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Strategic Research Advisory Council

Purdue University’s Strategic Research Advisory Council (SRAC) is a group of highly accomplished leaders offering advice and guidance on near- and long-term strategies to advance Purdue’s research initiatives.

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Council Members

Anne Slaughter Andrew

Anne Slaughter Andrew was appointed by President Obama to serve as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica (2010-2013). Since leaving the State Department, former Ambassador Andrew is serving as Chairman of TerViva, LLC, an agro-technology company developing environmentally sustainable crops for food and fuel. In addition, former Ambassador Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston, Texas and as an advisor to a number of start-up clean energy businesses. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Earth University, former Ambassador Andrew also serves on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC), Purdue University – Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council and the Telluride Foundation (Colorado). Former Ambassador Andrew is an active member of the Council of American Ambassadors.

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Thomas Burke

Mr. Thomas Burke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Modine Manufacturing Company since March of 2008. Burke joined Modine in 2005 as Executive Vice President. In July 2006, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Modine, 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. 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. Burke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University.

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Sheila P. Burke

Ms. Sheila Burke is a faculty research fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and a member of the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also serves as chair of the federal public policy group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and is a distinguished visitor at the O’Neill Center for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Burke served as Deputy Secretary and chief operating officer of the Smithsonian Institution from 2004-2007, and as Under Secretary for American Museums and National Programs from 2000-2004. From 1996-2000 she was executive dean at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Burke was Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Dole from 1986-1996, when he was Senate Minority and then Majority Leader. In 1995 she was elected Secretary of the Senate, the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Senate. As deputy staff director of the Senate Finance Committee, Burke was responsible for legislation relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs. She served as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000-2007. She was a member of the board of trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation from 1999-2008, and was chair of the board from 2005-2008. She serves on the boards of The Chubb Corporation, Accolade, Ascension Heath and Abt, and is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the Council of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM). Early in her career, she was a staff nurse in Berkeley, California.

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Rita Colwell

Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and Global Science Officer and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004. In her capacity as NSF Director, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. Government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.

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George Crabtree

Dr. George Crabtree is Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). His research interests include next-generation battery technology and integrating energy science, technology, policy and societal decision-making. He has led several workshops for the Department of Energy on energy science and technology, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy, on meeting sustainable energy challenges, and on the prospects for next generation electrical energy storage.

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Dona Crawford

Ms. Dona L. Crawford is former Associate Director of Computation at LLNL. She has served on advisory committees for the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation. She co-chaired the CRDF Global Board and the Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee. Crawford is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, a member of the California Council on Science and Technology the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and participates in community outreach activities to promote math and science. She has a master’s degree in operations research from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Redlands, California. Crawford was named 2005 Woman of the Year in Science in Alameda County and received the Computerworld Honors Award in 2006. In November 2010, she was featured as one of insideHPC’s “Rock Stars of HPC.” Her undergraduate alma mater presented her with the Alumni Career Achievement Award in 2012, and HPCWire named her among their 2013 People to Watch.

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Andrew Dahlem

Andrew M. Dahlem, D.V.M. (h.c.), Ph.D., was named vice president and chief operating officer for Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) and LRL Europe in February 2007. He has previously served as vice president of toxicology, drug disposition, pharmacokinetics, and Lilly Research Laboratories in Europe since January 2003 and is a member of Lilly senior management. Dahlem began his career in pharmaceutical research in the metabolism group of Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and then joined Lilly in 1990 as a senior pharmacologist where he worked on improving the ADME properties of molecules to treat Alzheimer’s Disease and HIV/AIDS. He became head of biochemical toxicology in 1992. He was named director of drug disposition and biochemical (investigative) toxicology in 1993. He was promoted to executive director for toxicology and drug disposition in 1998, and he assumed responsibility for LRL in Europe in 1999 and for discovery operations in 2000. In December 2001, he was promoted to Vice President. Dr. Dahlem currently has responsibility for portfolio enablement, clinical trial design optimization, competitive intelligence, due diligence, academic outreach, as well as the core operational support function of Lilly Research Laboratories, and is a strong advocate of decision science methodology to drive portfolio outcomes. Dahlem serves on the board of directors for Indigo Biosystems and is a member of the Indiana State Museum Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation and the Translational Research and the Critical Path for Tuberculosis Drug Regimens for the Gates Foundation.

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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. He 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.

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Ronald Dollens

Mr. Ronald W. Dollens is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Guidant Corporation. Previously, he held the position as President, Medical Devices and Diagnostics at Eli Lilly and Company. Dollens is currently Lead Director of Halyard Health Inc., formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care, the past non-executive Chairman of the Board, Kinetic Concepts Inc,. previously a Director for Abiomed Inc., and Beckman Coulter Corp. He has held the Harold Poling Chair of Business and Government, Indiana University, and is the past Chairman of the Board of Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), and Chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Additional policy involvement has included The Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform, appointed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy G. Thompson, and a member of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Advisory Board. Dollens has been a Director for the Alliance for Aging Research, Butler University, Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, 3iVenture and Arboretum Ventures. Additionally he was past Chairman of the 2003 United Way of Central Indiana. He currently holds a Director position on the Regenstrief Foundation Board. He has an advisory role for Stanford Advisory Council on Interdisciplinary Biosciences, and Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy. Dollens received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences, Purdue University and MBA, Indiana University and has received two honorary doctorate degrees.

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Brad Fenwick

Dr. Brad Fenwick is Senior Vice President Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier, where he 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. Fenwick 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. 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.

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Andrew Garman

Mr. Andrew Garman is Managing Partner at New Ventures Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over $700M under management, focused on technology spinouts from corporations and major institutional labs. His current focus is on investments in energy technology, with board positions at Novinda, ICRtec, BrisMat, and Blinq. Previously he was a Vice President at Lucent Technologies, charged with developing ventures from Bell Labs; the Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company, where he managed a portfolio of internally generated spin-outs in information technology; and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xerox’s New Enterprise Group, commercializing the technology of Xerox, including that of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Garman holds an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a member of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board, the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, and a past president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and member of its Dean's Board of Advisors.

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Moira Gunn

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. Gunn was the first woman to receive a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, where she was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Science.

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Brian Harlow

Mr. Brian Harlow was named Vice President - Manufacturing, FCA - North America in October 2014. In this position, he is responsible for all assembly, stamping and powertrain manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as implementation of the World Class Manufacturing system at all FCA US LLC manufacturing facilities. Harlow was previously Global Head of Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering and Vice President and Head of NAFTA Powertrain Operations where he was responsible for all Powertrain facilities in the United States and Canada, which included global responsibility for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering at FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Harlow joined the former Chrysler Corporation in 1978 as a plant engineer at the Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.), and since has held a series of various manufacturing positions of increasing responsibility. Harlow earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1978) from Purdue University and a Master of Management (1998) from Indiana Wesleyan University. Harlow received an Honorary Doctorate in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Marcey Hoover

Dr. Marcey Hoover is the Director of Quality Assurance at Sandia National Laboratories. In her current role, Hoover is responsible for designing and sustaining the Laboratories’ quality assurance system and the associated technical capabilities needed to deliver exceptional products and services. She began her career at Sandia in 1995 as a member of the technical staff and has since held multiple leadership positions across the institution in areas critical to our nation’s security posture. She has held elected positions within the American Society for Quality’s Statistics Division and was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni of the Purdue Statistics Department. Hoover received her bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, and her master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in mathematical statistics from Purdue University.

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David Johnson

David L. Johnson was elected President and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) in December 2012, and also continues to serve as President of its BioCrossroads life sciences initiative. Johnson has been engaged with CICP for more than a decade as one of the original organizers and chief executive of BioCrossroads, a market-based enterprise focused on strategic investments growing Indiana’s life sciences sector. Through his work at BioCrossroads, Johnson has been responsible for raising over a quarter-billion dollars in philanthropic and venture capital funding to advance new companies, promote innovative research, and deliver on the promise of highly skilled 21st-Century employment opportunities for Hoosiers. In his role as BioCrossroads President, Johnson has also been heavily involved in the evolution and management of CICP, allowing a seamless transition to lead this alliance of the region’s (and state’s) most influential employers and university presidents. A longtime business leader and lawyer, Johnson is an honors graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Robert Joseph

Amb. Robert Joseph holds the position of Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy. Until March 2007, he was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Previously, he served in the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense. From 1992 until 2001, Joseph was Professor of National Security Studies and Director/Founder of the Center for Counterproliferation Research at the National Defense University. Earlier, he was U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission and Ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Commission on Nuclear Testing, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, Nuclear Policy/Planning Officer at U.S. Mission to NATO, and Assistant Professor of International Relations/Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tulane University, and Carleton College. He received the National Defense University President’s Award for Individual Achievement; the National Nuclear Security Administration Gold Medal for Distinguished Service; the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service (and Bronze Palm); multiple Senior Executive Service Meritorious Achievements citations; and the 2006 Ronald Reagan award for his contributions to U.S. missile defense. Joseph received his BA from Saint Louis University, his MA from the University of Chicago, and his PhD from Columbia University.

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John McCue

Mr. John McCue is a vice chairman and the US Energy & Resources leader at Deloitte LLP and is responsible for the coordination of Deloitte’s services to energy companies in the United States. McCue specializes in power and utility industry strategic planning; financial and shared services process change; generation and business portfolio management; and customer segmentation and relationship management. McCue has held a number of leadership positions throughout the energy & resources industry group during his 24 years with Deloitte. He has served as the U.S. consulting leader for Deloitte's power & utilities sector for the past eight years, growing the practice by more than 300 percent. McCue has also served as lead client service partner for an impressive roster of top-tier power and utility companies, leading many of the major utility mergers over the past 15 years. Prior to joining Deloitte, McCue spent four years as a petroleum and reservoir engineer with Amoco Production Company. He received both a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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John McDonald

Mr. John McDonald is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Power's Grid Solutions business. He has 43 years of experience in the electric utility industry. 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. McDonald received Purdue University’s 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, Past President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, CIGRE US National Committee (USNC) VP Technical Activities, and on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance and Chair of its Technical Committee. McDonald was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award in 2015, the 2015 CIGRE Distinguished Member Award and the 2015 CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award. He has published 80 papers and articles and coauthored four books. McDonald teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and courses for various IEEE Local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer.

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John Poate

Dr. John M. Poate is Emeritus Senior Vice-President of Research at the Colorado School of Mines and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Reviews. He previously served as a Harwell Fellow of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Head of the Silicon Processing and Interface Physics Research Departments at Bell Laboratories, Dean of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Chief Technology Officer of Axcelis Technologies. Poate is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS). He served as President of the MRS and Chair of the APS Division of Materials Physics. He has served on advisory panels of councils from NATO, US and overseas universities, the National Science Foundation, National Research Council and Department of Energy (DOE) and the Board of the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently serves as Chair of the Director’s Review Committee for Physical and Life Sciences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Board of the Energy Change Institute of the Australian National University, the South Dakota School of Mines Advisory Board, The CSU Energy Institute External Advisory Board and the Purdue University Strategic Research Advisory Council. His awards include the John Bardeen Award of The Metallurgical Society (TMS) and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has over 300 publications in archival journals and 12 patents. Dr. Poate obtained his BSc and MSc in Physics from Melbourne University and his PhD in Nuclear Physics from The Australian National University in 1967.

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Sarah Sanders

Dr. Sarah Sanders serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation. She 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 continues to represent the Alliance on the AMA Foundation Board. 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. Both her daughters and husband Charles are graduates of Purdue.

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Charles Wald

General Charles (Chuck) Wald, director and senior advisor to the Aerospace & Defense Industry for Deloitte LLP, is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with defense contractors and Department of Defense (DOD) program executives. Prior to joining Deloitte, Wald was the Vice President, International Programs for L-3 Communications Corporation, based in Washington D.C. Wald is the former Deputy Commander of United States European Command. He has combat time as an O-2A forward air controller in Vietnam and as an F-16 pilot flying over Bosnia. The general has served as a T-37 instructor pilot and F-15 flight commander. Other duties include Chief of the U.S. Air Force Combat Terrorism Center, support group commander, operations group commander, and special assistant to the Chief of Staff for National Defense Review. He was also the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and served on the Joint Staff as the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at the Pentagon. Wald serves as a co-leader of the National Security Project (NSP) at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Deborah Wince-Smith

Ms. Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Reagan White House. Wince-Smith served on the Smithsonian National Board as a Director of NSDAQ-OMX and currently serves on other public and private organizations, including the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Wince-Smith is the president of the newly formed Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led. Wince-Smith is the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and is a member of Japan’s Science & Technology in Society Forum Council. She is a member of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property, co-chaired by former Governor John Huntsman and former U.S. Director of Naval Intelligence, Dennis Blair. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Michigan State University, an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Toledo and an Honorary Doctorate of Law honoris causa from The Queens University of Belfast.

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Member Emeritus

Anthony Harris

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. 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, Harris was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue University.

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