Tim Berners-Lee is a graduate of Oxford University,
England, and currently holds the
3Com Founders chair at the Computer Science and Artificial
(CSAIL) at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT).
He directs the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an open forum of companies and
organizations with the mission to lead the Web to its full
potential through the development of Web technical standards, which he
founded in October 1994.
With a background of system design in real-time communications and
text processing software development, Tim invented the
World Wide Web,
an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing
while working at CERN, the European
Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first version of HTML, as well
first web client (browser-editor) and server in 1990.
Subsequent honors include a MacArthur
Fellowship, the ACM Software Systems
Award, IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and
Communications Award, the Albert
Medalof the Royal Society for the
encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce, and the Japan Prize.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a
Honorary Fellow of the Institution of
Electrical Engineers., a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004, Tim
will be made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).
Dr. James J. Duderstadt
Dr. James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Duderstadt received his baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from Yale University in 1964 and his doctorate in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967. After a year as an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1968 in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Duderstadt became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1981 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986. He was appointed as President of the University of Michigan in 1988, and served in this role until July, 1996. He currently holds a university-wide faculty appointment as University Professor of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Duderstadt's teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering, including work in areas such as nuclear fission reactors, thermonuclear fusion, high powered lasers, computer simulation, science policy, higher education, and information technology.
During his career, Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous national awards for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the Reginald Wilson Award for national leadership in achieving diversity, and the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation. He has been elected to numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi.
Dr. Duderstadt has served on and/or chaired numerous public and private boards. These include the National Science Board; the Executive Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences; the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy; the Big Ten Athletic Conference; the University of Michigan Hospitals, Unisys, and CMS Energy.
He currently chairs several major national study commissions in areas including federal research policy, higher education, information technology, and nuclear energy.
Udi Manber was a professor of Computer Science at the
University of Arizona where he co-developed several search packages,
including Agrep, Glimpse, and Harvest. He left academia to join Yahoo
Chief Scientist in 1998. In 2002 he moved to Amazon.com with the
title of Chief Algorithms Officer, and in 2003 he became the CEO of
a separately branded and operated subsidiary of Amazon.com developing
innovative technologies for e-commerce search.
Currently charged with oversight of Microsoft Research's worldwide operations,
Richard ("Rick") F. Rashid previously served as the director of Microsoft Research,
focusing on operating systems, networking and multiprocessors. In that role he was
responsible for managing work on key technologies leading to the development of Microsoft Corp.'s
interactive TV system and authored a number of patents in areas such as data compression,
networking and operating systems. In addition to running Microsoft Research, Rashid
also was instrumental in creating the team that eventually became Microsoft's Digital
Media Division and directing Microsoft's first e-commerce group. Rashid was promoted
to vice president of Microsoft Research in 1994, and then to senior vice president in 2000.
Before joining Microsoft in September 1991, Rashid was professor of computer science at
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). After becoming a CMU faculty member in September 1979,
he directed the design and implementation of several influential network operating systems,
and published dozens of papers about computer vision, operating systems, programming
languages for distributed processing, network protocols and communications security.
During his tenure at CMU, Rashid developed the Mach multiprocessor operating system,
which has been influential in the design of many modern operating systems and remains
at the core of a number of commercial systems.
Rashid was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 for his work
in operating systems and for innovation in industrial research.
He also is credited with co-development of one of the earliest networked computer games,
"Alto Trek," during the mid-1970s. An updated version of this game has been developed by
Microsoft and has been released under the name "Allegiance."
Rashid is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer Directorate Advisory
Committee. He is a past member of the DARPA UNIX Steering Committee and the CSNet Executive
Committee and a former chairman of the ACM Software System Awards Committee.
Rashid's research interests have focused on artificial intelligence, operating systems,
networking and multiprocessors. He has participated in the design and implementation of
the University of Rochester RIG operating system (1975-1979), the Rochester Virtual
Terminal Management System (1976-1979), the CMU Distributed Sensor Network Testbed
(1980-1983) and CMU's SPICE distributed personal computing environment, which included
the Accent network operating system (1981-1985). He has published papers on computer
vision, operating systems, programming languages for distributed processing, network
protocols and communication security.
Rashid received master of science (1977) and doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science
from the University of Rochester. He graduated with honors in mathematics and comparative
literature from Stanford University in 1974.
Mozelle W. Thompson was sworn in as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission December 17, 1997.
Mr. Thompson previously held the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Treasury where he was responsible for overseeing domestic spending and credit policies, including the operations of the Federal Financing Bank and the Office of Government Financing. Mr. Thompson was also responsible for creating the Office of Privatization, which among its activities provides guidance on the privatization of federal assets and operations, and for developing the financial assistance plan for the District of Columbia. Mr. Thompson was initially appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in August 1993, and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from April 1996 until his appointment to the Commission.
Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Mr. Thompson served as Acting Executive Director and General Counsel to the New York State Finance Agency and its four sister corporations. Mr. Thompson also was an attorney with the New York firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.
Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He also holds an M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After graduating law school, Mr. Thompson served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler in Miami, Florida. He has been on the faculties of the Woodrow Wilson School and Fordham Law School, and has been an Irvine Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School.
Mr. Thompson currently serves as Chairman of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Consumer Policy Committee where he also leads the United States delegation. Mr. Thompson was past president of the International Marketing Supervision Network (IMSN), an association of international consumer protection enforcement agencies.
Mr. Thompson has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Association of Black Princeton Alumni and the Executive Board of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a mentoring organization assisting African-American and Latino law students. He is presently Vice President of the Columbia College Alumni Association, and is a member of the bar in New York State and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Thompson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the son of Charles and Eiko Suzaki Thompson of West Babylon, New York.