Dr. Daniel E. Atkins is a professor emeritus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His scholarship is in computer architecture and interdisciplinary research on cyber-enabled distributed knowledge communities. He chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Cyberinfrastructure for the NSF that became an international roadmap for initiatives on cyber-enabled research in the digital age. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Jeremy C. Avise is the Manager of the Modeling and Metereology Branch of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). He leads a team of scientists who focus on the impacts of wildfires and climate change on air quality, emissions inventory development for natural sources, and NOx/VOC sensitivity of ozone production and PM2.5 formation in California. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Washington State University's Laboratory for Atmospheric Research.
Brian D'Agostino is the Director of Fire Science and Climate Adaptation at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). He oversees the Community Fire Safety Program, and leads climate adaptation, fire science, and metereology initiatives. He has also contributed to the development of SDG&E's weather network, one of the nation's largest and most sophisticated networks. He serves as an advisor and former chair of the American Meteorological Society’s National Energy Committee.
Kate Dargan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Intterra, Inc. Along with her colleagues at Intterra, Inc., she introduces cutting-edge geospatial and geoweb technologies, which assist first responders in visualizing dynamic emergency environments, into the emergency intelligence and situation awareness software market. Prior to joining Intterra, Dargan served as a firefighter and as California's first female State Fire Marshal.
Dr. Thomas G. Dietterich is a distinguished professor emeritus and the Associate Director of Policy of the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute (CoRIS) at Oregon State University. He is one of the pioneers of the field of machine learning. His research contributions include the MAXQ framework for hierarchical reinforcement learning and the development of methods for integrating non-parametric regression trees into probabilistic models.
Brian Fennessy is the Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). He serves both the wildland fire and metropolitan fire service communities. Prior to joining OCFA, he served as the Chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), and developed and established a multi-mission Fire/Rescue/EMS helicopter program to serve the San Diego Metropolitan Area. He also developed one of the nation's first All-Hazard Incident Management Teams (AHIMT).
Dr. Olivia A. Graeve is a professor with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCSD. She has gained international recognition in the area of nanomaterials manufacturing. Her research expertise connects fundamental principles of materials processing with specific engineering needs, with special emphasis on electromagnetic multifunctional materials for energy applications.
James H. Furman
Convergence Advisory Board Chair
James H. Furman serves as the USFS Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense. He previously served as Chief of the Air Force Wildland Fire Center (AFWFC) and as Eglin Air Force Base's (Eglin AFB) Wildland Fire Program Manager. Eglin AFB's prescribed fire program tripled its productivity under his leadership, becoming a national leader with an average of approximately 125 prescribed fires and more than 100,000 acres/year over the last five years of his tenure there.
Dr. Krzysztof Janowicz is a professor of geographic information science and geoinformatics with the Department of Geography, and the Director of the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB, where he also runs the Spatio-Temporal Knowledge Observatory (STKO) Lab. The STKO Lab investigates the role of space and time in knowledge organization. His research interests lie at the intersection of geographic information science, behavioral geography, and cognitive science.
Dr. Laurie A. Johnson serves as the Chief Catastrophe Response and Resiliency Officer of the California Earthquake Authority (CEA). She is an urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management, and has developed CEA’s enterprise risk management program. She also advises on earthquake response planning and community seismic resilience initiatives. Prior to her current position, she served as CEA's Enterprise & Strategic Risk Advisor.
Advisory Board Member
Jeffrey Meston is the Chief Executive Officer of the California State Firefighters' Association (CSFA). He is the former President of the California Fire Chiefs Association, Northern Division, Fire Training Officers Section. He has served as a program developer and instructor for management courses at the National Fire Academy, and led the task force to implement ethics training for the California State Fire Marshals Office State Wide Training Program.
Dr. Claire Monteleoni is an associate professor and the Associate Chair for Inclusive Excellence of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She previously served as an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) in Columbia University. She is the Co-Founder of the Climate Informatics Workshop, which has attracted climate scientists and data scientists from over 19 countries and 30 states.
Dr. Max A. Moritz is a statewide wildfire specialist within the University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension, and an adjunct professor of wildfire dynamics at UCSB. His research is focused on understanding the dynamics of fire regimes at relatively broad scales and applying this information to the planning and management of fire-prone landscapes. He has applied a number of different spatial approaches to quantitative analyses of fire history patterns.
Larry Smarr, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Larry Smarr is a distinguished professor emeritus with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UCSD. He was previously the Founding Director of the Qualcomm Institute, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the National Computational Science Alliance. His research interests include bioinformatics, metagenomics, and visualization technologies.
Advisory Board Member
Paul Steblein is the Wildland Fire Science Coordinator for the Ecosystems Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He oversees wildland fire management policies and budgets for bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He previously served as the Chief of the Branch of Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS), where he led NWRS efforts to develop and manage policies, regulations, and legislation.
Advisory Board Member
Robert Tse is the Senior Policy Advisor of the Rural Development mission area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He specializes in matters at the intersection of agriculture technology, broadband, and innovation, and serves on California Congressman John Garamendi's Agricultural Advisory Committee. Using his strategic vision, he integrates policies, resources and initiatives at all levels of government and creates successful public-private collaboration models.
Julie Meier Wright is the Co-Founder and CEO of Integrative Insights, Inc. She is California's former and first Secretary of Trade and Commerce, and former CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. She has also served on several advisory boards in academia, including the Board of Advisors of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering and Qualcomm Institute, and the advisory board of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan.
Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where she also runs the Complex Systems & Processes Lab. Her research interests lie in multifunctional advanced materials and environmental sensing, porous media, watershed processes and environmental sustainability, and vulnerability and resilience analysis.