Steering Committee

  • Charles Bergan, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm- CHAIR
  • Moises Aguirre, Executive Director of District Relations, San Diego Unfied School District
  • Liisa Bozinovic, Executive Director, Biocom Institute
  • Steve Briggs, Ph.D., Professor, Chief Scientist, UC San Diego
  • Mark Cafferty, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • Shu Chien, Ph.D., Professor, Chief Engineer, UC San Diego
  • Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D. California State University San Marcos
  • Sherri S. Lightner, Counci President District 1, City of San Diego
  • Stanley Maloy, Dean of College of Sciences, SDSU
  • Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
  • Lisa McKnight, Microsoft
  • Melanie McRae, VWR International
  • Paul Negulescu, Ph.D., VP Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.- PAST CHAIR
  • Joe Panetta, President and CEO, BIOCOM
  • Karen Possemato, Illumina, Inc.
  • Steven Snyder, Ph.D., Executive Director, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Music Watson, San Diego County Office of Education
  • David R. Webb, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute

Idea and Content Subcommittee

  • Lorraine Collins, Dean, Workforce Development, San Diego Community College District
  • Phil Gay, San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
  • Kristie Grover, Executive Director, BIOCOM Institute
  • Katherine Kantardjieff, Dean of College of Science & Math, CSU San Marcos
  • Stanley Maloy, Dean of College of Sciences, San Diego State University
  • Karyl O'Brien, Community Relations Coordinator, Escondido Union High School District
  • Charles Tu, Associate Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
  • Geoff Wahl, Professor, The Salk Institute

Education Subcommittee

  • Anne Artz, STEM Coordinator, The Preuss School UCSD
  • Katie Carlstrom, Education Director, Life Technologies
  • Debbie DeRoma, STEM Talent Expansion Program Coordinator, Cal State San Marcos
  • Linda Doughty, Director, CalSOAP
  • Steve Lombard, Director of Communications/Public Information, Oceanside Unified School District
  • Robert Manroe, High School Science Teacher, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Valerie MacPhee, Education Manager of Public Programs, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Kristine Mooney,  Director of Education,  Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Steve Rodecker, Science Curriculum Coordinator, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • James Rohr, Chief Scientist, SPAWAR Systems Center, U.S. Navy
  • Dave Tupper, Project Director, IDEAS Grant, Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon Valley School Districts
  • Don Whisman, Science Program Manager, San Diego Unified School District

Volunteer Subcommittee

  • Erika Cayton, Buck Consultants
  • Debbie Chen, UC San Diego
  • Jessica Deignault, UC San Diego
  • John DeWitt, Lee Hecht Harrison- CHAIR
  • Kathleen Solomon, SAIC

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