Elisabeth Bergman grew up in Brittany and graduated in French studies, linguistics and translation at the French Portuguese Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. She taught at UCSD and tutored college students. She has been teaching Children and Adult Classes at Alliance Française de San Diego for several years and is currently in charge of the AFSD Book Club..
Ms Amanda Eliot is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has received a number of recognitions for her research, teaching, and public service, including seven honorary doctorates and the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from the American Society of Engineering Education.