Engineering, and a past chairman of the National Conference on the Advancement of Research. He has been active in community, educational, and cultural affairs, placing emphasis on developing the scientists of tomorrow. Dr. Schriesheim holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.


MEYER (MIKE) BENZAKEIN received his mechanical engineering degree in 1960. He received an M.S.M.E. in 1963 and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics in 1967. He joined General Electric in 1967, where he served in a number of positions in advanced technology, project and product engineering. He led the CFM56 Engineering Program from 1984 to 1993 and the GE90 Engineering Program from 1993 to February 1995. In February 1995, Dr. Benzakein became general manager for engine systems design and integration, and in this capacity he had the responsibility for engineering leadership and technical oversight of GE Evendale Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines. In January 1996, Dr. Benzakein took over the position of general manager, advanced engineering programs, and held that position until he retired in October 2004. As leader of technology development efforts, he was responsible for GEAE front-end initiatives in driving technology maturation, strengthening the linkage between preliminary design, engine systems, and production hardware design. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the Ohio State University, where he is Wright Brothers Institute professor, chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department, and codirector of the Ohio Center for Advanced Propulsion and Power.

Dr. Benzakein has served on several National Academies’ committees, including the Aerospace Engineering Peer Committee, the Committee on Review of NASA’s Next Generation Launch Technology Program, and the Transportation Research Board’s Committee for Developing an Aviation Environmental Design Tool. Dr. Benzakein was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. In that year he also received the Gold Medal Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2002.


WILLIAM E. COYNE began a more than 30-year career with 3M Corporation in 1968 as a research chemist. From 1996 to his retirement in 2000, he was the senior vice president of research and development at 3M. He had responsibility for 30 technology platforms of the company. During



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