JTEC/WTEC STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

The JTEC/WTEC staff at Loyola College includes: Dr. Michael DeHaemer, Principal Investigator and Director; Dr. R.D. Shelton, Co-Principal Investigator and ITRI Director; Mr. Geoff Holdridge, JTEC/WTEC Staff Director and Series Editor; Mr. Bobby Williams, Assistant Director and JTEC/WTEC Comptroller, Ms. Aminah Batta, Editorial Assistant, and Ms. Catrina Foley, Secretary. Biographies of the Loyola staff are included below.

Aminah Batta

Aminah Batta is Editorial Assistant for JTEC/WTEC reports and other publications. In this capacity, Ms. Batta compiles draft reports, implements editing changes, assists in graphics layout, and acts as liaison between panel members and the JTEC/WTEC office in matters pertaining to report preparation and publication. Prior to holding this position, Ms. Batta worked for over two years as the JTEC/WTEC Administrative Assistant, before resigning to continue her education.

Ms. Batta received her B.S. degree in African Cultural History and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Brockport and her M.S. degree in African History from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Latin American/Caribbean History at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Michael DeHaemer

Michael J. DeHaemer is Principal Investigator and JTEC/WTEC Director. He has been associated with the program since 1991, having joined as WTEC Director when the scope of technology assessment expanded to Europe and Russia. On the faculty of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College, Dr. DeHaemer is Chair of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department and teaches Information Technology and Strategy, Expert Systems, and Human-Computer Interface Design. He is founder and Director of the Lattanze Human-Computer Interface Laboratory and is a research specialist in speech systems for computer input and output. His research interests also include business applications of artificial intelligence and technology assessments.

Dr. DeHaemer is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy and nuclear submarine commander. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Catrina Foley

Catrina Monique Foley presently holds the position of Secretary in the JTEC/WTEC office. She has been part of the JTEC/WTEC team since 1991.

Ms. Foley graduated from Palmer Business School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1991, where she received a certificate of achievement in Office Automation. In 1988 she graduated from Robert D. Edgren High School of Misawa, Japan. Currently an undergraduate student at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, MD, Ms. Foley is planning to transfer to a four year college to obtain her B.A. degree in Japanese Linguistics.

Geoffrey Holdridge

Geoffrey M. Holdridge, as JTEC/WTEC Staff Director, is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the JTEC/WTEC program, including both the Loyola staff and JTEC/WTEC's off-site contractors. As JTEC/WTEC Series Editor, Mr. Holdridge is also responsible for final editing, review reconciliation, quality control, and production of all JTEC/WTEC final reports. Mr. Holdridge has been managing JTEC and WTEC operations at Loyola in various capacities since 1989. Prior to coming to JTEC, Mr. Holdridge served as a special assistant to the Division Director for Emerging Engineering Technologies (EET) at NSF, where he helped manage the JTEC program at NSF. In an earlier assignment in the Division of Policy Research and Analysis at NSF, Mr. Holdridge was responsible for researching and drafting reports to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on renewable energy and energy conservation technologies. In a special assignment for the EET Division in 1987-88, Mr. Holdridge prepared a report on the long-term industrial consequences of a loss of U.S. competitiveness in the commodity memory chip market as part of NSF's contribution to an inter-agency study on the status of the U.S. semiconductor industry. Mr. Holdridge has also worked as Staff Consultant for the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on the Impact of National Security Export Controls in International Technology Transfer (also known as the Allen Panel). Mr. Holdridge holds a B.A. in History (specializing in 20th Century East Asia) from Yale University.

R.D. Shelton

Robert Duane Shelton has led international technology assessments since 1984, as science policy analyst at NSF, and now as ITRI Director. He is also program manager of the U.S. Department of Transportation contract funding the new ITRI Transportation Technology Evaluation Center (TTEC). His degrees are in electrical engineering from Texas Tech (MCL), MIT (as NSF Fellow), and University of Houston. Dr. Shelton worked at Texas Instruments, Inc. on electronics R&D, and at NASA in performance analysis of the Apollo space communications system and of TDRSS -- the system currently used for Shuttle communications. He was a professor at the University of Houston, University of Louisville, Texas Tech University, and now Loyola College. During this time, he has served as principal investigator on 35 grants, has written 58 technical papers and one book, and has chaired 57 M.S. and 3 Ph.D. thesis committees. He has chaired academic departments of applied mathematics, computer science, and now the Department of Electrical Engineering and Engineering Science at Loyola. His current research interest is science policy analysis: international technology assessment, high-technology trade problems with Japan, and national strategies for engineering education.

Bobby Williams

Bobby A. Williams, JTEC/WTEC Assistant Director and Comptroller, joined the JTEC/WTEC staff in early 1990. Prior to that, he worked in Washington as an economist. He spent several years as a branch chief, responsible for research and reporting on both industrial and macroeconomic developments in China. Publications include an assessment of China's oil industry for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Mr. Williams holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Berea College and Washington University (St. Louis), respectively, where he was an all-but-dissertation Ph.D. candidate in economics. His professional interests center on the Japanese and Chinese economies. More generally, he is interested in economic history, particularly the roles of technical and institutional change as agents of growth.


Published: March 1994; WTEC Hyper-Librarian