Washington Academy of Sciences

 2019 – 2020 term


Judy Staveley

Judy Staveley is an Assistant Professor / Program Director of Bioprocessing Technology at Frederick Community College, CEO of The Platform Magazine, author in forensics science, international speaker and a professional athlete.
Poorva Dharkar
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:
Gene Williams

Eugene Williams is a Professor of Biology at Salisbury University. His research focuses on how fishes acclimatize and adapt to changes in temperature. He explores the biochemical, molecular and cellular attributes that allow some fish, but not others, to thrive over a wide variety of environmental temperatures. He is particularly interested in how cell membranes contribute to overall cell function during temperate acclimatization. He is a Fulbright Scholar and conducted some of his research in Iceland. His web site is here.
Journal Editor:
Sethanne Howard

Sethanne Howard is an astronomer, retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office. Her main field of research is interacting galaxies.
Vice President, Membership:
Ram Sriram

Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before this, Sriram was the leader of a group in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, whee he conducted research on standards for interoperability. Prior to joining NIST, Sriram was on the engineering faculty at MIT, and helped to set up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory there. Sriram has been an author of more than 250 publications, including several books. He was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. Sriram is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME, AAAS and the Academy. 
Vice President, Administration:
Terry Longstreth

W.I. Longstreth, III (Terry) is a Senior Member of ACM, a retired Systems Engineer and specialist in Data and Information Standards, Data Architecture and Data Systems Development.
Vice President, Junior Academy:
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. Recently he served as a Senior Associate in the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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.

Michael 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.
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. Fr. 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.
Mahesh Mani

Mahesh Mani is a Senior Technology Adviser with Allegheny Science and Technology supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy in areas such as smart and sustainable manufacturing. Prior to this, Mani was a Senior Research Scientist supporting the Systems Integration Division, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Mani also serves on the Executive Committee for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computers & Information in Engineering Division and is an Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering.
Joanne Horn
Noriko Behling
David Torain
Lisa Frehill
Barbara Ransom

Immediate Past

Mina Izadjoo
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 in Washington, DC. While there, she was awarded the title of “Distinguished Scientist”. Her research efforts have been focused on developing and evaluating diagnostics and therapeutics.


Mina Izadjoo has agreed to serve once again as President of the Academy for the next term.