Jo Handelsman, Co-chair
Director, The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Vilas Research Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. She previously served as a science advisor to President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she served for three years until January 2017, and was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin and Yale University before that. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and has since authored over 200 scientific research publications, 30 editorials, and 29 essays. She has authored numerous articles about classroom methods and mentoring and she is co-author of six books about teaching – Entering Mentoring and Scientific Teaching. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics. She is also widely recognized for her contributions to science education and diversity in science. Notably, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama in 2011, and in 2012, Nature named her one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her research on gender bias in science.
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 LBNL 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.
Susan K. Avery
President Emerita, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Susan K. Avery is president emerita of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, having served as president and director from 2008 to 2015. During her tenure there, the institution increased the application of its knowledge to societal issues, providing high-quality data and analysis across a range of topics, including climate, biodiversity, natural resources and natural hazards mitigation. She also is professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB) where she served on the faculty and in administrative positions from 1982-2007. Currently she is serving as a faculty affiliate in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at UCB, is a member of the board of trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and serves on the Exxon Mobil Corporation Board of Directors.
Dr. Avery received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1972 from Michigan State University and a doctorate in atmospheric science in 1978 from the University of Illinois. Her research interests include studies of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, climate variability and water resources, and the development of new radar techniques and instruments for remote sensing. She also has an interest in scientific literacy and the role of science in public policy. The author or co-author of over 110 peer-reviewed articles and reports, Dr. Avery has given scientific presentations to a wide variety of lay and professional audiences, including TEDx Boston. She has been active in Congressional outreach, including testimony and briefings; in US and international consortia dedicated to ocean research, observation, and applications; and has worked with the Governor’s committee to develop the Massachusetts Green Economy plan. Her recent professional service includes the UN Science Advisory Board and advisory committees for the US Global Change Research program, the Sustained National Climate Assessment, NASA, NSF, and NOAA.
Dr. Avery is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Meteorological Society, for which she also served as president. Awards and recognition include honorary degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; charter membership of the National Associate Program in the National Academy of Sciences; and an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois.
Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.
Emily A. Carter is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at UCLA. As chief academic and operating officer, she works with the Chancellor and her leadership team to guide strategic planning and policy development, define budgetary and advancement priorities, and support strategic initiatives across campus and beyond. Dr. Carter began her academic career at UCLA in 1988, rising through the chemistry and biochemistry faculty ranks before moving to Princeton University in 2004, where she spent the next 15 years jointly appointed in mechanical and aerospace engineering and in applied and computational mathematics. During her first stint at UCLA, she helped launch two institutes that still exist today: the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and the California NanoSystems Institute. While at Princeton, she held the Arthur W. Marks ’19 and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professorships. After an international search, she was selected to be the Founding Director of Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. She oversaw the construction of its award-winning building and state-of-the-art facilities, the development of novel educational and research programs, and the hiring of its faculty and staff. She then served as Dean of Engineering and Applied Science from 2016-19, where she spearheaded major research, education, outreach, and diversity initiatives. Upon her departure, she became Princeton’s first Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Emeritus, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, Emeritus. Dr. Carter maintains a very active research presence, developing and applying quantum mechanical simulation techniques to enable discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy. Her research group is currently supported by multiple grants from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
The author of over 400 publications, Carter has delivered over 550 invited and plenary lectures worldwide and has served on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Inventors, and the National Academy of Engineering. She broke the glass ceiling on several major prizes, including the 2017 Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics from the American Physical Society and the 2018 Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Carter earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987, followed by a brief postdoc at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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.
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
President, Carnegie Institution for Science
Dr. Eric D. Isaacs began his tenure as the 11th president of the Carnegie Institution on July 2, 2018. Isaacs joined Carnegie from the University of Chicago where he served as the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Physics and the James Franck Institute Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories.
As Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, Isaacs supervised sponsored research and research proposal development across the University of Chicago. He also oversaw entrepreneurship programs and technology transfer, research safety, research computing, several research institutes and three national laboratories on behalf of the university. Isaacs served 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. He represented the university as a founding member of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization—of which Carnegie is a founding member.
Isaacs’ research interests are in condensed matter physics and quantum materials. He has a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. From 2014 to 2016, he served as provost at the University of Chicago. Prior to that he was director of Argonne National Laboratories for five years, where he had been since 2003. When Isaacs joined Argonne in 2003 he was the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, with joint appointments in the University’s Department of Physics, the James Franck Institute and the College. Previously, he worked for 15 years at Bell Laboratories. including serving as director of the Semiconductor Physics Research and Materials Physics Research Departments. At Bell Laboratories, Isaacs developed synchrotron-based X-ray-scattering techniques, including inelastic X-ray scattering and X-ray microscopy that continue to play an important role in materials and nanoscale scientific research. Isaacs has published more than 120 scholarly publications.
As president of Carnegie, Isaacs oversees the research and business functions across six research sites on the East and West Coasts. Carnegie is a private, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1902, Carnegie has been a pioneering force in basic scientific research. Carnegie scientists are leaders in plant biology, developmental biology, astronomy, materials science, global ecology, and Earth and planetary science.
Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures
Tom Kalil is Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures. In this role, Tom leads initiatives to harness technology for societal challenges, improve science policy, and identify and pursue 21st century moonshots. Prior to Schmidt Futures, Tom served in the White House for two Presidents (Obama and Clinton), helping to design and launch national science and technology initiatives in areas such as nanotechnology, the BRAIN initiative, data science, materials by design, robotics, commercial space, high-speed networks, access to capital for startups, high-skill immigration, STEM education, learning technology, startup ecosystems, and the federal use of incentive prizes. From 2001 to 2008, Kalil was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He launched a program called Big [email protected], which provides grants to student-led teams committed to solving important problems at home and abroad. In 2007 and 2008, Kalil was the Chair of the Global Health Working Group for the Clinton Global Initiative, where he developed new public and private sector initiatives in areas such as maternal and child health, under-nutrition, and vaccines.
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.
Gary S. May
Chancellor, University of California, Davis
Gary S. May is the seventh chancellor of UC Davis, one of the nation’s most academically and socially diverse universities. He is leading the university to new heights in academic excellence, enterprise research, public service and upward mobility for students of all backgrounds.
Chancellor May came to UC Davis in 2017 after serving as dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, the nation’s largest and most diverse school of its kind. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. May has won numerous awards for his research in computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits.
In 2015, President Obama honored him with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring. In 2021, he received the prestigious Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for demonstrating extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the fields of science and engineering. May was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in September 2018 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2020.
A prominent voice in higher education, May is a Commissioner of the national Council on Competitiveness. He serves as Vice Chair of the Universities Research Association’ Council of Presidents and is on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Board of Directors.
J. Michael McQuade
Vice President for Research, Carnegie Mellon University
J. Michael McQuade is Carnegie Mellon University’s Vice President for Research,
providing leadership for the University’s research enterprise and advocating for the role
that science, technology and innovation play nationally and globally.
From 2006 to 2018 he served as Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at
United Technologies Corporation. At UTC, McQuade’s responsibilities included
providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development
activities throughout the business units of the corporation and at the United
Technologies Research Center, focused on a broad range of high-technology products
and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries.
Dr. McQuade held senior positions with technology development and business
oversight at 3M, Imation and Eastman Kodak. He served as Vice President of 3M’s
Medical Division and President of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging Business. His early
career at 3M was focused on research and development of high-end acquisition,
processing and display systems for health care, industrial imaging and remote sensing.
He has broad experience managing basic technology development and the conversion
of early stage research into business growth.
Dr. McQuade holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon
University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics for research
performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on charm quark production.
Dr. McQuade served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science
and Technology and of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and is a member of the
Defense Innovation Board.
Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Deputy Director Emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Pier Oddone serves as chair of the LIGO Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Working Group on the collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Energy, member of the National Ignition Facility Management Advisory Committee and member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the NCI’s Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. He was director of Fermilab from 2005 to 2013 where he led the major transition of the laboratory from a program based on the Tevatron Collider to a broad program on neutrinos, muons, particle astrophysics and the energy frontier at the LHC. He was Deputy Director of LBNL from 1990 through 2005 with responsibility for strategic planning and developing and nurturing new initiatives across the laboratory such as NERSC, the JGI, the scientific exploitation of the ALS and projects at the interface of the physical and biological sciences. He was director of the Physics Division at LBNL from 1988 to 1992, supporting new ideas such as the experiment that led to discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He led the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) Collaboration at SLAC from 1984 to 1987 and from 1974 through 1987 helped develop the technology of TPCs and had responsibility for coordinating the experimental program at the Positron Electron Project at SLAC. He is best known for the invention of the Asymmetric B Factory, a new collider aimed at studying the violation of CP symmetry. Two large facilities were built on this idea, one in Japan and one at Stanford, the latter as a SLAC-LBNL-LLNL collaboration. The facilities and associated detectors discovered and studied the violation of CP symmetry in b-quark decays proving the Kobayashi-Maskawa theory of CP violation in particle physics. He received the Panofsky Award of the American Physical Society for this invention. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Nacional de Ciencias del Perú. He has received honorary degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Perú and Universidad de San Martín in Tarapoto, Perú. He received a BS degree from MIT (1965), a Ph.D from Princeton University (1970) and was a post-doctoral fellow at Caltech (1970-72) before joining LBNL in 1972.
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/.
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.
Michael T. Brown
Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California Office of the President
Michael Brown was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the University of California on September 5, 2017. As UC provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, he directs the development of academic and research policies; provides administrative oversight of the University’s academic planning efforts and associated budget matters; serves as liaison with the University-wide Academic Senate, executive vice chancellors/provosts of the 10 campuses, student governments, and academic leaders of other segments of California higher education, and directs planning, policy development, and strategy in such areas as K-12 academic preparation, international academic activities, library planning, University Press, research, and student affairs. His efforts are organized around the vision of UC as a pre-eminent public research university, with each campus in its time and its own way achieving this status. The provost is authorized to act on behalf of the president in his or her absence or inability to act.
Brown began his career at UC Santa Barbara in 1993 as an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, and was appointed professor in the same discipline in 2000. In 2009, he became acting dean for Extension and Off-Campus Studies before being named to his present role as dean of UC Santa Barbara Extension. He has held numerous leadership positions within the UC system, including chair and vice chair of the UC Academic Senate, chair and vice chair of the Academic Senate’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), faculty representative to the Board of Regents, and member of the Regents’ Study Group on University Diversity.
Brown was elected fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2001. Over the course of his career, he has published book chapters and articles focused on the cultural variables underlying career and educational choices, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and women. His research also has focused on the importance of equity and diversity in freshman admissions.
Prior to joining the faculty at UC Santa Barbara, Brown was a faculty member at Ball State University and Wayne State University. He received his B.A. in psychology from UC Irvine, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
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.
Craig S. Leasure
Interim Vice President for National Laboratories, University of California Office of the President
As the Interim Vice President for National Laboratories (VPNL), Craig interfaces with executive level managers at the three UC-affiliated National Laboratories, the LLC partners, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to provide management oversight and establish strategic plans, objectives, policies, and processes related to Programs and Operations at LBNL, LANL and LLNL. He represents the University as well as LBNL, and the LLCs to the leadership of the DOE and the NNSA on lab business, operations, programmatic, and science and technology activities, and also represents the University in organization-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions.
Craig began his career with Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, NASA White Sands Test Facility, his last two years there as the Department Manager of the Laboratory Test Department. His department conducted scientific, engineering and test operations at two major facilities for hazardous testing, including explosives, rocket fuels and oxidizers, high-pressure gaseous hydrogen and oxygen testing, and liquid hydrogen and oxygen testing.
At Los Alamos National Laboratory, he served in increasingly responsible line and program management capacities starting as a Group Leader then Program Manager, Office Director, acting Program Director, and Deputy Associate Director in both operations and in weapons programs, five years as the Deputy Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs with the last 20 months as the acting Principal Associated Director for Weapons Programs running the nuclear weapons program at Los Alamos. Finally, finishing his career at Los Alamos as the Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business.
Craig has a BS degree in Chemistry from Florida State University, an MS degree in Chemistry from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New Mexico State University. He has written or co-written more than 10 scientific papers and holds one patent for an improved ion mobility spectrometer (IMS). The IMS detects picogram quantities of chemicals, including rocket propellants, explosives, and gases. Craig has received multiple awards from the NNSA and has received the Silver Snoopy award from the NASA Astronaut Corps.
Chair, Academic Council Special Committee on Lab Issues (ACSCOLI), University of California, Academic Senate
Michael Todd received his B.S.E. (1992), M.S. (1993), and Ph.D. (1996) from Duke University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. In 1996, he began as an A.S.E.E. post-doctoral fellow, then a staff research engineer (1998), and finally Section Head (2000) at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Fiber Optic Smart Structures Section. In 2003, he joined the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California San Diego, where he currently serves as Professor and Vice Chair. To date, he has published over 280 journal articles and proceedings, 5 book chapters, and has 4 patents. His research interests are in applying nonlinear time series techniques to structural health monitoring (SHM) applications, adapting Bayesian inference frames for optimal decision-making in SHM, developing novel ultrasonic interrogation strategies for aerospace structural assessment, optimizing sensor networks for various SHM-rooted performance measures, developing RF-based sensing systems for structural assessment, creating real-time shape reconstruction strategies for highly flexible aerospace and naval structural systems based on limited data sets, creating rapid assessment checks for validation of satellite systems, designing and testing fiber optic measurement systems for civil and naval structural applications, and modeling noise propagation in fiber optic measurement systems. With partners at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he helped create the United States’ first multi-disciplinary graduate degree program in structural health monitoring, damage prognosis, and validated simulations at UC San Diego, and he serves as Campus Director of the governing Engineering Institute. Since 2005 the Engineering Institute has graduated numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students with unique research programs that integrate students’ research from across multiple Jacobs School of Engineering departments.
Prof. Todd has taught undergraduate courses in dynamics, vibrations, nondestructive testing and evaluation, solid mechanics, and mechanical system testing, correlation, and model updating. He has taught graduate courses in dynamics, continuum elastodynamics, and nonlinear dynamics. Prof. Todd directs the Master of Advanced Studies program in Structural Health Monitoring
Prof. Todd won the 1999 Alan Berman NRL Publication Award, the 2003 and 2004 NRL Patent Award, was a 2004-2005 UC San Diego Hellman Fellow, was an invited speaker at the 2003 National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium where he was runner-up for the Galbraith Distinguished Lectureship, was nominated for the 2005 SEM Durelli Award, was named to 2005 Academic Keys’ ‘Who’s Who in Engineering Education,’ was an invited speaker for the 2005 Skidmore Owings & Merrill National Building Science and Design Research Symposium in New York, and was a 2004 William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement fellowship winner. He won the 2005 Structural Health Monitoring Person-of-the-Year Award, presented at Stanford University in September 2005, and he was also named a 2009 Benjamin F. Meaker Fellow at the University of Bristol (UK). He serves on the editorial board of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal, and he is partner in Los Alamos Dynamics, LLC, a private engineering consulting and education company.
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.