Navy, he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral and served as the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A). His areas of expertise include naval-aviation systems engineering, life-cycle management, and program management. He is a member of AIAA, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Association of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle International and Association of Naval Aviation. His expertise is in military support (operations and maintenance).
Stephen N. Buss is the manager of sustainment initiatives for the Electronics Sensors and Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is a recognized leader in parts obsolescence and diminishing manufacturing sources strategies, corporate program manager for the Defense Microelectronics Activity Advanced Technology Support Program, and program manager for an Air Force program investigating the use of commercially manufactured electronics in military weapons systems. He is also the program manager for the Common Circuit-Card Assembly Program, a proof of concept program targeted at developing a generic circuit card that can be programmed to perform functions of many obsolete boards. Since 1991, he has proactively created and implemented best practices for component engineering and component procurement and assisted in the implementation of a component-supplier management system. He was an original member of the DoD Producability and Supportability Working Group and the spin-off teaming group. He was committee chair for the Air Force Research Laboratory Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Hub Users Group Subcommittee, and a member of a consortium for the Aging Avionics/ Electronics Initiative. He has a B.S. in business administration from Towson State University. Mr. Buss has made numerous presentations on diminishing manufacturing sources and mitigation of parts obsolescence.
John D. Cosgrove retired from Rockwell Collins in 1999, where he was president of the company, as well as a corporate officer and senior vice president of Rockwell International. Previous to that, he had been president of Collins Avionics and Communications Division. Mr. Cosgrove was a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and is a member of the Iowa State University Foundation's Board of Governors. His expertise is in electronics and electrical/industrial engineering.
Frederick H. Dill, a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), is a member of the senior technical staff for the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1958 and was elected to the NAE in 1990 for his pioneering accomplishments in microelectronics technology. As a member of the technical staff for IBM Corporation Research Division from 1958 to 1963 working on exploratory devices, he built the first tunnel diodes and injection lasers in IBM and is the part owner of IBM patent for the injection laser. He was IBM Research Division Manager of high-speed integrated circuit research from 1963 to 1968. This program pitted germanium with its higher mobilities against silicon technology. Following a year as visiting lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, senior and graduate courses, he was manager of IBM Research Division groups working on optical lithography and semiconductor process measurement. Mr. Dill served as IBM Corporation Research Division Senior Member of the Technical Staff working on application of computers in semiconductor manufacturing, factory floor control systems, and multitool process control loops. Mr. Dill is an acknowledged leader in the field of microelectronics technology and engineering science.
Llewellyn S. Dougherty is the director for technology for Raytheon Systems Company. He has served in other areas of the company, including sensors and communications, radar systems and reconnaissance systems. Previous to Raytheon, he was technical assistant to the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA). His areas of expertise include avionics, digital computers, software, systems engineering and systems safety. A member of IEEE, he earned a B.S. in astronautics and engineering sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in digital systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Valerie J. Gawron is a Level 5 (world-class) engineer at Veridian Engineering Flight Research Group. Her experience in engineering psychology and human factors covers the areas of design, research, simulation,