Ed Abbo is President and Chief Technological Office of C3 Energy. Mr. Abbo was formerly Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation responsible for Oracle's application and SaaS products including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Supply Chain products. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, he was Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Siebel Systems. Mr. Abbo earned a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Mr. Norman Augustine MAE '57, *59
Norman R. Augustine is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation’s largest defense contractor, and a former Under Secretary of the Army. Augustine currently serves on advisory councils to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy and previously served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among Augustine’s many honors are the National Medal of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal. Augustine graduated from Princeton University, where he earned bachelors and master's degrees in engineering. He is the author of Augustine's Travels, The Defense Revolution, and Augustine's Laws, and he chaired the National Academy of Engineering Committee that produced the report, “ Rising Above the Gathering Storm: “Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.”
Lance R. Collins '81 (Council Chair)
Lance Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering and professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Previously, from 2005 to 2010, he served as the S. C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Collins joined the Sibley School in the spring semester of 2002, following eleven years as assistant professor, associate professor and professor of chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. From 1999 to 2002, he also held a joint appointment in the Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State. In 1998, during a sabbatical leave, Collins was a visiting scientist at the Laboratoire de Combustion et Systemes Reactifs (a CNRS laboratory in Orleans, FRANCE) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Group). Collins' research combines simulation and theory to study a variety of turbulent flow processes. His work on mechanisms of droplet breakup in turbulence was recognized with the 1997 Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007. Collins graduated from Princeton in 1981 with high honors in chemical engineering and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Dabiri is a Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2001. He came to Caltech as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Fellow, and Y.C. Fung Fellow in Bioengineering, earning an M.S. degree in Aeronautics in 2003, followed by a Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics in 2005. He subsequently joined the Caltech faculty. His honors include an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. Popular Science magazine named him one of its "Brilliant 10" scientists in 2008. For his research in bio-inspired wind energy, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its Technology Innovators in 2012, and the MIT Technology Review magazine named him one of its 35 innovators under 35 in 2013. He served as the Chair of the Faculty at Caltech from 2013-2014, and he is currently the Dean of Undergraduate Students.
Ann Karagozian is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests lie in fluid mechanics and combustion as applied to improved engine efficiency, reduced emissions, alternative fuels, and advanced air breathing and rocket propulsion systems. Professor Karagozian is a Past Chair of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics as well as a Past Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate. She was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board for a dozen years, twice receiving the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, serving as Vice Chair (2005-2009), and chairing numerous technical studies, including a 2006 study on Air Vehicle Fuel Efficiency and a 2010 study on Future Launch Vehicles. She is a Fellow of APS, AIAA, and ASME. She received her B.S. in Engineering from UCLA in 1978 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Paul Maeder '75
Paul Maeder, a co-founder of Highland Capital Partners, has been investing in technology companies for more than 28 years. He has helped build many software and information technology companies and is now concentrating on building companies in online education, software and factory automation. Maeder currently serves on the boards of 2tor, Avidyne, Bit9, BlueTarp Financial, Imprivata, PerkStreet Financial, Predictive Biosciences, Rethink Robotics, StreamBase Systems and Village Ventures, and in the past served as director of many other private and public companies.
Maeder was the chair in 2011-2012 of the National Venture Capital Association during the creation and passage of the JOBS Act and currently serves on the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Maeder has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry and was the 2008 recipient of the Mass Technology Leadership Council Commonwealth Award. Before co-founding Highland in 1988, Maeder spent three years as a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where he concentrated on software investments. He also held operating positions for six years in high-growth technology companies. At Novacor he worked on the development of an implantable artificial heart. Maeder also was responsible for the development of a complex visual field examination instrument at Synemed, where he also headed the company's mechanical engineering and software development teams.
Maeder holds a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Lori A. Setton '84
Lori Setton is the WIlliam Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke Univeristy. Research in Setton's laboratory is focused on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc, articular cartilage and meniscus. Work in the Laboratory is focused on engineering and evaluating materials for tissue regeneration and drug delivery. Studies combining engineering and biology are also used to determine the role of mechanical factors to promote and control healing of cartilaginous tissues. Research in the Laboratory is funded by The National Institutes of Health, The Coulter Foundation and The North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
William Sirignano *64
Dr. Sirignano is the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Sirignano received his Ph.D. from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences at Princeton University. Dr. Sirignano is interested in combustion theory and computational methods, fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, and propulsion and power. His current research activities address the problems of the vaporization and burning of liquid fuels in very small volumes, turbulence-droplet interactions, distortion and breakup of thin liquid streams, flame spread across liquid fuel pools, and a study of combustion in high speed flows. The applications of the research include miniaturization of combustors, spray technologies, fire safety, and a new high-performance technology for combustion in the turbine stages of a gas-turbine engine. Dr. Sirignano leads the Combustion, Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion Group and is the director of the Spray and Droplet Science and Technology Center at UCI.
George T. Whitesides
George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, George is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. This includes oversight of The Spaceship Company, a sister company, to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles. Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator. Upon departure from NASA, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS).
George began his career at Orbital Sciences Corporation as Executive Intern, and later, Special Assistant to the President. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Zero Gravity Corporation, a parabolic flight company, during its launch period, and Director of Marketing for Blastoff Corporation, a space experience company funded by film and technology leaders.
Currently, George serves on the board of Virgin Unite USA, the philanthropic organization of Virgin Group. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security, the X Prize Foundation’s Exploration Advisory Committee, Caltech’s Space Innovation Council, and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He previously chaired the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. He served for four years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.
With his wife Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, George co-founded Yuri's Night, an annual global celebration of space that has been celebrated in more than 50 countries. He also cofounded Permission to Dream, a global space education program that donated telescopes to underprivileged children.
George has testified on American space policy before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. Space News selected him as one of 12 “People to Watch” in the space industry.
An honors graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, George earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs. He later earned a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia. George is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.
Barry Zhang received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1994. He started a fiber component company, Princeton Optics, Inc, in the Princeton area upon graduation. After 4 years operation, the company was sold to ADC Telecommunications of Minnesota in 1998. He stayed on board as an engineering director to grow the New Jersey operation until the folding of the NJ site in 2000. After a brief stint with another photonics start up as VP engineering, Barry cofounded Princetel, a fiber rotary joint maker, in 2000. After 14 years’ of steady growth, Princetel now has 40 employees. In 2012, Princetel expanded into an entirely green 41,500 square foot facility, which on track to be certified LEED Platinum. Among many accolades received by Princetel, most recently, NJBIZ ranked Princetel #43 as fastest 50 in 2012 and Pincetel has been placed #10 by NJBIZ 100 Best Place to work Ranking in 2013. Barry is now the CEO of Princetel. He focused on optical design, marketing, and business development. Barry is a strong advocate for sustainable business practice and socially responsible business culture.