WSE National Advisory Council

The Whiting School National Advisory Council (NAC) members bring important insights and expertise to assist the School in reviewing critical issues.  The NAC’s mission is to:

  • Provide candid and constructive advice, based on insights and expertise, on issues critical to the success of the Whiting School of Engineering.
  • Serve as an advocacy arm of the School of Engineering to industry and government, informing them of educational and research opportunities.
  • Increase the School’s resources and support.
  • Promote the Whiting School’s efforts to Hopkins constituents, such as the Board of Trustees, alumni, and officers.
  • Members will serve a three-year term, with the option to review once. After the second term, members will step down for at least one year, before being considered for further service on the council.
  • Members will be asked to attend two Council meetings each year.
  • Two general meetings of the NAC will be held each year.  One meeting will be held in the fall in conjunction with, whenever possible, meetings of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council and other leadership groups.  The second meeting will be held in the spring.  All meetings are presided over by the council Chair, appointed by the Dean. Ad Hoc committees are formed as needed.
  • Members will be called upon by the Dean outside of the Council meetings to respond to ideas and issues relating to the Whiting School of Engineering.
  • Members will be asked to help increase the School’s financial resources and expand its base of charitable support.
  • Ad hoc committees are formed as needed.

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  • William R. Bowles ’60 is a director of Minolta-QMS, Inc. He spent 40 years with IBM, retiring in 1999 as Vice Chairman and President of IBM Greater China Group. During his tenure there, Bowles served as Corporate General Manager of Worldwide Manufacturing, Vice President and General Manager of IBM Information Products and Vice President of Operations for the Asia Pacific, South American and Canadian divisions, among other positions. He is a member of the board of advisors at Trusted Edge, Inc. and sits on MercuryGate International’s advisory board. He is an active member of the University Alumni Council and is a former member of the Society of Engineering Alumni. Bowles received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.

    Louis M. Brown Jr. ’65 is one of Washington’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs. Over the past four decades, he has led a family of high-tech companies, from telecommunications and fiber-optic systems to big data analytics and leading-edge information technologies for hospitality and retail. Brown currently is participating in the founding, funding and/or growth of five start-up corporations. He also serves on the FastForward tech transfer board at the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally he serves on the Board of Directors of the Christ Central Institute in Wagener, S.C., and on the board of the John Leland Center in Arlington, Virginia. Brown graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and started his engineering career with a position at Hewlett-Packard.

    Chaomei Chen MS ’88 is a leading expert in risk management, a former business executive, and an independent consultant based in San Francisco. She serves as Chief Risk Officer at Lending Club, a front-runner startup in peer-to-peer lending. In her two decades in risk management, risk operations and database marketing in the financial services and payments industry, Chen has held various senior executive positions with major U.S. banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase/Washington Mutual, Providian Financial Corp. and PNC National Bank, as well as Household Credit Services, American Express and Citibank. Chen holds a master’s degree in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

    Neil Cohen ’83 is the President of Cohen & Company, LLC, which he founded in 1994. At Cohen & Company, among other responsibilities, he co-founded, and is co-CEO of American Rock Salt Company LLC, which he developed from a green field site to a successful $100 million revenue company. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Waste Reduction By Waste Reduction, Inc., a leading developer of medical and biological waste equipment. Cohen previously worked as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. specializing in M&A, leveraged finance, and restructuring. Cohen holds a master’s degree in management from the MIT-Sloan School of Management.

    George C. Creel ’55 is an executive consultant specializing in change management, leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and performance management. He was Executive Vice President and Acting Chief Operating Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company when he retired in November 1997. Except for a brief tour of active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he spent his entire career at the utility, rising from a Junior Engineer to Vice President of Fossil Energy in 1988, Vice President of Nuclear Energy in 1989, and Senior Vice President of Generation in 1992. He is the former Chair of the Board for the University of Maryland Center for Quality and Productivity. He is a Registered Professional Engineer-Retired in Maryland and a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Matthew Daimler ’99, a general manager at Zillow, is an entrepreneur and angel investor. His first company, the award winning travel website SeatGuru, was acquired by Expedia in 2007. Daimler’s second company, Buyfolio, a web tool for real estate agents and homebuyers, was acquired by Zillow in 2012. Before starting SeatGuru and Buyfolio, Daimler worked in product management for start-up and technology companies in Silicon Valley and Seattle. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship and management from the Johns Hopkins University.

    Gilbert F. Decker ’58 is a private consultant for clients including the United States Army, the United States Navy, as well as several corporations. Before embarking on his career as a consultant, he held a number of distinguished positions, including President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company; President and CEO of Acurex Corporation; President and CEO of ESL, Incorporated; and Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing and Program Management for Walt Disney Imagineering. Decker also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of science, operations research, from Stanford University in 1967

    Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. has served as Vice President of Electric Transmission and Distribution at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company since 2000 and as Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy Group Inc. since 2004. He currently also is Director of ClearEdge Power, Inc. He was CEO and President at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (later, Exelon Corporation) from October 2004 to February 2014. He serves as a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. DeFonte’s other memberships include St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Board and the Swarthmore College’s Presidents Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in Maryland (formerly Loyola College.)

    Janet DiPietro is a professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. DiPietro also serves as Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Faculty at the Bloomberg School. A developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the neurological development of the human fetus as well as the maternal and pregnancy factors that influence fetal development, DiPietro joined the Bloomberg School in 1988. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in development psychophysiology from the University of Illinois.

    Lynn Elsenhans was Chairman and CEO of Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics from 2008 until her retirement in 2012. Before joining Sunoco, Elsenhans had a 28-year-long career with Royal Dutch Shell and served in positions including Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, President of Shell Oil Company, and President and CEO of Shell Oil Products for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions and the U.S. She currently sits on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Rice University, the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and the First Tee of Greater Houston. Elsenhans earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Rice University in 1978 and her master’s in business administration from Harvard University in 1980.

  • Bahaa W. Fam ’79, MS ’80 is an independent financial services professional based in Boston. Previously, he served as a venture partner with Fidelity Biosciences and as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity company. Fam joined Fidelity in 1994, where his positions included Director of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Manager. Before joining Fidelity, Fam was Managing Director and Consulting Scientist at MITRE Corporation. He also was a Director of US Genomics and Accuri Cytometers, Inc. and is a member of the International Society of Optical Engineers. Fam has published many articles in the areas of computer and communications security, image processing, computer architecture, digital mammography, parallel computing structures, and novel algorithms.

    Natalie M. Givans MS ’89 is Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton and has 30 years of experience in system security engineering, cybersecurity, information, and mission assurance, as well as in communications, information, and transmission security. She also is a subject matter expert in cybersecurity and privacy in defense, national security, civilian agency, and health, and a senior leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Energy, Environment, Installations and Military Health account. A member of AFCEA International for 28 years, Givans chaired the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and served as First Vice Chairman from 2008 to 2010. She was named Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies for 2009 and was one of Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” in 2011. Givans earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1984 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

    Charles Goldstein MS ’68 is Chief Scientific Officer Greater Asia for BD. He previously served as Vice President of International R & D, which included responsibility for BD Technologies. Goldstein has been with BD since 1988. He led the Steering Committee responsible for BD’s Technology Leadership Development program, which is part of a broader initiative to provide a pipeline of talent for the company. Before joining BD, Goldstein led product development for Millipore Corp. in Bedford, Massachusetts. He has served on the boards of NC BIO, a local affiliate of BIO, the national biotechnology industry organization, and Ibiliti, a non-profit focused on supporting the med-tech industry in North Carolina. He was Chairman of the Board of the Singapore Bio Venture Center, a joint venture between BD and Johns Hopkins Medical. Goldstein earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Princeton University, as well as a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. Johns Hopkins University recently honored Goldstein for distinguished alumni service.

  • Roger Hajjar ’86 is the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, Director of The Helmsley Trust Translational Research Center, and is the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Hajjar’s laboratory has made important basic science discoveries that were translated into clinical trials. Most recently, Hajjar and his researchers have identified a possible new drug target for treating or preventing heart failure. Hajjar earned his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins and his M.D. at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Sciences and Technology in 1990.

    Suzanne Jenniches MS ‘79, who retired as Vice President and General Manager of the Government Systems Division of Northrup Grumman Corp.’s Electronic Systems Sector in 2010, is a female pioneer in the field of engineering. Her 41-year career included a variety of positions at Westinghouse Electric Corp., where she was the company’s first woman engineer and where she began as a computerized test engineer and later managed Systems & Technology Operations. (In 1996, Northrop Grumman Corporation acquired the Westinghouse Electronics Systems.) Jenniches earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarion State College in 1970. She then taught high school biology for five years while pursuing her master’s degree in environmental engineering at the Johns Hopkins University’s evening college, where she was the only female studying engineering. Jenniches also did extensive post-graduate work in international affairs at The Catholic University of America, and she attended the Harvard Business School program in Management Development. She is past president of the National Society of Women Engineers and was honored in 2000 with that group’s Achievement Award. She was the founding chair of the Engineering Programs for Professionals Advisory Council at the Johns Hopkins University from 2003 to 2006 and was named a Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumna in 2006.

    Jun Wu MS ’98, PhD ’03 is a research scientist with Google, working on the design and implementation of algorithms for information retrieval and natural language processing. Born and raised in Beijing, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science (’89) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (’93) at Tsinghua University.

    Landon S. King is Executive Vice Dean for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he oversees research administration, policy coordination and the identification and coordination of technology transfer opportunities. He earned his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University and first came to Hopkins that year as an intern on the Osler Medical Service. As a postdoctoral fellow and later, after joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1997, he undertook important studies of water channels in the lung with 2003 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre. In 2005, he was selected to be the Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 for work on aquaporin water channels. His work currently focuses on mechanisms regulating repair of lung injury.

    Jerry A. Krill is Assistant Director for Science and Technology and Chief Technology Officer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He joined APL in the 1970s, where he led the conception, enabling technologies and design of the Cooperative Engagement Capability for the U.S. Navy. (The CEC is a reconfigurable data-sharing sensor network that provides Navy battle groups with a common operating air picture.) In 1996, he served as technical lead for the Navy’s “Mountain Top” advanced concept technology demonstration in Kauai: an event that validated the cooperative engagement concept embodied in today’s Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air capability. Krill holds 20 patents and has written more than 100 papers and major technical documents. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.

  • Gilbert Levin ’47, MS 48, PhD ‘63, founded Biospherics Research Inc. (now Spherix Inc.), where he was CEO and President until 2003, and where he served as Chairman of the Board until 2007. He retired from the company in 2008. Levin’s innovative approaches to detecting microbial life led NASA to award him a series of contracts to develop methods for the detection of extraterrestrial life in spacecraft missions, including the Viking mission to Mars. Among Levin’s notable inventions are low-calorie sweeteners, therapeutic drugs, radioisotope methods for the rapid detection and identification of microorganisms, safe-for-humans pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes including biological nutrient removal. He has published over 150 papers in scientific and technology journals, and has been awarded more than 50 patents. Levin’s awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Johns Hopkins, the Public Service Medal from NASA, the Newcomb-Cleveland Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IR-100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, his master’s in sanitary engineering, and his doctorate in environmental engineering -all from the Johns Hopkins University.

    Maria Maroulis ’96, MS ’01, currently leads the global animal health business at Depuy Synthes, the orthopedic device arm of Johnson & Johnson. She has worked for DePuy Synthes for more than 11 years, where she has successfully established businesses in adjacent and new market areas for the company. Maroulis has an extensive background in global marketing, channel development, product development and launch, manufacturing and sales, in both the medical device and defense industries. Previously, she worked as both a design engineer and proposal manager for Northrop Grumman’s Naval Division in Annapolis. Maroulis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She served as a Young Trustee for Johns Hopkins from 1996 to 2000, and she also serves on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    Aristides “Aris” Melissaratos ’66 is Dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University. He also the Founder of The Aris Institute and served as the Senior Advisor for Technology Enterprise Development to the President of the Johns Hopkins University for eight years. Melissaratos was the State of Maryland’s Secretary of Business and Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 32 years, retiring as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science and Technology, responsible for research and development. Before that he was Chief Operations Officer for the company’s Defense Electronics Group, responsible for $3.2 billion dollars in sales. He also founded Armel Scientifics, LLC, which has invested in more than 30 start-up companies in advanced technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his master’s degree in engineering management from the George Washington University in 1969.

    Terry F. Neimeyer MS ’80 is Chairman and CEO of KCI Technologies Inc. As a professional engineer registered in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and North Carolina, he has co-authored two technical training manuals for the National Asphalt Paving Association and has written technical papers on designing above-ground landfills, protecting Delaware’s Inland Bays through the land treatment of wastewater, and using a dual-chemical treatment process to control the infestation of zebra mussels in Maryland waters. Neimeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 1977, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins, and a master’s degree in business administration from Wilmington College in 1985. He has served many professional organizations at the local, regional, and national levels, including Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

  • Nicholas Paraskevopoulos is Vice President of Advanced Maritime and Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division of the Electronics Systems Sector at Northrop Grumman. He joined the company in 2003 and has held a variety of leadership positions there, including Vice President of Engineering, Director of Advanced Technology and Systems, and Director of CORE (Internal R&D) Technologies. Previously, he was Vice President of R & D and Engineering for Terk Technologies, where he headed up the development of projects ranging from the multi-satellite dish for DIRECTV to the first XM Satellite Radio car antenna to developing the HDTV specification standards for digital TV accessories. During his tenure in consumer electronics, his technical teams delivered more than 30 new products from concept to consumer. Paraskevopoulos has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate from Rutgers University–all in electrical engineering. Additionally, he has completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

    George D. Pillari ’84 is Chief Restructuring Officer for the Nevada Cancer Institute and CRO and Interim Chief Executive Officer of 899 Charleston, a senior living facility in northern California. For more than two decades, he has worked as an advisor, CRO and CEO of hospital systems, clinics, laboratories, and other health care organizations, including as Chief Operations Advisor to Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System and at the Community Health Network of Washington. He also co-founded Solucient, leading it from start-up through its initial public offering and management as a public company for four years before its sale to The Thomson Corporation. In 1996, Pillari was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the health care industry in Baltimore. He is a charter member of the Society of Engineering Alumni and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004.

    Krishnan Rajagopalan ‘82, MS ’83, is the Global Head of Practices for Heidrick & Struggles and a member of the managing committee. Business Week recognized him in 2008 as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World.” Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, he was a vice president/partner with A.T. Kearney Consulting. During his tenure with A.T. Kearney, he focused on strategy, operations/procurement, and e-business across a wide array of industries including technology services, hi-tech, and manufacturing. Rajagopalan also worked as a consultant with Price Waterhouse and as a lead engineer with Harris Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago.

    Joseph R. Reynolds ’69 is the founder and President of RTI Group, LLC and Anamet, Inc. based in the U.S., as well as the founder and chairman of the London-based firm Reynolds Technological Inquiries Limited, RTI Ltd. Reynolds also is co-founder of FTI Consulting, Inc. He is an internationally recognized forensic engineer and an authority regarding the investigation and analysis of large-loss accidents and failures. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate work there in physics and mathematics. He is the founding Chairman of the Johns Hopkins University Society of Engineering Alumni and is a guest lecturer and Chairman of the National Advisory Council for the Whiting School of Engineering. He also serves as a member of the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, and the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department Advisory Network and is the past president of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the Board of Trustees for the University.

  • Marshal L. Salant ’80 is the Head of Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance Group in the Capital Markets Origination Division. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was a member of the Capital Markets Management Committee, Head of the Global Structured Products Group, Global Head of the Structured Credit Transactions Group, and Co-Head of the New York Derivative Products group. Salant has broad experience as a financial engineer in structured finance and new product development of new and complex financial instruments. He holds both a B.A. and a B.E.S. degree in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

    Michael G. Stolarik ’73 is the president of QinetiQ North America, which develops, delivers, and supports technology products for defense, security, civilian, utility, and commercial customers worldwide. He previously served as the President of the QinetiQ North America Mission Solutions Group and as President and Chief Operating Officer for Analex Corporation, which purchased QNA in 2004. Stolarik began his professional career in 1975 as a staff member with BDM International, rising to the position of Corporate Vice President and eventually leaving to become President and CEO of Space Applications Corporation and then Executive Vice President and COO of GRC International. Other positions include Executive Vice President of the Technical Resources Sector of Titan Corporation and the managing partner of the INSIGHT Consulting Group.

    William Stromberg ’82 is Head of Equity for T. Rowe Price, overseeing the firm’s global equity investment management division. He chairs the U.S. Equity Steering Committee and serves on the International Equity Steering Committee. In addition, Stromberg serves on the firm’s Management Committee, which oversees all firm-wide activities, and the firm’s Compensation, Finance, and Equity Brokerage Control Committees. He joined T. Rowe Price in 1987 and assumed a variety of roles as an analyst, portfolio manager, Director of US Equity Research, Director of Global Equity Research and since 2007, Head of Equity overall. Stromberg earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins and went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1987. He also was a founding member and two-term president of the Blue Jays Unlimited Board of Advisors.

    William F. Ward ’67 is a director and shareholder for Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a leading packaging automation group. Previously, Ward was sole stockholder and Chief Executive Officer of Ward Machinery Company, an innovative firm founded by Ward’s father, the late engineer William Ward Sr. ’40. Ward Machinery was acquired by Barry-Wehmiller in 2002. Ward has served since 1996 as a Johns Hopkins University Trustee and also sits on the campaign and Applied Physics Laboratory steering committees. He is co-chair of the Whiting School Campaign Committee. In 2004, Ward was honored with a Hopkins Alumni Heritage Award. In 1996, he established the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professorship to honor his late father.

    Daniel White ’74 is Executive Vice President at Whiting-Turner and has been with that company since 1969. He was promoted to Vice President in 1983, Senior Vice President in 1994 and to his current position in 2004. Before joining Whiting-Turner, White spent two years doing construction, surveying, and operating heavy equipment, and two years on active duty with the U.S. Navy “Seabees,” which included a tour in Vietnam. Over the years, his responsibilities have included completing many semiconductor projects for IBM, the Ravens’ football stadium, as well as other notable local projects, such as renovating the Hippodrome Theater.

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