LTG JOSEPH ANDERSON (Co-Chair) is the president and chief executive officer of Rafael Systems Global Sustainment LLC (RSGS) and a visionary leader with unparalleled global experience. Following a successful career in the U.S. Army, where he commanded Infantry units from company through Corps-level, LTG Anderson gained additional business and management experience with Wynnchurch Capital, Beacon Global Strategies, McKinsey & Company, Sequoia Holdings, Dataminr, and SOS International. He has a well-earned reputation of driving results and managing complexity while building teams and networks along the way. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, LTG Anderson also earned an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, he attended the Senior Executive Education Course at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and is a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the George Washington Library Leadership Institute. His situational adaptability was evident as he fulfilled military roles that were equivalent to civilian chief operating officer positions. LTG Anderson’s leadership experience is recognized internationally for honor, merit, service, peacekeeping, and defense cooperation. His selfless service continues as a director for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the Patton Veterans Project, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, and TRIBAL App.
KARI D. ANDERSON (Co-Chair) served as the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Architect for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) from 2006 through 2017. The BMDS is an integrated worldwide network of space-, ground-, and ship-based sensors, ground- and ship-based interceptors, and a Communications, Command and Control system that is used for the defense of the U.S. homeland, deployed forces, and friends and allies against the threat of ballistic missiles. In this capacity, she developed the vision for the future architecture for the BMDS, led studies to evaluate and foster new concepts, provided technical oversight for MDA’s special programs, led MDA’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Technical Authority effort, and developed the BMDS Strategic Roadmap. From 1993 to 2006, Anderson worked at the Office of Naval Research where she served as the deputy program manager, then the program manager responsible for management of research programs prototyping and testing leading-edge sensor technologies and transitioning those capabilities into fielded weapon systems. Additionally, Anderson was responsible for coordinating, developing, and recommending export and security policy related to low observable and counter low observable technology. From 1990 to 1993, she worked at the Naval Air Systems Command where she served as a systems engineer for the Advanced Air-to-Air Missile (AAAM) Program and as
the aircraft integration engineer for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) program. From 1984 to 1990, she worked at the Naval Ordnance Station where she established an internationally recognized facility to demonstrate continuous processing of propellant and explosive formulations from research and design through live process demonstration. Anderson was selected to the Senior Professional rank in 2006. She received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Senior Professional Award in 2014. Other awards include the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the MDA Director’s Pinnacle Award, and the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA’s) award for Missile Defense Technology. She retired from federal service in December 2017. Anderson is currently working as a senior technical advisor for Mobius Consulting, LLC. She is also serving on the Strategic and Technical Advisory Team for MDA.
KAUSHIK BHATTACHARYA is the Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and a professor of materials science as well as the vice provost at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1986, his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1991, and his postdoctoral training at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences from 1991 to 1993. Dr. Bhattacharya joined Caltech in 1993. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University (1988), Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (1992), the Max-Planck-Institute at Leipzig (1997–1998), the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge (1999), the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore (2001), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2006), and the University of Cambridge (2008–2009). His awards include the von Kármán Medal of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2020), the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Minnesota (2018), the Warner T. Koiter Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2015), and the Graduate Student Council Teaching and Mentoring Award at Caltech (2013).
RODNEY D.W. BOWERSOX is the associate dean for research for the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA Initiatives and the Ford I Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research and teaching are focused on theoretical and experimental hypersonic viscous flows, aerothermochemistry, non-equilibrium gas dynamics, scramjet flows, and facility design. He founded and directs the Texas A&M University National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory. Dr. Bowersox is a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and a DoD Vannevar Bush faculty fellow. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and ASME as well as a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America, and the AIAA Hypersonic Technologies and Space Planes Program Committee. Dr. Bowersox is an associate editor for the AIAA Journal and the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.
IAIN BOYD is the H.T. Sears Memorial Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and also serves as the faculty director of the National Security Initiative. Dr. Boyd worked for 4 years at the NASA Ames Research Center in the areas of aerothermodynamics and space propulsion. He was a faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University for 6 years and worked at the University of Michigan for 20 years before moving to Colorado in 2019. His research interests involve the development and application of physical models and computational methods for the analysis of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamics processes in aerospace systems. He has authored more than 200 journal articles, more than 300 conference papers, and a book titled Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation. Dr. Boyd is a fellow of AIAA and has received the 1998 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award and the 2018 AIAA Thermophysics Award. He is also a fellow of APS and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. Boyd was awarded the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service for his leadership role in the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB). He currently serves on the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL). Dr. Boyd received a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics (1988) from the University of Southampton in England.
ALISON BROWN is the president and chief executive officer of NAVSYS Corporation, which she founded in 1986. NAVSYS Corporation specializes in developing next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in mechanics, aerospace, and nuclear engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an M.A. and a B.A. in engineering from Cambridge University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the Institute of Navigation. Dr. Brown previously served as a member on AFSAB (2016–2019 and 1994–2003). Additionally, she served as a member on the Government-Industry Advisory Panel for Section 813 of the FY16 NDAA Rights in Technical Data, the Small Business Technology Council, the Mountain States Employer Council, and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NDIA, and as the 2014–2015 chair for the Region VIII Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. Dr. Brown is a member of NDIA’s board of trustees and Small Business Executive Committee, the International Women’s Forum, the Cosmos Club, and the GPS World Advisory Board. She is a three-time chair of the District 13 Rhodes Scholar selection board. Dr. Brown has been chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year by Colorado’s Celebrate Technology and as a Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Mile-Hi Council. She was appointed as the chair of the Region VIII Regulatory Fairness Board of the Small Business Administration for 2014–2015.
GEORGE (RUSTY) T. GRAY III is a laboratory fellow in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He received his B.S. (1976) and M.S. (1977) from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Gray came to LANL following a 3-year visiting scholar post at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany, after receiving his Ph.D. in materials science in 1981 from Carnegie Mellon University. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on high-strain-rate and shock deformation and is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, where he was on sabbatical in 1998. Dr. Gray co-chaired the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference in 2000. He is a member and fellow of APS, ASM International (ASM), and the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) and serves on the advisory board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010, he served as the president of TMS. Starting in 2012, Dr. Gray became the chair of the Acta Materialia board of governors, which oversees the publication of the journals Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Materialia. He has authored and co-authored more than 450 publications. In 2017, Dr. Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2018, he was awarded the Rinehart Award from the European DYMAT Association. APS awarded him the George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award in 2019.
JAMES E. HUBBARD, JR., is the TEEX Eminent Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hubbard began his career as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Marine Engineer with unlimited horsepower ratings in steam and diesel engines. He served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 under contract to the Military Sea Transport Service in this capacity. Dr. Hubbard received his B.S. (1977), M.S. (1978), and Ph.D. (1982) from MIT. He is presently a permanent fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Systems at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hubbard has been a full professor serving academia since 2004 and has held leadership positions in industry and government throughout his career spanning more than 40 years. He is a fellow and lifetime member of AIAA as well as a fellow of ASME and the Society of Photonics and Industrial Engineers (SPIE). His research efforts are focused on adaptive structures, system identification and modeling, and control of distributed parameters systems. Dr. Hubbard has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific articles, published 4 books, and holds 24 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and is also a member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Hubbard has held National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine board positions on the Air Force Studies Board (8 years) and the Navel Research Advisory Committee (6 years).
GREG H. PARLIER is currently the president at GH Parlier Consulting and an adjunct professor of operations research at North Carolina State University. A West Point graduate and retired Army Colonel, he is a combat veteran with 5 operational deployments and service in more than 20 foreign nations on 12 named operations. Dr. Parlier
was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, an air-ground battle staff officer, a joint operations planner, and an Army strategist. When he retired, Dr. Parlier was the Army’s senior, most experienced Operations Research (OR) officer with assignments spanning land warfare analyses, manpower and personnel, program analysis and evaluation, logistics, and teaching at West Point. For 12 years after retiring, he served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he was an advisor to several foreign governments and senior OR analyst supporting the multi-national forces command in Iraq. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, National Defense Fellow at MIT, and Army War College graduate, Dr. Parlier holds advanced degrees in engineering, operations research, and international security. He is a past president of the Military Applications Society of INFORMS, director for the Military Operations Research Society, and program chain for the annual series of International Conferences on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems.
SUHITHI M. PEIRIS is a scientific and technical senior executive, assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of enhanced energy effects relating to technology for producing, transporting, and coupling energy from munitions to targets (inclusive of high explosives, initiation sciences, damage mechanisms, penetration, and fuzing). Dr. Peiris is currently assigned as the technical advisor, Platform and Weapon Technologies, to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. After her Ph.D., she worked in Navy laboratories on energetic and reactive materials and then joined the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to run the Counter-WMD Basic Research program. Dr. Peiris is a fellow of APS and has published about 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book.
KELLY STEPHANI is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 2012 from The University of Texas at Austin and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department prior to joining the faculty at UIUC in 2014. Her background is in hypersonics with emphasis on modeling and high-performance computing. Broadly, she develops predictive models and design tools for materials, structures, and thermal protection systems (TPS); hypersonic environments and phenomenologies; and applied aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics. Dr. Stephani’s technical expertise centers on computational tools that quantify thermal, chemical, and mechanical degradation of TPS materials in the hypersonic flight environment. Additionally, her work leverages advanced numerical methods to construct physics-based models, informed by world-class material characterization, experimental techniques, and full vehicle integration, to create a system-level design platform for the nation’s next generation of hypersonic vehicles. Dr. Stephani is an AIAA associate fellow and recipient of numerous awards, including the NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award (2015), the AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2017), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2019).