Advisory Board

Craig Barrett, Co-Chair

Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Intel Corporation

Dr. Craig R. Barrett was born in San Francisco, California and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University, serving on the faculty of Stanford after graduation. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England. In 1974 Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation. He was elected to Intel Corporation’s Board of Directors in 1992, became Intel’s fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998, and chairman of the board in 2005, a post held until he retired in May 2009.

Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and the world, and is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He chairs Achieve, Inc., Change The Equation, a national education science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative, and he serves as international co-chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Council, a Russian Federation Silicon Valley-type development project. Dr. Barrett is chair of Dossia, vice chair of Science Foundation Arizona and the National Forest Foundation, and is a Board member of Society for Science and the Public, K12 Inc., and the Arizona Commerce Authority Board. He is president and chairman of BASIS School, Inc., on the faculty of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and serves on the Council for Foreign Relations’ U.S. Task Force on Education Reform and National Security. Dr. Barrett served as Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, and the National Academy of Engineering. He co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. Dr. Barrett serves on numerous other boards, policy and government panels.

Charles V. Shank, Co-Chair

Director Emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

CHARLES V. SHANK, NAS/NAE, served as Director of the E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1989 until his retirement in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, after which he spent 20 years at Bell Laboratories, as both a researcher and director. His research at Bell Labs introduced the use of short laser pulses to the study of ultrafast events, allowing researchers to gain a better understanding of how energy is stored and transferred within materials. During his 15-year leadership of Lawrence Berkeley Lab, it emerged as a leader in the field of supercomputing and joined with two other national labs to form the Joint Genome Institute, a major contributor to the decoding of the human genome. While LBL Director, Shank also had a triple appointment as professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). He maintains Professor Emeritus status and is active on UC campus advisory boards. Dr. Shank is now a Senior Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus. In addition to his election to the NAS and NAE, Dr. Shank has received the R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America, the David Sarnoff and Morris E. Leeds awards of the IEEE, the George E. Pake Prize and the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize of the American Physical Society, and the Edgerton Award of the International Society for Optical Engineering. He has served on a number of NRC boards and committees. In addition, he chaired one study, a decadal survey of optical science and engineering, and recently co-chaired an NRC study on the Quality of Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories.

 

David H. Auston

Director, TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project, University of California, Santa Barbara

David Auston is a researcher in the Institute for Energy Efficiency and Director of the TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project at the University of California Santa Barbara, and has appointments of Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Materials. His current activities are focused on climate change mitigation.

He is a member of the University of California President’s Global Climate Leadership Council, and co-chairs its Working Group on Applied Research. The UC President recently designated him the first recipient of the University of California System-wide Sustainability Champion award, in recognition of his contributions to the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Prior to joining UCSB, he was the first President of the Kavli Foundation, dedicated to supporting basic scientific research in astrophysics, neuroscience, nanoscience, and theoretical physics. He has been a member of the technical staff and department head at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories (now Alcatel-Lucent Technologies), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, Provost of Rice University, and President of Case Western Reserve University.

David Auston has contributed to research in the fields of lasers, nonlinear optics, and solid-state materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society.

A native of Toronto, Canada, David Auston earned bachelors and masters degrees in engineering physics and electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Emily A. Carter

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University

Dr. Carter’s current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UC Los Angeles as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004, where she was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment from 2010-2016. She currently holds courtesy appointments in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and three interdisciplinary institutes (PICSciE, PRISM, and PEI).

The author of over 340 publications, Dr. Carter’s scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. In 2008, she was elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, in 2009 to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and in 2016 to the National Academy of Engineering.

Frank Doyle

Dean of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Frank Doyle is the John A. Paulson Dean of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he also is the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor. Prior to that he was the Mellichamp Professor at UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Director of the UCSB/MIT/Caltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. He received a B.S.E. degree from Princeton, C.P.G.S. from Cambridge, and Ph.D. from Caltech, all in Chemical Engineering. He has also held faculty appointments at Purdue University and the University of Delaware, and held visiting positions at DuPont, Weyerhaeuser, and Stuttgart University. He has been recognized as a Fellow of multiple professional organizations including: IEEE, IFAC, AIMBE, and the AAAS. He is the President for the IEEE Control Systems Society, and is the Vice President of the International Federation of Automatic Control. In 2005, he was awarded the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the AIChE for his innovative work in systems biology, and in 2015 received the Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council for his development of the artificial pancreas. His research interests are in systems biology, network science, modeling and analysis of circadian rhythms, and drug delivery for diabetes.

T.J. Glauthier

TJG Energy Associates, LLC

T.J. Glauthier is an advisor to energy and “cleantech” companies, VCs and the investment community.

He serves on the Boards of Directors of three companies: EnerNOC, Inc., a provider of demand-response services to the electric utility industry; Union Drilling, Inc., a contract driller of natural gas wells in shale deposits; and EPV Solar, a manufacturer of thin-film solar panels.

He also serves on advisory boards for several companies, including in the areas of the smart grid, energy efficient building materials, algae-derived biofuels, and innovative financing for residential solar systems. He is also on the R&D advisory board for B&W, a major designer of coal, nuclear and other power plants. He consults to large corporations and government agencies in affiliation with Booz Allen Hamilton.

He held two Presidential appointments in the Clinton Administration. For five years he was at the White House as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Following that, he was the Deputy Secretary of Energy, the number two Senate-confirmed official at DOE, while Bill Richardson was Secretary.

His pro bono activities include having served on President Obama’s White House economic transition team, and currently serving on the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency.

Eric D. Isaacs

Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, University of Chicago

Eric D. Isaacs is the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, serves as CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory and is a member of the Boards for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Isaacs provides direct oversight of Argonne and Fermilab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the MBL affiliation, and the University’s founding-partner relationship with the Giant Magellan Telescope project. He also oversees University research administration, safety, and computing; technology development and new ventures; and numerous endeavors in science and innovation that cut across divisions, schools, and institutes. His responsibilities include furthering the University’s efforts in computation, data science, and innovation in Hyde Park, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

Isaacs, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, previously served as Provost of the University of Chicago from 2014-2016 after serving for five years as Director of Argonne, one of the nation’s largest science and engineering research centers, which has been managed by the University since 1946. A condensed matter physicist whose work focuses on quantum materials, Isaacs joined the University and Argonne in 2003 as the founding director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, after working for 15 years at Bell Laboratories, including terms as director of semiconductor physics research and materials physics research.

Isaacs holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. He is author or co-author of more than 150 scholarly publications—most recently, a paper on the impacts of advanced battery technologies on energy and the environment.

Young-Kee Kim

Louis Block Professor of Physics, University of Chicago

Young-Kee Kim, an experimental particle physicist, is the Louis Block Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago. She has devoted much of her research work to understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles by studying the two most massive particles (the W boson and the top quark), and the Higgs particle that gives mass to elementary particles. Kim served as the leader of the CDF experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron between 2004 and 2006, a premier particle physics experiment with more than 600 physicists from around the world. Between 2006 and 2013, she served as Deputy Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Her primary roles were to develop a strategic plan for Fermilab and implement the plan, to play a role of the Chief Research Officer, the highest executive position in research, and to play an acting Director role when the Director is absent. Kim has served on numerous national and international advisory committees, councils and boards.

Kim was born in South Korea, and earned her B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Korea University, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester in 1990. Her postdoctoral research was done at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was an assistant, associate and full professor of physics at University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, she moved to the University of Chicago.

Her honors include the Ho-Am Prize, a Sloan Fellow, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, South Korea’s Science and Education Service Medal, the University of Rochester’s Distinguished Scholar Medal, and Korea University’s Alumni Award.

Y.T. Lee

Distinguished Research Fellow and Former President of Academia Sinica,   Nobel Laureate

Yuan Tseh Lee was born in 1936 in Taiwan. He received his B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1959, M.S. degree from the National Tsinghua University in 1961, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. He joined Dudley Herschbach’s group at Harvard as a research fellow in 1967.

After being appointed assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 1968, Dr. Lee rapidly made his laboratory the North American capital of molecular beam study. He returned to Berkeley as a full professor in 1974 and significantly expanded his research to also include studies of reaction dynamics, investigations of various primary photochemical processes, and the spectroscopy of ionic and molecular clusters. In 1994, he retired from his position of University Professor and Principal Investigator at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and assumed the position of the President of Academia Sinica, the highest ranking academic institution in Taiwan, consisting of 30 independent institutes and 250 academicians. In 2006 he became President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow at the same institution. He was elected President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 2008 and formally took up this position in 2011.

Dr. Lee has served as advisory board member on numerous national and international organizations, including US Department of Energy, Welch Foundation, Chief Advisor of the Science and Technology Advisory Group to the Prime Minister (Taiwan), International Scientific Council of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, Japan’s Science and Technology in Society Forum, RIKEN, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Ernest O. Lawrence Award, the Harrison Howe Award, the Peter Debye Award of Physical Chemistry, Faraday Medal and Prize, Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal, the Othmer Gold Medal, the Ettore Majorana-Erice-Science for Peace Prize, and the Kolos Prize and Medal. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a member of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the Third World Academy of Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, an honorary member of the Japan Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has received Doctor Honoris Causa from thirty-seven universities around the world.

 

Nancy E. Pfund

Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors

Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.

Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the FORTUNE World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; a board member of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet); a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.

Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs” and co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”.

Ms. Pfund received her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ram Seshadri

Member At Large, Academic Council Special Committee on Lab Issues (ACSCOLI), Academic Senate, University of California

Ram Seshadri received his Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry in 1995 from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. After post-doctoral fellowships in the CNRS-CRISMAT lab in Caen, France, and then in the University of Mainz, Germany, he joined the faculty of the Indian Institute of Science in 1999. He moved to UC Santa Barbara in 2002, and since 2008 has been Professor in the Materials Department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also directs UCSB’s National Science Foundation Materials Science and Engineering Research Center (NSF-MRSEC). Dr. Seshadri’s research and teaching focus on crystal chemistry, and crystal-structure – property relations in functional inorganic materials. Materials functions of interest to his research group include phosphors for solid-state lighting, magnetic materials, thermoelectric materials, ferroic materials, photovoltaics, and materials displaying redox and ion transport (for battery applications). A unifying theme in his research group is the compositional tuning of the properties of extended solids through solid solution. Dr. Seshadri is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the American Physical Society.

Larry L. Smarr

Founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
Harry E. Gruber Professor, Computer Science and Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in UCSD’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before that he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC. Smarr carried out theoretical, observational, and computational astrophysics for 25 years, has driven the early development of foundational components of our global cyberinfrastructure, and most recently has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the NASA Advisory Council to 4 NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, and for 8 years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving 3 directors. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin and spent three years as a Harvard Junior Fellow. Smarr can be followed on Twitter (@lsmarr) or on his portal http://lsmarr.calit2.net/.

Warren M. Washington

Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Warren M. Washington is a senior scientist and former head of the Climate Change Research Section and director of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. His expertise is in atmospheric and climate research. He has engaged in research for nearly 50 years, and he has given advice, testimony, and lectures on global climate change. Dr. Washington has been a member the President’s National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere and has had presidential appointments under the Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations. More recently, he served on the National Science Board as a member and as its chair. He has more than 150 publications and co-authored with Claire Parkinson a book that is considered a standard reference on climate modeling, An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling, and an autobiography, Odyssey in Climate Modeling, Global Warming, and Advising Five Presidents. Dr. Washington has many awards, including being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Meteorological Society (former president), the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Members of his group at NCAR shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as significant contributors to the Inter-governmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment. Dr. Washington has honorary degrees from Oregon State University, Bates College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also principal investigator for the University for Atmospheric Research and U.S. Department of Energy cooperative agreement that carried out climate research. In 2010, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama, the nation’s highest science award. Dr. Washington earned a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in meteorology from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. He has served on a number of National Research Committees of the National Academies, and is currently serving as chair of the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. More information can be found at http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/ccr/warren/.

George M. Whitesides

Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor,
Harvard University

George M. Whitesides was born August 3, 1939 in Louisville, KY. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982. He joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982, and was Department Chairman 1986-89, and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004. He is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.

Professor Whitesides’ present research interests include: physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity and emergence, surface science, microfluidics, optics, self-assembly, micro – and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, catalysis, energy production and conservation, origin of life, rational drug design, cell-surface biochemistry, simplicity, and infochemistry.

 

Professor Whitesides has been the recipient of multiple honors, including: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, New York Academy of Sciences, World Technology Network,  Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society in India, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences,  Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Keith Yamamoto

Vice Chancellor of Research, UCSF
Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine, UCSF

Dr. Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1976, serving as Director of the PIBS Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1988-2003), Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (1985-1994), Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (1994-2003), and Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine (2002-2003). Dr. Yamamoto’s research is focused on signaling and transcriptional regulation by intracellular receptors, which mediate the actions of several classes of essential hormones and cellular signals; he uses both mechanistic and systems approaches to pursue these problems in pure molecules, cells and whole organisms.

Dr. Yamamoto was a founding editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell, and serves on various editorial boards and scientific advisory boards. He serves on numerous national committees focused on public and scientific policy, public understanding and support of biological research, and science education; he chairs the Coalition for the Life Sciences and for the National Academy of Sciences, the Board on Life Sciences. Dr. Yamamoto has long been involved in the process of peer review and the policies that govern it at the National Institutes of Health, serving as Chair of the Molecular Biology Study Section, member of the NIH Director’s Working Group on the Division of Research Grants, Chair of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), member of the NIH Director’s Peer Review Oversight Group, member of the CSR Panel on Scientific Boundaries for Review, member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, Co-Chair of the Working Group to Enhance NIH Peer Review, Co-Chair of the Review Committee for the Transformational R01 Award, and the NIH Center for Scientific Review Advisory Council. For NSF, he served on grant review panels for the Biology Directorate, and as an ad hoc member of the National Science Board Task Force on Transformative Research. Dr. Yamamoto was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988, the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, the Institute of Medicine in 2003, and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2002.

Ex Offico Members

Kimberly S. Budil

Vice President for National Laboratories, University of California Office of the President

Kim Budil is the Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of California (UC), Office of the President. She is responsible for the University’s management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kim serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council.

Kim was formerly the N Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL. She was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism program including device assessment, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, nuclear incident response and reachback, and nuclear detection and countermeasures research. That portfolio of work spans the full spectrum from basic science research, through applied science and technology development, to training of emergency responders and support for field response activities. A wide variety of U.S. government sponsors including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Intelligence Community (IC) support N Program. Kim also served as the Deputy Program Director for Nuclear Counterterrorism within the Office of Strategic Outcomes. Kim joined LLNL in 1987 as a graduate student in the Department of Applied Science at UC Davis and has held a variety of positions across the Laboratory working in Weapons and Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility, Physical and Life Sciences, and Global Security. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, first spending 2 years at NNSA in the Office of Defense Science and then, most recently, nearly 2 years as a Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy. In 2002 she was selected to be the Scientific Editor for the Laboratory publications Science and Technology Review and National Security Review.

Kim has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and has participated in or led a number of site visits to assess the climate for women in physics at national labs and academic institutions. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She was also active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association. 

Carol Christ

Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

Carol Christ was appointed to serve as the 11th Chancellor of UC Berkeley beginning July 1, 2017. Christ is a renowned Victorian literature scholar who returned to UC Berkeley in January of 2015 as director of the campus’s Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE). Before that, she served as the 10th president of Smith College, one of the country’s most distinguished liberal arts colleges, from 2002 through 2013. During her tenure at Smith, Christ supervised the development of the nation’s only accredited engineering program at a women’s college, oversaw a significant rise in student diversity and international student enrollment, expanded Smith’s global activities and reach, and managed a major campus capital planning program. Christ also shepherded Smith through long-range strategic planning exercises designed to critically examine and improve the college’s academic and financial models within the context of broader trends in higher education.

Prior to joining Smith, Christ served as UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost from 1994 until 2000. During her six years as the campus’s top academic officer, Christ sharpened Berkeley’s intellectual focus, strengthening many of the institution’s top-rated departments in the humanities and sciences as well as advancing major initiatives in areas including neuroscience and bioengineering.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Christ was the highest-ranking female administrator at Berkeley until she returned to full-time teaching in 2000. She has a well-established reputation as a champion of women’s issues and diversity; her first administrative position was as an assistant to the Chancellor on issues involving the status of women.

Christ joined the English faculty at Berkeley in 1970 after receiving her Ph.D. from Yale University. In addition to her other roles, she has served as chair of Berkeley’s Department of English, dean of the Division of Humanities, and provost for the College of Letters and Science.

Michael Witherell

Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Michael Witherell is Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and is a leading physicist with a highly distinguished career in teaching, research and managing complex organizations. He previously served as Vice Chancellor for Research for University of California, Santa Barbara from 2005-2014, during which time he was also the Presidential Chair in the Physics Department. From 1999-2005, he served as Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the largest particle physics laboratory in the country. From 1981 to 1999, Dr. Witherell was a faculty member in the UCSB physics department. He is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics. Dr. Witherell received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1973 and his B.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1968.