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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Planning Committee and Staff Bios." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Continuous Improvement of NASA's Innovation Ecosystem: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25505.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Planning Committee and Staff Bios." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Continuous Improvement of NASA's Innovation Ecosystem: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25505.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Planning Committee and Staff Bios." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Continuous Improvement of NASA's Innovation Ecosystem: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25505.
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D Planning Committee and Staff Bios DANIEL L. DUMBACHER, Chair, is executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Formerly, he was a professor of engineering practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. At Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher specialized in program and project management, complex, state-of-the-art systems engineering, and propulsion and power systems engineering. He was instrumental in the development of the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, an effort to integrate better the engineering disciplines with business, political science, communications, and philosophy. Prior to Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher served as deputy associate administrator in the Exploration Systems Development Division, for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Dumbacher earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Purdue University and an M.B.A. in business administration from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. For the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, he has served on the Committee on a Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA as a co-chair. STEVEN J. BATTEL is president of Battel Engineering, providing engineering, development, and review services to NASA, the Department of Defense, university, and industrial clients. His areas of specialization include program management, cost and schedule evaluation, systems engineering, advanced technology development, spacecraft avionics, power systems, high-voltage systems, precision electronics, and scientific instrument design. He developed scientific instruments for recent NASA missions including Curiosity, Mars-Phoenix, Cassini, HST, LADEE, MAVEN, ExoMars and Mars2020. Mr. Battel was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope External Readiness Review Team for SM-2, SM3A, SM3B and SM4; the AXAF/Chandra Independent Assessment Team; the TDRS-H/I/J Independent Review Team; the Mars Polar Lander Failure Review Board; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Genesis Failure Review Board. He is a current or former member of more than 80 review boards for NASA missions. Prior to Battel Engineering, he worked as an engineer, researcher, and manager at the University of Michigan, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Mr. Battel is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the AIAA and AAAS, a member of Sigma Xi, and a member of the AURA Space Telescope Institute Council. Mr. Battel earned his B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served on many National Academies committees, including the Committee on NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment, the Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Committee on Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and the Committee on Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space. He has also served on the Committee on Solar and Space Physics and is a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. MARTIN J. CURRAN is executive vice president and innovation officer of Corning. He was appointed Corning’s first innovation officer six years ago. In this role, Mr. Curran manages a portfolio of programs PREPUBLICATION COPY – SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION D-1

to increase the probability of success for new business opportunities. The innovation office was created to build an entrepreneurial-focused organization that could operate across all business segments to identify and develop near-term revenue opportunities. Prior to joining Corning, Mr. Curran has held a variety of executive roles in finance, manufacturing, and marketing. He holds a BBA Finance from Notre Dame and a MBA from University of Virginia. JANICE L. FRASER is a chief product officer with Bionic in New York. She installs entrepreneurship and venture capital as forms of growth management in Fortune 100 companies, which enables them to launch new billion-dollar businesses. Ms. Fraser is also a serial entrepreneur and an expert on the management practices needed to support innovation at scale. Her clients have included the Obama White House, Proctor and Gamble, Lyft, and the Navy Seals Training Command. She sits on growth boards at Nike and Levi Strauss & Co. Previously, Ms. Fraser was director of innovation and transformation at Pivotal Software. For 16 years before that, she started numerous businesses. Among them, Ms. Fraser was founder/CEO of Luxr, an early Lean Startup firm (sold to Pivotal), and Adaptive Path, the world’s first UX firm (sold to Capital One). She served as an advisor to more than 50 startup companies in a ten week product-acceleration program. With backing by leading Silicon Valley investors including 500 Startups, Mitchell Kapor, Bill Gross’s Idealab, and Tony Hsieh’s Vegas Tech Fund, Luxr reached entrepreneurs around the world. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics surrounding the management of innovation, and is a deeply respected member of the Lean Startup community. Ms. Fraser earned a B.A. in English from Ohio University. LINDA A. HILL is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where she is also chair of the Leadership Initiative. Dr. Hill specializes in leadership, global business strategies, and governing innovation. She has authored several critically acclaimed books on leadership, including Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. Drawing from her experience in consulting, Dr. Hill designed the management development program Breakthrough Leadership, and she has worked professionally with organizations including General Electric, IBM, Merck, the National Bank of Kuwait, and the Economist. She earned both her Ph.D. in behavioral sciences and her M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago. FRED KENNEDY III has served as the director of Tactical Technology Office (TTO) for the past two years within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), after previously serving as TTO deputy director. Prior to his work at DARPA, Kennedy served as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Mr. Kennedy advised the president on space and aviation policy and led the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative. He served twenty-three years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a colonel. He holds a M.A. in organizational management from George Washington University, a M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in electronics and physical sciences from the University of Surrey. ANNE S. MINER is the Ford Motor Company Professor of Management and Human Resources, emerita, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her involvement includes the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE), the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition and the coordination of the Management and Human Resources’ Certificates in Strategic Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was named Scholar of the Year by the Technology and Innovation Management of the Academy of Management. She has presented papers at schools such as Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, INSEAD, Harvard, Wharton, UCLA, and Minnesota. Dr. Miner received grants to conduct research on technology entrepreneurship, product development, and university start-ups. Her publications tackle issues including organizational learning from failure, organizational improvisation, organizational adaptation, industry-level learning and technological evolution, and product development. Dr. Miner has served as associate editor of Management Science and of Organization PREPUBLICATION COPY – SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION D-2

Science, and served on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Organization. She has made study trips to Singapore, China, Thailand, France, England, Canada and Finland. Dr. Miner teaches courses on the management of innovation and technology, including an introductory course on entrepreneurship in business, nonprofits and the arts. She has offered graduate seminars in strategy, organizational learning, entrepreneurship, and research methods. She is one of the architects of the business curriculum in University of Wisconsin, Madison’s MS in Biotechnology. Dr. Miner previously served as the executive vice-president for a small closely held California start-up firm that provided information services to technical firms. She provided human resource consulting for firms involved in product development and manufacturing, and worked as assistant to the president at Stanford University on human resources issues across the university. She received her B.S. in English from Harvard University, her M.S. for sociology and her Ph.D. for business-organization theory from Stanford University. MONA M. VERNON is the chief technology officer of Thomson Reuters Labs. The global labs partner with customers and third parties, such as start-ups and academics, on new data-driven businesses. Previously at Thomson Reuters, Ms. Vernon ran the Emerging Technology group and launched an Open Innovation Challenge program across the enterprise. Mona is an executive board member of the FinTech Sandbox in Boston, a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Big Data & Cybersecurity Leadership Group, a member of the executive committee for Commonwealth’s TechHUB Collaborative, and a winner of the Boston 50 on Fire. Ms. Vernon earned an S.M. (M.S. equivalent) in engineering and management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School (cross-registration), an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. DANIEL B. WARD is a consultant with Dan Ward Consulting, LLC. He is also a principal systems engineer at MITRE. Mr. Ward is the author of The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse and F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. Prior to launching Dan Ward Consulting, he served for more than 20 years as an acquisition officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in leading high-speed, low-cost technology development programs and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. While on active duty, Mr. Ward helped establish the Air Force Research Laboratory’s rapid innovation process. His expertise on defense acquisition reform has been featured in publications from the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the British Parliament. Mr. Ward has earned an M.S. in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has served on the National Academies’ Committee on the Role of Experimentation Campaigns in the Air Force Innovation Life Cycle. Staff SANDRA J. GRAHAM, Study Director, has been a senior program officer at the National Academies Space Studies Board (SSB) since 1994. During that time Dr. Graham has directed a large number of major studies, many of them focused on space research in biological and physical sciences and technology. Studies in other areas include an assessment of servicing options for the Hubble Space Telescope, a study of the societal impacts of severe space weather, and a review of NASA’s Space Communications Program while on loan to the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB). More recently, she directed the work of the committee and seven panels to develop the comprehensive decadal report Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration—Life and Microgravity Sciences Research for a New Era. Prior to joining the SSB, Dr. Graham held the position of senior scientist at the Bionetics Corporation, where she provided technical and science management support for NASA’s Microgravity PREPUBLICATION COPY – SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION D-3

Science and Applications Division. She received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Duke University, where her research focused primarily on topics in bioinorganic chemistry, such as rate modeling and reaction chemistry of biological metal complexes and their analogs. SARAH C. BROTHERS is an associate program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the SSB of the National Academies. In this role, she manages federal advisory committees providing policy advice on diverse topics ranging from civil space research, to space system technical requirements, to innovation in government agencies and regulation reform based upon technological advances and scientific research. She is responsible for producing consensus study reports based upon committee contributions and for first-author publication of other products, such as workshop proceedings. Previously, Dr. Brothers worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University, where she conducted change analysis using synthetic aperture radar and images of Earth’s surface, and as an intern with BHP Billiton and Hess Corporation in petroleum exploration and production. She completed her doctoral research in geology, processing and analyzing ground- and orbital-based ground-penetrating radar data in geospatial environments with time-lapse surface imagery and topography. She holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.A. in geology from Bryn Mawr College. DIONNA WISE is a program coordinator with the SSB, having previously worked for the National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for five years. Ms. Wise has a long career in office administration, having worked as a supervisor in a number of capacities and fields. Ms. Wise attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and majored in psychology. PREPUBLICATION COPY – SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION D-4

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