Jerome F. Brasch
President & CEO
Brasch Manufacturing Company
Executive Vice President
Hunter Engineering Company
Managing Director, Equities
Jennifer A. Dionne
Founder & President
Ettus Research LLC
Carnegie Mellon University
Professor and College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University
Vice President, Research Strategy
Richard P. Mattione
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vice President of Engineering
Assistant Head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
David J. Rossetti
Vice President, University Relations & Research (Retired)
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Hardiv H. Situmeang
Indonesian National Committee-World Energy Council
Former Chief Technology Officer, Applied Physics Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
President Emeritus and Professor
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Chief Executive Officer
Global Velocity Inc.
Electrical Engineering Students
- Cepeda, Kyle
- Seth Ebner
- Wu, Mo
- Caroline Lilia Trier
- Mester, Nathan Lee
- Battel, David Erick
- Chen, Timothy Tai-tin
- Kara Dimicco
- Sydney Katz
- Aronson, Jordan
- Blanchard, William
Systems Science & Engineering Students
- Xiran Liu
- Harold Zhu
- Abbott, Elizabeth K
- Plambeck, Liam Arad
- Brinza, Annmarie (Annie) Kathleen
- Samuel Taylor Jones
- Dimicco, Kara Alexis
- Kristen Akemi Koyanagi
Advisory Board Short Biography
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 School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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.
Steven R. Broadstone
Steven R. Broadstone received the BA degrees in mathematics and physics from Hastings College, Hastings, NE, and the BS, MS, and DSc degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Currently, he is the Vice President, Research and Development, at Teratech Corporation, Burlington, MA, specializing in the development of state-of-the art portable medical ultrasound systems. He has also been involved in the development of volumetric and handheld sonar systems. Before that, he was involved in the development of adaptive-array processing algorithms and systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA. While at Washington University, he was a research assistant at the Biomedical Computer Laboratory and the Electronic Systems and Signals Research Laboratory (ESSRL) in the Department of Electrical Engineering, pursuing research in the application of digital-signal processing technology to real-time medical imaging using ultrasound. He has published papers and technical reports in the areas of adaptive-array processing, analog-to-digital converter evaluation, handheld sonar systems and medical ultrasonic imaging.
Mr. Broadstone is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and has served as a reviewer for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS ON PROPAGATION, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING. He also holds over 50 patents (domestic and international) in the areas of data acquisition and portable sonar and medical-ultrasound imaging systems.
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).
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.
Mark Dehnert is a Goldman Sachs managing director responsible for their quantitative equities trading business in the securities division. He is also a director of the International Securities Exchange. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Dehnert was with the Hull Group, now part of Goldman Sachs, as a financial engineer in 1992. He relocated from Chicago to Frankfurt in 1995, where he helped Hull build its electronic equity options trading system and businesses in Europe. In 1996, Dehnert was named a principal at Hull. In 1997, he relocated to Hull's joint venture with Daiwa Securities in Tokyo, where he focused on the venture's launch into single stock options. In 1999, Dehnert returned to Chicago to take up his current responsibilities at Goldman Sachs and assist with Hull's ISE implementation. He became a Goldman Sachs managing director in 2000 and a partner in 2002. Dehnert holds a BS in System Science and Mathematics and an MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he serves on the External Advisory Board of the School of Engineering's Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.
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 Ph.D. 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 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). USRPs 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 M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. 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.
Marija D. Ilic
Marija D. Ilic is currently a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a joint appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy Departments. She is also the Honorary Chaired Professor for Control of Future Electricity Network Operations at Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands. She was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was then a Senior Research Scientist in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, from 1987 to 2002. She has 30 years of experience in teaching and research in the area of electrical power system modeling and control. Her main interest is in the systems aspects of operations, planning, and economics of the electric power industry. Most recently she became the Director of the Electric Energy Systems Group at Carnegie Mellon University whose main objective is mathematical modeling, analysis and decision making for the future energy systems. She is leading the quest for transforming today’s electric power grid into an enabler of efficient, reliable, secure and sustainable integration of many novel energy resources. She has co-authored several books in her field of interest. Prof. Ilic is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer.
P. R. Kumar
P. R. Kumar obtained his B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from I.I.T. Madras in 1973, and the MS and DSc degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1975 and 1977, respectively.From 1977 to 1982 he was an Assistant Professor, and from 1982 to 1984 an Associate Professor, in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. From 1985-2011 he was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Currently he is at Texas A&M University, where he is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering.
He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queuing networks, manufacturing systems, scheduling, and wafer fabrication plants. His current research interests are in wireless networks, sensor networks, and the convergence of control, communication and computation.
He serves as Editorial Board of many foundations and as Editor and Associate Editor of a large number of international journals. He has presented plenary lectures at international conferences (IEEE, SIAM) and he is a coauthor of the book, Stochastic Systems: Estimation, Identification and Adaptive Control, with Pravin P. Varaiya, and the monograph, Scaling Laws for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: An Information Theoretic Approach, co-authored with Feng Xue.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE since 1988, a recipient of the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council in 1985, the 2006 IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, the 2007 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, U.S.A. since 2007.
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.
After graduation, he worked for five years as a Research Scientist for Bell Communications Research in Morristown, New Jersey, he joined the University of Illinois, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, faculty member in the Beckman Institute's Image Formation and Processing Group, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Statistics. He is also a member of the Information Trust Institute and the founding director of the Center for Information Forensics, a multi-disciplinary research center currently involving twenty colleagues.
His fields of professional interests are information theory, image and video processing, statistical signal processing and modeling, decision theory, information hiding and authentication, the application of multiresolution signal analysis, optimization theory, and fast algorithms to these areas.
He served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1996 till 1998, for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 1999 till 2002, and then as Area Editor from 2002 till 2006. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the new IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.
He is a fellow of IEEE and member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal processing Society. He has received a 1997 Career award from the National Science Foundation, and the IEEE Signal Processing Society 1997 Best Paper award in the IMDSP area. He is also co-author (with Juan Liu) of a paper that received the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2002 Young Author Best Paper award in the IMDSP area. He was selected as 2003 Beckman Associate of UIUC's Center for Advanced Study and was awarded the 2005 Sony Faculty Scholar Award. In 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2005, he was on the Dean's list of teachers rated excellent by their students.
Anna Patterson earned both bachelor of science degrees in computer science and in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 1987. Since then, she has helped revolutionize Internet search engines. A native of St. Louis, she was a Washington University Langsdorf Scholar and served as Engineering Student Council president. She is a member of the School of Engineering National Council.
Patterson earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In 2004, Patterson joined Google after designing, writing and eventually selling Recall, the largest search engine in existence at the time with 12 billion pages. She was the architect of Google’s large search index, TeraGoogle.
Patterson left Google in 2006 to create Cuil.com (Irish for “knowledge,” pronounced “cool”). Cuil.com launched in July 2008 and became the largest search engine available, with the capability to search more than 120 billion web pages. In September 2010, the site shut down and Patterson returned to Google as director of Google Research.
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.
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 (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 M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1977 and a B.S. 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; M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA, June 1985; and D.Sc (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).
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 B.S. and M.S. degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. 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.
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, 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.