Dr. R. Byron Pipes - (Chair)
R.BYRON PIPES (NAE) is the John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University since 2004. He is a member of the Royal Society of Engineering Sciences of Sweden (1995). Composite materials has been the focus of his scholarship for the past 28 years. He has developed analytical models and carried out experiments with the objective of developing a fundamental understanding of the design, durability and manufacturing of these materials systems and structures. He served as Goodyear Endowed Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron during 2001-04. He was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary during 1999-2001, where he pursued research at the NASA Langley Research Center in the field of carbon nanotechnology. He served as President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1993-98. Dr. Pipes was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware from 1991-93 and served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Director of the Center for Composite Materials during 1977-91 at the same institution. He was appointed Robert L. Spencer Professor of Engineering in 1986 in recognition of his outstanding scholarship in the field of polymer composite materials ranging over the subject areas of advanced manufacturing science, durability, design and characterization. Dr Pipes received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and the MSE from Princeton University. He is the recipient of the Gustus L. Larson Award of Pi Tau Sigma and the Chaire Francqui, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Belgium. He holds Fellow rank in ASC, ASME and SAMPE.
Dr. Kenneth R. Boff
Georgia Institute of Technology
KENNETH R. BOFF is Principal Scientist with Socio-Technical Sciences. From 2007-2012, he served as Principal Scientist with the Tennenbaum Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology and, Scientific Advisor to the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (Tokyo). From 1997-2007, he served as the US Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientist for Human Effectiveness. In this position was responsible for the technical direction of a multi-disciplinary R&D portfolio encompassing individual, organizational and socio-cultural behavior & modeling, training, protection and the bio and human-engineering of complex systems. He is best known for his work on understanding and remediating problems in the transition of research to applications in the design, acquisition, and deployment of systems and the value-centered management of R&D organizations. Holder of a patent for Rapid Communication Display technology, Dr. Boff has authored numerous articles, book chapters and technical papers, and is co-editor of “Organizational Simulation” (2005) and "System Design" (1987), senior editor of the two-volume "Handbook of Perception and Human Performance" (1986), and the four-volume "Engineering Data Compendium: Human Perception and Performance" (1988). He actively consults and provides technical liaison with government agencies, international working groups, universities and professional societies. He has organized and facilitated numerous technical workshops in the US, Europe and the Pacific Rim focused on contemporary issues in complex socio-technical systems. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association.
Dr. Ephrahim Garcia
EPHRAHIM GARCIA is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Cornell University. His area of expertise is dynamics and controls, especially sensors and actuators involving smart materials. Dr. Garcia served as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1998 to 2002. His programs involved the development of new types of actuation systems utilizing smart material transducers, system level demonstrations of smart structures applied to defense platforms, morphing aircraft systems and the development of exoskeletons for human performance augmentation. Dr. Garcia has pursued interdisciplinary research in the development of novel electro-mechanical systems, including smart material based actuators for optical systems controls and piezoelectric motor development. From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Garcia was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where he was Director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics and the Smart Structures Laboratory. In this capacity he directed research in the areas of smart structures, control-structure interaction, and bio-inspired robotics. From 1991-97, he owned and operated Garman Systems, Inc., (now Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC) a small engineering corporation that designed and fabricated devices in the areas of adaptive structural systems, utilizing piezoelectric, electrostrictive and shape memory alloy materials. In 1995, Dr. Garcia was named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, appointed a 1993 Presidential Faculty Fellow by President Clinton, and twice received Summer Faculty Fellowship awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (’90,’91). In 1995, he was named “Most Promising Scientist,” by Hispanic Engineer magazine (now Technica) and received this award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). Dr. Garcia is author of more than 140 articles, book chapters and edited volumes. He serves on the ASME Aerospace Division’s Executive Committee and as on the Editorial Advisory Board to Smart Materials and Structures. In 2002, Professor Garcia received the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Adaptive Structures Prize for “significant contributions to the sciences and technologies associated with adaptive structures and/or materials systems.
Dr. George (Rusty) T. Gray, III
Los Alamos National Laboratory
GEORGE (RUSTY) T. GRAY, III is Laboratory Fellow and Team Leader and Technical Staff Member of the Structure/Property Relations Section at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research interests include the structure/property relationships during the deformation of materials, in particular in response to high-strain-rate and shock deformation. His research has focused on utilizing high-rate Split-Hopkinson bar and shock recovery experiments as part of an interdisciplinary research team combining real-time experiments, theoretical modeling, and post-shock material studies to investigate defect generation and storage during high-strain rate, shock loading, damage evolution, spallation, and fragmentation. He has developed and promoted the use of "soft" shock recovery techniques for systematically studying the influence of shock-wave loading parameters on post-shock material response. He has promoted dynamic structure/ property research on materials and worked to further the development of dynamic materials and condensed matter research within the materials and physics communities, government, and industry. He is a Fellow of ASM International, American Physical Society, and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He has been a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. He has served on the Acta Materials Board of Governors, and Adjunct Professor at Ohio State University. He has received a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows Prize, two Individual Distinguished Performance Awards and an Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
Dr. Prabhat Hajela
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PRABHAT HAJELA is Provost and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include analysis and design optimization of multidisciplinary systems; system reliability; emergent computing paradigms for design; artificial intelligence; and machine learning in multidisciplinary analysis and design. Before joining Rensselaer, he worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles for a year, and was on the faculty at the University of Florida for seven years. He has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 2003, Hajela served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of US Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy, including the anti-SPAM legislation that was signed into law in December 2003. Hajela is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Vice-President of the International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO). Hajela has held many editorial assignments including editor of Evolutionary Optimization, Associate Editor of the AIAA journal, and is on the editorial board of six other international journals. He has published over 255 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author or co-author of 4 books in these areas. In 2004, he was the recipient of AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award.
Dr. Jennie S. Hwang
H-Technologies Group, Inc.
JENNIE S. HWANG (NAE) is chief executive officer of H-Technologies Group and board trustee and distinguished adjust professor at Case Western Reserve. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. She has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corp., SCM Corp., and Sherwin Williams Co., and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the fast-moving infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. Dr. Hwang is an inventor and author of 300+ publications, including the sole authorship of several internationally-used textbooks. As a columnist for the globally circulated trade magazines “Global Solar Technology” and “SMT,” she addresses technology issues and global market thrusts. She also has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and a board director for Fortune 500 and private companies. Over the years, she has taught tens of thousands of professionals and managers in professional development courses, providing the continuing education and disseminating new technologies to the workforce. The YWCA’s Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award was established to encourage and recognize outstanding women students in science and engineering. Her formal education includes the Harvard Business School Executive Program, a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, two M.S. degrees in chemistry and liquid crystal science, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.