publications display his wide range of interests, including design methodology for ships, vortex-induced response of flexible cylinders, underwater vehicle design, and design issues in advanced shipbuilding, including the all-electric ship and T-Craft. Professor Chryssostomidis is a licensed engineer in the state of Massachusetts and has served on several National Research Council committees focusing on shipbuilding and marine issues. He received a doctorate in ship systems analysis from MIT.
David E. Daniel is president of The University of Texas at Dallas. Previously, he was dean of engineering at the University of Illinois. Earlier, Dr. Daniel was L. B. Meaders Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 15 years. Dr. Daniel has conducted research in the area of geoenvironmental engineering, including research on drilling fluids, containment and management of those fluids, and fluid pressure control in the subsurface. He served as chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ External Review Panel, which evaluated the failure of the New Orleans levees. He also served as a member of the National Research Council’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Geotechnical Board. Dr. Daniel received a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.
Thomas J. Eccles is a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. He currently serves as chief engineer and deputy commander for Naval Systems Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command. Previously, RDML Eccles served at sea aboard USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) and USS Gurnard (SSN 662). As an engineering duty officer, he served at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and as project officer for USS Parche (SSN 683) and assistant program manager for deep ocean engineering in the Navy’s Deep Submergence Systems Program. He served twice in the Virginia Class Submarine Program, directing design and construction. He was executive assistant to the commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. RDML Eccles was Seawolf program manager through the delivery of USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), where his team was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation, then program manager for Advanced Undersea Systems, responsible for research and development submarines, submarine escape and rescue systems, and atmospheric diving systems. He was also program manager for the design and construction of the unmanned autonomous submarine Cutthroat (Large-Scale Vehicle 2). RDML Eccles’ previous flag officer assignments included deputy commander for Undersea Warfare and Undersea Technology in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. In addition to receiving a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he received the Naval Engineer degree and a master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., is a retired U.S. Navy admiral who served as the seventh vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the nation’s second highest ranking military officer) from 2005 until he retired in 2007. While vice chairman, he also served as the co-chair of the Defense Acquisition Board; chair of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council; and member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear