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 with the University of Dayton School of Engineering. From 2009-2014, he served as dean of the School and for many years was 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. 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. 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.
Dr. Jamie Ervin
Hans von Ohain Endowed Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringSeptember 26, 2014, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Group Leader of Modeling and Simulation, Energy and Environmental Engineering Division, University of Dayton Research Institute, was named Hans von Ohain Endowed Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Ervin has received numerous awards for his scholarly accomplishments including the University of Dayton Alumni Award for Faculty Scholarship, the Affiliate Society Council of Dayton-Outstanding Engineer and the School of Engineering Research Award. He has contributed significantly to the Jet A Program, which was nominated recently for the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award. He has served as PI or Co-PI for research programs in aerospace fuels and thermal management with total funding exceeding $70,000,000.
As a teacher, Dr. Ervin has provided a rich learning experience for students in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics. His external teaching includes an Aerospace Fuels Course for the Air Force Petroleum Agency. He has directed the research of graduate and undergraduate students who have become leaders in their communities. Engaged in service activities, Dr. Ervin has served on numerous University and community committees and also has served as session chair and reviewer for multiple conferences and journals. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
The Ohain Endowed Chair demonstrates the School of Engineering’s strong commitment to engineering education and scholarly research in aerospace fuels, combustion, and thermal management and empowers the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to maintain a leadership position in these important areas.
Dr. Hans von Ohain (1911-1998) designed and developed the engine used in the world’s first turbojet flight (1939). His work has been described as the most important contribution to aerospace technology since the Wright Brothers’ invention of powered flight. In 1947, Ohain worked with the U.S. Army Air Corps and performed theoretical work on advanced air-breathing propulsion systems. Later, he was engaged in research for the U.S. Air Force. Ohain ultimately became Chief Scientist of the Aero Propulsion Laboratory. His propulsion and energy conversion research spanned a broad range including gas turbine engines, electro fluid dynamics and nuclear propulsion. In 1979, Ohain joined the University of Dayton Research Institute and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.