Plenary Speakers


US Navy Captain Wayne Porter

ISSST2014 will open 19 May 2014 in Oakland CA with a keynote address from US Navy Captain Wayne Porter, a PhD candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  Capt. Porter will be presenting his work with the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster that builds upon his paper, A National Strategic Narrative, co-authored with Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC and featuring a foreword by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Capt. Porter is a frequent and popular public speaker, and recently delivered this lecture as part of Wrigley Series in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

CAPT Porter holds two Masters of Science degrees and is completing doctoral work at Naval Postgraduate School.  Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (Navy’s Director of Intelligence in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  In 2011, Secretary of Defense directed him to establish a Chair at Naval Postgraduate School.  He is a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and is currently Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, his civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.  He co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative,” published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and subsequently cited in numerous journals, televised editorials and radio interviews ( His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The HotSpring Quarterly, Washington Times, and Naval Institute Proceedings.


Dr. Jacqueline Isaacs

Dr. Jacqueline Isaacs of Northeastern University is another plenary speaker at ISSST2014. She will address attendees on Tuesday 20 May during lunchtime. She is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as well as the Associate Director for High-rate Nanomanufacturing in the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group at Northeastern University.

Her research interests include economic-environmental assessment of alternative manufacturing and nanomanufacturing routes towards sustainable design and manufacturing; societal implications of nanomanufacturing, with interdisciplinary collaborations in political science, philosophy, industrial hygiene and industrial engineering; and development and assessment of educational games for engineering students and for K-12 outreach activities, with interdisciplinary collaboration in visual arts, graphic design, education and business.

For more biographical information, please click here.

Greg says:

NPS is in Monterey, CA. No need for the extra r.

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