The following individuals participated in the site visits in Japan, representing some sponsoring agencies for the study and the JTEC staff at Loyola College. Other sponsor representatives not participating in the Japan trip are listed in the Executive Summary.
Dana M. Granville is a materials engineer at the Materials Directorate of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (previously Materials Technology Laboratory), Watertown, MA. He holds a B.S. in Plastics Engineering and has completed all classroom requirements for an M.S. in Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts.
Mr. Granville has 17 years experience in composite materials processing, including 13 years as a member of the DoD Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group (MTAG), and four years as manager of the Army's Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) thrust in composite materials processing.
Mr. Granville is currently the Army representative for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Materials Processing and Fabrication Committee.
Bruce M. Kramer is Program Director for Materials Processing and Manufacturing at the National Science Foundation (NSF), on leave from his position as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Professor Kramer received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT before accepting his position at George Washington University.
Dr. Kramer spend the first six months of 1989 on sabbatical leave at the University of Tokyo, where he had the opportunity to visit over 25 Japanese companies, government institutions, research laboratories and universities. He retains close ties to the University of Tokyo.
Professor Kramer's research interests are in the area of materials processing, with particular interest in machining, tool design, and material development. He is the holder of two patents, the author of numerous research papers, and the recipient of several awards, including the ASME Blackall Award for the best paper in the ASME Transactions, Journal of Engineering for Industry in 1982, the F.W. Taylor Medal of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research (CIRP) in 1984, and the R.F. Bunshah Award of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings in 1985. He was named an Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1983.
Xavier Spiegel is Associate Professor of Engineering at Loyola College in Maryland where he has taught for the last 30 years. He is a former chairman of the Department of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, and past President of the Maryland Academy of Sciences.
His research interests include the fabrication of polymer-metallic composites, the rapid identification of metals and alloys, and the development of automated data collection systems for undergraduate research. Professor Spiegel has conducted research at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and David Taylor Research Laboratories. He is enthusiastically involved in informing groups of all ages about the mysteries of materials.
in addition, professor spiegel has served as the director of ttec, a program at loyola college funded by the department of transportation for research in areas of interest to the transportation community.