Dr. Mark J. Lewis
(Director) came to the STPI directorship from the University of Maryland–College Park, where he was the Willis Young Professor and Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department. He was Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force in 2004 and held this position until 2008, making him the longest-serving Chief Scientist in USAF history. During his tenure as Chief Scientist, Dr. Lewis expanded basic research support; focused efforts on high-speed flight, sustainment, launch vehicle technologies, and operational space; established major international programs; and co-wrote the Presidential National Aeronautics Executive Order. Dr. Lewis is the author of some 300 technical publications and is active in national and international professional societies with responsibilities for research and educational policy and support. His research has contributed directly to several programs in the areas of high-speed vehicle and aircraft design. He was also the founder of the Center for Hypersonics Education and Research and later the NASA-Air Force Constellation University Institutes Project. In addition to his service on various advisory boards, Dr. Lewis also served as the president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Bill Brykczynski (Deputy Director) has conducted extensive analyses involving Federal Government continuity programs, national security, and emergency preparedness communications and warning systems. Before joining STPI, he was Chief Scientist of the Software Productivity Consortium and led the consortium’s cyber-security program. He has more than two decades of experience conducting technical analyses and leading project teams, including performing applied research and development in information security, analyzing industry research and development and market capabilities, evaluating the software capabilities of large organizations, analyzing information technology risks in major defense systems, and assessing the security of computer systems. Dr. Brykczynski holds an MS in information management from George Washington University and a PhD in information technology from George Mason University.
Mr. Greg Moreno
(Manager, Division Administration) came to STPI after retiring from a 24-year career in the U.S. Army. Mr. Moreno served as a commissioned officer Army Aviator Helicopter Pilot with various human resources assignments. He currently provides administrative oversight to the institute’s governmental contract and funding process. He directly supervises the administrative and technical staff supporting the institute’s research staff and their efforts. He is responsible for the institute’s budget, compliance with corporate policy, subcontractor agreements, information technology requirements, and purchasing. Mr. Moreno holds a BS in business from Arizona State University and an MS in administration from Central Michigan University. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Mr. Mitchell J. Ambrose
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2013 with a BS in physics and a major in philosophy. Prior to joining STPI, Mr. Ambrose was a research assistant for an experimental high energy physics group working on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He was part of a team tasked with designing a novel beam halo monitoring detector based on the detection of Cherenkov radiation. In addition, he completed an internship in the Minnesota state senate, during which he analyzed issues and legislation being considered by the Environment and Energy committee.
Ms. Abigail R. Azari
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated from Smith College in 2013 with a BA in physics and a minor in astronomy. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Azari researched climate change education in secondary and post-secondary renewable energy courses at Colorado School of Mines. Afterwards, she worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzing stellar data. Before joining STPI, Ms. Azari completed a National Undergraduate Fellowship in Plasma Physics and Fusion Sciences at the DIII-D fusion reactor site in San Diego, California.
Dr. Asha Balakrishnan (Research Staff Member) brings engineering expertise to STPI work in the areas of innovation, competitiveness, and STEM education. Some of her projects at STPI include work related to underrepresented minorities in STEM education and high-skilled immigration of students studying STEM. Some of her previous research focused on developing experimentation techniques and biomechanical models of the brain to understand traumatic brain injury. Dr. Balakrishnan holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. Both her MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Daniel E. Basco
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University with a BS in social policy and a minor in economics. Before STPI, he was an intern and a contractor at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health on STAR METRICS (Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science). Mr. Basco also worked with the National Science Foundation on how to better document Federal research and development activities using existing databases.
Ms. Jessica N. Brooks
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated from Princeton University in 2013, with a BA in molecular biology and a certificate (minor) in neuroscience. She has research experience in several areas of molecular neurobiology, and has worked on projects at Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton universities. These projects have included the investigation of Drosophila olfaction and reward circuitry in mice. For her undergraduate thesis, Ms. Brooks created a toolbox of Herpes Simplex Virus recombinants for use in experimental neural tracing. She presented this work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in 2012. Ms. Brooks acted as an Undergraduate Representative to the Princeton University FY13 Priorities Committee, and joined the Society for Neuroscience for their 2013 “Hill Day.”
Mr. Christopher T. Clavin
(Research Associate) holds a BS and an MS in civil and environmental engineering, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His work at STPI and professional interests involve policy analysis at the intersections of energy technology and efficiency research and development, natural resource management and ecology, and civil infrastructure systems. Prior to joining STPI, he worked as an engineer, conducting environmental and technical studies on issues pertaining to renewable energy and biofuels technology development, environmental and ecological impacts of climate change, and ecosystem services for government agencies, public and private utilities, and private energy developers.
Dr. William E. J. Doane
(Research Staff Member) has expertise in computer science, computer science education, computer science education research, information science, instructional design, and curriculum development. Before joining STPI, Dr. Doane was a research associate at the University at Albany and the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science & Education. Additionally, he has held faculty appointments at the University at Albany, Bennington College, the College of Saint Rose, Skidmore College, and several other institutions. Dr. Doane holds a PhD in informatics from the State University of New York at Albany, an MS in information and computer sciences from the University of Hawaii, and a BA in cognitive science from Hampshire College.
Ms. Anita Eisenstadt
(Research Staff Member) brings legal, international, and science policy expertise to STPI. Ms. Eisenstadt served as a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. State Department where she promoted international science and technology policy cooperation and served as an expert on biotechnology research and intellectual property rights and the public domain. She led the U.S. delegation to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Committee on Science and Technology Policy and its Working Party on Biotechnology. In a previous position as the State Department’s Representative to the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing, she coordinated national and foreign policy on global navigation satellite systems. Prior to joining the State Department, she served as an Assistant General Counsel at the National Science Foundation where her portfolio included international law, research compliance, export controls, Federal data policies, environmental law, employment law, grants and contracts, and legislation. As the attorney to the United States Antarctic Program, Ms. Eisenstadt established a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal and environmental law enforcement program in Antarctica and represented the Foundation at Antarctic Consultative Treaty Meetings. Ms. Eisenstadt holds a JD from Wayne State University Law School and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Pamela Ebert Flattau
(Research Staff Member) has expertise in Federal programs and policies affecting the behavioral and social sciences and education in the United States. She has contributed to STPI studies in human information processing; mathematics and engineering education; and cultural competence. Before joining STPI, Dr. Flattau led numerous national studies at the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council of the U.S. higher education system as well as Federal research training and S&E workforce development strategies, culminating in her service as Director of the Studies and Surveys Unit of the National Research Council’s Office of Scientific Engineering Personnel. She holds a BSc (with honors) in experimental psychology from the University of Leeds as well as an MS and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Georgia, specializing in cognitive and perceptual development. Dr. Flattau was the first psychologist to be selected by the AAAS Congressional Science Fellowship program.
Dr. Jason A. Gallo
(Research Staff Member) has expertise in mass communications, information and communications technologies, and telecommunications infrastructure. His research focuses on technology and infrastructure policy, development, and regulation. Before joining STPI, Dr. Gallo was a visiting lecturer in the Communications Studies Department at Northwestern University and a dissertation fellow at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has focused on the role of the National Science Foundation in the development of U.S. information infrastructure. He holds an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University and a PhD in Media, Technology, and Society from Northwestern University.
Ms. Nayanee Gupta
(Research Staff Member) brings to STPI expertise in modeling and simulation for chemical and material properties, including nanotechnologies. Ms. Gupta previously worked in research and development at Intel Corporation, and holds two U.S. patents for developing predictive simulation models for core microprocessor technology development. Before joining STPI, Ms. Gupta analyzed policy issues on topics ranging from nanotechnology to neutron detection technologies used by the Department of Homeland Security, while doing research internships at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Congressional Research Services, respectively. Ms. Gupta holds an MS in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and holds MS degrees in chemistry and materials engineering from North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland at College Park. She also holds an MA in international policy in science and technology from the George Washington University.
Dr. Judith A. Hautala
(Research Staff Member) has experience in strategic and business planning, research and development management, technology assessment and licensing, and business development. She has worked on numerous strategic planning projects for the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. These projects have included clinical trials, translational research, and bioinformatics. Before joining STPI, Dr. Hautala was Vice President of Research and Development at American Red Cross Biomedical Services and Director of the Jerome H. Holland Laboratory for the Biomedical Sciences. There, she directed both a research and development program in support of blood services and a grant-funded discovery research program related to transfusion medicine and novel cellular therapies. She received a BA in chemistry from Colorado College and a PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University.
Mr. David Healey
(Research Assistant) received a BS in biochemistry from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. As an undergraduate, his research focused on the biochemistry of bacterial protein making machinery. He also completed an internship at Harvard Medical School screening small molecules for neuroactive activity in zebrafish. At MIT, he studies evolutionary and systems biology, with a focus on applying game theory to analyze the evolutionary decisions that single-celled organisms make when consuming nutrients. His interests include STEM education, energy, national security, and national innovation systems.
Ms. Susannah V. Howieson
(Research Staff Member) brings legal and economic expertise to STPI, particularly in the areas of energy and the environment. Her research has focused on assessing the economic effect of environmental and energy regulations, including state renewable energy portfolio standards. At STPI, Ms. Howieson has worked on projects involving Federal climate adaptation planning, evaluation of environmental health programs, regulatory science and Federal laboratory technology transfer. Prior to joining STPI, she worked as an attorney at Sidley Austin, LLP in New York, NY, and for the Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Howieson has a BA from Rice University, a JD from Boston University, and a MEM in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University.
Mrs. Sherrica S. Holloman
(Research Assistant) holds an MS in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BS in aerospace engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She joined STPI in 2010, and the focus of her work has been on aeronautics and astronautics, manufacturing, and innovation as it relates to improvement of government and multiple sector industry economic development, sustainability, and global competiveness. Prior to joining STPI, Mrs. Holloman worked as an intern at NASA Headquarters in the Office of International and Interagency Relations and is an alumnus of the NASA Goddard Academy. She was selected as a 2010 MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence and is also a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program alumnus.
Dr. Seth Jonas
(Research Staff Member) brings STPI expertise in physical science and mathematics. He has experience in metric development, evaluation, and quantitative analysis across a broad range of agencies and topics. Dr. Jonas holds an MA and a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Thomas W. Jones
(Research Associate) has an MS in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University and a BA in economics from the College of William and Mary. Before joining STPI, Mr. Jones conducted economic and statistical modeling and economic analysis at both the Federal Reserve Board and the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. He has expertise in regression analyses, time series modeling, data mining, and other quantitative techniques.
Dr. Kristen M. Kulinowski
(Research Staff Member) has expertise in chemical and materials sciences, risk policy, education, program evaluation, and research administration. At STPI her work has included tasks on program evaluation, innovation policy, disaster response, and regulatory science. Prior to joining STPI, she was at Rice University where her work focused on engaging government, industry, and civil society stakeholders in exploring and managing the environmental and health risks of engineered nanomaterials. She was also OSA-SPIE Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked on legislation involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and domestic nuclear power security. Dr. Kulinowski holds a BS in chemistry from Canisius College and MS and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Bhavya Lal
(Research Staff Member) brings skills and experience that span the areas of innovation, competitiveness, program evaluation, and scientometrics. She leads STPI projects that address challenges to America’s long-term competitiveness in R&D especially related to physical sciences and engineering, manufacturing, and space sectors. Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was the President of C-STPS, LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm in Waltham, MA. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates Inc. in Cambridge MA. She is an alumna of the National Conference of Community and Justice’s LeadBoston program. She was also nominated as a role model in the National Academy of Engineers’ Gallery of Women Engineers, and is a member of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. Dr. Lal holds BS and MS degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge MA. She also holds an MS from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a PhD from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.
Mr. Gregory C. Lee (Science Policy Fellow) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2012 with a BSE in bioengineering. At STPI, Mr. Lee works primarily on health care and biomedical research policy and organization, as well as on cyberinfrastructure for data-intensive engineering research and strategy for space technology development. Specific experience and skills involve program evaluation, management, regulatory analysis, and strategy development. Previously, Mr. Lee conducted research for over three years at the University of Pennsylvania’s McKay Orthopedic Research Laboratory, focusing on various aspects of nanofiber materials for tissue engineering. Over this time he developed extensive laboratory skills and contributed to articles in Tissue Engineering Part A, Biomaterials, and Acta Biomaterialia. As an intern at the National Institutes of Health, he conducted independent research on motor skills adaptation.
Ms. Ellory E. Matzner (Science Policy Fellow) graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a BA in civil and environmental engineering and policy studies. Before joining STPI, Ms. Matzner held an internship at Defenders of Wildlife where she analyzed congressional voting for the 2012 Farm Bill. As an urban and environmental planning intern at the City of London, Borough of Tower Hamlets, she led the revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Guidelines and produced EIA Opinions by conducting site visits. For Rice University’s School of Social Sciences, she conducted urban policy research on site contamination at the 2012 Olympics. During another internship at a law firm, Blackburn and Carter, she created geographical information system maps that depict global food commodity flows into the United States.
Mr. Eoin D. McCarron
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated from Colby College in 2013 with a BA in science, technology, and society and in history. Before coming to STPI, Mr. McCarron worked with Colby College Professor James Fleming researching the emergence of atmospheric science and the cultural and industrial history of carbon dioxide. Later, as part of his honors thesis, he researched upper-atmospheric nuclear testing, electromagnetic pulses, and space weather at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
Mr. Maxwell K. Micali (Science Policy Fellow) graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a BS in mechanical engineering. Prior to coming to STPI, Mr. Micali was a member of The O’Hern Group at Yale and researched three-dimensional packing structures and mechanical properties of granular materials. As the design lead in Yale’s senior design course, he led the development of a miniature JP-8 generator for extending the range of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. During a research fellowship at ASME, he wrote a research paper entitled “Life Cycle Considerations of Solar Energy Technologies” that was published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Engineering and Public Policy. As a summer researcher at Georgetown University, he conducted a research project on energy-harvesting, piezoelectric-impregnated fabrics.
Dr. Michael C. Mineiro (Research Staff Member) brings legal and international affairs expertise to STPI, particularly in aeronautics and astronautics. His research has focused on international cooperation in high-technology endeavors, export and technology trade controls, and space-based remote sensing/earth observation. At STPI, Dr. Mineiro has worked on projects involving strategic planning for Federal research and development in alternative jet fuel, space technology, and space transportation policy, and national security STEM workforce development. Dr. Mineiro holds a Doctor of Law (DCL) and a Legal Masters (LLM) in Air and Space Law from McGill University, a JD from the University of North Carolina, and a BA from North Carolina State University. He is the recipient of the Boren Graduate National Security Fellowship (China, 2005) and Boeing Graduate Fellowship in Air & Space Law (2008–11).
Dr. Kimberly L. Mueller
(Research Staff Member) has a PhD, MSE, and BSE in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. Her scientific work focuses on improving the link between natural carbon cycling and climate change. Much of her research involves budgeting and investigating the behavior of carbon dioxide sources and sinks at different scales using statistical models. Recently she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Meteorology Society (AMS), and University Cooperation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Congressional Science Policy Fellow on the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee. Prior to her AAAS fellowship and graduate studies, Dr. Mueller worked as an environmental engineer on a diverse range of projects involving flood prediction and management, water system design, and environmental soil and groundwater remediation in the United States and Asia Pacific.
Mrs. Sarah H. Nash
(Research Staff Member) has expertise in continuity of government, continuity of operations, emergency management, and crisis management. Before joining STPI, she spend 25 years with IDA’s Studies and Analyses Center, where she worked first as a librarian and later as a research staff member in the Center’s Computer and Software Engineering Division. She has contributed to tasks involving information assurance, computer and software standards, and software maintenance and modernization. Since joining STPI, Nash has worked on Federal Government continuity programs, as well as national security, emergency preparedness, and communications and warning systems. Nash holds BA in French from Dickinson College, an MS in library science from Catholic University, and an MBA from George Mason University.
Miss Rashida Nek (Research Assistant) received a BA in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since joining STPI in 2008, her research has focused on bibliometric analyses and program evaluations for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Most recently she has been working on a portfolio analysis of behavioral and social science research at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to coming to STPI, she surveyed breast cancer risk factors in Latin America for the Mexican Foundation of Health and studied issues related to rural health care in India for Siemens. Her other interests include mental health care policy, management, and delivery.
Dr. Rachel A. Parker (Research Staff Member) research has focused on the intersection of science and technology with research capacity development. Her work at STPI includes economic- and research capacity-development efforts for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition to her evaluation-focused projects, Dr. Parker studies emerging technologies and economic development, building on her PhD research into nanotechnology policy as an economic driver in the United States and China. Dr. Parker received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University, an MS in Management of Non-Governmental Organizations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in sociology with an emphasis in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was a research fellow at the National Science Foundation Center for Nanotechnology in Society. She is co-editor of Can Emerging Technologies Make a Difference in Development?
Mrs. Vanessa Peña (Research Assistant) holds dual master’s degrees from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most recently, her work has focused on Federal laboratories, power grid regulations, and international benchmarking of innovation. Since joining STPI in 2009, she has also worked heavily on program evaluations, emphasizing data-driven approaches and scientometrics to analyze National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health research portfolios. Prior to joining STPI, Mrs. Peña studied the biofuels value-chain in Honduras for WWF and the Netherlands Development Organization, promoted alternative transport fuels with the London Mayor’s Office, and advised on international climate and energy policies.
Mr. Lucas M. Pratt
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated in 2012 from Yale University with a BS in chemistry. As an undergraduate researcher at Yale, Mr. Pratt investigated the synthesis of a family of Iridium-centered complexes and their catalytic properties in reactions geared towards the production of Green fuels, as well as the electrical properties of layered polymer films. At the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences, he studied low-energy methods of adding robust hydrophobic coatings to oxide surfaces. Separate from his academic research, Mr. Pratt has also served as a student-technician and coordinator for Yale’s Student Technology Collaborative, overseeing technical support for students’ software and hardware issues.
Miss Elaine M. Sedenberg (Science Policy Fellow) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in biochemistry in 2011. As an undergraduate, she held an internship with the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization where she managed several technology portfolios. Before joining STPI, Miss Sedenberg completed the Tisdale Fellowship in technology policy and an Archer Fellowship, both in Washington, D.C., where she explored contemporary science policy issues.
Mr. Brian J. Sergi (Science Policy Fellow) received a BS in science, technology, and international affairs from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2012. As a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, he translated information on industrial radioactive sources used in Latin America. Later, working for Georgetown University professor Carl Dahlman, he analyzed data on international innovation systems. Before coming to STPI, Mr. Sergi completed a fellowship at the Breakthrough Institute—an energy policy think tank—where he spent a summer exploring advanced nuclear energy technology and policy. He has also served as a congressional intern and a science and math tutor for high school students.
Dr. Stephanie S. Shipp (Research Staff Member) specializes in the assessment of science and technology projects, programs, and portfolios. Her work spans topics related to innovation and competiveness with recent emphasis on advanced manufacturing, the role of Federal laboratories, and funding of high risk/high reward research. Before joining STPI, she was a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. Dr. Shipp was the Director of the Economic Assessment Office in the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prior to that, she led economic and statistical programs at the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Federal Reserve Board. Dr. Shipp is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held several leadership positions within the ASA. She was a member of the international advisory board for VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency. Recently, she led an expert panel to evaluate the Swedish Research Council’s Linnaeus Grants. She holds a BA from Trinity College, Washington, DC, and a PhD in economics from George Washington University.
Dr. Ian D. Simon
(Research Staff Member) brings expertise centers in microbiology, domestic health care policy, and international science policy. Before joining STPI he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, Ian served as public health and science adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while on the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship. Dr. Simon began his career as a microbiologist and transitioned to science policy through the Henry Luce Scholarship, which enabled him to conduct international science policy research at the South Korean think tank, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI). Dr. Simon earned his BS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park; and his MS degree and PhD in microbiology from Yale University, specializing in AIDS vaccine research and development.
Ms. Aliza M. Stein (Science Policy Fellow) received a BA in chemistry in 2012 from Columbia University’s Barnard College. Before coming to STPI, Ms. Stein did research with the Merrer group at Barnard College, which studies the mechanisms of carbene additions to strained bridgehead olefins. The group’s research was presented in a poster at the American Chemical Society conference in the spring of 2012. She also conducted research in synthetic organic chemistry at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ms. Stein was a Department of Homeland Security Scholar from 2010 to 2012.
Dr. Sally Tinkle
(Research Staff Member) brings to STPI expertise in human health research, policy, and administration, especially as it relates to emerging technologies and environmental exposures. Before joining STPI, she served as the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science and Technology Council where she led strategic planning and implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. As a Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Tinkle worked on health issues related to biofuels and the bioeconomy, application of global earth observations to human health monitoring, environmentally-induced pulmonary health conditions, as well as nanotechnology. Dr. Tinkle also served as a research laboratory Team Leader at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, focusing on the relationship of skin exposure to the development of occupational lung disease. Dr. Tinkle received her PhD from the Department of Physiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Science.
Ms. Emma Tran
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated in 2012 with a BS in biology, a BA in rhetoric and writing, and a self-created minor entitled “The Politics of Science.” Her scientific research was in neurophysiology and biophysics, which she conducted under the auspices of three institutions: The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, and Trinity College, Dublin. Her other undergraduate research projects include developing a stronger STEM writing curriculum for large, state-funded universities and understanding the effects of prioritization on basic research funding. Outside of academia, Ms. Tran has had range of professional experience marketing and consulting in the non-profit, state, and industry sectors. In her final semester at UT-Austin, Ms. Tran worked as a Student Associate at the Austin Technology Incubator where she obtained a better understanding of the mechanisms that transform laboratory discoveries to successful commercial products in the market.
Dr. Christopher L. Weber (Research Staff Member) brings to STPI expertise in civil and environmental engineering. Before joining STPI, he was research professor in civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His current interests involve energy efficiency and climate change and the use of life cycle assessment and economic modeling in policy. His research has focused on the connections between international trade, economic growth, and the environmental and climate impacts of household consumption in the United States and China. Dr. Weber holds a BS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa, an MS in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Ryan M. Whelan
(Science Policy Fellow) graduated in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in environmental economics and policy. Mr. Whelan has held a research internship position at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin where he researched and contributed to a paper on the potential economic impact of environmental flows for Texas freshwater mussels. Between studies he has also served as an intern under a congressman and an investment advisory firm.
Dr. Alyson G. Wilson (Research Staff Member) brings to STPI skills in statistics, Bayesian methods, reliability, information integration, and uncertainty quantification. Before joining STPI, she was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University and a Technical Staff Member in the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her recent research has focused on assessing the reliability of complex systems and uncertainty quantification for networks. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and she holds a U.S. patent for Image Object Matching using Core Analysis and Deformable Shape Loci. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in statistics from Duke University, an MS in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in mathematical sciences from Rice University.
Dr. Brian L. Zuckerman (Research Staff Member) brings expertise to STPI in the areas of program evaluation and scientometrics. His work at STPI focuses on Federal research and development program performance and agency-wide research portfolios, with an emphasis on biomedical research. Dr. Zuckerman has also analyzed Federal research and development data systems and statistical data collection programs. Before joining STPI, he was a principal at C-STPS, LLC, and at the Center for Science and Technology Policy of Abt Associates Inc. He is a co-chair of the Research, Technology, and Development Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Zuckerman holds a BA in chemistry from Harvard College and a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.