Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Liaison to the Committee

WILLIAM W. HOOVER, Major General, U.S. Air Force (retired), Williamsburg, Virginia

Committee Staff

ALAN ANGLEMAN, Senior Program Officer

KARA BATH, Senior Project Assistant/Administrative Assistant

ANNA L. FARRAR, Financial Associate

NEERAJ GORKHALY, Administrative Assistant

GEORGE M. LEVIN, Director, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

CONNIE WOLDU, Administrative Assistant


DONALD C. FRASER, NAE, Chair, has broad research management experience and is the founder and director of the Boston University Photonics Center. Dr. Fraser received his B.S. and M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and his Sc.D. in instrumentation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined MIT’s Instrumentation Laboratory (which became the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in 1973) as a member of the technical staff; later he served as the director of the Control and Flight Dynamics Division, vice president of technical operations, and executive vice president. From 1990 to 1991, Dr. Fraser was deputy director of operational testing and evaluation for command, control, communications, and intelligence at the U.S. Department of Defense. He was the appointed principal deputy under secretary of defense (acquisition) from 1991 to 1993. Since 1993, Dr. Fraser has been the director of the Boston University Photonics Center and a professor of engineering and physics. His honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Fraser is a member of the NASA Advisory Council, a former member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, a former chair of three National Research Council (NRC) study groups, and a former member of six other NRC study groups.

WILLIAM C. BREEN is an expert in the area of large engineering and construction projects and a retired vice president of Fluor Daniel, where he spent 47 years with assignments in general management and project management. His assignments have included world-class projects in refining, pipelines, chemical plants, and government projects. His general management experience includes management of an engineering and construction office with a staff of 6,000; management of a European subsidiary; and serving as president of Fluor Daniel’s operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fernald facility in Ohio. Recently, Mr. Breen has been responsible for (1) the renovation of U.S. embassies in six former Soviet republics and (2) the overall direction of Fluor Daniel’s classified programs. He also served as a loaned executive to the Strategic Defense Initiative Office as special assistant to the director. Mr. Breen is a graduate of the University of Michigan. This committee is the first NRC study group on which he has served.

JOSEPH V. CHARYK, NAE, as under secretary of the Air Force, played a key role in establishment of the National Reconnaissance Office. Later he became the first president of COMSAT Corporation. In accordance with the Satellite Communications Act of 1962, he led the formation of a private corporation to develop a global satellite network. Dr. Charyk decided to make geosynchronous satellites the basis of this network. He fought skepticism that this untested technology would work for voice transmission because of a half-second time delay. He also raised funds

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