. Donnellan served as the associate director for materials and manufacturing at ARL/Penn State. Prior to joining ARL, he was the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s senior scientist for physical science, with responsibility for advising bureau management on the technology R&D portfolio for forensic and intelligence applications. From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Donnellan worked at the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held a number of positions and eventually became the director of structural sciences. He started his career at the Naval Air Development Center where he performed and directed R&D in support of department needs. Dr. Donnellan is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S. in materials engineering). He has advanced degrees from MIT in polymerics (S.M.) and materials science (Sc.D.).
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 MIT. Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Dr. Helper received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and her B.A. from Oberlin College in economics, government, and Spanish.
MICK MAHER is president at Maher & Associates, LLC. He provides consultation services to clients in areas concerning new material and manufacturing technologies. Mr. Maher joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
as a program manager in 2011 and managed a portfolio of programs specializing in advanced materials and manufacturing that included the Tailorable Feedstock and Forming, Materials Development for Platforms, and Open Manufacturing programs. While at DARPA, his programs developed new technologies that enabled rapid qualification of new manufacturing technologies and developed revolutionary new composite technologies and novel lightweight multifunctional and specialty material systems. Mr. Maher came to DARPA from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where he was chief of the Composite and Hybrid Materials Branch and Materials Applications Branch. While at ARL, Mr. Maher oversaw the research and development programs in the areas of armor material, coatings, composite technologies, failure analysis, hybrid material systems, processing and material transitions. Prior to his work at ARL, Mr. Maher served in various technology and management positions over a 20-year span at companies such as Martin Marietta, AAI, and DuPont. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Loyola College in Maryland.
MICHAEL McGRATH is an independent consultant. As the former vice president for systems and operations analysis at Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), he led business operations in Science and Technology, Enterprise Systems, and Operations Analysis. As chairman of the board of Advanced Technology International, he directed management of major research and development consortia. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, where he was a strong proponent for improvements in technology transition, modeling and simulation, and test and evaluation. In prior positions, he served as vice president for government business at the Sarnoff Corporation (former RCA corporate laboratory); Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Dual Use and Commercial Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); program manager at DARPA, where he managed a portfolio of manufacturing technology programs; and director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics Support program, automating the interface between DoD and industry for technical data interchange and access. His early government career included positions in logistics management at Naval Air Systems Command and in acquisition management in OSD. Today he consults on strategy development and implementation, portfolio management, and performance assessment across a wide range of technology enterprises, with insight into both government and industry perspectives. He has served on Defense Science Board and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine studies, and is currently a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology and a participant on several university and not-for-profit advisory boards. His research interests are in manufacturing, cybersecurity, and digital technical data. Dr. McGrath holds a B.S. in space science and applied physics and an M.S.
in aerospace engineering from Catholic University, and a Ph.D. in operations research from George Washington University.
POL SPANOS is the Lewis B. Ryon Professor at Rice University. From the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) he holds an M.S. in civil engineering and a Ph.D., with a major in applied mechanics, a minor-I in applied mathematics, and a minor-II in business economics and management. Professor Spanos’s research efforts focus on the dynamics and vibrations of structural and mechanical systems under a variety of loads. Systems exhibiting nonlinear behavior and/or exposed to hazard/risk-inducing conditions receive particular attention. His group is also interested in mechanical properties and fatigue/fracture issues of modern (nanocomposites, etc.) materials, and in signal processing algorithms for dynamic effects in biomedical applications. Professor Spanos received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award for research in engineering mechanics. He is also a Pi Tau Sigma and a Larson medalist from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within 10 and 20 years from college graduation. He has published more than 300 technical papers and has authored/edited more than 20 books and conference volumes. He is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Greece (Academy of Athens), a member of Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe), a foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the NAE (USA). He has served as the chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Engineering Mechanics Division and as the chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division. He has held distinguished visiting professor positions in numerous prestigious institutions worldwide. Further, he has served in leadership/mentorship positions for a plethora of diversity-enhancing initiatives and organizations.
BEN WANG is the Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University. His primary research interest is in applying emerging technologies to improve manufacturing competitiveness, specializing in product and process development for composite materials. Dr. Wang is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. He has authored three books on computer aided manufacturing.
STEVEN J. ZINKLE is currently Governor’s Chair Professor for Nuclear Materials at the University of Tennessee. Since 1985, he has held a series of research staff and management positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Zinkle received a B.S. in nuclear engineering, an M.S. in both materials science and nuclear engineering, and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Much of his research has utilized materials science to explore fundamental physical phenomena that are important for advanced nuclear energy applications. His research interests include deformation and fracture mechanisms in structural materials and investigation of radiation effects in ceramics, fuel systems, and metallic alloys for fusion and fission energy. He is a former recipient of the Robert Cahn Award and is a member of the NAE.