Fellowship and Programs Council

Anna Bershteyn
Fellowship and Programs Council
Anna Bershteyn, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2006 - 2010
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anna Bershteyn is senior research manager at Intellectual Venture’s Institute for Disease Modeling, where she is currently developing mathematical models for global disease control and eradication. She has been honored by both the Materials Research Society and the Northeast Bioengineering Conference for her development of a fully biodegradable system with a versatile surface chemistry, which has since been leveraged to better understand the immunology of vaccinations, especially HIV. In addition to the Hertz Fellowship, Anna was also supported by the Ida M. Green Fellowship, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Anna holds a BS and PhD in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 
Carol Burns
Fellowship and Programs Council
Carol Burns, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1983 - 1988
University of California, Berkeley

Carol Burns is a deputy principal associate director for Science, Technology & Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She has held various roles at LANL, including division leader for Chemistry, group leader for Nuclear and Radiochemistry, chemistry division deputy division leader and program manager for Advanced Concepts in Energy Technology. Carol also served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003 and named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. Carol holds a BS in chemistry from Rice University and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
Greg Canavan
Fellowship and Programs Council
Gregory Canavan, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1968 - 1969
University of California, Davis/Livermore

Gregory Canavan is a senior fellow and scientific advisor for Los Alamos National Laboratory and a former chairman of the Hertz Board of Directors. Previously, he served as the DOE director of the Office of Inertial Fusion, special assistant to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, and as a Presidential White House Fellow. Greg currently serves as a member of Advisory Groups on missile defense and strategic assessments for Air Force Space Command, U.S. NORTH Command and USSTRATOM. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1988. Greg holds a BS in mathematics with highest honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from Auburn University and both an MS and PhD in applied sciences from the University of California, Davis.

 
Wendy Cieslak
Fellowship and Programs Council
Wendy R. Cieslak, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1979 - 1983
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Wendy R. Cieslak is the director emeritus at Sandia National Laboratories and a former director of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Previously, she was the principal program director for Nuclear Weapons Science & Technology at Sandia and Materials Science & Technology Division leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is a fellow of ASM International and performs regularly as a violinist in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. Wendy holds a BS and PhD in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 
Lydia Finney
Fellowship and Programs Council
Lydia Finney, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1999 - 2004
Northwestern University

Lydia Finney is the women in science and technology program initiator, the university partnership program manager, and a physicist in the Leadership Institute at Argonne National Laboratory. While at Argonne, she has developed new ways to use x-ray fluorescence to investigate the biological roles of metals. Lydia has nearly 50 peer-reviewed works, which have been cited in over 800 other publications. She received her BS in chemistry from SUNY Albany, and as a Hertz Fellow, her PhD in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University.

 
Hertz Fellow David Galas
Fellowship and Programs Council
David Galas, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1968 - 1972
University of California, Davis/Livermore

David J. Galas is the principal scientist for the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) and the chair of the board for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He is an internationally recognized expert in molecular biology and human genetics. Prior to PNRI, David worked at the Institute for Systems Biology, Battelle Memorial Institute, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the University of Southern California and the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences and received the Smithsonian Institution-Computer World Pioneer award. David received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and his MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Davis-Livermore.

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Cameron Geddes
Fellowship and Programs Council
Cameron Geddes, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2000 - 2005
University of California, Berkeley

Cameron Geddes is a staff scientist in the BELLA Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is investigating the use of laser driven plasma waves to build compact next-generation particle accelerators and photon sources. Cameron is the recipient of several honors, including the Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize, the American Physical Society (APS) Apker Award, fellow of APS, and the APS John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. Cameron holds a BA in physics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
Hertz Fellow Dan Goodman
Fellowship and Programs Council
Daniel Goodman, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1982 - 1988
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel (Dan) Goodman is the director of advanced technology at TEL NEXX Inc. and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Prior to that, Dan was a co-founder and president of Electron Solutions Inc. and worked at MKS Instruments and Science Research Laboratory. He is a visiting scientist at MIT and is also an active musician, well known to Boston audiences for his performances on piano, cello and accordion. Dan received his BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and his PhD in physics from MIT.

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M. David Henry
Fellowship and Programs Council
M. David Henry, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2005 - 2010
California Institute of Technology

M. David Henry is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico where he continues research of silicon fabrication and plasma etch techniques with the integration of MEMs, optical, and electrical devices. He has authored over 23 publications and holds 25 U.S. patents. Before starting his post-secondary education, David enlisted in the United States Navy and spent six years as a nuclear reactor operator and Navy Diver on fast attack nuclear submarines operating in the Pacific theater. David earned a BSc in electrical engineering with honors and a BSc in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona. Upon entering Caltech with the support of his Hertz Fellowship, he joined the Scherer Nano-Fab Group and earned his MSc and PhD in applied physics.
 
Hertz Fellow Lily Kim
Fellowship and Programs Council
Lily Kim, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1998 - 2004
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lily Kim is a consultant on emerging biotechnology landscapes and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Previously, she worked on early stage technology commercialization at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and founded FluidicMEMS, a resource for the microfluidics commercialization community. Lily has served on the MIT Enterprise Forum Innovation Series Committee and was selected as one of Mass High Tech’s “Women to Watch” in 2013. She received her BS and MEng in electrical engineering from MIT and her PhD in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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Derek Lidow
Fellowship and Programs Council
Derek Lidow, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1973 - 1976
Stanford University

Derek Lidow is a professor in entrepreneurship at Princeton University, and currently serves on the board for United Silicon Carbide. He recently wrote his second book, Building on Bedrock: The Truth About Entrepreneurs. His contributions include a number of value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Derek’s first book, Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises received multiple accolades and he is a frequent media commentator with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Economist, Nikkei, Reuters and Taipei Times. Derek holds a BSE in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.

 
Hertz Fellow Thomas McCann
Fellowship and Programs Council
Thomas E. McCann, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1977 - 1978
University of California, Davis/Livermore

Thomas E. McCann is the president and founder of McTech LLC and a former director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, where he also participates on the Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee and Thesis Prize Committee. Previously, Tom was the senior vice president of engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering, technical director at Raytheon Systems Corporation and a senior scientist for the Extended Air Defense Testbed (EADTB) program at Hughes Aircraft Corporation. Dr. McCann was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1986. He holds a BS in mathematics and MS in physics from the University of North Texas and a PhD in engineering and applied science from the University of California, Davis.

 
Hertz Fellow Neil McCasland
Fellowship and Programs Council
W. Neil McCasland, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1979 - 1988
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Retired Major General Neil McCasland is director of technology at Applied Technology Associates, where he is responsible for technology identification and development across the range of ATA competencies and applications, and sets the vision and strategy for technology development in participation with the directors of strategic development and business development. Previously, Neil served for 35 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, most recently as the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in the grade of Major General. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a BS in astronautical engineering. Neil earned his PhD in astronautical engineering from the MIT, studying as a Hertz Fellow.
 
Richard B. Miles, PhD
Fellowship and Programs Council
Richard B. Miles, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1969 - 1972
Stanford University

Richard B. Miles is a professor emeritus and senior scholar at Princeton University and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Richard has served as the chairman of engineering physics at Princeton and the director of Graduate Studies for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He holds nine patents and has more than 360 publications and published conference manuscripts. Richard is also an independent director at Precision Optics Corp., Inc. and Director-Applied Physics Group at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 2000 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award and the 2011 AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award. Richard received his BS, MA and PhD in electrical engineering, all from Stanford University.

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Hertz Fellow Amir Nashat
Fellowship and Programs Council
Amir Nashat, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1994 - 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amir Nashat is managing partner at Polaris Venture Partners, and currently serves on the boards of several biotechnology companies, including AgBiome, Fate Therapeutics, Selecta Biosciences, BIND Therapeutics and aTyr Pharma. His doctoral research focused on information flow through neurons, neural implants and neural tissue engineering. Amir holds a BS and MS in materials science and mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 
Harold Newman
Fellowship and Programs Council
Harold J. Newman

Harold J. Newman is co-founder and partner of HJ Newman Capital, LLC and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He was previously partner and managing director at Neuberger Berman for more than 33 years. Harold is also a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee of the Asia Society and an active member on the chairman’s council at the New York Historical Society. He served in the U.S. Army in Strategic Intelligence from 1953-1955. Harold received his BS in geography from University of Oklahoma, his MA from the School of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Paul Nielsen
Fellowship and Programs Council
Major General (Retired) Paul D. Nielsen, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1978 - 1981
University of California, Davis/Livermore

Paul D. Nielson is director and CEO of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years in a variety of roles, including commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory and as the Air Force’s technology executive officer. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Legion of Merit. Paul holds a BS degree in physics and mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and both an MS in applied science and a PhD in plasma physics from the University of California, Davis. He also earned an MBA from the University of New Mexico and graduated from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.

 
Jessica C. Seeliger, PhD
Fellowship and Programs Council
Jessica C. Seeliger, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2001 - 2006
Stanford University

Jessica C. Seeliger is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University, and runs a lab focusing on membrane biosynthesis, structure and behavior in bacterial pathogenesis. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Jessica helped organize the first two West Coast Hertz Fellow Retreats and contributed to the inception and organization of a pilot mentoring program for Hertz Fellows. She is also an avid violinist and violist. Jessica holds an AB degree in chemistry from Harvard University, an MPhil in chemistry as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge and a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Stanford University.

 
Hertz Fellow Thomas Weaver
Fellowship and Programs Council
Thomas Weaver, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1971 - 1975
University of California, Berkeley

Thomas (Tom) Weaver is the Hertz Senior Fellowship Interviewer and an officer of the board. He coordinates the selection process for Hertz Graduate Fellowships in applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering and manages the mentoring of in-school Hertz Fellows. He is also a consultant for Intellectual Ventures on a range of physics, engineering and biology inventions. Previously, Tom worked for 28 years in the Physics Department at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he served as leader of the X-Ray Laser Program and General Studies Division leader. He is a recipient of the Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award. Tom holds an undergrad degree from Caltech, and a PhD in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
Philip Eckhoff, PhD
Fellowship and Programs Council
Philip (Eckhoff) Welkhoff, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2004 - 2009
Princeton University

Philip (Eckhoff) Welkhoff is the director of research for the disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures’ Institute for Disease Modeling. Previously, he helped develop computer simulations of malaria, polio and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning the eradication of different diseases. Philip received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on malaria modeling. He earned dual undergraduate degrees in mathematics and aerospace engineering at The University of Texas, Austin and holds a PhD in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University.

 
Shannon Yee
Fellowship and Programs Council
Shannon Yee, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2008 - 2013
University of California, Berkeley

Shannon Yee is an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was named a U.S. DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Fellow and helped start the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) as the first ARPA-E Fellow. Shannon was also one of six Hertz Fellows to receive a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and participate in the foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.” Shannon holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in nuclear engineering from Ohio State University, as well as a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.