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GUIRR DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS' BIOGRAPHIES  

 

 

DISTINGUSHED FELLOWS' ROSTER

Lt. Gen. Spence (Sam) Armstrong, U.S. Airforce [retired]
Dr. Arden Bement, Purdue [emeritus]
Dr. Lydia Thomas, Noblis [retired]

 

 

 

Sam ArmstrongLt. Gen. Dpence (Sam) Armstrong, former Senior Advisor to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, retired from NASA in December 2002. As Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Armstrong promoted partnerships with academia, the Department of Defense and industry. He was the ombudsman for academic institutions in such matters as export control, information technology security, and NASA's grants process. During his 11 years at NASA, Armstrong has been honored with the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive and NASA awards of the Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Exceptional Service Medal. Before joining NASA, he served for 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General. Armstrong came to NASA in 1991 from the White House-chartered Synthesis Group, which had developed architectures to return humans to the Moon and send them to Mars. He was appointed Associate Administrator for the newly created Office of Human Resources and Education. During his six-and-a-half years in that job, he was responsible for developing NASA's human resources strategic plan and for emphasizing NASA's educational goals. Armstrong graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and later received master’s degrees in Astronautical and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Arden BementDr. Arden L. Bement Jr. is the former Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Research Institute (2010-­2012) at Purdue. Prior to this last position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation (2004-­2010)  Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2001-­2004),  Deputy  Under  Secretary  of  Defense  (1979),  and  Director  of  the  DARPA  Office  of Materials Science (1976-­1979).  He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserve)(1954-­1992) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-­chair of the Commission's Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Science, the Pan American Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
He joined NIST from Purdue University, where he was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of  Nuclear  Engineering  and  head  of  the  School  of  Nuclear  Engineering.  He  has  held appointments   at   Purdue   University   in   the   schools   of   Nuclear   Engineering,   Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as courtesy appointments in the Krannert School of Management and School of Industrial Engineering. 
 
Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-­year career in industry, government and academia. His positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-­1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-­1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-­1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-­1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965).  He has also been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and the Lord Corp. and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp., a division of ALCOA. He currently serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the Skolkovo Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Skolkovo institute of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, the President’s Advisory Council for the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the Board of Directors of Radian Research, Inc.  
 
Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Idaho, Michigan Technological University, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and University of Macau and is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal of the Department of Defense. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Empire of Japan and the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur from the President of the French Republic.
Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr. is the former Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Research Institute (2010-­2012) at Purdue. Prior to this last position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation (2004-­2010)  Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2001-2004),  Deputy  Under  Secretary  of  Defense  (1979),  and  Director  of  the  DARPA  Office  of Materials Science (1976-­1979).  He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserve)(1954-1992) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-­chair of the Commission's Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Science, the Pan American Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
He joined NIST from Purdue University, where he was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of  Nuclear  Engineering  and  head  of  the  School  of  Nuclear  Engineering.  He  has  held appointments   at   Purdue   University   in   the   schools   of   Nuclear   Engineering,   Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as courtesy appointments in the Krannert School of Management and School of Industrial Engineering. 
 
Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-­year career in industry, government and academia. His positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-­1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-­1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-­1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-­1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965).  He has also been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and the Lord Corp. and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp., a division of ALCOA. He currently serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the Skolkovo Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Skolkovo institute of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, the President’s Advisory Council for the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the Board of Directors of Radian Research, Inc.  
 
Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Idaho, Michigan Technological University, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and University of Macau and is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal of the Department of Defense. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Empire of Japan and the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur from the President of the French Republic.

Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr. is the former Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Research Institute (2010-­2012) at Purdue. Prior to this last position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation (2004-­2010)  Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2001-­2004),  Deputy  Under  Secretary  of  Defense  (1979),  and  Director  of  the  DARPA  Office  of Materials Science (1976-1979).  He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserve)(1954-­1992) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-­chair of the Commission's Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Science, the Pan American Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
He joined NIST from Purdue University, where he was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of  Nuclear  Engineering  and  head  of  the  School  of  Nuclear  Engineering.  He  has  held appointments   at   Purdue   University   in   the   schools   of   Nuclear   Engineering,   Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as courtesy appointments in the Krannert School of Management and School of Industrial Engineering. 
 
Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-­year career in industry, government and academia. His positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-­1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-­1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-­1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-­1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-­1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965).  He has also been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and the Lord Corp. and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp., a division of ALCOA. He currently serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the Skolkovo Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Skolkovo institute of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, the President’s Advisory Council for the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the Board of Directors of Radian Research, Inc. 
 
Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Idaho, Michigan Technological University, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and University of Macau and is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal of the Department of Defense. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Empire of Japan and the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur from the President of the French Republic.

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Lydia ThomasLydia Thomas (Co-Chair) is a member of the Board of Trustees and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Noblis, Inc.. Prior to joining Noblis, Dr. Thomas worked for The MITRE Corporation for over 20 years, holding a series of technical and management positions, spanning the areas of energy, environment, health, and communications systems. She is serving a second term as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and also serves on the Defense Science Board, the Board of Directors of the Cabot Corporation, the United States Energy Association, Mueller Water Products, Washington Mutual Investors Fund and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She is a trustee of George Washington University and a Corporate Member of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. In 2005 Dr. Thomas was recognized as one of The Most Important Blacks in Technology. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Cytology from Howard University; an MS in Microbiology from American University; and a BS in Zoology from Howard University. She has appeared as an expert witness on behalf of the U.S. government at various public hearings and before the U.S. Congress; and has co-authored one book and written many technical reports.

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