Dr. Thomas Saaty, Distinguished University Professor
Dr. Thomas Saaty currently holds the Chair of Distinguished University Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Thomas L. Saaty was a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for 10 years and before that was for seven years in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. State Department. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and in 2008 he received the career "Impact" Award from INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.
He is the architect of the award winning decision theory, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its generalization to decisions with dependence and feedback, the Analytic Network Process (ANP). He has published numerous articles and more than 12 books on these subjects. His nontechnical book on the AHP, Decision Making for Leaders, has been translated to more than 10 languages. His book, The Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of How It Works, generalizing the ANP further to neural firing and synthesis, appeared in the year 2000. He is currently involved in extending his mathematical multicriteria decision-making theory to how to synthesize group and societal influences.
The AHP is used in both individual and group decision-making by business, industry, and governments and is particularly applicable to complex large-scale multiparty multicriteria decision problems The ANP has been applied to a variety of decisions involving benefits, costs, opportunities, and risks and is particularly useful in predicting outcomes. At the Katz School he teaches Decision Making in Complex Environments, using both the AHP and the ANP and Creativity and Problem Solving.
Dr. Saaty has made contributions in the fields of operations research (parametric linear programming, epidemics and the spread of biological agents, queuing theory, and more generally behavioral mathematics as it relates to operations). He also made contributions in arms control and disarmament, writing a book on mathematical models in that field, and in urban design, where he coauthored the book Compact City with George B. Dantzig. He has written books and articles in graph theory and its applications, nonlinear mathematics, analytical planning, and game theory and conflict resolution.
Dr. Patrick T. Harker
Dr. Patrick T. Harker is the 26th President of the University of Delaware, a position that he assumed on July 1, 2007. Prior to his appointment at UD, Dr. Harker was the Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise. Dr. Harker was also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and held a secondary appointment as a Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Penn. Prior to his appointment as Interim and Deputy Dean in July 1999, Dr. Harker served as Chairman and Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School.
He currently serves as a Trustee of the Goldman Sachs Trust and the Goldman Sachs Variable Insurance Trust. Previously, Dr. Harker served as a member of the Board of Managers of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners Registered Fund LLC, a member of the Advisory Board of Juniper Bank, and chaired the Scientific Advisory Board of Traffic.com, Inc. In terms of nonprofit leadership, Dr. Harker serves as a member of the Board of Christiana Care Health Systems, a member of the board of Easter Seals of Delaware, a member of the Regional Leadership Initiative Steering Committee at the Council on Competitiveness, a member of the Board of Directors of First State Innovation, and is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
In June 1991, President George H. W. Bush named Dr. Harker as a White House Fellow, one of 16 chosen in the country. In this position, he spent 1991-92 as a Special Assistant to the Director of the F.B.I., as well as participating in a variety of off-the-record discussions and trips with national leaders. In January 1996, he was named Editor-in Chief of Operations Research, the premier journal of the field, a position he held until December 1999.
Dr. Harker received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Civil Engineering in 1981, and an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Civil and Urban Engineering (Transportation Planning and Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
Dr. Paul G. Stern
Paul G. Stern is the founder of Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, DC-based, private equity banking firm with $452 million of committed capital that focuses on investments in the technology arena. He is also chairman of Claris Capital Partners, a Virginia-based investment bank. In aggregate, Dr. Stern has over 26 years of active operating experience, primarily in the Information Products and Services industries, and ten years of private equity experience. Prior to starting Arlington Capital, Paul co-founded Thayer Equity Investors III, L.P. and co-led a middle-market, private equity investment fund of $364 million. Thayer completed a total of 19 investments through ten portfolio companies.
In 1993, Paul joined Forstmann Little & Co. as a Special Limited Partner. During his two year tenure at Forstmann Little, the partnership completed both the $1.4 billion acquisition of Ziff-Davis Publishing and the $700 million Thompson-Minwax transaction. From 1989 to 1993, Paul served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Telecom Limited, now known as Nortel Networks. Under his leadership, sales rose by over 55% and net earnings increased three-fold from $183 million in 1988 to $548 million in 1992. Market capitalization of the company during that time increased from $4.1 billion to over $10.7 billion. While with Northern Telecom, Paul led the formation of several joint ventures with Motorola and Matra, as well as joint ventures in China. In 1991, Paul led Northern Telecom's $2.6 billion acquisition of STC plc in the U.K. and its subsequent acquisition of Novatel Ltd in Canada.
Prior to Northern Telecom, Paul served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Unisys Corporation. Before his tenure at Unisys, Paul served as the Corporate Vice President at Rockwell International Corporation with responsibility for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Rockwell, Paul served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Braun AG in Germany, and held numerous senior management positions with IBM.
Paul currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Whirlpool Corporation, the Dow Chemical Company and ManTech International Corporation. Additionally, he serves as Treasurer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Madison Council of the Library of Congress and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and through his career has served on over 15 corporate Boards.
Paul holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics engineering (thermonuclear physics) and a Ph.D. in solid state physics. He is fluent in German and Spanish. He is the author of Straight to the Top published by Warner Books.
Darryl Garrett is Founder and Chairman of TAG, LLC, an independent consulting firm that assists companies with strategic planning and business development within the national intelligence community. He is currently acting as a senior advisor to the IT Solutions Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and to two offices at the CIA. He also is a Vice President and partner at Reality Mobile, LLC. He covers the intelligence community as a member of IBM's Strategic Business Relationships Team, consisting of a dozen retired senior flag officers from across the US and UK military. He serves as a Director on the Board of six technology companies in the US and Canada.
From 2001-2004 Darryl was a Senior Vice President at Photon Research Associates, which was acquired by Raytheon. From 2000-2001 he was a Technical Director for BAE SYSTEMS.
In March 2000 Mr. Garrett received the Career Intelligence Medal from the CIA for his innovative work with nontraditional industry partners. He retired early as a senior official from CIA as a SIS-05. From 1997 until his retirement he was one of ten members of the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology Board of Directors. From 1996-2000 he was the Director of the Technology Office of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), comprised of 325 government and contract staff responsible for its technology and research and development programs. He also concurrently served as the Chief Technology Officer for NIMA.
Mr. Garrett is a graduate of the National Security Program at Harvard and has a Masters of Science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. He graduated summa cum laude in mathematics and minor in physics from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Jerry Wind
Lauder Professor; Director, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, Academic Director, The Wharton Fellows Program, Editor, Wharton School Publishing
Professor Jerry Wind is internationally known for pioneering research on organizational buying behavior, market segmentation, conjoint analysis, and marketing strategy. He consults with major firms around the world, and has lectured in over 50 universities world wide.
Professor Wind is one of the most cited authors in marketing. He is a regular contributor to the professional marketing literature, with 22 books and more than 250 research papers, articles and monographs on marketing strategy, marketing research, new product and market development, consumer and industrial buying behavior and international marketing. His 2004 book The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business, draws on the latest research in neuroscience to explain how a person's mental models can distort perceptions, creating both limits and opportunities.
Professor Wind is the founding editor of Wharton School Publishing, a joint venture with Pearson and has published 25 books in the first 18 months. Over the years he has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marketing, the policy boards of the Journal of Consumer Research and Marketing Science, the editorial boards and guest editor of all the major marketing journals. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the three major marketing awards, The Charles Coolidge Parlin Award, the AMA/Irwin Distinguished Educator Award, and the Paul D. Converse Award.
Professor Wind teaches MBA courses in Marketing Strategy, Marketing Methods and Applications for Business Consulting, and a new course in creativity.
Professor Wind received his PhD from Stanford University and his MA and BS degrees from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Bob Marshall co-founded AWS in 1992 and currently serves as company president and CEO. Marshall pioneered the networking of weather instrumentation and cameras using the Internet. He parlayed this capability into the single, largest network of weather stations and Internet cameras in the world. Marshall is responsible for the business strategy and operations of the company, and has led AWS to become one of the largest private weather media companies by building a series of unique and profitable business units.
Outside AWS, Marshall currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Technology Education (COTE) in the state of Maryland, under the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT). The COTE committee is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the "Maryland Plan for Technology in Education." Marshall also serves on the Advisory Board for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education, a premier educational technology research organization.
Prior to launching AWS, Marshall served as a program manager and lead engineer at BBN (formerly Bolt, Beranek and Newman, the company credited with starting the Internet) on a number of advanced military sensor, signal processing and networking programs.
Marshall is a cum laude graduate of the University Of Maryland College of Engineering.
Brian Le Gette
Brian Le Gette is a multi-industry serial entrepreneur with startup ventures in consumer apparel (http://www.180s.com), international medical laboratory accreditation, and organic urban greenhouse farming. One of his current companies, ZeroChroma (http://www.zerochroma.com), co-founded with David Reeb, creates unique, highly-functional, mobile electronics’ cases for smartphones, e-readers and tablet devices, such as the iPad. Simultaneous to starting ZeroChroma, Mr. Le Gette, co-founded Big City Farms www.bigcityfarms.com with a group of Baltimore entrepreneurs. Big City Farms seeks to create a network of interconnected, city-wide, urban-greenhouse-farming operations in cities across the U.S., beginning in Baltimore, MD.
His first company, 180s, was named the 9th fastest growing privately held company in the U.S. (Inc. 500) and the #1 fastest growing privately-held, inner-city company in the country (Inc. 100) under his leadership in 2004.
Mr. Le Gette has spent the last decade as a board member, director or trustee of several educational and philanthropic institutions including: Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore School for the Arts, Living Classrooms Foundation, Baltimore’s Emerging Technology Center, the Center for Emerging Media, and the Clark School of Engineering, at UMCP. He is also the co-founder of the b4students foundation, a long-term, work-based mentoring program targeting at-risk, inner-city youth in Baltimore, that recently merged with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is currently focused on issues surrounding ex-offender reintegration.
Le Gette has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.