Speakers Include:

  • Celia Suratt Powell, Textile Technologist Contractor Battelle, US Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center
  • Dr. Barry Farmer, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Daniel Inman, Director, Center for Intelligent Material Systems & Structures, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • David Warren, Manager Transportation Materials Program Oak Ridge, National Laboratory
  • Debbie Lawrence, Associate Technical Director for Installations, U.S. Army ERDC-CERL
  • Doug Hoffman, PhD, Engineering and Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion, Laboratory/California Institute of Technology
  • Gregory R. Jones P.E., Chief Engineer – development of mechanical, properties of laser-welded titanium core using U.S. government grant, funding, sponsored by Wright Patterson Air Force Base
  • Dr. Hisham A. Abdel-Aal, Laboratoire de Mécanique et Procédé de, Fabrication (LMPF, EA4106), Arts et Métiers Paris Tech
  • Colonel (ret) James Lasswell, USMC, Technical Director and Head Office of Science and Technology, Marine Corps Warfighter Lab
  • John Fairbanks, Technology Development Manager, Thermoelectrics, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Colonel John P. Geis II, PhD, USAF, Director, Center for Strategy and Technology, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Katherine A. Stevens, SES, Director, Materials & Manufacturing, Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Kelechi C. Anyaogu, Sr. Scientist, Nico Technologies Corp.
  • Krzysztof Szalewicz, Physics & Astronomy, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Michael A. Meador, Chief, Polymers Branch, Structures and Materials Division, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Dr. Michael Nathal, Chief, Advanced Metallics Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Composites Materials & Mechanics Laboratory, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • Dr. Peter Matic, Branch Head, Multifunctional Materials, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Gary C. Barber, Automotive Tribology Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University
  • Dr. Robert Speyer, Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Barry L. Farmer is Chief Scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Dr. Farmer joined AFRL in 1998 as Senior Scientist, Polymeric Materials in the Polymer Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, where he led and performed research in polymeric materials, primarily focusing on structure-property relationships.

He received his B.S. in Chemistry (1969) and his M.S. (1972) and Ph.D.
(1974) in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University.
He was on the faculty in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University and at the University of Virginia for 11 years each.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Barry Farmer
Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Celia Suratt Powell joined Battelle in October, 2009, after working as a consultant in the area of textile flammability since 2002. Her current position is supporting the US Army Natick Soldier R, D & E Center, Warrior Equipment & Systems Division, with responsibility for Flame Resistant Clothing. She has worked extensively in industry, in technical support and marketing for chemical companies providing dyes and finishing chemicals, including flame retardants, to textile mills producing fabrics for a variety of end uses, including industrial, military and fashion apparel, automotive interiors, home and commercial furnishings, etc. Her marketing responsibilities included end-user education for safety professionals in the area of FR clothing, as well as participation is ASTM committees related to FR standards development. She has also managed development, production and regulatory compliance for companies producing flame resistant children’s sleepwear.

Ms. Powell has a BS in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University and an MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Celia Suratt Powell
Textile Technologist Contractor Battelle
US Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center

Dr. Douglas C. Hofmann is a Principal Investigator in the Enterprise Engineering Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also holds a Visiting Scientist appointment in Materials Science at Caltech in Professor Johnson’s laboratory, where he advises graduate students. Dr. Hofmann completed his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science at Caltech. After completion, he worked in industry as a Senior Research Scientist with Liquidmetal Technologies developing commercial manufacturing processes for metallic glass matrix composites. Dr. Hofmann joined JPL in 2010 as a metallurgist, studying new high-performance composites for aerospace applications.

Doug Hoffman, PhD
Engineering and Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory/California Institute of Technology

John Fairbanks earned engineering degrees from the Maine Maritime Academy, Stanford University, and the University of Santa Clara; and has done Post Graduate studies at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University. He served three years of active duty in the Navy, did two tours on the USS Montrose in WestPac and one year as an Instructor in the Officer’s Damage Control School, Treasure Island, San Francisco. At Hiller Aircraft, he worked on V/STOL technology, principally the Detached Coanda Effect, and designed bearing and gear box test stands for the XC-142A Tilt Wing Aircraft. He went to Philco-Ford in 1963 to design a Brayton Cycle power system for a solar approach mission which evolved to a thermally controlled photovoltaic design. He developed an optical coating program for thermal control of solar cell performance. He did spacecraft heat transfer design using thermoelectrics to maintain thermal levels in spacecraft electronics. He taught Mechanical Engineering courses (Thermodynamics, Dynamics, and Fluid Mechanics) at the Maritime Academy branch of Texas A&M.

At NASA-Goddard Spaceflight Center, he designed spacecraft solar arrays for four types of spacecrafts. He was the Power System Manager for the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO), the largest unmanned spacecraft at the time. He transferred to the Naval Ship Engineering Center in 1971 to become Program Engineer on the FT-9, a marinized version of the JT-9D aircraft gas turbine engine, which powers the 747s. He was Program Manager of the Ceramic Gas Turbine Demonstrator Program with Garrett AiResearch and managed the gas turbine materials program. He organized the first 3-Gas Turbine Materials in a Marine Environment Conferences.

He moved to the Department of Energy in 1977 to work on stationary power gas turbine components developed from aircraft gas turbine engine technology. He developed the Combustion Zone Durability Program to enable diesel and gas turbine engines to operate on low quality petroleum and coal derived liquid fuels. This program concentrated on coatings, primarily thermal barrier coatings. He coordinated the test and evaluation of coal derived liquid fuels in diesel engines He was Program Manager for the Low Emission – 55 Per Cent Efficient (LE-55) diesel engines for Class 7 & 8 heavy duty trucks. He initiated and has served as the Chair for the series of Diesel Engine Efficiency and Emissions Research (DEER) Conferences. The 15th conference in that series was recently held in August 2009 in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1997, he initiated the Light Truck Clean Diesel Engine Program to develop commercially viable diesel engines for sports utility vehicles, mini-vans and pick-up trucks. In 1994, his program began to develop and test thermoelectric generators on vehicles. More recently, he has organized and is managing major programs to develop and commercially introduce Thermoelectric Generators for transportation applications. Currently, his program is initiating projects to develop TE-HVAC which can significantly improve fuel economy.

Mr. Fairbanks has authored or co-authored 104 technical papers. Two of his papers won the John C. Neidermayer award for the best technical paper presented at Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) [NAVSEA] Conferences. He is a Past Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – Washington Section, and received the ASME Distinguished Service Award. He was elected Vice President of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association. In 1975, he won the Outstanding Alumni Award – Maine Maritime Academy. While at the NASA-Goddard Spaceflight Center, he was awarded the Apollo Achievement Award. He was elected Chairman of the Department of Energy’s Material Coordinating Committee in 1981. In 1984, he organized the US participation in the First NATO Workshop – Coatings for Heat Engines. On July 2, 2008, he delivered the Plenary Presentation for the European Conference on Thermoelectrics in Paris. He gave an invited presentation at the 12th Global Powertrain Conference at the University of Chicago on October 14-15, 2008. Recently, he made a presentation at the MIT-NESCAUM New Directions in Energy Policy and Impacts on Air Quality Symposium, Dedham, MA, August 11-12, 2009. Mr. Fairbanks was a Plenary Speaker at the International Thermoelectric Conference (ITC) 2009 in Freiburg, Germany and in Shanghai in 2010. He holds a Coast Guard issued 1st Assistant Engineer’s License. He is a Captain in the US Navy Reserve (Ret) and was the Commanding Officer of six Naval Reserve Units.

John Fairbanks
Technology Development Manager, Thermoelectrics
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Kelechi Anyaogu is a senior scientist at Nico Technologies Corporation, a start-up company in Ann Arbor Michigan, focused on identification and incubation of innovative technologies based on nanomaterials that have military and biomedical applications.
Dr. Anyaogu received his B.Sc. from Russian University of Chemical Technology (named after D. I. Mendeeleev) Moscow, Russia in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences from Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Neckers, McMaster Distinguished Research Professor. His research experience covers broad application of nanotechnology for materials design, product development, and radiation cure coating technologies. Fluent in Russian and Ibo, Dr. Anyaogu has published several of his research works in peer-reviewed journals like Langmuir, Journal of American Chemical Society, Macromolecules, Journal of Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, Chemical Communications, Journal of Applied Polymer Sciences, and RadTech Reports. Currently, Dr. Anyaogu is working on a number of projects including accelerated layer-by-layer production of ultrastrong nanocomposite materials, advanced fiber and composite reinforcements with improved toughness, conductivity, thermal control, and ballistic protection.

Dr. Kelechi C. Anyaogu
Sr. Scientist
Nico Technologies Corp.


1973 M.S. (with honors) in Chemistry, University of Warsaw
1977 Ph.D. (with honors) in Chemistry, University of Warsaw
1984 D.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Warsaw

Positions and Employment

1978-1984 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw
1985-1987 Associate Research Scientist (a nontenure-track faculty position),
Quantum Theory Project, Department of Physics, University of Florida
1988-1990 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, U. Delaware
1990-1994 Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, U. Delaware
1993- Joint Appointment at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
1994- Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware

Other Experience

1980-1982 Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Quantum Theory Project
Departments of Physics and Chemistry, University of Florida
1982-1984 Visiting Scientist, Institute of Theoretical Physics
University of Cologne, Germany (several few weeks visits)
1990-1992 Visiting Scientist, Department of Quantum Chemistry
University of Uppsala, Sweden (several few weeks visits)
1995 JILA Fellow, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
NIST/University of Colorado, Boulder
1996 ITAMP Visitor, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2002- Member of Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics, UD
2002-2003 Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, New Jersey
2009-2010 Visiting Professor, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble


1971-1973 Research scholarship, University of Warsaw
1977-1984 Awards of the President of University of Warsaw (4 times)
1979 Research Award of the Minister of Higher Education of Poland
2000- Fellow of the American Physical Society
2001- Member of the Franklin Award Committee
2001 AMPOL's Annual Achievement Award (AMPOL is the Americans of Polish Descent Cultural Society)
2004 UD College of Arts & Science Outstanding Scholar Award
2010- Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science


About 200 refereed papers, citation H-index of 47

Krzysztof Szalewicz
Physics & Astronomy
University of Delaware

Dr. Meador earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Ithaca College in 1978 and the Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1983. He joined the NASA Lewis Research Center in 1983 as a chemist in the Lubricants Research Section, has been in the Polymers Branch since 1984, and was appointed Branch Chief in 1988.

Dr. Meador is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for High Performance Polymers and Nanotech Briefs, and is a Graduate Faculty Member in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. His research interests are in the area of polymer synthesis, mechanistic studies of polymer degradation, polymer photochemistry, electronic and photonic materials and the application of biotechnology and nanotechnology in the development of new material systems. Dr. Meador is the author of more than sixty publications and five US patents. He is a member of the Society of Advanced Materials and Process Engineering and the Organic and Polymer Chemistry Divisions of the American Chemical Society. He received the NASA Medal for Equal Opportunity in 2002.

Dr. Michael A. Meador
Chief, Polymers Branch, Structures and Materials Division
NASA Glenn Research Center

Dr. Nikhil Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He is the director of the Composite Materials and Mechanics Laboratory. His laboratory is focused on developing lightweight advanced composite materials with high damage tolerance and energy absorption. The recent research work on lightweight composites is oriented toward understanding their dynamic properties and failure modes under high strain rate and blast loading conditions. In addition, his group is also studying bones and other natural materials for understanding injuries sustained under dynamic loading. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gupta has authored over 50 papers published in journals, three chapters in edited books, and over 75 conference presentations.

Dr. Nikhil Gupta
Composites Materials & Mechanics Laboratory
Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Dr. Peter Matic is the Branch Head of the Multifunctional Materials Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC where his research and development efforts have focused on basic understanding of material deformation and damage, computational simulation, structural integrity, multifunctional structure-power materials, and warfighter protection. He is a mechanical engineer, who received a bachelors degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Lehigh University.

Dr. Peter Matic
Branch Head, Multifunctional Materials
Naval Research Laboratory