Board of Trustees

Dr. France A. Córdova


The Honorable France A. Córdova was the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency.

Córdova has been a leader in science, engineering and education for more than four decades. She has a distinguished career in both higher education and government; she has served in five presidential administrations, several universities, and in three federal agencies. Her contributions in multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources and space-borne instrumentation have made her an internationally recognized astrophysicist. She was the first woman to become President of Purdue University, and the first Latina Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Formerly, she was vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Córdova served as chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and on the board of trustees of Mayo Clinic. She also served as NASA's chief scientist (first woman and youngest person to hold this position) and is a recipient of the agency's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Her first government job was with DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Córdova was honored as a Kilby Laureate in 2000, recognized for "significant contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention and education." She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Academies and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She was named a distinguished alumna of Caltech and today is on its Board of Trustees. She is in Stanford’s Multi-Cultural Hall of Fame and the California Hall of Fame and has a number of honorary doctorates. She has been honored with significant awards from the countries of Ireland and Chile.

Dr. Ruel C. “Merc” Mercure

Boulder, CO

Cofounder of Ball Brothers Research Corporation the predecessor of Ball Aerospace and Technologies, Inc. Cofounder and CEO of CDM Optics, Inc., purchased by OmniVision Technologies, Inc. Past Director of several publicly traded Companies, including Ball Corporation. Presently a Director of several private companies as well as not-for-profit organizations.

John Kent

Treasurer, Chair of AIP Finance Committee

Carmel, IN

A clinical medical physicist at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for more than 38 years, and a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics, a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and a Fellow in Physics of the American College of Radiology. Recipient of the 2009 Gold Medal Award from the Indiana Radiological Society. Has served on the AIP Investment Advisory Committee since 1996.

Sandeep Giri

Mountain View, CA

Google Machine Learning and AI. Career focus on technology development, materials engineering, fundamental analysis of manufacturing viability, and building end-end infrastructure. First-hand experience solving audacious engineering problems in multiple industries and multiple countries, including Project LOON, a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, delivering connectivity to people in unserved and underserved communities around the world. MS from Stanford University in materials science and engineering; BS from Coe College, physics and mathematics.

Nancy Greenspan

Bethesda, MD

Nancy Thorndike Greenspan was a health economist and in the 1980s began a writing career as the co-author of four books with her husband, the late child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. She is the author of two biographies, The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born (Basic Books, 2005) and the recently published Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs (Viking, May 2020). She has served on the boards of numerous environmental organizations and committees and boards of the American Institute of Physics. An ice dancer, she spends her free time at the rink. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Ray O. Johnson

Oakton, VA

Operating Partner with Bessemer Venture Partners. International business and strategy consultant. Corporate executive with a proven track record of leading large organizations, developing and executing growth strategies, and achieving operational excellence in diverse business environments. Served as the Senior VP and CTO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation for 9 years, COO for Modern Technology Solutions, and executive positions with Science Applications International Corporation, including SVP and GM of the Advanced Concepts Business Unit. Full Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret)

Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Bolden received a bachelor’s degree in electrical science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He became a pilot and between 1972 and 1973 flew more than 100 combat missions in the Vietnam War. Bolden received a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.

In 1980 he was selected as an astronaut by NASA. During his time at NASA, Bolden made four spaceflights, the first of which was as the pilot of the STS-61C mission (launched January 12, 1986) on the space shuttle Columbia, and served as commander of his next two spaceflights.

Dr. Mark J. Cardillo

Dr. Mark J. Cardillo is an American chemist currently at The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a B.S. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University. He then worked as a Research Associate at Brown University, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy and a research Fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.

From there he accepted a position in 1975 at (AT & T) Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey where he was appointed Head of the Chemical Physics Research Department in 1981 and subsequently Head of the Photonics Materials Research Department and Director of Broad Band Access Research. He left ATT to become Executive Director, Dreyfus Foundation in 2005. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987 "for pioneering applications of molecular beam techniques to the study of elastic, inelastic, and reactive gas-surface interactions". In the same year he was awarded the Medard W. Welch Award by the American Vacuum Society.

Dr. Vinton Cerf

Dr. Vinton Cerf, widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. In 2004, Cerf was the recipient of the ACM Alan M. Turing award (sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science”) and in 2005 he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Cerf began his work at the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) playing a key role in leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies. Since 2005, he has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

He also served from 2000-2007 as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an organization he helped form. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, and in 1999 served a term as Chairman of the Board. Cerf received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Stanford University in California. He then worked for IBM as a systems engineer before attending the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned a master's degree and then a doctorate in computer science.

Dr. John C. Mather

Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, is a Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology. As an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (New York City), he led the proposal efforts for the Cosmic Background Explorer (74-76), and came to GSFC to be the Study Scientist (76-88), Project Scientist (88-98), and also the Principal Investigator for the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) on COBE. He showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 ppm. As Senior Project Scientist (95-present) for the James Webb Space Telescope, he leads the science team, and represents scientific interests within the project management. He has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the NSF (for the ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, and for the CARA, the Center for Astrophysical Research in the Antarctic). He has received many awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics for his precise measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation using the COBE satellite.

Dr. Julia M. Phillips

Dr. Julia M. Phillips served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Sandia National Laboratories. She retired in 2015 from Sandia National Laboratories after nearly 20 years. She culminated her Sandia career by serving as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, when she led the Laboratory/s internally funded research and development program, research strategy, and intellectual property protection and deployment.

Phillips is a member and Home Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Physical Society (APS). She has served on the NAE Council and AAAS Board of Directors, currently chairs the APS Panel on Public Affairs, and is past chair of the APS Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications and the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics. She also served as President of the MRS.

In 2008 Phillips received the George E. Pake Prize from APS for her leadership and pioneering research in materials physics for industrial and national security applications. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Materials Research, Journal of Applied Physics, and Applied Physics Reviews. She has edited books, written book chapters, and authored more than 100 journal publications, 12 major review articles, and 45 refereed conference proceedings publications. She also holds five patents, along with the following degrees: B.S. Physics, College of William and Mary; M.S. Applied Physics, Yale University; Ph.D. Applied Physics, Yale University.

Phillips is a member of the National Science Board’s Classes of 2016 and 2022, and recently chaired the AIP expert panel which authored Peril and Promise: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Physical Sciences.

Dr. Michael Moloney

Washington, DC

Ninth CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP)—a federation that provides the means for its ten Member Societies to broaden their impact and achieve results beyond their individual missions and mandates, and an independent institute that advances the discipline of the physical sciences. Previously Moloney served as the Director for Space and Aeronautics at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he spent more than 15 years working on over 100 reports across a diverse set of scientific, engineering and technical fields. Moloney, originally from Ireland, and spent 7 years as an Irish foreign service officer. He earned his PhD in physics from Trinity College Dublin.