The Board of Advisors for the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research is comprised of industry leaders and nationally-recognized scholars who work closely with institute faculty to pursue market-centric research, industry partnerships and funding opportunities.


Diana Hill, General Director of Marketing Support for Consumer Products, BNSF Railway

Diana Hill is the General Director Marketing Support – Consumer Products for The BNSF Railway in Ft. Worth, TX. She assumed this role May 1, 2014. She leads a 15-person team that supports all aspects of BNSF Intermodal, including service, communications, market research, data, and customer onboarding and customer documents.

Prior to this role, Diana was General Direction Intermodal Solutions. She assumed this role on April 1, 2013. Diana led an eleven person team who worked with leading retail and manufacturing shippers to optimize the use of both domestic and international intermodal transportation services. Prior to this role, Diana was General Director Industrial Products Sales. She was based in Houston, TX and led a team who worked with Chemicals, Plastic and Petroleum Customers based throughout North America. Diana joined the Santa Fe Railway in 1993 in Houston, TX. She held various Sales Manager roles within the Industrial Products Business Unit as well as Manager of Business Development role until 2007 when she assumed the role of Director of Grain Operations where she was part of a Leadership Team who led a team who planned, coordinated and executed operations of the BNSF Grain train and carload network.

Diana served as a board member of the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers and a board member of the Supply Chain Leaders in Action. Diana received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a Master of Business Administration, with concentrations in Transportation and Marketing, from The University of Tennessee –Knoxville.


Matt Rooney

Matthew Rooney, Director of Economic Growth, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Matt Rooney is both a Board of Advisors member and a visiting scholar in the McNatt Institute. He is currently researching the North American economic integration process under NAFTA, its impacts on growth, job creation and global market participation by all three partners - with a focus on the U.S. North American transportation infrastructure and how to improve regional coordination, planning, financing and project execution. Another focus of Mr. Rooney's work is the North American workforce development challenge, in particular how to improve and coordinate training and certification for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and logistics.

Mr. Rooney worked as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for a number of years, with postings in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Washington. His work generally focused on economic policy issues with respect to trade, investment, transportation and energy. In addition, he worked on legislative affairs and Congressional relations; counternarcotics cooperation with Mexico; global and regional security with Canada; and implementation of a high-level private sector advisory mechanism for the Summit of the Americas process. Currently, he works at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, TX where he is the Director of the Economic Growth Program.

Mr. Rooney earned his B.A. in Economics with concentrations in German and French from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master's in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Dinesh Verma

Dinesh Verma, Executive Director, Systems Engineering Research Center and Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dinesh Verma received the Ph.D. (1994) and the M.S. (1991) in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He served as the Founding Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2007 through 2016. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research. During his fifteen years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $150m in value. Dr. Verma served as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland from 2003 through 2008. Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Dr. Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity. He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Dr. Verma has received three patents in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Dr. Verma has authored over 100 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co- authored three textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998), Space Systems Engineering (McGraw Hill, 2009). He was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Technology and Design from Linnaeus University (Sweden) in January 2007; and with an Honorary Master of Engineering Degree (Honoris Causa) from Stevens Institute of Technology in September 2008.