Kathryn Schiller WursterKathryn Schiller Wurster is Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.  As Chief of Staff, she provides critical, high-level support to the CEO/Chairman of the Board of Directors and the other Corporate Officers, and serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and Board of Regents.  Ms. Schiller Wurster exercises coordination authority on behalf of the CEO and the CEO’s Office.  In addition, she helps advance the organization's strategic priorities, manages the planning and operations of the CEO/Chairman, and works frequently with the organization's senior leadership and staff across all functional areas of the organization to manage projects and provide strategic support.

Ms. Schiller Wurster is currently supporting the Defense Microelectronics Activity on strategic planning efforts, supply chain risk management and trust issues for microelectronics parts. Her past research projects have included work for DARPA, DDR&E, Air Force, Congress, and other agencies.

Symposia and events she has managed include: “Color of our Economy: Why Green Resources Must Be Valued in the Next Administration,” “Global Climate Change and National Security: The Science and the Impact,” “Developing Ethics Guidelines for Research and Use of Neurotechnologies,” “Every Crisis is a Human Crisis: Disaster Preparedness,” and “Glaucoma Screening and Treatment: Driving Towards a Unified Federal and Private Sector Policy Approach.”

Ms. Schiller Wurster helped launch the Center for Neurotechnology Studies (CNS) and participated in drafting the National Neurotechnology Initiative legislation, and continues to assist CNS with seminars and workshops on ethical, legal, social and policy issues related to neurotechnology.

Ms. Schiller Wurster attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political and Social Thought. She joined the Potomac Institute in May 2005.

Robert Hummel

Dr. Robert Hummel serves as the Chief Scientist of the Potomac Institute in the CEO’s Office and is a member of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought.  He is the author of the recent Potomac Institute book on “Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research,” and is also serving customers in DARPA and OSD.  He is the principle author of the Institute’s forthcoming book on machine intelligence.  He is currently researching material sustainment of materiel that is subject to atomic degradation.

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he served as a program manager at DARPA for nearly nine years, managing and initiating projects in information exploitation, computer science, and sensor design.  Prior to joining DARPA, he was a tenured faculty member at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in the Computer Science Department, where he did research in computer vision and artificial intelligence.  

Dr. Hummel’s PhD is from the University of Minnesota in mathematics, and he holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, also in mathematics.


Jay R. Grove is a Vice President of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Mr. Grove joined the Institute in 2015, continuing a career in defense industry leadership.

Mr. Grove brings significant experience in space and airborne communications and electronic warfare systems development. His background includes integrated avionics for tactical fighters, advanced beam-forming for protected communication satellites, counter IED systems, Signals/communications Intelligence, and airborne battlespace communications integration. Mr. Grove’s 25+ year career has spanned engineering, program execution, business area development, and executive leadership of defense electronics businesses.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities for the Potomac Institute, Mr. Grove served in executive positions at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he had increasing leadership responsibilities. Most recently, he led strategy and business development as Vice-President for the Communications Division of the Information Systems Sector. Previously, he led advanced technology business units for Communications and Networking. Mr. Grove’s career has spanned space, airborne, and ground-based systems for industry leaders Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Argon ST (now Boeing), ViaSat, and EMS Technologies (now Honeywell). He has led P&L organizations of $450M and more than 500 employees at multiple sites around the US including rate manufacturing.

Mr. Grove earned his MS in Engineering (MSE) from the University of Dayton and his BS in Systems Engineering (BSSE) from Wright State University. Mr. Grove has completed the Executive Entrepreneurship Course at Stanford University and the Technical Leadership Course at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michael Swetnam, CEO Michael Swetnam assisted in founding the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in 1994. Since its inception, he has served as Chairman of the Board and currently serves as the Institute's Chief Executive Officer.

He has authored and edited several books and articles including: "Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare," a four volume set he co-edited; "Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "ETA: Profile of a Terrorist Group," co-authored with Yonah Alexander and Herbert M. Levine; and "Best Available Science: Its Evolution, Taxonomy, and Application," co-authored with Dennis K. McBride, A. Alan Moghissi, Betty R. Love and Sorin R. Straja.

Mr. Swetnam is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In this capacity, he provides expert advice to the U.S. Senate on the R&D investment strategy of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He also served on the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Counterterrorism and the Task Force on Intelligence Support to the War on Terrorism.


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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.

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