Allan P. Katz is a Senior Program Manager in the Composites Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from MIT and holds a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Katz entered government service at Wright-Patterson in 1977. His career has spanned a range of research and management positions with work focused on high temperature ceramics for structural applications. That has included research and development of refractory carbides and nitrides, advanced fibers, and fiber-reinforced composites for a variety of air and space applications.
Dr. Katz was honored in 2009 by the Air Force as recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contributions as Ceramics Branch Chief from 1998-2008. And he was recognized in 1998 by the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton as one of his community’s outstanding scientists and engineers.
Dr. Katz has been active in ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division and is also a member of ASM International. He serves on MIT’s Educational Council, and previously served on the Advisory Board to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Ohio State University.
Dr. Katz now leads the Air Force program to develop SiC-based composites for application in the hot section of aerospace turbine engines. He is also a champion for international collaboration, engaging in a variety of formal partnerships with organizations outside the United States and for which he received his Directorate’s 2012 International Award.