ship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then joined GE, where he provided materials application engineering support and carried out research on aerospace materials and processes. More recently, he contributed to the development of the disk alloy for the NASA High Speed Civil Transport and led the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-sponsored Accelerated Insertion of Materials initiative at GE. Much of Dr. Backman’s work has focused on mathematical modeling of material processes and the development and implementation of intelligent processing of materials methods for aircraft engine materials. At the time of his retirement from GE, Dr. Backman was the organizational leader of the Materials Modeling and Simulation section. He has served on a number of national technical committees and a corporate board and has three patents on aerospace materials. Dr. Backman served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.

Charles E. Browning is the Torley Chair in Composite Materials at the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Dayton. He received his BS in chemistry from West Virginia University, his MS in chemistry from Wright State University, and his PhD in materials engineering from the University of Dayton. Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton, he had been the director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Browning was responsible for the planning and execution of the Air Force’s advanced materials, processes, and manufacturing and environmental technology programs to support all elements of Air Force acquisition and sustainment. He was also responsible for interfacing these specific areas throughout the corporate Air Force and Department of Defense. At the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate he headed an organization of approximately 530 government employees, with a yearly budget of nearly $400 million. Dr. Browning began his career with the Air Force in 1966 and has held various senior technical and management positions within the laboratories. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1998. He has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award from the Affiliates Society Council of Dayton, the Materials Laboratory Cleary Award for Scientific Advancement, the Materials Laboratory Schwartz Award for Engineering Excellence, the Materials Directorate Management Excellence Award, and the 2002 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.

William G. Fahrenholtz is a professor of ceramic engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla). He earned BS and MS degrees in ceramic engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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