Strategic Advisory Council Alumni
Arden Bement, Jr.
Dr. Arden Bement Jr. is the former Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Research Institute at Purdue University. He held positions as the Director of the National Science Foundation, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, and Director of the DARPA Office of Materials Science. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserve)(1954-1992) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Bement is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Science, and the Pan American Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mr. Jay Cohen is a retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy. He served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Science and Technology and (20th) Chief of the Office of Naval Research. Mr. Cohen is currently a Principal of the Chertoff Group of Washington, D.C. He was decorated with the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal, and multiple other awards. He earned a degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a Master of Science in marine engineering and naval architecture from MIT.
Mr. Charles Conner is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a Washington, D.C. based trade association representing the interests of the U.S. agricultural cooperatives. Mr. Conner brings more than 25 years of national and state government, agricultural and trade association experience to this position. He served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beginning in 2001, Mr. Conner was on the National Economic Council where he was Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance, focusing primarily on Farm Bill issues. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
Ms. Joann DiGennaro is President of the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE). The CEE mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology, and to promote collaboration among future scientific and technological leaders in the global community. Ms. DiGennaro has negotiated educational science programs with 51 nations to date. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and her Master of Science from the University of Maryland. She read the law at Oxford University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from George Mason University.
C. N. R. Rao
Dr. C.N.R. Rao is the National Research Professor, as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India. He is an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. His main research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry. He is an author of over 1,400 research papers and 41 books. He is Founder-President of both the Chemical Research Society of India and of the Materials Research Society of India. Dr. Rao earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he served as a visiting professor.
Mr. James "Jim" Robb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Prior to this appointment he was the Senior Vice President - Enterprise Planning and Development of the Northeast Utilities Service Company. He was responsible for the Company's strategic planning, technology development, business development initiatives, as well as policy and environmental compliance. Mr. Robb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Anne Schowe was formerly the Vice President for Major Account Quality at Sun Microsystems. She is a twenty-five year veteran of the computer industry and has been involved in all phases of development, product planning, and marketing for computer systems and components. Mrs. Schowe earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Purdue University, a Master of Science in computer science from Northwestern University, and a Master of Business Administration from the College of St.Thomas.
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.