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JENNIE S. HWANG (NAE) is chief executive officer of H-Technologies Group and board trustee and distinguished adjust professor at Case Western Reserve. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. She has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation, SCM Corporation, and Sherwin Williams Company, and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the fast-moving infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. Dr. Hwang is an inventor and author of 350+ publications, including the sole authorship of several internationally-used textbooks. As a columnist for the globally circulated trade magazines “Global Solar Technology” and “SMT,” she addresses technology issues and global market thrusts. She also has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and as a board director for Fortune 500 and private companies. Over the years, she has taught tens of thousands of professionals and managers in professional development courses, providing the continuing education and disseminating new technologies to the workforce. The YWCA’s Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award was established to encourage and recognize outstanding women students in science and engineering. Her formal education includes the Harvard Business School Executive Program, a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, two M.S. degrees in chemistry and liquid crystal science, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
KENNETH R. BOFF is Principal Scientist with Socio-Technical Sciences. From 2007-2012, he served as Principal Scientist with the Tennenbaum Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology and, Scientific Advisor to the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (Tokyo). From 1997-2007, he served as the US Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientist for Human Effectiveness. In this position was responsible for the technical direction of a multi-disciplinary R&D portfolio encompassing individual, organizational and socio-cultural behavior & modeling, training, protection and the bio and human-engineering of complex systems. He is best known for his work on understanding and remediating problems in the transition of research to applications in the design, acquisition, and deployment of systems and the value-centered management of R&D organizations. Holder of a patent for Rapid Communication Display technology, Dr. Boff has authored numerous articles, book chapters and technical papers, and is co-editor of “Organizational Simulation” (2005) and "System Design" (1987), senior editor of the two-volume "Handbook of Perception and Human Performance" (1986), and the four-volume "Engineering Data Compendium: Human Perception and Performance" (1988). He actively consults and provides technical liaison with government agencies, international working groups, universities and professional societies. He has organized and facilitated numerous technical workshops in the US, Europe and the Pacific Rim focused on contemporary issues in complex socio-technical systems. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association.
EPHRAHIM GARCIA is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Cornell University. His area of expertise is dynamics and controls, especially sensors and actuators involving smart materials. Dr. Garcia served as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1998 to 2002. His programs involved the development of new types of actuation systems utilizing smart material transducers, system level demonstrations of smart structures applied to defense platforms, morphing aircraft systems and the development of exoskeletons for human performance augmentation. Dr. Garcia has pursued interdisciplinary research in the development of novel electro-mechanical systems, including smart material based actuators for optical systems controls and piezoelectric motor development. From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Garcia was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where he was Director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics and the Smart Structures Laboratory. In this capacity he directed research in the areas of smart structures, control-structure interaction, and bio-inspired robotics. From 1991-97, he owned and operated Garman Systems, Inc., (now Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC) a small engineering corporation that designed and fabricated devices in the areas of adaptive structural systems, utilizing piezoelectric, electrostrictive and shape memory alloy materials. In 1995, Dr. Garcia was named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, appointed a 1993 Presidential Faculty Fellow by President Clinton, and twice received Summer Faculty Fellowship awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (’90,’91). In 1995, he was named “Most Promising Scientist,” by Hispanic Engineer magazine (now Technica) and received this award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). Dr. Garcia is author of more than 140 articles, book chapters and edited volumes. He serves on the ASME Aerospace Division’s Executive Committee and as on the Editorial Advisory Board to Smart Materials and Structures. In 2002, Professor Garcia received the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Adaptive Structures Prize for “significant contributions to the sciences and technologies associated with adaptive structures and/or materials systems.
GEORGE T. (Rusty) GRAY III is a Laboratory Fellow and staff member in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He came to LANL following a three-year visiting scholar position at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany having received his PhD in Materials Science in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University. As a staff member (1985-1987) and later team leader (1987-2003) in the Dynamic Materials Properties and Constitutive Modeling Section within the Structure / Property Relations Group (MST-8) at LANL, he has directed a research team working on investigations of the dynamic constitutive and damage response of materials. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on materials and structures, in particular in response to high-strain-rate and shock deformation. His research is focused on experimental and modeling studies of substructure evolution and mechanical response of materials. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University where he was on sabbatical in the summer of 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of ASM International, and Fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). He is a member of APS, ASM, TMS, and serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010 he served as the President of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). He has authored or co-authored over 380 technical publications.
PRABHAT HAJELA is Provost and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include analysis and design optimization of multidisciplinary systems; system reliability; emergent computing paradigms for design; artificial intelligence; and machine learning in multidisciplinary analysis and design. Before joining Rensselaer, he worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles for a year, and was on the faculty at the University of Florida for seven years. He has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 2003, Hajela served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of US Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy, including the anti-SPAM legislation that was signed into law in December 2003. Hajela is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Hajela has held many editorial assignments including editor of Evolutionary Optimization, Associate Editor of the AIAA journal, and is on the editorial board of six other international journals. He has published over 270 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author or co-author of 4 books in these areas. In 2004, he was the recipient of AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award.