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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


October 21-22, 2015 Irvine, CA
April 25-26, 2016 Washington, DC
October 12-13, 2016 Irvine, CA
May 1-2, 2017 Washington, DC
October 11-12, 2017 Irvine, CA
April 30-May 1, 2018 Washington, DC
October 10-11, 2018 Irvine, CA
April 29-30, 2019 Washington, DC
October 9-10, 2019 Irvine, CA
April 27-28, 2020 Washington, DC
October 14-15, 2020 Irvine, CA

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

Current Members

EX OFFICIO MEMBER: Vice Chair, Space Studies Board 

  • Robert D. Braun, Georgia Institute of Technology


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.

General Lester Lyles (Chair)
Patricia Grace Smith (Vice Chair), Patti Grace Smith Consulting, LLC
Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Eileen M. Collins, Space Presentations, LLC
Alan H. Epstein (NAE), Pratt & Whitney 
Mark J. Lewis, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute 




Lester Lyles, USAF (RET.) (NAE), Chair, is currently an independent consultant with the Lyles Group. He retired as Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. General Lyles entered the Air Force in 1968 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He has served in various command assignments, including director of the Medium-Launch Vehicles Program and Space-Launch Systems offices; vice commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. He served as commander of the center until 1994, then was assigned to command the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, California until 1996. General Lyles became the director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in 1996. In May 1999, he was assigned as vice chief of Staff at USAF/HQ and Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command in 2000. He serves as a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and, previously served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House. General Lyles received B.S. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and an M.S. in mechanical and nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology Program. He has received honorary Doctors of Law from New Mexico State University and Urbana University. In addition to his recent service on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, he is also a member of the NRC’s Air Force Studies Board.

Patricia Grace Smith, Vice Chair, is an aerospace consultant with Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C., where she advises a number of aerospace companies on regulatory, licensing, strategic planning, business growth strategies, government affairs, and strategic communications. Ms. Smith retired from government service after twenty-eight years where for eleven years she served as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) associate administrator for commercial space transportation. Her line of business was responsible for licensing, regulating, and promoting the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Ms. Smith joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) after having worked for the Federal Communications Commission, and the Defense Communications Agency. During her career at the FAA and DOT, Ms. Smith was instrumental in the growth and change that the U.S. commercial launch industry experienced, facilitating both technological and infrastructure developments and initiating and fostering greater cooperation and partnerships between aviation and space functions in the agency. During her service at the FAA, key milestones were achieved that include the Mojave Air and Spaceport becoming the first inland Commercial Spaceport licensed by the agency, and the launch of the X-Prize winning, historic SpaceShip One, a launch licensed by the FAA. Ms. Smith also oversaw the development of rules for human space flight mandated by congressional passage of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004. Under Ms. Smith’s leadership at the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the FAA became the recognized global leader in private human space flight. Ms. Smith initiated and helped forge partnerships with the Air Force on common launch safety standards, and kept safety, regulatory matters, and insurance issues constantly in the public forum. She worked closely with FAA lines of business to draw on aviation expertise where appropriate to space issues and to address the impact of space flight on the National Airspace System. Ms. Smith was named by Space News as one of the top ten people in the U.S. space sector.   Ms. Smith is on the board of the Space Foundation where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee; American Astronautical  Society (Executive Committee); the X-Prize Advisory Committee Board; Terminal Velocity Advisory Board; and the Conrad Foundation. In addition, Ms. Smith was appointed by the NASA Administrator as Chair of the Commercial Space Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) where she served until May 2013. On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced Smith’s appointment as one of his three selections to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum. Smith is a regular speaker at aerospace industry events. Ms. Smith has a B.A. in English from Tuskegee University.  She has no prior NRC committee experience.

Arnold D. Aldrich  is an aerospace consultant. He joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley Field, Virginia, in 1959, 6 months after the award of the contract to build the Mercury Spacecraft and 4 months following the selection of the seven original astronauts. He held a number of 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.

Ella M.Atkins is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she is director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Laboratory. Dr. Atkins’ research focuses on risk assessment and planning algorithms to improve mission success and safety in the presence of system failures, environmental uncertainties, and operator error. Her research has been funded by NSF, NASA, DARPA, and DoD. She is author of more than 125 journal and conference publications and serves as an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Information Systems, section editor for the Wiley Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (EAE), and associate editor for a new EAE volume on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Dr. Atkins is an AIAA Associate Fellow, past chair of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, MI), and private pilot. She earned B.S. and M. S. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She serves on the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) and was a member of the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group (DSSG). She has served on the NRC NASA Aviation Safety Program Review, Decadal Survey of Aeronautics (Panel E), Aeronautics Roundtable, and Committee on Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation.

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.

Meyer J. Benzakein (NAE) is currently director of the Propulsion and Power Center at the Ohio State University. He assumed this position in July 2010. He just completed a five year tenure as chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at OSU. He assumed this position in early 2005 after retiring from General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE) where he was responsible for the research and technology development and new product creation over the last 10 years. At General Electric, he led the research effort in computational aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeromechanics, and combustion. Dr. Benzakein was responsible for the design and certification of all new commercial and military engines in his last ten years at General Electric. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow at the American Institute Astronautics, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and he received the Gold Medal of Honor from the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2001. He is the recipient of the 2007 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award. He has served on many Industry, and Government advising panels and received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Poitiers, France in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Wayne State University. He has served on many NRC commitees including the Committee on Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and its Strategy to Meet Those Needs, the Panel on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology, and the Committee for the Evaluation of NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Research Program.

Brian J. Cantwell (NAE) is the Edward C. Wells Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. During his tenure at Stanford, he has also served as department chair. Dr. Cantwell’s research interests have included experimental and numerical investigations of variable density and reacting flows. 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. Dr. Cantwell was a member and deputy chair of the AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel for supporting the aerospace technology needs of NATO. 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. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the AIAA, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and 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. 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.

Elizabeth R. Cantwell is deputy vice president in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University. Previously, she was director, Mission Development Engineering Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has also 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 the NASA. She received an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in finance from Wharton School, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cantwell’s has extensive NRC experience including current memberships on the Space Studies Board and the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences Board; co-chair of the Committee on Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space; and 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.

Eileen M. Collins is a retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut. Since retiring she has focused on her role as a professional speaker and is President of Space Presentations, LLC. 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 associate in science degree in mathematics/science from Corning Community College, a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from Syracuse University, a master of science degree in operations research from Stanford University, and a master of arts degree in space systems management from Webster University.

Michael P. Delaney is vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.. He is responsible for product development, engineering design, delegated compliance, certification and safety activities for all commercial airplane models, their derivatives and post-delivery upgrades. In this role, he also retains his previous duties as senior chief engineer of airplane performance and product architecture. He also oversees information technology, export compliance and intellectual property activities in commercial airplanes. Mr. Delaney is a member of the Boeing Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T) leadership team. Previously 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. Mr. 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. He 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, he was promoted to principal specialist for all widebody flight test activity, and in 1997 became senior manager of Flight Test Engineering. That same year, he 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 is a fellow of the AIAA. Delaney earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Hofstra University and a M.B.A. from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse.

Vijay K. Dhir (NAE) is distinguished professor and dean at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also leads the Boiling Heat Transfer Laboratory, which is involved in the study of flow boiling, microgravity boiling, and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics. Prior to joining UCLA, he worked for a short period in industry as an engineer. For the past 30 years he has been a consultant for numerous organizations, including GE Corporation, Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Dr. Dhir has served as vice chair and chair of the UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and as the school's associate dean for academic and faculty issues. In 2006, he was elected to NAE for his work in boiling heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety. He is a fellow of ASME and the American Nuclear Society. Dr. Dhir has received the following awards:  the 2004 Max Jakob Memorial Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the science category, the Donald Q. Kern Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Technical Achievement Award of the Thermal Hydraulics Division of the American Nuclear Society. He was inducted into the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Hall of Distinction and was recently chosen to give the Thurston Lecture of ASME. Dr. Dhir has served as senior technical editor and associate editor for ASME’s Journal of Heat Transfer and is a former assistant editor of Applied Mechanics Review. He is author or co-author of almost 300 papers published in archival journals and proceedings of conferences. Dr. Dhir received his B.S. degree from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, his M.T. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Currently he serves on the NRC’s committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of the U.S. Nuclear Plants. He was also a member of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences in Space Steering Committee.

Earl H. Dowell (NAE) is the William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a consultant to government, industry, and universities in science and technology policy and engineering education as well as on the topics of his research—aeroelasticity, nonsteady aerodynamics, and nonlinear dynamics. Currently he serves on boards of visitors at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Illinois, and the University of Rochester. Before serving as dean of the School of Engineering at Duke, he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton. He has also worked with the Boeing Company. He is the author of more than 200 research articles and four books. Dr. Dowell is an elected member of NAE, an honorary fellow of AIAA, and a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He served as vice president for publications for AIAA and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the AIAA, the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Air Force Studies Board, and the AGARD (NATO) advisory panel for aerospace engineering. Dr. Dowell has also served as president of AAM, chair of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering. From AIAA he has received the Structure, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, the Von Karman Lectureship, and the Crichlow Prize; from the ASME he has received the Spirit of St. Louis Medal and the Den Hartog Award; and he has also received the Guggenheim Medal, which is awarded jointly by the AIAA, ASME, AHS and SAE. Dr. Dowell received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT. Dr. Dowell has served on 22 different NRC studies and activities and is currently a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology and the Panel on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology, and he chairs the Aerospace Engineering Section if the NAE.

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.

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.

Peretz P. Friedmann is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also the associate director of the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, which is a partnership between Georgia Tech (lead university), University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, and Utah State University. Prior to entering the academia, Dr. Friedmann worked in Israel Aircraft Industries and was a research assistant at the Aeroelastic and Structures Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He previously served as professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has also served as the chair of the department. Dr. Friedmann has been engaged in research on rotary-wing and fixed wing aeroelasticity, active control of vibration and noise using on blade control, hypersonic aeroelasticity and aerothermoelasticity, structural optimization with aeroelastic constraints, flutter suppression, structural dynamics, and jet engine aeroelasticity. He has also served on a number of national award boards and review committees engaged in review of research funding as well as on the visiting committee for the aeronautics and astronautics department at MIT. He has consulted for Boeing Helicopters and Augusta-Westland. He has published more than 320 journal and conference papers. His accomplishments have been recognized by several awards, including the 2013 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity; the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research; the ASME Spirit of St. Louis Medal; the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award; the AIAA SDM Lecture Award; and the ASME/Boeing Structures and Materials Award. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal and he is a fellow of AIAA and the American Helicopter Society. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and his Sc.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.

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.

Richard McKinney is an independent consultant. He retired as a member of the federal senior executive service in 2013 with his final position the Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (Space). In this capacity, he provided the principal support to the Under Secretary of the U.S. 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 Department of Defense (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 (EELV) 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 B.S. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. from the University of Montana.

John M. Olson is vice president of the Space Systems Group and a Strategic Vice President for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). He is also assistant secretary of defense for Research and Engineering, ASD Joint Reserve for the military. At SNC, he is 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 25 years of government service in aerospace development and leadership 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 Director of the Joint Reserve Directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering at the Pentagon as an 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 DoD Packard Excellence in Acquisition award, and the Auburn Outstanding Young Engineering Award, among numerous others. He is 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. He has no previous NRC committee experience.

Helen L. Reed is Regents Professor, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, having served as department head from 2004 to 2008. She is also co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Chandah Space Technologies. Her prior positions include faculty appointments at Stanford University (1982-1985), Arizona State University (1985-2004), and Tohoku University in Sendai Japan (1991-1992); and appointments at Sandia National Laboratories (1983) and NASA Langley Research Center (1977-1981). Dr. Reed has 20 years of experience in integrating small-spacecraft research, design-build-fly, and education, with particular emphasis in spaceflight, satellite design, and autonomous rendezvous and docking (AR&D) and 36 years in boundary-layer transition and laminar flow control, and hypersonics. She has 194 journal articles and refereed conference papers (38 invited), and 130 invited talks in these areas. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She was the recipient of the 2007 J. Leland "Lee" Atwood Award from the American Society for Engineering’s Education Aerospace Division and AIAA. Dr. Reed was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence in 2008 and the College of Engineering “Committee of 100” in 2010 at the Virginia Tech. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees, including NASA Headquarters aeronautics advisory committees, subcommittees, and task forces; the NASA Federal Laboratory Review Task Force of the NAC; and the NATO/AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel. She was an associate editor for Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics from 1986 to 2000 and has served on numerous AIAA committees as well as the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Executive Committee, the Society of Engineering Science board of directors; the USRA board of trustees and Space Technology Council (chair); the advisory board for National Institute of Aerospace; the National Space Grant Student Satellite Initiative (deputy co-chair), the Arizona Space Grant Consortium (associate director); the Aerospace Department Chairs’ Association (chair); and the Arizona Space Commission (governor-appointed member). Dr. Reed also served on the advisory committees for aerospace programs at New Mexico State University, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Washington, and Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Technical Institute. She served on the NRC’s Committee on Aeronautical Technologies: Aerodynamics Panel.

 Agam N. Sinha is the president of ANS Aviation International, LLC. Dr. Sinha recently retired from The MITRE Corporation where he was a senior vice president, and as general manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). He also directed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). CAASD supports the FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and international civil aviation authorities in addressing operational and technical challenges to meet aviation’s capacity, efficiency, safety, and security needs. Dr. Sinha has more than 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 Ph.D. in Aviation Advisory Board at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He also served as a member of the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee and on the FAA RE&D Advisory Committee. He was elected to serve as the chairman of RTCA board of directors and the RTCA policy board. He was an elected member of the RTCA Policy Board, Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee, and the Air Traffic Management Steering Group. 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 AIAA. Dr. Sinha is the recipient of several awards and citations from the FAA and industry. He has more than 80 publications and has been an invited presenter to a wide range of organizations nationally and internationally. Dr. Sinha holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, a M.S. in management of technology from American University, and an M.S. in industrial engineering and Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Minnesota. He served was chair of the Aviation Group of the NRC’s Transportation Research Board and as chair of the Steering Committee for Oversight of FAA-Sponsored Workshops on Aviation Issues.


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.

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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