Washington Academy of Sciences

 2015-2018 term

Mina Izadjoo
Dr. Mina Izadjoo is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Biosciences Division at Trideum Corporation. Formerly, she was a “Senior Distinguished Scientist” and Director of the Diagnostics and Translational Research Center of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine. She served as the Chief of Wound Biology and Translational Research Division at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, DC.  While at AFIP, she was awarded the title of “Distinguished Scientist”.  Her research efforts have been focused on developing and evaluating diagnostics and therapeutics.
John Kaufhold
John Kaufhold is a data scientist and managing partner of Deep Learning Analytics. Before Deep Learning Analytics, Dr. Kaufhold investigated deep learning algorithms as a staff scientist at NIH. Prior to NIH, Dr. Kaufhold was a Technical Fellow at SAIC, serving as principal investigator or technical lead on a number of large government contracts funded by NIH, DARPA and IARPA, among others. Prior to joining SAIC, Dr. Kaufhold investigated machine learning algorithms for medical image analysis and video analysis at GE’s Global Research Center. Dr. Kaufhold was a Whitaker Fellow in Boston University’s biomedical engineering department, earning his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Kaufhold is an inventor on 18 USPTO patent filings and is author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications.
Ron Hietala
Ronald Hietala is a semi-retired industrial-organizational psychologist. His career was in training and organizational development. He is interested in scientific methodology, process improvement, and human development and functioning.
Vice President, Affiliated Societies:
Richard Hill
Richard Hill is a developer consultant within a global technology lab, utilizing his academic background of engineering and neuroscience to discover solutions in the dynamic field of cybersecurity. His previous projects include a spectroscopy toolkit for a pharmaceutical company, distributed embedded system for an engineering grant, and data-mined historical record sets for a government agency. Additionally, he serves as vice chair for IEEE’s Washington Section and lead mentor/engineer for a D.C. high school’s FIRST Robotics club.
Vice President, Junior Academy:
Dick Davies
Dick Davies
Dick Davies is a serial entrepreneur and has been president of Sales Lab Incorporated for over 30 years. He now blogs to promote his companies, new technologies, and civic and social interests. He is a loud and frequent speaker on how businesses are adopting new technology.
Vice President, Membership:
Sethanne Howard
Sethanne Howard is an astronomer, retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office. Her main field of research is interacting galaxies.
Vice President, Administration:
Nick Tran
Nick Tran
Nick Tran is a PhD scientist and an entrepreneur. He is a founder of several companies, including NanoBMT, which focuses on R&D of nanomaterials for energy and biomedical applications. Previously, he was a research scientist for the Navy where he solved chemistry and physics problems of highly exotic nature, from the catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into synthetic fuels to photon emissions from the cavitational collapse of hydrated microbubbles. He has been a research associate at the University of Maryland, adjunct chemistry professor at George Washington University, and scientific advisor for various government and industry associations, including DARPA, the DOE, and the DoD.

Board of Managers

The Academy’s Board of Managers is comprised of the officers listed above, the members-at-large listed below, the immediate past president, plus the representatives of the Affiliated Societies.

Members at Large

Mary Snieckus
Mary Snieckus
Mary Snieckus is a Natural Resource Policy Analyst at the American Forest Foundation, USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She has experience in consulting and working for both federal agencies and NGOs. Her work has focused on helping people, businesses and communities steward the forests around them in ways that are ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable, healthy, and resilient. She is passionate about natural resource policy based on experience in the woods that helps generate solutions to pressing issues, including climate change and ecological restoration, through innovative approaches like payments for ecosystem services.
Jim ColeJim_Cole
Jim Cole has performed research in optical fiber interferometry and fiber optic sensors throughout his career. At TRW his paper on interferometric fiber optic acoustic sensors was one of the first, and he is recognized as a pioneer in fiber optic sensing. He joined NRL in 1978 and left in 1986 to join Dylor Corporation; returning to NRL in 2000, where he has continued his work on fiber sensors and other systems. In 1982 and 2003 he received NRL’s Alan Berman Research Publication Award for the best papers in the Acoustic and Optical Sciences Divisions, respectively. He has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, presented more than a dozen invited talks and holds 11 patents.
Neal Schmeidler
neal schmeidler
Neal F. Schmeidler designs and executes studies to analyze work and business activities to find solutions that improve organizational performance. He has applied his skills to activities such as air traffic control, aviation safety inspection, food safety inspection, test and evaluation of ocean oil spill response capability, medical care response to acts of bioterrorism, maintenance of the National Airspace System, and space shuttle orbiter maintenance. As a Manager at Grant Thornton LLP, he oversees workforce analysis and staff model development studies and provides technical thought leadership in the design and development of solutions. Prior to his present position, he owned and operated a small industrial engineering services firm providing solutions to resource management challenges for clients in federal and local governmental agencies as well as firms in the private sector.
Frank Haig, S.J.
Frank Haig, S.J. is a Jesuit and a professor emeritus of physics at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, specializing in cosmology. Haig has served as the second President of Wheeling Jesuit University from 1966 to 1972 and the seventh President of LeMoyne College from 1981 until 1987.
Michael Cohen
mike cohen
Michael P. Cohen is Principal Sampling Statistician at American Institutes for Research. Dr. Cohen was President of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) 2003-04. He represents the Washington Statistical Society to WAS.
Paul Arveson
Paul Arveson’s first career was as a physicist in the Navy, where he served as a researcher doing projects in acoustics and oceanography. He has an MS in Computer Systems Management, and has served as a developer and technology architect for various agencies.  He is co-founder of the Balanced Scorecard Institute, a strategic consulting firm.  Currently he serves as a Senior Associate in the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Immediate Past President

Terrell Erickson
Terrell Erickson is the Director of Ecological Sciences for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She leads 17 national science disciplines (e.g., National Agronomist, National Forester, National Biologist, National Grazing Lands Specialist, and Science Advisors). Her interests include connecting long-term sustainable agriculture with best conservation practices. She is the principal author of a natural science publishers’ award-winning field guide on wetlands (2006).

Journal Editor (ex officio)

Sally Rood
Sally Rood has worked on issues in science policy, technology transfer, and economic development with agencies, federal labs, universities, and industry. She promotes communication and collaboration internationally.


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