Affiliation: Program Director, Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Innovation Address: National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230
Dr. Narayanan is currently the program director overseeing research interests in the area of machines and manufacturing processes at NSF. He is charged with the identification of leading edge technologies and encouraging innovative research ideas in materials processing. Prior to coming to NSF in 1994, he was the Chief Scientist at Certainteed, a building materials company. His duties included leveraging research results from the academic world and applying them to the business. His longest tenure was at Norton Company, spanning 20 years. As the R&D Director of Norton Abrasives Business, he led the worldwide introduction of new products with a track record of new products accounting for more than 25% of total sales. Innovations included new materials such as seeded sol-gel Alumina, novel polymer compositions for bonding of abrasives, introduction of high-speed cut-off wheels, and many more covering the area of manufacture and use of grinding wheels. His department is credited with over 30 patents. He received his PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1974 and his BS from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Robert Duane Shelton
Affiliation: Loyola College Address: Dept. of Computer Science, Loyola College 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
Dr. Shelton received his degrees in electrical engineering from Texas Tech, MIT, and the University of Houston. He has been a professor at the University of Houston and Texas Tech, and at the University of Louisville, where he was Chairman of the Applied Math and Computer Science Department. He has also worked as an engineer at Texas Instruments, at NASA on the Apollo space communications system, and at the National Science Foundation as a science policy analyst. He has served as principal investigator on over 25 grants and contracts totaling over $2 million. He is presently professor of engineering and computer science at Loyola College in Maryland. He is also Director of the International Technology Research Institute at Loyola, which assesses foreign technologies on behalf of the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy, DARPA, ONR and the Department of Commerce.
Cecil H. Uyehara
Affiliation: President, Uyehara International Associates Address: Uyehara International Associates 7614 Arnet Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
Cecil H. Uyehara is a consultant in the Washington DC area on U.S.-Japanese relations in science and technology fields. He served in the U.S. government for almost 25 years, with the Air Force (weapons systems planning), the Office of Management and Budget (military assistance) and the Agency for International Development (AID). He has published books and articles on Japanese politics, scientific advice and public policy, Japanese calligraphy, and Afghan philately. He organized the first U.S. Congressional hearings on Japanese science and technology, lectured at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute on Japanese science and technology, and served as a consultant to the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Library of Congress on Japanese calligraphy. He graduated from Keio University (BA), the University of Minnesota (MA), both in political economy, and received awards/grants from the Ford Foundation, American Philosophical Society, University of Minnesota (Shevlin Fellowship) and the National Institute of Public Affairs (Fellowship at Harvard University, 1963-4).