Louis J. Lanzerotti - (Chair)
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Louis J. Lanzerotti, Chair, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a retired Distinguished Member of Technical Staff of Bell Laboratories Lucent Technologies, where his responsibilities included supervision of laboratories and research and development. His principal research interests include space plasmas, geophysics, and engineering problems related to the impacts of atmospheric and space processes and the space environment on space and terrestrial technologies. He has served as chair of a number of NRC Boards and Committees, including the Space Studies Board, the Committee on Electric Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration, the Committee on the Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Committee on Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage. Dr. Lanzerotti also served as a member of the Academies’ Report Review Committee. He has been principal investigator on NASA and commercial space satellite missions, including PI for instruments on the currently-flying NASA dual spacecraft Van Allen Probes mission. Dr. Lanzerotti was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.
Mehdi Ahmadian is Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Ahmadian worked as Lead Design Engineer at General Electric Transportation System and in various engineering and management positions at Lord Corporation. Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 130 archival journal publications and more than 250 conference publications, including a number of keynote lectures. He has edited 6 technical proceedings and has made more than 300 technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds 10 U.S. and international patents, and has edited four technical volumes. He currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Vibration and Control, and Editor-in-Chief of Shock and Vibration journal. In the past, he has served as Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Automobile Engineering (2010 – 2014), Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989 – 1996), the AIAA Journal (2000 – 2008), and journal of Shock and Vibration (2003 – 2011). Dr. Ahmadian is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), and Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His most recent professional awards include the 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) Forest R. McFarland Award, the 2014 SAE International L. Ray Buckendale Award with a plenary lecture on “Integrating Electromechanical Systems in Commercial Vehicles for Improved Handling, Stability, and Comfort,” and the 2015 SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award. Dr. Ahmadian is an active member of SAE International. His activities include: Member, Executive Nominating Committee; Member-at-Large, SAE Membership Board; Executive Council Member, SAE International Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (COMVEC); Activity Chair, COMVEC 2015; Activity Chair, COMVEC 2010; and past Chair of the SAE Chassis and Suspension Committee. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
M. Beck Consulting, LLC
Marshall Beck, of M Beck Consulting, LLC, is the former Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at New York Air Brake Company (retired). During his 25 year career at New York Air Brake, Mr. Beck provided leadership on corporate vision and product innovation efforts, including the design and launch of the locomotive Computer Control Brake (CCB II), EP-60, and LEADER train handling technologies. Mr. Beck also holds a number of related patents. Prior to New York Air Brake, Mr. Beck was the Director of Marketing at Bombardier, where he was responsible for passenger rail in both Commuter and Intercity markets. Mr. Beck has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Philip J. Daum
Engineering Systems, Inc.
Philip J. Daum is a Principal at Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI) who specializes in mechanical engineering, research, development, and experimental testing. He has conducted complex, multidisciplinary research and failure/accident investigations pertaining to freight and transit railroads, cargo and portable tanks, transportation equipment systems and components, and hazardous materials. His evaluations include the areas of reliability, durability, crashworthiness, security performance and regulatory compliance. His 35 years of industrial experience includes design of railroad rolling stock, truck/bogies, brakes, draft systems, valves, pressure relief devices, safety equipment, and operating components/systems. He is also experienced in technology evaluations, intellectual property analysis, equipment qualification, health monitoring, and maintenance. Mr. Daum received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds Professional Engineering licenses in Illinois and California.
Southwest Research Institute
Jenny L. Ferren is the manager of the Structural Dynamics and Product Assurance Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). She leads a team of engineers and technicians engaged in applied research, development and independent testing services for the aerospace, automotive, nuclear, roadside safety, telecommunications, marine, and oil and gas industries, and for the U.S. military. She has more than 20 years of experience in experimental structural dynamics, physical environmental testing, failure mode analysis, data acquisition, and analysis, as well as mechanical design and product development for which she holds two patents. Her project work at SwRI has primarily included engineering stress screening and qualification testing to assess functionality, structural integrity and compatibility of equipment subjected to extreme environmental conditions. She also oversees reliability evaluations, as well as model validation testing to support structural and dynamic analysis of large-scale systems. Ms. Ferren is responsible for business development efforts, including financial growth and promotional activities for the section, and serves as the system administrator responsible for maintaining the Structural Engineering Department’s ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and NQA-1 quality programs. Ms. Ferren received a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.