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Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee (RPAC)

Project Scope:

Under the oversight of the Army Science, Technology, and Research Studies (ASTARS) Board, a committee to be named the Research Program Review and Analysis Committee (RPAC) will review a subset of the Army's research programs.  This continual review will include research activities at all RDECs (Army Research, Development and Engineering Centers), ERDC (Army Engineer Research and Development Center), MRMC (Medical Research and Materiel Command), ARI (Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences), and SMDTC (Space and Missile Defense Technical Center); but not PEOs (Program Executive Offices).  Currently, some reviews of this nature exist (examples being the National Academies reviews of the Army Research Laboratory and programs that are not in a Science & Technology Objective (STO) or Army Capability Enabler (ACE)), and this is not to be a duplication of what exists. 

At the completion of each program review (each program review is anticipated to be completed within a year) the RPAC will deliver a program review report summarizing the findings of its review.  Each program review report will be prepared by the RPAC on the basis of inputs received from its review subcommittees.   

Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 60 month(s)

RSO: McGee, Jim

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 02/11/2019

Jennie S. Hwang - (Chair)
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. Among her many honors and awards are U.S. Congressional Certificates of Recognition; induction Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame; named the R&D-Stars-to-Watch; and YWCA Achievement Award. She was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corporation. and has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation; Hanson, PLC; and Sherwin-Williams Company and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. She has served as Global President of the Surface Mount Technology Association and in other global leadership positions. An international speaker and author of more than 475 publications including several internationally-used books, she has lectured to tens of thousands of managers, engineers, and researchers on professional development courses. Her speeches range from university commencement addresses to keynote at Department of Defense Federal Women’s Program to tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a prolific author and speaker on education, workforce, and social and business issues. Additionally, Dr. Hwang has served as a board director for Fortune 500 NYSE-traded and private companies; various university and civic boards; on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and a number of international industry boards. On serving the National Academies, she chairs the Technical Assessment Board of Army Research Laboratory; and has served as NAE Membership Search Executive (Materials Section), on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board, the DoD R&D Globalization Board, the Committee on Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies, and the NAE, Award Committee, among others. She also has served as a reviewer for National Academies’ Reports and other national/international publications. Her formal education include the Harvard University Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Governance Program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S.) in materials science and metallurgical engineering, chemistry, and liquid crystal science. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence was established at her alma mater. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award is established in her honor, now for 17 years running, to encourage and recognize outstanding women students in STEM.
Bradley G. Boone
BRADLEY G. BOONE is a principal professional staff member of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory. During his career he has worked in infrared and microwave sensors (active and passive), radar electronic countermeasures, pattern recognition, radar target modeling, optical image correlation and signal processing, superconducting electronics, laser radar, optical and radio frequency communications, and systems engineering. He has been technology manager for Civilian Space; project lead on numerous exterally funded projects wih the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, and Ballistic Missile Defense; group supervisor in electro-optical systems; and principal investigator for numerous research and development efforts to advance innovative concepts in sensing, pattern recogition, and communication. He has taught for the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering for 37 years, serving both applied physics and electrical engineering curricula, and previously, was the visiting professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has published 70 papers and conference presentations, one textbook, two pending textbooks, and holds seven U.S. patents. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.
Diane E. Griffin
DIANE E. GRIFFIN, NAS/NAM is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was the vice president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2013-2017). She is a world leader in the study of viral pathogenesis and has elucidated mechanisms that control sindbis virus neurovirulence Her research interests are in the area of pathogenesis of viral diseases with a particular focus on measles and arboviral encephalitis. These studies address issues related to virulence and the role of immune responses in protection from infection and in clearance of infection. She has more than 400 publications and has served on multiple advisory and editorial boards. She is the U.S. chair of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program and past president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She is a member of the Association of American Physicians and American Philosophical Society. Among other honors, she has received the Rudolf Virchow Medal from the University of Wurzburg, Wallace Sterling Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Stanford University, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Excellence in Science Award, Maxwell Finland Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and MilliporeSigma Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She earned her B.A. in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and her M.D. and Ph.D. in microbiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Peter M. Kogge
PETER M. KOGGE is associate dean of engineering for research and also holds the McCourtney Chair in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his joining Notre Dame in 1994, he was with International Business Machines (IBM) Federal Systems Division. He was appointed an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow in 1990 and an IBM fellow in 1993. In 1977, he was a visiting professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1977 through 1994, he was also an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department of the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since 1997, he has been a distinguished visiting scientist at the Center for Integrated Space Microsystems at JPL. He is also the Research Thrust Leader for Architecture in Notre Dame's Center for Nano Science and Technology. For the 2000-2001 academic year, he was the Interim Schubmehl-Prein Chairman of the CSE Department at Notre Dame. Since 2003, he has been a concurrent professor of electrical engineering. His research interests are in advanced computer architectures using unconventional technologies such as Processing-In-Memory and nano technologies such as Quantum dot Cellular Automata (QCA). Dr. Kogge received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University; M.S. in systems and engineering sciences from Syracuse University, and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Christian Mailhiot
CHRISTIAN MAILHIOT is Senior Manager of the Materials Research Group at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Livermore, CA. Prior to joining SNL in 2016, he held the position of professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University (WSU) during the period 2013 – 2016. At WSU, he also held the positions of director for the Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC), and founding administrative director for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials (JCDREAM). Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Mailhiot was a senior technical manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during the period 1989 – 2013. Christian Mailhiot also held senior leadership positions at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in support of the National Nuclear Security Administra5ion (NNSA) and the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). He has worked in the areas of theoretical and computational condensed matter physics, ab initio many-body calculations of materials, atomic and electronic structure of materials, electronic structure theory and optical properties of semiconductor superlattices and synthetically modulated quantum-confined structures, semiconductor physics, surface and interface science, and static and dynamic pressure-induced phase transformations. He received his B.Eng. in engineering physics in 1978 from L’École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada. He obtained his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. From 1983 through 1989, he was a member of the technical staff at the Xerox Webster Research Center in Webster, NY, where he worked in the field of semiconductor and solid-state physics. In 2003, he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Materials Physics. He serves on numerous editorial boards and review and scientific advisory committees.
Francesco Paesani
FRANCESCO PAESANI is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He is a theoretical chemist working at the intersection of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and computer science. He is interested in developing new methods and software to predict the behavior of complex molecular systems at different length and time scales. Part of his research and publication interests focus on computer modeling of metal-organic frameworks from molecular adsorption to proton conduction. His interdisciplinary interests are in computational and theoretical chemistry and atmospheric and environmental materials. Dr. Paesani earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry from the University of Rome (La Sapienza).
C. Kumar N. Patel
C. KUMAR N. PATEL, NAS/NAE, is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Pranalytica, Incorporated, a Santa Monica based company that is the leader in quantum cascade laser technology for defense and homeland security applications. He is also professor of physics and astronomy, electrical engineering, and chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, he served as vice chancellor for research at UCLA. Prior to joining UCLA, he was the executive director of the Research, Materials Science, Engineering and Academic Affairs Division at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he began his career by carrying out research in the field of gas lasers. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide and many other molecular gas lasers that ushered in the era of high-power sources of coherent optical radiation. Dr. Patel was awarded the National Medal of Science for his invention of the carbon dioxide laser. His other awards include the Ballantine Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Zworykin Award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Lamme Medal of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, the Texas Instruments Foundation Founders Prize, and many more. Dr. Patel holds a B.E. in telecommunications from the College of Engineering in Poona, India, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
William A. Sirignano
WILLIAM A. SIRIGNANO, NAE is Henry Samueli Endowed Chair of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching interests have covered the topics of spray and droplet science and technology, combustion, aerospace propulsion, combustion instability, noise suppression and applied mathematics. His research accomplishments include analyzing and predicting periodic nonlinear oscillations with shockwaves in an unstable combustor; analysis of driving mechanisms for combustion instability in rockets and ramjets; explanation of the nonlinear fluid dynamics associated with Helmholtz resonators; determination of admittance for oscillatory, three-dimensional nozzle flows; theory for flame spread above liquid and solid fuels; theory for ignition of combustible gas by a hot projectile; resolution of turbulent flame and propagation in reciprocating and rotary internal combustion engines; theory of droplet vaporization and convective heating with internal circulation; computational methods for spray flows; theory of droplet interactions in a dense spray; liquid atomization theory; and miniature combustor technology. Dr. Sirignano earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. and Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.
Edwin L. Thomas
EDWIN L. THOMAS (NAE) is the E.D. Butcher chair of Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Thomas carries out research on photonics, phononics, interference lithography and mechanical behavior of microtrusses, polymer physics and engineering of the mechanical and optical properties of block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites. One area of special interest is photonics and the fabrication of polymeric photonic crystals using self-assembly, especially with block copolymers, and holographic interference lithography. For these studies, a large emphasis is placed on the understanding of complex relations between the lattice symmetry and optical properties of periodic structures. Another area of particular focus is phononics. He is exploring the way light and sound propagate in quasicrystalline photonic and phononic structures. Other major topics in Dr. Thomas’ research are structured polymers. His structured materials research concentrates on enhancing the ability to fabricate complex structures with characteristic length in submicron and nanometer range in order to create materials with superior properties that can be tailored to a particular application. Understanding the influence of composition and processing conditions on the resultant microstructure of polymers and how this determines the properties is the central part of his polymer morphology research. Dr. Thomas was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an inaugural fellow of the Materials Society. In 2009 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He coauthored the undergraduate textbook The Structure of Materials and a research monograph, Periodic Materials: Photonics, Phononics and Mechanics, and he has published over 450 papers and holds 20 patents. Dr. Thomas received a Ph.D. in materials science from Cornell University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and engineering science from the University of Massachusetts.

Edmund M. Yeh
EDMUND M. YEH is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University. He was previously assistant and associate professor of electrical engineering, computer science, and statistics at Yale University. He has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Princeton, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Dr. Yeh was one of the principal investigators on the original NSF-funded Future Internet Architecture (FIA) Named Data Networking Project. He will serve as general co-chair for the Association for Computuing Machinary (ACM) Conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN) 2018 in Boston. He is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, the Winston Churchill Scholarship, the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowships, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award, and the President’s Award for Academic Excellence (Stanford University). Dr. Yeh has served as the secretary of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society, as well as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering. Dr. Yeh earned his B.S. in electrical engineering with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He then studied at Cambridge University on the Winston Churchill Scholarship, obtaining his M.Phil in engineering. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT under Professor Robert Gallager.



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The RPAC will meet to deliberate on the draft report.

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Is it a Closed Session Event?

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jennie S. Hwang
Edwin L. Thomas
Bradley G. Boone
Diane E. Griffin
Peter M. Kogge
Christian Mailhiot
Francesco Paesani
C. Kumar N. Patel
William A. Sirignano
Edmund Yeh

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee discussed the assessment process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

The draft report.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 12, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event: