Industrial Physics Advisory Board

Industrial Physics Advisory Board Mission

The Industrial Physics Advisory Board (IndBoard) was formed in May 2016 with a focus on enhancing interactions between APS and physicists working in the private sector. It complements the work of the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) and seeks to raise the profile within APS of industrial physicists and entrepreneurs.

  1. Sharpen APS focus on industrial physics as an economic driver and vital contributor to the long-term health of science (and APS)
  2. Advise APS on programs, issues, and policies that affect the industrial physics community
    1. APS Board of Directors – strategy, finance, and publishing
    2. APS Council - science, membership, programs, and policy
  3. Provide input from industry so APS will better serve physics
    1. Represent all physicists: fundamental, applied, and industrial
    2. Become a strong voice for the industrial physics community
  4. Enhance relationships between industry and APS functions including:
    1. Membership
    2. Policy
    3. Development
    4. Education
    5. Awards

Composition and structure

The IndBoard is comprised of leaders from a mix of large, small, and entrepreneurial businesses. Listed below are the present members:

Bob Doering, Research Manager, Texas Instruments (Chair of the IndBoard) (bio)
Jim Bray, Chief Scientist, GE (GE bio, LinkedIn)
Walter Buell, Director, Electronics & Photonics Lab, Aerospace Corp. (bio, LinkedIn)
Alex Majewski, Fellow, Space Systems, United Technologies (LinkedIn)
Heike Riel, Director, Physical Science, IBM (bio, LinkedIn)
Mike Tamor, Technical Fellow, Ford (LinkedIn)

John Rumble, President, R&R Data Services, FIAP Councilor (bio, LinkedIn)
Barbara Jones, IBM Research, FIAP Past Chair (LinkedIn)

APS Staff
Steven Lambert, Industrial Physics Fellow
Trish Lettieri, Director of Membership


Three projects are underway at present.

  1. Industry input and resource for APS Office of Public Affairs
    1. Suggest policy positions from industry for APS committees
    2. Subcommittee chair: Mike Tamor
  1. Lead preparation of report on The Impact of Industrial Physics on the U.S. Economy
    1. Similar to report by the IOP about physics in the UK (report format_pdf)
    2. Subcommittee chair: John Rumble
  1. Recommendations about industrial physics for next APS Strategic Plan
    1. Target date: year end 2017
    2. Subcommittee chair: Bob Doering

Contact Information

To learn more about the Industrial Physics Advisory Board, contact:

Steven Lambert
APS Industrial Physics Fellow
Office: (301) 209-3245