lethality. He has served on more than a dozen committees addressing such issues as directed energy, ozone-depleting compounds, and modeling and simulation. His degrees are from The King’s College, George Washington University, and the MIT. He has also served for nearly 20 years as a mathematician, ballistician, and weapon systems analyst at the Ballistic Research Laboratories and the Army’s Materiel Systems Analysis Activity. He currently works as an independent defense consultant for several government, not-for-profit, and defense industries and serves as president of The O’Bryon Group.
Sandra Hyland (Vice Chair) is Etching System Group Manager, Tokyo Electron (TEL) Technology Center America, responsible for TEL’s etch process development at the Albany Nanotechnology Center at the University of Albany. She supports oxide and low-k film etch for integrated development projects for TEL and IBM, as well as for other members of the Nanotechnology Center. Formerly, she was East Coast manager for TEL Etch Systems, analyzing technology trends and customer data to determine hardware and process needs for manufacturing current and next-generation computer chips, including both capability and cost-reduction considerations. Dr. Hyland was previously an integration engineer for IBM's radiation-hardened computer chip manufacturing facility, and she managed a processing facility for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to assess various materials for their potential as solar-cell substrates. She was also a staff officer for the National Materials Advisory Board, where she managed committees on aviation security and the design of the U.S. paper money. She has a Ph.D. in materials science from Cornell University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively.
Cheryl A. Bitner is vice president of programs for Pioneer UAV, Inc., responsible for program execution for the Pioneer unmanned air vehicle programs. Ms. Bitner also worked in various capacities at AAI Corporation, including as director of quality systems, program director for fire fighter trainers, electronic warfare trainers, maintenance trainers, gunnery system trainers, and on-board (embedded) trainers. She has more than 28 years of industry experience in providing products and services for the Department of Defense as well as commercial customers and has a strong background in cost- and schedule-control techniques. Her responsibilities include ensuring positive program performance, strategic planning, manpower management, and personnel development. Ms. Bitner is a certified project management professional, certified quality manager, certified software quality engineer, and is a member of the National Training and Simulation Association and the American Society for Quality. She has published a cost-and-benefit analysis of piloting and navigational team trainers and contributes to the AAI Training Systems Newsletter. Ms. Bitner completed the Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College in 1989 and holds an M.S. in engineering science and a B.S. in computer science from Loyola College.
Donald E. Brown is chair of the Department of Systems Engineering of the University of Virginia. His research focuses on data fusion and simulation optimization with applications to intelligence, security, logistics, and transportation. He has developed decision-support systems for several U.S. intelligence agencies and was previously an