James W. Mar is professor, emeritus, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired as the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aerospace Education. His expertise is in the design of aerospace systems such as airplanes and spacecraft, with special interests in structures, aeroelasticity, and materials. He has been a leader in research in aerospace structures and in the use of composite materials in aircraft structure. He is currently chair of the FAA's Technical Oversight Group on Aging Aircraft and has served as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force. Dr. Mar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
J. Arthur Marceau is senior principal engineer in Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Materials Technology organization. His experience has been in corrosion of commercial aircraft structures, corrosion-resistant finishes, and structural adhesive bonding. Mr. Marceau was responsible for the inspection and characterization of corrosion in aging commercial aircraft (under Boeing's Aging Fleet Survey Program) and for the development of corrosion prevention and control procedures for the existing fleet as well as design improvements to avoid corrosion in new aircraft design.
Charles Saff is corporate fellow—concept design and development in the Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems Group and is responsible for the development and transition of materials and structures technologies into product applications. His expertise includes materials selection, component design, and analysis of metallic, metal-matrix composite, and polymer-matrix composite structures. Mr. Saff has been involved in materials selection and optimization; integrated design models; and the development of methods for structural risk assessment, failure analysis, and repair of structures for several aircraft programs.
Edgar A. Starke, Jr., is Earnest Oglesby Professor of materials science and engineering and University Professor at the University of Virginia. His research concerns the development and characterization of advanced alloys. He has vast experience in aerospace application of aluminum and titanium alloys and in the characterization of fatigue and fracture processes. Dr. Starke has served on NASA's Aeronautical Advisory Committee, chaired NASA's High Speed Research Committee on Materials, and is currently a member of the NRC's National Materials Advisory Board. He is actively involved in the coordination of international research in aging aircraft through NATO's Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD).
Donald O. Thompson is director, emeritus, of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University. His research interests include materials degradation behavior and quantitative nondestructive evaluation methods and equipment. He has been involved with the FAA's Center for Aviation Systems Reliability at Iowa State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.