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ORAU Board Welcomes Six New Directors

ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions announced the election of six new members to the Board of Directors at the group’s 69th annual meeting held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

March 18, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions announced the election of six new members to the Board of Directors at the group’s 69th annual meeting held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

  • Anthony (Tony) P. DeCrappeo, Council of Governmental Relations
  • Dr. Deborah J. Goodings, George Mason University
  • Dennis J. Hejlik, National Defense University
  • Dr. Patrick G. O’Shea, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Thomas N. Parks, University of Utah
  • Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Smith, Deputy Director of Operations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“These new directors bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the ORAU Board of Directors,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Their experience will be a strong complement to this multi-disciplinary team as we continue to work together to meet our strategic objectives over the coming years.”

Anthony (Tony) P. DeCrappeo

DeCrappeoDeCrappeo is currently President of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), having assumed that position on September 1, 2005. Prior to being appointed President, he was Vice President for Business Operations and Director, Cost Studies and Policy at COGR, providing staff support to the COGR Board and Committees with particular attention to research costing, financial and audit issues. In addition DeCrappeo worked with special COGR Working Groups on the impacts on research from new policies and regulations on Export Controls, Biosecurity, and Select Agents. When first engaged with COGR in 1995, he staffed the Research Compliance and Administration Committee, dealing with pre-and post-award policies and regulatory issues including Animal Welfare, Human Subjects in Research, and Conflicts of Interest.

Prior to working for COGR, DeCrappeo was Director of the Office of Grants and Contracts at New Mexico State University, from 1992-1995. From 1981 to 1992, he worked for the Pennsylvania State University, first as Senior Auditor in the Internal Audit Department, then as Associate Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs, before leaving for New Mexico State.

In addition to his university career, DeCrappeo was in the federal service. From 1974 to 1980 he worked for the General Accounting Office in Washington DC, where he spent most of his time on Congressionally-directed reviews of the regulatory effectiveness of various federal agencies with respect to the oil and natural gas industries during the energy crisis in the mid-1970’s. For two of those years DeCrappeo was on detail to the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to provide technical support for the Subcommittee’s investigation of price fixing by the major oil companies.

“I’m honored to continue my role on the ORAU Board of Directors and to support ORAU’s mission to further our country’s priorities and integrate academic, government, and scientific resources to strengthen our global competitiveness and economic security,” said DeCrappeo.

Deborah J. Goodings, Ph.D.

Goodings Dr. Goodings currently serves as the Dewberry Professor of Civil Engineering and Department Chairman at George Mason University. Her prior appointment was as Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland. In addition to her teaching and research accomplishments, Dr. Goodings launched and co-directed, with the School of Public Policy, the Master of Engineering and Public Policy program; and initiated and led the UMD student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.

Her career accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the Department of the Army (Outstanding Civilian Service Medal); the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (Fred Burggraf Award; and Emerita Member status); the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research (Distinguished Service Award); Professional Engineers Ontario (the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence); and the University of Maryland (awards for teaching, and for faculty leadership of Engineers Without Borders-USA including creation of a faculty chair in her honor). She has served on a range of visiting and review committees, including (in the U.S.) for the University of Delaware, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition she is a member of the National Research Council Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering.

Dr. Goodings is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of Geo-Professionals; and a registered professional engineer in Canada.

“I am impressed by ORAU's commitment to facilitating collaboration between academic institutions, bringing the energy of researchers from national labs into the mix,” said Goodings. “This model allows us to address effectively the engineering and science needs of today with defined outcomes, and to lay the groundwork for applications tomorrow that we do not yet comprehend.”

Dennis J. Hejlik

HejlikHejlik currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University in support of the Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone programs. He is a Highly Qualified Expert—Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff J7 in support of Combatant Command and Joint Task Force Operations and Exercises. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

With more than 42 years of active service, Hejlik has had commands at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and corps levels and is an honor graduate of The Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, The Command and Staff College, and The Naval War College. He has served as the Principal Director for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, Director of the Center for Command Support, and first commander of the Marine Special Operations Commands.

Hejlik’s personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Services Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Marine Corp Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Leftwich Award.

"ORAU and its member institutions are at the forefront of solving our nation’s technical challenges,” said Hejlik. “I am honored and humbled on being selected to serve on the board and to have the opportunity to contribute to an already superb team.”

Patrick G. O’Shea, Ph.D.

O'Shea Dr. O'Shea is Vice President and Chief Research Officer of the University of Maryland. He is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the University's innovative research program. O’Shea provides oversight and support to Office of Research Administration and Office of Technology Commercialization; develops and implements University research policies and regulations; and leads, facilitates and supports existing and new research initiatives across the campus.

Previously, Dr. O'Shea has served as Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Executive Director of the Center for Applied Electromagnetics, Co-Director of the Maryland Cyber Security Center; Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, all at the University of Maryland. He played a leading role in the founding of the Maryland NanoCenter, the Maryland Center for Applied Electromagnetics, and the Maryland Cyber Security Center. Dr. O’Shea was also a project leader at the University of California Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as faculty member at Duke University working on the Medical Free-Electron Laser Program.

Dr. O’Shea is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. He serves on several boards, including: National Institute for Aerospace, Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, Fort Meade Alliance, Southern Maryland Higher Education Council, and Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites.

"ORAU embodies the innovative and collaborative spirit that keeps American science and technology competitive,” said O’Shea. “I am honored to serve on the board, and to continue the ORAU mission."

Thomas N. Parks, Ph.D.

Parks Dr. Parks is Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Vice President for Research, and President of the Research Foundation at the University of Utah. After training in neuroscience at the University of California, Yale University, and the University of Virginia, he joined the Utah faculty in 1978.

Dr. Parks’ research on neurobiology of the developing auditory system was continuously funded by the NIH for 26 years, he taught neuroscience to medical and graduate students for 30 years, and was chair of his department for 15 years. Dr. Parks was a co-founder of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a board member from 1986-2006.

Dr. Parks has served as a board member or scientific advisor for several private technology companies and as a trustee or director for several non-profit organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Q Therapeutics Inc.; Director of Navigen Inc.; trustee of Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center; trustee of the Skaggs Foundation for Medical Research; member of the Academic Executive International Advisory Board; and fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

“Even for the largest research universities, it is a challenge to put together teams of investigators with the expertise to compete successfully for the large interdisciplinary projects that are at the forefront of many research fields,” said Parks. “In addition to the many other valuable services that it provides to researchers and funding agencies, ORAU creates opportunities for its members to create research consortia with national labs and universities to win research business. I’m excited to be part of the board of this successful organization.”

Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Smith

Smith Smith currently serves as the Deputy Director of Operations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is responsible for the coordination of overall operations and support functions at the national laboratory, and support the laboratory director in the planning, integration, and execution of laboratory-level initiatives. While at ORNL, Smith has led a $400 million modernization effort that has led to more new construction at the laboratory at any time since the Manhattan Project.

Smith serves as the president of UT-Battelle Development Company, a special-purpose entity established for the purpose of developing privately constructed facilities to be used to meet the need of the federal government. Under Smith’s leadership, UT-Battelle has used partnerships with the State of Tennessee, private-sector financing, and innovative approaches to using federal resources to transform the national laboratory.

Prior to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Smith served as the Deputy for Operations at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, acting as principal advisor to the laboratory director on operational matters. Smith also previously served as the Quality Director at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, leading the development of several management approaches that continue to serve Battelle and the laboratories that it manages today.

Smith served on the White House Transition Planning Office responsible for creating the Department of Homeland Security and on several Battelle acquisition efforts to manage several national laboratories across the nation. He has also served on numerous Department of Energy sponsored working groups to address operational challenges facing the Department and its laboratories.

“ORAU has been a strategic partner for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for some time,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to my new role in hopes that I can only strengthen that partnership.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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