an examination of the chemistry of Titan’s atmosphere and surface. Dr. Beauchamp was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1981. In addition to major awards from the American Chemical Society in 1981, 1999, and 2003, in 2007 he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Beauchamp received a B.S. in 1964 from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in 1967 from Harvard University.
Robert A. Beaudet recently retired from the faculty of the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1962. From 1961 to 1963, he was a U.S. Army officer in the Chemical Branch and served at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1962 and served continuously in the Department of Chemistry from that time. Most of his academic career has been devoted to research in molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. He also has served on Department of Defense committees addressing both offensive and defensive aspects surrounding chemical and biological warfare agents. He was chair of an Army Science Board committee that addressed chemical detection and trace gas analysis. Dr. Beaudet served as a member of the NRC’s Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST), as a member of the NRC Committee on Review of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Disposal Program, and as a BAST liaison to the Committee on Review and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (Stockpile Committee). He was also the chair of an Air Force technical conference on chemical warfare decontamination and protection. Dr. Beaudet has participated in numerous studies by the National Research Council (NRC) dealing with chemical and biological sensor technologies and properties and detection of energetic materials. Over the past decade, he has chaired or served as a member on numerous NRC committees examining issues on the design of the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program pilot plant facilities in Colorado and Kentucky.
Joan B. Berkowitz is currently managing director of Farkas Berkowitz and Company. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Dr. Berkowitz has extensive experience in the area of environmental and hazardous waste management, a knowledge of available technologies for the cleanup of contaminated soils and groundwater, and a background in physical and electrochemistry. She has contributed to several EPA studies, been a consultant on remediation techniques, and assessed various destruction technologies. Dr. Berkowitz has written numerous publications on hazardous waste treatment and environmental subjects. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland, University College, and winner of the 2004 Drazek Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Berkowitz has for more than a decade been a participant on NRC studies concerning the chemical stockpile disposal program generally, and including the ACWA program for developing alternative disposal methods to incineration specifically. Among the 10 NRC studies on chemical demilitarization in which Dr. Berkowitz has participated since 1995 have been studies of the Committee to Review and Assess Developmental Issues Concerning the Metal Parts Treater Design for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent