Dawn Bonnell is the Vice Provost for Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity Dr. Bonnell shapes policy and advances administrative initiatives for the University’s $900+ million per year research enterprise. Dr. Bonnell is the Henry Robinson Towne Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. She was the founding director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center that directed $30M to research at the intersections of technology and biology at the nanoscale or molecular level. An editor of seven books and an author of more than 200 papers, Dr. Bonnell was elected in 2013 to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors in the engineering profession, is one of only seven awardees of the Staudinger-Durrer Medal from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and has served as President of the American Vacuum Society and Vice President of the American Ceramics Society. As Vice Provost for Research she is leading Penn’s initiative on innovation and commercialization which includes the establishment of the Penn Center for Innovation.
Karen Cone is a Program Director in the Genetic Mechanisms Cluster in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation. She joined NSF in 2009 after 20+ years as a faculty member in Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She was funded by NSF for many years and is a strong proponent of NSF’s use of “Broader Impacts” as one of the criteria for reviewing proposals and projects. As a faculty member, one of Cone’s Broader Impacts activities was to start a summer internship program for undergraduates interested in plant genomics research (Plant Genomics Internships @ MU). At NSF, Cone’s outreach activities include: describing funding opportunities through talks at conferences and university campuses; visiting current NSF awardees to review progress; and mentoring new faculty to help them learn the secrets to writing successful research proposals.
Steven J. Fluharty
Steven J. Fluharty has served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience since 2013. He had previously served as Penn’s Senior Provost for Research. A distinguished behavioral neuroscientist and award-winning teacher who has been on the Penn faculty since 1986, he holds primary appointments in the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine and secondary appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Fluharty earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Penn.
Larry Gladney is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the Penn School of Arts and Sciences. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 1988, having received his B.A. from Northwestern University and M.S./Ph.D. from Stanford. His research focuses on experimental high energy physics and cosmology, and he is involved with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project, a proposed ground-based observatory designed to measure the expansion of the universe and to determine the nature of the dark energy that is accelerating this expansion. Dr. Gladney has a secondary appointment as Professor of Education in Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and was the Principal Investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute, a NSF-funded Math-Science Partnership program, from 2008 to 2012.
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania. An historian with extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships, Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies and Africana studies. Harkavy sits on the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) (chair); Harvard College National Advisory Board for Public Service; the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy (U.S. chair); and the National Anchor Institutions Task Force (chair). Among other honors, Harkavy is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Award of Merit, Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, and New American Colleges and Universities’ Ernest L. Boyer Award. He is co-author and co-editor of five books and has written numerous articles and chapters on university civic engagement.
Suzi Iacono was recently appointed Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since she joined NSF in 1998, she has served in many leadership roles, including Acting Assistant Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Deputy Assistant Director for CISE, Senior Science Advisor, Acting Division Director in Computer and Network Systems (CNS) and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), and Program Director in IIS.
Prior to coming to NSF, she held a faculty position at Boston University School of Management, was a visiting scholar at the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a research associate at the Public Policy Research Office at the University of California, Irvine.
Over the years, she has written journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on social informatics, an area of interdisciplinary research and education that integrates aspects of computer and social sciences. Dr. Iacono received her PhD from the University of Arizona in information systems and her MA and BA from the University of California, Irvine in social ecology.
Sylvia M. James
Sylvia M. James is the Director of the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). During her 15 year tenure at NSF, she has served as the Acting Division Director of the Division of Human Resource Development, Acting Director and Acting Deputy Division Director of the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, and the Lifelong Learning Cluster Coordinator. As Cluster Coordinator, she managed the Informal Science Education Program (ISE) while also providing direction for the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. She has served as a program officer for the ISE, ITEST, Faculty Early Career (CAREER), and the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) programs. She also worked with the Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) and Academies for Young Scientists (AYS) programs. Dr. James previously served as the Lead Program Officer for ITEST, and its predecessor, the After School Centers for Exploration and New Discovery (ASCEND). She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Federal Coordination in STEM (FC-STEM) Broadening Participation Interagency Working Group, the NSF liaison to the Liaison to President’s Board of Advisors (PBA) on HBCUs, and has been a member of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) Advisory Committee since 2012. She is currently a member of the interagency working group for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH). She previously served on the Interagency Working Group for Youth Programs (2012-2014) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Interagency Technical Working Group (2011-2014).
Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013). His research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR).
Monya A. Ruffin
Monya A. Ruffin is a Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources in the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She currently oversees projects and proposal review panels for Advancing Informal STEM Learning, Discovery Research preK-12, Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy Systems, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, and Makers EAGERS.
In previous roles as the Deputy Director of Research for The McKenzie Group and as a Project Direct and Senior Research Analyst at the American Institutes of Research, Dr. Ruffin has led and supported numerous education quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation efforts and technical assistance initiatives geared towards improving STEM education at all levels (preK- workforce development). She led collaborative education initiatives with various government agencies, State Education Agencies, colleges and universities, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, other profit and nonprofit organizations, corporate organizations (e.g. Texas Instruments), school districts and communities.