Carlotta M. Arthur is Executive Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the National Academies, Arthur directed the Henry Luce Foundation's Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM, led the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's diversity initiatives programs, and held positions in academia and in industry. Arthur earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was a W. K. Kellogg Scholar in Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health.
John Dabbar is Managing Director, Low Carbon Technologies for ConocoPhillips, which focuses on innovative carbon capture and hydrogen technologies that can integrate with the company's global operations, markets, and competencies. Previously, Dabbar was Vice President of Federal and State Government Affairs, head of the Global Marine Organization, and manager of upstream projects and joint ventures in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. He started his career as an oil tanker engineer, and then managing operations at Four Corners Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of ARCO and as a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. Dabbar holds a Marine Engineering degree from the Maritime College in New York City and a MBA from St. Mary's College.
William ("Bill") Masters is the founder and former CEO of Perception Kayaks and remains an active inventor with more than 30 issued patents. In the late 1970s, he developed an idea for additive manufacturing, created a 3D printer, and secured the first patent in the area. Masters's current invention work includes drip-free honey pumps, gun safety technologies, car safes, and medical products. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and has served on numerous boards of organizations in South Carolina and nationally.
Christine Peterson spent her career in marketing and business development in the technology and innovation arena, including three decades at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) International. Her work spanned major projects in energy, transportation, communications, biomedical engineering, and drug and vaccine discovery and preclinical development. Peterson has an undergraduate degree in the History of Science from Northern Arizona University, a MS degree in the Management of Science and Technology from George Washington University, and is the author of 15 peer reviewed publications and the book, I Love the Internet but Want My Privacy, Too.
Martin Pichinson is co-founder and co-managing member of Sherwood Partners, Inc., founded in 1992. Sherwood is known as one of the premier advisory firms working with the venture capital, private equity, legal, and financial communities. Pichinson and the Sherwood team focus on corporate restructuring, managed wind downs, Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors (ABCs), wellness reviews, and bankruptcy advisory services, and have developed a business that monetizes intellectual property and lends or purchases patents. He previously led a nationally branded cookie company and worked in the footwear and garment industries. Pichinson holds a degree in marketing from Columbia College, Chicago.
Len Polizzotto is Distinguished Executive in Residence at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, partner in The Practice of Innovation, LLC, and a Lemelson Center Distinguished Research Scholar. He retired in 2015 as a Vice President at Draper Laboratory, and previously held Vice President positions at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) International and the Polaroid Corporation. Polizzotto is the named inventor on 12 patents and the author of articles on curing coma, visual perception, and innovation. He holds a PhD in Visual Sciences from Tufts University and MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Christopher Weaver is Distinguished Professor of Computational Media at Wesleyan University and a Lemelson Center Distinguished Research Scholar, where he leads the Videogame Pioneers initiative. He has written and contributed to over 25 books and holds patents in telecommunications, software methods, device security, and 3D graphics. Weaver founded the software company Bethesda Softworks, was Chief Engineer to the Congressional Subcommittee on Communications, and created the Office of Science and Technology for the American Broadcasting Company. He holds an SM in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees in Japanese Ethnomusicology and Computer Science from Wesleyan.