Roger L. McCarthy - (Chair)
Is an independent Mechanical Engineering consultant, an Officer and Treasurer of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Director on the Board of The National Academies Corporation (TNAC), a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Governing Board. He also serves as a Director on the Board of Shui on Land (SOL), Ltd., which is publicly traded (stock code 0272) on the Hong Kong Exchange. Dr. McCarthy was formerly employed by Exponent, Inc., (NASDAQ symbol “EXPO”), headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Dr. McCarthy joined Exponent, then Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., (FaAA) in 1978, and retired in 2008 where, during his 30+-year tenure, he was variously CEO, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus. In 1992, then President Bush appointed Dr. McCarthy to a two-year term on the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science. He was Commencement Speaker for the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering Graduation in April 2008. Dr. McCarthy has investigated some of the major disasters of the current age, most recently in the NAE investigation: Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico for Secretary of the Interior Salazar. He has appeared on The History Channel, Myth Busters, Discovery, Modern Marvels, and the National Geographic Channel.
Dr. McCarthy holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering.
Ramon L. Carrasquillo
Is the founder, President, and Consulting engineer working with Carrasquillo Associates, LTD (Austin, Texas) and Carrasquillo Engineering Services Group, PSC (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Formerly a full professor and researcher (1980 – 2000) at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin also Founder and President from 1994 – 2004 of Rainbow Materials, Inc. a ready-mix concrete supply company operating in Central Texas. For over 20 years performed extensive research in the areas of structural engineering, concrete materials, concrete durability, repair and rehabilitation of structures, construction, forensic engineering, failure analysis and nondestructive testing. Further, since 1980 has provided professional consulting services in the areas of structural engineering, construction, and concrete materials both in the USA and other countries worlwide. Has received numerous awards and recognitions including, among others, the ACI Foundation Award, ACI Robert E. Philleo Award, the ACI Henry C. Turner Medal, Member ACI Board of Directors, UT Austin Faculty Excellence Award, T.Y. Lin Award, and Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. Member of the American Concrete Institute, American Society for Testing and Materials, National Society of Professional Engineers, Structural Engineers Society of Texas, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and Puerto Rico Society of Professional Engineers. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas and Puerto Rico. Obtained a Bachelor.
[NAE], FASM, FSME was the vice president in the Boeing Research and Technology organization in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In this position, she led special projects that impacted processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Dr. Chong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Washington State Academy of Science in 2017. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Gordon Prize committee, the steering committee for EngineerGirl, the Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure Committee, and the Inclusive, Diverse, & Equitable Engineering for All (IDEEA) Committee. Chong is the immediate past President of ABET. She has served on the board, the Covid task group, and the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee of the Washington State Academy of Science. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi. She has served on the board of trustees, is a fellow of ASM International, and in 2007-08, was elected as the first female president of ASM International. She has led the ASM Women in Materials Engineering Committee and serves on the ASM Action in Education Team. Chong is currently president of SME, and is a fellow of SME. Chong was also inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2020 as part of the inaugural class. She has been recognized for managerial achievements and as a diversity change agent. Chong was also received an award for alumna achievement from the University of Illinois in 2019. Chong has also supported national efforts by supporting teams for the National Academies studies on reproducibility and replicability and materials and manufacturing workshops. Chong received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, Chong received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. She also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University and has green belt in Six Sigma.
Robert B. Gilbert
[NAE] Is Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty in 1993 after practicing as a geotechnical engineer for five years with Golder Associates Inc. His technical focus is the assessment, evaluation and management of risk for civil engineering systems. He has participated in the design or forensic analysis of foundations for a variety of large facilities throughout the world, including offshore energy production systems, bridges, chemical processing plants and flood protection systems. Dr. Gilbert has been awarded the Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers and an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served previously on an NRC committee to assess the performance of waste containment systems.
W. Allen Marr, Jr.
[NAE] Founded and leads Geocomp, one of the foremost providers in USA of real-time, web-based performance monitoring of civil engineering structures, including dams, levees, deep excavations, retaining walls, tunnels, buildings, bridges and utilities. Allen also has extensive experience in testing to measure the mechanical properties of earthen materials, as well as designing earth structures, determining the causes of poor performance of geotechnical structures and developing cost effective remedial measures for troubled projects. He has been instrumental in applying methods of risk assessment and risk management to infrastructure projects. He has participated in several major failure investigations including New Orleans levees, Millennium Tower in San Francisco, and several dams. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineers and the Moles. He has published widely and given invited keynote lectures around the world on topics in geotechnical engineering, performance monitoring, data management and risk management. He served two terms as President of the ASCE Academy of GeoProfessionals. Last year he was awarded the ASCE Seed Medal for his contributions to the advancement of research, practice, teaching, and professional service in geotechnical engineering.