Current Board of Directors (2015) 

Michael W Berns, Chairman and CEO

Michael W. Berns, Ph.D.,  is   the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Developmental and Cell Biology, and Surgery, and co-founder (with Arnold O. Beckman, 1900-2004) of the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine (UCI).   The  Founders  message may be found at and additional information about the Beckman Laser Institute programs at UCI may be found at  He is also Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University  of California, San Diego and a member of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at that same university. A description of his research program can be found at;  E-mail,, or

Arthur B. Fine, Vice President, 

Arthur B. Fine serves as general counsel for the Foundation. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of California Berkeley. He is a senior litigation partner of Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP. While Mr.. Fine is primarily a business litigator he has broad experience in transactional and administrative law. He has represented for various purposes numerous non-profit entities.

Richard P. Kratz

Richard P. Kratz, M.D., is a distinguished Ophthalmologist  who pioneered   many ophthalmic procedures particularly related to cataract and lens implants. He practiced  Ophthalmology in Newport  Beach   California for over 40 years and served on the clinical faculty of UC Irvine Medical School and the University  of Southern  California Medical  School.

Kenneth R. Strahs

Kenneth R.Strahs, Ph.D. received his undergraduate  degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He did postdoctoral training  at UC Irvine and went on to work for Beckman  Instruments for 10 years. After leaving Beckman he took a position at  Ortho Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson and Johnson Company, and eventually joined SmithKlineBeecham which became GlaxoSmithKline where he was Vice President for Research and Development  and was responsible for several well known brands of over the counter products. 

Sadik Esener

Sadik Esener is Professor of Nano-engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego where he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics in 1987. His work focuses on developing biophotonics and bioelectronics techniques such as optophoresis and dielectrophoresis to manipulate and characterize biological cells. This involved developing new ways of using light tweezers and designing and implementing microfluidic chips to detect and characterize cancerous cells.  More recently his work is with cancer nanotechnology and the concept of motherships as drug delivery vehicles that can be externally controlled. Since 2005, he  has served as the director  of the National Cancer Institute funded NanoTumor Center, a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology of Excellence.  He is involved with various approaches for cancer detection, monitoring, and therapies trying to find innovative ways to improve cancer patients quality of life. 

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, PhD., is Dean of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. She is a world's expert on the use of lasers to study physical and biological systems using the rotational properties of light.

Robert Hanisee

Mr. Hanisee is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Private Client Group at Trust Company of the West (TCW), a large west coast institutional investment firm where he has worked since 1990.  During his years with TCW, he served as the firm's Director of Research and Chairman of its Equity Policy Committee. Previously, he was President and Director of Research for Seidler Amdec Securities for 10 years, and a partner, research director and investment analyst with Crowell Weedon, Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan earlier in his career. He serves on the Boards of Titan Corporation and EDO Corporation, NYSE-listed defense technology companies. Mr. Hanisee holds a B.S. degree from Cal State Northridge and an M.S. degree from The University of California at Berkley, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Business Manager: Larrry McEver


Past Board Members (not all-inclusive)

Arnold O. Beckman, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Beckman Instruments

David  Packard, Co-Founder, Hewlett Packard; Asst. Secretary of Defense 

Shu Chien, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering UC San Diego

Gavin S. Herbert, Founder, Chairman,  Allergan Inc.

George L. Argyros, Chairman, Arnell Inc.; Ambassador to Spain;Chairman,  The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Walter B. Gerken, CEO, PIMCO Investments

J. Robert Fluor, Founder and Chairman, The Fluor Corporation

J. Robert Fluor II., President, The Fluor Coproration

David Tappan, Presient, The Fluor Corporation

Louis T. Rosso,  CEO, Beckman Instruments

Harry Gray, Director Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology

Charles Hester, Founder & Chairman, Hester Development  Corporation

George E.  Hewitt, Chairman and CEO, The Hewitt Foundation

Pat Beckman,  Board of Directors, The Arnold & Mabel Beckman  Foundation

Gary H. Hunt,  Sr. Vice President, The Irvine Company

Thomas Cesario, Dean, College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine 

G. Robinson Cluck, Canterbury Consultants, Newport  Beach, CA

Olaf Bergheim, Fjord Investments, Laguna Hills, California.

Jackie Dorrance, Executive Director and CEO, The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation