Senior Director, Publications & Communications, New Media Consortium
Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Publications & Communications for the New Media Consortium (NMC), is the lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. The series garners an annual readership that is approaching five million people. She travels the world presenting the findings of these publications in keynote addresses and one of her most humbling speaking engagements was presenting on a NASA panel. Samantha has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in social media and online learning. At the NMC, Samantha has authored more than 50 learning-focused publications and has managed/consulted on educational technology-focused projects for National Geographic, HP, Apple, the Lunar & Planetary Institute, and the Gates Foundation. Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine. In her free time, she has just completed her graduate professional certificate in nonprofit management at Harvard University.
Ali Asghar Houshmand
President, Rowan University
As the seventh president of Rowan University, Dr. Ali A. Houshmand leads the institution during an unprecedented time of opportunity and growth. Stepping into the position in June 2012, after approximately six years as provost/senior vice president of Academic Affairs, CEO and interim president, Dr. Houshmand was at Rowan’s helm when it opened Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in conjunction with Cooper University Health Care in 2012. Dr. Houshmand’s vision and passion have led to great change, including: Rowan receiving State research institution status, the University’s integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine (its second medical school) and a partnership with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden. So far during his short tenure, the University has also increased enrollment by 7,000 students, invested nearly $350 million in capital projects, added 51 new academic programs, and hired nearly 180 tenure-track faculty. The University continues to support the $400- million Rowan Boulevard municipal redevelopment project. Among Dr. Houshmand’s goals is to raise enrollment from 17,000 to 25,000 students by 2024, while keeping tuition affordable and offering high-quality programs. He has committed to not raising tuition beyond the annual rate of inflation and partnering with community colleges to create new pathways for students to attain a four-year degree. Born in Iran, Dr. Houshmand earned his bachelor’s (with honors) and master’s degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He earned a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Houshmand worked as a staff analyst for United Airlines, developing large-scale optimization and forecasting models. From there, he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati and later served in several administrative positions at Drexel University before joining Rowan. Dr. Houshmand lives in Harrison Township with his wife, Farah. They are the parents of two grown children.
University Architect, Princeton University
Ron McCoy was appointed University Architect at Princeton University in August 2008. He provides overall guidance for the planning, architecture and landscape of the Princeton campus, including nearly 2 million sf of current projects for new construction and major renovations. He has managed a career as a practicing architect, educator, and architectural advisor. Prior to joining Princeton he served as University Architect at Arizona State University, overseeing approximately 6 million s.f. of new construction, including the creation of a new campus in downtown Phoenix, and receiving over forty design awards. At Arizona State University he was the Director of the School of Architecture and Professor. He was a partner in the firm of McCoy and Simon Architects from 1985 to 2008. He was a senior architect in the firm of Venturi Scott Brown and Associates from 1980-1995 and managed several projects at Princeton University, including the Lewis Thomas Molecular Biology Laboratory. He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2007 and received the AIA Arizona Architects Medal in 2006. The Architects Medal is highest individual award, bestowed upon members who have advanced the profession of architecture, recognizing outstanding professional achievements and commitment to social responsibility. He has an extensive record of service to the AIA and has served as an architectural advisor to numerous community organizations and the NEA. He received a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.
Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.
Warren Price, an Urban Designer and Partner at Urban Strategies, is trained as an architect and has over 19 years of professional experience in urban, campus and community design and planning.
Warren has a thorough understanding of the design and planning issues facing
post-secondary educational institutions today. He helps institutions define planning directions and realize development priorities through effective analysis, visioning, design solutions, and broad consultation. He has lead, designed and managed numerous campus and facility master plans and maintains ongoing working relationships with each of his clients.
Warren regularly speaks at conferences and is a faculty member of the Institute
without Boundaries, George Brown College, Toronto. He is also a member of the
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Associate University Architect, Princeton University
Natalie Shivers is the Associate University Architect for Planning at Princeton University, a position she has held since 2005. She manages campus planning for the university, including the development and implementation of the 2016 Campus Plan and the 2026 Campus Plan, which is currently underway. Her responsibilities also include coordination of planning efforts related to major capital projects as well as campus-wide issues such as site sustainability and stormwater management; traffic, transportation, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle circulation; and land use reviews and approvals. Prior to Princeton University, Natalie was director of Campus Capital Planning at UCLA, where she oversaw strategic planning related to long-term campus facilities needs, including the capital budget program, the long-range and environmental planning process, and the feasibility analysis, planning, and design of capital projects. At 20th Century Fox, she was vice president of Planning, Design, and Construction where she directed planning, new building, and renovation projects. For the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she was responsible for architectural projects at the Trust’s properties around the United States. Natalie is a licensed architect and registered LEED professional. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Yale University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University. She has served on a number of architectural, landscape history, and historic preservation boards in Los Angeles and New Jersey.Natalie W. Shivers is an architect, architectural historian, and author who works as Associate University Architect for Planning at Princeton University, where she helps to oversee the preparation of a long-range campus plan. A graduate of Yale University, Shivers earned her master’s degree in architecture from Princeton in 1984. Most recently she was director of campus capital planning at the University of California-Los Angeles, where she oversaw the development of strategic master plans and coordinated their implementation in the design and construction of new buildings and renovation projects on the historic 419-acre campus.
Principal, The Sextant Group, Inc.
Nancy Sturm is a nationally recognized thought leader in the application of educational technology. As an award-winning educator and education technologist, she brings more than 20 years of experience in program development, program management and administration, virtual learning and simulation environments, and faculty development. With a lifelong calling to motivate students, coach teachers, and create transformative academic environments, Sturm's programs and techniques enable teacher to use classroom technology effectively as a catalyst for maximizing achievement. Whether with the Challenger Learning Center or as education technology advisor to the Governor of West Virginia, her visionary leadership has resulted in the creation of synergistic environments and development of innovative pedagogies. Throughout her career she has delivered presentations at numerous conferences, and in 2004 she was invited to present to President Bush at the White House regarding technology integration in classrooms across the country.