Sheila Widnall

Vice President at National Academy of Engineering

Sheila Widnall

Sheila Widnall

Vice President at National Academy of Engineering

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American Association for the Advancement of Science

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4615

Number of Boards

14

Birthday

07/13/1938 - Tacoma, WA, United States

Age

81

Number of Awards

5

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President Emeritus at National Academy of Engineering

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Interim Chief Executive Officer & Executive Publisher, Science Family of Journals at American Association for the Advancement of Science

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President-Elect & Director at American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Executive Officer at National Academy of Engineering

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Director, Education & Human Resources at American Association for the Advancement of Science

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President at Imperial College London

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Professor Emeritus of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Director, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Aerospace Corporation

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Co-Founder at Innoviva, Inc.

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Sheila Widnall
Vice President at National Academy of Engineering
Education
SCD in Aeronautics
Class of 1964

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

TO ADVANCE AND DIFFUSE THE KNOWLEDGE OF PHYSICS.

Fellow
Current

The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides science related journal, program, and education services. The firm also promotes the responsible use of science in public policy. The company was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Member
Current

Refer to Schedule O, Pages 52-53

Career History
Institute Professor & Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Current

The MIT School of Engineering was founded in 1861 and has a proud history of influencing the world through technological leadership and research innovation. MIT is one of the world’s preeminent research universities: renowned for rigorous academic programs in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship; cutting-edge research; a diverse campus community; and a longstanding commitment to working with the public and private sectors to bring new knowledge to bear on the world’s complex challenges.

Vice President
Current

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Secretary of the Air Force
1993 - 1997

The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation. The Defense Department manages an inventory of installations and facilities to keep Americans safe. The Department’s physical plant is huge by any standard, consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. When all sites are added together, the Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

ANSER is a public service research institute organized as a not-for-profit corporation for several mission areas and the Homeland Security.

Director
1999 - 2008

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. engages in providing solutions in the field of aerospace and defense, as well as in the field of real estate. It operates through the following business segments: Aerospace & Defense, and Real Estate. The Aerospace & Defense segment operates through the Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. in developing and manufacturing of aerospace and defense products and systems for the United States government, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, major aerospace and defense prime contractors as well as portions of the commercial sector. The Real Estate segment operates through Easton Development Company, LLC in re-zoning, entitlement, sale, and leasing of excess real estate assets. The company was founded by William O'Neil on September 29, 1915 and is headquartered in El Segundo, CA.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) headquartered in El Segundo, California. The corporation provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers. As the FFRDC for national-security space, Aerospace works closely with organizations such as the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to provide "objective technical analyses and assessments for space programs that serve the national interest". Although SMC and NRO are the primary customers, Aerospace also performs work for civil agencies as well as international organizations and governments in the national interest.

Director
Prior - 2014

Technology Review, Inc. operates as a digitally oriented global media company. It equip its audiences with the intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Trustee/Chair Audit Committee
Prior

Institute for Defense Analyses provides technical analyses of weapons systems and programs to federal agencies. It is a federally funded research organization that works primarily for the US Government's defense agencies. Its research areas include systems evaluations, technology assessments, resource & support analyses, and strategy assessments. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Prior

Andrew Carnegie envisioned Carnegie Corporation as a foundation that would “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, our work incorporates an affirmation of our historic role as an education foundation but also honors Andrew Carnegie's passion for international peace and the health of our democracy. While Mr. Carnegie’s primary aim was to benefit the people of the United States, he later determined to use a portion of the funds for members of the British overseas Commonwealth. Currently, this area of our grantmaking focuses on selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Real and permanent good in this world Mr. Carnegie dedicated his foundation to the goal of doing “real and permanent good in this world” and deemed that its efforts should create “ladders on which the aspiring can rise.” In our current-day grantmaking we continue to carry out this mission through programs and initiatives that address today’s problems by drawing on the best ideas and cutting-edge strategies that draw strength from deep knowledge and scholarship. History guides us and the present informs us, but our work looks always toward the future. In perpetuity Mr. Carnegie served as the Corporation’s first president. His intention, clearly spelled out in his Deed of Gift, was for the foundation to carry out its philanthropic work in perpetuity, so that “even after I pass away the [wealth] that came to me to administer as a sacred trust for the good of my fellow men is to continue to benefit humanity for generations untold…” Responding to changing needs At the time of its creation, Andrew Carnegie’s vision for the work of the Corporation was unique in that he understood that as the decades passed, the issues of his day would be incorporated into or supplanted by concerns that more immediately affected future generations. Planning for that certainty, he wrote, “Conditions upon the [earth] inevitably change; hence, no wise man will bind Trustees forever to certain paths, causes or institutions.” Therefore, he gave his trustees “…full authority to change policies or causes hitherto aided, from time to time, when this, in their opinion, has become necessary or desirable. They shall best conform to my wishes by using their own judgment.” Scientific philanthropy Through nearly one hundred years of grantmaking, the Corporation has applied what Andrew Carnegie called the principles of “scientific philanthropy” to changing times while always working in harmony with the historical mission and legacy of the foundation. Our unremitting efforts remain focused on the two issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge.

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$1,000 - $10K
2014

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING FUND (NAEF) SUPPORTS THE ACTIVITIES OF (SEE SCHEDULE O)THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (NAE).

$20K - $50K
2012

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING FUND (NAEF) SUPPORTS THE ACTIVITIES OF (SEE SCHEDULE O)THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (NAE).

$10K +
2009

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING FUND (NAEF) SUPPORTS THE ACTIVITIES OF (SEE SCHEDULE O)THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (NAE).

Awards & Honors
1998
National Space Club - Goddard Award
1995
W. Stuart Symington Award
1994
Princeton University
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