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Board of Trustees

Board Officers:

Board Members:



Peter J. Preuss, Chair top
  Peter Preuss Jr.

M.B.A Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego
B.A. (Psychology) University of Southern California

Professional Career:

Director of Business Development, Tecate Group
Marketing and Business Development Consultant, Tecate Group
Director of Business Development, Brain Corporation
Robotics Guri, Analytics Ventures
Co-Founder and CBO, Defensory
Engineer, Qualcomm
Lab Manager, Interactive Media Division, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Deployment Engineer, Ascent Media

Community Service:

2015/16 Preuss School Gala: Co-Chair 
EvoNexus: Committee Member
 2013/14 UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge: Co-Chair
Connect: Connect Springboard Fellow
Fleet Science Center: Trustee

John Driver, First Vice Chair top


B.S. Industrial Engineering, Stanford University
MBA, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Professional Career: Chairman & CEO, Lynx Technology
Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo
Chief Marketing Officer, PacketVideo
CEO, Joynln
VP Business Development, Envision Solar
Sr. Director Global Field Marketing, Serena Software
Group Manager, Sun Microsystems
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
Stanford Associates Board of Governors: Chair
YMCA Overnight Camps of San Diego: Past Board Member
Stanford Multicultural Alumni Club of San Diego: Board Member
Tuck at Dartmouth Annual Giving: Committee

Kristi Jaska, Second Vice Chair top



Education: B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
M. Eng., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
Professional Career: VP, Engineering, ViaSat
Member of Technical Staff, Linkabit
Holds numerous patents on digital communications
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
EvoNexus: Committee Member
San Diego Venture Group: Board Member

Diana Day, Treasurer top

  Diana Day

B.A. Economics, Washington State University
J.D., University of Virginia

Professional Career: Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance, San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Gas Company
Assistant General Counsel, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
General Counsel, Sempra Energy Global Enterprises
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Sempra Energy
Corporate Associate, Latham & Watkins
Community Service:

Sempra Energy Foundation: Secretary
St. Charles Borremeo Academy Advisory Board: Chair
Fleet Science Center: Trustee
San Diego-Imperial County Girl Scouts, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, American Corporate Counsel Assn.: Prior Board service

Awards and Honors: Tribute To Women in Industry (TWIN) Award from San Diego County YMCA
SD Metropolitan magazine "40 under Forty" recognition 
Athena of San Diego, Pinnacle Award nominee, 2011
Sempra Energy Chairman's Award (2006. 2008)

Thomas Briggs, Secretary top



Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Akron
J.D. The John Marshall Law School
Professional Career: Partner, Jones Day – Global Co-leader of IP Licensing and Technology Transactions Team
Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Associate General Counsel, M.A., Hanna Company/PolyOne Corporation
Associate, Jones Day
Customer Service Superintendent, Praxair, Inc.
Plant Engineer, Praxair, Inc./Union Carbide Linde Industrial Gases
Project Engineer, Union Carbide Corporation, Linde Division
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
North San Diego Business Chamber: Trustee
CONNECT, Springboard Executive Committee and Frameworks: Workshop Presenter
San Diego Zoo: Pro bono legal services for Centre for Bioinspiration
Awards and Honors: “Highly Recommended” for Transactions – IAM Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016 – 2012
“Life Sciences Star” for Finance and Transactional – LMG Life Sciences 2016 – 2012
SuperLawyers, San Diego 2016 – 2011
“Recommended” - IAM Licensing 250, The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing

Steph Barry top



B.A. Political Science and Government, University of California, San Diego
M.I.B.A. Masters International Business, University of San Diego
Professional Career:
Managing Director, Global Market Development, Solatube International, Inc.
President, Aqua Business Consulting, Inc.
Chief Alumni Officer | Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni, University of California San Diego
Vice President, Strategic Projects, WD-40 Company
Vice President, Asia, WD-40 Company
General Manager, Shanghai Wu Di Industrial Ltd, Shanghai, China, WD-40 Company
General Manager, Australasia, WD-40 Company
Senior Director/Director, Global Innovation, WD-40 Company
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee 
Awards and Honors: Featured as one of Top 25 Global Innovators, Business Week Magazine, 2006

Charles Bergan top



Charles Bergan
Education: B.S. Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego
M.S. Computer Science, University of Califorina, San Diego
Professional Career: Vice President Engineering, Qualcomm
Director of Engineering, Qualcomm
Software Director, Ensemble Communications
Director of Engineering, Ericsson
Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm
Software Engineer, Science Horizons
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee

Erik Caldwell top



Education: B.A. Political Science, California State University San Marcos
M.B.A., San Diego State University
Professional Career:

Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Smart and Sustainable Communities, City of San Diego
Director, Economic Development, City of San Diego
Vice-President, Government Partnerships - Figtree Financing
Vice-President - Icon Strategies
Chief of Staff, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher - California State Assembly
Deputy Director, Policy - San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
Chief Deputy, Board Member Michelle Steele, California State Board of Equalization
Legislative Assistant, County Supervisor Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
CDC Small Business Finance: Board Member
San Diego Workforce Partnership: Board Member

Bill Carley top



Mark Bracker
Education: B.S. Biochemistry and Biology, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Microbiology, Vanderbilt University
Fellow Biology, Chemistry and Biophysics, Cornell University
Professional Career: Partner MindPiece Consulting
Director, Oncology Translational Medicine, Pfizer Inc
Associate Director, Diabetes Translational Medicine, Pfizer Inc
Manager, Clinical Safety and Risk Management, Pfizer Inc
Staff Scientist and Portfolio Manager, Bayer Inc
Assistant Professor, Yale University
Academician and Scientist
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee 

Han Chiu top



Han Chiu
Education: MBA, University of California, Berkeley
M.D. Licensed Physician; Medical Scholar; MacKenzie Scholarship Recipient; Stanford University School of Medicine
A.B., Biochemistry - Distinction in all subjects; Cornell University, NY
Professional Career: Founder and Managing Partner, CMX Capital LLC
Founder and Managing Partner, Vavici Ventures, LLC
Chief Scientific Officer and VP Business Development, Bridgetech International
Venture Partner, Forward Ventures
Founder, Chairman and Interim CEO, Aitria
Senior Product Manager, Global Marketing, Biotech / Oncology Business Unit, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals
Senior Market Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
New Product Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Clinical Research Medical Expert, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Medical Fellow and Marketing Consultant, Becton Dickinson
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee: 
Stanford School of Medicine CERC: National Visiting Faculty Member
National Cancer Institute and Cornell University: Research Assistantship in Virology and Oncology
Licensing Executive Society Member, American College of Gastroenterology Entrepreneur in Residence, UCSD Connect Member, Community Board of Advisors Stein Institute for Research on Aging Member, Council of Advisors, CARTHA: Member

Loreen Collins top



Education: J.D., Boston College Law School
A.B., Folklore & Mythology, Harvard University
Master’s Program in Planning, Cornell University
Professional Career: Retired, Real Estate and Corporate Attorney
General Counsel, Surefire LLC.
Associate General Counsel, Akkadix Corporation
Legal Counsel, Mycogen Corporation
Legal Consultant, Callaway Golf Company
Associate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Associate Attorney, Gilchrist & Rutter
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
Harvard Club of San Diego: President
Harvard Club of San Diego: Secretary
Harvard Schools Committee: Co-Chair
Francis Parker School: Member Audit Committee
Francis Parker School: High School and Middle School Science Olympiad Coach
Francis Parker School: High School Robotics Mentor
Francis Parker School: Gala Committee Food and Beverage Chair, Wine Chair, Video Co-Chair
Las Vegas Regional and Houston Championship: Volunteer Referee FIRST Robotics Competition, San Diego Regional

John Elliott top


M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University

Professional Career:
Partner at McKinsey & Company
Managing Director, Accenture
Emerging Products Lead, Qualcomm
VP of Product Management, 724 Solutions Software Inc.
Director of Product Management, Openwave Systems
Director of Product Management, Verizon
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
EvoNexus: Board Member
Fort Collins United Way: Board Member, Chair - Special Grants Committee 
United States Marine Corps: Intelligence and Reconnaissance
Matt Grob top
  Matt Grob
Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Bradley University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Professional Career: Executive Vice President, Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Corporate Research and Development
Communications Systems Engineer, Division Manager
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
FIRST Robotics: Volunteer
Peter Heavey top
Education: B. Engineering, University College Dublin, Irland
MBA, San Diego State University
Professional Career: Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President, Solar Turbines Inc.
Director, Business Process Compliance, Solar Turbines Inc
Director, Global Supply Chain, Solar Turbines Inc
Director, International Field Operations, Solar Turbines Inc
Director, Engineering Operations, Solar Turbines Inc
Manager, Purchasing and Quality Assurance, Solar Turbines inc
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
SDSU EMBA Alumni: Advisory Board
College of Engineering: SDSU Dean's Advisory Board
USD Supply Chain Management Institute: Board

Cindy Hesse top



Cindy Hesse
Education: BS Engineering Science, Trinity University
Professional Career: Technology Consultant, Independent
Project Engineer, Stone & Webster (now CB&I)
Electrical & Controls Engineer, Stone & Webster Engineering
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
San Diego Science Alliance: past President
Society of Women Engineers (SWE): Board, Lifetime member
SWE Student Chapter, Trinity University:  Founder
Girl Scout Council (Colorado & San Diego)
Planning Commission, Lone Tree, CO: Board Member

Jeannie Hilger top



Cindy Hesse
Education: B.A., Business Management a with Leadership Specialization, Capella University
Professional Career: Vice President, Communications Business Unit, Airborne C4ISR Systems, Northrop Grumman
Community Service: Adelante Engineering Academy, Northrop Grumman
Fleet Science Center: Trustee
Awards and Honors: Girl Scotus of San Diego Cool Women 2018 Award
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation 2016 National Latina of the Year
Technical Fellow 2005-205, Northrop Grumman
TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation, Northrop Grumman

Kimberly Manhard top



Education: B.S., Zoology, University of Florida
B.A., French, University of Florida
Professional Career: Executive Vice President, Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
Board Director, Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
Senior Vice President, AstraZeneca, Ardea Biosciences
President, Manhard Pharma Consulting
Vice President, Exelixis
Senior Director, Pfizer
Director Agouron Pharmaceuticals
Associate Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Senior Clinical Research Advisor, Covance (previously G.H. Besselaar Associates)
Clinical Research Associate, Eli Lilly and Company
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee

Mary Matava top



Education: B.S. Agronomy, Washington State University
Professional Career: Agri Service: President & Agronomist  
Community Service

Fleet Science Center: Trustee
San Diego County Farm Bureau: Vice President, Board of Directors

Gary Phillips top
  Gary Phillips
Education: A.B. (Mathematics) San Diego State University
M.S. (Engineering Physics) University of California, San Diego
Professional Career: Investment Manager, Conlegium Veterum Investment Partnership
Vice President for Program Development, SAIC
Project Manager Defense Technology, SAIC
Senior Engineer, Science, and Software (S-Cubed)
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Past President, Trustee
Green Valley Estates Home Owners Association: Vice President
Lyncean Group: Member
San Diego Chamber Orchestra Board: Board President
Tech Coast Angels, angel investing and mentoring group: Member 
Awards and Honors: SAIC Defense Technology Group Excellence Award
SAIC Corporate Achievement Award for Excellence in Science and Technology
Al Pisano top

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, May 1981.M.Phil., Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, Jan 1980.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, May 1977.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, May 1976.

Professional Career:

University of California, San Diego
Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering
Walter J. Zable Endowed Chair in Engineering
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Director, PRIME Systems Laboratory, UC San Diego
Member, National Academy of Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Head, Operational Excellence Program Office
Acting Dean, College of Engineering
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Electronics Research Laboratory
FANUC Chair of Mechanical Systems
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
Associate Professor, Department. of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) Program Manager of MEMS, Electronics Technology Office

Community Service:

Professor Pisano has authored or co-authored over 400 refereed publications and has graduated nearly 70 Ph.D. students and over 75 Masters students from the University of California in his 34-year career.  Professor Pisano frequently serves as a consultant to industry managers, academic administrators, engineering society managers and government policymakers on the issues of MEMS research, design, application and commercialization.  Professor Pisano is listed as inventor or co-inventor on 36 patents.
National Academy of Engineering Committee on Human Rights, 2012 - 2013: Correspondent
Board of Visitors, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, 2010 - 2013: Member
President's Advisory Board, Carnegie Mellon Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, 2008 - 2009: Member
National Research Council Study, Panel on Sensors and Electron Devices, ARL Review, 2007 - 2009: Member
External Advisor Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2006 - 2010: Charter Member
National Academy of Engineering Keck Futures Initiative Steering Committee on Nanotechnology, 2003: Member
Science Advisory Board, Oerlikon, AG, 2008 - 2010: Member
Corporate Technology Alliance Board, Samsung Cell Phones, 2004 - 2006: Member
Board of Directors, Harmonic Devices, Inc., 2004 - 2008: Member
Science Advisory Board, MicroFabrica, Inc., 2003 - 2005: Member
Board of Directors, Mercator MedSystems, Inc., 2003 - 2010: Member
Technical Advisory Board, Microgen, Inc., 2002 - 2004: Member
Board of Directors, Endobionics, Inc., 2001 - 2003: Member
Board of Directors, Therafuse, Inc., 2001 - 2004: Member
Technical Advisory Board, Verimetra, Inc., 2000 - 2005: Member
Board of Directors, Verimetra, Inc., 2001 - 2007: Member
Science Advisory Board, Transparent Optics, 2000 - 2001: Member
Science Advisory Board, MEMGen Corporation, 2000 - 2003: Member
Science Advisory Board, NineSigma, Inc., 2000 - 2001: Member
Technical Advisory Board, Xactix, Inc., 1999 - 2008: Member
Board of Directors, Xactix, Inc., 1999 - 2004: Member
Fleet Science Center: Trustee

Awards and Honors:

Walter J. Zable Distinguished Chair of Engineering (Sep 2013 - present)
Member, National Academy of Engineering (2001 - present)
Awardee, The Thomas Egleston Medal, awarded to the most distinguished alumnus of Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, 2010.
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2004 - present)
FANUC Professor of Mechanical Systems (1999 - 2014)
Awardee, MD&DI's (Medical Devices and Diagnostic Industry Magazine) 100 Notable People, 2008.

Nancy Robertson top
  Nancy Robertson
Education: B.A., Mathematics, Washington State University
Professional Career:

Software Engineer, Technology Unlimited Group, San Diego

Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman, San Diego

Officer, US Navy
Engineer, Boing, Seattle

Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
San Diego Zoo: Past Chair of the President's Associates Planning Committee
Celebration for the Critters, San Diego Zoo: Past Chair, 
E.W. Scripps Associates Steering Committee: Past Chair
Irwin Rodrigues top
Education: B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada
M. Eng. in Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada MBA MIT Sloan School of Management
Professional Career:

Chief Product Officer, Orolia
President & CEO, Boatracs Inc
Vice President & General Manager, AirlQ Inc
Director Product Management, Microsoft Corporation
Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation Sr. Managing Consultant, Ernst & Young Management Consulting

Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
MIT Club of San Diegoo: Member
Tech Coast Angels (Angel Investing & Mentoring Group: Member
Awards and Honors: Executive Achievement, Maritime Executive - 2012

David Sarkaria top



Education: B.S. Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach
M.B.A.  California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
J.D., Western State University College of Law
LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Professional Career: Sr. Director Compensation & Benefits, Sempra Energy
Director Compensation & Benefits, Sempra Energy
Financial Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Audit Manager, Pacific Enterprises
Chief Executive Officer, California Diversified Properties
Associate Tax Counsel, Phillips Petroleum
Former Member Adjunct Faculty:  HR Certificate Program - University of California, San Diego
Community Service: Fleet Science Center: Trustee
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni
LEAD San Diego Alumni