Phoenix Grand Challenges Summit: Speaker Bios

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University

Michael Crow became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact. Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges and questions of our time, as well as those central to the building of a sustainable environment and economy for Arizona. He has committed the university to global engagement and to setting a new standard for public service. During his tenure ASU has marked a number of important milestones, including the establishment of major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability, the Flexible Display Center, and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict; the establishment of more than a dozen new interdisciplinary schools, including the School of Global Studies, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and the School of Earth and Space Exploration; an unprecedented research infrastructure expansion, adding more than seven million square feet of new academic space; a dramatic increase in research awards; and the announcement of the eight largest gifts in the history of the university. Prior to joining ASU, he was executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he oversaw Columbia’s research enterprise and technology transfer operations. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of books and articles relating to the analysis of research organizations and science and technology policy.

Deirdre R. Meldrum
Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Director, Center for Ecogenomics, Biodesign Institute
Professor of Electrical Engineering in School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University

Dr. Meldrum is a visionary leader of science and technology advancement who has spent her career blurring the traditional boundaries of engineering and science to create new paths of discovery. She is known for her ability to integrate multiple disciplines of engineering, including civil, electrical, chemical and materials, with fields such as biology, nanotechnology, genomics, oceanography and environmental studies in her research and training of aspiring engineers. As dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Meldrum has primary responsibility for strategic planning, external and community relations, and management of the organization. One of her top priorities is preparing the next generation of engineers to excel in our evolving global community. Aspiring engineers will need to have multifaceted training and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to dynamic challenges such as sustainability, medicine and energy. Meldrum works to ensure that hands-on research and opportunities that reach beyond the field of engineering are incorporated into the experience and education of the “Fulton Engineer”. In addition to her position as engineering dean, Meldrum is the director of the Center for Ecogenomics at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. In September 2006, she was awarded a second, five-year $18 million grant to continue her Microscale Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and she continues to oversee the program’s research, launched in 2001, as part of the Center for Ecogenomics. The MLSC research focuses on the use of innovative microscale technology to solve mysteries about cell growth and death, which is anticipated to reveal crucial knowledge about diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. Prior to joining ASU in January 2007, Meldrum was a professor of electrical engineering, director of the Genomation Laboratory, and director of the Microscale Life Sciences Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. Meldrum and her research teams focus on the development of automated systems to help further the study of DNA and proteins in support of the Human Genome Project. Meldrum started her career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as a co-op student instructing astronauts on the Shuttle Mission Simulator. Before beginning her doctoral program at Stanford, she was a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She tested Galileo Spacecraft flight hardware and software and performed theoretical and experimental work in identification and control of large flexible space structures and robotics to advance space antennas and the space station. In August 2006, she went to the sea floor at 2200 m below sea level in the Alvin submersible to perform experiments in the NE Pacific Ocean. She is a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winner, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Edward Sylvester
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University

Ed Sylvester is a professor in ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he created and teaches a course in Science Writing. With biosecurity expert Dr. Lynn Klotz he co-authored “Breeding Bio Insecurity: How US Biodefense is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure,” published last fall by the University of Chicago Press. This was Sylvester’s fifth book for popular audiences. Others include “Back From The Brink: How Crises Spur Doctors To New Discoveries About The Brain,” in 2004, which followed neurointensivists and their patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and “The Healing Blade: A Tale of Neurosurgery.” In 1983 he wrote “The Gene Age: Genetic Engineering and The Next Industrial Revolution,” with Dr. Klotz as co-author. Sylvester speaks to local audiences on current medical research subjects and moderated a popular presentation with Barrow Neurological Institute physicians on new developments in stroke treatment and brain health. He has written magazine articles for several national publications, op-ed pieces for USA Today, and book reviews for The New York Times. He joined the ASU faculty in 1980 from the Los Angeles Times, where he was San Diego County government reporter. He was founding co-director of the Cronkite School’s seminars for journalists on computer-assisted reporting, which were among the first anywhere. Sylvester subsequently was an inaugural fellow in the Knight Institute for Journalism Excellence, teaching computer-assisted reporting. He later received a publishing grant from the Freedom Forum to write a series of articles on the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service. Sylvester holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton University and a master’s in creative writing from City College of New York, where he was a member of Joseph Heller’s fiction workshop.

Leland Hartwell
Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

PLENARY: Putting the Evidence into Evidence-based Medicine

Leland Hartwell won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the understanding of the cell cycle through years of studying yeast. He earned his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1961. In 1964, he received his Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Hartwell has received many awards and honors including the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in 1995. He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. In 1996, Hartwell joined the faculty of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in 1997 became its president and director. In 1998 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. He is also a recipient of the Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction. Hartwell is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Canary Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing new technologies for the early detection of cancer.


Michael BirtMichael Birt
Director, Center for Sustainable Health
Executive Director, Pacific Health Summit
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Michael Birt, Ph.D., is the founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Health and founding Executive Director of the Pacific Health Summit. His career includes experience in the private sector and the academic world. Prior to joining the Biodesign Institute, he launched the Center for Health and Aging at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and co-founded a leading U.S.-Asia biomedical business development company and consulted for many of the world’s foremost healthcare, medical technology, and consumer product companies. Dr. Birt formerly taught at the University of Washington and Wellesley College.

Peter Barton Hutt
Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.

Peter Barton Hutt is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling LLP specializing in food and drug law. He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School and obtained a Master of Laws degree in Food and Drug Law from NYU Law School. Mr. Hutt served as Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration during 1971-1975. He is the co-author of the casebook used to teach food and drug law throughout the country, and has published more than 175 book chapters and articles on food and drug law and health policy. Beginning in 1994 he has taught a full course on this subject each year during Winter Term at Harvard Law School and in 1998 he taught the same course during Spring Term at Stanford Law School. Mr. Hutt has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since it was founded in 1971. He serves on academic, philanthropic, and venture capital advisory boards, and the boards of startup biotechnology companies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AERAS Global TB Vaccine Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. He recently served on the Panel on the Administrative Restructuring of the National Institutes of Health and the Working Group to Review Regulatory Activities Within the Division of AIDS of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and was a consultant to the FDA Science Board Subcommittee to review the agency's science needs in order to perform its regulatory mission. Mr. Hutt was named by The Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington's 50 best lawyers (out of more than 40,000) and as one of Washington's 100 most influential people; by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 best health care lawyers in the United States; and by European Counsel as the best FDA regulatory specialist in Washington, D.C. In June 2003, Business Week referred to Mr. Hutt as the "unofficial dean of Washington food and drug lawyers." In naming Mr. Hutt in September 2005 as one of the eleven best food and drug lawyers, the Legal Times also referred to him as "the dean of the food-and-drug bar." In April 2005, Mr. Hutt was presented the FDA Distinguished Alumni Award by the agency. In May 2005, the Foundation for Biomedical Research gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award for research advocacy. The FDA Alumni Association gave him the Harvey W. Wiley Award in April 2007 for significant lifetime contribution to the mission of FDA. He was the subject of a profile in the October 30, 2007 edition of The Hill, entitled "A food and drug super-lawyer, Hutt had auspicious beginnings."

Alan NelsonAlan C. Nelson
Executive Director
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Dr. Nelson assumed the position of executive director of the institute in March 2009. Recruited from the University of Washington, Dr. Nelson is the developer of a number of important medical innovations, including landmark technologies that dramatically improved the early detection of cancer. In addition to leading the Biodesign Institute, he is a professor of bioengineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Dr. Nelson’s career includes both academic and entrepreneurial successes. His most recent company VisionGate, Inc. has developed proprietary technology providing detailed 3-D images of cell structures, enabling lung cancer to be detected from sputum much earlier than current technology. He also founded NeoPath, Inc., commercializing automated cervical cancer screening. NeoPath went public in 1996 and was subsequently acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2000 to become the standard of care in cervical cancer screening programs worldwide. His past academic roles include professorships at Harvard and MIT. He holds forty-six patents and has published more than one hundred scientific papers.

Raymond L. Woosley
President and CEO, The Critical Path Institute, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path). In 2005 he founded the non-profit organization to create formal consortia in which scientists from the FDA, other regulatory agencies, industry, and academia together focus on the regulatory science that can accelerate the development of safe innovative medicines. Since 1999, Dr. Woosley has also directed one of fourteen federally funded Centers of Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs). Dr. Woosley earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Louisville and an M.D. from the University of Miami; he specialized in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University where he was Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology. At Georgetown University he served as Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Associate Dean for Clinical Research. In 2001 Dr. Woosley was appointed Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Arizona and Dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. Woosley’s research has been published in over 260 publications and has investigated the basic and clinical pharmacology of antiarrhythmic drugs, clinical and genetic factors responsible for variable response to drugs, and the cardiac safety of drugs.

Pamela Matson
Chester Naramore Dean, School of Earth Sciences
Stanford University

PLENARY: A Transition to Sustainability: Reconciling the Needs of People and the Planet in the 21st Century

Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary Earth scientist who works to reconcile the needs of people and the planet in the 21st century. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and the environmental consequences of global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles. Matson is the author of numerous scientific publications and books, including the National Research Council volume titled “Our Common Journey: A Transition toward Sustainability.” A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, she is the founding co-chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. She currently is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on America’s Climate Choices, and chairs the panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change.


Jason ElwoodJason Elwood
Vice President, Operations
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ

Jason Elwood is vice president of Operations for Raytheon Missile Systems. He has 26 years of experience in the missile and defense industry. In this role, Jason is responsible for all product manufacturing functions, as well as Facilities, Security and Safety. With approximately 3,700 employees in five states, Operations specializes in integration and assembly of all weapons systems in this $5.5B business unit. Prior to his current position, Jason was deputy of Operations at RMS. In that role, he proactively targeted performance improvements in the factories, while also driving significant sustainability advancements to increase recycling and reduce energy consumption. With Jason’s leadership, security and safety took on a new level of focus, resulting in improved security ratings at all RMS locations and the best safety record in RMS history. With Jason’s guidance, Operations introduced a renewed commitment to generating improvement ideas from employees, resulting in thousands of suggestions implemented to simplify work and improve quality, attention to detail, and personal commitment of each employee. Previously, Jason led the performance excellence, quality, and supplier quality functions for Raytheon at its corporate headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. He brought alignment to six unique business units to optimize business performance while improving customer satisfaction. Through leveraging best practices, maximizing reuse, and utilizing six sigma methodologies, profits increased significantly during his tenure. His work to create a supplier quality program for Corporate that continues to add value. Jason has extensive experience in manufacturing, having worked for over 20 years in various operations roles from front line materials and supply chain management to senior leadership of manufacturing and production at the Raytheon division now known as IDS. As a leader, he has directed all Operations functions, led customer interface activities, collaborated with other business units to develop growth opportunities, utilized Lean and Six Sigma to drive improvement, and helped create a culture across Raytheon that ensures high performance in support of the customer. Jason began his career with Raytheon after graduating from the University of Lowell (MA.) He has a Masters in Operations Management from the University of Lowell, along with numerous certifications and leadership achievements.

Terri S. Fiez
Professor and Head, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University

Terri S. Fiez is Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. From 2008 until mid 2009 she co-founded and served as CEO of Azuray Technologies, a startup developing micro-inverters for solar applications located in Tualatin, Oregon. Since returning to OSU in September 2009, she has taken on a leadership role for OSU's Center for Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure (SENERGI). She has been very active professionally as a researcher in high performance analog signal processing integrated circuits and innovative engineering education approaches. She has served in numerous leadership roles within IEEE including conference committees and associate editorships. Dr. Fiez was previously awarded the NSF Young Investigator Award, the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Predoctoral Fellowship, and the 2006 IEEE Education Activities Board Innovative Education Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. Prior to joining OSU in 1999, she was an assistant and associate professor at Washington State University from 1990-1999. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1990.

Lisa KruegerLisa Krueger
Vice President, Sustainable Development, First Solar
Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Environmental, Health & Safety Committee

Lisa Krueger joined First Solar in June, 2006 and currently serves as Vice President of Sustainable Development. In this role Lisa leads First Solar’s product life cycle management approach and global efforts on ensuring that the environmental attributes of PV are understood and valued from a technical, public policy, and customer perspective. Under Lisa’s leadership, First Solar implemented its vision of creating a pre-funded collection and recycling program for its modules. She has actively worked on the development and implementation of PV CYCLE, the European industry association focused on the development and implementation of a voluntary industry-wide module take back and recycling program, and has supported numerous studies on the environmental aspects of PV, many involving life-cycle assessment. She is currently the Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Environmental, Health & Safety Committee. Prior to joining First Solar, Lisa worked in a variety of leadership roles including wholesale and retail marketing, energy and emission trading and environmental resources for Dynegy Inc., a merchant generation company. Prior to Dynegy, Lisa spent 10 years at Illinois Power, an investor owned utility, where she held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in transmission services, wholesale marketing, electric system operations, generation resource planning, and environmental resources. Lisa received her M.B.A. from Rice University, and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Sander van der LeeuwSander van der Leeuw
Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change,
Arizona State University

An archaeologist and historian by training, he taught at the universities of Leyden, Amsterdam, Cambridge (UK), and the Sorbonne. He held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Reading (UK), Australian National University, the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, the University of Chicago, Arizona State University, the Santa Fe Institute (all in the USA) and the University of Reggio Emilia (Italy), and lectured in many parts of the world. His research interests include archaeological theory, ancient ceramic technologies, regional archaeology, (ancient and modern) man-land relationships, GIS and modelling, and Complex Systems Theory. He did archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. Between 1992 and 2000 he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects (financed by the European Union) on socio-natural interactions and environmental problems in past and present. The researchers involved range from theoretical physicists and mathematicians to historians and rural sociologists. The fieldwork spanned all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim. Since 2003, he has run similar interdisciplinary projects on invention and innovation in Europe and the US. In February 2004, he joined ASU as Professor of Anthropology and Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Currently, he is also co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at Arizona State University. He is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His publications include 16 books and over 120 papers and articles on archaeology, ancient technologies, socio-environmental and sustainability issues, as well as invention and innovation.

Kristina M. Johnson
Under Secretary for Energy
Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

PLENARY: Energy Grand Challenges

Kristina M. Johnson is currently the Under Secretary for Energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, Dr. Johnson was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.S. (with distinction), M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. From 1994 to 1999 Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, and then served as Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007. Dr. Johnson was named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar fellowship in 1991. Her awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993); State of Colorado and North Carolina Technology Transfer Awards (1997, 2001); induction into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003); the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); and in May of 2008, the John Fritz Medal, widely considered the highest award in the engineering profession. Previous recipients of the Fritz Medal include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Orville Wright. In December of 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Dr. Johnson has 142 refereed papers and proceedings and holds 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and patents pending. A fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering (former Board Member), Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors of Mineral Technologies Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, AES Corporation and Nortel Networks. She helped found several companies, including ColorLink, Inc, SouthEast Techinventures, and Unyos.


Gary DirksGary Dirks
Director, ASU LightWorks
Arizona State University

Dr. Dirks is director of LightWorks, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. He is also the Julie Wrigley Chair of Sustainable Practices, a professor of practice in the School of Sustainability, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at ASU. Before joining ASU, Dirks was the president of BP Asia-­Pacific and the president of BP China. In China, he grew BP from an operation with fewer than 30 employees and no revenue to more than 1,300 employees and revenues of about $4 billion in 2008. BP has been recognized for its innovative approach to business, particularly through projects that support sustainable development and energy security. Dirks has served on the boards of the India Council for Sustainable Development, the U.S. China Center for Sustainable Development, and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development. Dirks received China’s “Friendship Award” in 2003 and received an honorary CMG (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) from the United Kingdom in 2005. In December 2008 he was recognized by the People’s Daily as one of the 10 most influential multinational company leaders of the last 30 years of China’s economic development. Dirks received a Ph.D. in chemistry from ASU in 1980. He was the first doctoral student to work in the Center for the Study of Early Events in Photosynthesis (now the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis).

Don McMonagle

Don McMonagle
Vice President, NASA Programs
Director, Alternative Energy Programs
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ

Don McMonagle is vice president of NASA Programs for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz. He is the company’s point of contact for NASA and is responsible for developing new opportunities to partner with the space agency. In 2009, McMonagle was appointed director for Alternative Energy Programs in the Advanced Security & Directed Energy Systems Product Line. McMonagle joined Raytheon in 2006 as vice president of Quality and Mission Effectiveness where he led the Quality, Mission Assurance, Raytheon Six Sigma™, and Enterprise Effectiveness organizations. Before joining Raytheon, McMonagle was director of Business Strategy and Development and director of Quality for Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion in West Palm Beach, Fla. Before joining Pratt & Whitney, McMonagle was manager of Launch Integration for the space shuttle program at NASA. He also established and led the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Project Office responsible for managing all NASA resources associated with space suits and tools used to conduct spacewalks. McMonagle was selected as an astronaut by NASA and is a veteran of three space flights; he logged more than 605 hours in space as mission specialist (STS-39), pilot (STS-54) and commander (STS-66). McMonagle is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as aircraft commander, instructor pilot and test pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flying experience in a variety of aircraft, primarily the T-38, F- 4, F-15 and F-16. McMonagle served one tour of duty as an F-4 pilot at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. A native of Flint, Mich., McMonagle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University Fresno, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. McMonagle’s accomplishments have earned him many notable awards. He has received the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Liethen-Tittle Award (Top Graduate from U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School), three NASA Space Flight medals, the NASA Exceptional Service medal, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal.

Fiona SimFiona Sim
Director of the Intel Open Energy Initiative, Intel Corp.

Fiona Sim is Director of the Intel Open Energy Initiative, a cross Intel initiative focused on bringing Intel based intelligence to homes, buildings, communities & energy grid infrastructure to create a “Smart Grid”. Fiona has over 12 years experience at Intel in various roles including engineering management, business & strategy development. Before joining Intel, Fiona spent five years at IBM, managing parallel system performance & modeling in the RS/6000 Division. Fiona has a Ph.D. from University of London (University College) and did postdoctoral research in computational chemistry at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Festkorperforschung in Stuttgart, Germany and the Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Chris UhlikChris Uhlik
Engineering Director, Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA

Dr. Uhlik received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford 1979-1990. He has worked for Toyota in Japan, built robot controllers, cellular telephone systems, internet routers, and now does engineering management at Google. Among his projects at Google, he counts engineering recruiting, Toolbar, Software QA, Software Security, GMail, Video, BookSearch, StreetView, AerialImaging, and research activities in Artificial Intelligence and Education. He has directly managed about 500 engineers at Google and indirectly over 2000 employees. His interests include nuclear power, photosynthesis, evolution, technology evolution, artificial intelligence, ecosystems, and education.

Kathleen Weiss

Vice President of Government Affairs, First Solar

Kathy Weiss is a Vice President of Government Affairs and is responsible for representing the company on federal issues before Congress and within the Administration. She also serves on various trade and business associations. First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced thin film semiconductor process and provides comprehensive system solutions that significantly reduce solar electricity costs. First Solar has set the benchmark for environmentally responsible product life-cycle management by introducing the industry’s first comprehensive collection and recycling program for solar modules. First Solar is focused on creating cost-effective renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Prior to joining First Solar, Kathy worked for Centex Corporation, a leading national homebuilder. As Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, Kathy managed federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues affecting the company. Kathy was also responsible for managing the Centex Political Action Committee as well as representing Centex within various trade and business associations.Prior to joining Centex, Kathy worked for MeadWestvaco, a global paper and packaging company, holding management positions in Government Relations and Investor Relations during her tenure. Kathy has an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

James Duderstadt
President Emeritus & University Professor of Science and Engineering
University of Michigan

PLENARY: Engineering for a Changing World

Duderstadt's teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering, including work in areas such as nuclear fission reactors, thermonuclear fusion, high powered lasers, computer simulation, information technology, and policy development in areas such as energy, education, and science. He is leading the Millennium Project, is a laboratory where new paradigms of learning institutions can be designed, constructed, and studied. During his career, Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous national awards for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the Reginald Wilson Award for national leadership in achieving diversity, and the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation. He has been elected to numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi. Duderstadt received his baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from Yale University in 1964 and his doctorate in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967.


Braden AllenbyBraden R. Allenby
Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Law
Arizona State University

Braden R. Allenby is currently Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics; Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering; Founding chair, Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security; and Founding Director, Center of Earth Systems Engineering and Management at Arizona State University, having moved from his previous position as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T in 2004. He is also an AAAS Fellow, a US Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow, a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, a 2008 AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow, and a 2007-2008 Templeton Fellow. Dr. Allenby received his B.A. from Yale University in 1972, his J. D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, his Masters in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his Masters in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in the Spring of 1989, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers in 1992. His areas of expertise include sustainable engineering, earth systems engineering and management, industrial ecology and Design for Environment. His latest books are Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, co-authored with Tom Graedel, published by Prentice-Hall in 2010; The Techno-Human Condition (with Dan Sarewitz, in press at MIT Press); and The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering (in press at Prentice-Hall).

Norma FortenberryNorman L. Fortenberry
Director, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education
National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry is the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). CASEE represents an effort, collaborative across stakeholder communities, to improve the alignment of the knowledge and skills possessed by future and current engineers and the knowledge and skills sought within engineers by various stakeholders of engineering education. This effort is pursued through research on, as well as development and deployment of, innovative policies, practices, and tools designed to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of systems for the formal (spanning all age and grade levels), informal, and lifelong education of engineers. Prior to joining NAE in October, 2002, Dr. Fortenberry held managerial positions within the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) including Senior Advisor and Division Director. In these positions, he was responsible for managing more than 40 professional and administrative staff members as well as program budgets in excess of $300 million. Dr. Fortenberry’s programmatic responsibilities included undergraduate education as well as broadening access and participation in science and engineering at all levels by underrepresented populations and institutions. He coordinated the Directorate’s program planning and evaluation, providing a central focal point for the formulation of the Directorate’s goals, objectives and priorities and integrating the scientific and technical priorities into effective policies, strategies, programs and budgets. Dr. Fortenberry was also responsible for identifying, seeking out, and engaging other parts of the NSF as well as other federal, state, non-profit, and private entities with the capacity to contribute to the attainment of EHR’s goals, objectives, and priorities. Prior to joining the NSF as Division Director in November, 1996, Dr. Fortenberry served as Executive Director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (The GEM Consortium) after serving as Associate Program Director, Program Director, and Staff Associate at the NSF from 1992 to 1995. Before joining the NSF staff in September, 1992, Dr. Fortenberry was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director of Minority Engineering Programs at Florida A&M University/Florida State University College of Engineering in Tallahassee, Florida. At FAMU/FSU, he had sponsored research programs in the area of design theory and methodology Dr. Fortenberry was awarded the S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees (all in mechanical engineering) by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His specialization was Applied Mechanics and Design.

C. Judson King
Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education
University of California, Berkeley
Provost and Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs, Emeritus, University of California
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

C. Judson King was from 1995 until 2004 Provost and Senior Vice President – Academic Affairs of the University of California system. Before that, he was Provost, Professional Schools and Colleges on the Berkeley campus. He has been at Berkeley since 1963 as a faculty member in Chemical Engineering, chaired that department and was Dean of the College of Chemistry. He now directs the Center for Studies in Higher Education on the Berkeley campus. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received a number of national awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education and the Council for Chemical Research. His research before turning his interests to the study of higher education has been in methods of separating mixtures and solutions. He is the author of over 240 journal articles and the text, “Separation Processes”, McGraw-Hill, 1971, 1980.

Chris UhlikChris Uhlik
Engineering Director, Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA

Dr. Uhlik received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford 1979-1990. He has worked for Toyota in Japan, built robot controllers, cellular telephone systems, internet routers, and now does engineering management at Google. Among his projects at Google, he counts engineering recruiting, Toolbar, Software QA, Software Security, GMail, Video, BookSearch, StreetView, AerialImaging, and research activities in Artificial Intelligence and Education. He has directly managed about 500 engineers at Google and indirectly over 2000 employees. His interests include nuclear power, photosynthesis, evolution, technology evolution, artificial intelligence, ecosystems, and education.

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