Jennifer Buss, PhD

Dr. Buss is the Vice President of Science and Technology Policy and the Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. We develop meaningful science and technology policy options through discussions and forums and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government. She manages a variety of OSD programs including an outreach effort for the Department of Defense to the start-up community across the country to find innovative technologies to meet the challenges faced by the Services and Government agencies. She performs science and technology trends analysis and recommends policy solutions to some of the countries most pervasive problems. The Center for Neurotechnology Studies (CNS) is dedicated to ascribing meaningful policy solutions to one of the most in infuential science and technologies of our time. Dr. Buss earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Buss received her BS in biochemistry with a minor in mathematics from the University of Delaware. Dr. Buss can be reached at: jbuss@

James Giordano PhD

James Giordano PhD is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. He is Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilevel Assessment Group, Joint Staff/J-3, Deputy Director for Global Operations at the Pentagon, and an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Giordano is a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. His current research focuses upon the use of neuroimaging and neuromodulatory technology in assessing and treating neuropsychiatric disorders, and examines neuroethico-legal and policy aspects of research and use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in medicine, public life, and national security, intelligence and defense. Dr. Giordano can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kathryn Schiller Wurster

Kathryn Schiller Wurster is the Director of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific thought (CReST) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. CReST anticipates future science and technology trends, analyzes their implications, and creates revolutionary solutions. Ms. Schiller Wurster supports the Defense Microelectronics Activity on strategic planning e orts, hardware security and trust issues for microelectronics parts. Ms. Schiller Wurster attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated in 2002 with a BA in Political and Social Thought. She joined the Potomac Institute in May 2005. Ms. Schiller Wurster can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rachel Wurzman PhD

WurzmanRachel Wurzman PhD is a Fellow with the Center for Neuroscience and Society and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurology with the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Dr. Wurzman previously served as an Intern in the Science Division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and an independent contractor for the World Technology Evaluation Center in support of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Center. She was a contributing author in two white papers for the Joint Staff on applications of cognitive neuroscience for national defense and intelligence. Her current research investigates mechanisms of neuro-plasticity in brain networks, and addresses neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience in national security, intelligence, and defense. Dr. Wurzman can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Robert Hummel, PhD

Rubert Hummel PhDDr. 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 BA from the University of Chicago, also in mathematics. Dr. Hummel can be reached at: rhummel  @ potomacinstitute .org.

Kathy Goodson, PhD

Dr. Kathy GoodsonDr. Kathy Goodson is the Director of Communications at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Goodson leads outreach and communications components of a joint Potomac Institute and Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight effort. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Dr. Goodson was an Assistant Professor of Biological and Physical Sciences at the College of Southern Maryland. She completed her studies for a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in 2012. Her dissertation research focused on spectroscopic determination of protein-DNA complex conformations using organic dye molecules. Her areas of graduate research study included biochemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and molecular biology. Dr. Goodson received her B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia State University. Dr. Goodson is a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). Dr. Goodson can be reached at: kgoodson  @

Patrick Cheetham

Pat CheethamPatrick Cheetham is a Research Associate at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies at the Center for Adaptation and Innovation. He served as a fellow in the Center for Revolutionary Scienti c ought from 2012 to 2014. Currently, he is providing research and analytical support to policy development projects for the Department of Defense. Patrick has worked on national security strategy and technology policy issues with customers in the office of the Secretary of Defense, the US Marine Corps, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and the Defense Research and Engineering Enterprise. Mr. Cheetham joined the Potomac Institute’s International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) in August 2010. He held the position of Research Coordinator at the ICTS, coordinated research for the book Al-Qa’ida Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond, and assisted on a number of counterterrorism reports. Patrick served as Assistant Editor for NATO’s journal, Partnership for Peace Review, and coordinated over thirty foreign policy and national security-related seminars. Before joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Cheetham was the Assistant Director and Foreign Teacher for an English program in Fuyang, China. Patrick also served as a Senior Clerk at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. He received a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science, a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and speaks some Mandarin Chinese. Patrick is a founder and member of Business Uniting with Government for Security. Patrick can be reached at: pcheetham@

Mike Fritze, PhD

FritzeDr. Fritze joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in April of 2015 as a Senior Fellow. He leads PIPS e orts in the area of US Government Microelectronics policy with a current focus on Trusted electronics issues. He also contributes his experience to helping Roadmap US Government Microelectronics R&D e orts for the future. He currently performs strategic planning for DMEA and develops projects related to USG microelectronics issues. Dr. Fritze was the Director of the Disruptive Electronics Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute (2010-2015). He also held a Research Professor appointment in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics). His research inter- ests at ISI included Trusted Electronics, CMOS Reliability & Robustness, Low power 3DIC enabled electronics and Rad-hard electronics. He was a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology O ce (MTO) from 2006-2010. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Fritze was a sta member from 1995-2006 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked on fully-de- pleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) technology development with an emphasis on novel devices. Dr. Fritze received a PhD in Physics from Brown University in 1994, working in the area of compound semiconductor quantum well physics. He received a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Lehigh University. Dr. Fritze is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is a recipient of the O ce of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service awarded in 2010. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active on the program committees of the GOMAC and IEEE S3S conferences. Dr. Fritze has published over 75 papers and articles in professional journals and holds several US Patents. Dr. Fritze can be reached at: mfritze@

Jill Gibson

Dr. Jill GibsonJill Gibson chairs the Honors Program and Matney Mass Media Program at Amarillo College. Winner of Amarillo College’s highest teaching award, the John F. Mead Faculty Excellence Award, she has spent the past 20 years in higher education both as an administrator and faculty member. Prior to her career in education, Gibson worked as a television anchor, reporter and producer. Her areas of expertise also include technical writing, public speaking and presentation, video production, desktop publishing, public relations, business communication and team management. Gibson holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's in English and drama from Stanford University. Ms. Gibson can be reached at: triggibson @ gmail .com.

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