The Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee is a standing committee of volunteers who provide advice and expertise for the operation of the Industrial Leadership in Physics program. They provide input into the program and act as a Industrial Mentors to our ILP students.
Dr. Kristen Bloschock received her Ph.D. in Physics from Georgetown University and is now the Advanced Materials Strategic Manufacturing Thread Lead in Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations at Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this role, she manages the corporation's technical relationship with the materials-focused National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes, as well as collaborations across the enterprise to accelerate manufacturing innovation. In addition to her work at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Bloschock serves as Secretary of the National Board of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, a national non-profit volunteer women’s organization that provides fellowships to U.S. graduate and undergraduate students in science and engineering. She is also a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the Public Policy Committee and the International Activities Committee.
Dr. Tom Clinton is a device physicist working on advanced storage technologies in the hard disk drive (HDD) industry. He began his industrial career in 1999 at Seagate Technology’s research center in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2010, he moved within the industry to Si Valley, joining drive-maker HGST in their research division, the former HDD faction of IBM Research, Almaden. Although primarily a large-company researcher, Tom also spent a year with a startup, developing flexible electronics at Nth Degree Technologies in Tempe, AZ. He holds a doctorate in experimental condensed-matter physics from the University of Maryland, and received his bachelor’s degrees in physics, math, and electrical engineering from Georgetown and Catholic University.
Dr. Bill Graver has over 30 years of experience in creating and conducting applied research programs. Project areas: system architecture design, risk assessments, measurement analyses, modeling of lasers, Radio Frequency sources, sensors, hyperspectral, imaging, material properties, and fiber communication systems. At Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he is currently Chief Scientist and has served as: Deputy Group Manager, Advanced Technology Group; Operations Manager, Applied Physics Operation; and Senior Scientist.
Since 2009, Jack Jachmann has been CEO of DRFP, a materials science company that has developed a new polymer for dental and medical applications that has disruptive potential. The company currently operates in the UK and will enter the US market this year. He has previously worked as CEO of Cyalume Technologies and COO of Xerox Engineering Systems and was CEO and Co-Founder of Zen Research Ltd. He attended college at the City University of New York and graduate school at Columbia University.
Brian G. Jamieson, Ph.D. is founder and president of Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems, an engineering consulting firm providing Research and Development and support for a wide variety of public and private clients. SB Microsystems develops highly miniaturized sensor systems for medical applications, defense, homeland security and consumer products. Brian received a BS in Physics from Yale in 1991, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2000) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (2003) from the University of Michigan. His thesis focused on improving practical aspects of the use of silicon neural probes in neurophysiology research, and resulted in the first report of reliable long term in vivo neuronal recordings using active (integrated CMOS) neural probes. Brian took a job with NASA in 2002, and served as the MEMS Group Leader at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He worked on instrument miniaturization to support NASA’s science directorate in developing analytical instruments for unmanned space missions, and also began a lab-on-a-chip program to develop micro-fluidic platforms for space-based assays and astronaut health monitoring. He left NASA in 2006 to found Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems and has grown the firm to 12 employees with greater than 30% annual revenue growth in each of its years of existence. Brian is a leader in a wide variety of roles outside of SB Microsystems. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Maryland Science Center, is a member of the steering committee of the Mid-Atlantic MEMS Alliance, and has served on numerous review panels for NASA and the NIH. Brian is married to Sarah Clay Jamieson, a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine (PM&R.) They have two sons: Marston (15) and Clifford (13). He enjoys boating on the Chesapeake Bay and watching his sons play lacrosse. He is also a former Olympic Rower, having medaled in the quadruple sculls event in the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Dr. Barbara Jones leads the theoretical and computational physics project at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. She received an A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1982, followed by a year at Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar. She earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Cornell University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. After postdoctoral research at Harvard University, she joined IBM at the Almaden Research Center in 1989. She has worked on a range of projects both fundamental and more applied, including managing experimentalists working on media and read heads, to theories of quantum wells and other effects in magnetic multilayers. Currently she leads research to calculate the effects of magnetic atoms, in clusters or nanolattices, on metallic/insulating surfaces, as engineered and measured by STM. Among other distinctions, Dr. Jones was the 2001 recipient of a TWIN Award (Tribute to Women in Industry) and is currently Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the APS, the Chair and Founder of the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, past member and Chair of the American Physical Society (APS)’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (1999-2002), and past chair of the IBM Almaden Diversity Council. She is strongly interested in promoting opportunities in science and math for all students.
John Ongman founded Cardinal Crest Solutions after more than three decades as a lawyer and partner, practice group head, or Washington-office managing partner in international and national (Sidley Austin; Pepper Hamilton), regional (Barnes & Thornburg), and boutique (Axinn Veltrop) law firms. When at law firms, Ongman solved regulatory, antitrust and intellectual property problems. To do this, he drew on his education in engineering (Purdue, General Motors Scholar (best student in Engineering College)), physics (Illinois - Urbana, Ph.D. program) and law (Northwestern, editor of law review and Austin Scholar (top merit scholarship)). At Cardinal Crest, Ongman engages in activities where law, science and technology meet. He is an active investor in start-up companies and provides strategic advice at the law/science/technology interface for established companies drawing on his deep experience as a multidisciplinary problem solver. The path is to dig deeply into the scientific, technological, and legal aspects of major business problems to solve them in a creative way. Before entering the practice of law, Ongman was a research associate in cardiac electrophysiology, focusing on drug discovery, at Northwestern Medical School. Prior to that, he was the General Electric Fellow in the physics department at the University of Illinois researching various topics in plasma and solid state physics. Ongman has continued his interest in science by serving as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School at Georgetown University.
Dr. Andrew H. Monica of the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory is an experimental physicist specializing in micro- and nanostructured materials. After receiving his Ph.D. from Georgetown University’s ILP program in 2008, Dr. Monica joined the JHU-APL as a post-doctoral fellow and ultimately accepted a senior staff position in 2010. He has been with the APL ever since. During nearly a decade of work at APL, Dr. Monica has been involved in a multitude of different projects spanning a wide range of technical areas, including: IC delayering / reverse engineering, MEMS devices, photon emission microscopy, and biometrics. He also has extensive experience growing and patterning carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes and graphene); developing electron guns / ionization sources for space and terrestrial instrumentation; and significant knowledge of semiconductor processing techniques. In addition, he has served in numerous technical leadership roles for both internal R&D as well as externally funded efforts and has been the recipient of the Hart prize, awarded for excellence in research and development, on two occasions. Dr. Monica enjoys golfing in his spare time and lives in Potomac, MD with his wife Andrea and children Aidan and Isla.
Curtis J. Zimmermann
Dr. Curtis J. Zimmermann is BASF Corporation’s Manager, Government Liaison where he facilitates interfacing with Governmental entities for growth opportunities strategic to BASF. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zimmermann served as the Manager for Inorganic Pigments and Materials for the Performance Chemicals Research Division of BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Preceding his international assignment, he was the Senior Manager for New Technologies, Effect Materials in the Performance Chemicals Research Division of BASF in Tarrytown, New York. His research was focused on new product conceptualization and development, harvesting technology and intellectual property management for new decorative and functional materials. He has held a variety of technical managerial positions throughout his career and has conducted research in materials science with an emphasis on pearlescence and optical thin film materials for nearly 20 years. His long-term activities in colloid chemistry have enabled him to provide educational forums and in depth technical courses in the arena of fine particle technology. He has numerous patents covering BASF commercial products in decorative industries and has authored additional technical papers and patents. Prior to joining BASF he worked in powder technology applied to military obscuration at the United States Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds facility in Maryland. Dr. Zimmermann earned a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School and is a member of the New York Bar. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Clarkson University, New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Millersville University, Pennsylvania.
Nancy Suski is a Deputy Program Director in the Office of the Deputy Director for S&T at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Nancy has over 30 years’ experience in applying science and technology in the interest of national security. Nancy has expertise in analysis and implementation of technology and systems applied to national security needs, including emergency preparedness and response, explosives, and infrastructure protection. In January 2003, Nancy accepted a DHS assignment as the Division Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) in the Science and Technology Directorate, where she established the research and development program focused on emergency preparedness and response for large scale events, including terrorism. In 2013 Nancy joined the Office of the Deputy Director for S&T focused on university academic research and education partnerships. She currently holds a joint appointment with Georgetown University as a Professor of the Practice in the Graduate School of Arts and Science and was the Executive Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management Master degree program from Jan 2013 – July 2016. Her current research interest is the nexus of climate change, emergency management and global health.
Mentors provide a crucial role in a student's training. Mentor use their own discretion to interact with students. The Department will periodically contact mentors to receive an update on the mentoring arrangement and inquire about the experiences with the individual students to facilitate best practices.