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Board of Trustees

Board Officers:

Board Members:



Charles Bergan, Chair 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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Peter Preuss Jr., Vice 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:

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


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: 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)

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: 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

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Awards and Honors: Featured as one of Top 25 Global Innovators, Business Week Magazine, 2006

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

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
National Visiting Faculty Member, Stanford School of Medicine CERC
Research Assistantship in Virology and Oncology, National Cancer Institute and Cornell University
Member, 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

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
President, Harvard Club of San Diego
Secretary, Harvard Club of San Diego
Harvard Schools Committee Co-Chair
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, Francis Parker School
Volunteer Referee FIRST Robotics Competition, San Diego Regional, Las Vegas Regional and Houston Championship

John Driver 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

John Elliot top


M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Sothern California

Professional Career:
Managing Director, Accenture
Emerging Products Lead, Qualcomm
VP of Product Management, 724 Solutions Software Inc.
Director of Product Management, Openwave Systems
Community Service: Fleet Science Center, Trustee
Board Member, EvoNexus
Past Board Member, Fort Collins United Way
Pam Fair top
  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

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Volunteer, FIRST Robotics
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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
SDSU EMBA Alumni Advisory Board
SDSU Dean's Advisory Board, College of Engineering
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: 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

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
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

Kristi Jaska 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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Committee Member, EvoNexus
Board Member, San Diego Venture Group
Michael Kalichman top
  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
Gita Murthy top
  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
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: 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
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.
Correspondent, National Academy of Engineering Committee on Human Rights, 2012 - 2013.
Member, 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.
Charter Member, External Advisor Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2006 - 2010.
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

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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Past Chair of the President's Associates Planning Committee, San Diego Zoo
Past Chair, Celebration for the Critters, San Diego Zoo
Past Chair, E.W. Scripps Associates Steering Committee
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: Trustee, Fleet Science Center
Member, MIT Club of San Diegoo
Member, Tech Coast Angels (Angel Investing & Mentoring Group
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: Trustee, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni
LEAD San Diego Alumni