SCI is pleased to announce its newly-formed Board of Visitors (BoV).

NameTitleOrganization
Dan AtkinsProfessor EmeritusUniversity of Michigan
Adam BlyCEO and FounderStartup in Stealth
Fred BrownPresident and CEOForbes Fund
Joe CorneliusDirector, Global Growth and OpportunityBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Steve CrossExecutive Vice President for ResearchGeorgia Institute of Technology
James DonlonProgram DirectorNational Science Foundation
Mike KeslarDivisional CIO, President of BNY Mellon PennsylvaniaBNY Mellon
Debra KingGlobal Executive (retired)ExxonMobil
Graham MacMillanSenior Program Office for Impact InvestingFord Foundation
Alfred MoyéTrustee EmeritusUniversity of Pittsburgh
Bryan SaleskyCEOArgo AI
Lisa SchreiberVice PresidentOracle
Aaron SistoCo-FounderVentureX
Jack SmithChief Information Officer and PresidentFederated Investors
Peter SorgerHead, Therapeutic Sciences; ProfessorHarvard Medical School
Kelland ThomasDean, College of Arts and LettersStevens Institute of Technology
Chuck ThorpeDean, School of Arts and SciencesClarkson University

Meet our BoV

Daniel Atkins, University of Michigan

Daniel E. Atkins is Emeritus W.K. Kellogg Professor of Information and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Throughout his career, he has focused on computer architecture, the design and construction of application-specific experimental machines, and pioneering interdisciplinary research on cyber-enabled distributed knowledge communities. Atkins has served as Dean of Engineering, Founding Dean of the School of Information, and Associate VP for Research at UM, as well as the inaugural director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. He chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Cyberinfrastructure for NSF. Atkins has chaired or served on many advisory board for government, academia, philanthropy, and industry. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Adam Bly, Startup in Stealth

Adam Bly recently led data at Spotify and is currently building a new purpose-driven data and AI infrastructure startup. He previously founded the data analytics company Seed Scientific, which was acquired by Spotify in 2015. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Peking University, The National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, NASA, MoMA, and the World Economic Forum. He has advised governments, national political campaigns, and international organizations on science and data policy. Adam previously founded the popular science magazine, Seed (2001-2010), and is the editor of Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science & Society. He served as Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems and currently serves on the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science & the Public. Adam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He was born in Montreal and currently lives in New York City.

Fred Brown, Forbes Fund

Fred Brown was appointed President & CEO of The Forbes Funds on January 8, 2018. Prior to that time, Brown served as the President & CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village. He has worked in the non-profit arena and in the public education sector for over 30 years; he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including the roles as an Executive Director, Associate Director, supervisor, social worker, executive coach, consultant, conflict resolution and mediation specialist, coach and mentor roles. He has continued to invest his time, energies, and expertise in assisting a variety of communities and organizations to develop new and innovative programs that seek to empower at-risk populations. In addition to working in the aforementioned areas, Brown is actively involved in other aspects of professional development including Dean of students, school teacher, adjunct professor, and project manager. A specific focus of his work includes working with African American males to reduce minority dropout rates in post-secondary environments and briding the divide between minority communities and their knowledge regarding energy reduction planning, carbon footprint analysis, and environmental justice leadership.

In recent years, Brown’s contributions in the areas of community organizing, youth leadership, and violence prevention have been recognized by various organizations. In 1989, he received his professional certification for teaching. In 1995, he helped to develop the mission statement for Allegheny County Juvenile Court’s probation department. That same year, he received a Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh. In 1996, he successfully completed the Train the Trainers Developing Skills course at the University of Nevada in Reno. He also received the Outstanding Community Organizer of the Year Award from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997, Brown was one of four individuals responsible for developing the Keep it Real Curriculum for gang intervention and mediation. In 1998, he received the Session Volunteer of the year award from Urban Youth Action. In 2000, Brown was chosen by the PRASI Institute to conduct indigenous research on conflict mediation and resolution models that were culturally specific. In 2002, he named a 21st Century Environmental Justice Leader by the Ford Foundation and in 2003 he was trained in the Climate Just Corps. In 2012, Brown was named to the Federal Environmental Justice Climate Change Roundtable for the 13 Federal departments signing the President’s MOU on Climate Change; and represents the State of Pennsylvania on the national Environmental Justice Roundtable; he is currently published in four books. A frequent public speaker, Brown has taught courses and delivered presentations at local and statewide conferences and workshops. Mr. Brown has a Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Social Work.

Joe Cornelius, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Joe Cornelius is a Director for Global Growth and Opportunity at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for accelerating the translation of breakthrough science into agricultural systems for improved food security and environmental well-being.

Prior to this role, Cornelius served as program director for the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the U.S. Department of Energy. With more than 30 years of experience, Cornelius has lead cutting edge life-science research and development for companies like Bayer, Monsanto, Pfizer, and BASF. Notably, Joe collaboratively developed and launched over 75 new product inventions across 60 countries into the agriculture, food, nutrition, and health sectors.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the European Federation for Science and Technology, and has served on various Boards such as the American Heart Association, Washington University School of Medicine Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Google X, and the National Science and Technology Council Working Group on Plant Genomics.

Steve Cross, Georgia Institute of Technology

Stephen E. Cross is a faculty member and special assistant to the President of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds faculty appointments in industrial and systems engineering, interactive computing, and business. He previously served as the Executive Vice President for Research, as well as a Georgia Tech Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Cross was at Carnegie Mellon University as a research faculty member and the Director and CEO of the Software Engineering Institute. Earlier in his career he served as an Air Force officer. With past service as a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board, he currently serves on the executive committee of the National Academies Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). In addition, he serves on the Air University Board of Visitors and chairs the AU BOV Subcommittee on the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Cross is a Life Member of the Air Force Association and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering of the University of Cincinnati and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Jim Donlon, National Science Foundation

James J. Donlon is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS). Donlon manages grants in artificial intelligence technologies including cognitive systems, knowledge representation and reasoning, automated planning, machine learning, search and optimization, agents, and game theory. His programs include Robust Intelligence, Smart and Autonomous Systems, and the National Robotics Initiative.

Prior to NSF, Donlon was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where his programs included the Computer Science Study Group, Mind’s Eye, Software Producibility, and Application Communities. Donlon is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, with service on the International Sta at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium as Executive Officer (deputy director) of Information, Communications, and Technology Management; Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea as both chief information officer and operations officer for the Army’s largest simulation center; and Director of the Knowledge Engineering Group at the U.S. Army War College. Prior to his service as a computer scientist, he held a range of leadership and staff assignments in field units including platoon leader, company executive officer, and brigade plans officer.

Mr. Donlon holds a BS from the University of Delaware, M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, and the Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Debra King, ExxonMobil (retired)

Debra King (MSIS ’85) joined Exxon in 1985, initially working in Information Systems before she transitioned to Retail Fuels Marketing.  She held various positions as a Systems Analyst, Corporate Planner, Financial Analyst, Project Manager and managed various operational segments of the Retail Fuels business.

King has served on Boards for numerous organizations including BEST – the Black Employee Success Team at ExxonMobil,  the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Northern Virginia’s Chapter of the Urban League, and Nurtured Mindset. She is a new member of Pitt Commons, and she volunteers with the Tony Robbins Research Institute.

King was the recipient of the 2007 Trumpet Award – High Heels in High Places Award. In April 2013, Debra was the recipient of Howard University John H Johnson School of Communications’ Global Visionary Leadership Award.  In October 2014, she was named a Distinguished Alumna and was inducted in the Society of Legacy Laureates at The University of Pittsburgh. King is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

King received her BS in Child Development/Child Care and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and her MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.  She received her Contracts Administration diploma from Cornell University in 1998. She received her International Business Management diploma from Georgetown University in 2013.

Graham MacMillan, Ford Foundation

Graham MacMillan serves as Senior Program Officer for Impact Investing at the Ford Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for developing the team’s grant-making strategy and coordinating it closely with our program-related investment.

Prior to joining Ford, MacMillan was Director of Corporate Citizenship Partnerships at Citigroup. As director, he worked with Citi’s myriad businesses to drive economic and social impact with clients and other key stakeholders while contributing to Citi’s broader citizenship reporting requirements.

Alfred Moyé, University of Pittsburgh

Alfred Moyé, PhD (A&S ’68), is retired director of university affairs, Hewlett-Packard Company. Moyé previously chaired the School of Information Sciences Board of Visitors. Honored as a Pitt Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus, he served the University early in his career as an associate professor of chemistry, dean of students, and vice chancellor for student affairs. He left the last position to join the Carter Administration as deputy assistant secretary, higher and continuing education, in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He also served as vice president for academic affairs at Roosevelt University in Chicago. A member of Pitt’s Babcock Society, he has endowed The Moyé Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, and he has been recognized by the African American Alumni Council with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Bryan Salesky, Argo AI

Bryan Salesky (ENGR ’02) is currently the CEO and co-founder of Argo AI, a software engineering company based in Pittsburgh that is developing fully autonomous self-driving vehicles in partnership with Ford Motor Company. At Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, Salesky managed a portfolio of the center’s largest commercial programs that included autonomous mining trucks for Caterpillar, a robotic paint removal system for aircraft, and autonomous driving systems for the military.

In 2007, Salesky led the software engineering for Tartan Racing, Carnegie Mellon’s winning entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge. He joined the Google self-driving car team in 2011 to continue the push toward making self-driving cars a reality. While at Google, Salesky was the Director of Hardware Engineering and was responsible for the development of their hardware portfolio, which included self-driving sensors, computers, and numerous vehicle development programs. Salesky graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering in 2002.

Lisa Schreiber, Oracle

Lisa Schreiber leads Support Renewal Sales team responsible for successfully renewing over $10 Billion of annual Oracle Support revenue. She is accountable for Support relationship management within Enterprise customers and responsible for situational assistance to all other North American Support customers. The primary focus of the Enterprise Customer Success Managers is increasing customer satisfaction, mitigating risk in IT operations and maximizing the customer’s investment in Oracle solutions.

Formerly, Schreiber was the SVP of Engineering and Technical Services for GoldenGate, a technology company acquired by Oracle for its complimentary fit into the Oracle product line for high availability and real-time heterogeneous data integration. As CIO of the U.S. Trust Corporation, she led the technical integration with Charles Schwab, provided a wide range of technical solutions for the firm and its high net worth clients.  While at Schwab she also led software development for Schwab Institutional, the wholesale offering for Investment Advisors. Prior to her tenure at Schwab,  Schreiber was director of worldwide computing services at Apple Computer, and also worked for Bank of America, covering both wholesale and retail products.

Schreiber earned a BS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a frequent speaker at the high school and university level encouraging students to explore STEM careers.

Aaron Sisto, VentureX

Aaron Sisto is the co-founder of VentureX, a research and consulting firm focused on informing investment strategies in increasingly complex technical domains like AI, AR/VR and cyber security. He also serves as an Advisor to Google X (the moonshot factory).

Previously, he was a technologist at In-Q-Tel, the independent, strategic investment arm of the US Defense and Intelligence Communities, focused on investments in AI, AR/VR and quantum computing.

Sisto has also directed research in quantum simulation, data science and public policy as a research fellow at Sandia, Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He has advised and founded a number of AI-focused startups, and is an avid martial artist and writer in his spare time. Sisto holds a PhD in quantum simulation from Stanford University.

Jack Smith, Federated Investors, Inc.

Jack Smith has over 25 years of experience in technology. In 2016, he joined Federated Investors, Inc. as the Chief Information Officer and President of Technology for Federated Services Company. Smith leads a team of over 300 professionals where he is responsible for directing all technological aspects of Federated’s internal and external business needs. Smith develops and oversees Federated’s Information Technology infrastructure, which includes hardware, software, applications, and telecommunications. In addition, he is responsible for the Information Security and Corporate Business Continuity organizations. Prior to his role at Federated, Smith was the Chief Information Officer for the Asset Management and Investments businesses at PNC Financial Services Group. Smith holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Engineering from Youngstown State University, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He served as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Pittsburgh’s Computer Science department.

Peter Sorger, Harvard Medical School

Peter Sorger, PhD, is the Otto Krayer Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Head of the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences (HiTS) and Director of its Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology. He received his AB from Harvard College, PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge University U.K. and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to coming to HMS, Sorger served as a Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at MIT.

Sorger’s research focuses on the systems biology of signal transduction networks controlling cell proliferation and death, the dysregulation of these networks in cancer and inflammatory diseases and the mechanisms of action of therapeutic drugs targeting signaling proteins.  His group uses mathematical and experimental approaches to construct and test computational models of signaling in human and murine cells as a means to understand and eventually predict the responses of cells and tumors to drugs applied individually and in combination. The Sorger group also develops open-source software for analyzing biological networks and it participates in multiple collaborative programs working to improve data reproducibility.

As head of the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences (HiTS), Sorger leads a university-wide effort to advance the basic and translational science used to develop new medicines, identify responsive patients and evaluate new drugs via precision clinical trials. He also directs the primary research program in HiTS, the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, which joins together faculty members from six institutions in a multi-disciplinary effort to develop and apply new concepts in dru g discovery. Sorger was cofounder of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and Glencoe Software and is an advisor to multiple public and private companies and research institutes in the US, Europe and Japan.

Kelland Thomas, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Kelland Thomas is a musician, artist, researcher and educator. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), he served as Interim Director of the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts (SISTA) at the University of Arizona (UA). At UA, he was part of a team that planned and implemented a new interdisciplinary academic unit, the School of Information.

Thomas’ research interests include computational creativity, artificial intelligence, creative coding, and generative music composition. His primary sponsored research as PI is MUSICA (MUSical Improvising Collaborative Agent), funded by DARPA (Communicating with Computers, DARPA BAA-15-18). MUSICA has received international press from Tech Insider, Mic.com, and the Guardian UK, among others. His research team also develops interactive virtual reality environments for education and research applications. Recently, his team received a grant to migrate Bryan Carter’s Virtual Harlem project to the open source Unity 3D game engine.

An active performing saxophonist, Kelland Thomas has recorded CDs under his own name, with fusion ensemble Sylvan Street, and with the Original Wildcat Jass Band. He has played with such luminaries as Rufus Reid, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, the Manhattan Transfer, David “Fathead” Newman, Diane Schuur, and alt-rock band Spoon. He has recorded for the Summit Jazz, AUR, New Vintage, Mode, and Albany labels.

As a classical and contemporary artist, Thomas has premiered over 40 new solo and chamber works for saxophone. Since his debut with the Houston Symphony in 1993, he has performed as a soloist and with ensembles throughout the U.S. and in Mexico, Europe, and Asia. As a chamber musician, he has been a prize winner in the Coleman, Carmel, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. He has toured and performed with many saxophone quartets, including PRISM, Resounding Winds, the Michigan Quartet (with Donald Sinta), and the Borealis Saxophone Quartet.

Chuck Thorpe, Clarkson University

Chuck Thorpe is currently Dean of Arts and Sciences, Clarkson University. He is responsible for Biology, Chemistry, Communications and Media, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Army and Air Force ROTC programs. He also oversees the University Library, the Clarkson School, and the Honors Program. Prior to his term as Dean, he served a five-year term as Clarkson University Sr. VP and Provost.

His undergraduate degree is a pre-med degree, a BA from North Park University, magna cum laude, in Natural Science.

Thorpe spent the bulk of his career with the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, from a PhD student to Director of the Institute. His research group builds robot cars. The Navlab group built a self-driving car in 1989; drove autonomously across the US in 1995; and contributed to both DOD programs (the Autonomous Land Vehicle) and DOT efforts (the Automated Highway Demonstration and Single Vehicle Roadway Departure Countermeasures). He continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Robotics with Carnegie Mellon. He has over 120 refereed publications in robotics, and has supervised 20 PhD students.

He was previously the founding Dean and CEO of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, which is sponsored by The Qatar Foundation. Upon returning from Qatar, Thorpe was Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. He has often been called to serve on scientific or advisory committees. He has served on four different studies for the National Academies, as well as national and international advisory committees. He has been elected Fellow of my appropriate professional societies, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).