Alec D. Gallimore
ALEC D. GALLIMORE (NAE) is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM), where he is founder and co-director of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Gallimore served as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for research and graduate education at the UM College of Engineering and as associate dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. His primary research interests include electric propulsion and plasma diagnostics. He has experience with a wide array of electric propulsion technologies including Hall thrusters, ion thrusters, arcjets, radiofrequency plasma sources, 100-kW-class steady magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thrusters, and megawatt-level quasi-steady MPD thrusters. Gallimore has implemented a variety of probe, microwave, and optical/laser plasma diagnostics. He has served on advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He was awarded the Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service by the U.S. Air Force and is a fellow of the AIAA. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has previously served on several National Academies committee.
James H. Gilland
JAMES H. GILLAND is a senior scientist at the Ohio Aerospace Institute and has worked there for 19 years. Dr. Gilland has performed and led mission and system studies for solar and nuclear electric propulsion systems, and he has performed research in high-power electric propulsion thruster concepts, including magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, Hall thrusters, and innovative wave heated concepts. Dr. Gilland is a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and an associate fellow of the AIAA. He received his Ph.D in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has not previously served on a National Academies committee.
BHAVYA LAL leads the space technology and policy portfolio at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). She has applied her expertise in engineering systems and innovation theory and practice to topics in space, with recent projects on commercial activities in low-Earth orbit and deep space, on-orbit servicing assembly and manufacturing, human exploration, space nuclear power, and space science. Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS, LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was a researcher at and the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Lal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration from George Washington University. She has previously served on several National Academies committee.
PARVIZ MOIN (NAS/NAE) is the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) at Stanford University. Established in 1987, CTR is devoted to fundamental studies of multi-physics turbulent flows and is widely recognized as the international focal point for turbulence research, attracting diverse groups of researchers from engineering, mathematics, and physics. Dr. Moin pioneered the use of direct numerical simulation and large eddy simulation techniques for the study of turbulence physics, control, and modeling of fluid mechanics, and he has written widely on the structure of turbulent shear flows. His current research interests include hypersonic flows, two-phase flows, aerodynamic noise, hydro-acoustics, aero-optics, propulsion, numerical methods for multi-scale problems, and flow control. Dr. Moin is the co-editor of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics and associate editor of the Journal of Computational Physics. He is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, American Physical Society (APS) Fluid Dynamics Prize, AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Dr. Moin is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the APS, AIAA, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Moin received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He has previously served on several National Academies committees.
Joseph A. Sholtis, Jr.
JOSEPH A. SHOLTIS, JR. is the owner and principal of Sholtis Engineering & Safety Consulting, providing expert nuclear, aerospace, and systems engineering services to government, national laboratories, industry, and academia since 1993. Prior to that, he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, having spent 22 years as a nuclear research officer and a system development program manager spearheading a wide variety of advanced nuclear technologies and systems for space, missile, and unique terrestrial applications. Mr. Sholtis is an expert in space nuclear systems, their safety and reliability, and the risks associated with their launch and use in space. He has been involved in the design and development of U.S. space reactor and radioisotope power systems (RPS), including conception and advancement of particle based fuels and fuel forms to enhance the design, performance, and safety of future RPS. He has participated in launch safety and mission risk analyses and evaluations of 15 U.S nuclear-powered or nuclear-heated space missions; served as program manager of the SP-100 space reactor program; advised the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (in particular, the Working Group on Nuclear Power Sources for Space); and served on NASA’s Nuclear Safety Policy Working Group on Nuclear Propulsion for the Space Exploration Initiative and on NASA’s Nuclear Power Assessment Study. He is an associate fellow of the AIAA, a member of the AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee (leading a team developing an AIAA White Paper on U.S. Space Nuclear Power Systems), and an emeritus member of the American Nuclear Society (ANSWER) and the ANS Trinity Section. He has authored more than 100 technical publications, including chapters in four textbooks, and has received numerous awards and citations from the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, DOE, Sandia National Laboratories, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the White House. He has previously served on a National Academies committee.
Steven J. Zinkle
STEVEN J. ZINKLE (NAE) is the Governor’s Chair Professor for Nuclear Materials in the Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Previously, he was chief scientist for the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Nuclear Science & Engineering Directorate and director of ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division. Dr. Zinkle’s research encompasses physical metallurgy and advanced manufacturing of structural materials and the investigation of radiation effects in ceramics and metallic alloys for fusion and fission energy systems. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has previously served on several National Academies committees.