Alison K. Brown
Dr. Alison Brown (NAE) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVSYS Corporation, which she founded in 1986. NAVSYS Corporation specializes in developing next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Mechanics, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering from UCLA, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an M.A. and B.A. in Engineering from Cambridge University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the Institute of Navigation. She previously served as a member on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2016 – 2019 and 1994-2003. She served as a member of the Government-Industry Advisory Panel for Section 813, FY16 NDAA Rights in Technical Data; the 2014-2015, Chair, Region VIII Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board; the Small Business Technology Council; the Mountain States Employer Council; the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); and is a Member of NDIA’s Board of Trustees and Small Business Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Cosmos Club and the GPS World Advisory Board. She has three times chaired the District 13 Rhodes Scholar selection board. Dr. Brown has been selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Colorado’s Celebrate Technology, and as a Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Mile-Hi Council. She has also been appointed as chair of the Region VIII Regulatory Fairness Board of the Small Business Administration for 2014-2015.
George (Rusty) T. Gray, III
Dr. George “Rusty” Gray III (NAE) is a Laboratory Fellow in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL). He received his B.S.(1976) and M.S.(1977) from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He came to LANL following a three-year visiting scholar post at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany after his PhD in Materials Science in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on high-strain-rate and shock deformation. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in the UK where he was on sabbatical in 1998. He co-chaired the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society(APS), a fellow of ASM International(ASM), and a fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society(TMS). He is a member of APS, ASM, TMS, and serves on the Advisory Board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010 he served as the president of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. Starting in 2012 he became the chair of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors which oversees the publication of the journals Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Materialia. He has authored or co-authored over 450 publications. In 2017 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering(NAE). In 2018 he was awarded the Rinehart Award from the European DYMAT Association. In 2019 the American Physical Society awarded him the 2019 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award.
James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Dr. James E. Hubbard Jr. (NAE) is TEEX Eminent Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hubbard began his career as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Marine Engineer with unlimited horsepower ratings in steam and diesel engines. He served in Vietnam in 1970-71 under contract to the Military Sea Transport Service in this capacity. He received his B.S (’77)., M.S. (’78) and Ph.D. (’82) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is presently the TEES Eminent Professor and permanent fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Systems at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He has been a full professor serving academia since 2004 and has also held leadership positions in industry and government as well over a career spanning more than 40 years. Dr. Hubbard is a fellow and lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace (AIAA) as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Fellow of the Society of Photonics and Industrial Engineers (SPIE). He is also a Permanent Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Systems. His research efforts are focused on Adaptive Structures, System Identification and Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameters Systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific articles, published four books, and holds 24 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016. He is also a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM). He has held NRC board positions on the Air Force Studies Board (8 yrs) and the Navel Research Advisory Committee (6 yrs).
Greg H. Parlier
Dr. Greg H. Parlier is currently President, GH Parlier Consulting, and adjunct Professor of Operations Research at NC State University. A West Point graduate and retired Army Colonel, he is a combat veteran with 5 operational deployments and service in over 20 foreign nations on 12 named operations. He was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, air-ground battle staff officer, joint operations planner, and Army strategist. When he retired he was the Army's senior, most experienced Operations Research Officer with assignments spanning land warfare analyses, manpower and personnel, program analysis and evaluation, logistics, and teaching at West Point. For 12 years after retiring, he served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he was an advisor to several foreign governments and senior OR analyst supporting the multi-national forces command in Iraq. A distinguished graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, National Defense Fellow at MIT, and Army War College graduate, Dr. Parlier holds advanced degrees in engineering, operations research, and international security. He is a past president of the Military Applications Society of INFORMS, director for the Military Operations Research Society, and program chain for the annual series of International Conferences on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems.
Suhithi M. Peiris
Dr. Suhithi M. Peiris is scientific and technical senior executive, assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of Enhanced Energy Effects relating to technology for producing, transporting, and coupling energy from munitions to targets (inclusive of high explosives, initiation sciences, damage mechanisms, penetration, and fuzing). She is currently assigned as Technical Advisor - Platform and Weapon Technologies, to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Peiris did her B.S. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed her Ph.D. at University of Chicago, Illinios. After her Ph.D. she worked in Navy labs on energetic and reactive materials, and then joined the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to run the Counter-WMD Basic Research program. Since her Ph.D., she has published about 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Dr. Kelly Stephani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She earned her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2012 from The University of Texas at Austin, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department prior to joining the faculty at UIUC in 2014. Prof. Stephani’s background is in hypersonics, with emphasis on modeling and high-performance computing. Broadly, she develops predictive models and design tools for: (i) Materials, structures, and thermal protection systems (TPS), (ii) Hypersonic environments and phenomenologies, (iii) Applied aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics. Her technical expertise centers on computational tools that quantify thermal, chemical, and mechanical degradation of TPS materials in the hypersonic flight environment. Her work leverages advanced numerical methods to construct physics-based models, informed by world-class material characterization, experimental techniques, and full vehicle integration, to create a system-level design platform for the nation’s next generation of hypersonic vehicles. Prof. Stephani is an AIAA Associate Fellow, and is recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award (2015), AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2017), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2019).