George Gamota

Dr. Gamota is president of Science and Technology Management Associates, a technology consulting firm specializing in technology assessments, research and technology policy, and small business development, and he is senior advisor to the WTEC program, which assesses trends in international science and technology for the National Science Foundation (NSF). He played a key role in the founding of the JTEC program in 1983. He previously served as chief scientist of the MITRE Corporation's Bedford Group, president of Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation, professor of Physics and director of the Institute of Science and Technology at the University of Michigan, director for research in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and special assistant to the president of Bell Laboratories. At Bell Laboratories he did basic research in low temperature physics, including low temperature superconductivity. He was the 1995 national chairman for the National Conference on the Advancement of Research. He holds a PhD (Physics, University of Michigan, 1966). He has received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Award and certificates of appreciation from the Presidential Management Interns and the Minority Technology Council of Michigan. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Physical Society (APS) and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Hiroshi Morishita

Hiroshi Morishita, president of HMI Corporation, specializes in ultra-micro manipulation technology for MEMS (microelectromechanical systems). He founded HMI Corporation in 1991 to commercialize his ultra-micro manipulator system. He extended his interest and business to the field of archaeological excavating and to a new robot manipulator system to help bed-ridden persons. In 1994, he became a consultant to WTEC panel members concerning their study tours in Japan and subsequently was named as WTEC's Japan Representative. He graduated from the University of Tokyo (BA, MA, mechanical engineering) and is in the final stage of preparing his doctoral thesis. He was a visiting researcher in the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1992 and 1993 and at RCAST (the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology) in 1994 and 1995 at the University of Tokyo.

Martin Nisenoff

Dr. Nisenoff is a supervisory research physicist with the Electronics Science and Technology Division of the Naval Research Laboratory and is designated as a consultant to the Microwave Technology Branch. He has been an active researcher in superconducting materials and electronic devices for more than thirty years, first at the Ford Motor Company Scientific Laboratory, then at Stanford Research Institute, and since 1972, at the Naval Research Laboratory. Since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity, he has been active in formulating, reviewing, and supervising many government-funded programs in superconducting electronic devices and systems and in cryogenic refrigeration systems. He has presented numerous invited and contributed papers related to superconducting device technology and cryogenic refrigeration systems at domestic and international conferences, workshops, and symposia. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in physics and received his MS and PhD in Physics from Purdue University.

Frank Patten

Dr. Patten received his BS (Physics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and PhD from Duke University. His thesis work was on the electronic properties of materials and, in particular, the effects of radiation damage in biological materials such as nucleic acids, proteins, and amino acids. He worked at the Naval Research Laboratory for 22 years in solid state physics with an emphasis on radiation effects in wide band-gap crystalline solids and radiation-protection mechanisms, and he managed the program on laser-hardened materials development. He has managed programs at DARPA for 14 years in high energy laser countermeasures for ballistic missile boosters; eye and sensor protection against agile, pulsed battlefield laser weapons; and low signature (radar and ir) structural composites for aircraft and missiles. Since 1989 he has managed DARPA's high temperature superconductivity and cryogenics programs.

Published: August 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian