Genie Bopp, Vice President of Strategic Relations for KBRwyle, is also the Director of Collaboration for the Human Health and Performance Contract at the NASA Johnson Space Center. She began at NASA JSC in 1987 in the Space Station Science Office, planning the Space Station Freedom experimental laboratory complement of hardware and analytical capabilities as well as the crew health care requirements. She has managed departments and projects since 1994 in multiple areas including: the Flight Experiments Mission Manager for biomedical experiments on Shuttle, Medical Sciences Flight Projects, Extended Duration Orbiter Medical Project, Space Medicine and Biomedical Research Department. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Houston Executive Development Program. She is a certified Kepner Tregoe Project Management Instructor. In 2011, she was elected Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA) She currently serves on the Board as Treasurer/Secretary of the AsMA Foundation. She also chairs the Board of Directors for the Technology Collaboration Center of Houston, is on the Advisory Council for SpaceCom and the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).
University of Houston
Tom Campbell has spent the past decade of his 25 year career working in technology commercialization roles at the interface between Universities, startups, and industrial partners. He currently serves at the University of Houston as the Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation. In this role, he works with faculty to identify intellectual property, builds innovative partnerships with industrial partners, supports the formation of startups, and licenses early-stage technology. Prior to the University of Houston, he gained valuable experience serving as the Vice President of Research for BP’s Alternative Energy Division where he led a team of 200+ staff across three continents with a $70+m per year budget. Tom worked in the innovation ecosystems in San Francisco and San Diego, was also a member of the BP Ventures Investment Committee, and served as Commercial Manager in the Energy Biosciences Institute, a $350m collaboration between the University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and BP. Tom is actively involved in seed grants and proof of concept programs designed to accelerate the commercialization of new technology. He facilities the UH Technology Gap Fund and serves as a Board Member on the Spark Fund at Texas Tech, an early stage investment fund. Tom is an Assessor for the National Science Foundation–University Cooperative Research Center (NSF-IUCRC) Program where he evaluates and shares best practices across the Centers in the Program and participates in the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program.
Dan Carson is the Schlumberger Chair of Advanced Studies and Research and Professor of Biochemistry at Rice University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Ph.D. from Temple University and did postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was a faculty member at MD Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years before becoming Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. In 2009 he joined the faculty at Rice University where he has served as Dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships. He has authored >170 scientific publications and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on many editorial boards and scientific grant review panels and been the recipient of many federal grant awards including an NIH MERIT award. Dr. Carson’s research focuses on role complex cell surface components play in normal development and cancer.
Texas A&M University
Brian Conroy’s 30-year career has spanned an extensive range of roles from technology development, commercialization, and university-industry relations to global sales, licensing, business management, communications, external affairs and business strategy working for BP, Amoco, and Phillips Petroleum. Before retiring from BP, Brian was Vice President of BP’s Advanced BioProducts Business. While leading various energy-related strategy efforts, Brian worked alongside consulting companies including Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company. Brian has been a speaker at various global energy industry conferences such as CeraWeek and Platts as well as various university-sponsored studies, forums, and speaking engagements including MIT, Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and the University of Illinois. Brian works as the Director of Industry Relations for the Texas A&M’s Engineering Program developing strategic research relationships with Houston regional companies. Brian runs his own consulting company, BCC, focusing on long-range insights on energy industry trends. Brian also services on the Energy Advisory Committee for the Greater Houston Partnership. Brian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a PhD in Chemistry from Indiana University.
Exploring 4 Solutions
Jeffrey R. Davis, MD is the founder and CEO of Exploring 4 Solutions, LLC, and a visiting fellow of the Crowd Innovation Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is a recognized international leader and consultant in strategic innovation, human system risk management in health care systems, and space and aviation medicine. He provides consulting expertise and experience in strategic innovation through collaborative and open innovation projects, organizational change management, and project management. Jeff’s unique experience and insights across government, academic, corporate and non-profit sectors provide a depth of technical knowledge that builds bridges between various disciplines and partners. He is a frequent speaker and author about open innovation. Prior to Exploring 4 Solutions, Jeff served as the Director, Human Health and Performance, and the Chief Medical Officer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Stanford University, an M.D. degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Science degree from Wright State University. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and holds an active Texas medical license.
Baylor College of Medicine
As Director for the Translational Research Institute (TRI) for Space Health, Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D., leads a NASA-funded program that finds, funds and facilitates human performance solutions for astronauts traveling in deep space. Prior to her current position, Dr. Donoviel served as Deputy Chief Scientist and Industry Forum Lead for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). In this role, she established partnerships among industry, government and academia to deliver solutions applicable for human space travel and impactful on Earth. Dr. Donoviel is also Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and in the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Prior to joining BCM, Dr. Donoviel led two drug discovery programs for eight years at biotechnology company Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She is the recipient of multiple honors including NASA Human Research Program awards and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute Outstanding Leadership Award. Dr. Donoviel completed a postdoctoral fellowship from Mount Sinai Research Institute in Toronto, Canada; holds a Biochemistry Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA; and received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. She is an avid collector of Star Trek memorabilia.
NASA Johnson Space Center
Executive Committee (non-voting)
Linda Ham is the Head of NASA Johnson Space Center’s Partnership Development Office where Linda and her team facilitate collaborations with diverse industries, other government agencies, universities and research institutes. With over 30 years of experience with NASA, Linda held a multitude of operational, technical and management roles including serving as the first woman Flight Director in the Mission Control Center for Space Shuttle missions and as Manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration, a $13.6B program with over 19,000 contractor and civil servant employees. During her NASA career, Linda also led the Constellation Program’s Technology Development efforts and chaired the Facility Control Board which determined the priorities, budgets, and schedules for the Program’s facility needs across the Agency. Linda served as a NASA Executive Liaison to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab in 2003. Linda also chairs the Innovation Research Interchange’s Federal Lab Activity Group and represents JSC with the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Linda holds a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from Rice University, a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Applied Science from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.
Jeff Hanley is Assistant General Manager for Human Exploration and Space Flight Programs Directorate, Civil Systems Group, for the Aerospace Corporation. Hanley joined Aerospace in 2015 from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) where he had served as director of NASA’s Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Management Office. In this role, Hanley was responsible for managing the development, production, logistics, and sustained engineering of all flight hardware used to support the agency’s EVA capability within the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate. He has varied experience in human spaceflight, technical management, operations, and program management. Prior to serving as director of EVA at JSC, Hanley began is NASA career in flight operations rising to the post of Chief of the Flight Director Office at JSC. He moved into program management in 2005 with his assignment as Program Manager for NASA’s Constellation Program until 2010. Hanley subsequently served three years as Deputy Project Manager for Verification on the James Webb Space Telescope program prior to accepting his post as EVA director. Hanley holds a master of science degree in natural and applied sciences from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from University of Houston. He has received numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and was named Astronautics Engineer of the Year in 2011 by the National Space Club.
Brian is the Manager for External Pursuits for the Jacobs Clear Lake Group in Houston, TX, and is responsible for partnership and business development with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) under the JSC Engineering Technology and Science (JETS) Contract. He has been with Jacobs for 9 years, primarily in engineering management roles. Prior to this, Brian was a program manager at start-up Eclipse Aviation when the company was awarded the National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy in 2005 for the development of a technologically advanced private jet. Brian also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force in systems acquisition and engineering roles on various fighter and cargo aircraft used by the US and foreign allies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Martha Hess serves as Systems Director for The Aerospace Corporation’s, Civil Systems Group, Human Exploration and Space Flight Directorate. Hess joined Aerospace in 2015 and has wide-ranging experience in human spaceflight, program management, strategic visioning, partnership development and external relations. Prior to serving as director, Hess began her career as a research scientist in Space and Life Sciences at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and shifted to private industry to hone her skills in business and management. After 8 years in private industry focused on profit improvements, technology implementations, mergers and acquisitions and helping to refine corporate strategies/business models, she returned to the NASA ecosystem and supported various Programs leading technical integration, strategic development and external relations activities. Hess has a knack for working closely with leaders of organizations to help develop, refine and implement visions and strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University as well as several certifications in Program Management and Systems Engineering.
Henk Mooiweer, Founder and owner Innovenate LLC, is an innovation expert and consultant who successfully led many disruptive and high impact opportunities to Proof of Concept and implementation. In his 25-year career at Shell he effectively managed the development of multiple complex business opportunities and many, often unconventional, external partnerships. As Adjunct Professor at Rice University he studies and teaches approaches to make individuals better inventors and innovators.
Maurice Nessim, President of WesternGeco, is also the Chairman of the IAGC Board and Foundation Board Member of the SEG. With over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience in various management and technical positions Maurice has BS and MSc degrees in physics and geophysics and has won several prestigious awards and patents. He authored and co-authored over 25 papers that have been presented in various international conferences. He has been an SEG Active Member since 1991 and is a member of the EAGE, SPE and AAPG. In 2014, he was the SEG Director at Large and in 2017 was elected as board member for the SEG foundation and was named chairman of the IAGC in 2017. Maurice has been leading the World’s leading Geophysical exploration company since 2015. His current responsibilities include the development and implementation of the corporate vision and strategies associated with geophysical business. His visionary outlook positioned WesternGeco as the partner of choice in Mexico’s sweeping energy reform. His technology innovation leadership brought world-class IsoMetrix* marine, UniQ* land, Omega* data processing and Inversion advanced technologies to the industry for unrivaled subsurface imaging in any environment. Today he is pioneering WesternGeco’s progressive transformation into an asset-light business, built on WesternGeco’s leading position in multiclient, data processing and geophysical interpretation services. Implementing a vision that capitalizes on WesternGeco’s digital technology and digital assets to accelerating hydrocarbon discovery.
Sudhir Pai, based in Houston Texas, is Managing Director at Schlumberger Robotics Services, previously called Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas (LROG), a Schlumberger JV. In June 2015, he was promoted to the board of LROG. Sudhir has held a variety of management, technology and business leadership positions within Schlumberger, including vice president and general manager of Completions and general manager of Schlumberger operations in Mumbai, India. His more than 30 years of worldwide oilfield services experience include assignments in corporate planning, supply chain, human resources, service quality, and health, safety & environment. He has worked in 9 countries including Middle East, India, UK and USA. Sudhir holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Bombay. He is an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and vice-chairman of the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC-2018), an Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) event. In April 2016, Sudhir was recognized by the United States National Diversity Council with the 2016 Texas Multicultural Leadership Award. He is deeply involved in Schlumberger’s global stewardship program (SEED) and a local mentorship program at daughter’s school the KinkaidConnect.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Rice University. During his 30 years working in the aerospace community, Larry held multiple technical and managerial roles. Larry was the Business Development, Sales Executive for Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure, PMCM. In this role Larry provided owner’s representative services to the healthcare, higher education, K-12, and commercial markets. Previously, Larry was a Department Director at L-3 Communications where he oversaw 500 people working NASA, NOAA, and FAA contracts. Prior to that position, Larry was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Enterprise Advisory Services, Inc. where he managed over 350 employees across a portfolio of government and commercial contracts. Larry provides a unique perspective to clients given his executive management and business development experience at small and large businesses.
Executive Committee (non-voting)
Haibin is the external research and innovation manager for Shell in the US, overseeing Shell’s R&D collaborations in the U.S. (except California) with universities, research institutes, and national labs. He has been with Shell for 11 years, with experiences in upstream exploration & development, new ventures management, and corporate strategy. Prior to Shell he worked for 4 years with Schlumberger, and has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University.