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About Dr. Rick Bunch

Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Geographic Information Science

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Rick Bunch is a Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dr. Bunch is the founder and director of the Center for Geographic Information Science. Dr. Bunch has extensive research experience in conceptualizing, modeling and analyzing geographically referenced data. He specializes in the science of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial cognition. He has been the project leader on nearly 40 externally funded projects over the past decade. He has also published over 20 articles and currently serves on the editorial board for the journals of Cartography and Geographic Information Science and the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. Dr. Bunch’s work has included the development of radio wave propagation models and new approaches to incorporating the impacts of man-made and natural features that influence radio waves as they travel across the earth’s surface. Dr. Bunch has also conducted research that examines patterns in human behavior through cognitive maps, geographic space and the processes associated with how people learn and synthesize geographic information.

Dr. Bunch received his B.S. degree in Geography from the Ohio State University in 1996. He also received his M.S (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

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About Alan Shumate

UNC TISS Fellow

Colonel Alan Shumate is a North Carolina native and has been in the U.S. army for twenty-two years. A graduate of East Carolina University, COL Shumate commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1990. He completed the Special Forces Qualification course in 1997, has held multiple commands within the Special Forces community, and has multiple deployments to Latin America, Afghanistan and Iraq. COL Shumate’s most recent assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff, G8 (Force Management), USASFC at Fort Bragg, NC. He holds a Master’s Degree from Webster University in Conflict Resolution and is married to Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Shumate. They have two sons.

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About Dean Franks

UNC TISS Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Franks was commissioned in the United States Army in 1991 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. He later earned a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Early in his career he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment; however, he has spent the majority of his Army career in Special Forces. This service includes five combat deployments, numerous other operational deployments, and command at the Battalion level. Lieutenant Colonel Franks is married and has two children.

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About Tom Drew

UNC TISS Fellow

Colonel Tom Drew enlisted in the Army in 1982 and graduated from flight school at Fort Rucker, AL on September 13, 1983. He completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA and was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 1989. Colonel Drew’s combat tours include Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Professional Aeronautics) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Most recently Colonel Drew served as the Director of Flight Concepts at Fort Eustis, VA. His next assignment will be as Commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, KY.

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About Ralph Bo Clayton

UNC TISS Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Bo Clayton is a native of Reidsville, NC. After graduation from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. His first assignment was to the 101st Airborne Division 3d Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment where he served in multiple capacities and deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1999, LTC Clayton entered Psychological Operations. He has since had multiple deployments throughout Latin America and the Middle East and has overseen missions internationally. Most recently he served as the Deputy Commander, 4th MISG where he has served since June 2011. LTC Clayton holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is married to the former Melissa Norris. They have three children.

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About Michael Bineham

UNC TISS Fellow

Colonel Michael Bineham is a native Texan who began his career in 1986 when he enlisted as a Military Policeman in the Army Reserves. After complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in 1989, he commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. His first assignment was as a Fire Support Officer for the 5th Squadron, 17th Calvary at Camp Garry Owen, Korea. During his career, Colonel Bineham has been stationed and deployed across the globe, including tours in Korea, Cuba, Turkey, and Bosnia. His most recent assignment has been as the Chief of the Joint Special Operation Command’s Recruiting, Accessions and Reception Division. Colonel Bineham has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University as well as a Masters of Science in History form the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is married to the former Lori Denise Capps and they have two children.

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About Bob Agans

UNC TISS Fellow

Colonel Bob Agans was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds his B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. in Management (Information Technology concentration) from Colorado Technical University. COL Agans is a career Army Field Artillery Officer who has conventional, Special Operations, and Joint Aviation-related leadership, management, and staff position experience. He commanded the 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS), 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC from June 2008 to June 2010. COL Agans’ combat deployments include Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is married to the former Carrie Pearson and they have two sons. COL Agans’ next assignment is Commander of the 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.

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About UNCG Student-Tavia

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About Kimrey Rhinehardt

Vice President for Federal Relations

UNC General Administration

As the Vice President for Federal Relations, Ms. Rhinehardt leads the UNC Partnership for National Security. She is charged with oversight of the federal and military relations efforts for the 17-campus University of North Carolina.

Prior to joining UNC, Ms. Rhinehardt worked for seven years as legislative and communications staff in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC. As a staff member for then Congressman Richard Burr (5th District of North Carolina) she was chief policy advisor on federal appropriations, education, telecommunications, and transportation issues. Her work also included building strategic partnerships and managing the Congressman’s communications team. As a Professional Staff Member to the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Ms. Rhinehardt served as chief education policy advisor to Subcommittee Chairman George Voinovich (Ohio) and developed and executed a project investigating the overlap and duplication of federal education programs.

A life-long North Carolinian, Ms. Rhinehardt is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

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About Kathie Sidner

Defense Applications Engineer

UNC General Administration

In her role, Ms. Sidner matches UNC system expertise with the science and technology (S&T) needs of the University’s military partners. She facilitates work between the faculty, students, and staff of the UNC system and military end users and program managers, focusing on applied research and development efforts of high relevance to the warfighter. Ms. Sidner also coordinates activities of the UNC Defense Applications Group, a multidisciplinary group of faculty from across the UNC system that provides direct technical support to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg.

Ms. Sidner is originally from Bath County, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia. She earned her M.S. in chemical engineering from N.C. State University in 2002 and worked for seven years as an S&T intelligence analyst in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Sidner also has experience working with the U.S. Army Research Office in support of nanotechnology and biotechnology programs (University Affiliated Research Centers).

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About Ann Marie Beall

Director of Military Education

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As Director of Military Education, Ms. Beall is responsible for system-wide leadership, management, and coordination for academic programs and support services specifically targeted to military affiliated students. Ms. Beall supervises the UNC system-wide presence at Fort Bragg and MCB Camp Lejeune. She also oversees implementation of the UNC SERVES (Systemwide Evaluation and Recommendation for Veterans Education and Services) recommendations.

Ms. Beall received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree from UNC Wilmington. She previously served as the Associate Director of Transfer and Non-Traditional Admissions and Military Liaison at UNC Wilmington.

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About Dr. Stephen Lee

Chief Scientist (ST)

U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/ Army Research Office (ARO)

Dr. Stephen Lee is the Chief Scientist (ST) at the U.S. Army Research Office and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As Chief Scientist at the Army Research Office he is responsible for advocating science and engineering basic research across the Army. ARO’s mission is to serve as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences; developing and exploiting innovative advances to insure the Nation’s technological superiority. ARO’s research mission represents the most long-range Army view for changes in its technology and consists of academic and industrial research efforts nation-wide. The Army Research Office program Dr. Lee has managed includes basic research directed towards 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 fundamental research areas of expertise are focused on organic synthesis, organized assemblies, surface chemistry, and catalysis with applied research experience in Chemical and Biological Defense. He received a B.S. degree from Millsaps College in Chemistry and Biology and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Physical Organic Chemistry. Dr. Lee was also a Chateaubriand Fellow at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France studying origin of life chemistry before working in the Army Research Office.
Dr. Lee’s 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 chemical and biological organisms.
The Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry and catalysis research is being explored to identify new catalysts and molecular binders that might be used in chemical and biological agent decontamination and detection. Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry (DCC) is a recently discovered approach to discovering new synthetic receptors for binding analytes of interest. The theory is simple and elegant, if a dynamic mixture of compounds with receptor like properties is allowed to bind to a host capable of binding some of the members of that mixture, then the equilibrium distribution of constituents shifts toward those that bind the analyte best (lowers the free energy of the system). The most obvious benefit of DCC is that it enables the selective amplification of good binders, and although binding is important in its own right, it is more interesting as a first critical step in such diverse processes as sensors, catalysis (including catalytic antibodies), molecular recognition, cell adhesion, cell-cell communication, and a whole host of biochemical signal transduction events. The development of new methods for discovering good binders can therefore contribute to a broad range of scientific topics.
The DNA supramolecular assemblies research is directed towards the synthesis and characterization of novel DNA based molecules which might be used for detection or gene transfection. New DNA-base modified small molecules are being developed that can bind and sense the presence of native DNA. These new bound structures might help signal the presence of DNA or help DNA move into living cells for transfection.

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About Bradley R. Ballou

Director of Federal Relations

UNC GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Ballou is the Director of Federal Relations where he serves as the D.C. based liaison to Congress and the Administration on behalf of the 17-campus UNC system. He works with the North Carolina Congressional delegation and D.C. based higher education associations to advocate for the UNC system’s policy and budgetary priorities, including veterans’ issues.

Mr. Ballou worked for North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole in various administrative and policy positions and then joined the American Council of Life Insurers as part of their government relations team. While working for ACLI, he worked on financial services policy and primarily on the Dodd-Frank Act.

He is a North Carolina native and originally from Cary. Mr. Ballou graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University.

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About Ashley Adamovage

Military Academic Advisor

UNC General Administration

Ms. Adamovage is the Military Academic Advisor aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. She will be responsible for the promotion and marketing and academic and admission advising for all of our campuses who do not have an on-base presence.

Ms. Adamovage completed a BA in Public Relations through Hawaii Pacific University and is in the process of completing her MPA through UNC Wilmington. She formerly worked at UNC Wilmington where she was the Program Manager for the Onslow County Extension Site. In that position her duties included maintaining the department’s budget, advising and counseling prospective military affiliated students, and serving as the liaison to the UNCW Military Advisory Board and Military Task Force.

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About Kathy MacDonald

Technical Consultant

Kathy MacDonald is an independent consultant focused on strategic planning, and the identification and transition of technology. Having served as a senior executive in three federal government administrations and various defense contractors, and taught in colleges & universities, she has faced the challenges of developing business plans, proposing and executing research, selecting the best technologies, and transitioning completed efforts to industry, the government, and the military.

Working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for eleven years, Kathy was the Special Assistant to the Director of DARPA, embedded at MacDill AFB as the Liaison to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). She was responsible for coordinating/transitioning DARPA research projects and innovative technologies to the USSOCOM, USCENTCOM and USSOUTHCOM. She also challenged DARPA researchers with specific Command combatant needs. As part of the USSOCOM Commander’s staff, she worked closely with the Commander’s Science & Technology (ST) Director, and the Component Commands to scout for applicable advanced technologies.
Prior to her position at USSOCOM, Ms. MacDonald served as the DARPA Director for Information Technology Office (ITO), as well as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Information Systems Office (ISO). While guiding the development of advanced information systems and technologies research, she managed over $380 million in R&D funds and over 20 DARPA Program Managers. She planned and initiated future research, analyzed and evaluated research proposals, and monitored worldwide developments in Information Technologies (IT), and war fighter capabilities and deficiencies/needs. Her research programs included: IT, command and control systems, information assurance and intrusion detection, asymmetric warfare systems, and system support to intelligence analysis.
Ms. MacDonald has over 25 years experience in industry. From 1994-1999 she served as Vice President, Program Manager and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), running their 700+ person National Imagery and Mapping (NIMA) Systems Engineering Services contract. She was the Proposal Manager responsible for winning this effort. (NIMA is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA.) She also was the program manager for a large NIMA System Integration contract, and a ground-breaking software development contract for the Intelligence Community (IC).
From 1989 through 1994 Kathy served as the Section Manager/Director, Information and Data Systems with GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta, overseeing nine separate programs in software engineering and network systems engineering for the IC.
Previously, she was President and CEO of her own startup company, Concept & Design, Inc., focused on innovative problem solving, system design and analysis. She worked as Program Manager for American Managements Systems, Study Director at the Center for Naval Analysis, and Systems Programmer for Grumman Aerospace. Prior to entering industry, she taught college mathematics.

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About Dr. Stan Ahalt

Director, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and Professor of Computer Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Stanley C. Ahalt became RENCI director in September 2009 after serving as executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) from 2003 to 2009 and as a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University for 22 years. In addition to directing RENCI, Ahalt is a professor in the department of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Since coming to RENCI, Ahalt has increased RENCI’s sponsored research portfolio and solidified RENCI’s partnerships with the UNC School of Medicine, the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences, UNC’s department of computer science, and various research units at North Carolina State and Duke universities. He is a member of the Board for National Lambda Rail, a major network for advanced research and innovation, and a member of Microsoft’s Technical Computing Advisory Committee. He will begin a term as president of the Board of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) in fall 2011 and currently chairs the GLCPC Allocation Committee.

Ahalt chairs the subcommittee on regional computing centers for the National Science Foundation Taskforce on High Performance Computing and was a key contributor to the NSF Data and Visualization and Campus Bridging Task Force reports, two of the six reports that comprise the NSF-wide Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure reports published in April, 2011. He chaired the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) in 2009 and 2010 and has been a member of the Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee since 2004.

While at OSC, Ahalt launched several model programs, including Blue Collar Computing, a national program to bring high performance computing to a wide spectrum of industries and applications, and OSCnet, a leading high-speed research network for K-12 schools, higher education and economic development. He also served as co-chair of the Ohio Broadband Council, the coordinating body for the state’s initiative to extend the reach of the Broadband Ohio Network.

Ahalt’s research expertise involves neural networks, high performance computing, signal/image/video processing and object identification. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical papers and been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research grants totaling nearly $17 million. Ahalt also served as the academic lead in the area of signal and image processing for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

As a member of the Ohio State faculty, Ahalt co-founded the Information Processing Systems Laboratory. He received the OSU Lumley Research Award in 1997 and the OSU College of Engineering Research Award in 1999.

A native of Virginia, Ahalt holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Clemson University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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About Dr. Randy Avent

Professor of Computer Science and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development

North Carolina State University

Dr. Randy K. Avent is currently a professor of Computer Science at NC State University. Before assuming this position, he served as the Chief Scientist in DoD’s Office of Basic Research, where he oversaw science programs and developed strategic plans for future science and technology investments. He also served as the Associate Chief Technology Officer at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. There, he was responsible for creating and executing strategic initiatives that aligned MIT with emerging application- and curiosity-driven research opportunities. Dr. Avent has a broad range of interests and has conducted research in many areas including computer science, life sciences and electrical engineering. The majority of his work, however, has been in defense. He has held several leadership and principal investigator positions at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and was Vice President of BBN Technologies. He has been an influential figure in radar signal processing and data analytics for national security applications, where he’s made significant contributions to the field of Automatic Target Recognition for both stationary and moving vehicles. He was responsible for early work in context inclusion and developed the concept of using patterns of life analysis for space-borne microwave sensing. He started several new research groups at MIT/LL that addressed key issues in analytics, data fusion, visualization and airborne communications and networking.

Dr. Avent received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina in 1980. He also received an M.S. degree from North Carolina State University, in Electrical Engineering, in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina, in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He is a graduate of the Boston Executive Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Senior Member of the IEEE and chair of the IEEE Sensors Council. He has led several national panels in the areas of Computer Science, Cognitive Technology and Signal Processing.

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About Dr. Bill Tolone

Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. William J. Tolone is Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) and Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign. His research interests include: Integrated Modeling and Simulation; Critical Infrastructure Analysis; Visual Analytics; Agent‐based Integration; Collaborative Systems; and Meta‐Level Architectures. He has 1 patent and 50+ scholarly publications. He has received competitive research grants and contracts from NSF, DoD, NSA, SPAWAR/USN, ERDC/USACE, NIST, DOT, DHS, and industry with total extramural funding of over $22M. His research in integrated modeling and simulation has resulted in deployed capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Tolone is director of the CCI Defense Computing Center and is a member of the CCI Complex Systems Institute and the Charlotte Visualization Center. He helped UNC Charlotte become designated by NSA and DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (May 2001) and Information Assurance Research (June 2008). He is also a partner in the Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE) Center – a DHS Center of Excellence headquartered at Purdue University.

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About Dr. Karl Ricanek, Jr.

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Face Aging Group

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr. is an Associate Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Computer Science Department. Dr. Ricanek is the founder and director of the Face Aging Group Research Lab (www.FaceAgingGroup.com) at UNCW where he has been the primary project lead on more than $5 Million in Department of Defense and intelligence funded research since 2003. Dr. Ricanek is the Director for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences (I2SIS) that was awarded in August 2010. He is one of four chosen researchers to form the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Center of Academic Excellence in Identity Sciences (CASIS). His research is mainly focused in developing algorithms for modeling age-progression for the mitigation of severe performance degradation of face recognition technology due to aging. He has also been involved in research for robust age-estimation from facial images and for gender and race classification from facial images. He has extensive research background in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and machine and computer vision. He has authored or co-authored over 40 referred articles in biometrics and pattern recognition and three book chapters since 2003—when he returned to academia. He is a program committee member on several Biometric and related conferences such as IEEE Biometric: Theory, Applications, and Systems (IEEE BTAS), IEEE Transactions on Pattern and Machine Intelligence (IEEE PAMI), SPIE Biometrics Conference (SPIE BC), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) and many others. He is invited editor for IEEE Computer Magazine on Identity Sciences and chair for IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Special Session on Craniofacial Aging and Age-estimation 2011.

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About Dr. Jag Sankar

Distinguished University Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and White House Millennium Researcher

North Carolina A & T State University

Dr. Sankar has led efforts over the past 27 years to develop high-profile, internationally recognized, advanced materials and nanotechnology activities at NC A&T State University (NCAT) and build the research capacity and physical infrastructure for NCAT to become a key player in federally funded research. He serves as director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, director and principal investigator for the Navy Center for Nanoscience and Nanomaterials, and site coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. Also under his leadership, NCAT was chosen in 2008 to house the NSF’s Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials. The author of more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific papers, Dr. Sankar has generated more than $45 Million of competitive research funding for NCAT, filed ten patent and invention disclosures, and organized many international conferences and symposiums. Dr. Sankar’s recognitions include the 2010-O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor from the UNC 17-institution System, given for the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race. PBS-TV-NC http://flash.unctv.org/ncnow/ncn_omax_jsankar_041210.html
Dr. Sankar is one of the first Distinguished University Professors at NCAT, White House Millennium Researcher title from the Department of Education, 2004 AAAS Mentor Award, ORNL/DoE recognition, Best Teacher, Highest Researcher Award, recognitions from ASME, etc. The Business Journal of the Greater Triad area recognized him as “one of the most influential persons” for 2009, 2010 and again for 2011 in the Greater Triad Region, NC. He has served in various Blue ribbon panels at different levels including NC Governor’s task force on Nanotechnology for NC Economy and NC Bio/ medical devices and at various high profile reviewing capacities at NSF and other organizations including STPI/White House.

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About Dr. Patrick Gardner

Associate Professor and Technical Director for the Center for Rapid Product Realization

Western Carolina University

Dr. Patrick Gardner is Director, Center for Rapid Product Realization, and a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at Western Carolina University. He received a B.S. from the University of Florida and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, with 25 years of active-duty service where he led research, development, acquisition and test of aircraft sensors and control systems. From 1999-2003 Dr. Gardner was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command as a liaison officer for both the Air Force and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. He represented 10 Air Force labs and 14 National labs, providing rapid response technology solutions to meet urgent fielding needs for military Special Forces. In 2003 Dr. Gardner joined General Dynamics Corporation as Chief Scientist for Detection and Countermeasures. He led a team of engineers and scientists in the research, development and test of chemical, biological and explosives detection systems; chemical and biological countermeasures and decontamination systems; and infrared threat detection and countermeasures systems. In 2007 Dr. Gardner joined Western Carolina University, After a 3-year assignment from 2010-2012 to assist the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory establish a new R&D center in Tampa Florida, Patrick returned to WCU to lead the product development center. Dr. Gardner is founder of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Sensing Conference, part of the annual International Society of Optical Engineering Defense & Security Symposium which draws over 6000 international attendees. He is author and instructor for numerous professional short courses.

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About Dr. Michael Steer

Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

N.C. State University

Dr. Michael Steer is the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received his B.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in 1976 and 1983 respectively. Professor Steer is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a 1987 Presidential Young Investigator (USA) and was awarded the Bronze Medallion by U.S. Army Research for “Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment” in 1994 and 1996. He received the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Research Award from North Carolina State University in 2003. He was the 2003 Jack S. Kilby Lecturer. He was Editor-In-Chief of the society’s flagship publication the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (2003–2006). He received Service Recognition Awards from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 1998 and in 2001, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society in 2007.

In 2009, Dr. Steer received a military medal awarded to a private citizen, the “Commander’s Award For Public Service” from the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Microwave Prize from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). The Microwave Prize recognizes the authors of the most significant paper on microwave engineering published in the preceding year in any IEEE publication. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the MTT-S; and was inducted into the Electronic Warfare Technology Hall of Fame (sponsored by the Association of Old Crows). Dr. Steer also has led three Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURIs)—five year programs funded by the Department of Defense at over a million dollars per year—in Radio Radar and Sensors, Analysis and Manipulation of Electronic Systems, and Sound and Electromagnetic Interacting Waves.

Dr. Steer (left) receives the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from Maj. Gen. Nick Justice (right), commanding general of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (2010). [Original story from NC State Newsroom, March 2010.]

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The University of North Carolina Partnership for National Security is a system-wide effort to support the service member, contribute to the mission, and grow North Carolina's economy.

General Inquiries: (919) 962.4628

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UNC General Administration

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