advanced materials and processes used in GE’s aeronautical turbine engines and their marine and industrial derivatives. He oversees materials application engineering activities supporting GE Aviation’s global design engineering, manufacturing, and field support activities. He also operates a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory for advanced materials development, characterization, and failure analysis. Prior to joining GE in 1997, he served in 2 concurrent positions within the NRC, which he joined in 1991: staff director, National Materials Advisory Board, and staff director, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. Under his direction, 33 final reports for studies were issued that addressed significant national issues in materials and manufacturing. Dr. Schafrik also served in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of R&D and system acquisition capacities; he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He has a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State University, an M.S. in information systems from George Mason University, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in metallurgy from Case Western Reserve University.
Aziz I. Asphahani is presently serving as senior advisor to the “Corrosion Engineering” Curriculum Development at the University of Akron. He is also the CEO of Advanced Motion Technologies (a BioMechanics/Gait analysis start-up company). Dr. Asphahani served as the CEO of CARUS Chemical Company (1995-2005), following 20 years in the specialty metals industry with HAYNES International/CABVAL, where he served as CABVAL president, HAYNES vice president, director of R&D and corrosion engineer (1975-1995). Dr. Asphahani’s degrees include “Diplome Ingenieur”-physics from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1970) and Ph.D. in materials science from MIT (1975). He holds 8 patents and authored 61 papers on corrosion of high-performance alloys. Two products of his patents won the 1991 R&D 100 Award and the 1984 Vaaler Award. Dr. Asphahani is a NACE fellow and ASM fellow. He served as ASM president (2001), on the boards of directors of NACE International, the NACE Education Foundation, the Chemical Education Foundation, and the American Chemistry Council Board. Dr. Asphahani is presently serving on the ASM Education Foundation board of directors, on the board of trustees of the Alpha-Sigma-Mu Honor Society, and the board of directors of the Goldin Institute.
Gordon P. Bierwagen is a professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He received his B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Valparaiso University in 1964, his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University in 1968. In 1989, he joined the Polymers and Coatings Department at NDSU as professor. He has trained 14 Ph.D.’s and 8 M.S. students in his time at NDSU. He was chair of the Polymers and Coatings Department from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Bierwagen has recently been the leader in the invention