Timothy D. Sands will kick off the SERCEC conference on Wednesday evening. He is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to starting his term in 2014, he was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University.
President Sands earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master's degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of materials engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Prior to becoming provost, he served as the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue's Discovery Park. From 1993 to 2002, Dr. Sands was a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and before that, he performed research and directed research groups at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career, Dr. Sands has participated in and led research teams and academic programs that have been characterized by open collaboration across a wide array of disciplines.
Dr. Sands has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 20 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. His recent research efforts have been directed toward the design and development of novel nanocomposite materials for environmentally friendly and cost-effective solid-state lighting, direct conversion of heat to electrical power and thermoelectric refrigeration. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He was recently appointed to Governor McAuliffe's Council on Youth Entrepreneurship.
As Virginia Tech's president he launched InclusiveVT, a new inclusion and diversity initiative, and Beyond Boundaries, a 30-year visioning exercise to create a 21st century global land-grant university. The university continues to be known for its leading research and academic programs, which operate in the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim (That I may serve).
Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D. is director of Virginia Tech's Commonwealth Campus Centers in Richmond, Newport News and Virginia Beach, where she is responsible for engaging these communities with the university's graduate, professional development and lifelong learning programs. In addition to managing a portfolio of continuing education programming, Melissa creates, customizes and facilitates a series of human development coursework for organizations in the private and public sector. Her expertise is in coaching, sales, leadership, management and emotional intelligence development. In 2008, she started her own coaching practice, Human Harmonics which specializes in the development of emerging senior leaders.
Before joining Virginia Tech, Melissa held leadership positions at the Institute for Professional Development, This End Up Furniture Co., Circuit City Stores Inc. and was an instructor of marketing at Radford University. Lubin earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech. Her area of research interest is how to engage the principles and processes of adult learning for best practices in business and life coaching. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University and a B.A. from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Melissa is an MBTI Master Practitioner® and is a certified facilitator and interpreter of the EQi®, an emotional intelligence assessment. She is an associate certified coach (A.C.C.) and currently serves as president for the International Coach Federation, Virginia Chapter. Melissa is a graduate of LEAD Virginia (Class of 2015) and Leadership Metro Richmond (Class of 2013), two leadership organizations that serves to connect thought leaders in the Commonwealth. Lubin also serves on the executive board of The Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education and the advisory board of Virginia Tech's Issues and Answers magazine. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Neil and son DC.
Eric Woodard is the Director of Fellowships and Internships at the Smithsonian where he leads the effort to strengthen, diversify, and develop academic appointment programs across the Institution.
Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Eric served as Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a Federal Advisory Committee charged with providing expert advice to the U.S. Government in the areas of natural science, social science, information, education, and culture. While there Eric strengthened U.S. multilateral ties by encouraging U.S. engagement in a number of UNESCO programs such as World Heritage, Memory of the World, University Chairs, Associated Schools, Creative Cities, and the global network of UNESCO clubs. He spearheaded a first of its kind inter-Commission virtual internship program and promoted U.S. nominations for a variety of international prizes and fellowships.
First coming to Washington, D.C., as an intern, Eric held a variety of jobs in the city. During the Clinton Administration, he was Office Manager to the First Lady at the White House and later served as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's Special Assistant and Scheduler during her tenure in the U.S. Senate. At both the White House and in the Senate, Eric designed and managed a variety of programs for both interns and fellows. He has produced a popular blog and internet radio show about internships and is the author of several books about internships including "The Ultimate Guide to Internships: 100 Steps to Get a Great Internship and Thrive in It."
Eric grew up in Thailand and attended the International School of Bangkok. He holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He is currently a predoctoral candidate in Human and Organizational Learning also at The George Washington University doing research on the nature of internship experiences that develop soft skills.