Moderator: Curt Suplee, Director, National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
- Dr. Amy Duwel, Group Leader and Principal Member of the Technical Staff,
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
- Dr. Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor and Professor of Chemistry,
California Institute of Technology
- Dr. Kathleen Hickman, Scientific Advisor, Advanced Systems & Concepts Office,
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Dr. Amy Duwel is currently the MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) Group Leader at Draper Laboratory and Principal Member of the Technical Staff. She initiated and leads the RF MEMS effort at Draper, which is focused on high frequency resonator development. She has played a leading role in the modeling and development of MEMS upper sense plate gyros and other inertial sensors at Draper. Her technical interests focus on micro-scale energy transport, and on the dynamics of MEMS resonators in application as inertial sensors, RF filters, and chemical detectors. She advises several thesis students in collaboration with MIT. Amy was recently named as one of the Top 10 Women to Watch in New England by Mass High Tech. She received a BA in physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Her MS (1995) and PhD (1999) are in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Nathan Lewis, 2002 George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988, and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the principal investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and a tenured associate professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, and the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003. He has published more than 200 papers and has supervised approximately 50 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. His research interests include light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes; surface chemistry; photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces; novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites; and development of sensor arrays from these polymers that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.
Dr. Kathleen M. (Kathleen) Hickman is a Scientific Advisor in the Advanced Systems & Concepts Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Currently, she manages efforts pertaining to advancing microbial forensics efforts and studies related to chemical and biological detection. Her previous activities include working with major defense acquisition programs in both oversight and requirements generation functions, advocating complimentary health surveillance objectives and developing port defense concepts. She has served as an Acquisition and Technology Presidential Management Intern (PMI) for the Department of Defense, as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a Chemist Intern at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Hickman received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College.