Board of Directors

Nezih Yaramanoglu, Ph.D.

Director Cross-Portfolio Technologies and Innovation

Siemens Industry Software Inc.

Dr. Nezih Yaramanoglu is the Director Cross-Portfolio Technologies and Innovation at Siemens Industry Software Inc. Nezih’s focus is Industry Processes and their influences on IT-Solution Architectures.

Nezih has 36 years of experience in IT Solution research and development for production processes. Prior to his current position he was responsible for providing development support in initiating and leading strategic Digital Manufacturing projects. Resulting from these activities he became a co-founder of the e-Factory organization of UGS in 2001. Nezih was the leader of the dCADE PBU of UGS Products organization, which was merged to Unigraphics Solutions GmbH in 1999. Before the merger he was the President & CEO of dCADE GmbH, which he co-founded in 1991. During his career path Nezih has initiated and lead various international research projects with consortia consisting of members from European automotive, shipbuilding and aerospace industries. Nezih’s academic background is Mechanical Engineering with a PhD in Production Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, where he also received his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Craig Benson, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Virginia

Craig H. Benson is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia as well as the Janet and John Hamilton Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Benson has a BS from Lehigh University and MSE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dean Benson was appointed as Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chair of the Dept. of Geological Engineering, and Director of Sustainability Research and Education for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Benson has been conducting experimental and analytical research in geoenvironmental engineering for nearly three decades, with the primary focus in environmental containment of solid, hazardous, radioactive, and mining wastes; sustainable infrastructure; and beneficial use of industrial byproducts.  His research includes laboratory studies, large-scale field experiments, and computer modeling.

Dr. Benson has received several awards for his work, including the Ralph Peck Award, the Huber Research Prize, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Croes (twice), Middlebrooks, Collingwood, and Casagrande Awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Award of Merit and the Best Practical Paper Award (twice) from ASTM International.  Dr. Benson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, served as President of the ASCE Geo-Institute (GI), and served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Dr. Benson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Barbara Boyan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Barbara Boyan is Professor and the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  In addition, she is professor emerita in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she held the Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Tissue Engineering.  She is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and in the American Institute of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) and in 2012 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the Fellows of the World Congress of Biomaterials.

Dr. Boyan is recipient of numerous awards, including the Honorary Lifetime Member Award from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Biomineralization Award and the American Academy of Periodontology R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award (1997, 1999, and 2001), as well as the Women’s Leadership Forum Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society (2012) and the Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award (2012).  She was appointed to the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired their Roundtable on Biomedical Engineering Materials and Applications (2008 to 2011).  In 1993, she co-founded OsteoBiologics, Inc. (San Antonio, TX), which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 2007.  OBI’s first generation of products is now approved for use clinically both in the US and Europe.  Dr. Boyan is also founder of Biomedical Development Corporation in San Antonio, as well as Orthonics, Inc. (Atlanta) and SpherIngenics, Inc. (Richmond).  The author of more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, Dr. Boyan holds 15 U.S. patents.

Dawit Haile, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor, College of Engineering & Technology

Virginia State University

George Karles, Ph.D.

Managing Director of Engineering

Altria Client Services

Dr. Karles is currently the Managing Director of Engineering within Altria Client Services.  In this role, he leads the efforts of a diverse group of engineers and scientists to assess, develop, implement and scale up innovative equipment and processes to support various reduced risk product platforms. Dr. Karles has been with Altria Client Services for more than 24 years and has held several technical leadership positions in Product Development, Research, Analytical Sciences, Clinical Sciences and most recently Engineering.

His research, reflected in multiple publications and 79 US patents, covers a wide range of topics such as chemical functionalization of substrates to change their physical and chemical attributes, liquid penetration in porous media, selective filtration and modification of selective adsorbents, electrospinning, physical and chemical encapsulation, and controlled delivery, reduced exposure and reduced risk tobacco products, aerosol physics and computer fluid dynamics describing solid/liquid interactions and aerosol flow and deposition.

He is actively involved in the educational and research ecosystem in Richmond, VA.  Dr. Karles serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is a member of the Activation Council of Activation Capital and chairs the Industry Operations Board at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Gary Pickrell, Ph.D.

Professor in Materials Science and Engineering; Associate Director of the Center for Photonics Technology in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Gary Pickrell is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering; Associate Director of the Center for Photonics Technology in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech; Rolls Royce Commonwealth Director and Technical Advisory Board voting member to CCAM.  He has been honored as a Fellow of SPIE, Senior member of IEEE, Faculty Fellow, Outstanding Assistant Professor, and with an R&D 100 award.  He has over 250 publications, including 20 books, 5 special Journal issues, and 20 patents issued.  He has chaired ~ 35 international conferences on sensors and advanced materials, served on the organizing committee for ~ 50 conferences and has been the PI on ~ $10 million in funded research and a PI or co-PI on $20 million while at Virginia Tech. Previous to academia, he held various industrial positions such as process engineer, R&D Scientist, Technical Director, and member of the Board of Directors for various organizations.  He has served on many technical advisory boards and review panels for both industry and government including NSF, DOE and twice on a Triennial Review Team of the Naval Research Lab facilities, personnel and research projects.

Robert F. Proctor

Chief, Materials Engineering – Defence

Rolls-Royce Corporation

Rob Proctor is the Defence Chief of Materials at Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, IN.  Rob is responsible for developing the strategy to deliver world class materials and manufacturing technology for manufacture and repair of aerospace gas turbines.  Rob has held various management and technical specialist roles during his 18 years at Rolls-Royce.  He has contributed to manufacturing and repair technology development including the application of additive manufacturing, novel joining process development, and special processes engineering support for operations, while earning an M.S. in Technology from Purdue University. Prior to coming to Rolls-Royce, he graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida and subsequently worked for Emerson Electric and Howmet.

Eric Weisel, Ph.D.

Executive Director VMASC & Associate Vice President

Old Dominion University

Executive Director of VMASC/Associate Vice President for Applied Research, received a B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, an M.S. in Operations Research from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering from Old Dominion University. Previously, he served as the Director of Applied Research for the University’s Office of Research. He also served as Chief Scientist for Training and Simulation Solutions at General Dynamics and as the Founder and CEO for WernerAnderson, Inc., a technology research start-up firm.

David Young

Deputy Director

NASA Langley Research Center

Mr. David Young is the Deputy Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. Langley, founded in 1917, is the nation’s first civilian aeronautical research facility and NASA’s first field center. Langley is where NASA researches solutions to challenges ranging from global climate change and access to space, to air travel, and future aviation vehicles. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Mr. Young served as the Director of the Langley Science Directorate. In this capacity, he was responsible for a research portfolio that includes satellite and aircraft-based missions designed to improve our knowledge of changes in the Earth’s atmosphere and how those changes affect public health, air quality, our economy, and national security. The Langley science portfolio also includes major contributions to the development and implementation of technologies that enable planetary science, particularly in the areas of the entry, descent, and landing of planetary missions.

Since joining NASA in 1996, Mr. Young has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in a variety of roles. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in October 2012 as Deputy Director for Programs in Langley’s Engineering Directorate, where he was responsible for providing systems engineering and discipline engineering capability for implementing complex missions in support of NASA’s Science, Exploration, Aeronautics, and Space Technology missions. Prior to that, Mr. Young served in a progression of management and technical leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Langley. In 2006, he was detailed to NASA Headquarters as part of the Agency’s Leadership Development Program as a Program Executive in the Applied Sciences Program. In 2007, he served a detail as the Senior Program Advisor for Polar Orbiting Satellites for the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services of NOAA. Mr. Young’s leadership expertise was recognized in 2011 when he received the prestigious NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and in 2018 when he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

Mr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research career has been focused on the generation of reliable long-term records of our planet that are used to benefit the public through informed policy decisions. He is the author or co-author of over 55 peer-reviewed science publications, and he received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2001 for his pioneering work in Earth Science.

When not at work, Mr. Young enjoys spending time with his wife, two adult sons, and two grandchildren. Despite ample evidence to the contrary, he remains perennially optimistic about Philadelphia sports teams.

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