GERALD E. GALLOWAY, JR., Chair, is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an affiliate professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, where his focus is on water resources policy and management. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland following a 38-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a brigadier general, having served 8 additional years in the civil government service and 3 years in industry. Professor Galloway is the former dean of the faculty and academic programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and former dean of the academic board, United States Military Academy at West Point where he was also a professor of geography and the first head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. He served for 3 years as district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and later, for 7 years as a presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission. In 1993 and 1994 he was assigned to the White House to lead an interagency study of the causes of the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 and to make recommendations concerning the nation’s floodplain management program. Dr. Galloway was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2004 for distinguished leadership in the management of sustainable water. He has been a member of 11 National Research Council (NRC) committees studying complex engineering and policy issues, including disaster resilience, U.S. ocean research science and technology priorities, river science activities of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Federal Emergency Managemnt Agency Flood Maps. He was chair of an NRC committee studying logistics support for the future U.S. Army and the national Flood Insurance Program. He has also been a member of the NRC’s Water Science and Technology Board and is currently a member of its Disasters Roundtable. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, a master’s in public administration from Penn State (Capitol Campus), a master’s in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Ph.D. in geography (water resources) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
GERALD G. BROWN is a Distinguished Professor of Operations Research and executive director of the Center for Infrastructure Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he has taught and conducted research in optimization and optimization-based decision support since 1973, earning awards for both outstanding teaching and research. His military research has been applied by every uniformed service, in areas ranging from strategic nuclear targeting to capital planning. He has been awarded the Barchi, Rist, and Thomas prizes for military operations research, and been credited with guiding investments of more than a trillion dollars. He has designed and implemented decision support software used by the majority of the Fortune 50, in areas ranging from vehicle routing to supply chain optimization. His research appears in scores of open-literature publications and classified reports, some of which are seminal references. Dr. Brown is a member of the NAE, a recipient of the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, an INFORMS Fellow, and a founding director of Insight, Incorporated, the leading provider of strategic supply chain optimization tools to the private sector. He recently served on NRC Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications. Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. in mathematical methods at the University of California, Los Angeles.
CHARLES R. CUSHING is president and founder of C.R. Cushing & Company, a firm of naval architects, marine engineers, and transportation consultants. His expertise includes ship design and ship building, port and terminal projects, material handling studies, marine operation and maintenance studies, automation studies, and planned maintenance and repair systems. Dr. Cushing has been responsible for the design of numerous types of intermodal shipping containers and the purchase, inspection, and testing of containers, container refrigeration equipment, container chassis, and container handling equipment. He authored the United States Coast Guard Tankerman’s Manual. Dr. Cushing served as chief naval architect at Sea-Land Service, Inc. for 7 years. His accomplishments in this role include the design and conversion of 45 container ships and the development of cranes and cargo handling systems. He holds a number of patents in maritime and intermodal technology. In his current role, he has designed and/or supervised the construction of more than 250 ships. Prior to his graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Cushing sailed as a cadet and a licensed deck officer on a number of U.S.-flagged general cargo and passenger vessels. He has been involved in cargo handling operations in the United States, South American, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 30 years. Dr. Cushing earned a B.S. in marine transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT. He earned an M.S. in ocean transportation from the State University of New York and a Ph.D. in maritime studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff University. Dr. Cushing was elected to the NAE in 2004.
STEVEN W. DELLENBACK is the executive director of research and development of the Intelligent System Department at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), which performs research and revelopment (R&D) projects in the following domains: automated vehicles, cooperative vehicle systems, active safety systems, transportation systems, cybersecurity data analytics, flight software and decision support systems. The department performed in excess of $15 million of R&D projects each year; the staff exceeds 70 staff members with a majority of the staff holding advanced degrees in computer science, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering. The department he manages has three times been independently assessed (and currently maintains) as a maturity level 5 organization consistent with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration® (CMMI®) Version 1.2a DEV. In 2005 Dr. Dellenback led the SwRI efforts to initiate an automated vehicle program, SwRI demonstrated a fully autonomous vehicle that included cooperative vehicle technology at the ITS World Congress on the streets of New York City in November 2008. SwRI has since performed over $40M of R&D for a number of commercial companies (U.S., Japan and Europe) and defense organizations including the U.S. Army, Marines, and Navy. Under his leadership SwRI has developed eight different fully automated vehicle platforms ranging from small off-road all-terrain vehicles to multiple military vehicles to a Class 8 truck. These platforms are capable of operating in on-road environments but SwRI has distinguished itself in the industry by developing low-cost, off-road automated vehicle platforms for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Dr. Dellenback also served for four years providing insight into unmanned vehicle technology for the Wassenaar Arrangement for the Departments of State, Commerce and DoD in Vienna. Dr. Dellenback was elected to ITS America’s board of directors in May 2012 and also serves as chairperson of the Coordinating Council. He is chairman of the National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) Test and Conformity Assessment Working Group and is a voting member on the NTCIP Joint Committee and the Traffic Management Data Dictionary (TMDD) Steering Committee. He has authored over 45 publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Dellenback received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin; his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kansas.
THOMAS M. DONNELLAN is the associate director for materials and manufacturing at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. ARL is a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) for the DoD and as such is tasked with providing technology solutions for emergent DoD problems. One role of a UARC is to serve as a trusted agent for the
government in the organization’s core competency areas. Within the Materials and Manufacturing Office at ARL, Dr. Donnellan is responsible for technology development and demonstration programs, including a number of improved fuel efficiency technology development and demonstration projects for the Department of the Army (DoA) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC); advanced logistics architecture development and demonstration projects for DoA and USMC; condition-based maintenance development and demonstration projects for DoA and USMC; advanced manufacturing technology projects (e.g., the leading DoD laboratory for additive manufacturing with support from DoA, Department of the Navy [DoN], and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [DARPA]; responsible for the Institute for Manufacturing and Sustainment Technologies, a DoN ManTech Center of Excellence; technology development projects for improved Systems Acquisition (e.g., DARPA Adaptive Vehicle Make, Office of the Secretary of Defense Engineered Resilient Systems); and maintenance technology development and implementation projects for reducing operations and maintenance costs for DoN and DoA. Dr. Donnellan has a 30-year career in advanced technology development and has worked at government laboratories, in industry, and in academia. Prior to joining ARL, he was the FBI’s senior scientist for physical science, with responsibility for advising bureau management on the technology R&D portfolio for forensic and intelligence applications. From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Donnellan worked at the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held a number of positions and eventually became the director of structural sciences. He started his career at the Naval Air Development Center where he performed and directed R&D in support of Navy needs and also provided technical support to DoN for a number of Navy acquisition programs. Dr. Donnellan currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center and on the governance board of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. He is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S. in materials engineering) and has advanced degrees from MIT in polymerics (S.M.) and materials science (Sc.D.).
JULIA D. ERDLEY is an assistant to the director for educational programs at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Erdley was a principal investigator (PI) for the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Basic Research Program where she managed Penn State’s Counter-IED research program, a 6.1 Office of Naval Research-funded portfolio of science and technology (S&T) projects to address the IED threat. She participated in counter-IED basic research in anomalous behavior detection and participated in counter-IED basic research in reconfigurable antennas for explosive detection. Ms. Erdley was also the PI for the Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Guidance and Control System where she provided oversight for systems engineering, hardware and software design, and signal and tactical algorithm development for Canisterized, Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Guidance and Control System. This effort required an understanding of entire torpedo functionality with specific knowledge of acoustic array design, receiver and transmitter analog hardware design, digital processing hardware design, signal and tactical algorithm design, and interface specification. She led a team of 30 scientists, engineers, and technicians in support of this effort. Ms. Erdley has been a member of the technical staff at the ARL at Penn State since 1990. From September 2010 through September 2011, Ms. Erdley served as the science advisor of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), advising the director, LTG Michael Barbero, on matters relating to S&T. She also served from 2007 to 2010 as the deputy to the science advisor. JIEDDO is a $2.8 billion per year organization within DoD with a focus on the rapid acquisition of counter-IED capabilities in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was assigned to the organization from the Pennsylvania State University through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement program. During her 4 years with JIEDDO, Ms. Erdley supported S&T strategy development across a broad range of topics in the hard and soft sciences. She led three S&T programs examining sensor and information fusion for the counter-IED mission, served as a voice for JIEDDO to the external community, and led efforts to coordinate S&T for counter-IED across the DoD and interagency. Ms. Erdley received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State.
RONALD P. FUCHS is an independent consultant on systems of systems and modeling & simulation (M&S). He is retired from The Boeing Company and from the U.S. Air Force. His most recent position
was as vice president for modeling and simulation at The Boeing Company. There he led a group that is responsible for developing, maintaining, and coordinating Boeing’s government and defense modeling and simulation efforts for approximately 2,500 people. His additional responsibilities for Boeing included identifying, prioritizing, and allocating funding to M&S technology needs; developing and operating the collaboration environment for Boeing’s M&S community; developing Boeing’s simulation based acquisition program; and managing Boeing’s M&S technology development group. Prior to that, Dr. Fuchs was the director for system of systems architecture development at Boeing where he led a Phantom Works group that was responsible for defining and analyzing system of systems architectures with emphasis on command and control systems for communications, fire control, and logistics. His work resulted in Boeing’s initial Future Combat System contract. Dr. Fuchs also served Boeing as director of virtual simulation technology, corporate director of strategic planning, and as chief program engineer while at Boeing. During his Air Force career, he served as chief analyst for Air Force studies and analyses, program manager for several major avionics upgrades on the F-16 fighter, assistant professor of astronautical engineering, director of the USAFA Guidance and Control Laboratory, and program manager for a number of space and space technology programs. Dr. Fuchs has been a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology, a member and Vice Chairman of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and a member and officer of numerous professional and honorary organizations. Dr. Fuchs received a B.S. in aerospace engineering and an M.S. in control systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a Ph.D. in nonparametric statistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
CHARLES F. GAY is the founder and managing director of the Greenstar Foundation. He has more than 38 years of professional management, manufacturing and advanced technology experience in renewable energy and solar photovoltaic production and deployment. Specific areas of expertise include industrial manufacturing and technical marketing, photovoltaic research and production process development, product planning, supply chain logistics, and solar technology roadmapping. As creator of the Greenstar Foundation, Dr. Gay has worked continuously to apply solar technology to improve people’s lives by delivering internet access and solar power to villages in developing countries. The Greenstar development model has received recognition from international awards programs as diverse as the World Bank, the Stockholm Challenge, the Davos Conference and The Tech Awards. Dr. Gay is a member of the NAE. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside.
THOM J. HODGSON is a Distinguished University Professor in the Edward P. Fitts Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He is also the co-director of the Operations Research Program and has served as the director of the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute at NCSU. He possesses logistics and systems analysis expertise across the commercial and military regimes. Dr. Hodgson’s research has focused on scheduling and logistics. The problem areas run the gamut from classic job shop scheduling, to specific industrial scheduling problems, to supply chain issues, to military logistics and operational problems. Many real problems are simply not amenable to classic approaches. His major concern is finding modeling and/or optimization approaches that are effective in real-world scenarios. Dr. Hodgson is a member of the of the NAE, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He earned his B.S.E. in science engineering, his M.B.A. in quantitative methods, and his Ph.D. in industrial engineering, all from the University of Michigan.
LEON A. JOHNSON is currently working as an independent consultant. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of brigadier general after 33 years of service. During his Air Force career, General Johnson commanded a fighter squadron, fighter group, was the vice commander of 10th Air Force at the Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas, and served as mobilization assistant to the assistant secretary of the Air Force and director operations at Air Education and Training Command. As a command pilot, he had more than 3,500 hours of military flying time in the T-37 trainer, A-37, and A-10 fighter aircraft,
including missions over Bosnia in support of Operation Deny Flight. Following the events of 9/11, the general served as a Director of the Air Force Crisis Action Team in the Pentagon. General Johnson retired from United Parcel Service (UPS) after nearly 20 years of service. During his time with UPS, he served as the flight operations employment manager, administrative chief pilot, Asia chief pilot, flight operations employee relations manager, and A300 training manager, and he concluded his career working on a special project as the manager of airline manuals. At UPS, he flew the B727 and the A300-600 aircraft. Prior to UPS, he worked for Trans World Airlines as a line pilot and pilot hiring manager, flying the B727 aircraft. At both airlines, he amassed more than 3,500 hours of flight time. In 2013, General Johnson concluded a 6-year appointed as a member of the NRC’s Naval Studies Board. During that time, he participated on five research studies. In 2011, General Johnson was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by Tuskegee University, and he received an appointment by the Secretary of the Air Force to the Civil Air Patrol board of governors. In 2009, General Johnson was selected as a trustee of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation, where he was appointed to serve as a governing trustee in 2013. He is a member of several organizations, including the Air Force Association, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of World Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officers Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, Women in Aviation, the International Black Aerospace Council, Inc., and Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated. General Johnson was elected to his second 2-year term as the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., national president in 2012.
GREG H. PARLIER is a defense analyst and management consultant at G.H. Parlier Consulting and a retired Army colonel. He began his 30-year career as a section leader in an airborne infantry battalion and retired as the senior, most experienced operations research/systems analyst on active duty in the Army. A graduate of West Point and career Air Defense Artillery officer, he was stationed overseas in the Far East, Europe, and Southwest Asia where units he led and served with performed missions and conducted training in more than 20 foreign countries. He has extensive experience in operations research, management science, and strategic planning. Earlier in his career he served on the faculty at West Point as an engineering management instructor, then assistant professor of operations research, and was later selected among the first associate professors in the newly created Department of Systems Engineering. A graduate of the Army War College and Marine Corps Command and Staff College, his civilian education includes graduate degrees in operations research (M.S., Naval Postgraduate School), systems engineering (Ph.D., Wesleyan), and national security studies (M.A., Walsh School of Foreign Service). He was a national defense fellow at MIT. Since retiring from the Army, he has been a university research scientist, systems analyst for a major aerospace defense firm, vice president for a new company specializing in engineering and analysis, and an independent consultant to the public and private sectors. He has continuously served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he has been an advisor to several foreign governments, and senior operations research analyst supporting U.S. Forces in Iraq. A member of several professional societies for which he has held appointed and elected leadership positions at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels, he is past president and awards committee chair for the Military Applications Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Dr. Parlier authored Transforming U.S. Army Supply Chains: Strategies for Management Innovation in 2011, which received the Koopman Prize as the best military operations research publication in 2012.
KAUSHIK RAJASHEKARA is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas. He has received numerous awards and honors, including for his work in electric power conversion systems in transportation, the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry, and for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles, and for a solid oxide fuel cell based hybrid power generation system. Dr. Rajashekara has published more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences in areas such as renewable energy, energy conversion, electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles, and distributed power generation systems. He has 30 patents, and several more are pending. He
has written six monographs and co-authored one IEEE Press book and contributed individual chapters to five published books. Dr. Rajashekara is a member of the of the NAE. His research interests include the following: power electronics systems and electric drives for propulsion, energy management, and efficiency improvements in transportation, particularly for electric, hybrid (including plug-in hybrid) and fuel cell vehicle systems; power conversion and intelligent energy management for renewable electric energy delivery for an efficient electric power grid (micro grid/local) integrating highly distributed and scalable alternative power sources such as solar, wind, fuel cell, etc.; hybrid power generation systems for transportation and stationary power generation: fuel cell, solar and wind; solar and fuel cell; solid oxide fuel cell and turbine generator; vector control of electric motors and variable frequency drives, power conversion topologies, and power device applications; and advancing the technology of electrification of transportation with high-power-density and high-temperature power conversion systems, control, and electric machines for more electric aircraft, ships, and automobiles. His interest is to put many of these innovative technologies to greater use in practical systems and commercialize these technologies for practically reducing the emissions, improving the energy efficiency, and for the development of sustainable energy resources. Dr. Rajashekara earned a B.S. in science and maths from the Bangalore University, India; a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India; and an M.B.A. from the Indiana Wesleyan University.
LEON E. SALOMON is currently a supply chain/logistics and contracting consultant. He retired from active duty in 1996. Prior to his retirement, he commanded the U.S. Army Materiel Command where he oversaw daily operations for an organization of more than 70,000 people at 255 facilities worldwide, reengineered and streamlined the Army’s acquisitions programs through process improvement and process change; reduced acquisition lead-times 41 percent and inventories by more than $4 billion; oversaw the operational supply, maintenance, and distribution programs for the Army; and developed and implemented plans to reduce more than 20,000 spaces in response to changing missions and financial realities. From 1996 to 1999, General Salomon was vice president for purchasing and logistics and, in turn, the Senior Vice President for Procurement, Rubbermaid, Inc., where he oversaw the corporate-wide procurement and logistics policies and programs for a $2.5 billion consumer products company. He retired from Rubbermaid in March of 1999. General Salomon held numerous command and staff positions in the Army, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army; Deputy Commanding General for Combined Arms Support, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Commanding General, U.S. Army Logistics Center U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command. He is also is on the boards of several companies; is the honorary colonel of the Ordnance Corps, emeritus; and is a senior fellow of the Association of the United States Army. GEN Salomon is a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology. In addition to a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Florida, he has a master of science degree in management logistics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
PRABHJOT SINGH is the manager and leads the Additive Manufacturing Lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York. His background is in additive manufacturing (AM) process development and the computational aspects of AM process planning. During his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, he developed a process-planning framework for the five-axis layered deposition complex three-dimensional, computer-aided design models. Upon joining GE, Mr. Singh developed a novel digital microprinting system for producing ceramics. This system is being employed to manufacture components in GE’s ultrasound probes. Currently, he leads the metal additive manufacturing activities at GE Global Research with a focus on the industrialization of laser powder-bed processes.
BRUCE M. THOMPSON is manager of the System Readiness and Sustainment Technologies Department and leads Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for System Reliability. He is the program manager for a portfolio of military systems analysis projects supporting the military services and the DoD. He leads projects focused on the design, development, and application of unique and broadly
applicable modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization capabilities and tools to help customers make high-impact decisions. In addition, Mr. Thompson serves on an investment area team that manages Sandia’s internal investments in research and development projects to create and develop new and advanced decision support capabilities for national defense applications. Mr. Thompson has more than 30 years of experience in modeling, simulation, and optimization. He also has expertise in the design, development, and application of advanced scientific and engineering software systems. His military systems and project experience includes analyses and tool development to support lifecycle operations and sustainment decisions for DoD legacy and current acquisition programs in areas as diverse as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ground Combat Systems and Program Manager Apache Helicopter, the Missile Defense Agency’s Airborne Laser, and the Navy’s PEO Littoral Combat Ship. In addition to his DoD experience, Mr. Thompson has addressed operations and sustainment challenges in the commercial sector, the energy sector (wind, coal, nuclear, and high-power electronics), and the Department of Energy nuclear weapons enterprise. As a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia, he led development of the System of Systems Analysis Toolset for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems Program and the Support Enterprise Model, a global-scale integrated military logistics simulation toolset as a joint program with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In 2011, he served on the NRC’s Committee on Examination of the U.S. Air Force’s Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs for the NRC. Mr. Thompson has a B.S. in civil engineering from Loughborough University of Technology in England and an M.S. in structural mechanics from the University of Wales, Swansea.
DALE G. UHLER is currently a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute. He supports the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics; Personnel and Readiness) on acquisition matters (including countering weapons of mass destruction), operational readiness, safety, and survivability. Prior to this, he held executive level positions at U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). These included deputy commander for acquisition, acquisition executive, senior procurement executive, and J4 director. His responsibilities included developing, acquiring, fielding, and maintaining all the platforms, systems, munitions, and equipment used by Special Operations Forces to execute their diverse responsibilities and missions. Before being assigned to USSOCOM, Dr. Uhler was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy with responsibilities for Navy and Marine Corps space, electronic warfare, command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) programs; deputy commander/vice commander for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (naval warfare systems architecture and engineering, development and acquisition of Navy and Marine Corps C4I and space systems); and deputy PEO (Mine Warfare). Prior to these Navy Department assignments, he served as deputy associate administrator for systems assurance at NASA Headquarters immediately following the Challenger accident. Prior to that, he was an assistant commissioner of the Federal Supply Service within the General Services Administration and was responsible for wholesale and retail operations (depots and supply centers, inventory management, distribution, pricing, and ordering); federal interagency motor vehicle fleet (management, acquisition, maintenance); federal property management (warehousing, inventory management and tracking, reutilization, and disposal). Dr. Uhler also held senior level positions in the Navy Department with responsibilities for worldwide underwater operations (salvage, diving, search and recovery, ocean engineering, oil and hazardous materials pollution abatement, ship husbandry) and associated logistics support. Dr. Uhler received his B.S. in civil engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, his M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Catholic University of America.