Dr. Jennie S. Hwang - (Chair)
H-Technologies Group, Inc.
JENNIE S. HWANG (NAE) is CEO of H-Technologies Group, and board trustee and distinguished adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University. 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. With more than 30-year globe-trotting experience, she is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. She is an inventor and author of 400+ publications, including the sole authorship of several internationally-used textbooks and has lectured to tens of thousands of engineers and researchers on professional development courses. As a columnist for the globally circulated trade magazines “Global Solar Technology” and “SMT,” she addresses technology issues and global market thrusts. She is a speaker at many national and international events across the U.S. and abroad. Her speeches range from university commencement addresses to keynote at DoD Federal Women’s Program to tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to technologies and manufacturing. She is also an author and speaker on education, technology, trade and business issues. Dr. Hwang has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and a number of industry boards. Additionally, she has served as a board director for Fortune 500 NYSE-traded and private companies and various civic boards. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award, in its 14th year, recognizing outstanding women students who study in engineering, science and technology-related disciplines was established in her honor. Her formal education include Harvard University Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Governance Program, and four academic degress (Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Liquid Crystal Science, respectively, from Columbia University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Wesley L. Harris
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
WESLEY L. HARRIS (NAE) is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Provost for Faculty Equity, and Director of the Lean Sustainment Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected to the NAE “for contributions to understanding of helicopter rotor noise, for encouragement of minorities in engineering, and for service to the aeronautical industry.” He has performed research and published in refereed journals in the following areas: fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; unsteady, non-linear aerodynamics; acoustics; lean manufacturing processes; military logistics and sustainment. Harris has substantial experience as a leader in higher education administration and management. Harris also has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing major national and international aeronautical and aviation programs and personnel in the executive branch of the federal government. He is an elected Fellow of the AIAA, AHS, and of the NTA for personal engineering achievements, engineering education, management, and advancing cultural diversity.
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. Mark Eberhart
Colorado School of Mines
MARK EBERHART is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Molecular Theory Group (MTG). At the MTG knowledge of bonding is obtained through detailed topological analyses of the spatial distribution of electrons in molecules and solids. Many subtle aspects of the distribution become obvious when viewed from a topological perspective. The accompanying topological formalism gives well-defined, unambiguous, meaningful and consistent definitions to previously indeterminate quantities such as atomic bonds and basins. His work is based primarily on first principles computations, which provide the electron charge densities, and topological analysis software developed at the MTG. He is also exploring the topological and geometric origins responsible for the stability of amorphous metallic alloys. In addition to his work on condensed phase systems, his group has active research programs exploring the relationships between charge density and the chemical properties of molecular systems, both organic and inorganic. Dr. Eberhart holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in Physical Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. George (Rusty) T. Gray, III
Los Alamos National Laboratory
GEORGE T. (Rusty) GRAY III is a Laboratory Fellow and staff member in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL). He came to LANL following a three-year visiting scholar position at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany having received his PhD in Materials Science in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University. As a staff member (1985-1987) and later team leader (1987-2003) in the Dynamic Materials Properties and Constitutive Modeling Section within the Structure / Property Relations Group (MST-8) at LANL, he has directed a research team working on investigations of the dynamic response of materials. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on materials and structures, in particular in response to high-strain-rate and shock deformation. His research is focused on experimental and modeling studies of substructure evolution and mechanical response of materials. These constitutive and damage models are utilized in engineering computer codes to support large-scale finite element modeling simulations of structures ranging from national defense (DOE, DoD, DARPA), industry (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Bettis), foreign object damage, and manufacturing. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in the UK where he was on sabbatical in the summer of 1998. He co-chaired the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference in 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society(APS), a Fellow of ASM International(ASM), and a Fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society(TMS). He is a member of APS, ASM, TMS, and serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010 he served as the President of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. Starting in 2012 he became the chair of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors which overseas the publication of the journals Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, and Acta Biomaterialia. He has authored or co-authored over 410 technical publications.
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.