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    Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

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    Charles M. Vest is president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and formerly at the University of Michigan, he served on the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1994-2008, and chaired the President's Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station and the Secretary of Energy's Task force on the Future of Science at DOE.

    He was a member of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He was vice chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness for seven years, has served on the boards of DuPont and IBM, and was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Technology.

    He is the author of a book on holographic interferometry and two books on higher education.  Constant themes throughout his career have included the quality and diversity of the U.S. engineering workforce; sustained excellence of U.S. higher education; global openness to the flow of people, education, and ideas; university-government-industry partnership; and the innovative capacity of the United States.


    Natacha Depaolo Natacha Depaolo, Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Prior to joining IIT in 2009, Natacha DePaola was a faculty member and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic University. Before RPI, DePaola was assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University.DePaola is a past recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. She is a Frontiers Alumna of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.DePaola received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

    Nora Lin

    Nora Lin
    , President, Society of Woman Engineers

    Mrs. Nora Lin is a Senior Life member of SWE and currently serving as SWE FY10 President.  Prior to her current position, she has held various SWE leadership positions at local, regional and national levels.  Nora has broad working experience in engineering for more than 26 years in the defense industry.  She has held many technical lead and managerial positions in software engineering, advanced technology development, and systems engineering organizations.  Currently, she is the manager of Supportability engineering of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.  Nora was a recipient of Women of Color in Technology Career Achieve Award in 2008 and Asian American Engineer of the Year Award in 2009.  In addition, she received numerous awards and recognitions from the SWE local section and Heartland Region.

    Charles O'Melia, Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

    Charles O’Melia was named professor of environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins in 1980 and was department chairman from 1990–1995 and from 2004–07. In 1998, he was appointed as the Abel Wolman Chair in Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins.

    He held prior academic positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as deputy chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

    O’Melia is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and formerly served on the Water Science and Technology Board. He has served as director, vice president, and president of the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors. He chaired the National Research Council’s Committees on Watershed Management for New York City.

    O’Melia received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sanitary engineering from the University of Michigan.

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