JENNIE S. HWANG, NAE, Chair, is chief executive officer (CEO) of H-Technologies Group and board trustee and distinguished adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. Among her many honors and awards are the U.S. Congressional Certificates of Recognition and induction into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame; she was also named among the R&D-Stars-to-Watch and received the YWCA Achievement Award. She was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corporation and has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation; Hanson, PLC; and Sherwin-Williams Company and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the infrastructure development for electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. She has served as global president of the Surface Mount Technology Association and in other global leadership positions. An international speaker and author of more than 475 publications, including several internationally used books, she has lectured to tens of thousands of managers, engineers, and researchers in professional development courses. Her speeches include university commencement addresses, a keynote address at the Department of Defense (DoD) Federal Women’s Program, and tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a prolific author and speaker on education, workforce, social, and business issues. Additionally, Dr. Hwang has served as a board director for Fortune 500 NYSE-traded and private companies and has served on various university and civic boards, the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute, and a number of international industry boards. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and chairs the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board and the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has served as NAE Membership Search Executive (Materials Section) and as member of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board,
the DoD R&D Globalization Board, the Committee on Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies, and the NAE Award Committee, among others. She also has served as a reviewer for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports and other national/international publications. Her formal education includes the Harvard University Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Governance Program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S.) in materials science and metallurgical engineering, chemistry, and liquid crystal science. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence was established at her alma mater. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award, running now for 17 years, was established in her honor to encourage and recognize outstanding women students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
BRADLEY G. BOONE is a principal professional staff member of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory. During his career he has worked in infrared and microwave sensors (active and passive), radar electronic countermeasures, pattern recognition, radar target modeling, optical image correlation and signal processing, superconducting electronics, laser radar, optical and radio frequency communications, and systems engineering. He has been technology manager for Civilian Space; project lead on numerous externally funded projects with the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, and Ballistic Missile Defense; group supervisor in electro-optical systems; and principal investigator for numerous research and development efforts to advance innovative concepts in sensing, pattern recognition, and communication. He has taught for the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering for 37 years, serving both applied physics and electrical engineering curricula, and, previously, was the visiting professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has published 70 papers and conference presentations, one textbook, two pending textbooks, and holds seven U.S. patents. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.
DIANE E. GRIFFIN, NAS/NAM, is University Distinguished Service Professor and former chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was the vice president of the National Academy of Sciences (2013–2017). She is a world leader in the study of viral pathogenesis and has elucidated mechanisms that control sindbis virus neurovirulence. Her research interests are in the area of pathogenesis of viral diseases with a particular focus on measles and arboviral encephalitis. These studies address issues related to virulence and the role of immune responses in protection from infection and in clearance of infection. She has more than 400 publications and has served on multiple advisory and editorial boards. She is the U.S. chair of the U.S.–Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program and past president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians and American Philosophical Society. Among other honors, she has received the Rudolf Virchow Medal from the University of Wurzburg, Wallace Sterling Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Stanford University, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Excellence in Science Award, Maxwell Finland Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and MilliporeSigma Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She earned her B.A. in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, I.L., and her M.D. and Ph.D. in microbiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
PETER M. KOGGE is associate dean of engineering for research and also holds the McCourtney Chair in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his joining Notre Dame in 1994, he was with International Business Machines (IBM) Federal Systems Division. He was
appointed an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow in 1990 and an IBM fellow in 1993. In 1977, he was a visiting professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1977 through 1994, he was also an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department of the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since 1997, he has been a distinguished visiting scientist at the Center for Integrated Space Microsystems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is also the Research Thrust Leader for Architecture in Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology. For the 2000–2001 academic year, he was the Interim Schubmehl-Prein Chairman of the CSE Department at Notre Dame. Since 2003, he has been a concurrent professor of electrical engineering. His research interests are in advanced computer architectures using unconventional technologies such as Processing-In-Memory and nano technologies such as Quantum dot Cellular Automata (QCA). Dr. Kogge received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, M.S. in systems and engineering sciences from Syracuse University, and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
CHRISTIAN MAILHIOT is senior manager of the Materials Research Group at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Livermore, C.A. Prior to joining SNL in 2016, he held the position of professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University (WSU) during the period 2013–2016. At WSU, he also held the positions of director for the Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC) and founding administrative director for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials (JCDREAM). Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Mailhiot was a senior technical manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during the period 1989–2013. Dr. Mailhiot also held senior leadership positions at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. He has worked in the areas of theoretical and computational condensed matter physics, ab initio many-body calculations of materials, atomic and electronic structure of materials, electronic structure theory and optical properties of semiconductor superlattices and synthetically modulated quantum-confined structures, semiconductor physics, surface and interface science, and static and dynamic pressure-induced phase transformations. He received his B.Eng. in engineering physics in 1978 from L’École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada. He obtained his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, C.A. From 1983 through 1989, he was a member of the technical staff at the Xerox Webster Research Center in Webster, N.Y., where he worked in the field of semiconductor and solid-state physics. In 2003, he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Materials Physics. He serves on numerous editorial boards and review and scientific advisory committees.
FRANCESCO PAESANI is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He is a theoretical chemist working at the intersection of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and computer science. He is interested in developing new methods and software to predict the behavior of complex molecular systems at different length and time scales. Part of his research and publication interests focus on computer modeling of metal-organic frameworks from molecular adsorption to proton conduction. His interdisciplinary interests are in computational and theoretical chemistry and atmospheric and environmental materials. Dr. Paesani earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry from the University of Rome (La Sapienza).
C. KUMAR N. PATEL, NAS/NAE, is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Pranalytica, Incorporated, a Santa Monica–based company that is the leader in quantum cascade laser technology for defense and homeland security applications. He is professor emeritus of physics and astronomy,
electrical engineering, and chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and distinguished university professor at the University of Central Florida. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for research at UCLA. Prior to joining UCLA, he was the executive director of the Research, Materials Science, Engineering, and Academic Affairs Division at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he began his career by carrying out research in the field of gas lasers. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide and many other molecular gas lasers that ushered in the era of high-power sources of coherent optical radiation. Dr. Patel was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Clinton in 1996 for his invention of the carbon dioxide laser. His other awards include the Ballantine Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Zworykin Award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Lamme Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Texas Instruments Foundation Founders Prize, and many more. Dr. Patel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr. Patel holds a B.E. in telecommunications from the College of Engineering in Poona, India, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
WILLIAM A. SIRIGNANO, NAE, is Henry Samueli Endowed Chair of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching interests have covered the topics of spray and droplet science and technology, combustion, aerospace propulsion, combustion instability, noise suppression, and applied mathematics. His research accomplishments include analyzing and predicting periodic nonlinear oscillations with shockwaves in an unstable combustor; analysis of driving mechanisms for combustion instability in rockets and ramjets; explanation of the nonlinear fluid dynamics associated with Helmholtz resonators; determination of admittance for oscillatory, three-dimensional nozzle flows; theory for flame spread above liquid and solid fuels; theory for ignition of combustible gas by a hot projectile; resolution of turbulent flame and propagation in reciprocating and rotary internal combustion engines; theory of droplet vaporization and convective heating with internal circulation; computational methods for spray flows; theory of droplet interactions in a dense spray; liquid atomization theory; and miniature combustor technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Sirignano earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. and Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.
EDWIN L. THOMAS, NAE, is the E.D. Butcher Chair of Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Thomas carries out research on photonics, phononics, interference lithography and mechanical behavior of microtrusses, polymer physics and engineering of the mechanical and optical properties of block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites. One area of special interest is photonics and the fabrication of polymeric photonic crystals using self-assembly, especially with block copolymers, and holographic interference lithography. For these studies, a large emphasis is placed on the understanding of complex relations between the lattice symmetry and optical properties of periodic structures. Another area of particular focus is phononics. He is exploring the way light and sound propagate in quasicrystalline photonic and phononic structures. Other major topics in Dr. Thomas’ research are structured polymers. His structured materials research concentrates on enhancing the ability to fabricate complex structures with characteristic length in submicron and nanometer range in order to create materials with superior properties that can be tailored to a particular application. Understanding the influence of composition and processing conditions on the resultant microstructure of polymers and how this determines the properties is the central part of his polymer morphology research. Dr. Thomas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected a fellow of the American Physical
Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an inaugural fellow of the Materials Society. In 2009 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He coauthored the undergraduate textbook The Structure of Materials and a research monograph, Periodic Materials: Photonics, Phononics and Mechanics, and he has published more than 450 papers and holds 20 patents. Dr. Thomas received a Ph.D. in materials science from Cornell University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and engineering science from the University of Massachusetts.
EDMUND M. YEH is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University. He was previously assistant and associate professor of electrical engineering, computer science, and statistics at Yale University. He has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Princeton, University of California, Berkeley, New York University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Yeh was one of the principal investigators on the original National Science Foundation–funded Future Internet Architecture Named Data Networking Project. He served as general co-chair for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN) 2018 in Boston. He is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, the Winston Churchill Scholarship, the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowships, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award, and the President’s Award for Academic Excellence (Stanford University). Dr. Yeh has served as the secretary of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society, as well as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering. Dr. Yeh earned his B.S. in electrical engineering with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He then studied at Cambridge University on the Winston Churchill Scholarship, obtaining his M.Phil. in engineering. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT under Professor Robert Gallagher.
LIZA HAMILTON is a program officer with the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee within the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has worked in various roles within the National Academies for the past 16 years. She is also a board director for the Center of the Study of Trauma and Radicalization, a documentary filmmaker, and has advocated for communities and individuals around the world who are facing health disparities. She earned an M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.P.H. from George Washington University.
JAMES P. McGEE is the director of the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee (RPAC), the Laboratory Assessments Board, the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (ARLTAB), and the Committee on National Institute of Standards and Technology Technical Programs in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies. In this capacity he has overseen assessments of the Army Research Laboratory, the Army Research Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology Laboratories, National Aeronautics and Space Administration R&D Centers, and the NNSA laboratories at Los Alamos, Sandia, and Livermore. Prior to his current position, Dr. McGee was a senior staff officer at the National Research Council, directing projects in the areas of systems engineering and applied psychology, including activities of ARLTAB and projects of the
Committee on National Statistics’ Panel on Operational Testing and Evaluation of the Stryker Vehicle, the Committee on Assessing the National Science Foundation’s Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System, the Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers, and the Steering Committee on Differential Susceptibility of Older Persons to Environmental Hazards. He has also served as staff officer for National Research Council projects on Air Traffic Control Automation, Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace, and the Changing Nature of Work. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. McGee held technical and management positions in systems engineering and applied psychology at IBM, General Electric, RCA, General Dynamics, and United Technologies corporations. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Fordham University, both in psychology, and for several years instructed postsecondary courses in applied psychology and in organizational management.
ERIK SAARI is an administrative assistant with the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee (RPAC) within the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences and has provided administrative support to the RPAC project since 2018. Before joining this project, Mr. Saari worked in the Policy and Global Affairs division at the National Academies. He has also previously worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Columbia University; and interned with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mr. Saari holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. from the Jagiellonian University in Poland.
AANIKA SENN is a program coordinator with the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee within the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences. She was previously a senior program assistant with the Division on Earth and Life Studies, where she supported many projects with the Board on Life Sciences.