Speakers

Some of the FORWARD to Professorship speakers are listed below (in alphabetical order by first name). Information for all other speakers can be obtained by following the links on our program page.

Amy E. Butler, Guest Speaker

Amy E. Butler serves as Executive Director of Foundation Relations at The George Washington University. Prior to GW, she spent 11 years working for national organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Children's Defense Fund, American Rivers, and National Public Radio. She also has devoted 5 years as a grassroots fundraiser and educator for the Southern Tier AIDS Program and Southern Tier NAMES Project, as well as Foundation Directory for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Amy received her Bachelor's Degree in 1987 from the University of California, Los Angeles in United States History, as well as a Master's Degree in 1989 and Ph.D. in United States History in 1997 from Binghamton University. Amy is the author of Two Paths to Equality, a case study of the legislative and legal strategies used by national women's organizations to advance equal rights in the workplace. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Association of Grant Professionals and currently serves on the board of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.

Carol Hayes, Guest Speaker

Carol Hayes received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2000. She joined The George Washington University as an Assistant Professor of Writing in 2002. Currently on sabbatical, she is engaged in both quantitative and qualitative research on student writing attitudes; the study she is leading attempts to measure the impact of public writing on helping first-year students transition to university-level writing and research. She is also writing a work of historical fiction. She served as Deputy Director of First-Year Writing at The George Washington University in 2005 and 2006, and then as Director in 2007 and 2008.

Cynthia Dowd, Guest Speaker

Cynthia Dowd is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at George Washington University.  She obtained her BA in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Following a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, Cindy was an intramural scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In 2007, she began her independent career at GWU where her research is focused on the design and synthesis of novel therapies against tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens.  She is the co-author/editor of The Chemistry of Drugs for Nurse Anesthetists, many peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, and is the recipient of major awards from GWU and NIH.

Daniel Lundberg, Guest Speaker

Dr. Daniel Lundberg received his B.S. in Biology from Gallaudet University in 2002. Immediately after graduation, he was accepted as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Cancer Institute, NIH for one year where he studied and contributed to publications in signal transduction pathways important in cancer and pain. He then received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Medical School in 2008. The focus of his dissertation was on cannabinoid modulation of synaptic transmission. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Gallaudet University.

David Dolling, Guest Advisor

Dr. Dolling obtained a 1st Class Honors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from London University, UK, in 1971, and from 1971-1973, was an aerodynamicist at Hawker Siddeley Dynamics. He earned a graduate diploma in Fluid Dynamics at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in 1974 and a Ph.D. degree from London University in 1977.  From 1977-1983, he was a Research Engineer and Lecturer at the Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University. In 1983 he joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (ASE/EM) at The University of Texas at Austin. He served as chairman of the ASE/EM Department from 1994 to 2003, and was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering from 2004 -2008.

 He is a Fellow of AIAA, and Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr Dolling served as Vice-President (Publications) of AIAA and member of AIAA Board of Directors from 2003-2006.  Professor Dolling is an experimentalist with research interests in supersonic and hypersonic shock wave-induced, turbulent flows, with particular interests in unsteady separated flows.

He has been Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University since September 2008.

Ellen Kandell, Guest Speaker

Ellen  Kandell, is an attorney with over 30 years of diverse legal experience in the public and private sectors.  She is the President of Alternative Resolutions, LLC which provides third party neutral services, conflict management training and consulting.  She was trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School and is a certified mediator in Maryland.   Her clients include non profits, associations, business, educational institutions, and government agencies.  Her passion is working with organizations to resolve team and system wide conflicts.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of American and the University of Maryland University College.  She is also President of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and a founding member of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County.

Prior to opening her own firm in 1999, Ms. Kandell was in the environmental enforcement office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and managed their alternative dispute resolution program.

Jenepher Lennox Terrion, Guest Speaker

Jenepher Lennox Terrion, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. She has an extensive practical and academic background in the field of communication, where her teaching and research interests are in the areas of interpersonal and organizational communication, training evaluation and program evaluation. Her research has examined the impacts of peer mentoring, leadership development, family support, and communication skills training programmes. She is particularly interested in the contribution of communication in building and maintaining social capital or interpersonal relationships, and the role that these networks and relationships play in fostering resiliency, retention and academic success, engagement and a sense of belonging. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Mentoring and Tutoring, Studies in Higher Education, the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring and the Journal of Management Development as well as the Sage Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (2012). Dr. Lennox Terrion has provided consultation and training services throughout the private and public sectors since 1987 to hundreds of staff, managers and executives. She holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication and speaks English and French.

James H. Johnson Jr., Guest Advisor

Dr. Johnson has been the Samuel P. Massie Professor of Civil Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University. He is recently retired. 

He is the past chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the co-principal investigator of the Department of Energy-sponsored HBCU/MI Environmental Technology Consortium. Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering and the Board of Trustees of the Anne Arundel Community College. He also serves on several university and private sector advisory committees.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include the treatment and disposal of hazardous substances, the evaluation of environmental policy issues in relation to minorities, the use of nanomaterials for environmental restoration, the development of environmental curricula and strategies to increase the pool of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

Dr. Johnson has authored over 60 scholarly articles, contributed to three books, and co-edited two books.  Dr. Johnson is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia and a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is the 2005 recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award in Academia.

Jean Chin, Guest Speaker

Dr. Jean Chin is a Program Director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She oversees a portfolio of research (R01) grants in the areas of membrane structure and function as well as lipid metabolism. In addition, she manages a collaborative "glue" grant on lipidomics and two center grants for the production and structural determination of membrane proteins. She is also deeply committed to the NIH AREA or Academic Research Enhancement Award program which supports biomedical research for faculty in primarily undergraduate and teaching-intensive institutions. Dr. Chin received her B.S. in Chemistry from Simmons College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College. After postdoctoral and junior faculty positions at Harvard University and at the Center for Blood Research in Harvard Medical School, she continued her research as a Senior Staff Fellow at the NIH before joining NIGMS in 1994 as a Program Director.

Kelly Mack, Guest Speaker

Dr. Kelly Mack received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Biology and later the PhD degree from Howard University in Physiology. She returned to UMES in 1995 as an Assistant Professor. Currently, she is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences, making her the first African American woman and the first woman ever to be promoted to that rank in the history of the Department of Natural Sciences at UMES.

Dr. Mack has had extensive training in the area of cancer research. During her tenure as a graduate student at Howard University, she was involved in ongoing studies related to the cellular accumulation of cisplatin, an antitumor agent, in estrogen-sensitive and -insensitive human breast cancer cells in the presence of terbium, a lanthanide metal and calcium channel blocker. At Howard, she developed expertise in sterile tissue culture techniques, fluorescence spectroscopy, and atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Since then, her research efforts have varied in focus over the past several years to include mechanisms of androgen regulation of prostate tumor cells as well as the use of demethyltransferase inhibitors and histone deacetylase agents in inducing the re-expression of the estrogen receptor in human breast tumor cells. Most recently, Dr. Mack's research has focused on the use of bioflavonoids in the regulation of proliferation of estrogen receptor positive (ER+) and estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast tumor cells. To address this research goal, Dr. Mack has established the UMES Genomics Facility, which utilizes microarray technology for determining global gene expression patterns.

Dr. Mack not only has a professional commitment to cancer research, but also teaching and academic leadership. As a member of the Board of Governors for the National Council on Undergraduate Research, an organization which is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study, Dr. Mack has a vital role in facilitating the improvement of the state of undergraduate education in the US. As the Biology Program Group Leader at UMES, Dr. Mack provides leadership and strategic vision for the intellectual, educational, and professional development of biology majors. Dr. Mack also provides leadership in coordinating faculty associated with the Biology Program in providing quality instruction, research, and development activities. During her tenure at UMES, Dr. Mack has served as Principal Investigator, Director or Co-Director for several externally funded projects that have totaled over $12 million dollars. These include the UMES Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Programs, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences; the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program; the University of Maryland Center of Excellence for Health Disparities; the University of Maryland Partnership in Cancer Research and Outreach; and the recently funded UMES ADVANCE Program, which has as its mission to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

Keri Kornelson, Guest Speaker

Keri Kornelson received a Bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Colordo, Boulder in 1989 and a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Maryland, European Division (England) in 1992. She received her Master's degree in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2001. She was an NSF-VIGRE postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University from 2001-4 and was an Assistant Professor at Grinnell College from 2004 to 2008. She solved her 2-body problem with a move to the University of Oklahoma, and is currently up for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

Her research interests include harmonic and functional analysis, particularly as applied to wavelets and frames, fractals, and iterated function systems. Along with this work, she has also been active in promoting women in STEM fields, creating research projects for undergraduates and early graduate students, and recruiting more students into the math major at OU.

Linda Heller, Guest Speaker

Linda Heller, award winning author, received her undergraduate degree in English with a focus on American Literature and her Masters degree in Elementary Education. Prior to writing novels, she crafted fiction of a different sort as a PR communications specialist at publicly-held technology company. Currently, she focuses on her own writing career and is a member of the Romance Writers of America and serves on the Board of the Washington Romance Writers. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Leah Jamieson, Keynote Speaker

Leah Jamieson is John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She served as 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE.  She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service – Program. She has been recognized with the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Social Impact. She served on the steering committee for the NAE report Changing the Conversation: Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering and is co-chair of the ASEE project Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education.  Jamieson received her S.B. degree from M.I.T. and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE and IEC.

Mary Ann Stepp, Guest Speaker

Mary Ann Stepp got her undergraduate (BS) and graduate (Ph.D.) degrees in Boston Massachusetts in 1980 and 1985 from Simmons College (Nutrition and Chemistry) and Boston University (Biochemistry) respectively. She did postdoctoral work at MIT in the Cancer Center as an American Cancer Society Fellow and went on to a position as Assistant Scientist and Instructor at Harvard's Schepen's Eye Research Institute. Getting her first NIH RO1 grant by the age of 32, she left Boston to join the GWU Medical School as a Research Assistant Professor in 1992 and has worked her way up to the position of Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and of Ophthalmology. She has 2 daughters. The older daughter graduated from Clark University in Worcester MA last year and is doing a year of Americorp service this year. The younger daughter is a junior at U of MD at College Park majoring in Mathematics Education.

Noel Brady, Guest Speaker

Noel Brady received a B.A. in mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in 1988 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1993. He held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Utah and at Cornell University. In 1998 he joined the mathematics faculty at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman campus. He is currently professor of mathematics at OU. He has served as graduate director of mathematics, and is currently chair of the OU research council.

Noel's research is in geometric group theory. This involves studying symmetries of objects (such as symmetries of wallpaper patterns and symmetries of crystallographic lattices), and investigating the nature of symmetry.

Pamela Cook, Guest Advisor

After completing her PhD. in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, Pam Cook (-Ioannidis) received a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship to Utrecht University, the Netherlands.  For 10 years thereafter she was on the mathematics faculty at UCLA (the University of California at Los Angeles) where she rose to Associate Professor with tenure.  Following that she moved to the University of Delaware where she has served as Chair of the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, as Associate Dean for Research and Planning of the College of Arts and Sciences, and more recently as Associate Dean of Engineering for Faculty Development.  

She has held visiting positions at California Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, and at the Institute for Math and its Applications at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Cook’s current research is on mathematical modeling and prediction of flow properties of complex fluids, especially highly entangled fluids such as wormlike micelles and monodisperse polymer solutions.  Her mathematical interests are in modeling, nonlinear partial differential equations, asymptotics and perturbations. Her earlier work was in transonic aerodynamics and she is co–author of a book by that name. Dr. Cook is strongly involved in understanding and implementing best practices in the recruitment and retention of faculty and graduate students especially women. She is a co–PI and Director of the UD ADVANCE P.A.I.D. grant focused on those issues. She is currently Secretary (elected) of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (S.I.A.M.), has been Editor in Chief of the SIAM J. Applied Mathematics.  Dr. Cook is an (inaugural) Fellow of S.I.A.M., and an Associate Fellow of A.I.A.A.

Philip Clifford, Guest Speaker

Philip Clifford is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is a cardiovascular physiologist who heads an active research program investigating the physiological mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle blood flow during exercise.  He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of several physiological journals.  He is also a consultant in the medical device industry and a member of the Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Panel at the FDA.  On a national level, he is an outspoken proponent of enhancing professional development programs for young scientists and contributed to the development of some of the key documents used in the postdoctoral community including the FASEB Individual Development Plan, the AAMC GREAT Group “Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors,” and the NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies.

Reza Malek-Madani, Guest Speaker

Reza Malek-Madani received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1979. He joined the faculty of the Mathematics Department at the U. S. Naval Academy in 1983, where he has served since. In 1996 he assumed the position of the of the Director of Research and Scholarship at USNA. In the year 2000 Reza Malek-Madani became a part-time detailee to the Office of Naval Research where he has served since in the capacity of the Program Manager for the Computational Analysis Program.

Samantha Sutton, Guest Speaker and Advisor

Samantha is on a mission to understand and rebuild the world around her. Whether she is helping a client design their dream career, fixing relationships in corporations or in homes, or building a self-sustaining biosphere in her office, Samantha is adept at understanding how people and systems tick, what barriers stand in their way to happier performance, and then creating plans for an inspired future.

Samantha earned a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at MIT in 2008, and a BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Samantha’s coaching style is akin to the processes of scientific inquiry and product engineering: she and her clients gather data, watch for emerging patterns, understand the underlying causes, and then design and build a better product (your life!). Samantha couples the analytical and problem-solving skills of a scientist and engineer with the proaction and insight of a coach and mediator to guide clients in designing a life that inspires them.

Samantha originally joined the Handel Group through the MIT class Designing you Life. She served as a teaching assistant, and designed a curriculum to teach the class at other institutions. After training as a coach, Samantha joined the Private and Corporate Divisions of the Handel Group in 2008, and currently leads workshops and coaches individual clients of different ages, careers, and personal backgrounds. Samantha has given talks at corporations, government agencies, and universities such as the Scripps Research Institute and MIT.

Samantha complements her training from The Handel Group with studies at a Buddhist monastery and Massachusetts mediation training. Through volunteer work in Thailand, Tanzania, rural France, and a Lakota Sioux reservation, Samantha has learned how to tailor messages to suit people of different cultural backgrounds.

Sonia Esperança, Guest Speaker

Sonia Esperança holds a B.A. in Geology from Rice University, a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Northwestern University from 1985 to 1988 and an Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Old Dominion University. In 1990, she moved to Australia where she held faculty appointments at Monash and Deakin Universities in Melbourne until 1995. She returned to the US as the Manager of the Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Geology of the University of Maryland-College Park.

She joined the NSF (National Science Foundation) in 1999, when she became the Program Director of Petrology and Geochemistry in the Division of Earth Sciences. She is the representative for the Directorate of Geosciences for a number of Cross-Directorate activities including ADVANCE (Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers), Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), and the Science and Technology Center (STC) programs.

Stephen Lee, Guest Speaker

Dr. Stephen Lee is currently the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Army Research Office where he helps plan and develop the strategic vision for the Army’s basic research investment in academia and industry. He received a B.S. degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS in Chemistry and Biology and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Physical Organic Chemis- try. Dr. Lee was also a Chateaubriand Fellow at the Université Louis Pasteur in Stras- bourg, France studying origin of life chemistry before working in the Army Research Office.

Dr. Lee is an adjunct faculty member in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill where he maintains his research group. The Army Research Office program he works with includes basic research directed towards all scientific needs of the Army but his primary interests are in hazardous materials management including basic research in decontamination, detection, and protection. In this research program he has been awarded the Army’s Greatest Invention twice. Dr. Lee’s personal research focuses in a few basic research areas including Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry, catalysis, and DNA supramolecular assemblies. This research program ultimately focuses on technologies that might protect the soldier from hazardous chemicals and biological organisms.

Susan McCahan, Guest Speaker

Susan McCahan is currently the Chair of First Year in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has been with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Toronto since 1992. Her research area is energy systems and engineering education. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education and has been the recipient of several major teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada. She was also part of the team of instructors that received the Alan Blizzard Award for collaborative teaching in 2007. She has developed and taught courses on energy systems, heat transfer, and combustion. Prof. McCahan´s current research focuses on the design of the engineering education environment.