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Dr. Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark J. Lewis is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Purdue Applied Research Institute LLC (PARI), the non-profit research arm of Purdue University, created to apply advanced technologies to tackle critical challenges in national security, infrastructure, and economic prosperity.

Prior to this position, Dr. Lewis was the Executive Director of the Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), a non-partisan think tank sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association. Dr. Lewis joined NDIA following his service as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering in the Department of Defense, overseeing technology modernization for all Services and DOD Agencies, as well as the acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In that role he was the Pentagon’s senior-most scientist, managing a $17B budget that included DARPA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Innovation Unit, the Space Development Agency, as well as the Federally-funded Research and Development Centers, and the department’s basic and applied research portfolio.

From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Lewis was the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center that supported the Executive Office of the President and other Executive Branch agencies in the formulation of national science and technology policy. Dr. Lewis is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he served as the Willis Young, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering until 2012. A faculty member at Maryland for 25 years, Dr Lewis taught and conducted basic and applied research in the fields of hypersonic aerodynamics, advanced propulsion, space vehicle design and optimization. Best known for his work in hypersonics, Dr. Lewis’s research has spanned the aerospace flight spectrum from the analysis of conventional jet engines to entry into planetary atmospheres. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Lewis was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, the principal scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force. As the longest-serving Chief Scientist in Air Force history, his primary areas of focus included hypersonics, space launch, energy, sustainment, advanced propulsion, basic research, and workforce development. From 2010 to 2011 he was President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr Lewis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science in aeronautics and astronautics, Bachelor of Science in earth and planetary science (1984), Master of Science (1985) and Doctor of Science (1988) in aeronautics and astronautics. He is the author of more than 320 publications, and has been adviser to more than 60 graduate students. In addition, he has served on various boards for NASA and the DOD, including two terms on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

A recipient of the USAF’s Exemplary, Meritorious, and Exceptional Civilian Service Awards, and the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award, Dr. Lewis was also the 1994 AIAA National Capital Young Scientist/Engineer of the Year, received the IECEC/AIAA Lifetime Achievement Award, the AIAA Dryden Lectureship, the AFA Theodore von Karman Award, and is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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Howard Roth

Howard Roth, a CPA, is qualified to serve as a Financial Expert under SEC and NYSE/NASDAQ listing rules.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP). He also serves as a Board Advisor to Wealthspring Capital, a non-public SPAC investment manager, The BlackChamber Group (data centers) and Hodes Weill & Associates.

Mr. Roth is a retired Ernst & Young (EY) partner who led the firm’s Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction (RHC) practice from January 2008 – June 2017. He was a member of EY’s Global Practice Group, the 125 senior leaders of the firm’s global partnership.

Under his leadership, RHC grew to over $2.0B of revenue, 15,000 people, and achieved #1 industry brand recognition. During this period, Roth travelled extensively, meeting major institutional clients, investors and industry leaders worldwide.

His role included developing and implementing services, solutions and technical content in the changing assurance (GAAP, IFRS), tax, and regulatory environment. He also led RHC’s digital solutions efforts including cybersecurity, data analytics, smart buildings and workplace of the future.

Earlier, Roth led EY’s NY Real Estate Industry and tax practices. He was a tax partner at Kenneth Leventhal & Co prior to its merger with EY in June, 1995.

During his career, Roth served many of EY’s most significant global real estate, private equity and corporate clients in senior advisory, coordinating partner and tax partner capacities. His experience includes transactional analysis, entity structuring, regulatory and tax compliance and judicial and non-judicial reorganizations.

Roth graduated from Hofstra University with a B.B.A. in accounting, is a lifetime trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and a member of NAREIT and NACD.

Roth completed EY sponsored Executive Management programs at the Harvard Business School and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He has been a speaker at key industry events and a columnist and commentator for major industry publications, newspapers and media.

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