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 is the former Group President of Latin American Operations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Since retiring as an officer of the corporation in December 2011, he has served as a senior consultant and advisor to the newly formed Global Innovation Center in Colombia. He helped launch the Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research, promoting mutually beneficial initiatives aligned with Colombia's strategic priorities and Purdue's strengths. Mr. De Bedout earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
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. Moira Gunn is host of the public radio programs "Tech Nation" and its regular segment "BioTech Nation", which air on the National Public Radio 24-hour Program Stream, among other venues. After an early career at NASA, her work included robotics engineering at IBM, Morton Thiokol, United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the U.S. Navy. Today, Dr. Gunn directs the Business of Biotechnology Program in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Gunn was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned a Master of Science in computer 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.
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's Digital Energy business. He has 37 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 degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
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.
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. He is the former Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director for the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command & U.S. 10th Fleet, U.S. Navy. His last post was serving as the Chief Engineering and Technical Director at The University of Hawaii System. 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.
Dr. John Wall has been Chief Technical Officer of Cummins since March 2000. In this role, he has responsibility for Cummins global research and engineering organizations and leads the development of Cummins energy and environmental policies. John studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his SB and SM in 1975 and ScD in 1978. His doctoral research was in the area of internal combustion engine efficiency and emissions, and his professional research continued in the areas of combustion and emissions first at Chevron Research and then at Cummins, where he has been employed since 1986. His interests today include advanced engines, fuel and energy technologies for sustainable growth and engineering in a global work environment. John is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Dr. William Weldon is the Vice President for Global Research and Development, Western Europe Operations, at Elanco Animal Health. His responsibilities include Elanco's global research and development operations, as well as Elanco Knowledge Solutions, the Protein Informatics, and the Assurance and Diagnostics Department. These areas are responsible for the development and launch of new products and solutions that improve the health, wellness and well-being of animals. A native of Michigan, Dr. Weldon earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in animal science from Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the University of Nebraska.