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Jeffry Madura received his B.A. in Chemistry from Thiel College and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University. He joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University in 1998 and also holds a Research Associate position in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pittsburgh. He currently sits on the DOE INCITE Allocations Panel and is a member of the NSF Supercomputer Allocation Board. He has served on a number of program committees at NSF and NIH as well as for the ACS. He has also published several books and contributed many chapters.
Ron Larsen received his B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue, his M.S. in Applied Physics from The Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. His early career was spent at NASA working in several capacities and receiving several awards in recognition of his work. Among his achievements was the launching of NASA’s computer science research program in the early 1980s. He then worked at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he assumed several administrative and leadership roles, before joining the University of Pittsburgh as Dean of the School of Information Science in 2002.
Paul W. Leu received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He then received both his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at U.C. Berkeley as a member of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and with a joint appointment in the Materials Division Center of Lawrence Berkeley. He finally joined the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Over the course of his career, he won several scholarships and awards, including the NSF CAREER award recently in 2016.
Lillian Chong received her B.S. in Chemistry from MIT and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco. She is now an associate professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a secondary appointment in Computational & Systems Biology. She is also involved in two joint CMU-Pitt programs, one in Computational Biology and the other in Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology. She has won several awards, among which the NSF-CAREER award in 2009 and the very select Chinese American Chemical Society Scholar award during her undergraduate studies.