New Member Recognition

Dr. Gregory Washington 

George Mason University President Gregory Washington leads Virginia’s largest and most diverse public university into its second half-century, positioning it for long-term success as a beacon of educational access for all.

Washington launched his Mason presidency in July 2020 with a series of initiatives to create new academic and entrepreneurial pathways for all Virginians. He also opened or broke ground on academic facilities on all three Virginia campuses and established a task force to ensure fairness in university practices and policies.

Mason restructured its research enterprise, with sponsored research expenditures increasing both years. Enrollment has grown to over 39,000. In addition, Mason posted its third-highest fundraising year in 2021-22 despite the ongoing economic challenges from the pandemic.

Washington strengthened Mason’s commitment to access by creating the Mason Virginia Promise (MVP) a path to a Mason degree or help starting a business for any Virginian who aspires to either goal. MVP expands Mason’s national award-winning ADVANCE Program Partnership with Northern Virginia Community College to select community colleges throughout the state.

Washington established the President’s Innovation Advisory Council to bring together industry, local government, K-12 education, and non-governmental organizations to form an innovation ecosystem with Mason as its hub.

Washington also launched the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force to examine and eradicate any practices and traditions of institutional racism at Mason while positioning the university as a national leader for the advancement of anti-racism, reconciliation, and healing.

Washington is the former engineering dean at Ohio State University and the University of California, Irvine. He earned bachelor’s (1989) and master’s degrees (1991) and his PhD (1994), all in mechanical engineering, at North Carolina State University.


Dr. Linsey Marr

Dr. Linsey Marr is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research group studies pollutants in indoor and outdoor air. She is especially interested in emerging or non-traditional aerosols such as microorganisms and engineered nanomaterials and how they are transformed in the environment. Prior to the pandemic, she was one of a small number of scientists who studied viruses in the air. Marr is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Association for Aerosol Research, and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. She received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral training in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT.


Dr. John L. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the president of the National Academy of Engineering. Before this role, Dr. Anderson is a former president of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University, and he also served as dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. A renowned chemical engineer, he was elected to the NAE in 1992 for his contributions to the understanding of colloidal hydrodynamics and membrane transport phenomena. His tenure as president of the NAE, which began in 2019, has been characterized by his vocal advocacy for engineering as a force for societal good.

Dr. Anderson is a strong advocate for the important role that engineers play in society and the importance of proper education.  In a speech at the University of Florida, he noted that “Engineers are supposed to serve society. If we do something that harms society, we are responsible. Do we get enough education in [the study of] unintended consequences, in serving society’s needs? You won’t know society’s needs unless you integrate an understanding of the social sciences.”

Dr. Anderson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was appointed to the National Science Board in 2014 for a six-year term. He received the Acrivos Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and an award from the Pittsburgh Section of AIChE for “Outstanding Professional Accomplishments in the Field of Academics.” In 2012 he received the National Engineering Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies. He has held visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation), University of Melbourne (Australia), and Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen (the Netherlands). He has received honorary doctorates from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Delaware. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Thomas Charles Clancy

Dr. Clancy is a senior vice president at MITRE where he serves as general manager of MITRE Labs and chief futurist.  He leads a world-class team of over 4,200 researchers and is responsible for sparking innovative disruption, accelerating risk-taking and discovery, and delivering real-time technology capabilities and execution through the company’s laboratories, solution platforms, and MITRE Fellows program.

Before joining MITRE in 2019, Dr. Clancy served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity at Virginia Tech and executive director of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. There, he led Virginia Tech’s research and experiential learning programs in defense and intelligence.  He started his career at the National Security Agency, filling a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles, with a focus on wireless communications.

With Dr. Clancy industrial and academy experience, he has been a major advocate for a new national-level effort on science and technology innovation.  In one of his white papers, entitled “A Horizon Strategy for Science and Technology Innovation,” Dr. Clancy advocated for a new national-level effort to create synergy between government, industry, and academic activities to holistically address the nation’s most critical science and technology priorities – while safeguarding the intellectual property, privacy rights, and autonomy of all participants and stakeholders.

Dr. Clancy holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Dr. Clancy is an IEEE Fellow.
Dr. Ronald D. Fricker. Jr.

Dr. Fricker is the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Virginia Tech and a Professor of Statistics.  He joined Virginia Tech in 2015 as the Head of the Department of Statistics and served as the Interim Dean of the College of Science.  Prior to Virginia Tech, he was a faculty member in the Operations Research Department of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Fricker’s research is focused on studying the performance of various statistical methods for use in disease surveillance and statistical process control methodologies more generally.  He is the author of two books: Introduction to Statistical Methods for Biosurveillance published by Cambridge University Press and, most recently, he co-authored a book published at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic entitled Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague. This book served as the discussion topic at the Virginia Bar Association annual Baliles Luncheon in July sponsored by the Virginia Academy.

Dr. Fricker is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.  He is also member of the National Academies’ Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics.

Dr. Fricker holds a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.


Dr. Sandra H. Magnus

Dr. Magnus is the Principal at AstroPlanetview, LLC and a part-time Professor of the Practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she was the Deputy Director of Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering. She also served as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession for five and a half years.

Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station in 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and spent four and a half months on one flight on the Space Station. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.

Throughout her career, Sandy has always led by example and created opportunities for others while breaking barriers herself,” says Dr. Kate Drowne, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, where Magnus earned her undergraduate degree in physics. “Her induction into the National Academy of Engineering represents a wonderful acknowledgment of her accomplishments and shows our students how much they can achieve in their own lives and careers.”

Dr. Magnus holds a Ph.D in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Dr. Magnus was elected as a member of the 2022 class of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. John R. Scully

Dr. Scully is the Charles Henderson Endowed Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, a Co-director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering and MSE Department Chair at the University of Virginia. Before joining the UVA faculty, Dr. Scully worked at the Sandia National Laboratories, the David Taylor Naval Research and Development Center and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Scully conducts research and education on the topic of corrosion of engineered materials and systems, a problem that costs lives and destroys billions of dollars of infrastructure every year. He focuses on the effects of material structure, composition, and environment on degradation of novel advanced materials, coatings, and legacy materials. Electrochemistry, surface science and material science are frequently integrated in his research to advance fundamental scientific understanding and engineering of corrosion issues.

He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, The British Corrosion Institute, and the American Society for Metals. Among his numerous awards are the A.B. Campbell, H.H. Uhlig, W.R. Whitney, and T.J. Hull Awards from NACE, the T.P. Hoar and U.R. Evans Awards from the British Corrosion Institute, and the Lee Hsun Lecture Award from the Chinese National Academy of Science. He is currently the Chief Technical Editor of CORROSION, The Journal of Science and Engineering.

Professor Scully received a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. James Smith

Dr. Smith is an environmental engineer holding the Henry L. Kinnier Chair of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He has served as the UPS Foundation Visiting Professor of Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and as the William R. Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.

His recent research interests include sustainable point-of-use water treatment technologies for the developing world and their impact on human health, and low-impact development (LID) technologies for stormwater runoff. To support this research, he was selected as a Fulbright Research Fellow and conducted research during Fall 2017 in Limpopo Province, South Africa at the University of Venda.

Dr. Smith is the inventor of the MadiDrop+, a silver-embedded porous ceramic tablet for purification of household drinking water and the founder of Silivhere Technologies, Inc. based in Charlottesville, VA. Silivhere Technologies is currently producing and selling MadiDrops+ around the world to improve water quality, human health, and quality of life.

Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources, and was elected by Eminence to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  He is a recipient of the Wesley W. Horner Award and the Rudolph Hering Medal for the best papers of the year in an ASCE Water Journal.  He is a recipient of the 2015 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award at the University of Virginia.

He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1992.


Dr. John A. Stankovic

Dr. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and Director of the Link Lab of the School of Engineering and AppliedScience at UVa. His research interests are in real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, smart and connected health, cyber physical systems, and the Internet of Things. His current research work is creating smart technology for healthcare, especially for the elderly. Using smart homes, phones, wearables, and in-situ sensors, his technology has been applied to patients with dementia, or obesity. In addition, he is performing research for smart cities of the future. In particular, the smart cities work focuses on improving services and ensuring safety of smart cities. In fact, Dr. Stankovic is most excited when he is applying research to socially relevant issues.

Dr. Stankovic is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York for his work on real-time systems. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee's Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership, the IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing's Distinguished Achievement Award, and the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber Physical Systems Technical Achievement Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Distributed and Parallel Systems and was founder and co-editor-in-chief for the Real-Time Systems Journal. He was also the co-founder and co-EIC for ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare. Professor Stankovic received his Ph.D. from Brown University.