advocating for new programs. He has conducted numerous technology assessments, including assessments of the R&D programs under European Frameworks V and VI and assessments of European efforts to build composite primary structures for the Airbus family of aircraft. He was the lead on the study “Evaluation of Advanced Composite Structure Technologies for Application to NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration,” conducted by AS&M, Inc., for NASA Langley.
Francis W. Zok is a professor and associate chair of the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research over the past 20 years has addressed the thermal and mechanical properties of multiphase materials and structures. His recent activities have focused on three specific areas. The first involves protection systems for military ground vehicles, principally against improvised explosive devices. The second focuses on personnel protection systems. The third is on high-temperature ceramic composites for use in future propulsion systems in military and civilian aircraft as well as hypersonic flight vehicles. Dr. Zok has been an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society since 1993. He has served on the editorial board for Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science; the Scientific Advisory Board for the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate; the National Academies Technical Assessment Board for the ARL Panels on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology and on Armor and Armaments; the National Science Foundation Panel on Nanomechanics; and the Expert Review Committee on Materials Science, Canada Foundation for Innovation. He is currently chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Canadian Magnesium Network. Dr. Zok is the author of five book chapters and more than 150 scientific publications.