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About Us

The ASEB was established in 1967 “to focus talents and energies of the engineering community on significant aerospace policies and programs." In undertaking its responsibility, the ASEB oversees ad hoc committees that recommend priorities and procedures for achieving aerospace engineering objectives, and offers a way to bring engineering and other related expertise to bear on aerospace issues of national importance. Among these issues are: research and development aspects of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen); NASA’s aeronautics research program; national aeronautics R&D policy and its implementation; space policy and programs, with a focus on human spaceflight and space operations; commercial space activities; and other aerospace engineering topics.


Board Meetings

 

2016

April 25-26, 2016
Washington, DC

View Agenda I View Presentations

October 12-14, 2016
Irvine, CA 
View Agenda I View Presentations       
2017May 1-2, 2017
Washington, DC 
October 11-13, 2017
Irvine, CA 
2018April 30-May 1, 2018
Washington, DC
October 10-12, 2018
Irvine, CA 
2019April 29-30, 2019
Washington, DC 
October 9-11, 2019
Irvine, CA 
2020April 27-28, 2020
Washington, DC 
October 14-16, 2020
Irvine, CA 

 
To view archive of past board meetings go to Board's meetings page
 

Current Members

 

We regret to report that Vice Chair Patti Grace Smith passed away on June 5, 2016. Her term as Vice Chair and Executive Committee member began on January 2, 2014. Read her obituary in the New York Times.

EX OFFICIO MEMBER: Vice Chair, Space Studies Board 

  • Robert D. Braun, Georgia Institute of Technology
     

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board's Executive Committee (XCOM) is a subset of the full Board, and acts on the Board's behalf between its regular meetings. The XCOM assists the chair with strategic planning, consults on Board and committee membership, and develops agendas for Board meetings.

Membership to be determined.

 

Biographies

Alan H. Epstein (NAE) is the vice president of technology and environment at Pratt & Whitney, where he is responsible for setting the direction for and coordinating technology across the company as it applies to product performance and environmental impact. He leads Pratt & Whitney’s efforts to identify and evaluate new methods to improve engine performance and fuel efficiency for all new Pratt & Whitney products. He also provides strategic leadership in the investment, development, and incorporation of technologies that reduce the environmental impact of Pratt & Whitney’s world-wide products and services. Before joining Pratt & Whitney, Dr. Epstein was the R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he holds an appointment as professor emeritus. He was also the director of the MIT Gas Turbine Laboratory. His research while at MIT was concerned with gas turbines, power and energy, aerospace propulsion, and micro-mechanical and electrical systems (MEMS). He has served on multiple government advisory committees, has authored or coauthored more than 140 technical publications, and has given more than 180 plenary, keynote, and invited lectures around the world. He has won several international awards for topics that include heat transfer, turbomachinery, instrumentation and controls, gas turbine technology, and MEMS. He was the ASME IGTI Gas Turbine Scholar in 2003. Dr. Epstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of AIAA and ASME. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in aeronautics and astronautics. Dr. Epstein was the chair of the NRC Board on Army Science and Technology and has served on many previous NRC committees, most recently the Committee on Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrow’s Warfighter Symposium–2010 and the Committee for Technology Insight–Gauge, Evaluate, and Review.
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Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Vice Chair, is vice president for Research Development at Arizona State University. Previously, she was the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Mission Development Engineering Directorate. She served as the deputy associate laboratory director for the National Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to joining Oak Ridge, Dr. Cantwell was the division leader for the International, Space, and Response Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her career began in building life-support systems for human spaceflight missions with NASA and she later served as a program manager at NASA headquarters working with life and microgravity programs. She earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cantwell has extensive National Academies experience, including past memberships on the Space Studies Board and the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences; previous service as co-chair of the Committee on Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space; and as a member of the Committee on NASA’s Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap, the Review of NASA Strategic Roadmaps: Space Station Panel, the Committee on Technology for Human/Robotic Exploration and Development of Space, and the Committee on Advanced Technology for Human Support in Space. Dr. Cantwell is currently co-chair of the ASEB/SSB Standing Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space; and a member of the Committee to Review Governance Reform in the Nuclear Security Administration, and the Planning Committee for Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing: A Workshop.
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Arnold D. Aldrich is an aerospace consultant. He joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley Field, Virginia, in 1959, six months after the award of the contract to build the Mercury Spacecraft and four months following the selection of the seven original astronauts. He held several key flight operations management positions at Langley and at the NASA Johnson Space Center during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Subsequently, he served as Skylab deputy program manager; Apollo Spacecraft deputy program manager during the successful Apollo Soyuz Test Project with the Soviet Union; Space Shuttle Orbiter project manager, where he oversaw 15 successful flights as well as the construction of the orbiters Discovery and Atlantis; and as Space Shuttle program manager. Following the space shuttle Challenger accident, Mr. Aldrich was appointed director of the National Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle Program) at NASA Headquarters where he led Space Shuttle Program recovery and return-to-flight efforts. He served as NASA associate administrator for aeronautics and space technology, where he oversaw NASA efforts on the National Aerospace Plane and the High Speed Civil Transport and was responsible for program and institutional activities at the NASA Langley, Lewis, Ames, and Dryden research centers. Subsequently, Mr. Aldrich was appointed NASA associate administrator for Space Systems Development, overseeing the Space Station Freedom program, development of the Space Shuttle Super Lightweight External Tank, and other space system technology initiatives, including single-stage-to-orbit concepts and feasibility. He also led political and technical initiatives with Russia, leading to the incorporation of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft as the on-orbit emergency rescue vehicle for the International Space Station (ISS). In 1994, Mr. Aldrich left NASA and joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California, where he served as vice president of commercial space business development and subsequently as vice president of strategic technology planning. With the merger of Lockheed and Martin Marietta, he joined Lockheed Martin corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversaw X-33/Venturestar single-stage-to-orbit program activity. Later, he became director of program operations and pursued a broad array of initiatives to enhance program management across the corporation. Mr. Aldrich has received numerous honors during his career, including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He is an honorary fellow of the AIAA. Mr. Aldrich holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. Dr. Aldrich served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Human Spaceflight: Technical Panel.
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Brian M. Argrow is professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Director of the Integrated Remote & In Situ Sensing Program, anddirector emeritus of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research topics include small unmanned aircraft system design and airspace integration, dense and rarefied gas dynamics, sonic boom, and engineering education, with more than 100 research publications. Dr. Argrow has served as associate dean for education and is a CU president’s teaching scholar. He is a fellow of the Center for STEM Learning and a recipient of the W.M. Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. Dr. Argrow co-chaired the first Symposium for Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS). He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is chair-emeritus of the AIAA Unmanned Systems Program Committee (USPC), and he organized and chaired the first major, joint AIAA/AUVSI event, the Second Workshop on Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS-2). Dr. Argrow is an alumnus of the DARPA/IDA Defense Science Study Group, and he received the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award for his service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He served on the NASA Advisory Council’s UAS Subcommittee and several other NASA and NOAA advisory boards and committees. Dr. Argrow currently serves on the ASTM F38 Subcommittee for “Specifications for UAS Operations over People.” He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma. 
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Steven J. Battel is president of Battel Engineering, providing engineering, development, and review services to NASA, the Department of Defense, and university and industrial clients. His areas of specialization include program management, cost and schedule evaluation, systems engineering, advanced technology development, spacecraft avionics, power systems, high-voltage systems, precision electronics, and scientific instrument design. He has developed scientific instruments for recent NASA missions including Curiosity, Mars-Phoenix, Cassini, HST, LADEE and MAVEN. Mr. Battel was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope External Readiness Review Team for SM-2, SM3A, and SM3B; the AXAF/Chandra Independent Assessment Team; the TDRS-H/I/J Independent Review Team; the Mars Polar Lander Failure Review Board; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Genesis Failure Review Board. He has also been a member of more than 60 review boards for NASA missions and is a technical advisor to SKYBOX imaging and B612. Prior to becoming president of Battel Engineering, he worked as an engineer, researcher, and manager at the University of Michigan, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He served a 3 year term as a member of the AURA Space Telescope Institute Council. He has been recently elected a Fellow of the AIAA. He served on the NRC Committee on NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment and the Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the [steering] Committee on Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, the [steering] Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and on the [standing] Committee on Earth Studies. He recently completed service on the Space Studies Board.
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Meyer (Mike) J. Benzakein (NAE) is the assistant vice president for Aerospace and Aviation Research at The Ohio State University. He started his industrial career at General Electric in 1967 with research on jet engine noise reduction followed by the launch of the CFM56 engine program with SNECMA. From 1993-2004, he was responsible for the certification of the GE90-85B and the GE90-115B and its installation on the Boeing 777 aircraft. He was responsible for launching the GEnx for the Boeing 787. In his last 5 years, he was responsible for the development of all commercial and military engines at GE. Dr. Benzakein started his academia career at The Ohio State University in 2004, where he occupied a number of positions: head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, director of the Propulsion and Power Center, and assistant vice president for Research in Aerospace and Aviation. In his current position he is responsible for promoting strong cooperation between NASA and United States Air Force, as well as cooperation with other universities in the US, Europe, China, and Japan. Dr. Benzakein has received a number awards of particular note: Docteur Honoris Causa, University of Poitiers; member of the National Academy of Engineering; fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and recipient of the Reed Medal for Aeronautics of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received his engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Dr. Benzakein has served on the National Academies Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions and has served as a panel member for the Laboratory Assessment Board.
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Brian J. Cantwell (NAE) is the Edward C. Wells Professor in the school of engineering at Stanford University. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1978 and served as department chairman from 2001 to 2008. Research topics have included experimental and numerical investigations of variable density and reacting flows. Since 1998 his research has been concentrated on studies of the mixing and combustion between a flowing oxidizer and liquid droplets entrained from the surface of a melting fuel. This research has led to the identification of a new class of very fast burning fuels for application to hybrid propulsion. In the last few years he has also studied the use of nitrous oxide as a monopropellant for small space thrusters. This work has led to a new area of interdisciplinary study that joins propulsion research with environmental biotechnology. In this research the focus is on terrestrial applications where energy is derived from waste nitrogen. He was a member and deputy chairman of the AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel from 1989 to 1997, supporting the aerospace technology needs of NATO. From 1994 to 2008, he served as a member of an Executive Independent Review Team overseeing the development of the F119, F135, and F136 engines for the Air Force Raptor and Lighting II fighters. He was given the excellence in teaching award by the Stanford student chapter of the AIAA in 1984 and 1988. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the AIAA, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society a member of Sigma Xi and the NAE. He is the author of four books including a textbook on symmetry analysis published by Cambridge Press in September 2002. He holds a B.A. and B.S. from Notre Dame and an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Cantwell served on the NRC’s Committee on Army Basic Scientific Research and on the 2009 NAE Nominating Committee.
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Eileen M. Collins is president of Space Presentations, LLC and a retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut. Since retiring she has focused on her role as a professional speaker through Space Presentations, LLC--which focuses on space education. Col. Collins began her career as an Air Force pilot logging over 6,751 hours in 30 different types of aircraft. She was a T-38 instructor pilot, a C-141 aircraft commander and instructor pilot, a T-41 instructor pilot and a professor of mathematics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. A graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, Col. Collins was selected by NASA in 1991 for the astronaut program. She has flown on four space shuttle flights in her career. STS-63 Discovery, which was the first flight of the new joint Russian-American Space Program and the first shuttle flight to have a female pilot. STS-84 Atlantis, NASA’s sixth shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. STS-93 Columbia was the first Space Shuttle to be commanded by a woman—the highlight of the mission was the deployment of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. STS-114 Discovery, which was the Return to Flight mission during which the shuttle docked with the International Space Station and the crew tested and evaluated new procedures for flight safety and shuttle inspection and repair techniques. Col. Collins also worked in Orbiter engineering support, and served on the astronaut support team responsible for Orbiter prelaunch checkout, final launch configuration, crew ingress/egress, and landing/recovery. She also worked in mission control as a spacecraft communicator, served as the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems Branch Chief, Chief Information Officer, Shuttle Branch Chief, and Astronaut Safety Branch Chief. Col. Collins retired from the Air Force in 2005 and from NASA in 2006. Col. Collins has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury, October 1983), French Legion of Honor, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, Free Spirit Award, and the National Space Trophy. She received an A.S. in mathematics/science from Corning Community College, a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Syracuse University, a M.S. in operations research from Stanford University, and a M.A. in space systems management from Webster University.
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Michael P. Delaney was named the vice president and general manager of Airplane Development in April 2016 with responsibility for all Boing Commercial Airplane (BCA) development programs. He leads the design, development, integration, testing, and certification of the next generation of airplane models, including the 737 MAX, 777X, and 787-10. He also oversees all aspects of product development, the engineering team that formulates the preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems, improves environmental performance and develops advanced technology. Previously he was vice president of Engineering for BCA for over six years, in addition to being senior chief engineer of Airplane Performance and Product Architecture. Before 2010 he was vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program, leading the readiness effort for first airplane delivery, technical configuration, product integrity and safety. Delaney has also served as vice president of engineering for the 747/767/777 programs, as vice president of Commercial Airplanes Test and Validation and as the chief project engineer for the Boeing Next-Generation 737 program. Mr. Delaney began his career as an aerodynamics engineer at Grumman Aerospace. He transitioned to commercial aircraft flight testing in 1988 when he began working for McDonnell Douglas. In 1994, Delaney was promoted to principal specialist for all widebody flight test activity, and in 1997 became senior manager of Flight Test Engineering. That same year, Delaney was promoted to director of 717 Airplane Test and Validation. After the successful certification of this new model, he was given the additional responsibility for Flight and Lab Test/Flight Operations and served as 717 deputy chief project engineer. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Hofstra University and a M.B.A. from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse in 2001. Delaney was named an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2011 and named a fellow of the AIAA in 2013. Mr. Delaney has not previously served on a National Academies activity, other than the ASEB.
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Karen Feigh is an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Feigh has previously worked on fast-time air traffic simulation, conducted ethno-graphic studies of airline and fractional ownership operation control centers, and designed expert systems for air traffic control towers and NextGen concepts. She is also experienced in conducting human-in-the-loop experiments for concept validation. Her research interests fall into two broad categories: Decision Support System Design and Computational Cognitive Modeling for Engineering Design. Dr. Feigh's research interests include the domains of dynamic socio-technical settings, including airline operations, air transportation systems, UAV and MAV ground control stations, mission control centers, and command and control centers. More generally her research interests include adaptive automation design, the measurement of, and design for different cognitive states. Among her honors and distinctions are: AIAA, Wilbur and Orville Wright Graduate Award 2006; Zonta International, Amelia Earhart Fellowship, 2005; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2001-2006; and Marshall Scholar 2001-2003. She holds a B.S. in aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MPhil in aeronautics from Cranfield University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has no prior NRC committee experience.
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Nicholas D. Lappos is a senior technical fellow for Advance Technology at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. 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 UK Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators, 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 US 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 R&D 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, 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 in 2002. He has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973. He has served on the National Academies Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.
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Mark J. Lewis is the Director of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, a federally-funded research and development center that supports the white house and other executive branch agencies. Previous to that he was the Willis Young, Jr., Professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He has also served as the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. He is the past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Dr. Lewis has been teaching and conducting basic and applied research in the fields of hypersonic aerodynamics, advanced propulsion, and space vehicle design and optimization. His work has spanned the aerospace flight spectrum from the analysis of conventional jet engines to entry into planetary atmospheres at hypervelocity speeds, with a specialty in the integration of high-speed engines with highly-efficient airframes. Dr. Lewis is the author of more than 300 technical publications, and he has been adviser to more than 70 graduate students. A recipient of both the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Dr. Lewis received the IECEC/AIAA Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate in 2007. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of AIAA, and a president’s fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. Lewis received a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and in Earth and planetary science and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the NRC Air Force Studies Board and has previously served as a member of Panel B: Robotic Access and Human Planetary Landing Systems and the Panel to Review Air Force Office of Scientific Research Proposals in Fluids.
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Valerie M. Manning is the senior vice president of Customer Support at Airbus, where she is responsible for the relationship and interaction between Airbus and all aircraft owners, operators, and maintainers of the more than 9,000 Airbus aircraft in service around the world. As such, Dr. Manning leads a large team of professionals residing globally—including the worldwide field service team, the customer support directors, the Airbus warranty program, credit and cash management, and all support or services contracts from initial aircraft sale until aircraft decommissioning. Dr. Manning has more than 25 years of service in government and civilian roles at Airbus, the United States Air Force, and McKinsey and Company. Prior to her current role, Dr. Manning served as vice president and head of Airbus Upgrade Services, where she led the sale, development, certification, and delivery of optional modifications to airframes, cabins, and systems for the Airbus fleet. At the parent company of Airbus, EADS (now merged with Airbus), Dr. Manning has served as the vice president and chief of staff to the Chief Technical Officer (CTO). She has also served on A380 and A400M technical assessment teams and has managed an EADS technology development and commercialization program. In her first role with EADS, Dr. Manning served as Director of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions in North America. This position was preceded by employment as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, concentrating on Aerospace and high-tech (internet) consulting. She also consulted privately in multidisciplinary optimization and supersonic design. Before McKinsey, Dr. Manning was employed General Motors as an aerodynamics engineer. She began her career in the United States Air Force and has served continuously on active duty or in the reserves since her commission upon graduation from university. This has included assignments in Manpower at Kelly AFB, Acquisitions Security at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Secretariat, the Joint Reserve Directorate within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as a member of the USAF World Class Athlete Program where she represented the Air Force around the world in athletics competitions and competed in two Olympic Trials. Dr. Manning graduated from Princeton University with a B.S in mechanical and aerospace engineering, going on to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University with concentrations in supersonic aircraft design, natural laminar flow, and multidisciplinary optimization. She complemented these degrees with a minor concentration in Orthopaedic Biomechanics. Additionally Dr. Manning is a graduate of Air War College and completed Advanced Joint Professional Military Education at National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College. Dr. Manning, currently residing in Toulouse, France, is an active instrument-rated pilot, and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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Richard McKinney is an independent consultant for RWMcKinney, LLC and retired as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service in 2013 with his final position the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space). In this capacity, he provided the principal support to the Under Secretary of the Air Force’s role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise. He also served as the co-executive secretary for the Defense Space Council providing oversight of the Space Virtual Major Force program and advising the DoD Executive Agent for Space. He is an expert on interagency space issues and advised a variety of government agencies such as the White House, Department of Transportation, NASA, Department of Commerce, Congress, and the State Department. Prior to his position as the Deputy Under Secretary, Mr. McKinney advised the Secretary of the Air Force on restructuring of the Headquarters Air Force space management and responsibilities organization. He also advised the DoD Executive Agent for Space on space management which resulted in the creation of the Defense Space Council which overseeing space decisions within the DoD. Mr. McKinney served as the European Space Liaison from 2007-2009 where he developed expertise on European Space Agency and European Union space programs and how the U.S. and Europe could best cooperate in military space activities. Mr. McKinney also was an Air Force officer with assignments that included serving as the first System Program Director of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program (Delta IV and Atlas V) from 1995-1999. The EELV has remained over the years that followed the primary means to place National Security Space systems into orbit. Mr. McKinney also served in a variety of acquisition positions working on the Peacekeeper ICBM, GPS, and Titan IV programs. Mr. McKinney has been awarded the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters. Additional awards include the Department of Defense David Packard Award for excellence in acquisition and the Air Force John J. Welch, Jr. Award for excellence in acquisition management. Mr. McKinney received a B.A. in business administration from Washington State University, a M.B.A. from the University of Montana and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1982.
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Parviz Moin (NAS/NAE) is the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), and the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Moin pioneered the use of Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation techniques for the study of turbulence physics, control, and modeling of multi-physics thermal and fluid systems, and has written widely on the structure of turbulent shear flows. His current research interests include the interaction of turbulent flows and shock waves; aerodynamic noise, aero-optics, turbulent mixing and combustion, flow control, and scientific computing. Dr. Moin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. He is the editor of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics and associate editor of the Journal of Computational Physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA. He is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the (AIAA)’s Lawrence Sperry Award, American Physical Society’s Fluid Dynamics Prize, AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. He was honored with an Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. Dr. Moin served a term as the elected chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society in 2000-2001. Dr. Moin has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and M.S. in mathematics from Stanford University. He is currently serving as the chair of the Engineering Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences.
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John M. Olson is the vice president and general manager, Government and Defense at Polaris Industries where he leads the development, test, and sales of Polaris government and military vehicles, equipment, and accessories for domestic and international customers, advanced development, and government affairs. Dr. Olson is the former Vice President, Space Systems and a Strategic Vice President for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). At SNC, he was responsible for space exploration systems, including the Dream Chaser commercial human spaceflight program and advanced development which includes international, interagency, industry, and academia relationships for spacecraft and technology development, payloads, and operations. Dr. Olson has more than 28 years of government service and leadership in aerospace, technology development and program management in the Air Force, NASA, and the White House. Prior to joining SNC, Dr. Olson was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for interagency strategy, policy, plans, priorities, and integration for civil, commercial, and national security space and aeronautics, including developing and implementing the National Space Policy, the National Space Transportation Policy, the National Rocket Propulsion Strategy, the National Hypersonics Strategy, and leading collaborative international activities with the United Nations and U.S. State Department in space exploration, orbital debris, Transparency and Confidence Building Measures, and treaty efforts. Prior to serving at the White House, Dr. Olson was a NASA senior executive in the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC where he was responsible for NASA’s integrated human space exploration architecture, operations concepts, mission plans, and analysis of technology, capabilities, and systems. He also led cross-cutting integration and strategic management of risk, knowledge, affordability, systems engineering, software, enterprise security, and the industrial base and oversaw international, interagency, industry, and science partnership coordination. In other NASA assignments, Olson was Director of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Integration Office, directing NASA’s human and robotic space exploration activities. As the Exploration Transition Manager at NASA HQ, he was responsible for planning activities and processes to support the retirement and transition of the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs. He started his NASA career as the Manager of International Space Station Operations in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA HQ, serving as the lead for integrated Shuttle/Station operation, the Crew Exploration Vehicle, and commercial space. Before joining NASA, Olson served in the US Air Force in several capacities, including: Chief of the Test, Operations, and Programs Division in the Space Vehicle Operations Directorate at Kirtland AFB NM as an X-vehicles program manager and space acquisition leader; the Chief of Test, Flight Commander of Special Projects; Airborne Test Branch Chief, conducting flight tests in the F-15 and F-16 in the 46th Test Wing's Munitions Test Division at Eglin AFB FL; a project and flight test manager for Special Operations flight test in seven fixed-wing and rotary platforms at Hurlburt Field, FL; and, an engineer at the Air Force Advanced Composites Program Office at McClellan AFB, CA. Olson continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve as the Senior Reserve Officer for the Program Executive Officer for Agile Combat Support at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio where he leads joint force support for 660+ acquisition programs, over 1,500 personnel, and $14B, including Air Force weapons, electronic warfare systems, human systems, simulators, all vehicles, automated test kits, and Air Force industrial plants and facilities. He also serves as air and space expert and interagency liaison on acquisition, science and technology applications, human performance, space access, space situational awareness, and international issues. Dr. Olson is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, a Presidential Rank Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the DoD Packard Excellence in Acquisition award, among numerous others. Dr. Olson is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also currently a member of the Board for the American Astronomical Society and AirSpace Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University and has four additional engineering degrees. He is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program, USAF Test Pilot School, Air War College, and the Defense Language Institute (French, Russian), and is a commercial, multi-engine instrument-rated pilot and flight test engineer with flight experience in 82 aircraft.
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Robie I. Samanta Roy is corporate vice president of technology and innovation at Lockheed Martin. Robie’s responsibilities include leading the corporation’s enterprise-level technology innovation strategy to ensure the corporation’s continuing ability to develop and leverage new technologies. In this role, he supports the Chief Technology Officer and works across the corporation to develop and actively manage enterprise technology roadmaps and associated R&D investments aligned with business area and customer needs. Robie helps manage corporate funded internal R&D activities as well as university activities with the goal of fostering and transitioning research from leading U.S. research universities and acquiring top technical talent. He is also responsible for interfacing with and supporting research at government customer laboratories and liaisons with U.S. government organizations critical to the formation of science and technology policy and the execution of research. In addition, Dr. Samanta Roy fosters research relationships with small businesses and startups and manages the corporation’s open innovation activities. Lastly, he interfaces with numerous industry and professional organizations to provide thought leadership to advance the state of technology in the aerospace and defense sector. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Robie was a professional staff member with the Senate Armed Services Committee with the portfolio of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) wide spectrum of science and technology-related activities. There he spearheaded key legislation focusing DOD’s investments and management activities in broad range of areas including DoD laboratory personnel; hypersonics; rotorcraft; airships; microelectronics; social sciences; cybersecurity; and STEM education. He came to that position from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he was the assistant director for space and aeronautics from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for space and aeronautics activities ranging from human space flight to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. At OSTP, he was responsible for the creation of the nation’s first National Aeronautics R&D Policy and Plan and played a pivotal role in the oversight and shaping of civil and national security space programs. Before that, he was a strategic analyst at the Congressional Budget Office where he was responsible for studies on military and civil space, missile defense, international relations, and other strategic forces issues. Dr. Samanta Roy started his career as a research staff member in the Systems Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA from 1995 to 2003 where he conducted studies related to command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. He holds a S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, as well as a M.S. in space policy from the George Washington University and diplomas from the International Space University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Dr. Samanta Roy continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

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 Agam N. Sinha is currently the president of ANS Aviation International, LLC. Dr. Sinha retired from The MITRE Corporation in 2014 where he was a senior vice president of The MITRE Corporation, and general manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). He also directed the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). CAASD supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and international civil aviation authorities in addressing operational and technical challenges to meet aviation’s capacity, efficiency, safety and security needs. Dr. Sinha has over 40 years of experience in aviation and weather systems. He serves on the board of trustees of Vaughn College of Aeronautics in New York and is on the advisory board of Ph.D. in Aviation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He also served as a member of the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, and of the FAA RE&D Advisory Committee till 2012. He was elected to serve as the chairman of RTCA Board of Directors and the RTCA Policy Board (2010-2012). He was an elected member of the RTCA Policy Board, Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee, and the Air Traffic Management Steering Group (2006-2012). In the past, he has also served on the advisory committee of Lincoln Lab at MIT and of National Center of Atmospheric Research (Research Applications Programs). He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). From 2001-2006, he was chairman of the aviation group of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He has over 80 publications and has been an invited presenter to a wide range of organizations nationally and internationally. Dr. Sinha is the recipient of several awards and citations from the FAA and industry. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sinha was a member of the National Academies Committee of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies into the National Airspace System and the Steering Committee for Oversight of FAA-Sponsored Workshops on Aviation Issues.
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Alan M. Title (NAS/NAE) is a senior fellow at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, CA. His primary scientific research interest is the generation, distribution, and effects of the solar magnetic field throughout the Sun’s interior and outer atmosphere. At present, he has 169 articles in refereed journals. He is currently the Principal Investigator for NASA’s solar mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). Title was the Principal Investigator responsible for the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) launched in 2010, and is a Co- Investigator for another instrument on SDO, the Helioseismic Magnetic Imager. He was also the Principal Investigator for NASA's solar telescope on the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) mission, launched in 1998, and the Focal Plane Package on the JAXA/ISAS Hinode mission launched in 2006. Additionally, Title serves as a Co-Investigator responsible for the Michelson-Doppler Imager (MDI) science instrument on the NASA-European Space Agency Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), launched in 1995. All of these instruments were built under Alan Title’s direction at the ATC. As an engineer, Alan Title designs, develops, builds, and flies new instruments that will gather the data necessary to inform his solar research interests. He led the development of tunable bandpass filters for space-based solar observations, a version of which is currently operating on the JAXA/ISAS Hinode spacecraft. He also invented a tunable variation of the Michelson Interferometer that has been employed on the SOHO spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Global Oscillations Network Group of the National Solar Observatory as well as other ground-based systems. Outside of his research. Dr. Title has supported activities at the Tech Museum, Chabot Observatory, Boston Museum of Science, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Hay- den Planetarium. In addition, his educational outreach funding has supported a yearly summer program for Stanford undergraduates, and the Stanford Hass Center activities that develop science programs for K-12 classrooms. And for two decades, promising students from the Palo Alto High School District have come to work in his laboratory. Among his honors and awards are the 2011 John Adam Fleming Medal, awarded not more than once annually to an individual “for original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.” He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Most recently, he has served on the NRC’s Board on Research Data and Information and the NASA Technology Roadmap: Instruments and Computing Panel.
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David M. Van Wie is the chief technologist of precision engagement at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) Precision Engagement Mission Area with responsibility for identifying, maturing, and developing innovative technologies in the areas of fluid dynamics; structural sciences; detection system information fusion; signal and information processing; guidance, navigation, and control; command and control instrumentation and analysis; and radio frequency technologies. Dr. Van Wie also holds a research faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at JHU and lectures in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in the areas of space propulsion, aerodynamics, and high-temperature gas dynamics. He has served as a member of the United State Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), where he conducted studies on hypersonic systems, small precision weapons, virtual training technologies, future launch vehicles, and munitions for the 2025+ environment, and served as the vice chair and chair for the 2010 and 2011 AFRL Science and Technology Reviews, respectively. Dr. Van Wie was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2010. He attended the University of Maryland and received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering. Dr. Van Wie has served on several NRC committees, including the Committee on Conventional Prompt Global Strike Capability, the Steering Committee on the Decadal Survey of Civil Aeronautics, the Committee on Future Air Force Needs for Survivability and he chaired the Committee for the Reusable Booster System Review and Assessment.
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Ian A Waitz
(NAE) is dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been on the faculty at MIT since 1991 and was the department head in Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2008 until his appointment as dean in 2011. As dean, Dr. Waitz has focused on advancing the mission of the School of Engineering through the development of new programs and spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship, novel models and opportunities in residential education, expanded pathways for engagement with the Institute's alumni, friends, and industry partners, and programs and policies that will further enable MIT's ability to provide an exceptional learning and research environment for students, faculty, and staff. As a researcher, Dr. Waitz has made advances in gas turbine engines, fluid mechanics, combustion, and acoustics. The principal focus of his current work is on the modeling and evaluation of climate, the air-quality and noise impacts of aviation, and the assessment of technological, operational, and policy options for mitigating these impacts. He served from 2004 to 2014 as director of the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER), an FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA and Transport Canada-sponsored Center of Excellence with participants from a dozen universities and 50 industry and government organizations. In addition to scholarly publications, Waitz has contributed to several influential policy documents and scientific assessments, including a report to the U.S. Congress on aviation and the environment. He holds three patents, and has consulted for many organizations. In 2003, Dr. Waitz received a NASA Turning Goals Into Reality Award for Noise Reduction, and in 2007 he was awarded the FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an American Society of Mechanical Engineering and American Society of Engineering Education member. Dr. Waitz teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of thermodynamics and energy conversion, propulsion, and experimental projects. He was honored with the 2002 MIT Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Award and an appointment as an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2003. Dr. Waitz received his B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, his M.S. from George Washington University and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He was a member of the National Academies Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.
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Sherrie L. Zacharius is vice president of Technology and Laboratory Operations at The Aerospace Corporation. She is responsible for more than 300 scientists and staff in the electronics and photonics, space materials, and space science applications laboratories. Research on topics including space materials, propulsion, remote sensing, batteries, solar cells, and the space environment are conducted in these labs. She is responsible for corporate technical strategic planning efforts, and also manages the Aerospace Technical Investment Program, which includes the corporation’s independent research and development budget. Dr. Zacharius was appointed to the position of vice president in 2011. Before assuming her current role, she served as general manager of Physical Sciences Laboratories. Prior to that, she supported the Global Positioning System as principal director of User Systems in the Navigation Division. In this role she was responsible for leadership and management of Aerospace resources used in the development of military user equipment, satellite operations, and the Nuclear Detonation Detection Systems within the Global Positioning System Joint Program Office. Zacharius joined Aerospace as a member of the technical staff, Material Sciences Laboratory, in 1982. In addition to her research and management background in the laboratories, Zacharius has been involved in both independent research and development and staff planning activities across the corporation. She has also published papers on space applications of polymers and composites. Zacharius is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and Women in Aerospace. She is currently serving on her third independent review panel for the Department of Energy. Dr. Zacharius earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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