Dr. Peter Diamandis
Dr. Patricia M. Dehmer
Dr. Peter Diamandis
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is a successful entrepreneur and pioneer in the
commercial space arena. Diamandis co-founded ZERO-G as a means to permit
the public to experience the excitement of space on a first-hand basis.
Dr. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit
organization promoting the formation of a space-tourism industry through
a $10M prize. Diamandis was a co-founder of Space Adventures, Ltd. a leading
space travel and tourism company, and a co-Founder and chairman of Starport.com,
a leading Internet site for Space Exploration, acquired by SPACE.com in
In 1987, Peter co-founded the International Space University (ISU) where
he served as the University's first managing director. Today he is a trustee
of the $30M university located on its own campus in Strasbourg, France.
While a student at MIT, Peter founded and served as chairman of Students
for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the world's largest
student space organization.
Peter Diamandis received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace
engineering from the MIT and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
He has conducted research in a number of fields, including molecular genetics,
space medicine, and launch vehicle design. He has received a number of
awards, including MIT's Kresge Award, the 1986 Space Industrialization
Fellowship Award, the 1988 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel, the
1993 Space Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, and the Russian 1995 K. E.
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Dr. Patricia M. Dehmer
Patricia M. Dehmer is the Deputy Director for Science Programs in the
Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this capacity,
Dr. Dehmer is the senior career science official in the Office of Science,
which is third largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the United
States, the primary supporter of the physical sciences in the U.S., and
one of the premier science organizations in the world.
As Deputy Director for Science Programs, Dr. Dehmer provides scientific
and management oversight for the six science programs of the Office of
Science (basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research,
fusion energy sciences, advanced scientific computing research, high energy
physics, and nuclear physics), for workforce development for teachers and
scientists, and for construction project assessment. The Office of Science
supports research at 300 colleges and universities nationwide, at DOE laboratories,
and at other private institutions.
From 1995 to 2007, Dr. Dehmer served as the Director of the Office of
Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the Office of Science. Under her leadership,
the BES budget more than doubled in size to $1.2B annually. She built a
world-leading portfolio of work in condensed matter and materials physics,
chemistry, and biosciences. A five-year effort to relate the most fundamental
research in these disciplines to real-world problems in energy – including
problems in fossil energy and carbon dioxide sequestration, nuclear energy,
renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy transmission and storage, and
the mitigation of environmental impacts of energy use – set a new
standard for understanding the relationships between and integration of
basic and applied research.
During this period, Dr. Dehmer also was responsible for the planning,
design, and construction phases of more than a dozen major construction
projects totaling $3 billion. Notable among these were the $1.4 B Spallation
Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, five Nanoscale Science
Research Centers totaling more than $300M, the total reconstruction of
the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center (SLAC), and the start of two new facilities for x-ray scattering – the
Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC, which is the world’s first hard
x-ray free electron laser, and the National Synchrotron Light Source—II
at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which will provide the highest spatial
resolution of any synchrotron light source in the world.
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Mr. George T. Whitesides
Dr. Robert Seamans
Dr. William Bonvillian
Alumni Panel- Sharon Gillett, Christopher Hansen,
George T. Whitesides
George T. Whitesides is the Executive Director
of the National Space Society. NSS
is dedicated to the promotion of human spaceflight and exploration, as
well as to space education and development. The organization counts
approximately 20,000 members around the world, and was founded in 1974
by Apollo architect Dr. Wernher von Braun and broadcaster Hugh Downs.
A Fulbright scholar in Tunisia, Whitesides received his graduate degree
in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems from Cambridge
University, and his undergraduate degree in Public and International Affairs
Whitesides began his career at Orbital Sciences Corporation as executive
intern and subsequently special assistant to the president. Later, he served
as Vice President of Marketing for Zero Gravity Corporation, a private
space-tourism company, and Director of Marketing for Blastoff Corporation,
a space-experience company funded by film and technology leaders.
In 2004, Whitesides was named Executive Director of NSS, and also selected
by Space News as one of twelve ‘People to Watch’. Whitesides
is a member of COMSTAC, an advisory committee to the FAA’s Office
of Commercial Space Transportation. He has served on the Board of
Trustees of Princeton University, and currently serves on the board of
the Space Generation Foundation. Additional, in June, Whitesides
was appointed Senior Advisor to Sir Richard Branson’s suborbital
space tourism company, Virgin Galactic.
With Loretta Hidalgo, Whitesides began Yuri’s Night, an international
celebration of space that includes thousands of participants each year. Held
on April 12, Yuri’s Night commemorates the twin anniversaries of
Yuri Gagarin’s first human spaceflight and the first space shuttle
launch, exactly twenty years apart. Whitesides also co-founded Permission
to Dream, a global astronomy education program that donates telescopes
to disadvantaged students around the world.
Whitesides is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight
coach. A fan of hiking and the outdoors, he has summitted Aconcagua,
the highest peak in the western hemisphere. Last but not least, Whitesides
and Hidaldo – recently married – will be the first couple to
celebrate their honeymoon in space, onboard Virgin Galactic’s suborbital
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Dr. Robert Seamans
Robert C. Seamans, Jr. was born on October 30, 1918 in Salem, Massachusetts. He
attended Lenox School, Lenox, Massachusetts; earned a Bachelor of Science
degree at Harvard University in 1940; a Master of Science degree in
Aeronautics at MIT in 1942; and a Doctor of Science degree in Instrumentation
from MIT in 1951.
1941 to 1955 he held teaching and research positions at MIT during which
time he worked on aeronautical developments for instrumentation and
control of airplanes and missiles. Dr. Seamans joined Radio Corporation of
America (RCA) in 1955 as Director of the Airborne Systems Laboratory, and
in 1958 became Chief Engineer of the Missile Electronics and Control Division
at RCA Burlington, Massachusetts, a position he held until joining NASA
in September 1960.
served at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for
more than seven years, first as Associate Administrator from September
1960 until December 1965, and then as Associate and Deputy Administrator
Seamans resigned from NASA in January 1968 to become a Visiting Professor
at MIT, and in July 1968 he was appointed to the Jerome Clark Hunsaker
Professorship, an MIT-endowed visiting professorship in the Department
of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
February 1969 until 1973, Dr. Seamans was Secretary of the Air Force. He
then became President of the National Academy of Engineering, a post to
which he was elected in May 1973.
December 1974, Dr. Seamans became the first Administrator of the Energy
Research and Development Administration (ERDA). He left ERDA in 1977
to return to MIT.
Dr. Robert C. Seamans, Jr. was Henry Luce Professor of Environment and Public
Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from July 1977 until
attaining retirement status in July 1984. He was appointed Dean of
Engineering in July 1978, and served in that post until September 1981. He
is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
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Dr. William Bonvillian
William B. Bonvillian, since the end of January 2006, has been Director
of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, D.C. Office. Prior
to that position, he served for seventeen years as Legislative Director
and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. He is also an
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches in
the area of science, technology and innovation policy.
Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he was a partner at a large national
law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary
and Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
His recent articles include, “Meeting the New Challenge to U.S. Economic
Competitiveness” and “Organizing Science and Technology for
Homeland Security,” both published in Issues in Science and Technology and “Science
at a Crossroads," published in Technology in Society and reprinted
in the FASEB Journal. He is working now on a paper on DARPA
as a connected science R&D model. At MIT, he works to support
MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies,
and its role on national science policy. His legislative efforts
at Senator Lieberman’s office included science and technology policies
and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating
the Department of Homeland Security, and more recently on Intelligence
Reform and national competitiveness legislation.
He received a B.A. from Columbia University with honors, an M.A.R. from
Yale Divinity School in religion; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where
he also served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review. Following
law school, he clerked for a Federal Judge in New York. He is a member of
the Connecticut Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court
Bar. He has lectured and given speeches before numerous audiences
on science and technology issues, and has taught in this area at Georgetown
and George Washington Universities.
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Sharon E. Gillett was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in Spring 2007
as the Commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable for
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She oversees all state regulatory
functions pertaining to telecommunications and cable services and advises
the state on broadband policy. Prior to joining state government,
Ms. Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) where she chaired the Broadband Working Group of MIT’s
Communications Futures Program, taught courses on telecommunications and
Internet policy, conducted research on municipal broadband and its economic
impact, and served on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Wireless Broadband
Task Force. Ms. Gillett received her MBA and MS in Technology and
Policy from MIT, and her AB in Physics from Harvard.
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Christopher J. Hansen, CERA Associate Director, Global Power
Group, specializes in energy sector economics, electricity market reform,
and international electric power policy. Before joining CERA, Mr. Hansen
was a Researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed
electricity and gas sector reform and hybrid energy systems in India, including
regulation, corporate investment, and captive power systems. Previously,
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) he examined technology
scenarios for the Shandong Province, China, electricity system as part
of the China Energy Technology Program under Steve Connors. He also has
expertise in energy options and strategies, including in South African
electricity reform, nuclear plant relicensing issues, and fuel cell market
modeling, among others. Mr. Hansen has published several papers in professional
journals on energy sector economic and policy analysis. He holds a BSc
in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma
of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT; and a Master of Philosophy
in Development Studies from Oxford University. He will complete his PhD
from Oxford in 2007.
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Since August, 2006, Dr. Webster has been a visiting professor at MIT in
the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and in
the Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences. From
2001-2006, he was an assistant professor of public policy in the Department
of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His
research program is focused on the role of uncertainty (scientific or otherwise)
in policy decisions and in the design of effective environmental policy. At
the broadest level, he is interested in exploring the interface between
formal quantitative models and the policy process. Dr. Webster’s
research is on how to analyze the uncertainty in assessment models of
global climate change to produce insights that are useful to the policy
community, including addressing the role of learning in the future on today’s
decision, the effect of uncertainty on multi-stakeholder negotiations,
and better means of communicating results to non-experts. He received
a Ph.D. (2000) in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT and a B.S.E.
(1988) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Pres. Susan Hockfield
Pres. Susan Hockfield
Joe Gavin, MIT Corporation member
Alumni Panel – Adam Jaffee, Sudhakar
Kesavan, Susan Pickett
Susan Hockfield has served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology since December 2004. A strong advocate of the vital
role that science, technology, and the research university play in the
world, she brings to the MIT presidency an exceptional record of achievement
in serving faculty and student interests.
A noted neuroscientist whose research has focused on the development of
the brain, Dr. Hockfield is the first life scientist to lead MIT and holds
a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience in the Institute's Department
of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Dr. Hockfield seeks to encourage collaborative work among MIT's schools,
departments, and interdisciplinary laboratories and centers to keep the
Institute at the forefront of innovation. She believes that MIT's strength
in engineering uniquely positions the Institute to pioneer newly evolving,
interdisciplinary areas and to translate them into practice, and that MIT's
traditions of excellence in architecture and planning, the humanities,
arts, social sciences, and management offer opportunities to develop innovative
solutions to our era's greatest challenges. Under her leadership, MIT has
launched a major Institute-wide initiative in energy research and education
and continues to expand its activities at the intersection of the life
sciences and engineering.
Dr. Hockfield believes strongly in the value that international students
and scholars bring to the educational and research programs of American
universities, and in the importance of American universities working closely
with leading academic centers around the world.
Before assuming the presidency of MIT, Dr. Hockfield was the William Edward
Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology and provost at Yale University. She joined
the Yale faculty in 1985 and was named full professor in 1994. While at
Yale, she played a central role in the university's leadership, first as
dean of its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), with oversight
of over 70 graduate programs, and then as provost, the university's chief
academic and administrative officer.
As provost, she advanced Yale's major initiatives in science, medicine
and engineering, including a $500-million investment in new and renovated
facilities for the sciences. She encouraged collaborative work throughout
the university, bringing the humanities and the arts into new relationships
and encouraging interactions between the humanities, social sciences and
Dr. Hockfield's research has focused on the development of the brain and
on glioma, a deadly kind of brain cancer. She pioneered the use of monoclonal
antibody technology in brain research, leading to her discovery of a protein
that regulates changes in neuronal structure as a result of an animal's
experience in early life. More recently she discovered a gene and its family
of protein products that play a critical role in the spread of cancer in
the brain and may represent new therapeutic targets for glioma.
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Joseph G. Gavin earned SB and SM degrees in aeronautical engineering from
MIT in 1941 and 1942, respectively. After military service during the war,
he joined Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. where he worked for 39 years,
including ten years as Director of the Lunar Module Program for Apollo.
He retired from Grumman in 1985 after nine years as President and COO.
In 1971 he received the NASA Distinguished Public Medal and was elected
to the National Academy of Engineering in 1974. He is a life member of
the MIT Corporation and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife
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Kesavan serves as the Chairman and CEO of ICF International. He joined
ICF in 1983 as an associate. In 1997, he was named President of the ICF
Consulting Group when it was a subsidiary of ICF Kaiser. In 1999, the
Group was divested from Kaiser through a joint effort of the management
and CM Equity Partners, and ICF International was launched as an independent
company. In 2006, Mr. Kesavan successfully led the initial public
offering of ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI).
Mr. Kesavan received his Master of Science degree from the Technology and
Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his postgraduate
diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad,
and his Bachelor of Technology degree (chemical engineering) from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Mr. Kesavan serves on the Board of
the Rainforest Alliance,
a New York based nonprofit environmental organization committed to protecting
ecosystems by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer
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Adam B. Jaffe is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Fred C. Hecht Professor
in Economics at Brandeis University, and a Research Associate of the
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Since coming to Brandeis
in 1994, he has been Chair of the Economics Department, and Chair of
the Intellectual Property Policy Committee. He was previously
Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University, and Senior
Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Prof.
Jaffe’s research focuses on the economics of innovation, with
particular interest in the patent system, the interaction of public
and private research, the geography of innovation, and technological
change as it affects environmental policy. His book Innovation
and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation
and Progress, and What to do About It (co-authored with Josh Lerner)
was published by Princeton University Press in November 2004. The
book was named one of the best books of 2004 in Economics and Business
by The Economist magazine, and the journal Managing Intellectual
Property listed Jaffe and Lerner among the 50 most important figures
worldwide in intellectual property in 2005. Jaffe’s 2002
book with Manuel Trajtenberg, Patents, Citations
and Innovations: a
Window on the Knowledge Economy is a major research summary and
data resource on the structure of flows of technological knowledge across
time, space and institutional environments. Together with Lerner
and Scott Stern, Dean Jaffe coordinates the NBER Innovation Policy
and the Economy Group. He earned his PhD in Economics at
Harvard, and an S.M. in Technology and Policy and an S.B. in Chemistry
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Susan has worked at the intersection of technology and policy in industry
and the public sector. She is committed to improving the understanding
of technologies and their applications, particularly as they pertain
Susan is currently the Director of International Business Development
for Ludlum Measurements, Inc., where she is responsible for opening their
new international office in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to her work at Ludlum,
Susan worked as a Project Leader in the Nonproliferation Division at Los
Alamos National Laboratory, where she managed the lab’s International
Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program, a collaborative effort between
the Department of Energy National Laboratories and 14 countries to enhance
the safeguarding of nuclear material and promote peaceful uses of nuclear
She received her doctorate from the University of Tokyo, focusing on nuclear
technology and decision making. During that time, she co-founded
Peace Pledge Japan, with Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki, to encourage scientists
to make an individual pledge not to work on furthering development or deployment
of nuclear weapons.
Susan received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in
1993 and her MS in both Nuclear Engineering and Technology and Policy from
MIT in 1997.
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Mr. Partha Ghosh, Sept. 26
Pres. Lawrence Bacow, Tufts University, Oct. 3
MIT Chancellor Phillip Clay, Nov. 21
Partha S. Ghosh, based in Boston, is a renowned strategist and an
innovator of Business and Economic models. He is currently in an advisory
role with multiple firms and governments world wide. Earlier Mr. Ghosh
was a partner at McKinsey & Company and founder/Managing director
of Strategy/Policy advisory firm Partha S Ghosh & Associates. In
his twenty-eight years as a true global citizen and a professional
consultant to leaderships of prestigious organizations, corporates
and governments, he has been involved in a broad spectrum of engagements,
primarily focusing on strategic and policy issues in technology based
industries. His work has included global strategy development, innovation
and change management, and re-structuring / re-engineering of major
companies. More recently he has been helping major companies renew
their business models based on information technology/e-commerce and
the evolving network/knowledge economies including distributed power
generation. He has also served heads of state in more than half a dozen
countries on strategic and policy issues related to deregulation of
industries, privatization, globalization, and socio-economic advancement.
In various leadership forums, he has chaired committees focused on
state-of-the-art issues related to management and governance. On specific
courses /projects he has been active at MIT and Harvard University
on strategic management and policy design. His clients view him as
a "creative problem solver" and a "visionary leader." Several
CEOs who have worked with him view him as a leader who "inspires
leaders to build lasting legacies" He is also Chairman of Intersoft
KK a Business Intelligence firm Head Quartered in Tokyo, Japan, and
Chairman of the Board Advisors of Access International Partners, an
Advisory firm focused on cross border M & A &Strategic Alliances.
Mr. Ghosh began his professional career in 1971 at Union Carbide with
Eveready India, Ltd. in Calcutta, India. Mr. Ghosh has two advanced
degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge
where he studied from 1975 to 1977. He holds Master's Degrees in (i)
Chemical Engineering with emphasis on New Energy Systems & Biotechnologies,
and (ii) Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Information
Technology, and International Business. He was A Rotary Foundation
Fellow. He obtained his honors, Bachelor of Technology and ranked first
in Chemical Engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
in Kharagpur, India in 1971. He won the Institute Medal as the number
one graduating student.
Mr. Ghosh is married with two children. Besides traveling with his
family or for business, Mr. Ghosh is an avid public speaker and enjoys
jogging, bicycle riding, driving, and community service or social work.
Mr. Ghosh cherishes the opportunities of community and philanthropic
work, especially to identify ways to use his experience and knowledge,
to those who seek to better their lives in both developing and developed
regions of the world. Recently he has founded The Boston Pledge a non
profit organization to stimulate bottom entrepreneurship and economic
development, and to develop environment friendly technologies.
For more information on Mr. Partha Ghosh visit www.parthaghosh.com
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Pres. Lawrence Bacow, Tufts University
Lawrence S. Bacow became the twelfth President of Tufts University
on September 1, 2001. A lawyer and economist whose research focuses
on environmental policy, he holds faculty appointments in five departments
at Tufts: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Economics; Civil
and Environmental Engineering; Public Health and Family Medicine in
the Medical School; and in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Since coming to Tufts, President Bacow established the Task Force
on the Undergraduate Experience to explore the potential of Tufts'
undergraduate academic, residential and co-curricular offerings. Numerous
task force recommendations have been implemented, highlighted by the
current construction of Sophia Gordon Hall to expand on-campus housing
for Tufts students. President Bacow oversaw the 10-year reaccreditation
of Tufts by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He
streamlined the administration in Arts, Sciences & Engineering
to increase resources for faculty and appointed the Council on Graduate
Education to strengthen graduate programs university wide. He launched
a plan to expand the basic sciences at the School of Medicine and successfully
worked with hospital officials to restore the university's name to
Tufts-New England Medical Center. On the Medford/Somerville campus,
he has led a thoughtful master planning process to preserve the sense
of place that makes the campus special while also identifying new space
for teaching, research, office, student, residential and other uses.
Construction of a new music building is underway, and preliminary planning
has begun for a new laboratory building for biology and engineering.
President Bacow has strengthened relations between Tufts and its host
communities, initiating activities such as Community Day on the Medford/Somerville
campus and an annual symposium on active citizenship and community
partnerships. He has emphasized increased collaboration among Tufts'
eight schools and generated creativity and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary
study. Under President Bacow's leadership, Tufts has enjoyed its three
most successful years of fundraising as well as research support.
For more information on Pres. Lawrence Bacow visit www.tufts.edu/president/bio/lawrence/
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MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay
Phillip L. Clay is the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Professor of City Planning. The Chancellor and the Provost
are the Institute’s two most senior academic officers. As Chancellor,
Professor Clay has oversight responsibility for graduate and undergraduate
education at MIT, student life, and student services. Professor Clay
chairs the MIT Council on the Environment and serves on the board of
the Cambridge-MIT Institute.
A member of the MIT faculty since 1975, Professor Clay served as Associate
Provost in the Office of the Provost from 1994 to 2001. He was Head
of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1992 to 1994 and
its Associate Department Head during 1990 to 1992. From 1980 to 1984,
Professor Clay served as Assistant Director of the Joint Center for
Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard.
Professor Clay is widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy
and community-based development and has been involved in several studies
that received national attention. For example, in a 1987 study commissioned
by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., he identified the market and
institutional conditions contributing to the erosion of low-income
rental housing and documented the need for a national preservation
policy. He later served on the national commission that recommended
the policy that became part of the Housing Act of 1990. His research
and writing continue to explore U.S. housing and urban policy.
For more information on Chancellor Pillip L. Clay visit http://web.mit.edu/chancellor/biography.html
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Hon. Robert Walker
MIT Pres. Chuck Vest
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Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Dr. Widnall received her Sc.D. from MIT.
She has served as Associate Provost, MIT, and as Secretary of the Air
Force. As Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Widnall was responsible for
all affairs of the Department of the Air Force including recruiting,
organizing, training, administration, logistical support, maintenance,
and welfare of personnel. During this time, the Air Force issued its
long range vision statement: Global Engagement: A Vision for the 21st
Century Air Force, which defined the path from the air and space force
of today to the space and air force of the next century. Dr. Widnall
was also responsible for research and development and other activities
prescribed by the President or the Secretary of Defense. She co-chaired
the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.
She later stepped down to resume teaching.
Since returning to MIT, she has been active in the Lean Aerospace
Initiative, with special emphasis on the space and policy focus teams.
Her research activities in fluid dynamics have included the following:
boundary layer stability, unsteady hydrodynamic loads on fully wetted
and supercavitating hydrofoils of finite span, unsteady lifting-surface
theory, unsteady air forces on oscillating cylinders in subsonic and
supersonic flow, unsteady leading-edge vortex separation from slender
delta wings, tip-vortex aerodynamics, helicopter noise, aerodynamics
of high-speed ground transportation vehicles, vortex stability, aircraft-wake
studies, turbulence, and transition. Her teaching activities have included
undergraduate dynamics and aerodynamics, graduate level aerodynamics
of wings and bodies, aeroelasticity, acoustics and aerodynamic noise,
and aerospace vehicle vibration. She was a member of the Columbia accident
investigation board and she was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame
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Hon. Robert Walker
Congressman Robert S. Walker retired from the U.S. House of Representatives
after serving Pennsylvania’s 16th District for twenty years. During
that service he became Chairman of the Science Committee, Chief Deputy
Republican Whip, Chairman of the Republican leadership and Speaker Pro
Tempore. Because of his role as GOP floor manager for much of his career,
the prestigious insider publication, The National Journal, said of him,
“Indeed as much as anyone, he is the father of the revolution
that led to the Republican victory in 1994.
As Chairman of Wexler & Walker, the former Congressman has been
cited as one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper;
as a “superstar lobbyist” by Financial Wire; is regularly
called upon to testify on Capitol Hill; is a Bush Administration confidante
having been asked to serve as Chairman of the Commission on the Future
of the United States Aerospace Industry, as a member of the President’s
Commission on the United States Postal Service and as a member of the
Presidential Commission on the Implementation of the United States Space
Exploration Policy; was appointed to the Aviation and Space Engineering
Board of the National Research Council; is a familiar participant on
CNN’s “Crossfire” and Fox News; is a lecturer at the
Brookings Institution, the Georgetown University Government Affairs
Institute and the Kennedy School at Harvard University; is a commentator
and resource for CNBC, PBS, Fox News and several major national newspapers;
and is a writer of books and articles. All of this activity gives Wexler
& Walker clients unparalleled insight into public policy formulation
From President Bush’s hydrogen initiative to the complexities
of postal reform, Mr. Walker has played a key role in development and
implementation of major public strategies. He is seen as an expert in
science, space, technology and energy issues and a master of legislative
tactics and procedure.
In 1996, Mr. Walker was the first sitting House Member to be awarded
NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and in
2004, was presented NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal.
He continues his involvement in space policy as a board member of the
Aerospace Corporation, SpaceDev, and as Vice Chairman of the Space Foundation.
In naming Walker as one of the 100 most prominent space leaders of the
last 15 years, Space News called him, “one of Washington’s
most influential lobbyists” whose “stature and influence
have only grown since leaving Congress.”
In addition, he is a member of the advisory boards of IMAX Corporation,
InnerLink and the Nanotechnology Policy Foundation. Beginning in 2002
through the 2004-05 celebration, Walker co-chaired along with his wife,
Sue, Millersville University’s 150th Anniversary celebration.
Prior to his election to Congress in 1976, Mr. Walker was a high school
teacher and a congressional aide. He holds a B.S. in Education from
Millersville University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Political Science
from the University of Delaware, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from
Franklin and Marshall College. He and his wife maintain homes in East
Petersburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
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MIT Pres. Chuck
Charles M. Vest has been president of MIT since 1990.
During this time he has placed special emphasis on enhancing undergraduate
education, exploring new organizational forms to meet emerging directions
in research and education, building a stronger international dimension
into education and research programs, developing stronger relations
with industry, and enhancing racial and cultural diversity at MIT. He
also has devoted considerable energy to bringing issues concerning education
and research to broader public attention and to strengthening national
policy on science, engineering and education.
In this latter capacity, Vest chaired the President's
Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station and has served
as a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and
Technology (PCAST), the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Economic
Growth and Technology, and the National Research Council Board on Engineering
Education. He chairs the U.S. Department of Energy Task Force on the
Future of Science Programs and is vice chair of the Council on Competitiveness
and immediate past chair of the Association of American Universities
(AAU). He sits on the board of directors of both IBM and E.I. du Pont
de Nemours and Co. In February 2004, he was asked by President Bush
to serve as a member of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities
of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Vest was born in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sept. 9, 1941.
He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia
University in 1963 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University
of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively.
As a member of the mechanical engineering faculty at MIT, Vest has
research interests in the thermal sciences and the engineering applications
of lasers and coherent optics.
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