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Endowed Chairs

Dr. Dilip Ballal

Hans von Ohain Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOctober 7, 1999, Dr. Dilip Ballal was inducted as Hans von Ohain Distinguished Professor, which was named for the illustrious co-inventor of the jet engine. Influenced by Dr. Hans von Ohain, Sir Frank Whittle and the Wright Brothers, Dr. Ballal studied in India and England at the College of Engineering and Cranfield Institute of Technology. He said, “As a youngster in India, with aeronautical inclinations . . . Dayton, Ohio, was the place to be.” Dr. Ballal’s fundamental research on combustion stability and pollutant emissions paved the way toward novel designs of low-emission gas turbine combustors. Because of Dr. Ballal’s leadership, the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center possesses an international reputation and has been named a Center of Excellence by the state of Ohio. The Center's research focuses on alternative and conventional fuels with an emphasis on optimizing fuel combustion processes and decreasing emissions. Dr. Ballal passed away November 23, 2012. In Memoriam >>

Dr. Tony E. Saliba

Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wilke Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringApril 21, 2005, Dr. Tony Saliba was named Wilke Distinguished Professor through the generosity of Dr. Charles Wilke and his wife, Bernice. Throughout their lives, Dr. Wilke, chair and co-founder of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and his wife, an elementary school teacher, were committed to education. Following a similar path, Dr. Saliba’s devotion to excellence in engineering education and research is evident throughout his career and the School of Engineering. Named dean of the School of Engineering in 2009, he also served for many years as the chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Saliba was a co-designer of the first undergraduate degree in composite materials engineering in the country and labeled by NSF evaluators as a curriculum innovator. Today, he leads a comprehensive curriculum revision to integrate engineering innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, experiential, service and global learning to educate the complete engineer of the future. Dr. Saliba’s teaching awards include the School of Engineering and the Alumni Awards of Excellence in Teaching as well as the Affiliate Societies Council of the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Education. Dr. Saliba’s research, supported by the U.S. Air Force, Chrysler Motors, General Electric, McDonnell Aircraft, and Boeing, includes the development and use of process models, expert systems, and expert models for the intelligent processing of advanced composite materials. He and his students developed sensors based on acoustic, magnetic, and fiber optic techniques to improve curing technology. SAMPE bestowed upon him its highest honor of fellow for his distinguished contributions to advanced materials processing.

Dr. Charles Browning

John F. and Leona D. Torley Chair in Composite Materials Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringApril 24, 2006, Dr. Charles Browning, previously AFRL director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, was named the John F. and Leona D. Torley Chair in Composite Materials. As a doctorate student, he worked in the pioneering area of high humidity effects on advanced composite, which led to solving quality barriers that prevented F-16 composite structures from production. At AFRL, he initiated first-ever programs in chemical quality assurance and processing science of advanced composites; provided technical support to Air Force systems; and lead an organization of nearly 530 government employees with a yearly budget of $400 million. He has also coordinated local and national coalitions between industry and academics, established an innovative Ohio small business program and lead an initiative to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Recently, Dr. Browning worked alongside MIT, Notre Dame and NASA researchers on a National Research Council panel to examine the research and development strategies as well as the material needs for future military aerospace propulsion systems. The National Academy of Sciences organized the science and technology panel to assist the federal government in decision-making. Dr. Browning is a fellow of SAMPE and a member of the American Chemical Society. His awards include the Presidential Meritorious Executive Ranks Award, the Federal Professional Employee of the Year Award, the Dayton Affiliate Societies Award, and the Dayton Intergovernmental EEO Council Award. Graciously providing the endowment, the Torley’s were prominent Dayton leaders from the 1960s until their deaths in 1998. Mr. Torley, a mechanical and industrial engineer, was President and CEO of Dayton Malleable (Amcast Industrial). Mr. Torley, a member of the University of Dayton Board of Trustees was elected chair in 1977 and received an Honorary degree from the University of Dayton in 1982.

Dr. Vijayan Asari

Ohio Research Scholars Chair in Wide-Area Surveillance, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringFebruary 19, 2010, Dr. Vijayan K. Asari was inducted as the Ohio Research Scholars Chair in Wide-Area Surveillance. His focus, through the School’s Vision Lab, is on the development of new algorithms and architectures for real-time applications in areas of signal processing, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, artificial neural networks and bio-mimetic object-vision recognition. Dr. Asari’s projects include: visibility improvement of images and videos captured in low lighting and bad weather conditions; multi-sensor image fusion; video stabilization; automatic face detection, tracking, and recognition; iris recognition; automatic vessel detection and identification; brain wave processing for intention analysis; and robotic navigation and visual data analysis for situational awareness. In order to build real-time systems for defense and homeland security applications, Dr. Asari combines the aspects of mathematical modeling of human visual perception, the extraction of representational features from visual data, and the statistical and logical methodologies for decision-making. As the new chair, Dr. Asari will help to strengthen Ohio and its citizens and prepare them for global competition in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as the medical fields and STEM education. Through the vision of the Ohio Research Scholars Program, this multi-university, statewide position was formed to develop and support an increase in highly-qualified research talent and focus on long-term regional economic development.

Dr. Joel R. Fried

Wright Brothers Institute Chair in Nano Materials, Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringSeptember 24, 2010, Dr. Joel R. Fried became the University of Dayton’s Wright Brothers Institute Chair in Nano Materials. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Fried was Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati where he also served as the head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the director of the Polymer Research Center, and dual professor, Genome Science, College of Medicine. In addition to authoring more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Fried wrote the widely used textbook, Polymer Science and Technology, as well as the recently released textbook, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Simulation. Dr. Fried served as the director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering materials science and engineering division as well as a member of the publications committee. Currently, Dr. Fried is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Polymer Engineering and Polymer and is the editor of Polymer Contents. Dr. Fried concentrates on the mesoscale simulation of the self-assembly process of block copolymers and the organization of membrane proteins in biological and biomimetic membranes. As the University’s chair in Nano Materials, Dr. Fried will build and guide an interdisciplinary research program in bio-nano materials. In addition, he will lead and mentor collaborative research with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute while building University partnerships with industry and others advancing the regional and national visibility of the University in this field.

Dr. Mikhail A. Vorontsov

Wright Brothers Chair in LADAR and Optical Communications, Electro-Optics Graduate ProgramSeptember 24, 2010, Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov was inducted as the Wright Brothers Institute Endowed Chair for the LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) at the University of Dayton. Dr. Vorontsov has published over 250 papers and four books on the subjects of adaptive optics, nonlinear spatio- temporal dynamics, phase retrieval problem, imaging and laser communications through turbulence, parallel image processing and correction, optical synergetics, laser beam shaping, computer optics, optimal control theory, and optical neural networks. He is a fellow of ARL, SPIE, and OSA and the recipient of many awards including the University of Maryland’s Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty, U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award, ARL Achievement Award for Best Publication, and ARL Achievement Award for Science for the development of a new generation of adaptive laser communication and imaging systems. Through the vision of the Wright Brothers Institute, the chair in LADAR and Optical Communication was created to support the Air Force Research Laboratory’s investment in LOCI through endowment by the University of Dayton, the LOCI partners, and the Ohio Research Scholars Program. This position strengthens the University’s role in unraveling the complex phenomena that obscure images and degrade information that pass through atmospheric disturbances. The chair will grow our talent in critical areas of national need and provide leadership in developing future technologies to mitigate the deleterious effects of atmospheric turbulence on laser communications and remote sensing.

Dr. Scott A. Gold

Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Multiscale Composites, Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringSeptember 30, 2011, Dr. Scott Gold was inducted as the Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Multiscale Composites Processing. Dr. Gold, owner of five inventions, investigates the processing of nanoscale materials and composites and developing techniques for the fabrication of nanostructured materials that can be used in electronic devices, batteries, fuel cells and composite materials. Synthetic Metals, a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering electronic polymers and electronic molecular materials, recently profiled his work. Newly created, the Endowed Chair in Multiscale Composites is a multi-university, statewide initiative formed under the Ohio Research Scholars Program (ORSP). The goal of the ORSP is to strengthen and increase university-led research clusters in Ohio. This position is an integral part of a research cluster of excellence in technology for emerging materials. The cluster incorporates a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University and the University of Akron. As the chair, Dr. Fried leads and mentors collaborative research; expands the University of Dayton’s materials program; and builds upon activities to develop a new generation of composite materials, manufacturing methods, and test-bed methodologies that enable revolutionary improvements in structural materials performance. Dr. Fried works closely with ORSP positions at our partner institutions and develop relationships with the University of Dayton Research Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Composite Center.

Dr. Khalid Lafdi

Wright Brothers Institute Endowed Chair in Nano Materials, Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringSeptember 30, 2011, Dr. Khalid Lafdi, with 20 years of carbon science and technology experience, was inducted as the Wright Brothers Institute Endowed Chair in Nano Materials in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. In 2001, as Carbon Group Leader for the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dr. Lafdi helped advance the University of Dayton’s research vision in nanotechnology. Dr. Lafdi was responsible for establishing the Nanoscale Engineering Science and Technology Laboratory (NEST) and the Carbon Research Laboratory. Ten years ago, he built a state-of-the-art thermal management laboratory and a carbon manufacturing transition facility in order to facilitate scale-up processes and technology transfers of carbon materials and devices. Dr. Lafdi has published more than 140 articles and chapters in refereed journals and edited four books about nanocomposites and thermal management. Furthermore, he holds four patents and has licensed three major technologies in nanomanufacturing to Ohio companies. Recognized for his expertise, the American Carbon Society selected Dr. Lafdi as their 2014 George D. Graffin Lecturer and their carbon “ambassador.” As ambassador, Dr. Lafdi will travel the U.S. and highlight 40 years of carbon science and technology not only for academia but also for industry. As the School’s endowed chair, Dr. Lafdi will lead and mentor collaborative research; expand the University’s nanomaterials program; and create new partnerships with industry, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Dr. Michael C. Wicks

Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Sensor Exploitation and Fusion, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringSeptember 28, 2012, Dr. Michael C. Wicks, a world-renowned expert in radar and signal processing, was inducted as the Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Sensor Exploitation and Fusion. His responsibilities include forging partnerships with industry, research, and government as well as advancing the University of Dayton's regional, national, and international stature in this field. Dr. Wicks received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering as well as his M.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Previously, Dr. Wicks worked for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate. As senior scientist, he conducted, supervised and managed basic and applied research and development in sensor signal processing, specializing in the science and technology needed for superior air and space systems for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision engagement and electronic warfare. Dr. Wicks conducts research in remote sensing, signal processing and systems engineering, with a current focus on distributed sensing and radio frequency technology. Dr. Wicks has published over 300 papers, reports, book chapters, books and U.S. patents.  In 2009, Dr. Wicks was awarded the IEEE Warren D. White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering.  He is a fellow of IEEE, an emeritus fellow of the AFRL, and IEEE Nathanson Award.