Panel on Survivability and Lethality Analysis
MARJORIE ERICKSON is an expert in the development of physics-based models of material behavior in the prediction of material failure, and performing risk assessment. Dr. Erickson is president of Phoenix Engineering Associates, Inc., and an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. She conducts research and consults with industry regarding fracture safety-assessment methodology for steel and other alloy components. She provides these services in the areas of assessing the integrity and durability of civil, mechanical, and marine structures fabricated from metallic materials. Specific work that Dr. Erickson has performed includes developing and using integrated, predictive models of material behavior for the purpose of assessing the current status and predicting the remaining safe life, under known or expected operating and accident-event conditions, for nuclear pressure vessels and other alloy applications, including fracture safety assessment and life extension of aging aircraft and pipelines. Dr. Erickson received her Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Virginia.
DAVID AUCSMITH is the Senior Director of Microsoft's Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. He is responsible for technical relationships with United States Government agencies, as well as on select special projects. He is an industry representative to numerous international, government and academic organizations. Currently he is a member of the advisory board of the National Security Agency, co-chairman of the FBI's Information Technology Study Group, a member of the Secret Service Task Force on Computer Aided Counterfeiting, a former member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board’s Committee on Improving Cybersecurity Research in the United States, a member of the President's Task Force on National Defense and Computer Technology, and a member of the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid Senior Industry Review Group. Before joining Microsoft in August 2002, Mr. Aucsmith was the chief security architect for Intel Corp. from 1994 to 2002. He has worked in a variety of security technology areas including secure computer systems, secure communications systems, random number generation, cryptography, steganography, and network intrusion detection. Mr. Aucsmith is a former officer in the U.S. Navy and has been heavily involved in computer security and cybercrime issues for more than 20 years. He was also U.S. industry representative to the G8 Committee on Organized, Transnational, and Technological Crime where he participated directly in the G8 summits in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo. Previously he worked with the European Commission DG XIII to craft digital signature regulations representing the U.S. industry at the European Commission hearings on digital signatures. Mr. Aucsmith holds 29 patents for digital security technology and is an editor for the “IEEE Journal of Information Security,” a member of the advisory board for the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was featured in “Time Magazine” as a member of the magazine's technology board. Mr. Aucsmith holds a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and M.S degrees in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and information and computer sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
ALFRED O. AWANI is currently director of advanced tactical lasers at Boeing’s Laser and Electro-Optical System Organization. Dr. Awani’s expertise is in large-scale systems integration, engineering analysis, design and development, autonomous systems, test and evaluation, technology development and management, systems engineering and requirements development, platform integration, and program management. He has held other key management positions at Boeing and was the Boeing Sikorsky Joint Program Office’s deputy director of systems engineering and chief of technology for the Boeing Sikorsky team on the Army Comanche RAH-66 program. Before joining Boeing, he was a research engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center, involved in various advanced configuration developments. Prior to his NASA assignment, he was an assistant instructor of aircraft flight dynamics and an instructor of engineering project management at the University of Kansas. He is the recipient of several national and international honors and awards, including the 2002 International Scientist of the Year and the 2001 U.S. Black Engineer of the Year. He earned his B.S. in aeronautical engineering at the Aerospace Institute, a dual M.S. in management and aerospace engineering at Northrop University, and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Kansas.
DAVID K. BARTON, NAE, is an independent consultant with extensive expertise in radar. He was elected to the NAE “for contributions to radar system design and analysis.” His primary area of interest is radar system engineering and analysis, which includes the performance of radar systems in detection and tracking of targets, rejection of clutter and electronic interference, and measurement of target parameters. Radar wave propagation through the atmosphere and over the Earth's surface is an important issue, as is the interaction of radar waves with surfaces and target objects. A subject of special interest is the accuracy of radar measurement and the multiple sources of error in tracking and measurement. Related subjects are the adequacy of radar for guidance of missiles against air, space, and surface targets. Previously, Mr. Barton served in a number of scientific research positions at Raytheon Company and at RCA and with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He has authored numerous books and periodicals on radar systems analysis, and he is a recipient of the David W. Sarnoff Award for outstanding achievement in engineering from RCA. Mr. Barton is a Fellow of the IEEE and a former member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He received his A.B. degree in physics from Harvard College.
GERALD G. BROWN, NAE, is Distinguished Professor of Operations Research at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Brown was elected to the NAE "for contributions to large-scale optimization theory and its military and industrial applications." His areas of expertise includes project management, technology assessment, industrial engineering, operational systems engineering, decision and game theory, logistics, mathematical programming, network analysis, operations research, optimization, simulation and modeling, and systems analysis.
W. PETER CHERRY, NAE, is an independent consultant. Earlier he served as chief analyst of Science Applications International Corporation. He was elected to the NAE “For contributions to national security through planning and operational analyses of military forces, systems, and force-employment concepts.” His research interests center on the design, development, and test and evaluation of large scale systems of systems with emphasis on network centricity, organizational versatility and robustness, and technology insertion. Research areas include project organization, processes and procedures, models and simulations used to support design and development, and test and evaluation strategies using virtual prototypes, all at the system of systems level. In the context of systems of systems and national security his interests include the development of theory and analysis methods supporting stability and support operations, command and control and decision support, and improved integration of logistics and support processes into force evaluation, planning and execution, primarily in the ground force domain. Dr. Cherry received his PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
RONALD R. LUMAN is the Assistant Director for Strategy at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is responsible for aligning the strategic direction, program portfolio, and investment resources of the Laboratory in continuing to serve the national interest with critical systems contributions. He has served on several national security related committees sponsored by the National Academies' National Research Council and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Additionally,he is the Program Chair for Systems Engineering with the JHU Whiting School of Engineering.
STEPHEN M. ROBINSON, NAE, is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering and of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on whose faculty he served during 1972-2007. Robinson also holds the rank of Colonel (Retired) in the Army of the United States. His research specialty is in variational analysis and mathematical programming: methods for making the best use of limited resources, applied in logistics, transportation, manufacturing, and many other areas. He is author, co-author, or editor of seven books and 98 scientific research papers, and has directed numerous funded research projects at the University. His research accomplishments have been recognized by the award of the honorary doctor's degree from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, the George B. Dantzig Prize of the Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the John K. Walker Jr. Award of the Military Operations Research Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a National Associate of the National Research Council, a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
ARMANDO A. RODRIGUEZ is Professor and Director of the Intelligent Embedded Systems Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of research include modeling and control of advanced aerospace systems, hypersonic vehicles, missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, intelligent vehicles, robotic systems; modeling and control of socio-ecological and bio-economic systems; modeling and control of semiconductor manufacturing processes; modeling, control, and design of low power electronic systems; robust fault-tolerant, multivariable, sampled-data control of nonlinear distributed parameter (infinite dimensional) and lumped parameter (finite-dimensional) dynamical systems; approximation of complex dynamical systems; and design and rapid prototyping of fault-tolerant embedded systems with health management capabilities. Dr. Rodriguez received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
FRANK J. SERNA is the Director of Systems Engineering at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. The Systems Engineering Directorate consists of approximately two hundred engineers and fifty technicians and administrative staff, comprised of three divisions: Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Quality Assurance. The scope of projects includes the entire scope of Draper Laboratory programs: Guidance Systems for Trident II, NASA Manned Space Programs; Missile Defense; Guided munitions; Maritime systems, low power electronics and biomedical systems. He has over thirty years of experience in organizations involved in contract research, development, and systems integration projects for national security sponsors. Mr. Serna has served on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Counter IED II. He is a Steering committee member of the NDIA Systems Engineering division and the Massachusetts Advanced Cyber Security Center. Previously, Mr. Serna was the Director of Systems Engineering in the Defense Enterprise Solutions Business Unit of Northrop Grumman and was Director of Software Development in the Litton-TASC Business Unit. Finally, he was an original member of Missile Defense National Team for Systems Engineering and Integration. Mr. Serna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University.
MARLIN U. THOMAS is dean at the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology. He previously was professor of industrial engineering at the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering. His area of special expertise is logistics systems for contingency operations. He has been president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and was a member of the Army Science Board. Currently, he is associate editor for IIE Transactions and Computers and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Thomas is a fellow of the American Society for Quality, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve, Civil Engineer Corps, with the rank of captain.
DONNA K. VARGAS is an independent Consultant on military and simulation projects based at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her expertise is in application of operations research techniques, specifically models and simulations, to military problems. Her experience is in operational planning tools; weapons systems analyses; and echelons above corps/corps training exercises in a joint and coalition environment. She has served as a modeling and simulation consultant to SAIC at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and also served on the Lead System Integrator (LSI) Test and Evaluation Senior Review Panel. In 2005, she retired as Director of Operations, USA TRADOC Analysis Center, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. At TRADOC she directed brigade level analysis of Army Transformation including Chief Staff, Army Initiative Task Force Modularity and Future Combat System (FCS). She supported LSI in industry trades and conducted Analyses of Alternatives for FCS Complementary Systems Joint Tactical Radio, Land Warrior and Objective Individual Combat Weapon. Ms. Vargas holds a BS from Creighton University, Mathematics, cum laude, 1965; and a MS from New Mexico State University, Industrial Engineering, 1991.
ALAN R. WASHBURN, NAE, is distinguished professor emeritus of operations research at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He has also served as Chairman of the Operations Research Department. His work has spanned the fields of electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, and operations research. Dr. Washburn is the recipient of many awards including the 2005 Clayton J. Thomas Award from the Military Operations Research Society and the 2009 Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy. His research results in applied probability, search and detection, optimization, combat models, game theory, and undersea warfare have been applied by the military services. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009 for his analytical contributions to search theory and military operations research and their application to antisubmarine, mine, and information warfare. Dr. Washburn earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.