Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
Harry A. Lipsitt, chair, is professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University. His expertise is in the development of intermetallics and metals. He spent 30 years at the Air Force Wright Laboratories working on the development and optimization of metallic and intermetallic materials for use in high-temperature applications.
Earl H. Dowell (NAE) is dean emeritus and professor, School of Engineering, Duke University. Professor Dowell's research interests include dynamics, fluid and solid mechanics, and acoustics. His current work is focused on the dynamics of nonlinear fluid and structural systems and their associated limit cycles and chaotic motions. The potential applications for the results of this research are very broad, principally for aerospace, automotive, naval, and other transportation vehicles.
Thomas N. Farris is professor and head, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University. His expertise includes tribology, manufacturing processes, fatigue, and fracture. His research has focused on the experimental and analytical characterization of fretting fatigue; manufacturing processes (e.g., experimental and analytical work on grinding and superfinishing of hardened steels and ceramics for precision components and modeling of the heat-treatment process); and fatigue and fractures (e.g., finite-element calculations of residual stresses in railway rails).
Mary C. Juhas is associate director, Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials, Ohio State University. Her expertise includes corrosion and physical metallurgical phenomena; the effect of microstructure on the corrosion behavior of stainless steels; microstructure evolution and properties in lightweight structural alloy friction stir welds; microstructure/property relationships in intermetallic materials; and effects of grain boundary geometry on segregation behavior.
Merrill L. Minges is retired from the Senior Executive Service, where he served with the Air Force Research Laboratory (formerly the Air Force Wright Laboratory) and with the Aeronautical Systems Division as F-16 technical
director. Now a consultant with Universal Technology Corporation, he has expertise in research, technology transition, and acquisition/sustainment program management in key issue areas associated with aging aircraft. His research expertise includes very-high-temperature materials, hypersonic aerodynamics, reentry, propulsion, and space system technologies.
Kesh Narayanan is director, industrial innovation programs, Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. His expertise is in SBIR requirements and research management. The SBIR and STTR programs for the National Science Foundation are managed by his office.
Richard E. Pinckert, Boeing Company, is director, Environmental Assurance and Materials Technology Division. His expertise includes maintenance and repair of aircraft, strength analysis, fatigue and fracture analysis, materials, coatings, effects of environmentally friendly materials on corrosion and fatigue, and producibility. His current responsibilities include providing environmental assurance activities in St. Louis, leading materials and process technology at Phantom Works, Materials and Processes Functional Department, and heading the leadership team of the Materials and Processes Committee.
Michael Rooney is senior materials engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University. His expertise is in nondestructive evaluation, including ultrasonic, radiographic (film-based and computed tomographic), thermographic, and eddy-current methods; hardware/software integration; and new sensor concepts. His responsibilities include technical support in the areas of material selection, characterization, and failure analysis.
T.S. Sudarshan is cofounder, vice president, and technical director for Materials Modification, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia. His expertise is in materials and processes, SBIR requirements, and research management from a small business perspective. He is responsible for management and technical development of innovative materials, processes, and techniques and the coordination of federally sponsored research programs.