Strategic Advisory Council
Anne Slaughter Andrew
Ms. Anne Slaughter Andrew, the first woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, completed her four-year tour in 2013. She is currently the Board Chair of Terviva, an agro-technology company, and on the Board of Earth University in Costa Rica. During Ambassador Andrew's tenure in Costa Rica, she had the opportunity to leverage her expertise acquired in a career that has spanned the fields of law, business, and public policy. She was awarded the Yo Emprendedor National Achievement Award for her innovative commitment to entrepreneurship. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
Mr. Thomas Burke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Modine Manufacturing Company. Before joining Modine, Mr. Burke worked for five years with Visteon Corporation as Vice President of North American Manufacturing Operations. He was Vice President of European and South American Manufacturing, and Vice President of North American and Asian Operations. Mr. Burke also spent 17 years with Ford Motor Company in the Automotive Components Division in a variety of senior engineering and operations positions in the United States and Mexico. Mr. Burke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Purdue University.
Juan Ernesto de Bedout
Mr. Juan Ernesto de Bedout retired as the Group President of the Latin American Operations of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in December 2011. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of VF Corporation since 2000. Mr. de Bedout helped launch the Colombia-Purdue Institute, promoting mutually beneficial initiatives aligned with Colombia's strategic priorities and Purdue's strengths. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue and more recently received an honorary doctorate in engineering from his alma mater.
Mr. John Dennis has served as the Mayor of the City of West Lafayette, Indiana since 2008. As the Chief Executive Officer of the city, he is responsible for overseeing operations of all city departments. Mr. Dennis also presides over the City Council and Board of Public Works and Safety. Educated in the West Lafayette School system, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in safety engineering and Master of Science degree in criminology, both from Indiana State University.
Dr. Brad Fenwick is Senior Vice President Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of science, technology, and medicine journals. Fenwick is charged with fostering non-commercial partnerships with and between universities, research centers, industry, governments, and funding bodies globally to enhance research and innovation productivity and success. He is a Fellow with the American Council on Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. State Department. He has held many senior leadership and administrative positions, including Graduate Dean, Vice President for Research, President for Intellectual Properties, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Federal Chief Scientist. He holds several patents and founded a biotechnology company. Dr. Fenwick is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a Ph.D. and completed a residency at U.C. Davis where he is a distinguished alumnus.
Dr. Moira Gunn is both a journalist and an academic. She is best known as the host of Tech Nation and BioTech Nation on various NPR venues, including the NPR channel on SiriusXM. A former NASA scientist and engineer, where she worked on global data analysis, Gunn directed the Information Systems program at the University of San Francisco, before creating the Business of Biotechnology program, which she now directs. The National Science Board awarded Gunn its “Public Service Award to the Individual” for her contributions to increasing the Public Understanding of Science and Engineering. Dr. Gunn was the first woman to receive a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, where she was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Science.
Mr. Anthony "Tony" Harris is President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO), a manufacturer of detection equipment for contraband, explosives, and "dirty bombs". The company's primary customers include the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Products made by CSECO are also used by domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 2013, Mr. Harris was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue University.
Ms. Sarah Ladislaw is co-director and senior fellow in the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Energy and National Security Program, where she concentrates on the geopolitics of energy, energy security, energy technology, and climate change. She was involved with CSIS's work on the geopolitics portion of the 2007 National Petroleum Council study and the CSIS Smart Power Commission, focusing particularly on energy security and climate issues. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in international affairs from George Washington University.
Mr. John McDonald is Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Management's Digital Energy business. He has 41 years of experience in the electric utility industry. In his current role, he is responsible for setting and driving the vision that integrates GE's standards participation and Digital Energy's industry organization participation, thought leadership activities, regulatory/policy participation, education programs, and product/systems development into comprehensive solutions for customers. Mr. McDonald earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from the University of California-Berkeley. Mr. McDonald received Purdue University’s 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award.
Dr. Marwan Muasher is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment's research on the Middle East, both in Washington and Beirut. Muasher served as Foreign Minister (2002–2004) and Deputy Prime Minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, where his career spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. He was Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Muasher is the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation (Yale University Press, 2008). He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University.
Dr. Thomas Peterson is the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of California, Merced. Formerly he was assistant director of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and former dean of the University of Arizona College of Engineering. Peterson is an accomplished research engineer and widely published author and lecturer in the field of aerosol dynamics. His past and present affiliations with professional and academic institutes, councils and societies are extensive. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions at the state, national and international levels throughout his career. Peterson earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Ms. Jennifer Rumsey is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins Inc. In this role she leads the global technical organization responsible for research and engineering across Cummins’ four business units. Her early career focused on control systems and system engineering; initially at a fuel processing and fuel cell start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2000 she moved to Cummins and has worked in a variety of engineering roles across Cummins' Engine and Components business units including advanced technology development, new product development, and current product engineering. Jennifer is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Women in Trucking Association. She holds a BSME from Purdue University and a MSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Sarah Sanders served as the 2014-2015 President of the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance, the largest organization representing the family of medicine in the United States. She currently fulfills the role of Immediate Past President. She has volunteered on many nonprofit boards and committees in the various communities in which she has lived including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for both the Open Door Community Services, Inc. and the Open Door Community Health Services, Inc. in Muncie, Indiana. She is a past chair of the Minority Advocacy Council of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and continues to serve on that council. She is in her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the AMA Foundation. Dr. Sanders received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University and received a Master of Arts in Gerontology from Ball State University. She taught at Butler University College of Pharmacy and guest lectured at Temple University School of Pharmacy.
Mr. George Scalise is the retired President of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), a role that he served in from 1997-2011. He directed a staff focused on international trade & government affairs, workforce technology, and environmental safety & health. Mr. Scalise came to SIA from Apple Computer, where he served as Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, he held executive management positions at National Semiconductor, Maxtor Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Motorola Semiconductor. Mr. Scalise earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth is President and Chief Executive Officer of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest nonprofit research and development organization. Dr. Wadsworth formerly led Battelle's Global Laboratory Operations business, where he oversaw the management or co-management of six national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy, and a Department of Homeland Security laboratory. Dr. Wadsworth was educated at Sheffield University in England, where he studied metallurgy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a Ph.D. He came to the United States in 1976 and has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Dr. Starnes Walker is the Founding Director of the University of Delaware’s Cybersecurity Initiative and Professor-Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is the former Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director standing-up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command & U.S. 10th Fleet at Fort Meade for the U.S. Navy. Previous industry senior positions included rising to the rank of Senior Research Associate/Fellow-Phillips Petroleum Company and followed by serving as the Vice President/Technology & CTO-Morrison Knudsen Corporation. Dr. Walker's leadership roles have spanned the university community, government laboratory structure, industry, and international government defense organizations. He is widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, and optics, with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy Fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards. Dr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California and an Honorary Degree-Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.