Society for Science adds four new members to National Leadership Council

WASHINGTON, DC – Society for Science is thrilled to announce Christopher Bouton, Felipe Gómez del Campo, Catherine Havasi and Kate Lowry have joined the Society’s National Leadership Council. The National Leadership Council, formed in 2018, is made up of alumni from the Society’s three science competitions: the Broadcom MASTERS, the Regeneron Science Talent Search and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

“I am thrilled to welcome four new members to the Society’s National Leadership Council,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. “As the Society celebrates its Centennial this year, these esteemed scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs will provide insightful guidance to help the Society further its mission and continue developing relationships with our alumni in the next 100 years.”

Christopher Bouton (STS 1992) is the CEO of Vyasa Analytics, applying novel deep learning approaches for enterprise clients. Previously, Bouton was the CEO of Entagen, a software company founded in 2008 that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Prior to his role as the CEO of Entagen, Bouton was the Head of Integrative Data Mining at Pfizer where he led a team of data scientists and software engineers, designing and developing novel data analytics approaches. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles. He received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Amherst College and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University.

Felipe Gómez del Campo (ISEF 2012) is the founder and CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions Inc, a venture-backed, Boston-based company, which uses plasma to fundamentally improve combustion across a wide variety of systems leading to improvements in emissions, fuel consumption and operability. Gomez del Campo originally started this research as a high school science fair project and now, more than six years later he has several patents on the technology and has raised more than $5 million in funding from the Department of Energy, NASA and others. Gomez del Campo was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Energy category and in that same year was honored at The White House by President Barack Obama as an emerging global entrepreneur. Gomez del Campo currently holds a Visiting Scientist appointment at MIT. He has a bachelor’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a Masters in aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Catherine Havasi (ISEF 1998-1999; STS 1999) is Co-founder of the analytics company Luminoso, which she ran for eight years, and is now working on her new startup, Dalang. Havasi remains a board advisor at Luminoso. As a scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence (AI), Havasi co-authored seven peer-reviewed journal articles on AI and language and many peer-reviewed major conference presentations. Havasi previously held a research post at MIT Media Lab, where she started the project that created the AI resource ConceptNet. She was named among Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2014, and Fast Company included her in its “100 Most Creative People in Business 2015″ listing. Havasi received her S.B. and M.Eng from MIT and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brandeis University.

Kate Lowry (STS 2006) is the science director at the Science Philanthropy Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to increase private funding for basic scientific research. She joined the Alliance in 2018 as an ocean and climate science fellow. Trained as an oceanographer and earth system scientist, Lowry completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and conducted her postdoctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she remains appointed as a guest investigator. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Lowry received her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University. She has been recognized with a NASA Group Achievement Award, a Scholarly/Academic Achievement Award in Earth System Science from Stanford University, and service medals from the National Science Foundation and the United States Coast Guard.

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