Appendix D

Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

GEORGE E. DIETER received a B.S. degree from Drexel University and a Sc.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1953, both in metallurgical engineering. His research interests are in materials processing and manufacturing, as well as engineering design and mechanical metallurgy. He has authored several widely used engineering textbooks in the fields of mechanical metallurgy and engineering design. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Education Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is presently emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, having retiring as dean of the College of Engineering in 1994.

WILLIAM E. ALZHEIMER received B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering mechanics and civil engineering from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic University in 1966. His research interests are in manufacturing systems technologies, design engineering, and manufacturing technologies. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1966, and has held a variety of positions there supporting the engineering and manufacturing of advanced weapons. Since 1992 he has been director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Sandia.

DOROTHY COMASSAR received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1963. Her interests are in quality technology and innovative manufacturing processes. She became manager of the General Electric Aircraft Engines Manufacturing



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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Appendix D Biographical Sketches of Committee Members GEORGE E. DIETER received a B.S. degree from Drexel University and a Sc.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1953, both in metallurgical engineering. His research interests are in materials processing and manufacturing, as well as engineering design and mechanical metallurgy. He has authored several widely used engineering textbooks in the fields of mechanical metallurgy and engineering design. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Education Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is presently emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, having retiring as dean of the College of Engineering in 1994. WILLIAM E. ALZHEIMER received B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering mechanics and civil engineering from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic University in 1966. His research interests are in manufacturing systems technologies, design engineering, and manufacturing technologies. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1966, and has held a variety of positions there supporting the engineering and manufacturing of advanced weapons. Since 1992 he has been director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Sandia. DOROTHY COMASSAR received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1963. Her interests are in quality technology and innovative manufacturing processes. She became manager of the General Electric Aircraft Engines Manufacturing

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Technology Laboratories in 1983 and was responsible for manufacturing process development activities and transition to manufacturing. In 1993, she became manager of the Manufacturing and Quality Technology Department at GE Aircraft Engines, and has the lead role for initiatives in cellular manufacturing, as well as manufacturing and quality technology. WILLIAM HANSON received B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University. From 1967 he served in a number of manufacturing-related positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, culminating in his appointment as vice president in 1992. He received the Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award from the Society for Manufacturing Engineers for his work in integrating manufacturing processes. He is currently with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leaders for Manufacturing Program. BRAD KIRKWOOD received a B.S. degree in physical metallurgy from Washington State University and a Ph.D. degree in materials engineering from Northwestern University in 1982. Since 1984 he has been with the Boeing Company. In 1990 he was selected to be a Boeing-sponsored fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1992 he received an M.S. degree in operations management and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research interests are in the development of low-cost composite manufacturing processes and the fabrication of aircraft structure for high-temperature service environments. He currently heads the Composites Tooling Development Group for Boeing's Defense and Space Division. DANIEL P. SIEWIOREK received a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, all in the field of electrical engineering. His research interests are in design automation, computer architecture, multiprocessors, and reliability. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. He has authored several books in the field of computer architecture. He is currently professor of electrical and computer engineering/computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology JOSEPH WIRTH received a B.S. degree from the University of Washington and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Michigan. While a member of General Electric's Research and Development Center from 1965–1972, his research interests focused on organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, and organosilicon chemistry. He led the development and commercialization of fire- and smoke-resistant polymeric materials that are widely used in aircraft interiors. From 1972–1979 he was the technology leader for General Electric's silicones business and from 1979–1990 the vice-president of the Technology Division for General Electric's plastics business. He is a member of the National Materials Advisory Board. Since 1991 he has been the senior vice president and chief technical officer of Raychem Corporation.