Jay N. Kudva, Ph.D.,
President/CEO, NextGen Aeronautics, Inc.
Dr. Kudva received his BS in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1973, and his MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He was a faculty member at RPI from 1979 to 1980. He worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation from 1980 to 2002, where he managed a structures R&D group and spear-headed division activities on smart materials and adaptive aircraft. During this time, he also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at UCLA, USC, CSULB, CSULA, and Loyola Marymount Universities. In 2003, he founded NextGen Aeronautics with the explicit purpose of developing revolutionary technologies and designs for the next century of flight. NextGen has seen rapid growth since its inception and currently has 36 employees and has completed or has on-going over 100 contracts from DARPA, NASA, AFRL, NAVAIR, and the U.S. Army as well as major defense contractors. As a prime example of NextGen’s innovation, under DARPA sponsorship, NextGen designed, developed, and flight-tested the world’s first two and only inflight morphing wing autonomous UAVs. This was done in head-to-head competition with major aerospace system integrators. NextGen has a proven record of successfully teaming with universities, small companies, and major defense contractors. Dr. Kudva has published over 60 papers and reports and holds two joint patents on conformal load bearing antenna structures (CLAS). He has delivered invited and keynote talks at universities, national and international conferences and government laboratories. He was honored with the SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and the AIAA ASME Adaptive Structures Prize in 2010. He is an associate fellow of AIAA.
Joerg Lahann, Ph.D.,
Professor, Departments of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Dr. Lahann received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Saarland and an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. macromolecular chemistry from RWTH Aachen University in 1998. He was a postdoctoral associate at MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering from 1999 to 2001. After his postdoctoral postion at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology from 2002 to 2003 he joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant (2003-2008) and then associate (2008-2012) professor. As of 2012 he became a professor and the director of Biointerfaces Institute. He has been the co-director of the Institute of Functional Interfaces at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany since 2009. His research interests include designer surfaces, advanced polymers, biomimetic materials, microfluidic devices, engineered microenvironments, and nano-scale self-assembly. Dr. Lahann has won several awards, including the DOD IDEA Award in 2006 and the NSF CAREER Award and Technology Review TR100 Young Innovator Award in 2004.
Leslie Ann Momoda, Ph.D.,
Director, Sensors & Materials Laboratory, HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, Calif.
Dr. Momoda joined HRL Laboratories in 1990 after receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering at UCLA. At HRL, she has performed research and development projects dealing with mixed metal oxide materials for electronic, optical, and chemical sensor applications as well as novel smart materials. She has