ISL Corporate Leadership
Joseph Guerci, PhD
Dr. Guerci is a recognized leader in the research and development of next generation sensor and communication systems. In addition to authoring over 100 peer reviewed articles, he is the author of several popular books including Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar (Artech House, 2003, 2nd Ed. 2014), and the recently published Cognitive Radar, (Artech House, 2010). Dr. Guerci is the recipient of the Warren D. White Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for “Excellence in Radar Adaptive Processing and Waveform Diversity”, and is a Fellow of the IEEE for “Contributions to Advanced Radar Theory and its Embodiment in Real-World Systems”. He is also the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Radar Conference, is the Radar Series Editor for Artech House publishers.
A graduate of NYU Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D.E.E, Dr. Guerci has held adjunct professorships in engineering and applied mathematics at The City University of New York, NYU Polytechnic University, The Cooper Union for Advancement of Art and Science, and Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has held senior engineer and scientist positions in industry and was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for SAIC’s $2B+/year Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) Group, and is currently a member of several industrial, academic, and government advisory boards.
Senior VP, Manager of Research, Development and Engineering Systems Division
Senior VP, Manager of Energy and Space Division
Vice President, Controller, and CFO
General Counsel and Corporate Vice President
Shearer was a senior presidential appointee, serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety, Health & Quality where he guided the performance, corporate policy, compliance, and internal-investigation functions for the world’s largest R&D, national defense, energy, basic science, and environmental remediation organization. He was also the U.S. Department of the Army’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting) for Chemical Demilitarization, the senior line manager for a $1.3B (annual) program to destroy chemical weapons using standard industry technology, and the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, where he had senior management responsibility for the Army’s infrastructure (utilities, structures, housing, roads) and environmental performance. Shearer also practiced law with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP; was environmental counsel to the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site nuclear-weapons-production facility; and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Andrew G.T. Moore, II, Delaware Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Hart T. Mankin, U.S. Court of Veterans’ Appeals.
Shearer is a member of the Department of Energy’s Operating Experience Council and previously served on the President’s Council on Modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act. He is widely published in professional journals with two of his publications cited as annotations to the United States Code; is the co-author or contributor to many technical reports and studies; and has testified before an independent federal regulatory board. Shearer’s awards include the Army Staff Badge, several Department of Energy citations, and the Department of Defense Citation for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law, and he serves on several boards including Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society and a New Orleans charitable and civic organization.
Shearer earned his legum magister degree in energy and environmental law from Tulane University School of Law, his juris doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, his bachelor of arts degree from Washington and Lee University, and a certificate in nuclear-weapons design from Sandia National Laboratory.
ISL Board of Directors
John E. Don Carlos
Founder, Executive Chairman of the Board, Corporate Secretariat
John E. Don Carlos is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Carlos has designed, developed, evaluated and managed the acquisition of sophisticated information systems for both industry and government, and he has a background of quantitative systems analysis, signal design and processing, propagation research, systems integration and software management. These skills have been successfully applied to communications signal processing and sensor systems incorporating multiple propagation media from ELF through HF and VHF to millimeter waves and light. As a new graduate in 1958 at GTE Electronic Defense Laboratories, Mr. Carlos conceived, designed, and fielded the first bistatic non-cooperative HF radar while becoming the department manager (Geophysics Department) of a group of 70 scientists and engineers. In 1968 he was recruited by the US Navy to be the Technical Director of the Special Submarine Communication Project, which was formed to redress a critical deficiency in communications with the fleet ballistic missile submarine deterrent force. Several major new communication systems were developed and deployed under his technical direction. The project budget evolved to approximately $200M per year. He left the Navy in late 1977 to found Information Systems Group of JAYCOR, a new technology company then in its infancy. Departments in Intelligent Systems (AI), Health and Environment, Ocean Systems, and Communications were established and expanded within it. In 1982, he founded ISL to pursue the application of emerging information technologies to surveillance, communications, and intelligence. In addition to management and Board Chairman activities at ISL John has technically contributed to numerous innovative projects including foliage penetration radar, HF/VHF satellite radar, passive radar, simulation of terrain scatter and propagation as applied to ground and airborne radar signal and clutter, and design-development-test-and deployment of high resolution intercept sonar now in operational use. He is currently interested in application of AI deep learning to ISR – a now achievable outgrowth of his personal interest stemming from the 1970s.
Mr. Carlos earned a B.S.E.E. from Iowa State University and a M.S. (Statistics) from Stanford.
Board of Directors
Mr. Kipps has over 25 years of experience in providing transaction advisory and financial consulting services to leading defense and technology firms.
He is currently Managing Director of KippsDeSanto & Co., a leading investment banking boutique focused on mid-tier Aerospace/Defense and Technology firms. Prior to founding KippsDeSanto & Co., Mr. Kipps was a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office and a leader of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace∙Defense∙Government industry investment banking group. Mr. Kipps was also with Peterson Consulting and Tucker Alan where he advised aerospace/defense, engineering, construction and technology companies.
Mr. Kipps was recognized in 2007 as the Dealmaker of the Year – Investment Banker by the Association for Corporate Growth’s National Capital Chapter. He is on the Board of Directors of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc., Easter Seals of the Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, and a member of the Advisory Board for the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kipps is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions involving aerospace/defense and technology firms and is often quoted in publications including The Washington Post, GovConExec, The Washington Business Journal, USA Today and Washington Technology among others.
Mr. Kipps received his B.S. in Commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Registered Representative and Principal (Series 7, 63, 24, and 79).
Prof. Lloyd Griffiths
Board of Directors
Lloyd Griffiths served as Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University for 15 years starting on September, 1997. He is currently a faculty member in the ECE Department and teaches courses and conducts research in systems and signal processing, adaptive systems, and cyber-physical systems security.
Prior to joining George Mason, Lloyd was Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also spent six years at the University of Southern California where he held the title of Associate Dean for Research and Administration in the School of Engineering.
Dr. Griffiths’ undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering was awarded by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering were awarded by Stanford University.
Dean Griffiths is a fellow of the IEEE and has been recognized with the IEEE Browder J. Thompson prize paper award.
Dr. Fred Bernthal
Board of Directors
Fred Bernthal was President of Universities Research Association (URA) for 17 years until 2011, and continues to serve there as Senior Advisor to the URA Board of Trustees. A not-for-profit consortium of 88 research universities, URA engages in the planning, construction, and operation of large research facilities. Among its activities, URA for 40 years has been contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy for management and operation of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory west of Chicago.
Prior to URA, Dr. Bernthal served four years as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, where he was also for one year Acting Director. From 1988-1990, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science. He led the U.S. delegation to the first meeting of parties to the Montreal Protocol on Stratospheric Ozone, and chaired the 50-nation Response Strategies Working Group of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. From 1983-88 he was a Member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, in 1987 he led a U.S. interagency delegation to the Soviet Union, where he negotiated and signed the first US-USSR nuclear safety protocol.
From 1970-80, Dr. Bernthal was a professor of chemistry and physics at Michigan State University. On being named a Congressional Science Fellow in 1978, he took a two-year leave of absence from MSU to join the staff of U.S. Senator Howard Baker, on whose staff he continued to serve until 1983.
Fred Bernthal received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1964, and a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry in 1969 from the University of California at Berkeley. He did advanced study at Yale University in 1969-70, and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, where he was a NATO Senior Scientist Fellow in 1977.
Dr. Bernthal has served since 2006 as a director of Information Systems Laboratories Inc. He also was for 18 years a director of PPL Corporation until, in 2015, he became a director of the newly-formed Talen Energy Corporation. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Member of the Cosmos Club of Washington.
Board of Directors
Mr. Gang retired from his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Information Systems Laboratories (ISL) in San Diego to start his own consulting firm in 2009. He consults in the areas of defense and energy, and he sits on multiple boards of directors. Since 2006, he has served as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
After serving 8 years on active duty and 20 in the reserves, Mr. Gang retired from the Army in 1994 as a colonel. His duty stations included serving as Assistant Professor of Physics (Nuclear) at West Point. Since leaving active duty, Mr. Gang served for over 40 years in engineering and technical sales, training, consulting and management positions for a variety of corporations, mostly involved in services to the defense and nuclear power industries, but also in telecommunications and the non-nuclear energy industry. Some highlights of Mr. Gang’s career during this period include the following:
- While working for Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Mr. Gang, as Vice President of Applied Engineering Systems, in an ABB-USSR joint venture, led operations for the first U.S. – Soviet joint venture under new Soviet law (post-Glasnost).
- Management of the world-wide regulatory licensing of 37 nuclear reactors for General Electric’s nuclear vendor operation, as well as development of a $200M nuclear power plant project for a Southwest utility client.
- As Vice President of Onsite Energy Corporation, Mr. Gang directed marketing and sales activities for energy operations in the Western United States.