Advisory Board


Physics and Astronomy External Advisory Board Membership


Prof. Lincoln Carr,
Chair of the Physics and Astronomy External Advisory Board





The Physics and Astronomy External Advisory Board is chaired by Prof. Lincoln Carr of the Colorado School of Mines. Prof. Carr’s research focuses on quantum information science and complexity theory. He recently served as a Distinguished International Fellow of the National Science Foundation where he helped evaluate collaborative science objectives between the United States and other nations.


Other Board members are:

Dr. Frederica Darema


Dr. Frederica Darema is a UCD alumna and held positions as Senior Science and Technology Advisor and Senior Science Analyst in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Darema is currently the Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia. She guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. She supports the UCD Physics and Astronomy Darema lecture series which brings high profile speakers from underrepresented backgrounds to UCD.

Dr. Lisa Borland


Dr. Lisa Borland is an econophysicist working in quantitative hedge funds. She is the director of research at Cerebellum Capital, Inc., a San Francisco-based hedge fund, and is a lecturer at Stanford University in the Department of Management Sciences and Engineering, teaching classes that utilize the principles of physics and finance to develop quantitative trading strategies.

Dr. David Cone


Dr. David Cone received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He holds a Master of Science in operations research from Stanford University, a Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley, and a doctorate in physics from UC Davis. Dr. Cone began his career at IBM in Palo Alto before starting his own software company, Camstar Systems Inc. in 1984. Camstar, a leader in manufacturing control software, was later acquired by Siemens AG. Dr. Cone teaches in the COSMOS summer high school program at UCD.

Dr. William Evans


Dr. William Evans’ research expertise is in the properties of materials at high pressure. He has held positions at LLNL including Group Leader of the High Pressure Physics Group of the Materials & Condensed Matter Division; and Division Leader, Material Science Working Group, Focused Materials Science, Weapon Physics And Design Program. He has served as Chair of the American Physical Science Committee on Minorities.

Dr. Geoffrey West

Dr. Geoffrey West was a Stanford faculty member in theoretical high energy physics before he joined the particle theory group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After Los Alamos, he became president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he works on biological physics.

Dr. Will Tracy

Dr. Will Tracy is the Vice President for Applied Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute. He was a faculty member and undergraduate program director for the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and, before entering academia, was at the World Bank where he focused on human developmental economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Dr. Roger Falcone

Dr. Roger Falcone is a professor of physics at UCB. He served as the president of the American Physical Society in 2018, and is the former director of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He serves on the board of directors of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and is the chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committeeof the Extreme-Light-Infrastructure.

Dr. Joe Rakow

Dr. Joe Rakow is the Group Vice President and Principal Engineer at Exponent. He has a B.S. degree in Physics from UCD and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. He has been a lecturer at the Stanford University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.