Washington Academy of Sciences

 2021 – 2022 term

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 here .
Lynnette Madsen

Lynnette D. Madsen, Ph.D., is a material scientist and engineer.  She has published two books, three book chapters/sections, and more than 100 articles; been awarded three patents; and delivered more than 100 invited talks. She is a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Ceramic Society (ACerS), American Vacuum Society (AVS), Materials Research Society (MRS) and ASM International, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Rosalind Franklin Society.  Dr. Madsen was recognized with a WAS Leadership in Science Award (2018) and she previously served as Secretary of WAS (2018-2019).
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.
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:
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 (, 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.
Vice President, Affiliated Societies:
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.
Vice President, Membership:
Mahesh Mani
Mahesh Mani
Mahesh Mani is a Technology Manager at the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Department of Energy, Washington, DC. His research interest includes smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and sustainable manufacturing. He earned a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from the 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.
Journal Editor:
Sethanne Howard

Sethanne Howard is an astronomer, retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office. Her main field of research is interacting galaxies.  She serves as the editor of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Managers.  

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 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.
Tanner Ash

Tanner Ash is a Cell Therapy Specialist and educator. His passion for curing cancer originated from his wife’s diagnosis of melanoma skin
cancer as a young adult. Tanner holds a Masters Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland.

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.
David TorainDavid 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

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.