Cpt. Crawford Alan Easterling III (Ret.) is a member of the Corporate Strategy Group at Northrop Grumman where he conducts strategic planning, supports the Corporate Policy Council, Corporate Technology Council, Strategic Development Council, and serves as corporate strategy liaison with the Mission Systems Sector. Before joining the Corporate Strategy Group, he was the director of Strategic Development for Advanced Programs and Technology (AP&T) at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Dean Florez was a California State Senator from the 16th Senate District from 2002 until the end of his second term in November 2010, when he was also California Senate Majority Leader. Florez was born and reared in the Central Valley and his mostly rural district stretched across 300 miles anchored by the city of Bakersfield in the south and the city of Fresno at its northern tip. He currently heads up the 20 Million Minds Foundation, seeking to drive down the rapidly growing cost of a college education by making electronic textbooks widely available.
Kent Kresa is Chairman of the Board MannKind Corp and Chairman Emeritus of Northrop Grumman Corporation, having previously served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kresa also served on the boards of General Motors Company, Avery Dennison Corporation (including as Chairman), and Fluor Corporation. Mr. Kresa has been a member of the Caltech board of Trustees since 1994, and he also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and universities. As a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received a BS in 1959, an MS in 1961, and an EAA in 1966, all in aeronautics and astronautics.
Preston McAfee is an economist who has worked extensively in pricing, auctions, antitrust, business strategy, market design, computational advertising and machine learning applied to exchanges. He left the faculty of Caltech to join Yahoo in 2007 as chief economist, moved to Google in 2012, joined Microsoft as chief economist in 2014, and retired from that role in 2018. He was awarded a Golden Goose award in 2014 for work done with colleague John McMillan that showed how auctions could be designed to improve government procurement and sales. This theoretical and empirical research was used in the 1994-5 sales of spectrum by the FCC, which netted $20B for the government. The auction design that emerged has been used around the world, in the sale of over $100B in spectrum.
Richard M. Murray is the Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from Caltech and UC Berkeley. Research in Dr. Murray's group is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include novel control system architectures, biomolecular feedback systems and networked control systems. He was the faculty sponsor for Team Caltech, Caltech's entry in the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
S.M. Shahed has worked for 40 years in research, design and development of fuel economy improvement and emissions control technologies for diesel and gasoline engines for passenger car as well as heavy duty truck and equipment applications. His experience spans work in industry, in universities and at engineering services/consulting organizations, including running advanced engineering at Cummins and Southwest Research Institute and as corporate fellow at Honeywell Turbo, during which time he served as President of SAE International.
Nate Young brings over 35 years of experience to his current role of Senior Vice President of Design & Ideation at Newell Brands, where he is responsible for creating design-driven value within the context of an 11 billion-dollar business. His strategic, creative leadership has been instrumental in developing and supporting many corporations and organizations throughout his career in product development, design education and the launch of two start-up companies. Young began his career in Automotive Design, focused on interior environments, automotive architecture and integrated technology with Prince Corporation and later Johnson Controls. He then moved on to design electric vehicles with Aptera, and served his alma mater, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as Chief Academic Officer and Executive Vice President.