Advisory Group

Our advisors from academia, industry, and governmental organizations help us shape our research agenda and inspire others to participate in the revolution of innovation.

Arden BementArden L. Bement Jr., Purdue University

Dr. Bement is the Inaugural Director Emeritus of the Global Policy Research Institute. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation from 2004-2010. He served as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-chair of the Commission’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jeanette WingJeanette Wing, Microsoft

Jeanette Wing is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research, with oversight of the organization’s core research laboratories around the world and Microsoft Research Connections. Her areas of expertise are in trustworthy computing, formal methods, concurrent and distributed systems, programming languages, and software engineering. Within the computer science community, Wing is well-known for her advocacy of “computational thinking,” an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science.


Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst was named president and chief executive officer of Red Hat in December 2007. Red Hat is a company at the forefront of open source software development for enterprise IT, with a broad portfolio of products and services for commercial markets. Prior to joining Red Hat, Whitehurst held various positions at Delta Air Lines and before that, worked as a partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). A native of Columbus, Georgia, Whitehurst graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. He also attended Erlangen Nuremberg University in Erlangen, Germany, holds a general course degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.