Chairman of the Board
David Galas, PhD
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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Robbee Baker Kosak
Robbee Baker Kosak is president of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and was previously the vice president of university advancement at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, she directed university advancement activities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bucknell University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University. Robbee has created and implemented successful strategies for international advancement partnerships, strategic and campaign planning and trustee and governance issues. She is a summa cum laude
graduate of Pennsylvania State University and attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
Stephen Fantone, PhD
Stephen Fantone is the founder and president of Optikos Corporation, a senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Before founding Optikos, Stephen worked at Polaroid Corporation. He has been awarded over 65 patents and is a recognized expert in optical engineering and optical product development. Stephen also serves on the boards of the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research and The Optical Society (OSA) Foundation, which awarded him its Distinguished Service Award for his more than 40 years of involvement with the organization. Stephen received his SB in electrical engineering and management from MIT and his PhD in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
Paul Young, PhD
Paul M. Young is a retired managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Previously, he was a global head of Securities Division Strats for Goldman Sachs, served on the Finance, FICC and Equities Risk Committees and co-headed the firm’s efforts to leverage electronic trading capabilities across asset classes and regions. Paul received his BS in applied science from the California Institute of Technology and his PhD in applied physics from Harvard University.
Carla Newman is an active entrepreneur and investor and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. She 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 has been a founding member or early-stage executive with several startup businesses in medical devices, software development, consulting and media. She is also a member of the Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network in Denver. Carla received her BS in television, radio and film management from Syracuse University and her Executive MBA from the University of Denver.
Michael Ansour, PhD
Michael Ansour is Managing Partner of March Partners LLC, an event driven investment firm, and a director of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, where he also serves as chairman of the Foundation’s Investment Committee. He is also a member of the board of Servco Pacific Inc., one of the largest private companies in Hawaii. Previously, worked in mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation, was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and clerked for the Honorable John J. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals. Michael is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relation (CFR). He received his BA in math and physics from MIT, Part III of the Maths Tripos (Cosmology) from Cambridge University, his PhD in mathematical physics from MIT and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Kimberly Budil, PhD
Kimberly Budil is the vice president for National Laboratories at the University of California, Office of the President and a director of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Prior to that, Kim was the N Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she has nearly 30 years of scientific research and management experience across a wide range of programs. Kim also 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 and has been a vocal advocate for women in science. She received her BS in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and PhD in applied science/engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Elise Cawley, PhD
Elise Cawley is a mathematician and former academic. Her current interests include the philosophy of math and its impact on math and science education, as well as the history of innovation in schools at all levels. For the past few years Elise has served as a founding member of the community advisory board for Stanford Online High School, as well as been an informal advisor for several school innovators and start-up initiatives. Elise has also been a Mathcounts team coach for two, three-year periods. Elise studied math and physics at MIT and University of Maryland and completed her PhD in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley she was supported by a Hertz Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her research at the intersection of dynamical systems and geometry.After graduating, she was supported by a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, and spent time at CUNY Graduate Center, IHES (France), Stony Brook University, UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, doing research in Gibbs theory and the Teichmüller theory of dynamical systems.While at the University of Chicago, Elise worked with then math department chairman, Robert Zimmer, on the draft plan for a new initiative, developing an independent masters program in Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago, one of the first of its kind.
Roger W. Falcone, PhD
Roger Falcone is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, director of the Advanced Light Source x-ray synchrotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a director of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Roger has co-authored more than 150 publications in fields ranging from ultrafast science to plasma physics and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is director of the UC Institute for Materials Dynamics at Extreme Conditions, chairs the faculty advisory committee for the Lawrence Hall of Science and advises the nation’s national security laboratories. Roger received his BS in physics from Princeton University and his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Samuel Fuller, PhD
Sam Fuller is CTO Emeritus of Analog Devices, Inc., following service as the CTO and vice president of R&D. He previously served as vice president of research chief scientist at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he designed and did the performance analysis of advanced multiprocessor computer systems. He established Digital Equipment's Research Labs in the US and Europe that resulted in advanced processor architectures and the pioneering Alta Vista Internet search engine. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fuller also serves on the Board of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). Fuller earned his PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University.
Daniel Goodman, PhD
Daniel (Dan) Goodman is the director of advanced technology at ASM-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 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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Rosemarie B. Havranek
Rosemarie B. Havranek is a philanthropist and a director of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. She has served on various charitable committees and boards in the Seattle area, including the Lakeside School Board, the Woodland Park Zoo Safari Club board, and volunteered for the Red Cross WIC program. Rosemarie was a Princeton-in-Asia teaching fellow at the International Christian University in Japan, and also worked for NHK television. She has a deep personal connection to the Hertz Foundation and its mission: both her husband, Nathan Myhrvold, and son, Cameron A. Myhrvold, are Hertz Fellows. Rosemarie holds a BA in Spanish and Business/Economics from Fordham University, cum laude
, and an MA in Romance Languages and Literature from Princeton University.
Richard B. Miles, PhD
Professor Miles received his B.S. in 1966, M.S. and 1967, and Ph.D. in 1972 all from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering. While at Stanford he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow. He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at Princeton University in the Fall of 1972. From 1980 to 1996 he served as Chairman of Engineering Physics. He was named Robert Porter Patterson Professor in 2011 and became Emeritus and Senior Scholar at Princeton on June 30, 2013. In February 2017 he joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU) as TEES Distinguished Research Professor. His research focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, microwaves and magnetic devices to observe, control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, combustion, propulsion and homeland defense applications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the Board of Directors of the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Precision Optics Corporation, Inc., a Member of the Board of Trustees of Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR), an AIAA Representative to the Elmer A. Sperry Board of Award and a Fellow of the AIAA and the Optical Society of America. He was the recipient of the AIAA Aerodynamics Measurement Award and Medal in 2000 and the AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award and Medal in 2012.
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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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C. Cooper Rinzler, PhD
Cooper Rinzler is technologist and entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the innovation pipeline for disruptive technologies and products. He has a history of building and leading teams to develop and commercialize technologies in early stage ventures in the energy, materials, and food/ag sectors. Cooper is currently an investor and company builder at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, working to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. He completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT with the Hertz Fellowship and has undergraduate degrees in physics and engineering from Harvard. Cooper serves the Foundation as an Early Career Director.
Monika Schleier-Smith, PhD
Monika Schleier-Smith is an assistant professor in the physics department at Stanford University. Her research centers on advancing control and understanding of quantum many-body systems through experiments with laser-cooled atoms. Schleier-Smith received her A.B. in Chemistry and Physics, with a minor in Mathematics, from Harvard University. For her Ph.D. research at MIT, she was recognized with a Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize. She subsequently pursued postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU Munich). She is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, and National Science Foundation Career Award. Schleier-Smith serves the Foundation as an Early Career Director.
Raymond Sidney, PhD
Co-owner, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain
Ray Sidney is co-owner of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain. He is an angel investor and the owner of the real estate investment company Big George Ventures, and he sits on the board of directors of xG Technology. Ray also serves on various committees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle. He is an enthusiastic winter sports participant and a co-founder of Lake Tahoe Epic Curling. Ray holds an AB in mathematics from Harvard University, a PhD in mathematics from MIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Lee Swanger, PhD
Swanger is the Director of the Miami, Florida, office of Exponent Failure
Analysis Associates and investigates issues related to failure analysis of
materials and mechanical systems, as well as analyzing devices and procedures
with respect to patent infringement and patent validity. Additionally, Dr.
Swanger investigates equipment and process issues in manufacturing facilities,
fossil and nuclear power plants, transportation systems, and dry-cleaning
establishments. In his thirty-six years with Exponent Dr. Swanger has given
over 500 depositions and testified in trials and arbitrations over 100 times as
an expert witness.
Lee’s particular interest is in diesel engine design and analysis. He
has testified in front of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding
emergency diesel generators at commercial nuclear power plants. He has also
assisted the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Coast Guard in solving challenging
performance and durability issues with diesel engines in ships.
Prior to joining Exponent in 1983, Dr. Swanger worked for General Motors
Research Labs and for Gould Inc.’s Clevite Engine Parts Division. He has been
an adjunct faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State
University and at the University of Miami. Dr. Swanger is a licensed
professional mechanical and metallurgical engineer in ten states, and was also
a Hertz Foundation Interviewer from 1982 through 2016.
Mr. Thompson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, prior to his retirement in 2018.He co-founded one of Orbital ATK’s predecessors, Orbital Sciences Corp., in 1982, and served as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until its merger with Alliant Techsystems in 2014. He is a member and fellow of numerous professional societies and, among other awards and recognitions, was awarded the National Medal of Technology, was honored as Virginia’s Industrialist of the Year, and received the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy. He received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of Caltech and the Carnegie Institution.
President and Director Emeritus
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”.
President and Director Emeritus
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.
John F. Holzrichter, PhD
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.
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.
Robert A. Duffy
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
W. Daniel Hillis, PhD
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.
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.
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.
Daniel W. Weise, PhD
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.
Wendy R. Cieslak, PhD
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.
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.