Meet the 2011 Advisory Board


Spring 2011

Jonathan Bamber

Jonathan Bamber, PhD

Director, Bristol Glaciology Centre, University of Bristol

Jonathan Bamber is a professor in physical geography. He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Physics in 1983 and completed a Ph.D at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in glaciology and remote sensing. He then spent eight years in the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London before returning to Bristol in 1996. His main areas of interest are in applications of remote sensing data in the polar regions. More specifically, he has been working on the use of remote sensing data to elucidate the morphology and dynamics of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. He has recently begun work on cryosphere-climate interactions and feedbacks by through a combined modelling and observational approach. He is also involved in remote sensing research in the department and has interests in the use of remote sensing data for a variety of other applications such as the generation of digital elevation models and in oceanography.

Scott G. Beaven

Scott G. Beaven, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development, Space Computer Corporation

Dr. Beaven received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1995. From 1990-1995 he was a Research Assistant and Office of Naval Research Doctoral Fellow at the University of Kansas Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory, and from 1995-2000 he was with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-San Diego (SSC-SD). While at SSC-SD, he served as Program Manager for real-time target detection and recognition under DARPA's Adaptive Spectral Reconnaissance Program (ASRP). Since joining Space Computer Corporation in 2000, Dr. Beaven's work has focused on adaptive detection and exploitation processing for hyperspectral, multispectral and multi-sensor image data. He is currently focused on research and development of multi-sensor exploitation, change detection and hyperspectral tracking concepts.

Ted Clarke

Ted Clarke, PhD

Senior Geophysicist, ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Ted Clarke is an Advisor in ExxonMobil’s Geophysical Operations group. He is responsible for oversight of design, technical detail and data quality of ExxonMobil’s seismic acquisition programs in Africa, Europe and Russia. He is on temporary assignment managing a seismic project in Iraq. Prior to joining ExxonMobil in 1996, he worked on glacier hydrology and mass balance in Alaska, spent several seasons carrying out seismic reflection studies in Greenland and several seasons working on ice-penetrating radar and seismic refraction studies in Antarctica. Dr. Clarke received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin.

William Harrison

William Harrison, PhD

Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of Alaska

William Harrison has his Ph.D. in nuclear physics and did postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota, Caltech, and the University of Washington. He has done research in nuclear physics, permafrost, and glaciers and ice sheets. He has worked in Alaska, the Lower 48, Greenland, and Antarctica, where his interests have been primarily in the area of ice flow and, most recently, in the measurement of glacier changes in western North America. He served a term as a joint Chief Editor of Journal of Glaciology.

Roger Hathaway

Roger Hathaway, PhD

Director, Office of Education, NASALangley Research Center

Roger Hathaway began his federal career in 1983 as an educational programs officer serving precollege institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Over his 22-year career with the Agency, he has served as a NASA consultant to national education associations, state and regional school and university administrations, private industry and local businesses. He has been a leader in such programs as the Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME), the Summer High-School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business/Industry/Government-Education (BIG-Ed) Council and Langley's Explorer Post program.

Tony Hey

Tony Hey, PhD

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections

As corporate vice president of Microsoft Research Connections, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide external research (ER) collaboration in Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, and dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England. His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components.

David Holland

David Holland, PhD

Director, Center for Atmosphere-Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

David Holland is a Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere-Ocean Science in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) of New York University (NYU). He also serves as the Director of the Center for Atmosphere -Ocean Science (CAOS). Dr. Holland joined NYU in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.Dr. Holland is an oceanographer studying phenomena of the polar oceans and their impacts on global climate, for example, the global sea level. His current research interests include the study of the interaction of floating ice shelves with polar ocean waters, the acquisition and implementation of observational data for model improvements, and the study of the teleconnection between polar and temperate/tropical latitudes.

Charles A. Luther

Charles A. Luther

Scientific Program Officer, Office of Naval Research

Charles Luther began his career as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force, where he spent three years as an Engineering Project Officer developing flight simulators and was later employed with the Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base. His career continued as a Deputy Program Manager at the Naval Electronics Systems Command, and as a Scientific Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research, where he led the Navy’s basis research programs in sea ice microwave remote sensing.

Carl S. Person

Carl S. Person, PhD

Manager, Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP), NASA Office of Education

Dr. Person is currently responsible for helping NASA ensure the participation of underrepresented and underserved populations in its programs, projects and activities as the Manager of MUREP and as NASA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program Manager. Prior to joining NASA in 1999,Dr. Person was employed by the US Department of Education as Director of the Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service and as Executive Director of the HBCU Capital Financing Program.

Suresh Ramamurthi

Suresh Ramamurthi

Scientific Program Officer, BC Capital, Inc.

Suresh Ramamurthi is Vice-Chairman at CBW Bank and heads up wholesale banking including new products and services. He leads CBW Bank’s initiatives to support and foster innovation including working with financial services start-ups. He also serves as a Principal at BC Capital, an early stage investment firm. A veteran technology entrepreneur, Suresh has founded and exited two start-ups, and has previously worked at Google Inc. Suresh’s first start-up, PowerFax, developed and manufactured wireless hardware and software applications. PowerFax’s wireless technology went on to become the basis for the ubiquitous “Guide Button” on television remote controls.

Christopher Shuman

Christopher Shuman, PhD

Scientific Program Officer, NASAGoddard Space Flight Center

Christopher Shuman is an Associate Research Scientist for the University of Maryland's Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center at Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. As a member of the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory in the Topography and Surface Change group, he is working with Dr. David Harding on a new swath laser altimeter, and continuing to study the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets using satellite and field observations. Of particular interest is assessing elevation change with ICESat laser altimetry data and the nature of Antarctica's large subglacial lakes. The overall goal is to help understand the current status of these vast ice sheets in the climate system so that their future may be predicted. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jeffrey D. Stepp

Jeffrey D. Stepp

Senior Engineer, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC

Jeffrey Stepp is a Senior Engineer at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant (KCP), operated by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC where he has worked since 1998. He is currently involved in the development of advanced RF & Microwave sub-systems for Government mobile satellite, Doppler radar, advanced telemetry, and wireless LAN market segments.

Herb White

Herb White

President, W. Herbert White & Co., Inc.

Herb White is a serial entrepreneur in technology. He currently serves as president of W. Herbert White & Co., Inc. and three of its affiliated companies and Cedar Ridge – a not-for-profit residential facility. Mr. White graduated from the University of Kansas in 1960 with a BSEE and from the University of Chicago with an MBA in marketing. He works with universities in the United States and Europe, as well as government entities like NASA, to identify and commercialize technology-based game changers. Mr. White also gives talks on entrepreneurship for organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation.