Speaker Biographies

Yannis C. Yortsos has served as Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering since June 2005. He is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering. Yortsos is well known for his work on fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media with applications to the recovery of subsurface fluids and soil remediation. He has been actively involved in the peer review of the Yucca Mountain Project for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

 Under his leadership, the Viterbi School rose to 10th worldwide for engineering, computer science and technology (2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings), and has earned the top ranking in Distance Learning in the same fields. These distinctions have followed a substantial increase in size (by about a third), quality and diversity of the school’s faculty and its undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. student body (also by about a third); greater retention and graduation rates, which now approach 90%; a growing number of major national and international faculty awards; and a thriving research program including forty-two national research centers and total multi-year, multi-institute funding of more than $180M. During his tenure as dean, the Viterbi School has raised more than $441M in external gifts and gift pledges. Since 2009, ten of its faculty have been listed in the MIT Technology Review list of 35 Innovators under the age of 35, more than any other school or organization in the world. Yortsos spearheaded strategic directions for the creation of educational and research programs that respond to the critical needs of the profession, as well as the broader needs of society.

Yortsos coined the term Engineering+, a concept promoting interdisciplinary research, programs and faculty appointments that enable engineering’s powerful role for innovation in the sciences and the professions. He led the establishment of new programs across curricula to enhance engineering education, including the recent HST@USC collaboration between the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He has promoted global outreach through the iPodia platform, linking instruction of top engineering schools worldwide and establishing engineering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Viterbi School. Along with his counterparts at Duke University and Olin College, he promoted the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges of Engineering, co-hosting the first NAE Grand Challenges Summit at Duke University in Spring 2009, and the second annual summit at USC in Fall 2010, and being on the steering committee of the first global summit in March 2013. The first meeting produced the Grand Challenges Scholars Program for undergraduate engineering schools across the nation. To expand ties with top institutions overseas, Yortsos created offices overseas in Bangalore, Shanghai and Beijing, which led to a strong global presence.

The recipient of many honors for research, teaching and service, Dean Yortsos is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and serves as the liaison of Section 11 to the National Research Council. Yortsos received his B.Sc. from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. An invited scholar at several institutions in the United States and abroad, he joined the faculty of USC in 1978. Yortsos is an Associate member of the Academy of Athens, and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Engineering Deans Council as well as the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council. 
Dr. Greg Hyslop is the chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology. Hyslop oversees the development and implementation of the enterprise technology investment strategy, and his portfolio of responsibilities includes the companywide Boeing Engineering function; Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), the company’s advanced central research and development organization; and Boeing Test & Evaluation (BT&E), the team that verifies and validates Boeing’s commercial and defense products.

In his role leading the Engineering function, which includes more than 50,000 engineers around the world, Hyslop partners with the Engineering leaders for Boeing business units to ensure One Boeing solutions that support programs across the enterprise. He also plays a key role in decisions that affect the technical integrity of Boeing products, services and processes.

Hyslop reports to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and is a member of the company’s Executive Council.

Previously, Hyslop was the vice president and general manager of BR&T, leading a team of nearly 4,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and technologists who create and collaborate with R&D partners around the world to provide innovative system solutions and technologies to solve the aerospace industry’s toughest challenges. Named to this position in February 2013, Hyslop had oversight of operations at five research centers in the U.S. including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington, as well as six research centers in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India and Russia.

Prior to his BR&T role, Hyslop served as vice president and general manager of Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems (SM&DS) for four years. He led the SM&DS team to deliver integrated solutions for missile defense, strategic missile systems as well as several directed energy technologies and systems.

Hyslop also has held Boeing leadership posts with the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, Airborne Laser program and Special Projects-Dallas. In addition, he supported a number of cruise missile programs including Tomahawk, Harpoon, Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) and Standoff Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) since joining the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company, now part of Boeing, in 1982 as a guidance and control engineer.

Hyslop is a member of the Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska, where he currently serves as a member of the university’s Engineering College Advisory Board. Hyslop also has a Doctor of Science degree in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as an adjunct professor. 


Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin is the Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)). Ms. Baldwin acts on behalf of the DASD and is responsible for engineering and technical workforce, policy, and systems engineering planning for major defense acquisition programs. Her oversight includes concept engineering and analysis, design, development and manufacturing, and independent program review and assessment. She supports the DASD role of functional leader for more than 40,000 defense acquisition professionals in the Department of Defense (DoD) Engineering (ENG) and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) workforce. She oversees the DoD strategy for Trusted Systems Design.

A member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Ms. Baldwin leads modeling and simulation, system security engineering, program protection, system of systems engineering, and systems engineering research and development initiatives. She oversees the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center, a university-affiliated research center dedicated to advancing systems engineering methods, processes, and tools, and the MITRE National Security Engineering Center, a DoD federally funded research and development center.

Ms. Baldwin has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since 1998, where she has led the application of capabilities-based planning in the acquisition process and served as Deputy Director, Software Engineering and System Assurance. Before working with OSD, Ms. Baldwin served as a science and technology advisor in the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. Ms. Baldwin began her career at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal.

Ms. Baldwin was a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2014, in recognition of exemplary service.

Ms. Baldwin received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology. 


Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the SEI, a global leader in advancing software and cybersecurity to solve the nation’s toughest problems through focused research, development, and transition to the broad software engineering community. The SEI is a key innovator in areas central to U.S. Department of Defense and civilian government operation in the cyberspace domain, including software architecture, software product lines, interoperability, the integration of software-intensive systems, network and system resilience, and the increasing overlap of software and systems engineering. The SEI also provides direct support to more than 50 U.S. government entities in their efforts to efficiently and effectively acquire and sustain new software and systems.

Since joining the SEI in August 2004, Nielsen has overseen the development and expansion of CERT, which is responsible for the SEI’s network/cybersecurity efforts, and the growth of the SEI to an organization with more than 600 employees and operating revenues of $130 million annually. In addition, he has overseen an increase in research activities related to software architecture, complex systems, and cybersecurity to address both present and future challenges. In all areas, he has expanded interactions with key stakeholders, customers, and the global software engineering community. In 2012, Nielsen oversaw the successful spinout of the CMMI product suite and its partner network to the CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Innovations, Carnegie Mellon University’s technology commercialization enterprise.

Prior to joining the SEI in 2004, Nielsen served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Major General and Commander of Air Force Research after 32 years of distinguished service. Nielsen is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Nielsen earned a BS in Physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and an MS and PhD in Applied Science from the University of California, Davis.


John Doyle is the Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineer, and BioEngineering at Caltech (BS&MS EE, MIT (1977), PhD, Math, UC Berkeley (1984)). Research is on mathematical foundations for complex networks with applications in biology, technology, medicine, ecology, and neuroscience. Paper prizes include IEEE Baker and Automatic Control Transactions (twice), ACM Sigcomm, AACC American Control Conference. Individual awards include IEEE Power Hickernell, AACC Eckman, UCB Friedman, IEEE Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer, and IEEE Control Systems Field Award. Best known for fabulous friends, colleagues, and students, plus national and world records and championships in various sports. Extremely fragile. 

Dr. Allen Adler is vice president of Enterprise Technology Strategy for The Boeing Company, the world's largest and most diversified aerospace company.

In this role, Adler leads the company's advance planning and strategies around eight technical domains that ensure Boeing's competitive advantage in technology advancement. The domain strategies identify future business proposition and determine which critical technologies The Boeing Company chooses to invest its hundreds of millions of dollars in advance research and development funds. In addition to setting research priorities, the domain teams also enable enterprise-wide collaboration and replication of key technologies among the company's multiple global sites focusing on commercial, military, space and security businesses.

Adler is also executive sponsor of the Boeing Technical Fellowship, a group comprising the company's most accomplished scientists and engineers who promote technical excellence and innovation, as well as represent Boeing's top research, development and manufacturing capabilities.

Additionally, Adler directs a research organization, called Strategy and Innovation, that identifies developing and transitioning business opportunities, as well as provides company modeling and simulation services. The group also analyzes both the effectiveness and affordability of select technologies and supports Boeing's strategy in air traffic management.

Before joining Boeing, Adler served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as director of the Tactical Technology Office. This DARPA office sponsored pioneering work in Systems of Systems and unmanned vehicles, and had responsibility for the initial phases of the Future Combat Systems and Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle programs. Adler also once led the Advanced Technology group at Hughes Aircraft Company, Electron Dynamics Division.

Adler earned a bachelor's of science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1973 and a doctorate from Princeton in 1978, both in physics. He and his family reside in Southern California. 

Dr. Wayne Goodman is senior vice president of the Operations and Support Group, with oversight responsibility for Corporate Communications, Diversity and EEO, Facilities, Finance and Business Operations, Human Resources, Security and Safety, and The Aerospace Institute. He assumed this position on July 1, 2014.

Goodman was formerly the vice president of Space Program Operations, where he worked with the Air Force, government, and industry partners to develop military satellites and to advance national security space systems. He oversaw four major mission areas – communications, surveillance, weather, and navigation – and assisted with the development of system requirements, provided schedule/cost risk assessments, and solved systems development problems.
Before being named vice president, Goodman served as the general manager, MILSATCOM Division, with responsibility for systems engineering support to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in the architecture, acquisition, development, and orbital operation of super high frequency and extremely high frequency satellite communication systems.

Goodman has held a number of increasingly more responsible positions at the corporation, including systems director, Corporate Chief Architect/ Engineer’s Office; principal director, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Directorate; general manager, Launch Vehicle Engineering and Analysis Division; and general manager, Launch and Satellite Division, among other positions.

Goodman joined the corporation in 1987 as a member of the technical staff, Structural Technology Department.

Educational Background: Goodman earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering, both from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Affiliations: Goodman is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a member of three university boards: Board of External Advisors, Mechanical Engineering Dept. at UC Berkeley; Advisory Board, Astronautical Engineering Dept. at USC; and Engineering Dean's Advisory Council at UCLA. He served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2006-2010.

Awards: Goodman received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Air Force in 2010 and The Aerospace Corporation’s President’s Achievement Award in 1997.

 Larry D. James was appointed Deputy Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2013. At JPL he is the Laboratory's Chief Operating Officer responsible to the Director for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities. This includes managing the Laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science, interplanetary network programs, and all business operations. These activities employ 5000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and business support personnel, generating $1.5 billion in annual revenues. 

Prior to his retirement from the Air Force and his appointment as JPL Deputy Director, Lt. Gen. James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's Senior Intelligence Officer he was directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and led more than 20,000 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise. 

Lt. Gen. James received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering (1978) from the US Air Force Academy (Distinguished Graduate) and his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1983) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA. He was also a Draper Fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge MA. 

James' 35 year military career included assignments as a Space Shuttle Payload Specialist, GPS Program Manager, Titan IV Launch Director and Commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, CO. James has also served on the staffs of US Space Command, Air Force Space Command, and HQ Air Force. He was commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, responsible for all military satellite, launch and C2 operations, and was Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C. He was the Director, Space Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She received a Ph.D. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1996.

Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS- 112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

While at NASA, Dr. Magnus worked extensively with the international community, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as well as with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also spent time in Russia developing and integrating operational products and procedures for the International Space Station.

Before joining NASA, Dr. Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company from 1986 to 1991, as a stealth engineer. While at McDonnell Douglas, she worked on internal research and development and on the Navy’s A-12 Attack Aircraft program, studying the effectiveness of radar signature reduction techniques.

Dr. Magnus has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX). 

Marc  Nance   is  the  Boeing  Defense  Space  and  Security  (BDS)  Director  of  Competitiveness & Integration, reporting to the BDS Chief Engineer.  He is responsible for the engineering strategy and execution of key initiatives that enable  Boeing’s  sustained  future  competitiveness.  Previously,  Marc  held  a  variety     of     functional     and     program     roles,     including     Enterprise   Systems/Software  Engineering  &  Analysis  Technology  Domain  Leader.  Prior to that Marc worked on the Airborne Early Warning & Control program  after returning from a three year assignment in Australia, where he served as the   Vice   President   and   General   Manager   of   Boeing   Australia’s   Integrated   Systems Development  Division.  After  spending  the  early   part  of  his  career  on  advanced  technology  projects  under  the  Star  Wars  initiative,  he  moved  into  commercial  space  and  was  one  of  a  dozen people who started the innovative Sea Launch project, a signature achievement of his career. As the Director of Launch Services, Marc led an international mission integration team and was instrumental in several program firsts including the first FAA license granted to an international venture using a foreign flight safety system. Marc has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington.  


Dr. John Brooks Slaughter joined the Rossier School of Education in January, 2010 as Professor of Education, with a joint appointment at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Slaughter has had remarkably distinguished career, which began as an electrical engineer and includes leading two universities and heading the National Science Foundation (NSF) as its first African American director, among many other accomplishments.

His education research has been in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, underrepresented minorities in STEM, and access and affordability. In his new position at Rossier and Viterbi, Slaughter will be looking at the intersection between engineering and education, with a focus on what has become his lifelong quest of increasing minority participation in the science and engineering fields.

In 1956, Slaughter began his career as an engineer at General Dynamics Convair, which he left in 1960 to work as a civilian at the United States Naval Electronics Laboratory Center in San Diego. He worked for the Navy for 15 years, becoming director of the Information Systems Technology Department. Slaughter went on to become director of the Applied Physics Laboratory, a research and development facility at the University of Washington in Seattle, until his appointment as assistant director of the Astronomical, Atmospheric, Earth and Ocean Sciences directorate of the NSF in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

In 1979, Slaughter became academic vice president and provost of Washington State University, but left for his historic appointment in 1980 as the first African American to direct the National Science Foundation (NSF). He returned to higher education in 1982 as chancellor of the University of Maryland, where he made major advancements in the recruitment and retention of African American students and faculty.

Slaughter took the job of president of Occidental College in 1988, and transformed the school during his 11-year tenure into the most diverse liberal arts college in America. He taught courses in diversity and leadership for one year as Irving R. Melbo Professor of Leadership Education at USC before accepting the position of president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), whose mission is to increase the number of engineers of color, in 2000.

He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Hall of Fame of the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society. He is the founding editor of the international journal, Computers & Electrical Engineering.

Slaughter holds honorary degrees from more than 25 institutions, and has received numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Award in 1997; UCLA Medal of Excellence in 1989; the first U.S. Black Engineer of the Year award in 1987; the NAE Arthur M. Bueche Award in 2004; UCLA Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1978; NSF Distinguished Service Award in 1979, among many others.

Slaughter holds a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California, San Diego (1971), a M.S. in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (1961), and a B.S. in Computer Sciences from Kansas State University (1956).