ROBERT H. LATIFF, Chair, retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He is a private consultant, providing advice on advanced technology matters to corporate and government clients and to universities. General Latiff is an adjunct faculty member with the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a research professor and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, where his interests are primarily in technologies to support the U.S. Intelligence Community. Immediately after his retirement from the Air Force, General Latiff was chief technology officer for Science Applications International Corporation’s space and geospatial intelligence business. He is a member of the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has led and participated in numerous studies on such diverse topics as critical minerals, and intelligence and surveillance systems. General Latiff is an active member of the Intelligence Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). His last active duty assignment was at the National Reconnaissance Office where he was director, Advanced Systems and Technology, and deputy director for Systems Engineering. He has also served as the Vice Commander, USAF Electronic Systems Center and Commander of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. While in the U.S. Army, General Latiff served both in the infantry branch and the ordnance corps, where he commanded an Army tactical nuclear weapons unit. He received his commission from the Army ROTC program at the University of Notre Dame. He entered active service in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He received his Ph.D. and his M.S. in materials science and his B.S. in physics from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. General Latiff is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
MICHAEL ETTENBERG is a principal at Dolce Technologies. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to the advances in optoelectronic components, including the evolution of practical and reliable semiconductor lasers. His research career included the development of some of the first commercial and reliable semiconductor lasers and the first DVD. Dr. Ettenberg was a senior vice president at Sarnoff Corporation/SRI in charge of the Solid State Division, which included integrated circuit design and foundry, microwave device and systems design and manufacture, and optoelectronics activities, including laser, LED, detector, and silicon charged-coupled device (CCD) design and manufacture. His honors and awards include the following: RCA David Sarnoff Award; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Third Millennium Medal; fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) and IEEE; chairman of the steering committee of the Optical Fiber Conference; past president of the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society; past member of Defense Science Board; and member of the board of overseers for the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from New York University.
CRAIG L. KEAST is the associate head of the Advanced Technology Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL), the principal advanced electronics technology research and development division at the laboratory, since 2009. The 400-person division’s focus is on the invention of new device concepts, the practical realization of those devices, and their integration into systems of
importance to national security. In support of its work, the division operates and maintains a complete set of specialized microelectronic and optoelectronic fabrication facilities for both silicon and compound semiconductor devices, as well as advanced electronic and optoelectronic packaging laboratories. Program work has included split-fab fabrication activities in support of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Trusted Integrated Circuit Program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Trusted Integrated Circuit Program, and DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits Program. From 1994 to 2013, he served as the director of the Microelectronics Laboratory (ML) where he managed operations of the laboratory’s DoD-Trusted $200 million silicon-based semiconductor research and advanced prototyping fabrication facility. Staffed by ~65 scientists, engineers, and technicians working in support of more than 40 different technical programs at MIT-LL. ML activities included the fabrication of flight quality megapixel CCD imagers, photon-counting avalanche photodiode arrays, RF MEMS, Nb-based superconducting circuits, sub-0.90 nm low power FDSOI CMOS, and advanced packaging technologies. From 1996 to 2009, he was also the leader of the Advanced Silicon Technology Group, a 45-person research group carrying out work in deep-submicron, low-power, high-performance fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) CMOS process development, CCD/CMOS imaging, RF MEMS, Microfluidics, and 3-dimensional circuit integration technologies. From 1992 to 1994, he was a technical staff member in the Submicrometer Technology Group developing device and circuit fabrication technologies utilizing 193-nm lithography. Dr. Keast received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
RANDAL W. LARSON is a systems engineer with the MITRE Corporation. He has served over 40 years in engineering development and new business startups in both commercial and government sectors spanning manufacturing engineering, electrical/electronic design engineering, and systems engineering. His accumulated engineering experience includes semiconductor fabrication, electro-optic prototype development in Department of Defense (DoD) weapon systems, and design of classified, large-scale, mission-critical digital processing systems for U.S. government agencies. Additionally, he was selected as part of two technology transfer programs to launch business unit startups in enterprise-level mass storage and medical imaging systems. Mr. Larson’s positions included test director, director of engineering, director of strategic planning, and general manager during these periods at Texas Instruments, Hughes Aircraft, E-Systems, and Raytheon. In 2004, Mr. Larson joined MITRE/San Antonio and was assigned to the AFLCMC/HNC “Cryptologic and Cybersecurity Systems Division (CCSD)” at Lackland Air Forece Base. During the last 12 years, roles and assignments included leading the Cryptologic Modernization Strategic Planning IPT for startup of DoD Acquisition ACAT III programs, team development of next-generation DoD Public Key Infrastructure, and Air Force research study into next-generation network security protocols and implementation of Service Oriented Architectures. In 2009 to 2010, Mr. Larson was a MITRE lead in the DoD CNCI SCRM Pilot Program for a team representing the Air Force. Follow on work for SAF/AQXA included development of SCRM roadmap and implementation for general Air Force acquisition guidance. Additionally, processes and practices were developed for implementing SCRM within the CCSD crypto acquisition programs as models for the greater Air Force. Innovative approaches included methods for evaluating DIA TAC threat reports, identifying appropriate risk mitigations, and developing a tracking database of critical components as part of establishing a TSN/SCRM office. In 2015, he assisted the director on Enterprise GPS III system (AF SMC/GPE) in establishing TSN/SCRM processes in threat/risk assessments and Program Protection planning. Mr. Larson holds a B.S.E.E. from Texas Tech.
TERRY P. LEWIS is a senior program manager and former principal systems engineer with the Raytheon Company, where his areas of expertise include command, control, communications, and information systems; digitized battlespace systems; communications and transmission security in military tactical systems; wireless network security; and network management authentication techniques for robust security architecture. In addition, Dr. Lewis has developed anti-tampering technologies to prevent or reduce the ability of potential aggressors to reverse-engineer critical U.S. communications technologies. He is a Raytheon fellow and received the Most Promising Engineer of the Year award conferred at the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference. Dr. Lewis was a member of the Academies’ Committee on Examination of the Air Force
ISR Capability Planning and Analysis Process and is a current member of the Naval Studies Board. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
CELIA MERZBACHER is chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the Academies. Dr. Merzbacher is vice president for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a nonprofit industry consortium that manages a broad portfolio of basic research on behalf of its members. She is primarily responsible for developing new initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders in government and the private sector in support of SRC’s research and education mission and goals. She led the establishment of a new $10 million research effort in partnership with the National Science Foundation on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems. Prior to joining SRC, Dr. Merzbacher was assistant director for technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she coordinated and advised on a range of issues, including nanotechnology, technology transfer, technical standards, and intellectual property. At OSTP, she oversaw the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the multiagency federal program for nanotechnology research and development. She also served as executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and oversaw the council’s first two statutorily mandated assessments of the NNI. Previously, Dr. Merzbacher was on the staff of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., where as a research scientist, she developed advanced materials, including nanomaterials, for which she received six patents and authored numerous publications. Dr. Merzbacher served on the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute in relation to her role in standards development for nanotechnology. She spearheaded the establishment of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Working Party on Nanotechnology and was co-lead of the U.S. delegation. She currently serves on the board of directors of Digital Solid State Propulsion, a start-up company based in Nevada. Dr. Merzbacher has served on various review committees for federal science and technology programs and advises a number of university research centers. Dr. Merzbacher holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and mineralogy from Pennsylvania State University.
BERNARD S. MEYERSON, an IBM fellow, serves as IBM’s chief innovation officer, driving technical strategy and corporate initiatives within IBM’s Corporate Strategy Organization. In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research, leading the development of high-performance silicon:germanium communications technology. He founded and led IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business, ultimately leading IBM’s global semiconductor development. In 2006, he assumed leadership of strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group. In 2010, he was appointed IBM Corporation’s chief innovation officer, integrating his team into IBM’s Corporate Strategy function, now responsible for the definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business initiatives. Dr. Meyerson is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), IEEE, and a member of the NAE. His technical and business awards include the following: the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J.J. Ebers Award, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI, and the 2011 Pake Prize of the APS (recognizing his combined original scientific research and subsequent business leadership). In 2014, Dr. Meyerson was honored by selection to present the Turing Lectures at the Royal Institute in London and the Universities of Cardiff, Manchester, and Edinburgh. More recently, Singapore’s president honored Dr. Meyerson’s service to the nation with Singapore’s 2014 Public Service Medal. Most recently, in accepting a global pro-bono role, Dr. Meyerson was appointed chairman of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies for the World Economic Forum. In that role, he leads a diverse global team of industry, government, and university experts, the mission being the vetting and consolidation of inputs from 20 Global Agenda Councils of all major emergent technologies for presentation at the Davos meeting of the forum. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the City University of New York.
PAUL D. NIELSEN is the director and CEO of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by DoD. SEI develops and transitions technologies in software architecture, integration and interoperability, cybersecurity, process improvement, real time systems, and systems engineering related to software. Prior to joining SEI, Dr. Nielsen served in the
U.S. Air Force, retiring as a major general. He served primarily in research and development assignments related to space and C3I. In his final assignment, Dr. Nielsen was the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the technology executive officer for the Air Force. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and IEEE. He is a past president of AIAA and currently serves on the board of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He also serves on the Defense Science Board. Dr. Nielsen received a Ph.D. in applied science from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
STARNES E. WALKER is the founding director of the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative at the University of Delaware, with a key focus on corporate cybersecurity addressing present and emerging cyber threats and a special emphasis on the banking/financial, energy, chemical, and electrical grid industrial sectors. Previously, Dr. Walker was an executive member of the University of Hawaii System and served via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act as the chief technology officer and technical director for cyber to the U.S. Navy in a SES billet where he stood up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and the U.S. 10th Fleet. In this role, Dr. Walker had responsibility for all technical activities that spanned inter-governmental and international outreach of the command with a combined military and civilian workforce of 18,000 personnel. He served as a member of the Executive Steering Group to establish the Joint Technology Office-High Energy Laser Program under the auspices of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, Logistics). As a senior executive service member in helping to stand up the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Dr. Walker was the recipient of the distinguished Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and a Presidential Citation from the White House. Dr. Walker has widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, optics, and signal processing with numerous patents issued. Dr. Walker holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California and an honorary degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. Dr. Walker is a member of the Air Force Studies Board.