2018 Hertz Foundation Summer Workshop

July 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018

The theme for the 2018 Hertz Summer Workshop is "Envision the Future". With the world on the cusp of many long-imagined futures, from self-driving cars to human genetic modification and interplanetary industry, how should we as innovators build a safe and responsible future? How can technologists and business leaders approach the peril and promise of changing climate and energy economies, and of artificial intelligence?

Join the Hertz Community, including in-school Hertz Fellows, award-winning scientists, industry leaders, and distinguished guests for four days of stimulating discussion about these questions and more in the heart of Southern California. The still-growing list of opportunities at the workshop includes talks by high-caliber innovators, a panel on the future of cybersecurity, trips to technology sites in the L.A. Area, and more!

Since 2009, the Hertz Summer Workshops, the product of Hertz Fellow Ray Sidney’s vision and generosity, have brought Fellows and friends from all fields and stages of their careers together in a high-energy environment for life-changing conversations. The workshop is now celebrating ten years of drawing lasting connections between Fellows, whether based on their shared interest or on their wildly different experiences.

Join us July 19-22 at UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, California for a weekend like no other! Watch your email for an invitation, or email askhertz@hertzfoundation.org for more information.

Join the Hertz Community for a weekend with Fellows and friends as we discuss our visions for the future of humanity.

Distinguished Speakers

Charles Elachi

Charles Elachi
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Caltech
Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (2001-2016), Caltech

Charles Elachi is professor emeritus of electrical engineering and planetary science at the California Institute of Technology and the former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During his 16-year tenure at JPL, from 2001 to 2016, he oversaw the development and operations of over 45 flight missions and instruments.

Elachi's particular interests lie in electromagnetic theory and active microwave sensors for studying planetary surfaces, and he has led and participated in studies imaging the surfaces of Earth (the Shuttle Imaging Radar series), Venus, (the Magellan Imaging Radar), Titan (Cassini Titan Radar), and Europa (Europa Sounding Radar). He has authored over 230 publications and holds several patents in these fields.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, among other scientific and technical societies, and his work has been recognized by many awards and honorary degrees. In 1989 Asteroid 1982 SU was renamed 4116 Elachi in recognition of his contribution to planetary exploration.

Felice Frankel Felice Frankel
Science Photographer & Research Scientist
Center for Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Felice Frankel combines science, engineering, and design to produce stunning scientific images that render new worlds and ideas visible to the human eyes. A research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frankel collaborates with scientists and engineers to put new perspectives on scientific objects. Her images have been published in over 200 journal articles, covers, and various other international publications for general audiences, including National Geographic, Nature, Science, and many more. Her limited-edition photographs are included in a number of corporate and private collections, and were part of MOMA’s exhibition, “Design and the Elastic Mind.”

She most recently developed and instructed the first online MOOC addressing science and engineering photography, “Making Science and Engineering Pictures, A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work,” available from EdX and MIT’s “Open Courseware".

Felice is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow, and was a senior research fellow in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology. Her 6th book, "Picturing Science and Engineering", will be published in October 2018.

Laurel Larsen Laurel Larsen 
Assistant Professor of Earth Systems Science, UC Berkeley
Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Principal Investigator, Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Hertz Foundation Fellow

Laurel Larsen is an assistant professor of earth systems science in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a senior fellow in the Berkeley Institute for Data Sciences, an affiliate of the Berkeley Energy Resources Group, and PI of the Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory.

Laurel’s research is aimed at understanding how the flow of water through the environment influences landscapes and ecosystems. Water interacts with physical and biological components of the environment in highly nonlinear ways, leading to dynamics characterized by thresholds, sudden shifts between alternate stable states, or chaotic behavior. Her group uses diverse types of tools to understand these nonlinear interactions, so that anticipatory planning and restoration efforts can be made more effective and efficient. Her work has influenced restoration efforts in the Everglades, with ongoing work focusing on the Chesapeake Bay, streams and wet meadows of California, and the Wax Lake Delta, part of the greater Mississippi River delta complex. She remains committed to using a variety of tools, from field and laboratory work, to simulation modeling, to data-driven analysis, to understand environmental processes.

Max Mankin Hertz Fellow Max Mankin
Co-founder and the CTO of Modern Electron

Hertz Foundation Fellow

Max Mankin is a co-founder and the CTO of Modern Electron, an energy technology startup based in the Seattle area, whose mission is to generate cheap, scalable, and reliable electricity for all. He has nearly a decade of experience designing, fabricating, and characterizing semiconductors and functional nanomaterials. Max is an inventor on 25+ patents and patents pending. Max is the co-recipient of the 2016 Strauss Award for his work at Modern Electron in revolutionizing electric power generation. In 2016, Max joined co-founder Tony Pan, also a Hertz Fellow, on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and in 2017 Inc. Magazine named Max one of the 30 Most Brilliant Entrepreneurs Under 30. Max earned a BS with honors in chemistry from Brown University and a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University, where he held fellowships from both the Hertz and the National Science Foundations.

Emma Pierson Emma Pierson
Third Year PhD Candidate in Computer Science
Stanford University

Hertz Foundation Fellow

Emma is a third year computer science PhD student at Stanford. Her research applies statistical methods to large datasets, with applications to discrimination/inequality and healthcare. Her recent research has focused on racial disparities in criminal justice, and includes studies of police traffic stops, New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, and algorithmic fairness.

Before beginning her PhD she spent a year earning a master's in statistics at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and another year working as a statistician at the education company Coursera and the genetics company 23andMe. She also writes for broader audiences. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic, among other publications.

Manu Prakash Manu Prakash
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Stanford University

Manu Prakash is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, where his interdisciplinary group is answering open questions in systems biology. Along the way, they have invented low-cost scientific and diagnostic tools – from the “Foldscope” and “Paperfuge” to a $5 microfluidic chemistry set-on-a-chip and a cheap diagnostic “MalariaScope” – that allow research and medicine to reach into extremely resource-poor environments.

Manu’s group synthesizes experimental and theoretical approaches from soft-condensed matter physics, fluid dynamics, theory of computation, and unconventional micro- and nano-fabrication to build these “frugal science” tools and to probe the fundamental dynamics of biological machines at the molecular, cellular, and organismal scale.

He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following his doctoral work, he was a junior fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows in Physics. Manu was selected as MIT Tech Review TR35 and Popular Science Brilliant 10 in 2014 and named a MacArthur Fellow in 2016.

Marcus Shingles Marcus Shingles
Chief Executive Officer
XPRIZE Foundation

Marcus Shingles is the chief executive officer of The XPRIZE Foundation (www.XPRIZE.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by its executive chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models that utilize the unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies to solve the world’s grandest challenges.

Prior to XPRIZE, Marcus was a partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Innovation Group where he worked with corporate executive teams to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation driven by “exponentials” (e.g., 3d printing, block-chain, crowd-sourcing, AI) resulting from the accelerated pace of discovery, invention, and technology. At Deloitte, Marcus also championed the strategic global partnership with Singularity University and the launch of the Innovation Partnership Program, a multi-year accelerator designed for the CXX teams of Fortune 200 organizations.

Marcus has over 25 years of experience across industry/corporate, startup, non-profit, and management consulting industries; prior to his most recent roles at XPRIZE and Deloitte, he was a successful entrepreneur founding a management consulting business working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on innovation, technology, and analytics initiatives.Earlier in his career he was the leader of the Consumer Products CRM consulting practice at Ernst & Young, and he started his career in industry at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, Global IT, and the Customer Strategy departments.

In his spare time, Marcus has pioneered a program in partnership with the public school system in both Los Angeles and Boston to bring “exponential entrepreneurial” training and contemporary thinking to high school students in currently underserved communities. The program has been implemented as part of a multi-year curriculum in the classroom, designed to teach self-sufficiency and prepare students for an optimistic and exponential future.

Panel Speakers

Randy Garrett

Panel Moderator:

Randy Garrett
Senior Vice President for Technology
IronNet Cybersecurity

Randy Garrett, PhD, is the senior vice president for technology at IronNet Cybersecurity, where he leads the development of new behavioral analytics to predict and protect against changing security threats.Previously, he was a program manager at DARPA. While at DARPA, he was named Program Manager of the Year and awarded an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the secretary of defense. His program contributed to a Joint Meritorious Unit Award for DARPA. Prior to DARPA, Dr. Garrett worked at the National Security Agency and was the senior science advisor to the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence and for the commanding general, U.S. Army INSCOM. Dr. Garrett was presented an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Army and was a Federal 100 award winner. Dr. Garrett has held senior management positions at SAIC, General Dynamics, and Rockwell. He has a PhD in computer engineering and undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics.

Peter Lee

Peter Lee
Corporate Vice President
AI & Research, Microsoft

Peter Lee, PhD, is corporate vice president, AI & Research, at Microsoft. He is responsible for incubating research projects that lead to new products and services. Examples of past and current projects include: deep neural networks for computer vision and the simultaneous language translation feature in Skype; new silicon and post-silicon computer architectures for Microsoft’s cloud; experimental under-sea datacenters; augmented-reality experiences for HoloLens and VR devices; digital storage in DNA; social chatbots XiaoIce and Tay; and healthcare innovation. Previously, he was an office director at DARPA, where he led efforts that created operational capabilities in advanced machine learning, crowd-sourcing, and big-data analytics, such as the DARPA Network Challenge and Nexus 7. He was formerly the head of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science department. A thought leader in technological innovation, Dr. Lee served on President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, led a study for the National Academies on the impact of federal research investments on economic growth, and testified before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. He is widely quoted on industry trends and innovation in the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Fast Company, The Economist, ArsTechnica, CNN, several books, and more.

Richard Lethin

Richard Lethin
Reservoir Labs

Richard Lethin is president at Reservoir Labs, a private research laboratory in New York City. Reservoir performs R&D for commercial and government clients in the area of high performance computing, which includes projects developing new technologies for high speed communication processing with applications to cyber security. Some of these results are being sold as products, including the ENSIGN streaming sparse tensor decomposition tool and the R-Scope network sensor. Richard joined and shaped Reservoir after completing his PhD as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the MIT AI Laboratory in 1997. For his thesis he contributed to the development and analysis of a massively parallel message-driven computing system for AI called the J-Machine, under the supervision of Professor Bill Dally. Prior to MIT, in the 1980’s, Richard worked as the engineer responsible for the floating point data paths at the startup company Multiflow, which introduced the TRACE mini-supercomputers, which were the world’s first of the now ubiquitous Very Large Instruction Word (VLIW) machines. Richard is also associate professor (Adjunct) in electrical engineering at Yale, teaching each year a course on the history and practice of computer architectures designed for AI.

Catherine Lotrionte Catherine Lotrionte
Brent Scowcroft Scholar
Atlantic Council

Catherine Lotrionte, PhD, is a Brent Scowcroft scholar at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and an internationally recognized expert on international law and cyber conflict. She is also the founder and former director of the CyberProject at Georgetown University, where she has taught and written on international and national security law, international affairs, and technology. At Georgetown, she founded the CyberProject in 2008, focusing on the role of international and domestic law in recent and emerging developments in the proliferation of weapons, technology, and threats. Lotrionte previously served as counsel to the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House, on the Joint Inquiry Committee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as an assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the US Department of Justice.

Dr. Lotrionte has testified before Congress and NATO on cyber issues. She has authored numerous publications on a broad array of topics, including espionage, information technology, international law, and deterrence and is a frequent speaker at cyber conferences across the globe.

She holds an MA and PhD from Georgetown University and a JD from New York University. She served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force, the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, and the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on US Policy Toward North Korea. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

More to Come!