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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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center

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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: Trustee, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Trustee, North San Diego Business Chamber
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

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Mark Bracker
Education: B.S. Biology, San Diego State University
M.D., University of Miami
Professional Career: Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Community & Family Medicine
Medical Officer, U.S. Olympic Committee Physician
Physician, World Cup Ski Series
Medical Director, Dillon Health and Training Center
Physician, Snake River Health Services
Physician, San Carlos Medical Group
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Diplomat, American Board of Family Practice
Clinical Associate, University of San Diego
Member, California Medical Association
Member, AMSSM
Member, Surfers Medical Association
Member, Wilderness Medical Society
Awards and Honors: AMA Physicians Recognition Award
Certificate of Appreciation, UCSD Division of Graduate Nursing Education
AAFP Active Teacher in Family Medicine
AAFP Long Term Academy Membership

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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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
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  Carol Littlejohn Chang
Education: B.A, (Psychology) Azusa Pacific College
M.P.H., (Economics and Planning) UC, Berkeley
Professional Career: Dean Emeritus, UCSF School of Dentistry
Consultant to Academic Institutions and Health Care Facilities (retired)
Community Service: Trustee, and President Fleet Science Center Board of Trustees
Trustee, and Chair UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees
Member, US San Diego Health Services Advisory Group
President, San Diego Women’s Foundation Board of Directors
Chair, Board of Directors, Moores Cancer Center, UCSD
Chair, Charity Ball, Children’s Hospital
Co-chair, Salk Institute 40th Anniversary
Chair, UC San Diego 50th Anniversary
Chair, RITZ, San Diego Zoological Society
Mayor's Task Force, Balboa Park Governance
President, Balboa Park Conservancy Board of Trustees
Awards and Honors: Woman of Dedication, Salvation Army
2009 People to Watch in San Diego
Women who Mean Business, San Diego
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  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: Secretary, Sempra Energy Foundation
Chair, St. Charles Borremeo Academy Advisory Board
Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Prior Board service:  San Diego-Imperial County Girl Scouts, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, American Corporate Counsel Assn.
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)
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  Pam Fair
Education: B.S. (Chemical Engineering), University of California at Davis
Professional Career:

Pam Fair retired in 2013 after 29 years with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. She was a Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer for both utilities, and previously served in positions including VP of Customer Operations for both utilities and VP of Residential Services for SoCalGas.

Community Service:

Trustee, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (2010-current; President FY16-17)
UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees (2002-2012, Chair FY09-10)
UC Davis Chancellor’s Club Cabinet (Chair 2013-2016)
UC Davis College of Engineering, Dean’s Executive Committee (2016-current)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter, Advisory Board Member

Awards and Honors:

Twenty Women Who Impact San Diego, 2013
UC Davis Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to the University, 2013
Women Who Mean Business Award, 2012
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Breath of Life Award, 2012
UC Davis College fo Engineering Distinguished Service Medal, 2012
Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal from the U.C. Davis College of Engineering, 2008
Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN)
Award from the San Diego County YWCA, 2003

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  Karen Hutchens
Education: B.S. Psychology, San Diego State University
MBA – National University
Professional Career: President, Hutchens PR
Entrepeneur & Business Executive
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Member of the Board of United Way San Diego
Member of the Board of CleanTEch San Diego
Member of the President’s Council, Point Loma Nazarene University
Member of the Board San Diego Economic Development Corporation
Member of the Board Mexico Business Center
Member of the Board Girl Scouts of San Diego & Imperial County
Member of the Board San Diego World Trade Center
Member of the Board San Diego Downtown YMCA
Member of the Board San Diego County Boys & Girls Club
Member of the Board of Directors San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Awards and Honors: National Association of Women Business Owners (NABOW) 2010 Woman of the Year

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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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
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)
Board Member, Planning Commission, Lone Tree, CO

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Mark Bracker
Education: Entrepreneur Program, University of Southern California
Advanced Management College, Stanford University
Professional Career: Executive Vice President, Legistics, Inc.
Managing Director West Coast, RR Donnelley / Bowne & Co.
Various executive experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic consulting and business growth
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Board of Directors, Southern California Committe for Olympic Games / Sports Council
San Diego Rotary
San Diego Yacht Club Junior Sailing
Southern California Golf Association Junior Scholarship Fund Tournament Director, COPi Cup
Big Brothers Big Sisters
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  Michael Kalichman
Education: B.A., Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, UC San Diego
M.Ap.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Toronto
Professional Career: Director, San Diego Research Ethics Consortium
Director, Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
Adjunct Professor, Pathology, UC San Diego Postdoctoral Associate, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego
Director, Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego
Associate Adjunct Professor, Pathology, UC San Diego
Assistant Professor in Residence, Anesthesiology, UC San Diego
Research Pharmacologist, VA Medical Center, San Diego
NIH Trainee, Pathology, UC San Diego
Postgraduate Researcher, Anesthesiology, UC San Diego
Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Postdoctoral Associate, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego
Community Service: Member, Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Society of San Diego County
President, Responsible Conduct of Research Education Consortium
Co-Founder, National Advisory Panel on Research Integrity
Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Awards and Honors: Outstanding Teacher Award, Neurosciences Graduate Program, UC San Diego
UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Community Service
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
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  Gita Murthy
Education: B.A. Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., Biomechanics, University of California, Berkeley
Professional Career: CEO, RORE, Inc., San Diego, CA
Consultant, Architectural and Engineering Firm, SOTA, Inc., San Diego, CA,
Research Fellow, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, UC San Diego
Community Service: Member, Various Sub-Committees, Association of General Contractors
President and Board of Directors Member, Society for American Military Engineers, San Diego Post
Chair, National Small Business Council, Society for American Military Engineers
Board of Directors, Society for American Military Engineers, National
Member, Greater San Diego Business Develoment Council
Member, EW Scripps Associate, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Awards and Honors: 2015, President, Societyof American Military Engineers (SAME), San Diego Post
2015, Presidential Coin, Outstanding Service to SAME, Small Business Outreach
2013-2015 Senior Executive Group, Liaison between the US Department of Defense Service Chiefs and the Construction Industry
2013, SAME Regional Vice President's Medal, Outstanding Service to SAME
2013, SAME National President's Medal, Outstanding Support to Joint Engineering Technical Conference
2011, Robert B. Flowers National Small Business Award
2009, US Small Business Person of the Year, US Small Business Administration
2009, YWCA TWIN Award, Outstanding Contributions by Women in San Diego to Industry
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  Paul Nierman
Education: B.A. (Physics), Knox College
M.B.A. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Professional Career: Manager, Information Systems (retired)
Team Leader for CIS, Mercy Hospital/Scripps Health
Assistant Vice President, San Diego Trust and Savings Bank
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center (Past President)
Advisory Board, University of San Diego Non-Profit Leadership and Management Program
President, Eli and Pauline Nierman Family Foundation
Past Treasurer and Board, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
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  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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center (Past President)
Vice President, Green Valley Estates Home Owners Association
Member, Lyncean Group
Board President, San Diego Chamber Orchestra Board
Member Tech Coast Angels, angel investing and mentoring group
Awards and Honors: SAIC Defense Technology Group Excellence Award
SAIC Corporate Achievement Award for Excellence in Science and Technology
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  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, 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:

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

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  Brian Sagi
Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
B.A. Computer Science, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
M.B.A. University of San Diego School of Business
M.S.E. Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego
Professional Career: President and CEO, Cerian Technology Ventures, LLC
Vice President, ideaEDGE Ventures
Technology entrepreneur; founder of several technology companies
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Board, American Technician Society, San Diego Chapter
Board of Advisors, University of San Diego School of Business
Awards and Honors: The World's Leading Intellectual Property Strategists, Intellectual Assets Management Magazine, 2009

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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: Trustee, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni
LEAD San Diego Alumni
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  Greg Stevens
Education: B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Western Michigan University
M.S. Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Arizona
Professional Career: Pfizer Global Research & Development, Executive Director, Drug Safety R&D Site Lead
Pfizer Global Research & Development, Director, Drug Safety Evaluation
Pfizer Global Research & Development, Assistant Director, Drug Safety Evaluation
Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Senior Scientist, Manager of Investigative Toxicology
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Post-Doctoral Associate
Community Service: Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University, Environmental Health & Sciences Dept.
Society of Toxicology, Co-founder and past councelor for Discovery Toxicology Specialty Section
Society of Toxicology, Member of Mechanisms and Regulatory Specialty Section
SoCal Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SCCSOT), Counselor, Past Newsletter Editor, and Past President
American College of Toxicology
Consulting Editor, Cell Biology and Toxicology
Ad Hoc Editor, Toxicological Sciences, Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology
Volunteer for the Scripps Ranch Youth Softball and Soccer Association
Trustee, Fleet Science Center
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  Charles Wheatley, III
Education: B.S., (Physics) California Institute of Technology
M.S., (Electrical Engineering) USC
Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) UCLA
Professional Career: Electronics Systems Engineer
Senior Vice President, Technology, Qualcomm
Electronic Systems Engineer, Linkabit
System Engineer (satellite and communication systems) Rockwell International
International Consultant on cellular/personal communications
Holds over 100 patents on devices and systems
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center (Past President)
Member, Zoological Society
Member, Wildlife Conservation Network
Member, The Nature Conservancy
Awards and Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award, California Institute of Technology
Best Paper Award, Vehicular Technology Society
IEEE Fellow
Qualcomm Fellow
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  Doug White
Education: M.P.A. (Public and Non Profit Management) New York University – Wagner School of Public Service
B.B.A. (Management) University of Massachusetts Amherst – Isenberg School of Management
Professional Career: Business Development & Community Relations Manager, San Diego County Credit Union
Manager, Government Affairs, Cox Communications
Manager, Government Affairs, Cricket Communications
Public Affairs Manager, California Center for Sustainable Energy
Senior Policy Advisor, Assembly Majority Office, New Jersey General Assembly
Project Manager, McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Legislative Aide, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Liaison to the Director, California Governor’s Office
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee Member
San Diego North Economic Development Council, Public Policy Committee Member
South County Economic Development Council, Member
The San Diego LGBT Community Center, past Board of Directors
Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Relations Council, past Executive Committee Member
San Diego Corporate Sustainability Roundtable, past representative/internal company Green Team Member, Local, State and Federal political campaigns
Awards and Honors: LEAD San Diego, Class of 2012 Fellow
New Leaders Council, Class of 2011 Fellow
SD METRO Magazine “40 Under 40” Award for outstanding civic and business leadership, Class of 2011
CA Democratic State Central Committee member, 2011-12 elected delegate from Assembly District 78
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  Heather Wilkens
Education: B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics, graduated with distinction, UMN
B.S. in Astrophysics, graduated with distinction, UMN
M.S. in Physics, UMN
Ph.D. in Physics, UMN
MBA, The Wharton School, UPENN
Professional Career: Manager, Business Development, ATA Engineering, Inc.
Business Development for Inertial Fusion Technologies, General Atomics
Scientist and Group Leader, General Atomics
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship, University of Oxford, UK
Engineering Internship, Seagate Technology
Community Service: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Awards and Honors: 2008 NIF Directorate Award, Development of Depleted Uranium Hohlraums, LLNL