External Advisory Board

Don Baer, PhD

Don Baer, PhD

Laboratory Fellow, Lead Scientist, and Chemist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Don Baer is a Laboratory Fellow and a lead scientist in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Most of his research has explored the impact of surfaces and interfaces on material properties including understanding the behaviors of nanoparticles in aqueous and biological media, the surface chemistry and dissolution of oxides and minerals, and the role of interfacial chemistry on battery materials and stress corrosion cracking in metals. He has specialized in adapting surface sensitive tools to address complex problems and to provide quantitative information. Don received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University.

Todd Chace

Todd Chace

Research & Development Manager, Janicki Industries, Inc., Hamilton, WA

Todd Chase received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Todd has worked for Janicki Industries since 2012 -- a privately owned company that specializes in advanced composites and metals manufacturing of parts, prototypes, and tools. In Todd's role as a Research and Development Manager, he directs a team of engineers and technicians to push the boundaries of materials and manufacturing processes to build bigger and more challenging parts.

Jean-Luc Cornet, PhD

Jean-Luc Cornet

President and Partner, Conveyor Dynamics, Inc., Bellingham, WA

Jean-Luc Cornet is the president of Conveyor Dynamics, Inc. (CDI) -- a leader in the mining and minerals processing industry, and construction and manufacturing organizations through advanced belt conveyor and transfer chute systems, and ore comminution engineering. Jean-Luc received his PhD in Engineering Science at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He has completed research and development in the areas that include brake and drive control algorithms, belt stress and side travel modeling, triaxial stress and fatigue analysis.



Larry Dalton, PhD

Larry Dalton

Emeritus Professor and B. Seymour Rabinovitch Endowed Chair, Chemistry, George B. Kauffman Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Larry Dalton is a renowned expert in a number of topics related to photonics including organic non-linear optical materials and devices, plasmonics, and photovoltaics. He serves as Director of the National Science Foundation Science (NSF) and Technology Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research, the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Center on Polymeric Smart Skin Materials, the DARPA MORPH (Supermolecular Photonics) Program, the DARPA CS-WDM Program, and the NSF NIRT Program on Optoelectronic Materials. Larry is a Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Technology Entrepreneurship and a Research Fellow at University of Washington School of Business. He was also one of the principals in founding the Nanotechnology Center and the Nanotechnology PhD Program at UW. Larry received his PhD in Physical, Organic, and Materials Chemistry from Harvard University.

Eric Davishahl

Eric Davishahl

Assistant Professor, Engineering Program Coordinator, Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA

Eric Davishahl received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is currently a tenured Assistant Professor of Engineering and the Engineering Program Coordinator at Whatcom Community College (WCC). Eric participates in many aspects of STEM education at WCC. He actively works with WWU’s science programs to create a strong relationship that enhances the educational bridge from an AS degree to a BS degree at WWU. Eric has received numerous grants including a NSF grant in STEM education. Prior to his nearly 10-year career teaching in higher education, Eric worked in the field of fuel cell systems engineering.

David Lyon, PhD

David Lyon

Senior Fellow, Research, Lonza - Pharma & Biotech Bend, OR

David Lyon received his BS in Chemistry from Western Washington University and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Oregon. Following a Post-Doctoral stint at the California Institute of Technology, David joined Bend Research (now a part of Lonza) as a Research Chemist. David has been involved in numerous technology innovation efforts during his career including the development of amorphous dispersions, modified release formulations, engineered particles for inhalation, nanotechnology and formulation and processing of biotherapeutics.

John McCloy, PhD

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Interim Director of the Institute of Materials Research, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

John McCloy is the Lindholm, Herman & Brita Endowed Chair in Materials Engineering and the Interim Director of the Institute of Materials Research at Washington State University. As a professor and researcher, John's areas of interest include nuclear materials, functional materials (optical, magnetic, electronic), material degradation (ceramics, glasses, metals), and advanced materials characterization methods. He has been published in numerous journals including Journal of Nuclear Materials, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, and Journal of Applied Physics.

Ashley Tracey, PhD

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Systems Engineer, Boeing, Seattle, WA

Ashley Tracey, PhD, is an engineer at The Boeing Company who works on the Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development team for Boeing Commercial Airplanes with a focus on composites, materials characterization, and surface preparation and adhesion. She is also actively involved with the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), volunteering for various roles both locally and nationally. In 2018, she was selected as the SAMPE Young Professional of the Year. Ashley completed her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Heidi Ypma, EdD

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Dean, General Education and Academic Support, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA

Heidi Ypma completed her doctorate in Education at Northeastern University. She is currently the Dean of General Education and Academic Support at Bellingham Technical College (BTC). Dr. Ypma served six years as the chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) division at Whatcom Community College (WCC) where she was a full-time Mathematics professor. During her time working in higher education, Dr. Ypma has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI for a number of grants including NSF grants in STEM education and cybersecurity. For BTC and WCC, she has also actively participated in a number of committees and boards at the local and state level.