The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) was established in 1967 “to focus talents and energies of the engineering community on significant aerospace policies and programs for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Alan H. Epstein (NAE), is the Chair of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) and the R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been an MIT faculty member since 1980. His research and teaching have included energy systems, aerospace propulsion, gas turbine engines, aviation and the environment, and micro-mechanical and electrical systems (MEMS). From 2007 to 2018, Epstein was the vice president of Technology and Environment at the Pratt & Whitney division of the United Technologies Corporation. There, he was responsible for setting the direction for and coordinating technology across Pratt & Whitney as well as providing strategic leadership in reducing the environmental impact of the company’s world-wide products and services. He has served on many government advisory committees, has authored or co-authored more than 140 technical publications, has over 20 patents issued or pending, and has given more than 250 plenary, keynote, and invited lectures around the world. He has won international awards for topics touching aeronautics and MEMS, including the ASME Gas Turbine Scholar Lecture, the ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award, the ASME Gas Turbine Award, the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research, the International Gas Turbine Institute Gas Turbine Technology Award, the International Society of Instrumentation Systems and Automation Excellence in Documentation Award, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Turnbull Lectureship, the Engineer’s Council National Honorary Engineer of the Year Award, and six best paper awards. Epstein is an honorary fellow of AIAA, a fellow of the ASME and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Epstein was the chair of the Academies’ Board on Army Science and Technology and has served on many Academies ‘committees, most recently the Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions..
Brian M. Argrow is professor and chair of Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences. He is also director of the Integrated Remote & In Situ Sensing Program (IRISS), and director emeritus of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research topics include small unmanned aircraft system design and airspace integration, aero-gas dynamics, sonic boom, and engineering education, with more than 100 research publications. 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. 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). As well he organized and chaired the first major, joint AIAA/AUVSI event, and the Second Workshop on Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS-2). 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. 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. He has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Steven J. Battel (NAE) 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 developed scientific instruments for recent NASA missions including Curiosity, Mars-Phoenix, Cassini, HST, LADEE, MAVEN, ExoMars and Mars2020. Battel was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope External Readiness Review Team for SM-2, SM3A, SM3B and SM4; 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 is a current or former member of more than 80 review boards for NASA missions. Prior to 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. Steve is a fellow of the AIAA and AAAS and a member of Sigma Xi. He is a former member of the Space Studies Board and current member of the standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics and the AURA Space Telescope Institute Council. He served on the NRC Committee on NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment, the Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Committee on Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2012 and the Committee on Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space 2017. He recently completed service on the Space Studies Board and is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of the AIAA and he has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Meyer (Mike) J. Benzakein (NAE) is the assistant vice president for Aerospace and Aviation Research at The Ohio State University. He is also professor for the Wright Brothers Institute. 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 five years, he was responsible for the development of all commercial and military engines at GE. Benzakein started his academia career at The Ohio State University, 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 U.S., Europe, China, and Japan. 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. for mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. Benzakein has served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Committee on Aviation Safety Assurance and the Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions.
Eileen M. Collins is president of Space Presentations, LLC. She is 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. 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, 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. 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. Collins retired from the Air Force in 2005 and from NASA in 2006. 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. She has served on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Future of U.S. Civil Space Policy: A Workshop.
Edward F. Crawley (NAE) is the Ford Professor of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also director of the Bernard M Gordon MIT Engineering Leadership Program. He was a founder of the Systems Design and Management Program at MIT, and has served as the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, the Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute, and currently serves as the director of the Bernard M. Gordon MIT Engineering Leadership Program. His research focuses on the domain of architecture, design and decision support in complex technical systems that involve economic and stakeholder issues. His current domains of architectural research include energy systems, Earth observation and human spaceflight. Crawley is a fellow of the AIAA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (U.K.), and is a member of three national academies of engineering: in Sweden, the UK and the US. He has served as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign, and the U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans (Augustine) Committee. He was a visiting lecturer at the Moscow Aviation Institute, and is a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He was a finalist in the NASA Astronaut selection in 1980. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America. He has founded three entrepreneurial companies, and currently sits on several corporate boards. He received an S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He has served on the Academies’ Committee on the NASA Technology Roadmap, Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy and the Committee to Review NASA's Exploration Technology Development Programs.
Michael P. Delaney is the vice president and general manager of Airplane Development at Boeing Commercial Airplane. He is responsible 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. Delaney began his career as an aerodynamics engineer at Grumman Aerospace. He transitioned to commercial aircraft flight testing in when he began working for McDonnell Douglas. Delaney was promoted to principal specialist for all widebody flight test activity, and 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. Delaney was named an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and as a fellow of the AIAA. 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 has previously served on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and Aeronautics 2050 - A Workshop.
Karen Feigh is an associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace Engineering. 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. 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. She serves as an associate editor for IEEE's Transactions on Human Machine Systems and the Journal of the American Helicopter Society. 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 M.Phil. in aeronautics from Cranfield University, UK, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Ilan Kroo (NAE) is professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford, he worked in the Advanced Aerodynamics Concepts Branch at the NASA’s Ames Research Center. His research in aerodynamics and multidisciplinary design optimization includes the study of innovative airplane concepts. He has participated in the design of UAVs flying pterosaur replicas, America’s Cup sailboats, and high–speed research aircraft. In addition to his research and teaching interest, he is director of a small software company and is an advanced cross-country hang glider pilot. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Kroo was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for new concepts in aircraft design methodology and for the design and development of the SWIFT airplane. He has a Ph.D. for aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Committee on Assessment of Aircraft Winglets for Large Aircraft Fuel Efficiency and the Steering Committee on Decadal Survey of Civil Aeronautics.
Andrew R. Lacher is the for Autonomy Integration and Adoption lead at The MITRE Corporation. He serves as a senior strategic advisor and technical expert in both the Autonomy and Transportation Transformation Technical Centers. Lacher is a recognized expert on assessing safety risks associated with unmanned and increasing autonomous vehicles. He has focused on the safe and secure integration of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in civil airspace as well as methods to calibrate the trustworthiness of autonomous system, and he played a leading role of the definition of the Next Generation Air Transportation System and the development of Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) concepts for Traffic Flow Management (TFM). Lacher was a strategic information technology consultant working with small airlines. Lacher earned both an M.S. in operations research and a B.S. in electrical engineering at The George Washington University. He has served on the Academies’ Committee on Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, the Committee on Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation, and the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.
Nicholas D. Lappos is a senior technical fellow for Advanced 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 and awarded the Sir Barnes Wallis Medal by the UK Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators. He is an honorary fellow and technical fellow of the American Helicopter Society and received the Frederick Feinberg Award as most outstanding pilot and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Tenhoff Award. 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. Lappos was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Vertical Lift Consortium in twice. Lappos is a U.S. 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, Lappos served as chief R&D test pilot for over 12 years. 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. 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. He has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Aeronautics 2050 - A Workshop and the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.
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). 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. Lewis is the author of more than 330 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, 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, an Honorary fellow of AIAA, and a president’s fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Lewis received a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and in Earth and planetary science and a M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He recently completed two terms as a member of the Academies’ 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 and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Valerie M. Manning is the senior vice president of Customer Support at Airbus. 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, 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. 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, 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), 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, Manning served as director of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions in North America. This position was preceded by employment as a consultant with McKinsey and Company, concentrating on aerospace and high-tech (internet) consulting. She also consulted privately in multidisciplinary optimization and supersonic design. Before McKinsey, Manning was employed General Motors as an aerodynamics engineer. She began her career in the U.S. 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 Air Force Base, 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 U.S. Air Force World Class Athlete Program where she represented the Air Force around the world in athletics competitions and competed in two Olympic Trials. Manning is a graduate of Air War College and completed Advanced Joint Professional Military Education at National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College. She currently residing in Toulouse, France, is an active instrument-rated pilot, and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 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. She has previously served on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and Aeronautics 2050 - A Workshop.
Richard McKinney is an independent consultant for RWMcKinney, LLC. He also 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. 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. 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. 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. McKinney also served in a variety of acquisition positions working on the Peacekeeper ICBM, GPS, and Titan IV programs. 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. 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. He has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Pamela A. Melroy is CEO of Melroy and Hollett Technology Partners, LLC. She is also a retired NASA astronaut and Air Force test pilot, and she is one of two women to command the Space Shuttle. She flew the KC-10 operationally and has over 6000 hours in more than 60 aircraft. Melroy is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School and was a test pilot on the initial test team for the Air Force’s C-17 aircraft. At NASA, she flew three assembly missions to the International Space Station: STS-92, STS-112, and STS-120, which she commanded. Also while at NASA, she was the lead for the reconstruction of the Columbia crew module, and was deputy program manager of the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation. After leaving NASA, Melroy served as deputy program manager for space exploration initiatives at Lockheed Martin, supporting the Orion Program. Later she served as director of field operations and acting deputy associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration. Subsequently, she was the deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA, where she oversaw multiple major air and space technology development programs. More recently she has been working as a consultant and as director of Space Technology and Policy at Nova Systems, Australia. Melroy earned an M.S. in earth and planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served on the Academies’ Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable.
Parviz Moin (NAS/NAE) is the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is also the founding director of the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), and the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. 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, turbulent mixing and combustion, flow control, and scientific computing. 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. Moin served a term as the elected chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and served as chair of the Engineering Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences. Moin has a M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and M.S. in mathematics from Stanford University. He has served on the Academies’ Committee on Advanced Technologies for Gas Turbines, the Panel on Review of In-house Laboratory Independent Research in Mechanical Sciences at the Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Centers, and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
John M. Olson is vice president and general manager for Polaris Commercial, Government and Defense, leading the company’s broad portfolio of businesses, products, and solutions for commercial, government and military customers, including vehicles, equipment, systems, and advanced technology business for domestic and international markets. Olson joined Polaris in 2016 and brings a wealth of experience with nearly 30 years in the Department of Defense, including five in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, nearly a decade at NASA including five years in the senior executive service, and five years as a successful industry executive. As the former vice president for Space Systems at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Olson was responsible for a broad space exploration, operations, and advanced development portfolio. He also led the development of international, interagency, industry relationships, as well as government affairs. He continues to serve as a Strategic Advisory Board member to SNC. He previously held senior government executive leadership roles at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force. Olson holds B.S. in engineering sciences and mechanical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a M.S. in material science, engineering, and avionics from the University of Illinois, a M.S. degree in aviation systems and human factors from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program, the Defense Language Institute, Air War College and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. He has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Intelligence Science and Technology Expert Group.
Ellen M. Pawlikowski (NAE) is an independent consultant providing expertise to industry and academia on strategic planning, program management, logistics, and research and development. She is a retired general from the U.S. Air Force. Her interest and expertise lies in the leadership and management of large technical programs and organizations successfully transitioning technology for applications in national security. She serves on the public board of the Raytheon Company and the nonprofit board of SRI International. In her last military assignment, she served as Commander of Air Force Materiel Command at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through research and development, life cycle systems management, test and evaluation, installation support, depot maintenance and supply chain management. Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions. She commanded five times as a general officer, commanding the MILSATCOM Systems Wing, the U.S. Air Force element of the National Reconnaissance Office, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and Air force Materiel Command. She also served as the program director and program executive officer for several multibillion-dollar weapon system acquisitions. Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership and technical management acumen. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She remains active in the science and technology community. She has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, from the University of California Berkeley. She has served on the Academies’ Aerospace Engineering Search Committee.
Robie I. Samanta Roy is vice president of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Lockheed Martin. Dr. Samanta Roy’s primary responsibilities include: 1) developing and providing technical intelligence and strategy for the corporation; 2) engaging the global S&T ecosystem outside the corporation – including government labs, universities, large and small businesses, and startups; and 3) fostering cross-enterprise innovation within the corporation. In this role, he works with leaders from across the Corporation to develop and actively manage enterprise technology roadmaps aligned with customer and business area needs. Dr. Samanta Roy also serves as a liaison with government and non-government organizations critical to the formation of S&T policy and the execution of research. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Samanta Roy was a professional staff member with the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2010 to 2014 with the portfolio of the Department of Defense’s wide spectrum of science and technology-related activities. He came to that position from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 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. Dr. Samanta Roy previously served as a strategic analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and as a research staff member in the Systems Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Samanta Roy is an associate fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He also chairs the Industry Relations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and on the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee and he continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Dr. Samanta Roy earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. He earned a master’s degree in space policy from George Washington University and diplomas from the International Space University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Wanda A. Sigur (NAE) is an independent consultant. She is retired from the position of vice president/general manager of civil space, space systems for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she had executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions; including planetary, solar, astrophysical, and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These major programs included the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites; the Juno, Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) planetary missions, and the company’s nuclear space power programs. Her responsibilities included research and science objectives and early development investments for the wide range of leap-frog technologies necessary to support anticipated space forward steps. Previously, Sigur was vice president of engineering for space systems for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading the corporation’s space systems engineering product technical validation for military space, strategic and defense missiles, commercial satellites and civil space, including personnel development, engineering process development and deployment, engineering tools and training, with emphasis on ensuring operational excellence and first-time-right engineering. She has been an active participant in many Academies’ studies associated with future space technologies, particularly materials technologies, thermal protection systems, on-orbit materials processing, spacecraft design, on-orbit satellite servicing, energy systems, and human space exploration. Sigur received a B.S. for mechanical and materials science from Rice University and a M.B.A. from Tulane University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the chair of the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR).
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 201 articles in refereed journals. He was 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 his direction at the ATC. As an engineer, 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. Title has supported activities at the Tech Museum, Chabot Observatory, Boston Museum of Science, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Hayden 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
David M. Van Wie (NAE) is the Mission Area Executive 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. Van Wie also holds a research faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at JHU and has lectured extensively 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. 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. 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, and the Committee on Future Air Force Needs for Survivability. He previously chaired the Committee for the Reusable Booster System Review and Assessment and served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
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, where research is conducted on space materials, propulsion, remote sensing, batteries, solar cells, and the space environment. 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. 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 has been involved in both independent research and development and staff planning activities across the corporation and has 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. In 2017, Zacharius received the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service, for outstanding support to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Zacharius received her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has previously served on the Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
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