Shankar Sastry


Roy W. Carlson Professor of EECS, BioE and ME

Shankar Sastry obtained his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his MS and PhD degrees from University of California, Berkeley. He became an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-2), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at University of California, Berkeley (1983–present). He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Canberra the University of Rome, Scuola Normale and University of Pisa, the CNRS laboratory LAAS in Toulouse, Professor Invité at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, and as a Vinton Hayes Visiting Fellow at the Center for Intelligent Control Systems at MIT. Most recently, he has been concerned with cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, and has helped establish an NSF Science and Technology Center, TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2004. He is member of the Technical Advisory Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on S&T. He was on the US Air Force Science Board from 2003-2006, and is Chairman of the Board of the International Computer Science Institute. He is also a member of the boards of the Federation of American Scientists and ESCHER (Embedded Systems Consortium for Hybrid and Embedded Research). Among his many honors, he received the President of India Gold Medal, the IBM Faculty Development award, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Eckman Award of the of the American Automatic Control Council, the Ragazzini Award for Distinguished Accomplishments in teaching, and the distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology.

Susan Avery


Director and President Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Massachusetts

Susan K. Avery is the first woman to become Director and President of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has extensive experience as a leader within scientific institutions. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, she served in interim positions as Vice Chancellor for research and Dean of the graduate school, as well as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for academic affairs. From 1994-2004, she served as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the first woman and first engineer to hold that position.

Avery is a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the American Meteorological Society, for which she also served as President. She is a member of the advisory board for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

She has also served on numerous advisory panels, committees, and councils for the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Avery earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Michigan State University in 1972, a master's in physics from the University of Illinois in 1974, and a doctorate in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois in 1978.