Distinguished Guests of the
1997 California State Science Fair

Douglas Osheroff

Douglas 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 Oliver E. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize (1981), and was named a MacArthur Fellow (1981). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. At Stanford he was chair of the Physics Department (1993-6) and also received a Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991).

Prof. Osheroff delivered the Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony on Monday night.

Gayle Wilson

Gayle Wilson is California's First Lady. She and her husband, Governor Pete 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 Westinghouse 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 participants.

Wanda Austin

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 system simulation.

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 International Astronautics Federation (IAF) and its Space System Committee.

Dr. Austin was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Awards Ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

California State Science Fair / 1997 / Distinguished Guests / CalifSF@usc.edu