NASEC 2013 Speakers
Dr. Arati Prabhakar is the Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dr. Prabhakar has spent her career investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses. Her first service to national security started in 1986 when she joined DARPA as a program manager. She initiated and managed programs in advanced semiconductor technology and flexible manufacturing, as well as demonstration projects to insert new semiconductor technologies into military systems. As the founding director of DARPA’s Microelectronics Technology Office, she led a team of program managers whose efforts spanned these areas, as well as optoelectronics, infrared imaging and nanoelectronics.
In 1993, President William Clinton appointed Dr. Prabhakar director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the 3,000-person organization in its work with companies across multiple industries. Dr. Prabhakar moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, first as chief technology officer and senior vice president at Raychem, and later vice president and then president of Interval Research. From 2001 to 2011, she was a partner with U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. Dr. Prabhakar identified and served as a director for startup companies with the promise of significant growth. She worked with entrepreneurs in energy and efficiency technologies, components for consumer electronics, and semiconductor process and design technology.
Dr. Prabhakar received her Doctor of Philosophy in applied physics and Master of Science in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. She began her career as a Congressional Fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Prabhakar has served in recent years on the National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy Board, the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, and the red team of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Research Council. In addition, she chaired the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Prabhakar is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer, and a Caltech Distinguished Alumna.
Speaker - Forrestal Lecture:
The Honorable G. Wayne Clough is the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Secretary Clough has launched a new era at the Institution, expanding the Smithsonian's global relevance and helping the nation shape its future through research, education and scientific discovery on major topics of the day. One of his first initiatives led to a new strategic plan that speaks to four grand challenges that will bring together the diverse resources of the Smithsonian's museums and science centers through interdisciplinary approaches. Ensuring that the Institution's vast collection is accessible and available to everyone is a priority for Secretary Clough and the new strategic plan. Efforts are underway to digitize millions of objects in the collection.
In February 2012, Secretary Clough joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, founding Director Lonnie Bunch and many key contributors for the groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2015. In April, Secretary Clough oversaw Space Shuttle Discovery's dramatic flyover around Washington and final landing in its new home at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport.
Since Dr. Clough began as Secretary in July 2008, he has overseen several major openings at the Smithsonian, including the reopening of the National Museum of American History, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins and Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. Before his appointment to the Smithsonian, Dr. Clough was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 1964 and 1965 and a doctorate in 1969 in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Featured Keynote Speaker:The Honorable Kathryn D. Sullivan assumed the role of Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator in February 2013.
Prior to her current role, she had been serving as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator for NOAA, as well as performing the duties of NOAA's Chief Scientist, a vacant position.
Dr. Sullivan is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer. Her impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation, and marine biodiversity.
Dr. Sullivan was the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. Prior to joining Ohio State, she served a decade as President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, one of the nation's leading science museums.As one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978, Dr. Sullivan holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1988-2006).
Dr. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in Earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.
Subject Matter Expert Presentations
Information and Cyber Space
Dr. Eugene H. "Spaf" Spafford is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. Dr. Spafford has received recognition and many honors for his research, including being named as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and named as a member of the ISSA's Hall of Fame.
Professor Spafford has also been honored for his teaching, including receiving all three of Purdue's highest honors for education: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, and listing in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2001, he was awarded the Founder's Medal by the NCISSE, and in 2003, he received the IEEE Computer Society's Taylor L. Booth medal for his accomplishments in information security education. He has been awarded status as an Honorary CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).
Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels
Dr. Winston "Wole" Soboyejo is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Soboyejo was educated at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph. D. in 1988. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Materials Society of Nigeria, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
Professor Soboyejo has been at Princeton since 1999. He is also the Director of the U.S./Africa Materials Institute, and the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program at The Princeton Institute of Science and Technology of Materials. His research focuses on experimental studies of biomaterials and the mechanical behavior of materials. Current areas of interest include micromechanical machines, nanoparticles for disease detection, biomedical systems for prostheses, and cardiovascular systems, infrastructure materials, and alternative energy systems.
Health and Sustainability
Dr. Jorge Puente is the President of the Asia Pacific/Canada region of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In 1982, after graduating from Stony Brook Medical School and completing a post graduate medical training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, he joined the faculty in 1986. and created the first "General Medicine Fellowship" program to provide comprehensive patient care.
Dr. Puente joined Pfizer Pharmaceutical in 1990 with responsibilities for the clinical development of cardiovascular agents, to combat hypertension, and later became an integral part of the development teams in the area of urology. Dr. Puente has played a central role in China and by helping develop regulatory pathways to allow China to integrate into Global Clinical Development Programs, and thus allow access by Chinese patients to Western Medicines. He has worked closely with the South Korean Government to establish a clinical development program.
Dr. Puente has led several campaigns to respond to major disasters, among them the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Asian Region on Christmas Day, and the October 2005 massive earthquake that hit remote areas of Pakistan. In 2012, Dr. Puente was named Head of Oncology Development fo China, with the aim to help accelerate the registration of oncology agents into the China market.