Distinguished Guests of the
1997 California State Science Fair
Osheroff is the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics at
Stanford University. Along
with his colleagues Robert Richardson and David Lee at Cornell University
he was awarded the
1996 Nobel Prize in Physics for the
discovery of the superfluid phases of 3He.
Osheroff remains a leader in the field of
ultralow temperature physics.
Other awards he has received include
the Institute of Physics Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize (1976),
the American Physical Society's
E. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize (1981), and was named a
(1981). He is a member of the
National Academy of Sciences.
At Stanford he was chair of the
Department (1993-6) and also received a
J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991).
Prof. Osheroff delivered the Keynote Address at
the Opening Ceremony on Monday night.
Gayle Wilson is
California's First Lady. She and her husband,
Wilson, are Honorary Co-Chairs of the 1997 California State Science
Fair. Raised in Arizona, as a student she participated in science
fairs where, as a senior in high school, she was selected as one of
only 40 Finalists in the country for the
Science Talent Search. As a college student at
Stanford University she received
a degree in Biology and earned her Phi Beta Kappa key. As a public
citizen, she has promoted the cause of excellence in science and
scientific literacy. She was a founding member of the San Diego
chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and served as
Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Excellence in
Education in 1993 and 1994. She has been an Honorary Co-Chair of the
California State Science Fair for six years, coming each year to the
Fair to deliver her inspirational message.
Gayle Wilson spoke at the Tuesday morning Orientation Session
prior to the Judging of Projects. Subsequently, she
toured the projects to speak with
Wanda Austin is General Manager of the
Electronic Systems Division, Engineering and Technology Group, at
The Aerospace Corporation. She is
the youngest person ever promoted to this level of management at
Aerospace - just two levels from president and chief executive
officer - and is the first and only woman ever promoted to the general
manager level in a technical organization at Aerospace. Dr. Austin is
recognized for her work in satellite and payload system engineering and
Before joining Aerospace in 1979, Dr. Austin was a member of the technical
staff at Rockwell International.
In addition, Dr. Austin has been an instructor at the
University of Southern California,
the University of Pittsburgh and
Carlow College. She has published
and presented a number of papers on intelligent simulation environments
and qualitative modeling.
Dr. Austin earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from
Franklin and Marshall College. She
earned a master's degree in mathematics as well as a master's degree in
systems engineering from the University
of Pittsburgh. She holds a doctorate in systems engineering from
the University of Southern California.
She is a 1996 graduate of the Leadership Development Program of the
Center for Creative Leadership.
Dr. Austin is an active member of the
Society for Women Engineers (SWE) and
the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
She is an associate fellow of the
American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) and is a member of the
Astronautics Federation (IAF) and its Space System Committee.
Dr. Austin was the Mistress of Ceremonies
at the Awards Ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
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