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APPENDIX IV BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE COMMITTEE HALBERT F. BRINSON has a variety of degrees from several institutions: BCE and MS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University; PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Stanford University and postgraduate study in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Northwestern University. This diverse background is utilized in his present position as Chairman of the Center for Adhesion Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served the Army as research officer and worked in industry at Lockheed Aircraft Co. as a stress analyst. He served from 1978 to 1979 as president of the Society for Experimental Stress Analysis. K. LAWRENCE DEVRIES, a native of Utah, is Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah from which he received his BS and PhD degrees. He has worked at Convair Aircraft Co. and served a tour at the National Science Foundation. He has specialized in stress analysis, mechanical behavior of materials, and molecular phenomena associated with deformation. ALAN N. GENT was born in England, receiving his education at London University, where he obtained a PhD in physics in 1955. He is Professor of Polymer Physics and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Akron. Dr. Gent is the recipient of many awards, including the Bingham Medal (Society of Rheology) and the Colwyn Medal (Plastics and Rubber Institute). In 1978 he was president of the Adhesion Society. SERGE GRATCH heads the Material and Chemical Sciences Laboratory of the Ford Motor Co. and is the recent past president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, he has taught at both the University of Pennsylvania and at Northwestern University. From 1951 to 1959 he was a Senior Research Scientist at Rohm and Haas Co. Since 1961 he has held various positions at Ford. His interests have ranged from thertnodynamic properties of gases to materials and processes for automobiles. 51
52 L1ENG-HUANG LEE, a native of China, received his MSC and PhD degrees in chemistry from Case Institute of Technology. He has both practiced chemistry and taught in China. In 1958 he joined the Dow Chemical Co. and in 1968 moved to the Xerox Corporation, where he is now a senior scientist. His research interests are in polymer friction and wear, adhesion, and surface chemistry. JAMES S. NOLAND has bachelor degrees in both chemistry and education; his MS and PhD degrees are from the University of Iowa. He has held a number of positions with the American Cyanamid Co. His research interests are in new resin systems. JOHN D. VENABLES worked as a physicist at the Parma Research Center of Union Carbide before his move to Martin Marietta Laboratories. His BS degree is from Case Institute of Technology; PhD from the University of Warwick. Dr. Venables interests have included defect structure, radiation affects of solids, and high-temperature ceramics as well as adhesives.