Ed Abbo, President and CTO, C3 IoT
Ed Abbo is president and chief technology officer at C3 IoT, which provides an enterprise data analytics platform and application development environment for the rapid design and deployment of large-scale IoT applications that exploit the promise of big data, elastic cloud computing, analytics, machine learning, and mobile computing. Abbo leads C3 IoT’s strategy and execution, including technology direction, innovation, and customer success. Prior to C3 IoT, Abbo was senior vice president at Oracle Corporation, where he was responsible for its application products. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, he was senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Siebel Systems. Abbo earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton.
Mr. Norman Augustine MAE '57, *59
Norman R. Augustine is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation’s largest defense contractor, and a former Under Secretary of the Army. Augustine currently serves on the advisory council to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and previously served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and as chair of the National Academy of Engineering. Among Augustine’s many honors are the National Medal of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal. Augustine graduated from Princeton University, where he earned bachelors and master's degrees in engineering. He is the author or co-author of Augustine's Travels, The Defense Revolution, Augustine's Laws, and Shakespeare in Charge, and he chaired the National Academy of Engineering Committee that produced the report, “ Rising Above the Gathering Storm: “Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.”
Lance R. Collins (Council Chair)
Lance Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering and professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Previously, from 2005 to 2010, he served as the S. C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Collins joined the Sibley School in the spring semester of 2002, following eleven years as assistant professor, associate professor and professor of chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. From 1999 to 2002, he also held a joint appointment in the Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State. In 1998, during a sabbatical leave, Collins was a visiting scientist at the Laboratoire de Combustion et Systemes Reactifs (a CNRS laboratory in Orleans, FRANCE) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Group). Collins' research combines simulation and theory to study a variety of turbulent flow processes. His work on mechanisms of droplet breakup in turbulence was recognized with the 1997 Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007. Collins graduated from Princeton in 1981 with high honors in chemical engineering and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Dabiri is a Full Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on science and technology at the intersection of fluid mechanics, energy and environment, and biology. Honors for this work include a MacArthur Fellowship, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Popular Science magazine named him one of its "Brilliant 10" scientists for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. For his research in bio-inspired wind energy, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its Technology Innovators, and MIT Technology Review magazine named him one of its 35 innovators under 35. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and he is a member of the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
Patricia Falcone '74
Patricia Falcone is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California. She is the principal advocate for the Laboratory’s science and technology base and oversees the strategic development of the lab’s capabilities. A member of the senior management team, she is responsible for the lab’s collaborative research with academia and the private sector, as well as its internal investment portfolio.
Falcone joined LLNL in 2015 after almost six years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), including serving as the presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed Associate Director of OSTP for National Security and International Affairs. In that capacity, she led a team that advised on the science and technology dimensions of national security policy deliberations and on Federal support of national security research and development.
Earlier, Falcone served in a variety of technical and management positions at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, including as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, and as the Senior Manager for Systems Analysis and Engineering. Her work at Sandia focused on the assessment of new technologies for mission applications, and on advanced energy conversion technologies.
Falcone is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and of the advisory committee for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. She serves as a co-chair of the Advanced Computing Roundtable of the Council on Competitiveness and as the Chair of the National Laboratory Chief Research Officers.
Patricia Falcone received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
José E. Feliciano MAE '94
José E. Feliciano is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearlake Capital Group. He co-founded Clearlake in 2006. Clearlake is a private investment firm with a sector-focused approach. The firm seeks to partner with world- class businesses by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational and strategic expertise. The firm’s core target sectors include industrials, energy and power; technology, communications and business services; and consumer products and services. Clearlake currently has over $3.2 billion of assets under management.
Mr. Feliciano leads the firm's investing efforts in industrials, energy and power, and other key verticals. In addition to his investing responsibilities, Mr. Feliciano is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Firm. Prior to co-founding Clearlake, he was a Partner and member of the investment committee at Tennenbaum, a private investment firm focused on distressed and other special situations investments. Before joining Tennenbaum, he served as Chief Financial Officer of govWorks, Inc., a payments and other services provider to the public sector, where he managed the finance, corporate development and human resource functions. Prior to govWorks, Inc., Mr. Feliciano worked in investment banking in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Groups at Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he also was a private equity investor in the Latin America Enterprise Fund. Mr. Feliciano currently serves as a representative to the board of Amquip, Futuris, IronGate Energy, Jacuzzi Brands, Mission West, Mycom Group, Platinum Energy, Proven Brands, Purple, Sage Automotive, and Smart Sand. He has previously served on the board of directors, bank instructing groups and bondholder committees (formal and ad hoc) for a number of companies, including Ahern Rentals, Foster Wheeler, La Paloma Generating Company, MACH Gen, Northwestern, Phoenix Color, Pliant, PrimeSport, Radnor Holdings/Wincup, Rural/Metro Corporation, Triax Pharmaceuticals, and World Gourmet.
Mr. Feliciano serves on the Board of various non-profit organizations and also served as a Commissioner of the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Feliciano graduated with High Honors from Princeton University, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He received his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Ann Karagozian is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. Her research interests lie in fluid mechanics and combustion as applied to improved energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and advanced air breathing and rocket propulsion systems. Professor Karagozian is a Past Chair and is current Division Councilor of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics. She is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, having served previously as SAB Vice Chair (2005-2009) and twice receiving the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. Prof. Karagozian is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the APS, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She received her B.S. in Engineering from UCLA and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Defense Analyses and is an alumna of and mentor for the IDA Defense Science Study Group.
Paul Maeder '75
Paul Maeder is the Chair, co-Founder, and General Partner of Highland Capital Partners, one of America’s leading venture capital firms with offices in Cambridge and Palo Alto, and affiliate funds in the U.K., Europe and China. Paul has been investing in technology companies for more than 32 years. He has helped build many software and information technology companies and is now concentrating on building companies in online education, enterprise software and robotics. Maeder is the Board Chair of 2U (Nasdaq: TWOU), and currently serves on the boards Avidyne, BlueTarp Financial, Carbon Black, Jaunt VR and Rethink Robotics.
Maeder was the chair in 2011-2012 of the National Venture Capital Association during the creation and passage of the JOBS Act. He has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry and was the 2008 recipient of the Mass Technology Leadership Council Commonwealth Award. Before co-founding Highland in 1988, Maeder spent three years as a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where he concentrated on software investments. He also held operating positions for six years in high-growth technology companies. At Novacor he worked on the development of an implantable artificial heart. Maeder was also responsible for the development of a complex visual field examination instrument at Synemed, where he headed the company's mechanical engineering and software development teams.
Maeder also serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University and co-chairs the capital campaign for Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Maeder holds a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Lori A. Setton '84
Lori Setton is the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Washington, St. Louis. Professor Setton's research focuses on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc, articular cartilage and meniscus. In the lab, her work focuses on engineering and evaluating novel materials for tissue regeneration and drug delivery to treat musculoskeletal disease.
In 2015, Lori A. Setton joined Washington University in St. Louis as the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, where she was the William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Bass Fellow and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. She joined the Duke faculty in 1995. She is a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering and earned a Presidential Early Career Award from Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1997, as well as several awards for excellence in mentoring.
Professor Setton earned master's and doctoral degrees, both in mechanical engineering and biomechanics, in 1988 and 1993, respectively, from Columbia University. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
William Sirignano *64
Dr. Sirignano is the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Sirignano received his Ph.D. from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences at Princeton University. Dr. Sirignano is interested in combustion theory and computational methods, fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, and propulsion and power. His current research activities address the problems of the vaporization and burning of liquid fuels in very small volumes, turbulence-droplet interactions, distortion and breakup of thin liquid streams, flame spread across liquid fuel pools, and a study of combustion in high speed flows. The applications of the research include miniaturization of combustors, spray technologies, fire safety, and a new high-performance technology for combustion in the turbine stages of a gas-turbine engine. Dr. Sirignano leads the Combustion, Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion Group at UCI.
George T. Whitesides
George is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline including our spaceflight program as well as our small satellite launch capability. This includes oversight of our sister company, The Spaceship Company (TSC), to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles. Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator. Upon departure from NASA, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS), a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.
Currently, George serves as co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies. He is a member of Caltech’s Space Innovation Council, Princeton’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Advisory Council, and the advisory board of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society and an associate fellow of AIAA. He previously chaired the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, and has served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, the board of Virgin Unite USA, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security.
George has testified on American space policy before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. Space News selected him as one of 12 “People to Watch” in the space industry.
An honors graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, George earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs. He later earned a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia. George is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.