Chairman of the Board
David Galas, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1968 - 1972
University of California, Davis/Livermore
Principal Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI)
David J. Galas, PhD, Hertz Fellow and chair of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors, is principal scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI). Dr. Galas is leading the genetic research studies in support of the Institute’s long-standing fight against the global diabetes epidemic. He is particularly interested in the approach that uses modern technology, like full genome sequencing of both humans and mice, to find the gene and environmental interactions that can be related to the pantheon of pathologies around diabetes.
Previously, Dr. Galas served as senior vice president and professor for the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), a non-profit research institute with the mission of transforming biological and medical research by creating and using systems approaches to unravel the workings of complex biological systems. Prior to that, Dr. Galas was a co-founder of Keck Graduate Institute, (KGI), where he served as first chief academic officer and chancellor. He was also president and chief scientific officer of Chiroscience R&D, based on the start-up company, Darwin Molecular, which he also co-founded. All of these organizations, including PNDRI, ISB, KGI, Darwin Molecular and Chiroscience R&D are based in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Galas was director for Health and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy, were he directed the Human Genome Project. Before his service in Washington, D.C., Dr. Galas was professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Southern California (USC). He received his MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Davis-Livermore. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Galas was responsible for discovering the gene that partly regulates bone metabolism. This important breakthrough has led to the development of a new medicine that may eliminate osteoporosis as a health problem. His research interests include molecular biology, human genetics, complex biological network analysis and the development of new technologies for the life sciences. He is a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Science.
Robbee Baker Kosak
As of June 8, 2015, Robbee Baker Kosak became president of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Prior to leading the Hertz Foundation, Kosak was vice president of university advancement at Carnegie Mellon University, where she led in expanding the field of global philanthropy in higher education. She created successful strategies for building philanthropic investment, engaging alumni and global institutional partners, and marketing the university’s programs in the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Africa. Her efforts expanded the university’s reputation in parts of the world in great need of higher education opportunities, especially in science and technology.
Kosak also extended the reach and range of development programs among the university’s worldwide alumni base, through targeted events, issue-oriented communications, and using social media to generate new forms of alumni engagement and participation, as well as building on the university’s strengths in information technology, robotics, the arts, entertainment technology, business and entrepreneurship, and policy.
Michael Ansour, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1974 - 1978
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Managing Partner and Portfolio Mangager for March Partners LLC
Michael Ansour, Hertz Fellow and Director, has been the managing partner and portfolio manager of March Partners LLC since he founded it in 1993. March Partners is an asset management company specializing in event-driven investments. Michael has extensive experience in financial analysis and strategic planning. Previously, he was a vice-president in mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation, an investment bank. From 1989-1991, he was vice-president with the investment firm of Kellner DiLeo & Company in New York City.
Michael also serves on the board of directors of Servco Pacific Corporation as well as its Audit Committee. Servco Pacific, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the ten largest companies in Hawaii with interests in automotive distribution, insurance and real estate. Previously, he served on the board of directors, Audit Committee, and Executive Compensation Committee of Vicor Corporation, an Andover, Massachusetts, based public company which manufactures power components and systems. In addition, he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relation (CFR). The CFR, established in 1921, has been called the most powerful private organization in U.S. foreign policy since it began. CFR publishes Foreign Affairs, as well as a number of books and reports.
Michael received his BS from MIT in 1973, sat for Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at Cambridge University in 1974, and with his Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship obtained his PhD in physics from MIT in 1978, and has a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Chief Marketing Officer, Dolby Laboratories
A mobile and consumer marketing veteran with more than two decades experience working with some of the most innovative brands, Bob Borchers is currently chief marketing officer at Dolby Laboratories. Previously, he was a general partner at Opus Capital—an early stage venture capital fund. At Opus, Bob was focused on discovering and investing companies that will transform the mobile ecosystem.
Prior to life as a VC, Bob was senior director of worldwide product marketing at Apple for the iPhone. Bob was part of the original iPhone team and led the development and launch of three generations of iPhone. While at Apple he also led the Nike+iPod initiative and was instrumental in forging relationships with every major automotive OEM to provide an option for iPod integration.
Bob also spent six years at Nokia Mobile Phones where he served as vice president of sales and marketing responsible for the Vertu business unit. In this role, he successfully defined and developed the market for luxury ($5,000+) communications instruments. Prior to his tenure at Vertu, Bob held several senior-level marketing positions at Nokia Mobile Phones where he was instrumental in positioning the mobile phone as both a technology and lifestyle product.
Before his career in the mobile industry, Bob worked for Nike in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led efforts in product and service personalization. His work resulted in the development of a number of innovative product and retail concepts, and was awarded an IDSA (Industrial Design Association) Design Distinction award in 1997.
Bob holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied biomechanics. He has over 30 patents granted or pending and has lectured on innovation and mobile marketing across the United States. Bob has served on the board of the Hertz Foundation since 2011, and is on the board of directors at Bank of the West.
Kimberly Budil, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1987 - 1993
University of California, Davis/Livermore
Vice President for Laboratory Management at the University of California, Office of the President
Kim Budil is the vice president for Laboratory Management at the University of California (UC), Office of the President. She is responsible for the University's management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kim serves as an executive committee governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council.
Kim was formerly the N program manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL. She was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism program including device assessment, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, nuclear incident response and reachback, and nuclear detection and countermeasures research. That portfolio of work spans the full spectrum from basic science research, through applied science and technology development, to training of emergency responders and support for field response activities. A wide variety of U.S. government sponsors including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Intelligence Community (IC) support N Program. Kim also served as the deputy program director for Nuclear Counterterrorism within the Office of Strategic Outcomes.
Kim joined LLNL in 1987 as a graduate student in the Department of Applied Science at UC Davis and has held a variety of positions across the Laboratory working in the Weapons and Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility, Physical and Life Sciences, and Global Security. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, first spending 2 years at NNSA in the Office of Defense Science and then, most recently, nearly 2 years as a senior adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy. In 2002 she was selected to be the scientific editor for the Laboratory publications Science and Technology Review and National Security Review.
Kim has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and has participated in or led a number of site visits to assess the climate for women in physics at national labs and academic institutions. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She also was active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association.
Paul M. DeLuca, Jr., PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Hertz Board Treasurer
Paul M. DeLuca, Jr, PhD, received a bachelor of science degree in physics and math in 1966 and a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. That same year he joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a research associate, and in 1975 he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Radiology.
Following the creation of the Department of Medical Physics in 1981, he served as chair from 1987 through 1998 and holds an appointment as professor in the Departments of Medical Physics, Radiology, Human Oncology, and Engineering Physics. In 1999, DeLuca assumed a role in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as associate dean for research and graduate studies, and his administrative role was expanded in 2001 with his appointment as vice dean. In that role, he was closely involved with the development of the Wisconsin Institutes of Medical Research. He began serving as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in July, 2009.
His research interests have concentrated on fast neutron dosimetry including production of intense sources of fast neutrons, determination of elemental neutron kerma factors and application of microdosimetry to radiation dosimetry. Provost DeLuca is an internationally recognized expert in high energy particle radiation effects on humans. He is a member of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements and has served as vice chairman and chairman.
He has also served as a member and chair of the Nonproliferation and International Security Division Review Committee (DRC) at Los Alamos. Other national and international associations and professional society affiliations include the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Physical Society, Health Physics Society, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards, and Institute of Physics.
Roger W. Falcone, PhD
Division Director, Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Roger Falcone, PhD, has been a professor in the Physics Department at Berkeley
since 1983, and chaired the Department from 1995–2000. He was
appointed Director of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory in 2006. His research focuses on the use of
ultrafast pulses of light to study dynamic phenomena in materials, and
his work has led to greater understanding of materials under extreme
conditions of pressure and temperature.
Falcone is the founding director of a UC multi-campus research
program, the Institute for Materials Dynamics under Extreme Conditions,
which supports activities in high-energy-density sciences at all UC
campuses and laboratories. He was a founding member of Cal Teach
at Berkeley, a statewide program aimed at producing 1,000 new science
and math teachers each year for K-12 classrooms, and currently chairs
the Campus Advisory Committee for the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC
Berkeley's public science center.
Falcone is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical
Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. He serves on the Science and Technology Committee for the Board
of Governors of the national security labs at Livermore and Los Alamos.
In his hometown, he serves as a founding trustee of the
Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Falcone received his
undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Stephen Fantone, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1975 - 1978
University of Rochester
President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation
Stephen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation. He has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from MIT, and a PhD in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. While at the Institute of Optics, he was awarded the College of Engineering Fellowship in 1974 and the Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship from 1975 to 1978.
In 1982, Stephen founded Optikos Corporation, an engineering firm that develops optically-based products and manufactures a proprietary line of optical metrology systems. He designed the optics for many commercial and industrial optical products ranging from photographic systems to medical instruments and toys. In the late 1990s it was determined that over one-half of American households had a product that Optikos helped design and over 500 million optical components designed by Optikos had been manufactured. Optikos-designed products can be found in homes and laboratories around the world. An accomplished inventor, he has been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents and in 2008, Optikos was the recipient of the Massachusetts Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year Award.
Stephen is a director and Treasurer for the Hertz Foundation. He has also served as Chairman of Benthos, Inc., a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of oceanographic instrumentation and packaging inspection equipment, from 1997 until its sale to Teledyne Technologies in 2006. Currently, he serves as a director of several organizations: Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. a NASDAQ (RSTI) traded global manufacturer of CO2 and other high power lasers used for material processing; Zygo Corporation, a NASDAQ(ZIGO) traded manufacturer of ultraprecision optics and optical metrology products; the Pioneer Institute, a Boston, MA based think tank whose mission is to bring free market principles to the delivery of government services; and the Sea Education Association, an educational non-profit that provides maritime educational experiences to both high school and college students. Since 1996, he has served as a director and Treasurer of the Optical Society of America.
Stephen is also a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.
Daniel Goodman, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1982 - 1988
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, TEL-NEXX Inc.
Daniel Goodman, PhD, maintains a dual career as a
technologist and performing musician. He is director of advanced technology at
Tokyo Electron – NEXX of Billerica, Massachusetts, leading a team that develops
processes and equipment for advanced electronic packaging. Goodman is also an
active musician, well known to Boston audiences for his performances on piano,
cello and accordion.
Dr. Goodman was trained in electrical engineering, physics
and music at Princeton University (BSE 1982) and at MIT (PhD 1989) where he was
a Hertz Fellow. He has continued his
affiliation with MIT as a visiting scientist, a member of the board of directors
of MIT Hillel, and by giving regular piano performances sponsored by campus
organizations including the Council for the Arts at MIT, and the MIT Plasma
Fusion and Science Center.
In the 1990s, Dr. Goodman worked on pulsed power and
electron accelerator technology for material processing applications. He was co-founder
and president of Electron Solutions Inc., a company whose products included
radiation curable composite and adhesive materials and equipment for the
In the second phase of his career, Dr. Goodman developed equipment
for the semiconductor industry, working at ASTex and MKS Instruments. Since
2004 he has been a member of the management team at NEXX Systems, helping grow the
company from start-up to an acquisition by Tokyo Electron (TEL) in 2012. TEL
recently honored Dr. Goodman by naming him a Senior Member of Technical Staff.
Dr. Goodman regularly
performs concerts which include classical piano repertoire and improvisations
on themes suggested by the audience. Some of the concerts have benefitted local and national charities. A video
of an improvisational concert performed at the Hertz Foundation 50th
Symposium is available on the Hertz website.
Lily Kim, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1998 - 2004
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Director of Platform Development
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Lily Kim, PhD, is an independent consultant at Lily Kim
Consulting, LLC in the San Francisco Bay Area, who advises funders on new
biotechnology landscapes. Recently, she was part of the business development
team driving early stage technology commercialization at the Wyss Institute for
Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where she worked with
a variety of technologies including DNA nanotechnology, synthetic biology,
diagnostics, medical devices and drug delivery. In Boston, Lily also founded
FluidicMEMS, a resource for the microfluidics commercialization community. She
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.
As an undergrad, Lily received her MEng and SB in electrical
engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Then, as a
Hertz Fellow, she obtained her PhD in biomedical engineering from the
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Lily wants to
help accelerate and improve the process of early stage life sciences
commercialization. Moreover, Lily is an active member in the Hertz Community.
She serves on the board of directors, fellowship and program council, and as an
interviewer of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.
Richard B. Miles, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1969 - 1972
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor Richard Miles attended Stanford University and received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966, his Masters' Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1972. At Stanford he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow and an NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate. He joined the faculty at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the fall of 1972. He was promoted to Associated Professor in 1978 and Full Professor in 1982. From 1980 to 1996 he served as Chairman of Engineering Physics at Princeton University and from 1994 to 2000 as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Professor Miles’ work focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, electric discharges, microwaves and magnetic devices to control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, molecular detection and propulsion applications. Research in these areas is facilitated by advanced linear and nonlinear laser diagnostic concepts he and his research group have developed. Prof. Miles’ research team includes graduate and undergraduate students, research associates and technical support staff. Recent advances include the development of a backward propagating air laser, turbulence imaging by line writing in air using femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging, part per billion stand-off detection of hazardous gases, microwave enhanced extension of the combustion lean limit, and a laser based air data concept for high speed aircraft.
Professor Miles is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Trustee of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Chairman of the Elmer A. Sperry Board of Award, a member of the Board of Directors of Precision Optics Corporation, a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, a US Representative on the International Liaison Group on MHD Energy Conversion, and a past judge for the National Siemens Westinghouse High School Competition. He is a life member of the American Physical Society, a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the recipient of the 2000 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award and the 2011 AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award. He has 9 patents and over 360 publications and published conference manuscripts.
Founder, Three Thought, LLC
Carla Newman has spent the last 20 years as an active entrepreneur. She has been a founding member or early stage executive to several start-up businesses. Providing both operational and financial leadership, her efforts have spanned a variety of industries including medical devices, software development and consulting and media. Along with being an investor in a number of other emerging companies Carla is a member of the Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network in Denver, CO that builds advising networks and connects them directly with later stage companies ready to scale and compete in the global marketplace.
Carla recently founded Three Thought, LLC which is focused on working with start-ups and early stage companies in an advisory capacity to help grow their organizations and position them for eventual sale. She volunteers with Junior Achievement in an effort to help educate and inspire the next generation to the benefits and opportunities entrepreneurial endeavors can offer.
Carla received a BS in television, radio and film management from Syracuse University and an Executive MBA from the University of Denver.
Harold J. Newman
Partner, HJ Newman Capital LLC
Harold has been a valued member of the Hertz Board Directors for over 20 years. He recently founded HJ Newman Capital, LLC, after being at Neuberger Berman as Partner and Managing Director for over 33 years. In addition, he is a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee of the Asia Society; he participates on the International Program Committee at the University of Oklahoma which brings together members from the US State Department and their equivalent in China for annual informal gatherings; he is active at the New York Historical Society serving on the Chairman’s Council, sponsoring a series called, “The World Beyond Tomorrow” with his wife Ruth; he serves on the Board of a non-profit off-Broadway theater group; and he is involved in producing Broadway shows, most recently “In the Heights.”
Harold graduated with a BS in Geography from University of Oklahoma in 1951; received a MA from the School of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania in 1953; and received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1957. He served in the US Army in Strategic Intelligence from 1953-1955.
Early in his career, Harold worked in real estate and at Goldman Sachs where he was a security salesman for domestic and international accounts. In the late sixties, he was a founding partner in Hawthorne Partners Hedge Fund, developing Hawthorne International, the first domestic off-shore based hedge fund in the country. It was during this time Harold helped persuade Senator Robert Kennedy (NY) to introduce legislation that permitted domestic managed hedge funds to exist while domiciled abroad. Only foreign accounts could be limited partners.
In his free time, Harold enjoys ballroom dancing with his lovely wife Ruth.
Paul Young, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1986 - 1991
Global Head of Securities Division Strats
Paul M. Young, Hertz Fellow, is global head of Securities Division Strats for Goldman Sachs. Members of this business unit use their mathematical and scientific training to create financial products, advise clients on transactions, measure risk, and identify market opportunities. Paul serves on the Securities Division Executive Committee and previously served on the Finance Committee and the FICC and Equities Risk Committees. Previously, Paul was head of Securities Division Strats in EMEA and co-headed the firm’s efforts to leverage electronic trading capabilities across asset classes and regions. Earlier in his career, he worked with Global Foreign Exchange, Latin American Emerging Markets, North American Interest Products and Equities, and Quantitative Arbitrage. Paul joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 in J. Aron Currency and Commodities Strats. He was named Managing Director in 1999 and Partner in 2002. Prior to joining the firm, Young was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He was a 1986 Hertz Fellow, earning his PhD, along with his SM from Harvard. Young earned a BS from the California Institute of Technology, where he was a Carnation Prize Scholar. All of his degrees are in Applied Physics.
Fellowship and Program Council
Fellowship and Program Council
Carol Burns, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1983 - 1988
University of California, Berkeley
Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology & Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Carol Burns is deputy principal associate director for Science, Technology & Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Previously, she served as the division leader for Chemistry at LANL. She came to LANL as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, and has been employed at the laboratory since that time, serving in a variety of line and program management positions, including group leader for Nuclear and Radiochemistry, chemistry division deputy division leader, and program manager for Advanced Concepts in Energy Technology.
Carol served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2003-4, where she provided technical and policy assistance on national and homeland security science and technology issues involving defense infrastructure and threat preparedness, as well as coordination of science and technology policies within the national security and intelligence communities. She continues to support LANL in the coordination of activities in nuclear forensics, including working with the interagency on workforce pipeline and educational program development. She established the first summer undergraduate school in nuclear forensics, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
Carol was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, and was named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003. She also has been a member of two teams recognized with LANL Distinguished Performance Awards. She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. She is a recognized expert in actinide and radionuclide chemistry, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters, and has served on a number of editorial boards, review boards, and advisory panels.
Carol received her BS in chemistry from Rice University, and her PhD in chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.
Fellowship and Program Council
Gregory Canavan, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1968 - 1969
University of California, Davis/Livermore
Senior Fellow and Science Advisor for Los Alamos National Laboratory
Greg Canavan, Hertz Fellow and former chairman of the Hertz board, is a senior fellow and scientific advisor for Los Alamos National Laboratory. 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. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chairs panels of the U.S. North Command, Air Force Space Command Independent Strategic Assessment Group (ISAG), USSTRATCOM, the Missile Defense Advisory Committee, and the New York City Mayor's Commission on Counter Terrorism.
Greg has served as a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Climate Change, the Army Science Board, the Commission on the International Space Station, the NASA Earth Systems Science and Applications Advisory Committee, the USAF Scientific Advisory Board study of New World Vistas, the White House Science Council Military Committee, and SDIO Advisory Committee. Greg's current research interests are stochastic processes, missile defense, and arms stability.
Greg received his BS in mathematics from the USAF Academy, a MBA from Auburn University, and with the help from his Hertz Foundation Fellowship, he received his MS and PhD in applied science from UC Davis.
Fellowship and Program Council
Wendy R. Cieslak, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1979 - 1983
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Director Emeritus, Sandia National Laboratories
Wendy Cieslak, PhD, recently retired
from Sandia National Laboratories, where she held the position of Principal
Program Director for Nuclear Weapons Science & Technology. She was
responsible for the programmatic stewardship of the technical foundations
necessary for Sandia to perform its nuclear weapons mission today and into the
future. Her immediate preceding job was as Materials Science & Technology
Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her assignments included a
variety of management positions, including a rotation to the Department of
Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Dr. Cieslak began her technical staff
career performing basic and applied corrosion research of metals, followed by
about a decade of research and development in lithium battery technologies. For
her work in this field, she was named a fellow of ASM, International.
Altogether, she enjoyed a 30-year career at these laboratories in the time since
earning her PhD and BS in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic
A graduate Hertz Fellow, Dr. Cieslak
was inducted to the Hertz Foundation Board of Directors in October 2008. She has
been active in supporting the Foundation through interviewing prospective
fellows, mentoring in-school fellows, and championing education in gender
schema that has served to mitigate gender bias in the Hertz selection process. Currently,
Dr. Cieslak is serving on the Hertz Fellowship and Program Council. Moreover,
she pioneered the establishment of part-time employment at Sandia in 1989 so
that she could continue her career while raising her daughters. Dr. Cieslak is
an active mentor and coach, especially to women. Wendy performs regularly as a
violinist in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and informal chamber
Fellowship and Program Council
Philip Eckhoff, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2004 - 2009
Principal Investigator of the Disease Modeling Team at Intellectual Ventures
Philip Eckhoff is the principal investigator of the disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, Washington. This group develops computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning eradication of different diseases. These simulations have resolution of individuals but cover large geographic areas and are focused on studying all phases of a global eradication campaign. Beyond modeling disease eradication, his research interests include technologies for improved public health in the developing world and other global development issues, such as vaccine delivery and sanitation.
Philip completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) receiving degrees in pure mathematics and aerospace engineering. At UT, he participated on the winning design team for FASTRAC, a student designed and built satellite for the Nanosat-3 competition. Philip began his graduate studies at Princeton University in applied and computational mathematics, receiving his PhD in 2009. At Princeton, his work focused on computational neuroscience and biophysics-motivated models of decision making. While at Princeton, he began work on malaria and mathematical models of disease transmission, having had malaria frequently while growing up in Haiti.
Philip received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on Malaria Modeling. He enjoys hiking and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest and attending Seattle Symphony performances.
Fellowship and Program Council
Thomas E. McCann, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1977 - 1978
University of California, Davis/Livermore
President and Founder, McTech LLC
Thomas McCann is the President and Founder of McTech LLC, a consulting firm offering services in the aerospace and entertainment industry sectors. Tom retired as the senior vice president of engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering in July 2006, an organization that develops Disney theme parks worldwide. Before he began working at Disney in 1999, Dr. McCann was a technical director at Raytheon Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for technology and engineering personnel in hardware development, software development, and integration and testing for a systems of systems business unit. Prior to joining Raytheon in 1992, Dr. McCann was a senior scientist for the Extended Air Defense Testbed (EADTB) program at Hughes Aircraft Corporation. From 1986 to 1991, he was the manager of technology and product development at Loral Command and Control Systems (formerly Ford Aerospace) where he managed three engineering departments. Dr. McCann was on active duty with the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. Some of the positions he held in the Air Force include professor of physics, director of faculty research and computer-based education at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and exchange scientist in Germany. He received his BS in Mathematics and MS in Physics from the University of North Texas. He was awarded a Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 1977 and completed his PhD in Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Davis, in 1978. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, is on the Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee and is a member of the Thesis Prize Committee.
Fellowship and Program Council
Major General (Retired) Paul D. Nielsen, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1978 - 1981
University of California, Davis/Livermore
CEO and Director, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Paul D. Nielsen, PhD, is the CEO and director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Paul's leadership of the SEI started on August 1, 2004. The SEI is sponsored by the Department of Defense and performs research across the broad range of software engineering--architecture, product lines, performance critical systems, integration of software intensive systems, process improvement, measurement and analysis, and network security. The SEI works with researchers and software practitioners around the world to improve the skills and productivity of the software community.
Prior to his arrival, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force as a major general after 32 years of distinguished service. Nielsen relinquished his command of the Air Force Research Laboratory on June 25, 2004. For over four years, he managed the Air Force's science and technology budget of more than $3 billion annually and directed the efforts of the laboratory's 8,700 men and women at ten sites across the United States. He also was the Air Force's technology executive officer.
Nielsen entered the Air Force in 1972 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served at three product centers and three laboratories, including assignments at the Secretary of the Air Forces Office of Special Projects and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a senior officer, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, commanded the Air Force's Rome Laboratory, and was the operations chief of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. He was the director of plans for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the vice commander of the Aeronautical Systems Center.
As an undergrad, Nielsen received a BS in physics and mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as a Hertz Fellow, he received an MS in applied science, and a PhD in plasma physics from the University of California, Davis. Moreover, Nielsen obtained an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and also graduated from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.
Nielsen was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 and is also a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Legion of Merit. He is currently serving as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Nielsen served on the board of directors of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation from 2005 until his term ended in 2015. Since 2016, Nielsen has been serving on the Hertz Fellowship and Program Council.
Fellowship and Program Council
Jessica C. Seeliger, PhD
Hertz Fellow 2001 - 2006
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Jessica C. Seeliger is assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on chemical and biophysical approaches to understanding membrane biogenesis in bacterial pathogens. Dr. Seeliger was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, after earning a PhD in biophysical chemistry as a Hertz Fellow at Stanford University. She also earned an MPhil in chemistry as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge and an AB in chemistry from Harvard University.
Throughout, Dr. Seeliger has been active in the mentoring of young scientists, especially women. She 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. Jessica is an avid violinist and violist and has studied solo and chamber music performance with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Stanford University.
Fellowship and Program Council
Thomas Weaver, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1971 - 1975
University of California, Berkeley
Senior Fellowship Interviewer
Dr. Thomas Weaver is Senior Fellowship Interviewer for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, he coordinates the process for selecting the Graduate Fellowships in the applied physical sciences and engineering offered by the Foundation, as well as the mentoring of in-school Hertz Fellows.
Tom is also well known for his pioneering research in understanding the evolution of massive stars and supernova, as well as the production of the chemical elements in such stars and the design of and demonstration of x-ray lasers. He has received many honors for his work, including the Department of Energys E.O. Lawrence Award.
Tom worked for 28 years in the Physics Department at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where in addition to his research, he served as the Leader of the X-ray Laser Program and the General Studies Division Leader. His current research interests have expanded to include theoretical biology and an exploration of the evolution and nature of complex systems, mind/brain operation and the associated phenomena of consciousness.
Tom also consults for Intellectual Ventures on the development of a broad range of new ideas and inventions in physics, engineering and biology, including the TerraPower initiative for the development of advanced nuclear reactors.
Executive Assistant to the Director, Ames Research Center
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Moffett Field, CA
John Browne, PhD
Retired Independent Consultant
St. George, UT
Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Browne was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Drexel, in 1999. He is a past recipient of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration fellowship. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and Sigma Pi Sigma honorary societies. He owns a private consulting company, called JCB Scientific Consulting, LLC, which provides services to various laboratories, companies and universities on scientific and national security matters. He also serves on nonprofit foundation boards, including the Fannie and John Hertz foundation and the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation. John and his wife Marti live in St. George, Utah.
John C. Browne received his BS in physics from Drexel University in 1965 and his PhD in physics from Duke University in 1969. From 1970-79, Dr. Browne was a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he did research in nuclear physics with a focus on astrophysics and fission physics. Dr. Browne came to Los Alamos National laboratory in 1979 as a group leader in the Physics division. During his 24 years at Los Alamos, he has held several positions, including Physics Division Leader, Associate Director for Experimental Physics, Associate Director for Research, Associate Director for Defense Research and Applications, and Associate Director for Computational and Information Sciences. From 1993 to 1997 he was Program Director for the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) and also managed Energy Research programs. He served as the Laboratory Director from 1997 to early 2003. He retired from LANL in June 2003.
Jay Davis, PhD
Honorary Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Hertz Foundation
National Security Fellow
Jay Davis, PhD, is a past president of the Hertz Foundation, and currently serves as Hertz Senior Fellow. Jay is a nuclear physicist trained at the Universities of Texas (BA ‘63, MA ‘64) and Wisconsin (PhD ‘69) where he did fast neutron experiments with Heinz Barschall. During his three-decade career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he built accelerators for research in nuclear physics and for materials science in support of the fusion program. In 1988, Davis founded the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, the world’s most versatile and productive AMS laboratory, creating isotopic tracing and tagging tools for research programs in the geosciences, toxicology, nutritional sciences, oncology, archaeology, and nuclear forensics. At the time he left LLNL to join the Department of Defense in 1998, he was the associate director for Earth and Environmental Sciences.
In the national security component of his career, he worked to develop techniques for arms control treaties, was a senior member of the NEST program, served as an inspector in Iraq for UNSCOM after the First Gulf War, and then served as the founding director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). As director of DTRA, he merged three DoD organizations to create DoD’s operating and technical focus for dealing with all aspects of weapons of mass destruction.
Among his honors are Phi Beta Kappa and Junior Fellow at Texas, an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wisconsin, and being twice given the Distinguished Public Service Medal, DoD’s highest civilian award. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on its Panel on Public Affairs. He has chaired the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and served on numerous APS and NAS studies.
Jay’s continuing interests are in the areas of nuclear forensics, management of change in organizations, and counter-terrorism. In Livermore, he is former chair of the board of directors of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce and has served on the boards of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as well as the Tri-Valley Innovation Task Force. Married to Mary McIntyre Davis for fifty-two years, he has two grown children, four grandchildren, and happily operates a small Livermore vineyard, producing petite syrah grapes for boutique winemaking under the label “Talking Bull”.
Gilbert F. Decker
Strategic Planning and Technology Consultant
Los Gatos, CA
Gilbert F. Decker is a private consultant for several clients including the Boeing Corporation, the United States Navy, and Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was previously the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Production.
Mr. Decker served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, and as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Before becoming a private consultant, he held several distinguished positions, including President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company, President and CEO of Acurex Corporation, and Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research, Development, and Acquisition.
Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army.
Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and on the Board of Army Science & Technology at the National Academy of Sciences. He acts as the Director of Alliant TechSystems, Anteon Corporation, and the Allied Research Corporation. Mr. Decker is also a Trustee for the Hertz Foundation and for the Association of the US Army.
Mr. Decker holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The John Hopkins University and a Master of Science, Operations Research, from Stanford University. He undertook his military education at the US Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Robert A. Duffy
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
W. Daniel Hillis, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1978 - 1984
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chairman and Co-founder
Applied Minds, Inc.
Dr. Hillis is Chairman and co-Founder of Applied Minds, a company that invents, designs, creates and prototypes high-technology products and services for a broad range of applications. Previously, Dr. Hillis was Vice President of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering and a Disney Fellow. Before that he co-founded Thinking Machines Corp., a leading innovator in massively parallel supercomputers and RAID disk arrays.
While completing his PhD at MIT, Dr. Hillis pioneered the concepts that form the foundation of most supercomputers, as well as the RAID disk array technology used to store large databases. Dr. Hillis holds over 80 U.S. patents and is the designer of a 10,000-year mechanical clock.
Dr. Hillis received a Hertz Foundation Fellowship at MIT from 1978-1984, is a recipient of the Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize, and is on the Directors Emeritus of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.
John F. Holzrichter, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1969 - 1971
Former President, Hertz Foundation
Dr. John F. Holzrichter is a former president of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He served as president from 1999-2009.
Prior to becoming president of the Hertz Foundation, Dr. Holzrichter directed the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's internal research program, and its inertial confinement laser-fusion programs. He also continues to serve as a senior scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as a research professor at the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Holzrichter is an AAAS Fellow. He has published over 100 papers, monographs, and lectures on lasers, fusion, speech recognition, and research management. He has been granted 10 patents. His present work is concerned with optimizing R&D investments in the public sector.
Dr. Holzrichter received a BS with honors in applied mathematics and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1964 and an MS and PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1971. He received an A. E. Sloan Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (Heidelberg 1965), and a Hertz Foundation Fellowship at Stanford, 1969-1971.
For a listing of John's published papers visit his personal website: www.johnholzrichter.com
Hans Mark, PhD
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
The University of Texas at Austin
Hans Mark has resumed his former position at the University of Texas at Austin having completed his assignment as Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense (1998-2001). Prior to this presidential appointed position, he held the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Dr. Mark was Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 1984 until 1992.
Dr. Mark is a Fellow of the American Physics Society and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has formerly been a Deputy Administrator for NASA in Washington, DC, Secretary of the United States Air Force, Director of the NASA Ames Research Center and has taught at several universities including the University of California, Berkeley and MIT. Dr. Mark is the author of several books and articles. He was the recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals from NASA in 1972 and 1984 and two from the Department of Defense in 1981 and 2001.
He holds an AB in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, a PhD from MIT and has received six honorary doctorate degrees.
Sidney Singer, PhD
President, Sistos, Inc.
Los Alamos, NM
Sid Singer, PhD, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1994 following an illustrious career that began in 1956 when he joined the staff. Since retirement, Sid has been active in economic development in North Central New Mexico, in public service, and in real estate development in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. His company SISTOS, Inc. stands for Science in Service to Society.
A community activist, Sid Singer has worked with the community of Los Alamos in a major renovation of the downtown, chairing The Main Street Future Committee for a new design for downtown. In addition, Sid has served and serves on numerous civic and cultural state and local boards. In 1996, Sid Singer received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award for his business and civic activities and was declared Citizen of the Year by the Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of Wayne State University with a major in physics and mathematics, Sid received an MS and PhD in physics and mathematics from the University of Illinois graduate school. Sid and his wife Elizabeth Allred continue as community leaders in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Sid served on the board of directors of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation from 2005 to 2015.
Peter Strauss was a Hertz Director, and Partner at Neuberger Berman. He was a highly successful investment manager. As a United States Marine during World War II, he was decorated in combat and was one of three Marines who accepted the Japanese forces surrender to China at the end of the War. After graduating from Yale, Peter had intended to enter the medical profession, but his wartime service pushed that aside, and he became a fi nancial manager, tending to the health needs of people’s investments. He retained a strong and incisive interest in national security matters.
Wilson K. Talley, PhD
President Emeritus, Hertz Foundation
Professor Emeritus, University of California
Dr. Wilson K. Talley is President-Emeritus of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He served as President from 1972 to 1999.
He has held a variety of positions within the University of California and with the Federal Government, as well as with industry. Now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Applied Science, University of California, Davis/Livermore, he was a member of the faculty from 1963 to 1991. From 1971 to 1974 he was Assistant Vice President for Academic Planning and Program Review of the University of California, Statewide. Other administrative assignments within the University of California include Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the Department of Applied Science in 1968-69 (just before he left to spend a year as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as a White House Fellow). After his return to California in 1970, he was first a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and then Leader, Theoretical Physics Division. From 1991 to 1994, he was Assistant to the Director of LLNL.
Dr. Talley served as the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development in the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency from December 1974 to June 1977. Immediately prior to joining EPA, Dr. Talley was the Study Director of Nelson Rockefellers Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
In 1978 he became a member of the Army Science Board, appointed Vice Chair in 1981 and Chair from 1983 to 1986. He rejoined the Army Science Board in 1994 and became Chair in 1995, serving until April 1996. From 1989 to 1993, was a member of the Army Surgeon Generals Medical R&D Advisory Committee He was a member of the National Science Foundations Advisory Committee on Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He served as a member of several Technical Advisory Boards of such companies as Johnson Controls, Inc., and Phoenix Laser Systems, Inc.
A life member of the American Physical Society, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was a member of the 1980-81 Presidential Transition Team, dealing with policy issues in space and national defense. In 1987-88, Dr. Talley worked for the Bush-for-President National Campaign, not only on the Research Staff, but also as a speaker in the campaign in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Talley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with an AB in physics, a Masters in physics from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides with his wife, Helen, in Davis, California.
Daniel W. Weise, PhD
Hertz Fellow 1980 - 1985
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Washington, Seattle
Daniel Weise is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington where he conducts research in computational biology. His research focus is computational evolution, which uses simulations of populations of digital organisms to investigate the rise of novelty and complexity during evolution. Dr. Weise has been with U.W. since 9/04.
From 1992 to 2004 Dr. Weise was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research working on compiler technology and programming language technology. He was among the first to realize that compiler technologies, which deduced deep properties of program codes, would be much more valuable making programmers more productive than their usual use of making programs run a few percent faster. As a result, the research group he led created compiler tools aimed at the development process. The major result was the invention of the compiler-as-bug-finder, and, more importantly, the invention of user programmable automatic bug detection. Dr. Weise also led the creation of usable technology for allowing programming to declare program invariants in their code that the automatic bug detectors can verify and exploit. All the major code bases in Microsoft, such as Windows and Office, contain thousands of additional invariants and annotations that are vital to automatically avoiding entire classes and sources of bugs.
From 1986 to 1992 Dr. Weise was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University. He performed research into partial evaluation, which is an optimization technique for mostly declarative programs. Dr. Weise has also served on program committees for conferences, published in conferences and journals, and serves on an editorial board.
Dr. Weise's PhD and MS are from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow from 1980 to 1985. His dissertation was on the formal verification of VLSI circuits.
Lowell Wood, PhD
Dr. Lowell Wood retired in 2006 from the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he had worked in a variety of capacities since receiving his PhD.
During this same time, Lowell has served as an interviewer of applicants and Fellows for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, which supports graduate studies in the applied physical sciences. He has also served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Hertz Foundation, and was elected Director Emeritus when he retired from the Board in 2010.
Lowell continues to serve on various advisory groups supporting the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. His professional interests center in science and technology applied to national security problems, and extend more generally to national and international issues having a significant technical component, including large-scale aspects of human health and development.
Lowell received his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Math in 1962 and a PhD in Astrophysics in 1965 from the University of California at Los Angeles.