ment and business initiatives. Mr. Hudson served on Air Force and Department of Defense review groups, and he was a member of NASA’s Aeronautics Advisory Committee and the Subcommittee on Rotorcraft Technology and chaired the Propulsion Aeronautics Research and Technology Subcommittee. He also served on several National Research Council (NRC) Committees, including the Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Environmental Compatibility, the Committee on Analysis of Air Force Engine Efficiency Improvement Options for Large Non-Fighter Aircraft, and the Committee on Materials Needs and R&D Strategy for Future Military Aerospace Propulsion Systems and has been a member of the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Michael E. Zettler (Lt Gen, USAF, Ret.), Co-Chair, is currently the Principal of a consulting firm, Z-Zettler Consulting, and is also affiliated with the Durango Group. General Zettler (retired) served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 33 years and retired in January 2004. He was last assigned at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics. He was responsible for policy, resourcing, and overseeing all Air Force logistics, including all facets of weapon systems sustainment, civil engineering, services, and communications operations. He brings a wealth of experience from the private sector and the Department of Defense. He has special skills in logistics, information technology, and business operations. He recently served as a Senior Advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations, Mission Support and Logistics. Prior to starting his own successful company, he was a Senior Vice President of SI International Logistics’ business unit and the immediate past President of LOGTEC, a private firm specializing in logistics applications and information technology management. General Zettler earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s in management from Troy State University, and he graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. He has completed advanced executive management courses at Harvard University as well as at numerous professional and management development academies.
Meyer J. Benzakein, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is currently Director of the Propulsion and Power Center at the Ohio State University (OSU). He assumed this position in July 2010. He recently completed a 5-year tenure as Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at OSU. He assumed this position in early 2005 after retiring from General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE), where he was responsible for the Research and Technology Development and New Product Creation during the past 10 years. At General Electric, he led the research effort in computational aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeromechanics, and combustion. He was responsible for building one of the strongest research organizations