A Biographies of Committee Members

DIANNE S. WILEY, chair, recently joined the Boeing Company Phantom Works, where she is program manager for transfer of advanced structure and materials technology to next-generation, reusable launch vehicles. Previously, she was with Northrop Grumman for 20 years, where she had been manager of Airframe Technology. In that position, Dr. Wiley was responsible for research and development and technology transition in structural design and analysis, materials and processes, and manufacturing technology. During that time, she was responsible for transitioning airframe core technologies into three new business areas (space, bio-medicine, and surface ships) to offset declines in traditional business. Previously, as a senior technical specialist on the B-2 program, Dr. Wiley was responsible for developing and implementing innovative structural solutions to ensure the structural integrity of the B-2 aircraft. Dr. Wiley’s 25 years of technical experience have involved durability and damage tolerance, advanced composites (organic and ceramic), high-temperature structures, smart structures, low-observable structures, concurrent engineering, and rapid prototyping. Dr. Wiley holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science. She attended Defense Systems Management College in 1996, was a 1995 graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, and was a member of the Leadership California Class of 1998.

H. LEE BEACH, JR., has expertise in aerospace technology research and development. Dr. Beach is a professor in the Department of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering at Christopher Newport University (CNU). He is also an associate director (for CNU) at the Applied Research Center, a consortium of four universities and the Department of Energy, which conducts collaborative, applied research and technology transfer to local and regional high-technology businesses. In 1998, Dr. Beach retired from NASA as deputy director of the Langley Research Center. Previously, he was director for the National Aero-Space Plane Directorate at NASA Headquarters. During earlier assignments at Langley, Dr. Beach was deputy director for aeronautics and served as head of the Combustion Section, head of the Hypersonic Propulsion Branch, and acting chief of the HighSpeed Aerodynamics Division. During his NASA career, Dr. Beach also led several studies to define the future direction of the nation’s aeronautics programs and the size and makeup of the infrastructure to support them. For example, in 1993, he was codirector of the aeronautics portion of the National Facilities Study, which recommended consolidations and closures of some facilities, as well as the construction of two new national wind tunnels. The results of this study were validated by a concurrent NRC study.

JAMES A. (MICKY) BLACKWELL has expertise in airframe aerodynamics and manufacturing. His professional experience includes the development and manufacture of supersonic and subsonic aircraft, and he is familiar with technical issues associated with developing a supersonic business jet. Mr. Blackwell retired in February 2000 as executive vice president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he had corporate oversight of the aeronautics business. Previously, he was president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta, Georgia; chief engineer for special projects; vice president of engineering; and vice president of the F-22 fighter program.

EUGENE E. COVERT, NAE, has expertise in aerospace technology research and development. Dr. Covert is the T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired in 1996 after a long and distinguished career in aeronautics. Dr. Covert was associate director of the MIT Aerophysics Laboratory until he became the director of the Gas Turbine Laboratory and department head from 1985 to 1990. Dr. Covert has been both a member and chair of the U.S. Air Force Scientific

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