Dr. John C. Mather
Dr. Mather served as Science Director of the Academy from 2015 to 2018.
Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Mather studied cosmic microwave background radiation and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California.
As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Dr. Mather led a team to propose the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite mission to study cosmic microwave background radiation. This work, for which he won a Nobel Prize, helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.”
Dr. Mather has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October 2012, he was listed again by Time magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 most influential people in space.
Mr. Richard Rossi is the Founder of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.
Mr. Rossi is a co-founder of two of the world’s largest and most prestigious enrichment programs for high-achieving students.
In the 26 years of Mr. Rossi’s guidance, more than 640,000 primary, middle- school, secondary school, and college students from more than 118 countries have attended academic programs focusing on leadership and career development. These programs were designed to honor, inspire and motivate the nation’s most promising future leaders.
In 2009, Mr. Rossi co-created one of the largest gatherings of high achieving youth in Washington history: 15,300 high-achieving young men and women who came together to experience the historic nature of President Obama’s first inauguration.
Participants included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, General Colin Powell, and former Vice President Al Gore.
Mr. Rossi also serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Care, a prominent private health advisory company in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Rossi now devotes his time to academic programs for high-achieving high school students on a full-time basis.
Ms. McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.
Ms. McLagan is an award winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal […] leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”
She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).
She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.
She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.
She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an Honorary Professor of Human Resource Management, and has served on many professional journal advisory boards.
She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”
Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.
Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.