BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Sheila F. Kia is the engineering group manager at General Motors Manufacturing Engineering. Dr. Kia’s research interests include finishing, materials interfaces and surface characteristics, lightweight materials, casting processes, and the environmental impact of manufacturing operations. Dr. Kia was the 1996 and 1997 recipient of the GM R&D McCuen Awards and is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2nd Ed.). She is an editorial review board member of the Journal of Coating Technology, subcommittee chair for the USCAR Low Emission Paint Consortium, and a board member of the MSU-Manufacturing Research Consortium. In addition, she is currently serving as a member of the National Materials Advisory Board.
Earl W. Briesch has been a consultant for Dayton Aerospace, Inc., since retiring as deputy director for requirements at the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He served in senior management positions at Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, where he was responsible for major system modifications and for depot-level maintenance programs for the F-15, C-141, and C-130. Overall, he has 35 years of experience in logistics management, program management, and engineering and is an expert on the technology of major Air Force weapons systems. He previously served on the NRC’s Committee on Aging of U.S. Air Force Aircraft.
Geoffrey Dearnaley retired as vice president of the Materials and Structures Division of Southwest Research Institute. Dr. Dearnaley was a pioneer in the development of ion implantation and in the development of the semiconductor nuclear radiation detector for charged particles and gamma rays. His research interests have also included the combination of vacuum coating technology with ion implantation for ion-beam-assisted deposition. Dr. Dearnaley is the author of 300 published papers and two books. He has been the editor of several technical journals and has organized and chaired an international conference on ion implantation. He is a member of the Institute of Physics (London) and a fellow of the Royal Society (London).
John L. Gardon is a graduate of McGill University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He started his industrial career with the International Paper Company, held various senior positions with the Rohm and Haas Company, was director of research of the M&T Chemical Subsidiary of the American Can Company, and was vice president, R&D, of the Sherwin Williams Company. In the last 10 years before his retirement, he was vice president, R&D, of the Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. He is currently adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University and a consultant. Dr. Gordon authored 45 refereed papers and 6 textbook chapters, received 16 U.S. patents, and edited 2 textbooks. His research interests include nonpolluting coatings; textile, leather, and paper finishing; polymer synthesis; thermodynamics of polymers; and adhesion. He has held leadership positions at the American Chemical Society, Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, Gordon Research Conferences, National Paint and Coatings Association, and Industrial Research Institute. He was a recipient of the Tess Award of the American Chemical Society and was a Mattiello lecturer for the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology.
Frank N. Jones is director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Jones’s areas of expertise are polymer synthesis, materials, and coatings. Dr. Jones is the author of numerous publications, including a text and reference entitled Organic Coatings: Science and Technology. He is a recipient of the 1986,
1987, and 1991 Roon Foundation Award. In 1995 he was named Joseph P. Matiello Memorial Lecturer of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, and in 2001 Dr. Jones received the Tess Award in Coatings from the American Chemical Society.
Joseph H. Osborne is a principal engineer with the Boeing Company, where he has worked for 13 years. His expertise includes environmentally compatible finishing processes, materials and process specifications, and the transfer of new chemical reduction technologies to production shops. He is the principal investigator for two coatings development contracts with the Air Force Research Laboratory (advanced corrosion-resistant aircraft coatings and environmentally benign sol-gel surface treatments for aluminum bonding applications). Dr. Osborne is Boeing’s representative to the Aerospace Chromium Elimination Team and the JG-PP cadmium elimination project. He holds eight patents and patents-pending for sol-gel based coatings technology and is a member of the Materials Research Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Chemical Society.
Rose A. Ryntz is staff technical specialist at Visteon Automotive Systems, an enterprise of the Ford Company venture. Dr. Ryntz is also an adjunct professor for the University of Detroit. Dr. Ryntz’s areas of expertise include plastics, paint, coatings, interpenetrating polymer networks, silicone modification of resins, and adhesion. She has been in the coatings industry for over 15 years, has received 13 patents, and is the author of numerous publications, a book on painting and molding of plastics, and two book chapters. She is the recipient of the 1992 Women in Coatings Management Award and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, and the American Chemical Society. She is chair of the NIST Review Board on Material Assessment, an ex-officio member of the NRC’s Board on Assessment of National Institute of Standards and Technology Programs, and chair of its Panel for Building and Fire Research.
David A. Summers is Curators’ Professor of Mining Engineering and director of the High Pressure Waterjet Laboratory and the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center at the University of Missouri-Rolla. His research activities have included the development of high- and ultrahigh-pressure waterjet equipment for mining, munitions demilitarization, drilling, cleaning, and radioactive waste removal. He is the author of numerous articles, holds four U.S. patents, and received the Pioneer Award from the Waterjet Technology Association in 1997. A fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, he became a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in 1999. Elected to the Russian Academy of Mining Science in 1996, he is a past president of the Waterjet Technology Association and serves as president of the International Water Jet Society.
Michael Van de Mark is the director of the Coatings Institute and an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla. His research interests include flash rust inhibition, hydrogel synthesis and modification, phthalocyanine pigment research, low VOC and water-borne coatings formulation, and organic photo- and electro-chemistry. He is the author of numerous papers, has developed several protocols for industry, and holds four patents. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, and is a member of the board of directors of the Missouri Enterprise Business Assistance Center. Dr. Van de Mark was the recipient of the First Place Service Booth Award at the national meeting of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology in 1992.