Glenn L. Martin Institute
Professor of Engineering
University of Maryland
Dr. George Dieter is Emeritus Professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. During his time at Maryland, he has held many roles, including Dean of the Clark School. He is an NAE Member and Fellow of American Society for Metals (ASM), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering (AIME).
New York, NY
Brian Paul Gearing is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the Intellectual Property Group, focusing on patent litigation. He has experience in all stages of litigation, from pre-suit investigations through appeal in numerous jurisdictions, and before the ITC. Dr. Gearing has also advised clients on portfolio management and adversarial patent licensing negotiations and has prepared invalidity and non-infringement opinions. He has unique experience working in Tokyo, Japan, where he spent three years representing Asia Pacific-based clients in U.S. litigations and arbitrations.
Dr. Gearing has been trial counsel on numerous high-profile litigations that have resulted in favorable judgments and settlements for his clients and has successfully examined witnesses and argued motions in connection with those litigations.
Dr. Gearing has substantial experience with a wide variety of technologies, including materials science, mechanics and dynamics of materials, cancer therapy, semiconductor and hard disk design and manufacturing, microprocessor technology, wireless communications, and networking equipment and architecture. He also counsels clients on the implementation of new technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledgers, and the development of innovative products such as virtual currencies and blockchain-based assets. Dr. Gearing is an author of fifteen scientific publications and a named inventor on two U.S. patents pertaining to implantable medical devices and friction and wear of novel nano-coatings (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,251,893 and 8,241,698).
Before law school, Dr. Gearing earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focused on the mechanics and dynamics of materials with an emphasis on fracture of polymers, as well as mechanical testing at the micro- and nano-scales. During law school at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Dr. Gearing was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and a fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Engineering Laboratory at NIST
Dr. Howard H. Harary is Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Engineering Laboratory, which addresses the measurement and standards needed to support technology-intensive manufacturing, construction, building energy efficiency, and smart grid and cyber-physical systems. The Engineering Laboratory also conducts research to reduce the risks of fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural and manmade hazards.
A New York native, Dr. Harary received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974, and a physics doctorate from Harvard University in 1983. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at Yale University from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Harary is a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Council on Standards and Certification, a member of the ASME Board on Standardization and Testing, and is the government representative to the Board of PDES Inc., an industrial consortium working in the area of the digital exchange of manufacturing information.
Global Sustainment, Technical Services
Mr. Steve Hogan retired as the sector vice president of Global Sustainment and Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services sector in March 2020. In this role, he had dual responsibility for leading the development and execution of global sustainment strategies across the Northrop Grumman enterprise, and for leading the strategic, operational and administrative elements of the Technology Services sector’s supply chain management activities. Hogan also oversaw investment and technology development as the representative to the Corporate Logistics Council while lewading the functional homeroom for Logistics competencies for the Technology Services sector. He also had leadership responsibility for the F35 Lightning II sustainment strategy across the Northrop Grumman enterprise.
He earned a BSME from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. He’s been awarded Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards by the Department of Navy for his outstanding program management contributions. He also graduated from the U.S. Navy’s senior executive development program and completed several advanced education courses.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Roberto Horowitz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and holds the James Fife Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering. He received a B.S. degree with highest honors in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in 1983 in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and became a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1982.
Dr. Horowitz teaches and conducts research in the areas of adaptive, learning, nonlinear and optimal control, with applications to Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS), computer disk file systems, robotics, mechatronics and Intelligent Vehicle and Highway Systems (IVHS). He is currently the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Department and a former co-director of the Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) research center at U.C. Berkeley.
Dr. Horowitz is a member of IEEE and ASME. He is the recipient of the 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award and the SME 2018 Rufus Oldenburger Medal in recognition of his pioneering and impactful contributions to control applications in mechatronics, magnetic data storage and traffic systems.
Senior Manager, Propulsion Systems
Vertical Lift Division
The Boeing Company
Mr. Bob Kaplan is senior manager of propulsion systems in the Vertical Lift Division of The Boeing Company. Mr. Kaplan has worked at Boeing for over 26 years and has held a number of positions, including: V-22 Flight Test Engineer, H-47 Propulsion Design Lead, and Manager of H-47 Mechanical Systems. In his current position, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for propulsion, thermal and transmission systems design, and vehicle integration, with a focus on Future Vertical Lift technologies. Before joining Boeing in 1992, Mr. Kaplan held positions at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors. Mr. Kaplan received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. His wife, Judy, is also an alumna with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies. They live in Delaware.
Sr. Manager of Mechanical Systems – Military Programs
Fort Worth, TX
Mr. Charley Kilmain is the Sr. Manager of Mechanical Systems – Military Programs and a Drive System SME at Bell. He has a BSME from Maryland in 1985 and has been with Bell for his entire career. He has worked as a designer, design lead, research project lead, Chief, and Manager in the drive system design group. He has also held positions of Director of Mechanical Systems, Director of Operations, and Director of Production Engineering and Repair Strategy Lead for aftermarket revenue capture and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Kilmain has publications and co-authorships in the Vertical Flight Society and Society of Aerospace Engineers. He has 4 patents, several pending patents, and a Textron Chairman’s Award for Innovation among his career achievements. He serves on the Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committees for both University of Maryland and the University of Texas–Dallas.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute
Ms. Maria Korsnick is president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s policy organization in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her engineering background, hands-on experience in reactor operations and a deep knowledge of energy policy and regulatory issues, Ms. Korsnick aims to increase understanding of nuclear energy’s economic and environmental benefits among policymakers and the public. Before joining NEI, she was senior vice president of Northeast Operations for Exelon, responsible for overseeing operation of the Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, R.E. Ginna, and Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 nuclear power plants.
Ms. Korsnick holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, and has held a Senior Reactor Operator license. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Senior Vice President and
Execution Unit Manager
Bechtel Power Corporation
Mr. Lee Lushbaugh, Jr. is a retired Senior Vice President of the global engineering and construction firm of Bechtel Corporation. He has a BSME degree from the University of Maryland and has been active on the College Park campus for many of years. During his 40 year career with Bechtel he served in numerous engineering and management roles for the corporation starting with mechanical engineering assignments in nuclear power plant construction. He has served as the President of the Fossil Power and Communications business lines and served as the Manager of Functions/Office Operations for the Frederick Maryland headquarters of the Power and Communications business lines. He has led numerous mega engineering and construction projects for the corporation and is known for his excellent leadership capabilities and management style.
Ms. Nancy Margolis retired as President of Energetics Incorporated in summer 2017. Ms. Margolis is an expert in industrial energy use and efficiency and has provided support to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for more than 30 years. Before joining Energetics in 1984, she worked at ARINC Research Corporation and Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Ms. Margolis has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a B.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. She is a 2017 recipient of the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Glenn L. Martin Medal.
Bowles Fluidics Corporation
Mr. T.G. Marsden is the Director of Engineering & Development at D. Wheatley Enterprises, Inc. Previously he was Vice President of Engineering at dlhBOWLES Inc.
He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1987 and holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University of Maryland.
Executive Vice President of Programs
Genesis Engineering Solutions
Mr. Michael W. Miller is the Executive Vice President of Programs at Genesis Engineering Solutions in Lanham, Md. Previously, he served as Vice President of Science, Environmental and Remote Sensing Spacecraft Programs in Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, where hewas responsible for the technical, cost and schedule aspects of these programs. Mr. Miller has 36 years of experience in the development and management of NASA spacecraft bus systems. His program responsibility includes 20 successful satellite developments over the last 16 years, the majority of which continue in operations today.
Mr. Miller began his career with Fairchild Space (later acquired by Orbital) as a Structures Engineer and held several successive positions in Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, including Lead Mechanical Systems Engineer, Program Manager, Program Director, Senior Program Director and Vice President. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Director, Naval Warfare
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. James D. Moreland Jr. retired from Government Service on 28 March 2020, and is currently exploring his next position in private industry. He retired as the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD (A&S)) Executive Director, Mission Engineering and Integration. Previously, he held the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Denfense for Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management position within OUSD (A&S). Entering the Senior Executive Service for the Department of Defense in 2014, he brings over 31 years’ experience in leading advanced scientific research and engineering design, development, and integration for national security defense systems.
Dr. Moreland earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University; an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech; and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Moreland has received significant honors for his leadership in engineering, including Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award (2014) and Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2010), the two highest-ranking Navy civilian awards. He is also recognized as a published scholar, having received multiple best technical paper awards.
Dr. Moreland advances theory, methods, practice, and provides curriculum innovation as a Doctoral Research Advisor, Adjunct Professor, and Guest Lecturer for universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, George Washington University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Old Dominion University.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
New York, NY
Ms. Sheila Mortazavi is a partner at the law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Her practice covers all facets of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on patent infringement litigation across a wide range of technologies.
Ms. Mortazavi has handled all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission and arbitration panels, including pre-trial investiga-tion, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, trial and appellate practice.
In addition to litigation, Ms. Mortazavi counsels clients on procurement and transfer of intellectual property rights, negotiation of licenses and other agreements, and evaluation of the scope, validity and enforceability of intellectual property rights.
President, Fuelcor LLC
Chevy Chase, MD
Dr. Alex J. Severinsky developed the Hyperdrive power-amplified internal combustion engine power train, a more fuel-efficient successor to the conventional internal combustion engine power train, and founded PAICE Corporation to license Hyperdrive to hybrid vehicle manufacturers. A power train is a mechanism for delivering power from an engine to a vehicle. The Hyperdrive power train utilizes a unique combination of existing technologies, along with inventive functionality, significantly improving power train performance versus cost.
Dr. Severinsky received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Kharkov College of Radioelectronics in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1967, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics in Moscow in 1975. He came to the United States in 1978 as a refugee.
Director Emeritus, Division of Research
Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
Ms. Susan Skemp has diverse experience across industry, government, professional associations and academia.She has a broad background in ground breaking aerospace research and technology at Pratt & Whitney (31 years retired in 2004), Federal policy as a Fellow, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (2004-2006), and leadership in professional engineering associations, including serving as President, American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME (2002-2003).
She joined Florida Atlantic Uni-versity (FAU) in 2008 as the Executive Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC), developing a multi-disciplinary program at the University to investigate, test and evaluate the potential of harnessing power to generate base-load electricity from the ocean currents. Under her leadership, FAU was successful in June 2014 in being granted the first and only lease by the U.S. Department of Interior to conduct marine hydrokinetic ocean energy research and testing in federal waters.
In July 2015, Ms. Skemp retired from FAU; however, she continues to stay engaged receiving an appointment as Director Emeritus, Division of Research. Ms. Skemp earned her B.S. in Mechanical engineering in 1981 at FAU. She is a Fellow of ASME as well as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Digital Transformation, Aerospace, Defense & Manufacturing
Ms. ToniAnn Thomas is the General Manager for Digital Transformation, Aerospace, Defense & Manufacturing for DXC Technology. The company is an over $20 billion corporation that resulted from the merger of Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprises and Computer Science Corporation. In this role, Ms. Thomas is responsible for profit and loss management, pipeline generation, business development, sales, delivery, and client success. She personally meets and engages with CEOs, CIOs, CHROs, CSOs and Business Line Leaders. Her focus includes Digital Strategy and Transformation, Analytics, Automation, Applications, Cloud, Mobility, and Security.
Prior to DXC Technology, Ms. Thomas held leadership positions with top firms, including: IBM, Cap Gemini, and Honeywell. Ms. Thomas has diverse industry expertise in Federal, State and Local, Aerospace and Defense, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Transportation, Financial Services, and Telecommunications. Her global expertise spans the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa, Continental Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Ms. Thomas holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Tim Maganello/Borg Warner Department Chair
Stephen P. Timoshenko Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
Dr. Kon-Well Wang is the Stephen P. Timoshenko Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers in the Directorate for Engineering at NSF.
He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, worked at the General Motors Research Labs as a Senior Research Engineer, and then started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in 1988.
Professor Wang’s main technical interests are in structural dynamics and controls. His work has crosslinked disciplines and created emerging new directions in the field via exploring piezoelectric circuitry networks, bio-inspired bistable & metastable metastructures, fluidic cellular-composites and origami, and nano-composites. Professor Wang is a Fellow of the ASME, the Institute of Physics (IOP), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received numerous awards for his achievements in research, education and leadership.
Chief Innovation Officer
Mr. David J. Wilson is chief innovation officer with Bechtel Corporation, headquartered in Reston, VA. He was elected principal vice president in 2016.
Mr. Wilson manages Bechtel Innovate, a multi-million dollar program designed to encourage colleagues across the company to create, share, explore, develop, and adopt new ideas to enhance performance and competitiveness on complex engineering and construction mega projects.
Mr. Wilson joined Bechtel in 2001 as a mechanical and control systems engineer in Richland, Wash. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility with leadership roles as a Lean Six Sigma master black belt, as well as the manager of a nationwide U.S. telecommunications project. His most recent role was as manager of innovation and building information managing (BIM) for the infrastructure global business unit.
Mr. Wilson is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Utah, with a master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Washington State University. He is a certified professional engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
(Manuel Pablo Zúñiga-Pflücker)
President & Chief Executive Officer
PetroTal LLC, Houston, TX
Mr. Manuel Pablo (Manolo) Zúñiga-Pflücker, is President, CEO and Director of PetroTal Corp., a publicly traded, dual-listed (TSX-V:TAL and
AIM:PTAL) oil and gas exploration and production company focused in Peru. A native of Talara, Peru, Manolo is a fourth-generation oil man who has dedicated the last 30 years of his professional career leading exploration and production projects in Peru. Having previously served as President and CEO
of BPZ Energy, an oil company that was listed on the NYSE, Manolo has the experience of leading companies that have traded on five different stock exchanges and is one of the few CEOs with companies listed on international exchanges that operate in their native country.
Mr. Zuniga holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland as well as an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. His technical background, entrepreneurial spirit and long-standing roots in Peru have been instrumental in helping PetroTal Corp. establish itself as a leading junior independent E&P company. In the area of Corporate and Social responsibility, Manolo founded the Step by Step Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of children and women’s rights in Northern Peru and increase their quality of life. In addition to serving on the Visiting Committee at the University of Maryland he also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of A&M.