Leadership


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Dr. James Ryder

Dr. James Ryder served for 38 years in a broad range of management and technical positions at the Lockheed Martin Corporation. During his career he held positions of Vice President, Director, Manager, Program Manager, Principal Investigator, and scientist/engineer in a range of aeronautics and space applications from aircraft (e.g. L1011, F22, Skunk Works), to rockets and missiles (e.g. space shuttle main engines, FBM, THAAD), to spacecraft (classified and unclassified defense systems and for NASA).

Ryder holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics, an MS in engineering mechanics, and a BS in theoretical and applied mechanics, all from the University of Illinois. His technical contributions and publications (>30 in open literature; numerous classified) have been in several areas: structural durability and damage-tolerance analysis; optical materials; development and analysis of materials; and sensor instrumentation. He has been an adjunct professor, has taught graduate courses and short courses, has served on numerous advisory panels, review boards, committees, and conference committees, and has served on organizations furthering the teaching of science and technology.

From May 2005 until his retirement in February 2011, Ryder served as Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Palo Alto, CA. As Vice President, he led the Advanced Technology Center for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The ATC is an R&D organization devoted to providing technology discriminators to LMSSC and LMC lines of business impacting the success of programs totaling more than $9B annually. His responsibilities encompassed representing LMSSC and LMC to a wide range of customers and overseeing research and development for the Space Systems Company, including remote sensing and space science, telecommunications and space based navigation, defensive systems and strategic-systems. The ATC research and development portfolio covers a diverse set of technologies including phenomenology and sensors, optics and electro-optics, telecommunications and photonics, guidance and navigation, modeling and simulation, materials and structures, thermal sciences, nanotechnology and space sciences.

Dr. Ryder serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Science Foundation.


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Susan Schirott

Susan Schirott is an experienced administrator having served for almost twenty years as CEO and Executive Director of North Woods Community Health Center as well as President and later Vice President of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, Madison, which represented the state’s community health centers. She retired due to illness and has since pursued volunteer work with scientific organizations including
The Thunderbolts Project and The International Science Foundation.

Ms. Schirott holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Kennedy-Western University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in family violence and law from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Schirott serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the International Science Foundation.