Officers

Washington Academy of Sciences

 2020 – 2021 term

President:
Mina Izadjoo
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.
Secretary:
Mala Ramaiah
Mala Ramaiah 

Mala Ramaiah is a subject matter expert in health information technology. Her roles include that of Research Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Manager at the American College of Physicians developing guidance, managing applications, and handling clinical data in healthcare.  She has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Masters degree in Health Care Management.
Treasurer:
Ron Hietala
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, Administrative Affairs:
Joanne Horn

Joanne Horn

 

Joanne Horn received a Ph.D. from Univ. California Berkeley in microbiology, where she studied DNA repair and recombination in Pseudomonas. Dr. Horn spent a post-doctoral fellowship at the German Natl. Institute for Biotechnology, working on generating bacterial metabolic pathways for mercury decontamination, and enzymatic fusion proteins. Following her studies abroad, Horn spent some time teaching at Univ. West Florida, then went into working at Lawrence Livermore Natl. Laboratory for 13 years, followed by work in a startup biotech company (Integenx). Horn has also worked with a government contractor (MRIGlobal) on public health projects based in Central Asia and Africa, and is currently directing a State-funded nonprofit (Frederick CREST) aimed at driving STEM-based industries by partnering with higher education. Throughout, Horn has performed research on diverse areas, ranging from gene expression, metabolic pathway construction, metal and organic pollutant degradation, biocorrosion of nuclear waste containers, automated biological sample preparation and analysis, surveillance of
emerging infections, and microbial forensics. This broad-ranging career path has allowed Dr. Horn to work with many types of professionals: from engineers and geologists, to public health professionals, law enforcement and diplomats.
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:
Mahesh Mani
Mahesh Mani 
Mahesh Mani received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, at the National University of Singapore in May 2005. Currently he serves as a Senior Technology Advisor with Allegheny Science and Technology supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Department of Energy, Washington, DC in areas such as smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing. Prior to this position, Mani was a Senior Research Scientist with Dakota Consulting Inc. supporting the Systems Integration Division, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). While affiliated with NIST, he lead or co-lead several projects on smart and sustainable manufacturing. His work has directly resulted in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards used in the industry today.  Mani also worked as an Associate Research Scientist and Research Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) where his research focused on smart and sustainable manufacturing. At UMD, he still continues to teach a course in Manufacturing and Automation. Prior to 2006, Mani worked as a Research Engineer at the Centre for Intelligent Products and Manufacturing Systems, National University of Singapore.
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,  the Philosophical Society of Washington (PSW-Science) and the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) to WAS.
Poorva Dharkar

Poorva Dharkar

Poorva Dharkar is President of the Bethesda Chapter of the the Association of Women in Science. Her work is contributing to building equitable workspaces, broadening STEM participation, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship for women in STEM. She also serves as a board of director of SEM link, an organization that promotes student achievement and career exploration in math and science for K-12 students by connecting them to the STEM community. In May 2018, she received the MBA Alumni Leadership Award for impacting the inaugural Business Conference on Blockchain & Financial Technology at the Lerner College of the University of Delaware, from which she had received her MBA in Data Analytics and Project Management. Dr. Dharkar earned her doctorate from the University of Pune (National Chemical Laboratory) (2010), where she studied biochemistry and crystallography. Her research at the National Cancer Institute and later at National Institutes of Child Health and Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was focused on cancer as well as neuroscience using protein crystallography.   She has served as the Associate Editor for the Fellows Editorial Board at NIH where she led a team of editors to support scientists at 27 centers across the NIH in publishing their research.
Lisa Frehill
Lisa Frehill
Lisa M. Frehill holds degrees in industrial and systems engineering and sociology. After earning her doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, she was on the sociology faculty at New Mexico State University. While there, she was the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Advance: Institutional Transformation award to increase the participation of women in science and engineering faculty positions.
She has been in Washington DC since 2006 in a variety of positions. She has been an active researcher with a
particular passion for applied research, including program evaluation. She is the author of numerous articles and technical reports, including an article in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. She is also a co-editor and contributing author of the 2015 volume Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective (with Willie Pearson, Jr. and Connie L. McNeely).Currently Dr. Frehill is a Senior Statistician at a small government agency. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and traveling. With any luck, she will catch a baseball game at every major league park in the next few years.
Parviz Izadjoo
Parvis Izadjoo
Parviz Izadjoo received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University in 1994. Parviz has over five years of experience in teaching university level landscape architecture and site engineering courses at USDA Graduate School and Northern Virginia Community College. After many years of employment with the private sector including 4 years of designing residential communities and industrial/commercial sites, Parviz joined Montgomery County Parks Department in January 2005.
Among his projects at M-NCPPC are Evens Parkway Neighborhood Park with multiple awards and the first park in the state of Maryland to achieve Sustainable Site certification and the first M-NCPPC park with a planned integrated artwork; Rock Creek Maintenance Facility which has achieved the first LEED (Gold) certification for MNCPPC; Green Farm Maintenance Facility which is the first shared facility with another County organization (MCPS), also achieving LEED (Silver) certification. Presently among other projects, Parviz has taken the lead in designing a prototype freestanding artwork resembling a sunflower like tree with solar panels as flower petals. This artwork would be a freestanding solar charged device in Montgomery County parks providing WiFi and charging stations for laptops and phones. Parviz has been an invited speaker in conferences and has written various publications in design and construction fields.
Terry Longstreth


W. I. Longstreth, III (Terry) is a Senior Member of ACM, a Systems Engineer and specialist in Data and Information Standards, Data Architecture and Data Systems Development. He retired from IBM and Lockheed Martin in 2019, after a career of 46 years where he was active in research, development, design and integration, and operation of large, complex database systems. Terry is the outgoing Vice President for Administration of the WAS, having served 4 years in that role. In addition to his WAS activities, Terry serves as a member of the Board of the Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorization Body (www.iso16363.org), as a volunteer engineering and standards consultant to the Mission Operations and Information Management Systems Area of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems to ISO TC37 (Terminology) and to the Annual Ontology Summit and its culminating Symposium.  Around Christmas he is sometimes mistaken for the Man in the Red Suit.
Parisa Meisami
Parisa Meisami

Parisa Meisami is a STEM and Medicine (STEMM) services coordinator at Universities at Shady Grove (USG), University System of Maryland. Dr. Meisami has served in varying positions and at different levels of the educational system for many years as faculty, researcher, and advisor. She has also provided statistical consulting to educational and non-educational organizations and has served as a representative at the Washington Statistical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pure Mathematics, a Master of Science Degree in Statistics, and a Doctorate Degree in Education.
David Torain

David Torain

David Torain’s research area is Optimization and Partial Differential Equations and currently studying the second derivative of Torain’s Equations, where he studies the use of parametric nonlinear differential equations as a mathematical model.  Dr. Torain was elected in 2019 to American Association for the Advancement of Science: Section Y on General Interest in Science and Engineering Fellow: “For distinguished contributions to the field of Applied Mathematics, particularly for the discovery of Torain’s Equations that model the harvesting of species under abnormal conditions”.


Immediate Past
 President

Judy Staveley
Judy Staveley
Judy Staveley is a Program Analyst contractor for the Joint Program Committee 5 – Military Operational Medicine Research Program, a former community college professor in biotechnology, an author in forensic science, an international speaker, and a professional athlete.


President-Elect

Ram Sriram
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, where he leads research on software metrology and systems integration. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 250 publications, including many books. Sriram received several awards, including ASME CIE division’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). Sriram is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME, SMA, AAAS and Washington Academy of Sciences, a distinguished member (life) of ACM and AAAI. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. His official URL is https://www.nist.gov/people/ram-d-sriram .