The members of the Advisor Board are the electors of inductees into the Automation Hall of Fame.
Their backgrounds represent a depth of experience and of leadership in industry and in technology,
government and academia. As such, they offer a wide-ranging knowledge of industrial history,
processes and technologies.

Members also advise Hall management on other issues important to its activities.


Robert A. Malone
Chairman, Board of Advisors
Chairman, Automation Hall of Fame, Inc.

Robert P. Collins
CEO, Capstone Partners, Inc.
Board of Advisors CSE Ltd (Singapore)
Questa, Datasweep
Former President/CEO, GEFanuc Automation
Former Chairman NEMA Automation Div,
Former member NEMA Board of Directors

Charles E. Exley, Jr.
Former Chairman/CEO, NCR Corp.
Former Board member, Burroughs, Owens Corning,
Bank One, Merck & Co.
Former Trustee, A.W. Mellon Foundation
Former Trustee, Wesleyan University

Tony Friscia
President/CEO, AMR Research
Widely quoted as a leading provider of industry specific research and analysis on technology-led business processes

Dr. Mary L. Good
Donaghy Professor and Dean, Donaghy College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas
Managing member, Venture Capital Investors, LLC
Former Senior Vice-President for Technology, Allied Signal
Former Undersecretary for Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Past President, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. M. Eugene Merchant
Senior Consultant, TechSolve, Inc.
Honoree, Automation Hall of Fame,
among many international awards
Co-creator of the concept of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Former Principal Scientist, Cincinnati Milacron

John Klein
President of Polarex,Inc.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Trident Capital
Directorships: Cognizant Technology Solutions, Questra Corporation, Polarex
Formerly CEO, MDIS Group, PLC, executive positions at DEC and IBM
Past Directorships: Pro IV,Inc, Glovia International, NACFAM


Fredrick J. Michel
Executive Vice President NGM Knowledge Systems
Member of the College of Fellows, and former Board member, SME
Author of 2 Books on shaping next generation enterprises, 21 Century
Twice awarded U.S. Army's Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service
Former Operations Manager, Corporate
Manufacturing Development Laboratories

Eric Mittelstadt
President, Mittelstadt Associates, Inc.
Chairman Emeritus, FANUC Robotics North America, Inc.
Board member, Automated Concepts, Inc.

Former Chairman, NACFAM

Thomas J. Murrin
Distinguished Service Professor/Former Dean,
Duquesne University Business Schools
Former Deputy Secretary, U.S Department of Commerce
Former member, Executive Committee, Council on Competitiveness
Former senior executive, Westlinghouse

Dr. Herbert Schorr
Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute,
University of Southern California
Former worldwide head of computer systems and program research, IBM, Primary developer of artificial intelligence and image processing, IBM
Advanced Research Projects Agency
Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Defense

Dr. ING. Albert S. Strub
Honorary Director General, European Commission
Member, Franuhafer Society
Member, Max Planck Society
Former Chief Advisor to EU's Director General for Industry
Former Director, R & D, innovation capacity, transnational
technology transfer, EU

















Robert Malone

  • Ran design program at Parsons School of Design.
  • First published by 'Industrial Design' magazine - 'Notes From Under the Drawing Board.'
  • Editor-in-chief of 'Industrial Design' now ID magazine.
  • Industrial designer - designed a car, people mover, automatic banking system, airport passenger handling systems, machine tools, exhibits, furniture, graphics.
  • Designed 'The Expanding Universe' for West Hartford's Children's Museum. *'Whole Museum Catalogue' for American Museum of Natural History, NY.
  • Consultant with the New York State Council on the Arts played a key design role in 'Harlem On My Mind' at Metropolitan Museum.
  • Dean of Art and Design School at Pratt Institute.
  • Wrote Rocketship, a Harper & Roe young people's book
  • Wrote The Robot Book for Harcourt Brace.
  • Editor and spokesperson for 'Omni' magazine
  • Wrote 'Automation' paper on John Diebold for World Future Society.
  • Major speaker for New Line Cinema on science and technology
  • White papers on information technology, automation and robotics
  • Author and curator of 'The Robot Exhibit' at The American Craft Museum, NY. This exhibit toured U.S.
  • Editor-in-chief of 'Automation News.'
  • Editor-in-chief of 'Managing Automation' magazine.
  • Lectured in Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic on information technology and automation.
  • Author of the 'Integrated Manufacturing Map'

    Recent work:
  • Wrote "The Ultimate Robot" recently published by DK
  • Chairman of the Automation Hall of Fame.
  • Interviewed for History Channel's 'Timeline: Robots.'
  • 'Next' column for 'Managing Automation'
  • Write for 'Inbound Logistics' on supply chain technology
  • Consult with several manufacturing software companies.
  • Appeared History Channel series 'Most'- interview on robotics.
  • Wrote a Random House book on robots.


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Robert P. Collins
Mr. Collins is currently the CEO of Capstone Partners Inc., where he provides consulting services for companies requiring expertise in international business development and/or operational efficiency improvements. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scott Technologies, the world's leading provider of air breathing systems and airborne oxygen systems. From 1987 until May of 1998 he was President and CEO of GEFanuc Automation Corp., a joint venture between GE and Fanuc Ltd. of Japan, a company that specializes in the development and manufacture of specialized computers and software for the automation and monitoring of a broad variety of production machinery and processes.

Prior to that he was the Vice President of GE's Automation Controls Operation located in Charlottesville Va and held a variety of positions with GE's aerospace and technology businesses during his 38 years of experience. He has authored over 60 articles on the subject of utilizing automation technology tightly coupled with human resource systems for the improvement of manufacturing efficiencies.

He has previously served on numerous boards of companies located in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of CSE Ltd. located in Singapore, Questra Corporation, and DataSweep Corporation of the U.S. He served previously as an advisor to the Engineering School of the University of Virginia, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and as Chairman of NEMA's Automation Division as well as on the Board of Governors of NEMA.

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Charles E. Exley Jr.
BA Weslyan University 1952
MBA Columbia Business School 1954

Burroughs Corp. 1954-76
  • Financial Analyst 1954-56
  • Supervisor Operations Analysis 1956-58
  • Manager Financial Analysis 1958-60
  • Controller Office Products Group 1960-63
  • Corporate Controller 1963-66
  • Vice President & Group Executive 1966-70
  • Vice President Finance 1970-73

NCR Corp. 1976-91

  • President & member of the Board of Directors 1976-85
  • Chairman of the Board and CEO 1985-91
  • Retired 1991

At various times, member of the Board of Directors of Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys), Owens Corning Co., Bank
One Corp., Merck & Co.
Trustee Wesleyan University
Trustee A.W. Mellon Foundation.

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Tony Friscia
Tony Friscia is Founder and President and CEO of AMR Research. He focuses on research strategy, the quality of the company's research and services, and new business development. Under Tony's leadership, AMR Research has become the leading provider of industry-specific research and analysis on technology-led business processes like supply chain management, customer management, enterprise management, business-to-business commerce, and all underlying enabling technologies.

Prior to founding AMR Research in 1986, Tony held a variety of management positions within technology product companies and leading market analysis and consulting firms. He started his career at IBM in the Systems Communication Division in Kingston, NY, in 1978.

He is a graduate of Vassar college.

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Dr. Mary L. Good
Dr. Mary L. Good is the Professor and Dean of Donaghey College at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and serves as the managing member for Venture Capital Investors, LLC, a group of Arkansas business leaders who expect to foster economic growth in the area through the opportunistic support of technology-based enterprises. Dr. Good also presently serves on the Board of Biogen, a successful biotech company in Cambridge Massachusetts; IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine; and the Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation Board of Oak Ridge Tennessee.

Previously Dr. Good served four years as the Under Secretary for Technology for the Technology Administration in the Department of Commerce, a Presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed, position.

The Technology Administration is the focal point in the federal government for assisting U.S. Industry to improve its productivity, technology and innovation in order to compete more effectively in global markets. In particular, the Administration works with industry to eliminate legislative and regulatory barriers to technology commercialization and to encourage adoption of modern technology management practices. The Technology Administration is comprised of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Technical Information Service, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy, and the Office of Air and Space Commercialization.

In addition to her role as Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Good chaired the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technological Innovation (NSTC/CTI), and served on the NSTC Committee on National Security.

Before joining the Administration, Dr. Good was vice-president of technology at Allied Signal, Inc., where she was responsible for the centralized research and technology organizations with facilities in Morristown, NJ; Buffalo, NY; and Des Plaines, IL. She was a member of the Management Committee and responsible for technology transfer and commercialization support for new technologies. This position followed assignments as President of Allied Signal's Engineered Material Research Center. Dr. Good's accomplishments in industrial research management are the achievement f a second career, having moved to an industrial position after more than 25 years of teaching and research in the Louisiana State University system. Before joining Allied Signal, she was professor of chemistry at the University of New Orleans and professor of materials science at Louisiana State University, where she achieved the university's highest professional rank, Boyd Professor.

Dr. Good was appointed to the National Science Board by President Carter in 1980 and again by President Regan in 1986. She was Chairman of that Board from 1988 until 1991, when she received an appointment from President Bush to become a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Good also served on the boards of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cincinnati Milacron, and Ameritech. She was also a member of the National Advisory Board for the State of Arkansas.

Dr. Good is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a past president of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the member of the Institute of Chemist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has been active on the boards of directors of such groups as the Industrial Research Institute, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research. She has also served on advisory panels for the National Research Council, the National Bureau of Standards, the National Science Foundation Chemistry Section, the National Institute of Health, and NASA, and on the executive committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Dr. Good received the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Albert Fox Demers Medal Award from Rensselaer Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award, the American Institute of Chemists' Gold Medal, and was chosen Scientist of the Year by Industrial Research and Development magazine. She was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1990, became a member f the Tau Beta Pi Association (the Engineering Honor Society), was awarded the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award. In 1997, she received the Priestly medal from the American Chemical Society, the highest award given by the association. She has published over 100 articles in reference journals and is the author of a book, Integrated Laboratory Sequence, published by Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Good received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arkansas. She has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees from many colleges and universities, including most recently the College of William and Mary, Polytechnic University of New York, Louisiana State University, and Michigan State University.


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Dr. Eugene Merchant
Dr. M. Eugene Merchant, Senior Consultant, Machining Xcellence. For more than 61 years, Dr. M. Eugene Merchant has been one of the world's most influential people in the field of manufacturing. Dr. Merchant received his BSME from the University of Vermont. In 1936, Gene began a graduate fellowship sponsored by Cincinnati Milacron. Working under Hans Ernst, Milacron's then director of research, he started analyzing the nature of friction between the metal-cutting tool and the chip being removed from the work piece by it. Conceived more than 50 years ago. Merchant's thesis work developed a mathematical model of the metal cutting processing that is still taught today by universities all over the world.

From there, Gene completed his post graduate work and was awarded a Sc.D. Advanced Level Science and Mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Merchant then moved on to harnessing the power of computers. More than forty years ago, he visualized today's computer-integrated manufacturing systems and was a driving force in productivity improvement that have played a major role in creating the standard of living Americans enjoy today.

Gene is one of only 25 people who have been inducted into the Automation Hall of Fame at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. That's just one of dozens of awards that Dr. Merchant has collected over the years. Every year since 1986, for example, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, jointly with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, has presented an award for improving the productivity and efficiently of manufacturing that is named for Dr. Merchant.

Dr. Merchant worked at Milacron nearly 50 years, until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, but he didn't retire. At 89, this mild-mannered scientist still comes to work every day as a senior machining advisor at TechSolve, and still travels around the world to help manufacturers and the people who work for them. "The technology, and the application of it, as great as it is, will be crippled if you don't also engineer the application of human resources that are to be used in that technology," he says. "Only then will technology perform at its full potential".

Honorary Degrees

  • Sc.D. University of Vermont 1973
  • Sc.D. University of Staford (England) 1980
  • D. Engrg. GMI Engineering and Management Institute

Other Awards

  • Japan Society of Precision Engineering JSPE Prize, 1997
  • Automation Hall of Fame, 1995
  • M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Metal of ASME/SME, 1986
  • Otto Benedikt Prize of Computer and Automation Institute of Hungary, 1981
  • George Schlesinger Prize of City of Berlin, 1980
  • AM Award of American Machinist Magazine, 1980
  • Tribology Gold Medal of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1980
  • Distinguished Contributions Award of San Fernando Valley Engineers Council, 1975
  • Medal of the Polish Institute of Metal Cutting, 1971
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award of University of Cincinnati, 1969
  • Research Medal of Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1968
  • Richards Memorial Award of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1959
  • National Award of American Society of Lubrication Engineers, 1959
  • Engineer of the Year Award of the Technical and Scientific Societies Council of Cincinnati, 1955
  • Professional Affiliations - Present and Past
  • National Materials Advisory Board, National Research Council (NRC)
  • Manufacturing Studies Board, NRC
  • Approximately 20 NRC committees and panels
  • Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Staford (England)
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong, China
  • Fellow, Institute of Advancement of Engineering
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Beta Pi
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Ohio
  • Registered Professional Engineer, California
  • Certified Manufacturing Engineer

Professional Society Membership and Offices

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineering, Past Present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Belgian Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • International Institution for Production Engineering Research, Past President
  • Engineers & Scientist Serving Greater Cincinnati
  • Society f Tribologist and Lubrication, Past President
  • American Society for Metals, International
  • Ohio Academy of Science
  • Federation of Materials Societies, Past President

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Fredrick J. Michel
Fred Michel is an authority on computer integrated manufacturing and management issues pertaining to the extended enterprise and related educational issues. Since his retirement from the Federal Executive Service in 1987 he has provided consulting services in the above mentioned areas to such organizations as Andersen Consulting, BDM International, Cincinnati Milacron, the Fraunhofer Society (Germany), Hughes Aircraft, The Institute for Defense Analyses, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Marshall University, the National Science Foundation, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, New Mexico State University, Thomas Publishing, the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Youngstown University Technology Development Corp. From 1989 through 1992 Mr. Michel served as Senior Technical Advisor to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

Prior to his retirement from the federal service he was Deputy for Production for a $20 billion annual procurement for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. He provided technical advice to the Command Group pertaining to production matters and initiated actions to correct major deficiencies in the production of the Apache Helicopter, the Abrams family of tanks, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Tow Missile System and others. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Manufacturing Technology he had responsibility for Producibility Engineering, Production Engineering, Value Engineering and the Army’s Manufacturing Technology Program. He was a member of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group and participated in several other committees dealing with manufacturing issues. More recently he was a member of the Task Force on Concurrent Engineering and of the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design of the National Research Council. He participated in the Next Generation Manufacturing Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Previously he was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Corp. where he held management positions in manufacturing including the design, staffing and operating of a facility for the manufacture of military electronic equipment. He was also responsible for the installation and start-up of a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Poland. He held the position of operations manager of the corporate manufacturing development laboratory. Prior to joining Westinghouse he held management positions in engineering in multi-million dollar projects and supervised a worldwide flight simulator field service department at E-Systems (Loral).

Mr. Michel has lectured at such institutions as Carnegie-Mellon, Duquesne University, the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas, the National Defense University and the Defense Systems Management College. Over the years he has been a member of editorial boards of publications serving the manufacturing community. He has been active in trade associations and for the past eight years was an International Director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). At SME he also served as chairman of the Computer and Automated Systems Association and was a member of the Government Relations Committee, chaired the Ad Hoc Associations Development Committee and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Research. He is a life member of SME and of the College of Fellows. Recently he represented SME at the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing and the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) .

He is the co-author of NEXT GENERATION MANUFACTURING, Methods and Techniques (2000), and THE LEAN COMPANY, Making the Right Choices (2001).

Mr. Michel has received numerous awards and twice has been the recipient of the Armys Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Mr. Michel holds a Bachelor Degree from City College and a Masters Degree from Columbia University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He speaks, reads and writes German fluently.

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Eric Mitelstadt
Eric Mitelstadt is Chairman Emeritus of FANUC Robotics North America, the leading robotics company in the USA since 1984, and named one of "Michigan's" 11 best companies to work for" in 1999. He headed that organization as its chief executive officer from its startup as a joint venture between General Motors Corporation and FANUC LTD of Japan in 1982, through December, 1998, leading it to $370 million in revenue. Before that, his 25-year career at GM included assignments as executive assistant to the group vice president in charge of the GM Overseas Group, managing director in Uruguay, product planning director in both Germany and Chevrolet, and management and engineering positions at the GM Engineering Staff.

Born in Detroit on March 8, 1936, Mr. Mittelstadt received a BME from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1958, and MBA from Wayne State University in 1965, and completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College in 1980.

Mr. Mittelstadt now heads his own firm, Mittelstadt Associates, Inc., specializing in top management strategy and implementation consulting, focusing on customer and employee satisfaction, team building and financial performance. He serves as consultant to the CEO and member of the advisory board of an Internet startup company, e-COGNITA Technologies, Inc., which focuses on automating the entire commercial real estate lending process. He is also a member of the board of Automated Concepts, Inc., a long time integrator of robotic systems for various industries.

Mr. Mittelstadt currently serves as chair of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), and chair of its Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Forum (AMLF). He is a member of the marketing and steering committees of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), a national coalition of businesses, labor unions, educational associations, and government and non-government organizations. He also chairs the Board of Trustees of St. Luke's Episcopal Health Ministries, is a trustee of the Oakland Schools Educational Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Automation Hall of Fame.

He is listed in Who's Who in Manufacturing and Who's Who of Entrepreneurs. He has served many community and educational organizations, including as past chair of the USA Robotics Industries Association (RIA), the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), and the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University. In 1992 he won the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award for Industry leadership. He is a past member of the Cranbrook Schools Board of Governors, Bloomfield Hills City Planning Commission and the Vestry of Christ Church Cranbrook, and past president and member of the board of the Bloomfield Club, Collier's Reserve Country Club and the Ushers of Christ Church Cranbrook. Mr. Mittelstadt resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Naples, Florida, with his wife, Susanne, a freelance writer and professional volunteer. They have seven children and fourteen grandchildren.

Mr. Mittelstadt is an advocate and frequent spokesman on international competitiveness, manufacturing technology and workforce preparedness. His personal business philosophy is to build quick but lasting success with customers, employees and financial results, using an innovative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, action-oriented approach, in a culture of trust through caring, sharing and respect, for maximum employee/member satisfaction, commitment and achievement in satisfying customer/constituencies. His passion is helping people, especially young people, achieve more than they ever thought possible, by truly living his philosophy in any kind of organization, whether business, educational, community, governmental, non-profit, social, religious, etc.

Present activities are as follows:
President, Mittelstadt Associates, Inc.
- Consulting with top management on strategy and implementation, especially in team building, employee and customer satisfaction, and financial performance.

Chairman, Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Council (ALMC)
- An activity of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)

Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Ministries, Inc.
- A senior housing and care organization

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Oakland Schools Educational Foundation
- A charitable foundation supporting the Oakland County school system

Member of the Advisory Board, Automation Hall of Fame
- Recognizing leaders in automation

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Thomas J. Murrin
In January 1991, Thomas J. Murrin was named Dean of Duquesne University's two Business Schools. In June, 2000, Tom retired from Deaning to become a University Distinguished Service Professor. At Duquesne, he helped to develop innovative programs to distinguish its teaching, research and service --- particularly in the increasingly important fields of Global Competitiveness, Advanced Technology and Economic Growth--- while teaching a popular Graduate Course on The Environment of Business.

Earlier, Tom served for 18 months as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; nominated by President George Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At Commerce, Murrin was deeply involved in a variety of executive activities --- including the 1990 Decennial Census; the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award and its initial application within the Commerce Department; the modernization of the National Weather Service and the new Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center Programs. As 'Acting' Secretary for Secretary Mosbacher, Murrin attended Cabinet and other top level meetings with President Bush, Vice President Quale and other senior Federal Government Executives.

After returning to Pittsburgh, he continued to promote Quality and Competitiveness initiatives as a member of the Executive Committee of the D.C.-based Council on Competitiveness and as a Board Member of several organizations, including the Duquesne Light Company and Motorola. He recently retired from these and other Boards; in line with their age policies. He was selected to chair Governor Ridge's 'Technology 21 Program'; the Pittsburgh Public School System Assessment Panel; the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative; and to serve on the Congressionally-sponsored National Workforce Commission on Information Technology.

During his earlier involvement with educational institutions, Murrin was Distinguished Service Professor of Technology and Management at Carnegie Mellon University; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duquesne University; a member of the Board of Trustees of Fordam University; and served on the National Board of 'Communities in Schools'. As part of Murrin's community activities in Pittsburgh, he led a successful fund-raising efforts at Mercy Hospital where he was Chairman of the Board for nine years --- and participated in similar efforts at Duquesne University and for the United Way.

Recruited to the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a graduate student in 1951, Murrin initially worked as a manufacturing/materials engineer. Over the next 36 years, he served in various positions with Westinghouse --- including European Manufacturing Representative, based in Geneva, Switzerland; Corporate Vice President of Manufacturing; Senior Vice President of the Defense and Public Systems Group; and President f the Public Systems Company. Murrin retired in 1987 as President of the firm's highly regarded Energy and Advanced Technology Group --- an organization with nearly $5 billion in annual sales. As a member of the Westinghouse Management Committee from 1974 until retirement, Quality and Productivity improvement were elevated to key corporate initiatives under his guidance. During his Westinghouse career, he traveled to more than 40 countries.

Building on his extensive foreign travel and study of industrial operations, Murrin served on the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade of the Department of Defense and was Chairman of DPACT's Subcommittee on Trade Relations with Japan. He was the first Chairman of two prestigious Advisory Committees to the Federal Government; i.e., the Board of Overseers of the Commerce Department's Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, and DoD's Defense Manufacturing Board. Murrin was a member of the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness --- and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.

A native of New York City --- born to Irish and Scot immigrants and raised on Manhattan's East Side --- Murrin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Fordham University in 1951 where he was a starting tackle under Coach Vince Lombardi. He has done graduate work at several universities --- and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dean Murrin gives invited talks on a variety of topics - examples include:
'An Exciting New International Program in Business Education'; Northern Jiaotong University, Beijing, China; Keynote addresses on 'Next Generation Manufacturing' at National Conferences in Dallas, TX and Gaitherburg, MD; Business, 'World-Class Manufacturing and Global Leadership' at Carnegie Mellon University's Symposium on 'Future Opportunities in Computer Science and Information Technology; 'Workforce Development: Maximizing Competitiveness', at the Annual Meeting f the West Virginia Roundtable in Charleston; 'Change, and Keynote M.C. and Wrap-Up Panelist at AACSB's First National Economic Development Conference in Baltimore, MD..

Among Murrin's honors are; the Order of Merit, Westinghouse Electric Corporation; Annual Achievement Award in Business and the Encaenia Award, Fordham University; National Leadership Award, American Productivity Center; James Forrestal Memorial Award, National Security Industrial Association; Election to the National Academy of Engineering; Manufacturing Management Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Hall of Fame, Cardinal Hayes High School; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Management Science from Duquesne University; the Excellence in Manufacturing Award, National Security Industrial Association; Appointment as a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science; the Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award in Education; and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Fordam University; an Honorary Professor Award from Northern Jiaotong University in Beijing, China; Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital's 150th Anniversary Special Achievement Award; and the 2002 Legend of Business Recognition at Elon University.

He was born on April 30, 1929 and is married to the former Dee Coyne of New York City. The Murrins have eight children and nine grandchildren and live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.

Thomas J. Murrin Organizations

  • Airport Authority, Allegheny County; Committee Chair
  • Communities In Schools; Executive Committee
  • Holy Family Institute for Learning Abilities; Board Chair Member
  • National Academy of Engineering; Member
  • New Century Career Program; Chairman
  • National Council of Leadership Foundations; Advisor
  • Pennsylvania's Technology 21 Project; Chairman
  • Pittsburgh Growth Allicance; Board Member
  • Pittsburgh Public School K-12 Team; Co-Facilitator
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative; Chairman
  • Point Park College's Business Advisory Council; Chairman
  • Regional China Center; Board Member

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Dr. Herbert Schorr
Executive Director (12/88 - Present)
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California, Marina del Rey. CA

Group Director, Advanced Systems (10/84 - 11/88)
IBM, Enterprise Systems, Harrison NY

Identified artificial intelligence and image processing as two important emerging technology areas of IBM. Project offices and Steering Committees of top corporate officers were established; reports were made directly to the Corporate Management Committee. Guided IBM efforts in these areas including technology to be used in products, as well as marketing and deployment throughout IBM. Work with research to transfer technology into products and guide research into important areas.

Other missions included identification of other technologies to be incorporated into products such as optical storage and GaAs, etc.

Vice President, Systems (11/80 - 9/84)
IBM Research Division, Yorktown Heights, NY

Worldwide responsibility for all computer systems and programming research (1,000 professionals).

Results: As the first occupant of this position, I strengthened the long range planning of the system activities in three laboratories and established a fourth system research laboratory in Japan. Initiated system portion of a yearly ten-year technology forecast for the corporation. Initiated mechanisms for joint systems technology projects with the development division (involving partial direct funding by them). Made major changes in the technical program by initiating projects in parallel processing, strengthening theoretical studies, and artificial intelligence. Transferred the RISC architecture t product status in development as the RT/PC. Focused the Systems area on technology transfer to development in addition to good science.

Director, Systems Laboratory and High End Machine Project (8/77 - 10/81)
IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

Formulated System Laboratory concept and High End Machine project to provide advanced design and prototyping activities for future hardware and programming systems; including all areas of S/370.

Major results; 3090 vector processing attachment and associated vectorizing software: Expanded System Memory, 370 RT. Other results included networking, multiprocessing, machine design, fault-tolerant computers, and related software areas.

Member, Corporate Technical Committee (12/75 - 8/77)
IBM, Armonk, NY

Member of the committee headed by the Vice President and Chief Scientist. This committee reviews all IBM technological requirements and assesses the capability of the future technologies to support IBM products development; all IBM development and research laboratories are reviewed.

Results: Analysis of competitive machines and technology, and their rate of progress. Formulated design of machine that led t 3090 product; convinced management to staff and fund the project. Analysis of memory technology that led to change in semiconductor process employed in Burlington plant (as well as management changes).

Manager of Subsystem Analysis (6/75 - 11/75)
lIBM, Systems Product Division, Poughkeepsie, NY

In charge f the technical project office tracking all development activity in Poughkeepsie. This included all large processor development and its system control programs (158, 168, MVS, future product line, etc.).

Results: Helped formulate 3033 design and 168 Attached Processor design, developed key concepts of XA architecture, and new MVS performance measurements.

Vice President, Product and Service Planning (4/73 - 6/75)
IBM, Advanced Systems Development Division, Mohansic, NY

This group was formed specifically to investigate the impact on customers of a proposed major redirection of the IBM product line (named FS). Extensive market studies and intensive technical analysis were employed to study the impact. Based on the results of this work, FS was terminated and a more evolutionary 370 based product strategy was adopted.

Member, Corporate Technical Committee (9/72 - 4/73)
IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

My responsibilities included all research relating to computer systems; this area has a long tradition of making major contributions to the IBM product line. Noteworthy are FORTRAN, TSS, virtual memories, and many of the large machine developments, including the seeds of 360. Under my tenure as Director, major contributions included cryptographic and security techniques, Project Y (transferred into development as the basis for future multiprocessing systems), programming development tools, distributed data base, networking, electronic switching, advanced customizers, compilers, etc., as well as more fundamental investigations into algorithms, speech recognition, etc.

System Architecture and Programming Manager (8/66 - 5/68)
Architecture Manager (9/65 - 7/66);
Advanced Computing Systems,
IBM Systems Development Division, Menlo Park, CA

The architecture group developed new systems concepts needed to exploit the potential of very high speed LSI circuits. The simplified instruction set coupled with the use of an optimizing compiler was the forerunner of RISC architecture.

Adjunct Assistant Professor (9/66 - 6/67)
University of California at Berkley

Introduced first course in Operating systems.

"System Design of a Small, Fast Digital Computer," (with N.E. Wiseman). IRE, Trans, PTGEC, vol. EC-12.pp. 698-706, December 1963/

"A Note on the Formation of a Free List," (with William M. Waite) Commun., ACM, v.7,p.478, August 1964.

"Computer-Aided Logical Design Using a Register Transfer Language," IEEE Trans. on Electronic Computers, vol. ED-13, December 1964.

"Analytic Differentiation Using Syntax-Directed Compiler," Computer Journal, v.7. January 1965.

"An Efficient Machine Independent Procedure for Garbage Collection in Various List Structures," Comm. of ACM. v. 10, August 1967.

"Compiler Writing Techniques and Problems," Proc. of NATO Conference on Software Engineering Techniques, Rome, Italy, pp. 114-122. Oct. 27 - 31, 1969.

"Design Principals for a High-Performance System," Proc. of Poly-.Inst. of Brooklyn Symp. on Computers and Automata, pp. 165-192, April 1971.

"Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence." (with A. Rappaport), AAAI Press, August 1989.

"Towards the Digital Government of the 21"Century." (with Salvatore J. Stolfo) Comun., ACM, vol.41, p.15, November 1998.


"Toward the Automatic Synthesis and Analysis of Digital Computers," AIEE Design Automation Subcommittee Design Automation Workshop, Michigan State University, May 7 - 8, 1962.

"Computer Science and Industry," NSF Park City Conference on Undergraduate Computer Science Education, Park City, Utah, 1968.

"Design Principles for a High Performance Computer System," IEEE Symposium on Computer Architecture January 13, 1973, Santa Clara, California.

Conference on Computer Exports, National Academy of Sciences, Woods Hole, Mass., July 14 - 18, 1969.

Keynote talk "AI: The Second Wave." AAAI, Philadelphia, Penn, August 1968.

Panel on Expert Systems, IJCAI Rome, Italy, August 1987.

Keynote talk on AI, European Conference on AI, Avignon, France, 1988.

Keynote talk on AI at the British Computer Society Expert Systems Conference, Brighton, UK, December 1988.

"Role of Artificial Intelligence in Tomorrow's DP Environment," C3 Technology Assessment Conference, Washington D.C., January 31, 1989.

Keynote Speaker "Role of Artificial Intelligence in Tomorrow's DP Environment," Fourth Annual Lockheed Artificial Intelligence Symposium, Calabasas, CA, March 1, 1989.

Chairman, "Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence," AAAI Spring Symposium Series, Stanford University, March 28 - 30, 1989 (included a talk on the status of field.)

Expert Panel on Technology, MCC Technology Forecasting Workshop, Austin TX, April 10 - 12, 1989.

"Practical AI Results and Future Impact," Northrop Artificial Intelligence Symposium, Hawthorne, CA, April 18, 1989.

Keynote Address at Eleventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Detroit, MI, August 20 - 25, 1989.

Panel on "Future of Computer Sciences as Applied to Aerospace Industry," AIAA Computers in Aerospace VII Conference, Monterey, CA, October 3 - 5, 1989.

"Artificial Intelligence," Kenyon College Faculty Lectureship Series, Gambler, OH, October 11, 1989.

Keynote Speaker "Integration of AI/ES into Conventional Information Systems," Second Annual Symposium on Expert Systems in Business Finance and Accounting, Newport Beach, CA, October 30 1989.

Keynote Speaker at SC'97 - High Performance Networking Computing, San Jose, CA, November 15 -21, 1997.

Panel on "Workshop IB". Digital Assessment Management Conference, Marina Del Rey, California, March 2 - 3, 1989.

Panel on "The Business Leveraging Media in the new Economy," Digital Assessment Management Conference, London, England, March, 5 - 7, 2000.


Various IBM Confidential Reports.

"Formal Languages, A Syntax Language and Syntax Directed Decision Procedures," Digital Systems Laboratory. Princeton University, TR-24, June 1962.

"A Register Transfer Language t Describe Digital Systems," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-30, September 1962.

"A Syntax Directed Decision Procedures," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-25, November 1962.

"Declarations and Error Location by Syntax," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-26, November 1962.

"Symbol Manipulation by Recursion," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-31, December 1962.

"A Program for the Analysis of Digital Systems," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-32, December 1962.

"Register Transfers in Digital Systems," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-33, December 1962.

"An Outline for the Design of a Fast Digital Computer." (with N.E. Wiseman), Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory, TM 63/2, May 1963, revised August 1963.

"Design of Transistorized Pulse Generators and Control Units," IT&T Laboratories, September 1957.

"Control of the Decay Process on Computers," RCA Laboratories Report, November 1958.

Two classified reports on Ballistic Missile Defense, the Rand Corporation, September 1959.

"Symbolic Analysis of Digital Computer Operations," IBM Report, September 1960.

"The Conversion f Boolean Equations into Elementary Register Transfers," MIT Lincoln Laboratory Report, December 1961.

"Essential Multiple-Output Prime Implicants," (with E.J. McClusky, Jr.) Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-23, April 1962.

"Introduction to the Automated Synthesis of Computers," Digital Systems Laboratory, Princeton University, TR-16, March 1962.

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Dr. ING. Albert S. Strub
In 1955 he graduated in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

In 1959 he entered the EURATOM branch of the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels (Belgium), as a member of a task force preparing the setting up of the EU Joint Research Centers.

Between 1960 and 1967m Dr. Strub acted as a researcher (nuclear instrumentation) and a project manager in the EU Research Center of Ispra (Italy) and then moved the EU Research Center of Petten (Netherlands), as head of the technical and financial services.

In 1973, Dr. Strub returned to the EU Headquarters in Brussels. After a short stay in the office of an EU Commissioner, he was appointed Scientific Assistant to the Director General for conception of EU's science policy. He then launched and directed the EU "Non-nuclear Energy R&D Programmes" (hydrogen, solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, fossil fuels, energy conservation, energy systems modeling) which served as a model for many other collaborative research programs bringing together industry, universities and national research centers all through the EU.

From 1987 to march 1994 Dr. Strub was Director responsible for the exploitation of the results of the EU's R&D activities (VALUE Program) and for the promotion of the innovation capacity and the stimulation of transnational technology transfer between enterprises in the EU (SPRINT Program). His main offices in Luxembourg comprised teams of specialist for publication, intellectual property protection, technology transfer, electronic information services etc.

Dr. Strub owns several patents and has published many articles and contributions (as an author or as an editor) to books on the various fields of his activities.

At the end of 1994, after a short activity as Chief Advisor to the EU's Director General for Industry (DG III), Dr. Strub retired from the EU Commission.

He is Honorary Director General of the EU Commission, member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, New York), of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany), the Max Planck Gesellschaft (Germany) and honorary member of EVCA (European Venture Capital Association, Brussels). He was President of EUTAC S.A., Brussels (1955 - 2002) and works as senior consultant for several companies.

John Klein, Westport
John Klein recently joined Trident as an Entrepreneur in Residence. He is currently President of Polarex, Inc., an organization that provides executive support to small and emerging software and services companies. John has extensive executive experience in the technology industry. Prior to founding Polarex, John was CEO of MDIS Group, PLC, a publicly listed UK company in the software and services industry. Previously, he held executive positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and IBM.

Current directorships: Cognizant Technology Solutions, Questra Corporation (a Trident portfolio company), Polarex, and a number of non-profit institutions.

Past directorships: Pro IV, Inc., Glovia International, NAFCAM (National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association).

Education, B.S., Mechanical Engineering. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. M.B.A., New York University, Graduate School of Business.

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