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).
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 is sector vice president of Global Sustainment for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services sector, a recognized leader in integrated logistics; sustainment; modernization; defense; health, civil and government services; and training solutions. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and execution of global sustainment strategies across the Northrop Grumman enterprise. Mr. Hogan overssees investment and technology development as the representative to the Corporate Logistics Council while leading the functional homeroom for Logistics Competencies for the Technology Services sector. He also has leadership responsibility for the F35 Lightning II sustainment strategy across the Northrop Grumman enterprise. He was named to this position in January 2016.
He earned a BSME from 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 the 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.
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.
Repair Strategy Lead - CSS
Fort Worth, TX
Mr. Kilmain is the Repair Strategy Lead and Drive System SME for Core Flight Sciences at Bell Helicopter. He has a BSME from Maryland in 1985 and has been with Bell for 32 years. 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 before his current role where Bell is leveraging his experience to capture after mark revenue and customer satisfaction. Mr. Kilmain has publications and co-authorships in the American Helicopter Society and Society of Aerospace Engineers. He has 3 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.
Senior Vice President and
Execution Unit Manager
Bechtel Power Corporation
Mr. Lee Lushbaugh 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 was named President of Energetics Incorporated in May 2010. 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.
Chief Technology Officer
Genesis Engineering Solutions
Mr. Michael W. Miller is the Chief Technology Officer 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. is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD/A&S). Entering the Senior Executive Service for the Department of Defense in 2014, he brings over 30 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. Over the course of his career, Dr. Moreland has received significant honors for his leadership in engineering, to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2018), 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 from the American Society of Naval Engineers and the International Council on Systems Engineering.
Dr. Moreland advances theory, methods, practice, and provides curriculum innovation through research and education as a Research Advisor, Adjunct Professor, and Guest Lecturer for multiple universities to include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, George Washington University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Old Dominion University.
ENGAGEMENT: Active on campus through speaking engagements, developing research collaborations across the Department of Defense, and an advisor to the UMD ME Department on its curriculum and research activities.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
New York, NY
Ms. 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 investigation, 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.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland
Dr. Hratch Semerjian is a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and former Acting Director of NIST. Dr. Semerjian received his M.Sc. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in engineering from Brown University. He served as a lecturer and post doctoral research fellow in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto. He then joined the research staff of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corp. in East Hartford, Conn. In 1977, Dr. Semerjian joined the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), where he served as director of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory (CSTL) from April 1992 through July 2003. Awards he has received include the Fulbright Fellowship, C.B. Keen Fellowship at Brown, the U.S. Department of Commerce Meritorious Federal Service (Silver Medal) Award in 1984, and the U.S. Department of Commerce Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service (Gold Medal) Award in 1995. In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1997, he received the Brown Engneering Alumni Medal. Dr. Semerjian was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.
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
Partner with IBM Global Business Services
Public Sector and Commercial Healthcare
Ms. ToniAnn Thomas is a Partner in IBM’s Global Business Services focused on Sales and Growth, and Client Engagement targeted to drive sales and win large and strategic deals ($20M to $500M+). She is focused on full deal life cycle from validation through award. She built and leads the Strategic/Large Deal team responsible for Deal Origination, Ideation, Market Making, Deal Strategy, Competitive Positioning, Concept of Operations, Price to Win, Competitive Solutioning, Pricing Strategy, Design to Cost, Innovation, Voice of the Client (VoTC) Program and Win Loss analytics. Her portfolio focus includes Digital (Strategy, Cognitive, Mobile), Business Process Services (Finance, Procurement, Enterprise Efficiency), Enterprise Applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft) and Applications Innovation Consulting (App Dev, Digital Modernization, Cloud Managed Services, Big Data & Analytics, App Migration). Her growth pillar focus is in Digital Strategy & Interactive, Cognitive Process Transformation and Cloud Application Innovation.
Ms. Thomas holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and currently serves on the Visiting Committee for the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
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 and Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. 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 cross-linked 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.
Regents Professor Emeritus
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Winer was Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering from 1988 through 2007 and Interim Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering from October 2011 to May 2012. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University in England in 1964. He served on the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 when he joined the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology. Winer has over 200 publications. His fields of interest include tribology, rheology, fluid mechanics and condition monitoring of mechanical systems as well as engineering education.
He is a Fellow of ASME, STLE, AAAS, ASEE and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. He has received several honors and awards, including the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award (1995) and Donald Marlow Award (1996), the ASME Melville Medal (1975), Life Fellow (2001) and Honorary Member (2006), and the Tribology Gold Medal of the British Tribology Trust (1986). In 2003 he was named an Honorary Alumnus of Georgia Institute of Technology.
(Manuel Pablo Zúñiga-Pflücker)
President & Chief Executive Officer
PetroTal LLC, Houston, TX
Mr. Manolo Zuniga, President and CEO of PetroTal LLC, has spent the last 30 years in the international oil and gas business, ranging from exploitation of marginal oil and gas fields to frontier exploration projects throughout Latin America. His technical background, entrepreneurial spirit and long-standing roots in Peru have been instrumental in helping his companies establish themselves as leading independent Exploration and Production company in the region. Prior to PetroTal LLC, Mr. Zuniga served as President and CEO of BPZ Energy and President of BPZ & Associates, Inc., a technical oil and gas consulting firm that he co-founded in 1989. He began his career with Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
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