Nicholas D. Lappos - (Chair)
NICHOLAS D. LAPPOS is a senior technical fellow for Advance Technology at Sikorsky. He is also chairman of the board of the Vertical Lift Consortium, an industry consortium established to work collaboratively with the U.S. Government to develop and transition innovative vertical lift technologies to rapidly and affordably meet warfighter needs. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Georgia Tech in 2004 and awarded the Sir Barnes Wallis Medal by the U.K. Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators in 2013. He is an honorary fellow and technical fellow of the American Helicopter Society (2013) and received the Frederick Feinberg Award as most outstanding pilot and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Tenhoff Award, 1988. Mr. Lappos holds 23 U.S. patents and three FAI world speed records. He has authored numerous technical papers for the American Helicopter Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the SAE, and written articles for magazines such as Rotor and Wing, Interavia, and has a regular column in HeliOps Magazine. Mr. Lappos was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Vertical Lift Consortium in 2010 and again in 2012. Mr. Lappos is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, and served as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam’s Cross of Gallantry. Serving as a test pilot for Sikorsky for over 27 years, he has flown over 70 different helicopter types. With over 7,500 hours flight time, Mr. Lappos served as chief research and development test pilot for over 12 years. Mr. Lappos has served on numerous technical committees for NASA, the American Helicopter Society, the FAA, and NATO’s Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development committees and working groups. Mr. Lappos has participated in the development of serval flight systems such as the S76, UH-60, RAH-66, ABC, Fantail, Shadow, Fly-by-wire demonstrator, CH-53E, and S92. He was the program manager for the S-92 program during its development, certification, and introduction into production. During that time, the National Aeronautic Association awarded the S-92 Industry Team the Robert J. Collier Trophy. He has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, and the Aeronautics 2050: A Workshop
Ella M. Atkins
ELLA M. ATKINS is a professor of aerospace engineering and associate director of robotics at the University of Michigan. She is also director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2SYS) Lab. She previously served on the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Atkins is past-chair of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, AIAA Associate Fellow, IEEE senior member, small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, MI) and private pilot. She was a member of the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group. Dr. Atkins holds a B.S. and M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. She has served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Committee on Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation, the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, and the Committee for the Review of NASA's Aviation Safety Related Programs.
James G. Bellingham
JAMES G. BELLINGHAM is the director of the Center for Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He arrived at WHOI from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, where he was director of engineering and recently chief technologist. Dr. Bellingham was founder and manager of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of Bluefin Robotics, a Massachusetts-based company that develops, builds, and operates autonomous underwater vehicles (since acquired by Battelle). He recently served as a member of the NSB committee that helped prepare the report, entitled Mainstreaming Unmanned Undersea Vehicles into Future U.S. Naval Operations.
Atherton A. Carty
ATHERTON A. CARTY is director of Enterprise Technology Roadmaps at Lockheed Martin. He is an executive leader within the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP) organization, also known as “The Skunk Works,” where he is responsible for leading and advancing ADP’s Technology Roadmaps portfolio, including air vehicles, mission systems, survivability, and revolutionary technologies, as well as the conceptual design core competency. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and has received the Lockheed Martin NOVA and Aerostar awards. He earned a M.S. for mechanical engineering from the George Washington University Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences (JIAFS) at the NASA Langley Research Center. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
DANIEL DELAURENTIS is a professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering at Purdue University. He also serves as the director of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation (i-GSDI) at Purdue University. His research is focused upon the development of foundational methods and tools for addressing problems characterized as system-of-systems in the context of Next-Generation Air Transportation Systems, especially including the presence of revolutionary aerospace vehicles, new business models, and alternate policy constructs. He has received the C.T. Sun Research Award and the Kevin Corker Award. Dr. DeLaurentis earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has previously served on the Academies Panel on Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences