high-intensity dynamic loads. He has addressed many fundamental questions associated with the atomic assembly of nanoscopic materials from the vapor phase, the topological structuring of cellular materials, and the processing of high-performance composites. These fundamental studies have been used to develop models and numerical simulations that expose the linkages between a material’s composition/synthesis and its performance. Some of these models have been coupled with in-situ (ultrasonic and electromagnetic) sensors and nonlinear, feedback control algorithms to implement intelligent process control concepts. He has invented and commercialized several vapor deposition technologies that enable the growth of novel thin films and coatings, and developed numerous multifunctional cellular materials including those that support stress while also serving as impact energy absorbers, heat exchange media, electro-chemical power storage systems, or shape morphing structures. Dr. Wadley has spent many years helping the Department of Defense to identify new technology development opportunities in areas as diverse as the exploitation of space and humanitarian relief operations. Haydn Wadley received his bachelor’s degree in chemical physics and his PhD in physics from the University of Reading (UK). Prior to joining the University of Virginia in 1988 he was a senior scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a leader of its advanced sensors group. He began his research career at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell), where he worked on the origins of acoustic emission in materials and radiation damage mechanisms in refractory metals. He has published 411 papers, co-authored a book on cellular materials, holds 18 U.S. patents, and is a fellow of the American Society for Materials and the recipient of several awards.
Steven G. Wax is chief technical officer and executive vice president at Strategic Analysis, Inc. He is supporting defense clients in strategic planning and technology innovation across a range of scientific and engineering disciplines including the physical sciences, materials, biology, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, social sciences, and mathematics. Prior to executive level positions at Strategic Analysis, Inc. and SRI International, Dr. Wax spent 35 years working for the Department of Defense as a civilian and a military officer. During that period, he performed and managed government R&D across a broad spectrum of classified and unclassified technology areas. His last government position was as director of the Defense Science Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a $400 million per year office whose technology purview included physical sciences, materials, mathematics, human effectiveness, and the biological sciences, including biological warfare defense. As director, Dr. Wax was responsible for the office’s investment strategy as well as the transition of office technologies to the military. Previous government positions also include deputy director of the Technology Reinvestment Project and an assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office. Dr. Wax is currently a member of the National Materials Manufacturing Board, the Defense Sciences Research Council’s Red Team, and past member of Sandia National Laboratory’s External Review Panel for Materials. He recently served as an external reviewer of ONR’s Discovery and Innovation portfolio. He is also a member of the AFRL’s Human Effectiveness Directorate’s independent Review Team and is serving on the FY12 Committee of Visitors for NSF’s Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. In 2009, he was the winner of the George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award. Notable technical accomplishments include a major role in the development of DARPA’s strategic plans for both biology and material science as well as the development of two material science program thrusts (Intelligent Processing of Materials and Accelerated Insertion of Materials) that have revolutionized materials processing and insertion. His publications include a review paper on electroactive polymers and one on smart materials. Dr. Wax has a PhD in ceramic engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Wax is a retired Air Force Officer.