2018 Convocation Speaker Bios

National Academy of Engineering
American Association of Engineering Societies
2018 Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies


Participant Biographies

C. D. Mote, Jr. is president of the National Academy of Engineering and Regents Professor on leave from the University of Maryland. He was president of the University of Maryland for 12 years and on the University of California, Berkeley faculty for 31 years where he held an endowed chair in mechanical systems, chaired the Mechanical Engineering Department, and served as vice chancellor. As president of the NAE he is committed to ensuring highly competitive talent in the US engineering workforce, facilitating public understanding of engineering, demonstrating how engineering creates a better quality of life, and engaging the academy in global engineering issues in support of national interests. A highlight of global engineering engagement is the promotion of the NAE’s fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering from 2008 whose solutions are needed to preserve life on the planet as we know it in this century. “Preserving life on the planet as we know it” is the first global vision for the engineering profession in history. Dr. Mote is internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing. He has produced more than 300 publications and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Mechanics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Acoustical Society of America, and an honorary fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is the 2005 recipient of the NAE Founders Award and the 2011 recipient of the ASME Medal in recognition of his comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and his leadership in academia.

Randall (Randy) S. Over, AAES chair and a professional engineer, retired from the Ohio DOT in April 2017 after 25 years of government service. For 18 years he was the District 12 construction engineer, responsible for over $2.4B of federal- and state-funded construction in the Cleveland metro area. He also served on statewide committees on construction specifications, the director’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Task Force, cost accounting, and local-let project administration. He was also responsible for resolution of the district’s construction disputes and claims. Mr. Over was AAES vice chair in 2017 and a member of the AAES board of directors in 2015–16. He was president of ASCE (2014), and previously served as student chapter president at the Ohio State University, Cleveland Section president, district director, and vice president. He chaired ASCE committees on education, geographic units, strategic planning, and committee restructuring. He received the Ohio State University Outstanding Civil Engineering Alumni Award in 2015, and in 2011 the ASCE William H. Wisely Award for efforts to better the society’s history, tradition, developments, and technical and professional activities. Mr. Over is a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and the Pan American Academy of Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Cleveland State University Local Officials Leadership Academy.

Alton (Al) D. Romig, Jr. is executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology. Dr. Romig is the chief operating officer responsible for the program, financial, and membership operations of the Academy, reporting to the NAE president. He was previously vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works®. He spent most of his career at Sandia National Laboratories, operated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, having joined Sandia as a member of the technical staff in 1979 and moved through a succession of R&D management positions leading to his appointment as executive vice president in 2005. He served as deputy laboratories director and chief operating officer until 2010, when he transferred to the Skunk Works. Dr. Romig is active on a number of advisory committees including those at the University of Washington, MIT, Ohio State, Purdue, the Colorado School of Mines, and Sandia. He is also visiting associate of applied physics and materials science at Caltech. He is a fellow of ASM International, TMS, IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008, and was awarded the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, 1977, and 1979.

Paul C. Kocher is interested in the algorithms, hardware, and software that underpin the security of modern systems. His technical work includes codiscovering the recently disclosed Spectre vulnerability, coauthoring the SSL/TLS 3.0 standards, architecting numerous hardware security cores, and discovering differential power analysis. He founded Cryptography Research in 1995 and led the company through its acquisition by Rambus in 2011 before leaving in 2017. He is currently an independent researcher and advisor/investor for security startups. Mr. Kocher is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the National Academies’ Forum on Cyber Resilience. He received his BS in biology from Stanford University.

J. Robert (Bob) Sims, an eminent fellow with Becht Engineering Co., Inc., is a recognized authority in risk-based technologies for optimizing inspection and maintenance decisions, high-pressure equipment, mechanical integrity evaluation of existing equipment, and Fitness-for-Service analysis. He has more than 50 years experience in design, analysis, troubleshooting, design audit, mechanical integrity evaluation, risk-based reviews, and failure analysis. He is a member of the AAES board of directors and a fellow and past president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was previously ASME senior vice president for codes and standards, chair of the codes and standards board of directors, chair of the ASME Post Construction Committee, and vice chair of the Joint API/ASME Fitness for Service Committee. He has more than 20 publications and two patents. Before joining Becht Engineering in 1998, Mr. Sims worked for more than 30 years with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), the last 10 years as a pressure equipment specialist with Exxon Research and Engineering. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

Tommy Gardner is chief technology officer for HP Federal, spanning the US federal agencies, higher education, K–12 education, state and local government customer segments, and federal systems integrators. His responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships. He was previously chief technology officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech, and earlier in his career was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the US Navy, as deputy for science and technology for the Chief of Naval Research, he oversaw the Deep Submergence Program and Advanced Technology Program, and commanded the nuclear submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751). He is a professional engineer, an ASME fellow, and chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board. Dr. Gardner’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest, including cybersecurity, data science, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and systems integration in government markets. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the US Naval Academy, a master’s in public administration from Harvard University, an MS in management of technology from MIT, and a PhD in energy economics from George Washington University.

Amip Shah is vice president (product) of Comfy, a venture-backed startup focused on leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and mobility technology to create novel experiences for the future digital workplace. With over a decade of experience in the technology industry, he has led complex portfolios from inception through commercialization in startup as well as Fortune 50 environments. He was previously director for the Internet of Things at Hewlett Packard Labs, where he oversaw research and development related to new sensor technology, edge and cloud systems, big data, cybersecurity, and application software. Dr. Shah has 38 US patents, has coauthored more than 100 technical papers, and is an ASME fellow. He holds a bachelor of science from Rowan University, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Greg Shannon is chief scientist for the CERT® Division at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, expanding science in cybersecurity research, advancing national and international research agendas, and promoting efficient cybersecurity. He serves on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and recently served in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as assistant director for cybersecurity strategy, leading the development of the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan. He has testified before the US Congress on cybersecurity, science for security, critical infrastructure, resilience, and cyber threats. Dr. Shannon is a member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE. He received a BS in computer science from Iowa State University with minors in mathematics, economics, and statistics. He earned his MS and PhD in computer sciences at Purdue University, with a Packard Foundation fellowship.

Susan Landau is Bridge Professor in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University, and visiting professor of computer science, University College London. She works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. She is the author of Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age (Yale University Press, 2017), Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (MIT Press, 2011), and Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (with Whitfield Diffie; MIT Press, 1998). She has testified before Congress and frequently briefed US and European policymakers on encryption, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues. Dr. Landau has been a senior staff privacy analyst at Google, a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, and faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wesleyan University. She has served on the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (2010–16) and National Science Foundation Computer and Information Advisory Board (2010–13). A 2015 inductee in the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, she was a 2010–11 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She received her BA from Princeton University and her MS from Cornell University, both in mathematics, and her PhD in applied math (theoretical computer science) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John R. Hall is a professional engineer and past president of the Florida Engineering Society (FES), which he represented at the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) for eight years. He is employed by Ludovici & Orange Consulting Engineers (L&O; Coral Gables, Florida), a civil engineering and surveying practice that he joined in 1973 as a summer job. He’s still there, and has been president and majority owner of the firm for the past 30 years. Mr. Hall has been recognized for his contributions to the profession and community with numerous awards, most recently the 2018 AAES Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications. Others include the FES President’s Award, FES State Engineer of the Year, FES State Young Engineer of the Year, FES Outstanding Service to the Profession, University of Miami (UM) National Alumni “Orange” Award for Outstanding Service, UM College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the South Florida Inter-Professional Council’s Professionalism Award. He is passionate about getting engineering into the K–12 curriculum. As FES president, he championed the formation of a K–12 committee to encourage engineers to get involved in their local schools. He was a framer of Florida’s STEM Strategic Plan, and continues to actively promote the integration of engineering into K–12 curriculum at national, state, local, and individual levels. He served for 28 years as a trustee of the Florida Engineering Foundation, which raises funds for engineering education, and has represented NSPE on K–12 boards and events. He obtained his BS in civil engineering from the University of Miami in 1974.

M. Granger Morgan is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he holds appointments in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the H. John Heinz III College. His research addresses problems in science, technology, and public policy, with a focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change, and risk analysis. At Carnegie Mellon, he codirects (with Inês Azevedo) the National Science Foundation Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making and codirects (with Jay Apt) the Electricity industry Center. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Morgan is the NAS cochair of the National Academies Report Review Committee and has chaired a variety of consensus studies. He is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee for the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, and the board of the International Risk Governance Foundation. He is a fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, and Society for Risk Analysis. He holds a BA in physics from Harvard College (1963), an MS in astronomy and space science from Cornell (1965), and a PhD from the Department of Applied Physics and Information Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (1969).

Craig Miller is chief scientist of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an organization of 900 electrical utilities providing electricity to more than half of the United States and managing about 60% of all US distribution lines. He manages the funded research program. His personal focus is on resiliency and cybersecurity and particularly the role of next-generation control systems and architecture. Dr. Miller is a serial entrepreneur with multiple startups, was the global chief architect of a multibillion-dollar system integrator, and holds multiple patents in the energy area. In 2017 he was part of the National Academies’ study of grid resiliency. He was awarded a gold medal by the Smithsonian Institution for Heroic Achievement in the Advancement of Information Technology. He earned his PhD in energy systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

Terry Boston (NAE) is president and CEO, Terry Boston, LLC, and a 2017 US presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC/DHS). He was previously CEO of PJM Interconnection, the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world; president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators; and a US vice president of the International Council of Large Electric Systems and chair of the North American Transmission Forum. Mr. Boston was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. In 2011 he was honored with the Leadership in Power award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He also was chosen by Intelligent Utility magazine as one of the Top 11 Industry Movers and Shakers, led PJM to win Platts Global Energy Awards in Industry Leadership 2010 and Excellence in Electricity in 2012, and in December 2015 he was unanimously selected for the Global Energy Life Time Achievement Award. He has served on NAE study committees on Mathematical Science for the Next Generation Electric Grid, An Assessment of ARPA-E, and Enhancing the Resilience of the National Electricity System. Mr. Boston received a BS in engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and an MS in engineering administration from the University of Tennessee.

William H. Sanders is the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a professor in the Department of Computer Science. As founding director of the Information Trust Institute at Illinois (2004–11), he grew it to over 100 faculty from 28 departments, bringing in over $80M of external research funding and creating or helping create the TCIP and TCIPG (Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid) Centers, the Boeing Trusted Software Center, the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid, the Center for Assured Critical Application & Infrastructure Security (CACAIS), the Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence, and an NSA Science of Security Lablet. In 2010–14 he was director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois, responsible for its research program with over 100 faculty members, 350 technical staff members, and research expenditures of over $40M per year. He is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS; past chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing; and past vice chair of the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing. Dr. Sanders’ research interests include secure and dependable computing and security and dependability metrics and evaluation, with a focus on critical infrastructures. He has published more than 270 technical papers in those areas. He received his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jay Apt is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and in the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy, codirector of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, and director of the RenewElec (renewable electricity) project. He has authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as two books and several book chapters. He has published opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1997 and the Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering in 2002. He received an AB in physics from Harvard College in 1971 and a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.