Rodward L. Hewlin, Jr.
RODWARD L. HEWLIN, JR. is assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte where he teaches engineering technology and construction management. His research areas include animal flight morphology; biological flows; computational fluid dynamics; electromagnetics and medical drug delivery; and heat and mass transport, among others. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Michael J. Hirschberg
MICHAEL J. HIRSCHBERG is executive director of the Vertical Flight Society (previously known as the American Helicopter Society, Inc.) after 20 years in the aerospace industry, primarily in vertical flight. He is responsible for the execution of the strategic direction set by the society's board of directors. He represents the vertical flight technical community and advocates for the advancement of vertical flight research and technology to the executive and legislative branches of the government. Hirschberg is the publisher of society publications, including Vertiflite, the Journal of the AHS, and the Annual Forum Proceedings. Hirschberg was previously a principal aerospace engineer with CENTRA Technology, Inc., providing technical and program management support for over 10 years to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) on advanced aircraft and rotorcraft concepts. Prior to this, Hirschberg worked in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office, supporting the development of the X-32 and X-35 vertical flight propulsion systems. He served as the managing editor of Vertiflite magazine, and as a contributing author since 1997. Hirschberg is an internationally-known lecturer, frequently presenting on vertical flight at short courses, meetings, conferences; and universities; and is the author/co-author of more than 100 publications on helicopter, V/STOL and advanced aircraft developments, including three books. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).Hirschberg holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia and a M.E. mechanical engineering from Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
YUANWEI JIN is currently chair and professor of electrical engineering with the engineering and aviation sciences department at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), which is a historically black institution (HBI). As department chair, he oversaw a steady increase of enrollment and graduation of students in the engineering and aviation science programs in his department, thus turning his department into a catalyst for upward social mobility by graduating students from low-income and often under-prepared backgrounds to become competitive STEM professionals such as engineers, professional pilots, airport managers, etc. As a professor, Jin is passionate about undergraduate student research and innovation. He holds five U.S. patents and has authored more than ninety peer reviewed technical papers published with his students and collaborators. Prior to joining UMES, he was a research scientist with the electrical and computer engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He was a recipient of the 2010 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Award. He received a STEM-Innovator Award and the Special Recognition Award for educational leadership at the Black Engineers Years Award (BEYA)-STEM Conference in 2019 and 2016, respectively. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Davis. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Mary A. Leung
MARY ANN LEUNG is the founder and president of Sustainable Horizons Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a diverse STEM workforce prepared to be leaders and add new dimensions to innovation. She heads up a variety of programs aimed at diversifying the Department of Energy National Laboratory workforce as well as catalyzing change in the broader professional community to normalize inclusion. In addition to programmatic work, the organization provides recommendations on workforce development and diversity and inclusion. This work includes the evaluation of national laboratory workforce data for a variety of STEM disciplines, workforce development practices including internships, fellowships, leadership development initiatives, and comparisons with national data on workforce availability. Leung led the highly competitive Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program. During her tenure in this role, the program achieved an unprecedented level of recruitment, fellow, and alumni engagement, through a strategic, multifaceted integration of online, regional, professional society, and annual conference activities. As a result of her efforts, in five years DOE CSGF doubled the number and overall quality of applicants, including doubling and in some cases quadrupling the number of underrepresented minority applications. A computational chemist by training, Leung is an experienced author and researcher. Her research interests include the development of scalable, parallel, scientific codes for the investigation of quantum mechanical phenomena as well as science, technology, engineering, and math education; workforce development; and diversity and inclusion. She graduated with honors from Mills College, earning a B.A. in chemistry with a math minor. Leung holds Ph.D. and an M.S. in computational physical chemistry from the University of Washington. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Sean P. Nolan
SEAN P. R. NOLAN is an engineer within the Compressor Systems Aero Group at Pratt and Whitney PW). During his 10 years at PW he has been involved in product design, testing, and field support on multiple programs. He has also been involved with compressor rig testing done in collaboration with NASA Glenn. Nolan has a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Gbadebo M. Owolabi
GBADEBO MOSES OWOLABI is a professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University and the director of graduate studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Howard University, he was a visiting research scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology sponsored by the Government of Canada through the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship. His recent research focuses on developing novel simulation-based strategies for predicting the formation and growth of small cracks in advanced materials and structures for numerous applications in large-scale industries including aerospace, ship/marine structures, pressure vessels, and other applications where fatigue is a critical issue in reliability analysis. In the last seven years, Owolabi has received research grant awards from the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy to support his research activities in the area of fatigue and fracture mechanics at various scales, high strain rate testing and material characterization, structural integrity and health monitoring, and additive manufacturing. Owolabi is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He obtained his B.S. (First Class Honors) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria for mechanical engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
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