Mork Family Department Advisory Board
Daniel E. Boss, Ph.D.
SVP, Research & Development
Dr. Boss is responsible for all R&D at GAF, the largest roofing company in North America. This includes all products for residential and commercial roofing: shingles, underlayments, single ply membranes, asphaltic roofing, roof coatings/liquid applied roofing, poly ISO insulation boards, adhesives, ventilation products, and process technology.
Before joining GAF, Dr. Boss worked at two other building products companies: Serious Materials, where he developed sustainable drywall and high performance windows, and USG, where he led the Discovery Group, Acoustical Ceiling, and Gypsum Board Support laboratories during his career.
Before entering building materials, his career encompassed defense, high-temperature materials, contract R&D, automotive, and electronics enclosures.
Throughout his career, Dr. Boss has been able to provide key insight into identifying opportunities that created value and guiding product development teams by asking the right questions to capture the value.
Boss received his B.S. in ChE from the University of Southern California, his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from Northwestern University.
JoAnn retired as an Exxon Mobil Executive, working as an advisor in business planning and analysis. She worked predominantly in development planning for oil and gas fields covering the north slope of Alaska, Norway, and GOM. Over time, these roles evolved from traditional engineering to a focus on commercial issues, such as unitization, gas sales and processing, and dispute resolution. JoAnn worked on several strategic initiatives to best position Exxon as an early leader and market shaper, including the unbundling of the interstate gas pipelines services. More recently with the significant increases in unconventional oil, natural gas and NGL volumes, JoAnn’s contributions helped in identifying how different plays build up and where the likely regional dispositions can be located.
JoAnn earned her B.S. is in chemical engineering from the Viterbi School in 1980. She serves on the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Advisory Board, she is a longtime student mentor and supporter of the School of Engineering and is a Viterbi Lifetime V.I.P. Dean’s Circle member.
Crimson Resource Management Corporation
USC, M.B.A. 1986
USC, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1980
Mr. Buntmann is the President and Owner of Crimson Resource Management Corp., an independent oil and gas production company headquartered in Denver, CO. Prior to co-founding Crimson in 1986, Mr. Buntmann was with Mobil Oil Corporation as a Reservoir Engineer for Southern Oklahoma and Production Engineer for the San Joaquin and Los Angeles Basins. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, in 1980, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, in 1986. He is on the Board of Directors for the Petrie Institute of Western-American Art, Denver Art Museum. His son Jack just received his degree in Economics in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2013. He is a supporter of USC Athletics.
Kaveh Dehghani is a retired Chevron Fellow who has 37 years of experience in Oil and Gas Industry as well as academia. He served as the Reservoir Simulation and Consulting Team Leader at Chevron Energy Technology Company before retirement. Previously, he worked as a Reservoir Engineering Advisor with TengizChevroil in Kazakhstan, Petroleum Engineering Manager of Chevron Middle East /North Africa, and Staff Research Scientist at Chevron Petroleum Technology Company. Before joining Chevron, he was an Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering Department at University of Alaska. Dehghani’ s interests include probabilistic forecasting and modeling, laboratory and field application studies of oil recovery processes in fractured and heterogeneous reservoirs and subsurface quality assurance of major capital projects. He holds a BS degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and MS and PhD from University of Southern California all in petroleum engineering. Kaveh has also served in numerous Society of Petroleum Engineering Committees and Journal editorial activities.
Clarence Foster, III MD FACS
Medical Director, Advisory Services
Dr. Foster was the previous Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation at HCA TriStar Centennial Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee from August 1, 2016 until October 31, 2018. He reopened a failing kidney transplant program by rewriting all the clinical protocols, policies and procedures. Then he reopened the kidney transplant program with excellent graft and patient outcomes, putting patient's safety first.Dr. Foster was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California in Chemical Engineering and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1990. He received his General Surgery Internship and Residency at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center from 1990 to 1992. He served as a Research Fellow at the University of Maryland Medical center from 1992 to 1993. He was a Surgical Admitting Officer, Senior Resident and Chief Resident in General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Foster completed a Fellowship in Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation also at the University of Maryland Medical System in 1997. Upon finishing his postgraduate training, Dr. Foster assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Surgery Director of Kidney Transplantation at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital. While at Temple University Hospital he performed their 1st laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and re-opened their pancreas transplant program. He also assisted in opening their new liver transplant program alongside Dr. Stephen Guy. He returned to the University of Maryland Medical System in 2000 as the Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Transplantation. While there he oversaw numerous clinical trials in novel immunosuppressive agents. In 2005 he assumed the position of Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He became the Division Chief of Transplantation from 2006 to 2016. Over an 11 year period he built the kidney and transplant center as the biggest in Orange County, California. He also conducted numerous clinical trials in novel immunosuppression as well as research in islet transplantation. He was a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Foster has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and 100 peer-reviewed abstracts and posters presented at national and international meetings. He has served on many boards including the USC Mork Family School of Engineering Advisory Board, ESRD Networks and Donor Service Agencies. Dr. Foster has also been the Principle Investigator in numerous Clinical Trials of novel immunosuppressive agents for transplantation. Dr. Foster volunteered for the Maryland Army National Guard in 1987, then served greater than 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserves including deployment with 2 Forward Surgery Teams in Iraq 2008 Operation Iraqi Freedom and in 2011 Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom where he has received awards and commendations. His expertise is in Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomies, Kidney Transplantation, Pancreas Transplantation, Vascular Access and Parathyroidectomies. Dr. Foster loves the outdoors and spends weekly sessions on the sporting clays course or hiking. He is also a sabre fencer. Dr. Foster is Board-Certified in General Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves on various national boards including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
PhD Materials Science, 1971
University of Southern California
Dr. J. Jim Hsieh graduated from University of Southern California and conducted research in MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he invented the long wavelength semiconductor lasers for optical fiber communications applications. Dr. Hsieh was the founder of Lasertron Inc., Wuhan Telecommunication Devices Company, and Sheaumann Laser Inc. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering.
Corporate Business Development Advisor, Marathon Oil Company
Principal Consultant, Array LLC
University of Southern California M.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1999
University of Texas, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1989
Kyle Koerner (MSPE 1999) is a senior business development advisor with Marathon Oil Company in Houston, Texas. He started his career in 1989 as a reservoir engineer with Bechtel, operator of the giant Elk Hills oil field in California. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility with small to Fortune 100 firms in engineering, strategic planning, and leadership of multi-disciplined subsurface, acquisition & divestiture and project teams in California, Texas, West Africa and Brazil. He holds a BSPE from the University of Texas, an MSPE from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Petroleum Engineer in California. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Heather and their three children: Carolyn (15), Laura (14) and William (9).
Gerald L. (Jerry) Kohlenberger
President and Managing Director
Ilium Ventures LLC
USC, MBA GSBA, Marshall 1981
USC, BS Civil Eng, Viterbi 1974
California State University, M.S. Civil Engineering
Mr. Gerald L. Kohlenberger, also known as Jerry, serves as a Founding Principal of Blu Venture Investors, LLC. Mr. Kohlenberger was Founding Member at Blu Venture Investors. Mr. Kohlenberger formed Ilium Ventures LLC in early 2008 and serves as its President and Managing Director. He is an investor in more than ten small companies, including Pixelligent, Medipacs, Senscient, and Focus Technologies. He has spent 20 years in various refining and supply positions. Prior
Marymount California College
Brian W.G. Marcotte became the eighth president of Marymount California University (MCU) in February 2018. MCU is a small, private university founded in the Catholic tradition and provides Associate of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees attracting students nationally and internationally to its Southern California campus.
Prior to MCU he was Chief Executive Officer of Marcotte Consulting, Inc. a private consulting firm focused on Executive Management and creating an environment for technical and managerial success in the petroleum industry.
Mr. Marcotte became Chief Executive Officer of Titan Oil Recovery, Inc. on September 1, 2006 and was named President and CEO in 2007. He retired after nine years with Titan in December 2015.
Mr. Marcotte graduated from the University of Southern California in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and undertook graduate studies in engineering management at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1976. He completed Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School International Advanced Executive Program in Bergenstock, Switzerland in 1988.
Mr. Marcotte began his career with Unocal Corporation as a summer student working as a field “roustabout” and engineering assistant while he pursued his studies. He joined Unocal on a permanent basis in 1971 and worked in technical engineering positions in drilling, production and petroleum engineering in California and Alaska.
In 1980, he started his international career becoming Petroleum Engineering Manager for Unocal Indonesia in Balikpapan where he went on to become Production Manager, then Manager of Operations. In 1985, he was transferred to Unocal Netherlands as Manager of Operations and then advanced as Country Resident Manager and President Unocal Netherlands, Inc.
Mr. Marcotte returned to the United States in 1989 as Vice President Western Region in the North American Oil and Gas Division. He moved to a staff position in 1991 as Vice President Technology and Asset Management, then Vice President of Planning and Asset Management in 1992. In 1993, Mr. Marcotte became President of Unocal Thailand, Unocal’s largest international operation, and served in that capacity until mid-1999.
He then became Vice President International Energy Operations—Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines located in Jakarta, Indonesia. In this position he was responsible for both oil and gas and geothermal operations and served as President Unocal Indonesia Company.
Mr. Marcotte was Unocal’s corporate Vice President Public Policy, Health Environment and Safety. In this position he was responsible for government relations, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and community relations as well as environmental care and safety including health and medical services and global security. During this time, Mr. Marcotte served as chairman of the Unocal Foundation, the corporation’s philanthropic and community assistance foundation.
Mr. Marcotte served as a member and Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Institute of Thailand’s Council of Trustees, Sasin Graduate School Advisory Council and member of the Thailand Development Research Institute. He served as President of the Board of Directors for the Indonesian Petroleum Association. He is a past member of the Board of the Indonesia Gas Association and the Kenan Institute Asia. He was a member of the Board of the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Scholarships). He received the American Community Council Special Award for Community Service while in the Netherlands. He also served on the Board of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California. He has held numerous positions within the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was named an SPE Distinguished Member (2005). He served as Chairman of the International Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental conservation groups and sits on the Board of Trustees for Marymount California University. He is a member of the Dean of Engineering Industrial Action Council, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He was named to the dean’s advisory council for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California in 2013.
Mr. Marcotte is married to Nan, his wife of 44 years. They have two children, Addam, a business consultant and Vice President of Foster Mobley headquartered in San Diego; and Brianna, in the process of establishing a therapeutic horsemanship program for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Christopher Lee Pederson
President, Specialty Engineered Materials
USC, M.B.A. 2009
University of Delaware, M.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Washington, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Mr. Pederson has over 30 years of experience in advanced materials and is currently the President – Specialty Engineered Materials for PolyOne Corporation a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, solutions, and services. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President - Strategy for the Hexcel Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of advanced composite materials and carbon fibers to the aerospace and industrial markets, where his role was in leading the development of the company strategic plan and leading the company M&A efforts. He started his career with global aerospace leader The Boeing Company where he held several roles in engineering supporting emerging and advanced military airplane programs in the selecting, evaluating, and developing new composite material systems for applications on fighter aircraft. After leaving Boeing, he joined Cytec Industries and held several leadership roles, including Vice President – Global Technology with responsibility for leading the company’s global product development and research and development efforts. He was eventually promoted to Vice President – Aerospace, where he oversaw with companies business operations of the Aerospace Materials business. Mr. Pederson earned his MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and the University of Washington respectively. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.