Dr. Roger Ghanem
University of Southern California
ROGER GHANEM is the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology and Professor in the Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC in 2005, he had served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University and SUNY-Buffalo. Dr. Ghanem is an expert in stochastic analysis and stochastic computational science. He has developed the functional analytic approach to stochastic mechanics as a relevant tool in computational science and engineering. He has worked for the past twenty years to clarify scientific, mathematical and algorithmic foundations for the application of these methods to problems critical to national competitiveness and security. Dr. Ghanem has co-authored over 300 technical articles related to stochastic systems and predictive science. He has supervised the research of over 17 postdoctoral associates, 27 PhD students, and numerous Masters and Undergraduate students. Dr. Ghanem currently serves as Deputy Director for QUEST, a Department of Energy-SciDAC funded Institute for interfacing uncertainty quantification mathematics and software with computational science applications across the whole of DOE including the national laboratories.
Dr. Zelda Gills
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
ZELDA GILLS is a physicist working in the aerospace and defense industry as a technical project manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Dr. Gills’ career at Lockheed began in 2003 with engineering, prototyping and testing solutions for airborne communications, radar and defensive systems. She currently leverages expertise in systems engineering and avionics to conceptualize and mature solutions for mission system modification contracts valued at over $100 million each and aircraft recapitalization programs valued at over $1.5 billion long term. Over the course of her career, she has led multisite/multidisciplinary technical teams in a variety of industries including optics/photonics, telecommunications, electronics, and avionics. She is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received her undergraduate degree in physics, supported in part by an American Physical Society (APS) scholarship. With the support of a Bell Labs fellowship, she completed her Ph.D. in optics and laser physics at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Gills credits hunger for continuous improvement and support from strong mentors for her success. Consequently, she values opportunities to tutor and mentor students and intentionally looks for people in whom she can sow and cause to grow.
Dr. Jerry A. Krill
Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
JERRY A. KRILL is the assistant director for science and technology and chief technology officer at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), leading APL’s innovation initiatives and the Research and Exploratory Development Department. Dr. Krill’s expertise includes combat systems, systems engineering, sensor and weapons networks, and microwave technology. Previously he served as the JHU/APL assistant director for programs and chief quality officer. In that position Dr. Krill was responsible for all of APL’s over 700 programs, implemented an ISO-based quality management system, and co-chaired milestone and program management reviews for APL’s NASA science missions and instruments. Previous positions at JHU/APL include executive for air defense programs and head of the Power Projection Systems Department with its precision engagement and “info-centric” operations program portfolios. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. He was a principal in developing the U.S. Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability that networks air defense systems and, in 2000, led a joint Navy/BMDO working group to develop technical concepts for the Navy’s role in national and regional missile defense. He holds 19 patents, and his awards include Innovator of the Year by the Baltimore Daily Record and the American Society of Naval Engineers “Jimmie” Hamilton Award. Memberships include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Defense Industrial Association, National Space Society, and the International Council of Systems Engineering.
Professor Richard B. Miles
RICHARD B. MILES (NAE) is the TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Texas A&M University and the Robert Porter Patterson Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His expertise focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, microwaves and magnetic devices to control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, molecular detection and propulsion applications. Research on these applications areas is facilitated by advanced linear and nonlinear laser diagnostics he has developed for the study of high speed gas phenomena as well as for use in other application areas including liquid flows and the detection of hazardous material. He is currently examining microwave control of flame propagation, the stand-off detection of molecules by laser/microwave techniques, the role of high-power microwaves, electron beams and lasers in driving and controlling aerodynamic phenomena, new methods for flow diagnostics based on picosecond and femtosecond lasers, backward lasing methods in air, and plasma flow control and drag reduction of hypersonic vehicles. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya
MICHELLE PANTOYA is the J. W. Wright Regents Chair in Mechanical Engineering and professor at the Texas Tech University. Her research interests are in energetic materials, combustion, and experimental heat transfer. Her previous positions include being a visiting scholar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Combustion and Energetic Materials Division; and as a gas turbine research and development program manager at the California Energy Commission, Sacramento, California. Her honors and awards include the Barnie E. Rushing Research Award, Texas Tech University (2017); the Creativity Garden Grant by Disney – for development of informal engineering education at the Science Spectrum, Lubbock, TX, (2016); the YWCA Women of Excellence Award (2015); and the Outstanding Research, Texas Tech University (2012-2013). She earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. C. Kumar N. Patel
C. KUMAR N. PATEL (NAS/NAE) is Emeritus Professor of physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. Simultaneously, he is the founder, President and CEO of Pranalytica, Inc., a Santa Monica-based company that is commercializing highly sensitive and selective trace gas sensors and high-power quantum cascade lasers for commercial, homeland security, and defense markets. From March 1993 to December 1999, he was the Vice Chancellor of Research at UCLA. Until joining UCLA in March 1993, he was Executive Director, Research, Materials Science, Engineering and Academic Affairs Division at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. His work at AT&T Bell Laboratories led to the creation of the field of high-power molecular lasers, infrared nonlinear optics, ultra-small absorption measurement techniques for gases, solids, and liquids, and laser surgery. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide laser. He has authored/coauthored over 260 publications and has been awarded 48 U.S. patents. In 1980, Dr. Patel was elected an honorary member of the Gynecologic Laser Surgery Society, and in 1985, he was elected an honorary member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is the past president of the American Physical Society (1995) and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society (1993-1995). He co-chaired (with N. Bloembergen) the American Physical Society Study of the Science and Technology of Directed Energy Weapons. Dr. Patel received his B.E. in telecommunications from the College of Engineering in Poona, India. He received M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Donald Prosnitz
The RAND Corporation
DONALD PROSNITZ is a consultant at the RAND Corporation. He also serves as an associate senior fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR ) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a visiting scholar of the Berkeley Physics Department, and holds an affiliate appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His current activities at RAND concentrate on the utilization of technology to solve national and homeland security issues; current studies focus on law enforcement and electronic surveillance. Previous work examined how the nation might counter a terrorist campaign utilizing biological weapons. At CGSR his focus is on the interplay between high-performance computing and policy formulation. At Berkeley he was involved in research on free-electron lasers. In 1999, Dr. Prosnitz was named the first chief science and technology advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice by Attorney General Janet Reno. He was responsible for coordinating technology policy and technology projects among the Justice Department's component agencies including the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, Border Patrol and Bureau of Prisons and with state and local law enforcement entities. Dr. Prosnitz was previously the deputy associate director (programs) for nonproliferation, homeland and international security at LLNL. Prior to joining the Laboratory in 1979, he spent two years as an assistant professor at Yale University. Over the next three decades, he conducted research at LLNL on lasers, particle accelerators, high-power microwaves, free-electron lasers, remote sensing, counter terrorism technology and managed the design, construction, and operation of numerous research facilities. In 1990, he was awarded the U.S. Particle Accelerator Award for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology. In 2002, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a former chair of the American Physical Society Forum on Physics and Society. Dr. Prosnitz earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He is a licensed amateur radio operator and an active member of his community's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.)
Dr. Ghatu Subhash
University of Florida
GHATU SUBHASH is the Knox T. Millsaps Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests include, high strain rate and shock response of materials; dynamic multiaxial response, characterization of deformation modes, and fracture behavior of structural ceramics, metallic glasses, 3D woven composites, structural foams, nanostructured materials, and refractory metals; processing-structure-property relationships in ultra-high temperature ceramics; development of novel test methods for low density materials and experimental mechanics; dynamic hardness; modeling of material removal mechanisms during high speed grinding of ceramics. Dr. Subhash’s honors and awards include 2013 ANS MSTD Significant Contribution Award, American Nuclear Society Materials Science and Technology Division; Member-at-Large, Society of Experimental Mechanics Executive Board (2015-2017); fellow of SEM, Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2015; fellow of ASME for exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, 2004; SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in recognition of significant contributions to teaching, research, and student development, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2000; and ASEE Outstanding New Mechanics Educator, American Society for Engineering Education (1996). He is an Associate Editor of five international journals including the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Experimental Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, and Journal of Dynamic Behavioral Materials. He has published ISO peer-reviewed journal papers and 80 conference papers, and holds seven patents. He received his Ph.D. in applied mechanics and engineering sciences in 1991 from University of California, San Diego.