Michael Willis is founder of the award-winning architecture, urban design and interiors firm MWA Architects. Since its founding in 1988, MWA has built a national reputation for creating thoughtful and comprehensive design solutions for municipal clients throughout California and the West. As a principal architect for the firm, Willis is known for his integration of community participation and fine urban design in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects.
MWA’s impressive project list includes infrastructure projects such as the New International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Award-winning projects such as the Cecil Williams Glide Community House and the Glide Economic Development Corporation Housing Tower, both in San Francisco, demonstrate Willis’s belief that good design does not have to be expensive. MWA received a Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow Award from the city of Portland, Oregon, for Humboldt Gardens, a sustainable, mixed-use development with a relatively restricted budget.
MWA also has developed expertise in master planning and architectural design for water districts. The firm has received multiple awards for its design of water and wastewater treatment facilities throughout the West Coast. In March 2006, Willis presented “Envisioning the Future of Urban Water” at the WateReuse California Conference in San Francisco, and in November 2007, he was a featured speaker at San Francisco’s Green Festival, the largest sustainability event in the world.
Willis has been recognized by Washington University as a distinguished alumnus of both the School of Architecture and the Brown School. The Black Alumni Council presented him with a National Black Achievement Award in 1996, and he gave the commencement address for the Brown School in 2007.
An active and influential member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Willis was a founder of the National AIA Board Knowledge Committee and was elevated to institute fellow status in 1996. He was a member of the AIA task force for the post-Katrina Louisiana Governor’s Rebuilding and Recovery Conference and currently serves as a juror for “Designing Recovery,” an ideas competition for rebuilding sustainable and resilient postdisaster communities.
Willis earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in1973 and master’s degrees in both architecture and social work in 1976. Willis and his wife, Iris, live in Oakland, California.
Lisa Bulawsky is an associate professor of art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. .
Particularly applauded for her works in mixed media monotype, Bulawsky was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist fellowship in 1996. Her work is featured in Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes
. Her prints are in the collection of the Royal Academy of Fine Art (Belgium), the House of Humour and Satire (Bulgaria), and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), among others. Recent exhibitions include the Corcoran Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), the International Print Center New York, Opole Contemporary Art Gallery (Poland), and the Dalarnas Museum (Sweden). .
Under the pseudonyms of Vertigo Press and Blindspot Galleries, Bulawsky also engages the populist tradition in printmaking by creating temporary public works. In 2003, she received a grant to produce a community art event, Operation Pandemic Joy, for the Washington University Sesquicentennial celebration. Her work in the public sphere is recognized in the 2009 book Printmaking at the Edge
, about international, contemporary trends in printmaking. .
Bulawsky serves as area coordinator for printmaking at Washington University and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is widely recognized for her work in print media, which spans a range of activities including installation, works on paper and temporary public art. She also has developed an innovative pedagogy and curriculum in the College of Art, stemming from her research interests and investment in the philosophical and political qualities inherent to printmaking. In recognition of her talents in the classroom, she received an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and a Sam Fox School Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. .
In 2011, Bulawsky became director of Island Press, a research-based printmaking workshop at Washington University that is committed to creating and publishing innovative prints and artist projects. As director, she has facilitated successful projects with important visiting artists including Trenton Doyle Hancock and Nina Katchadourian, raising the local and national visibility of the press and providing significant educational and internship opportunities for students. .
Bulawsky served as chair of the 2011 Southern Graphics Council International Conference, Equilibrium, sponsored by the Sam Fox School. Under her leadership, the conference boasted an extensive program of exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and events produced in collaboration with local artists and educational leaders. The conference brought more than 1,200 printmakers from around the world to Washington University and St. Louis to explore contemporary print practices and concepts. .
Bulawsky earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s of fine art in printmaking with honors from the University of Kansas.
Panagiotis (Panos) Kouvelis
Panagiotis (Panos) Kouvelis is the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in the Olin Business School. He also serves as director of the Boeing Center on Technology, Information and Manufacturing—a supply chain, process and technology management research center at Washington University.
Since 2009, Kouvelis has served as the senior associate dean and director of executive programs at the Olin Business School. Under his management, the reputation of the business school’s executive MBA programs has increased substantially, earning a No. 2 rank worldwide from the Wall Street Journal
in 2010 and a No. 14 ranking from U.S. News & World Report
in 2014. In addition, Financial Times ranked the Olin School’s non-degree executive programs in the top 10 U.S. business school programs for the first time. The business school’s EMBA programs doubled their revenues through strategic expansion to underserved executive markets in Kansas City and Denver.
Ranked a top 10 operations management researcher in terms of research productivity, quality and citations, Kouvelis is one of the most highly cited production and operations management scholars, with over 5,500 citations. He has published four books and more than 100 journal articles and has served in top editorial positions for all of the major journals in his field.
Kouvelis’ most recent research focuses on supply chain risk management with an emphasis on the integration of operational and financial hedges, detailed in 2012’s Handbook of Integrated Risk Management in Global Supply Chains
. He also has produced pioneering work on supply chain finance to achieve a better understanding of the interaction between operational and financial decisions.
In 2012, Kouvelis was appointed as one of two academic leaders on the U.S. Commerce Department’s advisory committee on supply chain competitiveness. He recently agreed to serve as an expert on the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association’s multimodal logistics forum and is a past president of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society.
He currently teaches Washington University EMBA programs in St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver, and has taught all 12 cohorts of the joint Olin-Fudan EMBA program in Shanghai, China. He also serves as the faculty director of the supply chain management executive education certificate. Kouvelis has received numerous teaching awards, including the EMBA Reid Teaching Award in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Kouvelis has consulted with or taught executive programs for many companies, including Emerson, Monsanto, Belden, Eaton and Boeing, on topics that include supply chain management, operations strategy and inventory management.
Kouvelis earned his doctorate in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. He earned his master’s degrees in business administration and industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He also holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.
He and his wife, Helen, have been married for 20 years. They live in Clayton, Missouri, with their three children.
Widely recognized as a national expert in the study of judicial decision-making, Andrew D. Martin is the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science in the School of Law and a professor of political science in Arts & Sciences. He also serves as the vice dean of the School of Law and the founding director of Washington University’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL). He previously served as chair of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences.
Since joining Washington University in 2000, Martin’s innovating spirit and dedicated leadership have helped establish the university’s political methodology program as one of the best in the country. Political methodology is a subfield of political science that uses applied statistics and formal theory to study politics, and he has earned a name for himself as a trailblazer in the field. He has published articles in a number of prominent law reviews and leading social science and applied statistics journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Legal Studies. Martin’s research has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and he has been the principal investigator on eight grants from the National Science Foundation. Through all of his projects and initiatives, he is engaged in truly interdisciplinary work, bringing together the often divided interests of political scientists and legal scholars in relevant and innovative ways.
He is the principal investigator of two important studies: the Judicial Elections Data Initiative, a study of litigation processes in employment discrimination suits initiated by the EEOC, and a cross-national study that examines decision-making in constitutional courts around the globe. Martin and a small group of collaborators are responsible for enhancing and expanding the Supreme Court Database project—an online collection of the details of Supreme Court decisions, which provides an indispensable tool for statistical studies of the Supreme Court. He and his co-collaborator, Kevin M. Quinn (University of California, Berkeley), developed the Martin-Quinn scores that are widely used to measure the ideologies of Supreme Court justices on a common continuum from liberal to conservative.
Professor Martin has mentored nearly 20 doctoral students at Washington University. He received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 2011 and was elected Fellow of the Society of Political Methodology in 2012.
He also is involved in multiple professional organizations. He served as chair of the Law & Social Sciences section of the Association of American Law Schools from 2009 to 2010. He has hosted the website for the Society for Political Methodology for nearly a decade. He was the associate editor and then acting editor of Political Analysis from 2007 to 2009. He received the Harold Gosnell Prize for political methodology, and his work was selected for inclusion in Oxford’s Centenary Celebration Volume
Professor Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary cum laude with high honors in mathematics and government in 1994, and he received his doctorate in political science from Washington University in 1998. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Olive, in University City, Missouri, and Sandpoint, Idaho.
Tae Sung Park
Tae Sung Park, one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in 1989. He is the Shi H. Huang Professor of Neurosurgery, professor of pediatrics and of anatomy and neurobiology, and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine, as well as neurosurgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
After graduating from the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, in 1971, Park completed his neurosurgery residency at Yonsei and received first place in the board certification examination by the Korean Board of Neurological Surgery. He moved to the University of Virginia in 1976, and after six additional years of residencies and fellowships, Park scored in the 100th percentile in the written examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Park has made pioneering improvements to several neurosurgical procedures for children, most notably the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). In 1986, he started the SDR program to improve walking in children who suffer from spastic cerebral palsy. Today, he has performed SDR surgery on more than 2,600 children and young adults from 53 countries. His improved surgical technique and patients have been featured in Time
magazine and on CNN, NBC and the BBC.
Always interested in the long-term progress of his patients, Park has created a Facebook page for SDR to stay connected to his domestic and international dorsal rhizotomy patients. His Facebook page now has more than 3,500 members, and he has been instrumental in the creation of an international network of SDR Facebook pages in the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Sweden, Brazil, Poland and Korea.
Park received a seven-year Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to fund his laboratory research from 1999-2007. He was honored with the most prestigious award given to neurosurgeons, the H. Richard Winn, MD, Prize for Meritorious Research from the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 2008, and he received the Distinguished Faculty Clinician Award from Washington University School of Medicine in 2011. He serves on the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He was an editorial board member of Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics and Child’s Nervous System. He has written 42 chapters and 188 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has edited four books.
Park’s laboratory work initially focused on the role of adenosine in the regulation of cerebral blood flow in newborns. His laboratory was the first to demonstrate evidence that linked some chemical mediators to blood-brain barrier breakdown during post-asphyxic restoration of the flow of blood in the newborn.
He and his wife, Meeaeng, have two children. His nephew, Jun Bum Park, ’16, attends Olin Business School and the College of Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
Shelly E. Sakiyama-Elbert
Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert is professor of biomedical engineering and associate chair for graduate studies in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Her groundbreaking research, which has been generously funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on developing biomaterials for drug delivery and cell transplantation for the treatment of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injury. She takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to her research, combining an understanding of biology, chemistry and biomedical engineering to develop new bioactive materials that can enhance wound healing and tissue regeneration.
Sakiyama-Elbert served as a faculty fellow in the Office of the Provost from 2012 to 2013. She received the Award for Excellence in graduate mentoring from the Graduate Student Senate and dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 2011, and was honored by the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2008 with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in advising and mentoring. She is also a member of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders and the Center for Materials Innovation, both at Washington University.
The author of five book chapters and more than 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals, she holds eight U.S. patents and has submitted an additional two patent applications. Early in her career, she received awards from The Whitaker Foundation and the Walter H. Coulter Foundation for her research, and she was named in the annual 30 Under 30 Awards by the St. Louis Business Journal
Her professional service includes working as an associate editor for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, membership on the editorial board of Acta Biomaterialia and serving as a member of the Biomaterials/Biointerfaces study section for the National Institutes of Health from 2010 to 2013. She was elected chair of the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and she currently serves as co-president of the Association of Women Faculty at Washington University. She joined the College of Fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2011, was elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2013, and is a current member of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS) Americas Council. She previously served on the board of directors for the Biomedical Engineering Society from 2009 to 2012.
Sakiyama-Elbert earned bachelor degrees in both chemical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She went on to earn her master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
For 60 years, William Danforth has served Washington University, helping it to become one of the world’s great centers of learning and discovery.
Grandson of the founder of Ralston-Purina Company, Dr. Danforth grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He interned at Barnes Hospital and served as a Navy physician during the Korean War, became a professor of medicine and served as vice chancellor of medical affairs at Washington University School of Medicine.
In 1971 Dr. Danforth succeeded Thomas Eliot as chancellor of Washington University and served until 1995, after which he became chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was named chancellor emeritus in 1999 and continues to work with others to shape the future of the university. He chairs the board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and he has worked for a decade to help support commercializing life science research in St. Louis.
In the early years of his chancellorship, he helped guide the university through social and financial crises, helped rebuild student culture and re-establish strong relationships with the St. Louis community and the alumni. He led the successful $630.5 million Alliance for Washington University campaign.
Under his guidance, Washington University established 70 new faculty chairs, tripled the number of student scholarships and increased its endowment to the seventh largest in the nation. The campus was transformed by dozens of new buildings, higher retention of undergraduate students and improved recruitment of minority students.
Like his predecessor Ethan Shepley, he received the Alexander Meiklejohn Award from the American Association of University Professors for his unflinching support of academic freedom. Dr. Danforth and his late wife, Elizabeth “Ibby” Danforth, worked to invigorate campus life as part of a vibrant learning experience. He was called “Uncle Bill” and “Chan Dan,” and is remembered for reading bedtime stories on campus.
The philanthropy of the Danforth family and the Danforth Foundation has strengthened Washington University. Most recently, Dr. Danforth made a very generous commitment to support the PhD program in plant science, which will allow the university to expand its partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He has worked with leaders from Monsanto, Missouri Botanical Garden, the universities of Missouri and Illinois and Washington University to make the St. Louis region a world leader in plant science. He has also worked with others to develop the organization’s infrastructure to commercialize the products of local research.
A native of St. Louis, John F. McDonnell earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University before joining McDonnell Aircraft Company in 1962. He retired in 1997 as chairman of the board of McDonnell Douglas after overseeing a merger with The Boeing Company to create the world’s largest and broadest aerospace corporation.
McDonnell became a trustee of Washington University in 1976 and served as chairman from 1999 to 2004. He is now vice chairman of the board and a life trustee. He chaired the leadership phase of the $1.55 billion Campaign for Washington University. He was the founding chairman of the Arts & Sciences National Council and currently serves on the National Council of the School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is a founding member of the International Advisory Council for Asia.
The McDonnell family and their associated foundations have made some of the most significant contributions to Washington University’s rise as a major global research and teaching institution. These gifts include 14 endowed professorships in fields that include physics, space and earth sciences, engineering, international affairs, economics, human cognition, genetics, materials innovation, and medicine. Several buildings and a research center at Washington University also bear the family name.
In 2005, John McDonnell made a visionary commitment to establish the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, a global network that provides scholars from partner institutions the opportunity to earn a graduate degree and build leadership experience at Washington University. Most recently, McDonnell and the JSM Charitable Trust have made a $48 million commitment to create an unrestricted endowed fund that will enable the university to build on its strengths and maximize its impact on the world.
McDonnell, who took graduate courses at the Olin Business School, is a former chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He has served as chairman of the board of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Saint Louis Science Center and as vice chairman of BJC HealthCare and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. In 2004 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.
For the past 12 years, McDonnell has been actively involved in establishing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis to enable start-up companies to commercialize life science breakthroughs from research at Washington University and other institutions in St. Louis and elsewhere. He is founding chairman of BioSTL and of the BioGenerator, nonprofits set up to pursue that mission.
The William Greenleaf Eliot Society awarded its highest honor, the “Search” Award, to McDonnell in 2005. In 2006, Washington University recognized his achievements with an honorary Doctor of Science degree. He and his wife, Anne, are Life Danforth Circle Members of the Eliot Society.Back to Top