Timothy A. Barton
Maritime Chief Engineer
Leidos Maritime, Integration, & Mission Systems Operation

Jerome F. Brasch
President & CEO
Brasch Manufacturing Company

Nicholas Colarelli
Executive Vice President
Hunter Engineering Company

Santanu Das
Chairman of the Board

Jennifer A. Dionne
Associate Professor
Stanford University

Matt Ettus
Founder & President
Ettus Research LLC

Zachary Lemnios
Vice President, Research Strategy

Richard P. Mattione

Emir Osmanagic
Senior Director
Enabling Technologies in DePuy Synthes– Spine

Katherine Rink
Assistant Head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Frank Robey
Associate Leader
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

David J. Rossetti
Vice President, University Relations & Research (Retired)
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Hardiv H. Situmeang
Indonesian National Committee-World Energy Council

Guaning Su
President Emeritus and Professor
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Gregory Sullivan
Vice President of Information Technology
Carnival Corporation

  • Kyle Cepeda
  • Ari Cotler
  • Caroline Lilia Trier
  • Nathan Lee Mester
  • David Erick Battel
  • Connor Nam
  • Sydney Katz
  • Xiran Liu
  • Harold Zhu
  • Erin Ettenger
  • Liam Arad Plambeck
  • Kara Todd
  • William Blanchard

Advisory Board Biographies

Timothy A. Barton

Dr. Timothy A. Barton is a Leidos Vice President, Technical Fellow, and Solutions Architect, and is currently the Maritime Chief Engineer of the Leidos Maritime, Integration, & Mission Systems Operation, where he oversees all technical aspects of the Operation's efforts in the maritime domain – including a wide variety of sensor systems and platforms.

Dr. Barton's technical background and research interests include sonar and radar signal processing, algorithm development, autonomy, test and evaluation, underwater acoustics, and ocean engineering. Prior to joining Leidos (formerly SAIC) in 2005, Dr. Barton was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1993 to 2005. Dr. Barton holds B.Sc. (1987) and M.Sc. (1989) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a D.Sc. (1993) degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University.

Dr. Barton currently resides in Reston Virginia with his family, and his hobbies include photography, music, and fly fishing.

Jerry Brasch
Jerry Brasch received his engineering degree from Washington University in 1944. He served in WW2 in both the Army and the Navy. He attended Washington University on the GI bill and received his masters in engineering from Washington University in 1947. He taught mathematics part time in the University College of Washington University from 1946 through 1966. 

Jerry Brasch is president of Brasch Manufacturing Company, Inc., a company which he started in 1964 as a manufacturer of electric comfort heating equipment and controls for the commercial, industrial and institutional applications, and this company was later expanded to include the manufacture of gas sensors. From 1981 to 1996 Brasch also manufactured a line of custom air conditioning equipment under the trade name "Marcraft".

Jerry Brasch has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University as well as the Engineering Alumni Achievement Award and the Dean’s award from the School of Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees, the Building and Grounds Committee and Real Estate Committee for Washington University as well as the National Council for the McKelvey School of Engineering.

In the past Jerry Brasch has served as president of the St. Louis Electrical Board, president of the local chapter of the American Technion Society and as president of his congregation.

Jerry’s primary hobby is playing the organ, primarily theatre organ type music and he is a member of the St. Louis Theatre Organ Society.


Nicholas J. Colarelli
Nicholas J. Colarelli received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 and an MS degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in 1985. He is currently executive vice president at Hunter Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri which designs and manufactures state of the art computerized automotive undercar repair and maintenance equipment. The equipment includes wheel alignment systems, wheel balancers, vibration control systems, tire changers, brake lathes, vehicle lifts, brake testers and inspection systems.

Mr. Colarelli has held positions of increasing responsibility at Hunter Engineering since 1985 and is currently responsible for research, engineering, manufacturing, quality, supply chain, information technology and international sales. He currently holds 50 United States patents. Prior to his career at Hunter Engineering, Mr. Colarelli was an engineer at McDonnell Douglas Corporation where he developed aircraft carrier based test systems for F-18 avionics.

Mr. Colarelli is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Santanu Das
After graduation, Dr. Das was with ITT Corporation's Advanced Technology Center in Shelton, CT, where he served as Director of Applied Technology Division. Then he held the position of President at Spectrum Digital Corporation (a telecommunications equipment company) from 1986 through August of 1988.

In 1988 he founded TranSwitch Corporation, a company which designs, develops, markets and supports highly integrated digital and mixed-signal (analog and digital) semiconductor solutions for the telecommunications and data communications markets. The Company's products are Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) semiconductor devices that provide core functionality for communications network equipment. The company is publicly traded in NASDAQ under symbol TXCC. Current market capitalization is around 2.7 billion US$.

He has authored and/or co-authored more than 25 papers in different journals, magazines, and conference proceedings. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums and has been invited to speak at major technical and non-technical functions and conferences. Dr. Das has been granted a number of patents in his field. Dr. Das is also an IEEE and ACM member.
Jennifer A. Dionne
Jennifer Dionne is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Her research investigates metamaterials - engineered materials with optical and electrical properties not found in nature - and their applications, ranging from high-efficiency solar energy conversion to bioimaging. Jen received her B.S. degrees in Systems Science and Engineering and in Physics from Washington University in 2003.
Thereafter, she received her PhD in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, working with Prof. Harry Atwater. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of CA, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with Prof. Paul Alivisatos. She has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, Clauser Award for Best Caltech Thesis, and MRS Gold Award. In 2011, she was named one of Technology Review's TR35 - 35 international innovators under 35 tackling important problems in transformative ways.
Matt Ettus
Matt Ettus is president and founder of Ettus Research, a division of National Instruments. He was a core contributor to the GNU Radio project, a free framework for software-defined radio, and the creator of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). USRP's are in use in more than 110 countries for everything from cellular and satellite communications to radio astronomy, medical imaging and wildlife tracking.
In 2010, the USRP family won the Technology of the Year award from the Wireless Innovation Forum. In the past, Ettus has designed Bluetooth chips, GPS systems and high-performance microprocessors. Before that, he received an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis.
In 2011, Ettus was named an eminent member of Eta Kappa Nu, the IEEEs honor society for electrical and computer engineering, and was awarded the Wireless Innovation Forum International Achievement Award in 2015. 
Zachary Lemnios
Mr. Lemnios is responsible for the formation and execution of the IBM Research strategy across IBM's twelve global laboratories and network of collaboratories. He works across the IBM Research Enterprise and with the Senior Vice President and Director of Research, other IBM senior vice presidents, division vice presidents, and general managers to set and execute the long-term research agenda. This includes selection, and execution of the major IBM research investments including grand challenges, big bets and strategic initiatives.

Mr. Lemnios leads the Global Technology Outlook, the strategic initiative used by IBM's CEO and Senior Vice Presidents on an annual basis to identify and leverage technology disruptions coming over a 3 - 10 year horizon. This Outlook identifies disruptive technology opportunities and compelling investment recommendations by coordinating the work of the worldwide Research team.

Mr. Lemnios works closely with the IBM Venture Capital Group and Corporate Development and is responsible for identifying disruptive technologies and companies being created in the marketplace. Mr. Lemnios represents IBM Research in the cross-IBM Strategy community to ensure that Research's major investments are adopted by the business or transition to the marketplace through strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served three terms in high level civilian leadership in the Department of Defense with detailed and extended interactions across the whole of US government and with leaders across US allied nations. Most recently, Mr. Lemnios was confirmed as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) by the United States Senate. In this position, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer for Department of Defense and shaped the Department’s technical strategy to support the President’s national security objectives and the Secretary’s priorities. He launched Department and international initiatives in large data analytics, decision support, engineering education, electronic warfare, cyber, autonomy, advanced propulsion, hypersonics, and rail gun concepts as future capabilities for the nation.

Mr. Lemnios served in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and led the Microsystems Technology Office and the Information Processing Technology Office. These offices launched the deeply scaled microelectronics, semiconductor manufacturing, photonics, MEMS and cognitive system revolutions in industry.

Mr. Lemnios was the first Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Assistant Division Head of the Solid State Division. He held technical positions of increasing responsibility within Hughes Aircraft Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Ford Microelectronics, Inc. and pioneered early GaAs device, integrated circuit and manufacturing concepts.

Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on numerous national security, industry and academic committees. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced GaAs device and MMIC technology and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Mr. Lemnios received special recognition from the Australian Government Department of Defence and was awarded Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Emir Osmanagic
Dr. Osmanagic received this Electrical and Systems Engineering bachelor’s degree in 1997 and Master’s Degree in 2000, both from Washington University, School of Engineering. His PhD, “Qualitative Assessment of Lung Microstructure in Healthy Mice Using an MR-based 3He Lung Morphometry Technique” was completed under prof. Martin Arthur and prof. Dmitriy Yablonskiy at the school of Medicine, Department of Radiology at Washington University.

During his nearly 20-year tenure in St. Louis, Dr. Osmanagic taught courses at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, develop programs and served as a bridge between industry and academia. He was instrumental in bringing back the J-Term course to the school of engineering, one of the key vehicles in recruiting top talent nation-wide to our dual degree engineering program.

Since 2015, Emir has been an advisory board member of KECK Graduate Institute in Claremont California, where he is actively involved in various school programs.

Emir Osmanagic is currently a Senior Director of Enabling Technologies in DePuy Synthes – Spine, a Johnson and Johnson Company, and lives in Boston. In this global position, he leads front-end innovation and external development activities, synthesizing complex technologies and sciences to make marked clinical difference for the Digital Spine Surgery of the future, including robotic surgery.

Before joining J&J, Dr. Osmanagic was Head of New Technologies and Innovation at Baxter Healthcare, where he was responsible for innovation strategy, overseeing execution of the global innovation portfolio and collaborating across several industry consortiums. Prior to that, he held leadership positions of increased responsibilities at Pfizer, Monsanto and bioMerieux.
Katherine A. Rink
Dr. Katherine A. Rink is the Assistant Head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, leading research and prototyping in new sensors, technologies, and systems. After joining Lincoln Laboratory in 1998 as a member of the technical staff in the Systems Engineering and Analysis Group, she worked on many technical aspects of the then-emerging Aegis ballistic missile defense system. In July 2005, she became the Assistant Group Leader in the Missile Defense Elements Group, and in November 2007, she was promoted to Associate Group Leader in the Air Defense Techniques Group, which was focusing on the integration of advanced air and missile defense capabilities for the U.S. Navy. In March 2012, she was promoted to the Group Leader of the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group, developing and integrating advanced air and missile defense capabilities across the DoD and the Services.

Dr. Rink holds a BS degree in systems science and mathematics, a BA degree in mathematics (1993), and MS and DSc degrees in systems science and mathematics, all from Washington University in St. Louis (1998). She also earned an MS degree in operations research from Columbia University (1994). Dr. Rink remains closely connected to Washington University in St. Louis, serving on the External Advisory Board for the ESE department, and leading campus recruiting efforts for MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Frank Robey

Dr. Frank C. Robey (DSc EE 1990) is associate leader of the RF Technology Group, which develops and demonstrates innovative RF technologies as solutions to emerging national security needs in radar, electronic warfare, and communications. He has been the lead for multiple fundamental and applied research initiatives, including advanced sensor technology, coherent multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) radar, electronic intelligence, and next-generation over-the-horizon radar. Currently, the RF Technology Group develops sensor systems from compound semiconductor material growth, novel devices, and sensor subsystems, through field experiments, signal processing and analysis.

Dr. Robey spent two years on assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as Deputy Director of the Office of Smart Collection, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where he managed and oversaw programmatic initiatives to enhance intelligence collection and analysis. He was responsible for mentoring program managers in the development, launching, and execution of new programs.

Prior to joining MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Robey developed airborne radar equipment as a Principal Investigator at Emerson Electric. He developed high performance radio frequency and audio instrumentation at Hewlett Packard before joining Emerson Electric.

Dr. Robey is active in education and outreach activities. He has organized conference sessions, including an IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals and System session that was among the first on MIMO radar. Dr. Robey has been a member of the MSS Tri-Services Radar Symposium organizing committee since 2003 and was the local host for the 2006 Symposium.

Dr. Robey received BSEE (summa cum laude) and MSEE degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He received the DSC EE degree in adaptive detection and beamforming from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

David Rossetti

David Rossetti (BS Applied Math, 1974) is retired from Cisco Systems, where he was most recently vice president of university relations and research, responsible for research at universities and institutions worldwide. He held a wide variety of executive and engineering positions in his 17 years at the company, in positions ranging from leading product software development, to business unit management, to leading Cisco's Advanced Technology Center. He was with the company from 1995 through 2011. Rossetti earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1977 and a BS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974.

He was formerly vice president of software development at Strategic Mapping, Inc., a geographic information systems (GIS) startup, acquired by ESRI. Before that, Mr. Rossetti was an early employee and spent 11 years at Metaphor Computer Systems holding various product development and management positions. His expertise in software stems from his 40 years of product development experience, and in computer architecture extends to his dissertation research in electrical engineering at Stanford University.

Rossetti also serves on the National Council of the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and on the Council of the Yosemite Conservancy, the philanthropic organization for preserving, protecting, and enhancing Yosemite National Park. His passions include bicycling, especially mountain biking, mechanical puzzle collecting, and woodworking.

Hardiv H. Situmeang

Hardiv Situmeang received an Ir. (Engineer degree) in Electrical Power Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia, March 1976; MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA, June 1985; and DSc (Doctor of Science) degree in System Science and Mathematics from School of Engineering and Applied Science, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, May 1993.

He is currently Member of Scientific Board of the Agency of Research & Development Centre for Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia; Member of Indonesia National Research Council; Member of Indonesia National Climate Change Advisory Board; Member of Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) Advisory Board, Tokyo, Japan; Member of External Advisory Board of the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA; and Member of Indonesian Delegation for the COP, the CMP (Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol), and the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

He was the Chairman of the Indonesian National Committee-World Energy Council (KNI-WEC) from 2003 to 2015. He was the Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) from 19 August 2011 to 19 July 2014; a Senior Advisor to the Indonesia State Electricity Corporation-PT PLN (PERSERO) from 2003 to 2009; and Planning Director from 1998 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2003, responsible for corporate plan, power system expansion planning, analysis and evaluation of corporate performances as well as corporate information system.

Prior to these, he was the 1st General Manager of Transmissions and Java-Bali Control Centre, Indonesia State Electricity Corporation-PT PLN (Persero), responsible for power system operations and control, transmissions and substations system developments including SCADA and telecommunication system developments, as well as its operation and maintenance, and energy transaction. He also conceptualized and led a comprehensive change management initiative to transform the organization into an efficient and autonomous business unit of PLN, and established an internal management performance monitoring system in 1997.

His main interests are Energy and Climate Change on Mitigation Actions to support Sustainable Energy Development; Long-term Energy Planning, Power System Planning, Operations and Control; Legal, Financing, Operational and Technical aspects in Commercial Engagements of Power Project. At present, focusing on Energy and Climate Change issues particularly on Long-term Decarbonization of Power Sector.

His professional memberships are: (i) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE): IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society; (ii) American Mathematical Society (AMS); and (iii) Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

John Sommerer

Dr. John C. Sommerer (BS SSM, MSc SSM, 1979) is a technologist with over 35 years of professional experience and over 20 years of executive experience. He is the Principal of Talitha Ventures, which he founded to provide broad-spectrum technology consulting, including unique, transformational investment opportunities. He previously served in a number of senior executive positions at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), the largest of the Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers. In 2011, Dr. Sommerer was designated by Hopkins as one of the inaugural Daniel Coit Gilman Scholars, “exemplifying the highest ideals of the University,” and was elected a full (life) member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Until January 1, 2014, he led the APL Space Sector, with responsibility for all APL contributions to military, intelligence community, and civil space programs, including the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Van Allen Probes operating in the Earth’s radiation belts, Solar Probe Plus, the MDA Precision Tracking Space System, ORSTech 1 and 2 as well as numerous other missions in progress. Prior to 2010, he served JHU/APL as Director of Science & Technology, Chief Technology Officer, Director of the Milton S. Eisenhower Research Center, and he led a number of enterprise-level task forces, strategic plans, and other initiatives.

Dr. Sommerer received BS and MS degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland. Dr. Sommerer has served on a number of advisory bodies for the U.S. government, including terms as chair and vice chair of the Naval Research Advisory Committee, senior technical advisory committee to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Commandant of the Marine Corps. He has also served on numerous NRC boards and committees, most recently as a member of the Committee on the Assessment of the Governance Structure of the NNSA National Security Laboratories; as a member of the Committee on Human Spaceflight and chair of the study’s Technical Panel. He was appointed as a National Associate of the NRC in 2008.

Guaning Su

Professor Su Guaning is President Emeritus and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. As NTU President 2003 to 2011, he led a quantum jump in research and education capabilities in NTU, establishing new schools, new undergraduate programmes, major research centers and fund raising and alumni functions. He oversaw a seven fold increase in competitive research funding and served as founding Chairman of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. He also developed strong links with China including 18,000 alumni in important positions throughout China. His current research interests are in signal processing, complex adaptive systems, technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Besides teaching and research he serves on the International Advisory Boards of King Abdulaziz University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well the Council of Hainan University. He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and Board Supervisor on the Board of the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Joint Venture Company. He spends considerable time on tapping NTU’s China alumni and promoting closer links between China and Singapore in innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of inventions.

Professor Su was one of the first few defence research engineers when he started his career in the Ministry of Defence, Singapore in 1972 and led the initial build-up of electronic warfare capability. He served as Director Defence Science Organisation 1986-1997, Deputy Secretary (Defence) 1998-2001 and founding Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Agency 2000-2002. Prof Su was a founding Board member of the National Science and Technology Board and served as Deputy Chairman from 1998 to 2000.

Professor Su is a President's Scholar, Registered Professional Engineer, Founding Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering and the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. He is also Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. His professional awards include FEIAP (Federation of Engineering Institutions of the Asia Pacific) Engineer of the Year 2011, National Science and Technology Medal 2003, Singapore Computer Society Hall of Fame Award 2003, IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence 2002 and ASEAN Engineering Award 2002.

He was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal 2011, Public Administration Medal (Gold 1998 and Silver 1989), Long Service Medal 1998 and Public Service Medal 1997 by the President of Singapore; the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour 2005 by the President of France, the Friendship Award 2011 by the State Council, China and the Guangdong Friendship Award 2012 by the Guangdong Provincial Governor.

Greg Sullivan

Greg Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Velocity Inc., is responsible for all aspects of the Company's strategy and growth. Greg was previously Founder and Chief Executive Officer of technology consulting firm G. A. Sullivan. Based in St. Louis for over 20 years, Mr. Sullivan is a noted business professional within the United States having been acknowledged for the 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 1999 United States National Small Business Person of the Year, placement on the Inc. 500 list of "fastest growing private companies in America" and inclusion in the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 list of "fastest growing technology companies in the United States", and is a pillar within the local community.

Among his civic accomplishments are serving as Vice Chairman of Science and Technology for the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association and leading an effort to advance the region's technology-based economy through Technology Gateway, for which he was the founding chair.

Mr. Sullivan graduated from Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics, and is the 1995 recipient of the school's Young Alumni Achievement Award and a 2005 Alumni Achievement honoree.