sensor system simulation and modeling for both manned and unmanned aircraft. He has supervised the development and execution of large-scale simulations of complex air vehicles, led the development of the avionics functional architecture for the demonstration and validation phase of the YF-22 program, and developed fault-detection and redundancy-management algorithms for navigation systems aboard the X-33 single-stage-to-orbit vehicle. He also has served as principal investigator for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) software-enabled control technologies for reliable autonomous control project and has been the co-chair for the Technologies for Autonomous Control session of the IEEE Aerospace Conferences.
MEYER J. (MIKE) BENZAKEIN (NAE) is the chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Ohio State University. Dr. Benzakein began his professional career at General Electric in 1967, where he subsequently served in a number of positions in advanced technology and project and product engineering. He led the CFM56 Engineering Program from 1984 to 1993 and the GE90 Engineering Program from 1993 to February 1995. Dr. Benzakein in February 1995 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. He was responsible for leading technology development and certification/qualification of new engine products. His charter is to ensure that the customer expectations as well as the needs of GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) Multi-generation Product Plans are met. Dr. Benzakein is responsible for GEAE front-end initiatives in driving technology maturation, strengthening the linkage between preliminary design, engine systems design, and production hardware design. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. That year he received the Gold Medal Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and he is the 2007 recipient of the AIAA’s Reed Aeronautics Award, which is the highest honor that the AIAA bestows for achievements in aeronautical science and engineering.
JOHN T. (TOM) BEST is the director of the Capabilities Integration Directorate at the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), which contains the largest complex of ground aerospace test facilities in the world. AEDC provides developmental testing of propulsion, aircraft, missile, and space systems for the U.S. government, industry, and foreign governments. Mr. Best is responsible for capabilities assessment and planning, technology development and transfer, and intelligence integration. Mr. Best also acts as the AEDC leader for NASA/Department of Defense (DoD) collaboration under the National Partnership for Aeronautical Testing (NPAT). Mr. Best served in the past as head of the Long Range Requirements and Facility Planning Branch, the chief of the Applied Technology Division, and deputy director of the 704th Test Group. He also served for one-and-a-half years as a staff specialist in the Office of the Deputy Director for Defense Research and Engineering (Test and Evaluation) in Washington D.C., overseeing the work of the DoD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base. Currently, he also serves as the technical project officer for a data exchange agreement on wind tunnels with Germany.
IAIN D. BOYD is a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. He leads a research group that develops and applies physical models and numerical methods for the simulation of nonequilibrium gas flows and plasmas. Current application areas include electric propulsion for spacecraft, hypersonic aerothermodynamics, and flows involving microelectromechanical systems, and deposition of thin films for advanced materials. After receiving a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Southampton, England, Dr. Boyd was a research scientist at NASA Ames