Dick J. Wilkins

Dr. Wilkins is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. His research involves design of composite structures and the application of engineering principles to manufacturing process development. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Composites, and served as its President from 1990 to 1992.

From 1991 to 1993, he served as Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Composites Technology, a new organization dedicated to expediting applications of composites, and was also President of the Delaware Technology Park.

He joined the University of Delaware in 1986 as Director of the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is now a member of CCM's Board of Directors.

He previously worked for 17 years with the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics Corporation, where he was responsible for numerous structures technology development activities in composites. He was educated in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his B.S., Master of Engineering, and Ph.D.

Motoaki Ashizawa

Motoaki Ashizawa is Chief Consultant of Ashizawa and Associates Composites Engineering (AACE) of Woodinville, WA. Previously, he served as manager of the Composite Structural Technology Group at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, where he was responsible for more than 15 different projects including the HSCT (High Speed Civil Transport) project. One of his assignments for McDonnell Douglas was as program manager of MD-11 Composite Rudders Program, which was a cooperative program with Alenia of Italy.

Mr. Ashizawa has 26 years of experience in design, analysis, and development of commercial as well as military aircraft structures, particularly in the area of advanced composite structures. In the past he has managed, directed, and worked on numerous research and developmental programs sponsored by NASA, the Air Force, the Navy, and McDonnell Douglas. Many of the research projects resulted in advanced techniques and designs that are utilized in today's composite structures used in commercial and military aircraft.

He received his B.S. (Aerospace Engineering) from California Polytechnic University in 1967 and his M.Sc. (Engineering Mechanics) from California State University in 1970. Mr. Ashizawa has earned worldwide recognition as an expert in the area of composites. He has received several awards and honors as well as having numerous papers and technical articles published.

Jon B. DeVault

Mr. DeVault is currently a Senior Scientist for the Defense Sciences Office at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), where is he involved in organizing the Defense Conversion Composites Initiative. He came to ARPA in 1993 from the University of Delaware, where he worked on a DARPA grant to support the university's strategic planning in the area of advanced composites. Prior to that, Mr. DeVault led a distinguished career with Hercules, retiring in 1992 from the position of Managing Director of Ventures and Business Development for Hercules Materials Company. He joined Hercules in 1962 as a physicist at its Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL). Between 1962 and 1969, he worked on propulsion systems for the Polaris and Poseidon programs at ABL, and later at the Hercules Bacchus Works in Salt Lake City. In 1969, Mr. DeVault helped establish Hercules' graphite materials business. In 1982, Hercules created a separate business unit to pursue composite structures under Mr. DeVault's leadership as president and general manager for composite structures, Hercules Aerospace Division. In 1989, he was appointed president of the Composite Products Group, Hercules Aerospace Company.

Mr. DeVault received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Baylor University in 1960 and 1962, respectively. He is a member of Alpha Chi and Sigma Pi Sigma, and has been an active member of SAMPE, SACMA, and ADPA.

Dee R. Gill

Dee Gill is currently Director of Manufacturing in the New Aircraft Division of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. At McDonnell Douglas he has been involved in work on the A-12, the ATF, and the AX, with the responsibility of developing systems to turn designs into product. He is also involved in the study and implementation of systems like manufacturing requirements planning and other processes that improve factory flexibility and throughput. Prior to coming to McDonnell Douglas in 1989, Mr. Gill worked for Hercules, Inc. for more than 25 years, where he was involved in all aspects of fabricating composite structures from the production of Boeing 757 and 767 parts, to developing filament winding into fiber placement. In the operation of the composite structures facility he was involved in all aspects from design to production including the transition from prototype to production. Mr. Gill holds several patents, such as the segmented expandable mandrel, fiber placement machine, and the machine for producing composite drive shafts.

Mr. Gill received a BSME from the University of Idaho in 1963 and was a graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1965.

Vistasp M. Karbhari

Dr. Karbhari is currently a Scientist at the Center for Composite Materials and Research Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he leads efforts in manufacturing science for composites and the application of composites to civil infrastructure. In addition to his thrust in infrastructure renewal, Dr. Karbhari's current research areas include composites manufacturing and mechanics; interphasial studies; fracture, damage, and crush; design methodologies; and recycling. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware for his research on scale effects in the design and fracture of composites.

Dr. Karbhari currently serves on the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) working committee on the use of composites in infrastructure. He is the American editor of the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Processing of Advanced Materials, and the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. He has published extensively, and currently has over 80 articles in scientific journals and publications.

Joseph S. McDermott

Joseph McDermott is President of Composites Services Corporation, an independent management consulting organization founded in 1981. CSC specializes in applications development, technology assessment, and business development at all levels of the composites industry.

Eight principals are active in the company in the United States, and affiliate relationships are maintained worldwide.

Among other projects, Mr. McDermott is presently engaged by the Partnership for Plastics Progress, an activity of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. to assess the environmental impact of advanced plastics molding processes for the automotive industry. In connection with this assignment and previous projects, Mr. McDermott has visited all the commercial composites manufacturing facilities in the U.S. which supply the Big Three auto companies and their truck subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Composites Services, Mr. McDermott was chief operating officer of the Composites Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry, the national trade association for plastics in the U.S. He began his career in 1967 as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. McDermott holds a Masters degree in industrial psychology from Fordham University, New York City. He is married, with two adult sons, and resides in the New York metropolitan area.

Published: April 1994; WTEC Hyper-Librarian