Speakers

Keynote Speaker for ETS 2019: Professor Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy

Professor Paul Arthur Berkman is building connections between science, diplomacy and information technologies to promote cooperation and prevent conflict, balancing national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth across generations. He became a Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles at the age of 23, after wintering the previous year in Antarctica on a SCUBA research expedition with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, leading him to all seven continents before the age of thirty. During the intervening years, Paul received his masters and doctorate as a National Science Foundation graduate fellow at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. A decade later, he wrote the textbook on Science Into Policy. As a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, he chaired the Antarctic Treaty Summit at the Smithsonian Institution in 2009, resulting in the first book on Science Diplomacy. Applying lessons of science diplomacy the following year, as Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the University of Cambridge,he co-directed the first formal NATO-Russia dialogue regarding Environmental Security in the ArcticOcean. He also co-convened the 1st and 2nd International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries in 2016 and 2017. He currently coordinates the Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options projects (involving national science agencies in the United States, Russian Federation, Norway, France, China and Canada from 2013-2020). Prof. Berkman joined the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2015 as Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy and is Founding Director of the Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University. For his international, interdisciplinary and inclusive (holistic) contributions to informed decision-making at global-local levels, Prof. Berkman has received awards around the world, most recently the Vernadsky Medal from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Paul is happily married with two daughters.

Morning Speaker for ETS 2019: Dr. Jocelyn Scheirer, early co-founder of Affectiva

Jocelyn Scheirer is an entrepreneur, scientist, and artist who has been working in wearable biometrics since the late 1990s. Scheirer invented and, along with MIT, patented a very early textile biosensor which eventually led to several wearable products currently on the market. She founded her first wearables company, Empathyx, Inc. in 2006, and helped co-found the emotion analytics company Affectiva in 2009, serving as their director of operations until 2010. She has held research and faculty posts at Harvard and Brandeis Universities. In recent years, she has also consulted for industry, government and academia on numerous projects involving sensors, physiology, and VR/AR. Clients include NASA, Brandeis University, NYU, and industry. She has served on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York and is a frequent speaker on topics relevant to technology, entrepreneurship, and biosensors.

Afternoon Speaker for ETS 2019: Dr. Nakisa Alborz, Department Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering Department

Dr. Niki Alborz, LEED AP BD+C–is a LEED accredited professional with a specialty in building design and construction. Her professional work experience entails fifteen years of engineering design and construction consultancy and engineering higher education. Dr. Alborz’s area of research is built environment sustainability with the focus on post occupancy evaluation. Dr. Alborz is currently Department Chair of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA running 3 programs Electromechanical Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering and Biological Engineering programs. She also owns ARTZ LLC offering a variety of services including project management services.