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ICC4 Aerospace Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

John Koenig

John Koenig, Research Director, Materials Research Department in Engineering Division, Southern Research Institute


Biography: Koenig has a BS in Ceramic Science from Rutgers University and a MS in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been at the Institute for over thirty years. His main interests have been in the evaluation of the response of materials in unique and extreme environments. He and his associates in the Materials Research Department are actively involved in the evaluation of the properties of aerospace and industrial materials which govern the potential for failure of these materials in their application environment. The efforts involve modeling the behavior, understanding the response of materials to nondestructive energies and determining the optimum fabrication conditions. Current efforts of particular emphasis evaluation of rocket motor nozzle materials, failure analysis of high temperature composites and modeling production processed. Key technologies include mechanical and thermal property characterization to high temperatures, ultrasonic, radiographic and other nondestructive inspection techniques, physical and metrological measurements and environmental response testing.


Glen Mandigo

Glen Mandigo, Executive Director, U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association and Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing Innovations


Biography:Mandigo has 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on advanced materials and technology issues with federal agencies, Congress, and companies, universities and associations. He has helped develop over 80 programs and projects with the DOD, DOE, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Homeland Security. Some of these projects have become technology development success stories highlighted by DOD labs. Others have resulted in the construction or expansion of U.S. manufacturing facilities to produce materials and system components at locations around the country. Prior to joining SMI in 1995, Mandigo was Manager, Technology Policy and Planning for an engineering and management consulting firm working with NASA. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.




Toshihiro Ishikawa

Toshihiro Ishikawa, Fellow, Officer of Inorganic Specialty Product Research Laboratory, Corporate Research and Development, UBE Industries, Ltd.


Biography: Ishikawa has conducted very important research & development on SiC-based fibers, composite materials, and Nano-sized-titania/silica-based photocatalytic fibers. Since 1983, he has been engaged in research on continuous-length ceramic fibers at Ube Research Laboratory of Ube Industries, Ltd. Of these, Ishikawa developed a crystalline SiC fiber able to withstand high temperatures of 2000 oC based on the success of basic research on continuous-length fibers using organic silicon polymer (polycarbosilane) as starting materials. Ishikawa’s awards and honors include the Award from the Minister for Environment (2004); Yamazaki Teiichi Prize, Japan (2003); Award from the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (2003); and Award from the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (1992). . He earned his PhD in 1992 from Osaka Prefecture University, his MS in 1979 and his BA in 1977 from Osaka City University.



Takuya Aoki

Takuya Aoki, Senior Researcher, Database Section, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); Chofu Aerospace Center


Biography: Aoki is a senior researcher of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He received his BS (1996), MS (1998) and PhD (2001) in materials science from Tokyo University of Science. He joined JAXA in 2001. He has worked for research and development of carbon/carbon composites and ultra-high temperature ceramics.



Jay E. Lane

Jay E. Lane, Fellow – Ceramic Matrix Composites, Rolls-Royce Corp.


Biography: Lane has 28 years experience in the development, evaluation and implementation of advanced structural ceramics. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2008 to lead ceramic matrix composite (CMC) development and implementation for Civil and Defense aero-engines and for land-based power generation turbines. Prior to joining Roll-Royce, Lane worked on the development and implementation of advanced ceramics while with Siemens Power Generation and at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center. He has a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University. He holds 22 U.S. patents in the field of gas turbine materials, primarily in CMCs.



Allan P. Katz

Allan P. Katz, Air Force Research Laboratory


Biography: Katz received his Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from MIT and holds a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He entered government service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base upon completion of his graduate studies. His career has spanned a range of research and management positions. Dr. Katz’s work has focused on high temperature ceramics, both monolithic and composite, for structural applications. The former includes research on refractory carbides and nitrides for turbine and rocket propulsion. The latter has focused on development of advanced fibers and fiber-reinforced composites for a variety of air and space applications.



Diletta Sciti

Diletta Sciti, Senior Scientist, Institute for Science and Technology of Ceramic Materials (ISTEC-CNR)


Biography: Sciti joined the research group of Structural Ceramics in 1998. Her research activity is focused on the processing and characterization of structural ceramics (monolithic and particulate composites) for high temperature applications, sintering techniques, study of the relationship between processing, microstructure and mechanical properties. She has several collaborations with Italian industries for research and development of innovative ceramic-based devices for high temperature applications. She is involved in Italian and European projects and collaborates with universities in Europe, USA, China and Japan for basic research on ceramic material science. She is author and co-author in about 100 scientific papers and congress communications. Activity focused on UHTCs for aerospace started in 2005 and in this field she has published more than 40 papers in ISI journals. Since 2009 she has been granted twice by AFOSR – EOARD for microstructural investigations of UHTCs by transmission electron microscopy.


Rhett Jefferies

Rhett Jefferies, Manager, CLEEN Program, FAA


Biography: Jefferies manages the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program for FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy. In partnership with industry, CLEEN strives to reduce noise, emissions and fuel burn of commercial aircraft. Prior to arriving at the FAA, Rhett served over 20 years in the US Air Force, including assignments as program manager in Air Force Research Laboratory, Assistant Professor in the US Air Force Academy Aeronautics Department, and International Affairs Staff Officer. He attended Lehigh University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Danel Leiser

Daniel Leiser, Senior Research Scientist, Thermal Protection Materials and Systems Branch, NASA Ames Research Center


Biography: Leiser has co-invented many high temperature capability low-density materials that were eventually adopted by the Space Shuttle program for use on the Orbiter including a family of advanced insulation materials designated as Fibrous Refractory Composite Insulation (FRCI) and the black coating used on top of the insulation on the windward surfaces designated as Reaction Cured Glass (RCG). He, in addition, developed and patented a new tougher surface treatment that replaced the black coating in the more damage prone areas on the Orbiter designated as Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Insulation (TUFI). He was heavily involved the Return to Flight program and the Damage Assessment Team during flights of the Orbiter. He is currently involved in developing a new-patented lightweight leading edge material/system for reentry vehicles. He has twice received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement relative to outstanding contributions to the Shuttle Thermal Protection System (1981) and for developing and successfully testing TUFI (1996). He presented the Arthur Friedberg Award Lecture in 2004 and has been a fellow of The American Ceramic Society since 1988 and a member of NICE.


Miklos Petervary

Miklos Petervary, Engineer – Manager, Extreme Environment Structures, The Boeing Co.


Biography: Petervary leads the Extreme Environment Structures group of Boeing Research & Technology. In this position he leverages his combined materials and process and mechanical engineering background to lead development of structures subjected to temperatures from cryogenic to >3500°F, pressures from the vacuum of space to 10,000psi. Products include cryogenic propellant tanks, re-entry vehicle and hypersonic hot structures, bomb blast protection, and armor systems for Boeing defense and commercial platforms. Petervary is currently the Principle Investigator for the Boeing/FAA CLEEN Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite Exhaust program. He has over 18 years of industrial experience in the development, application, and production of ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix composites, monolithic ceramic, ablatives and non-metallic materials for aviation and aerospace. Experiences include process development, material characterization, component design and prototyping, manufacturing, and production. He has authored or co-authored over 20 publications in the areas of ceramic composites, coatings, and resin transfer molding (RTM), and currently holds four US and international Patents. He holds degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (MS 1997) and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS 1991).


Christopher Berndt

Christopher C. Berndt, Professor of Surface Science and Interface Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology


Biography: Berndt graduated in 1977 was a B.App.Sc. in Metallurgy, from what is now called the University of South Australia. His Ph.D. was earned in the Materials Engineering Department of Monash University in mid-1981. He undertook several Fellowships in the USA in the early 1980’s; which included a 2 year stint at NASA-Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. He was appointed a Senior Lecturer at Monash in 1985. Berndt was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 1995 and appointed an Adjunct Professor in Orthopedics in 1996. In early 2005 Berndt returned to Australia as the founding Professor of Surface and Interface Engineering, James Cook University. He has served as a member of 4 Engineers Australia Accreditation Teams and Chaired one of these. Berndt is a Member of more than 10 professional societies. He’s a Fellow of the Australian Institution of Engineers, ASM International, The Institution of Metallurgists, the Australian Ceramic Society, and Alpha Sigma Mu. He has held guest positions as a Faculty Fellow of Oak Ridge National Lab and Guest Scientist of Brookhaven National Lab. He was inducted into the Thermal Spray Hall of Fame in 2007. He has over 400 publications.




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