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Technical Corrosion Collaboration Panel

Luke Brewer

LUKE BREWER (Naval Postgraduate School)

Luke Brewer has been an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School since July 2010. Professor Brewer was a staff member in the computational materials science and materials characterization departments at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 2004 - 2010. Prior to that, he was a technical staff member at G.E. Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. Dr. Brewer received his bachelor of science in engineering in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2001 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Gerald Frankel

GERALD FRANKEL (The Ohio State University)

Gerald Frankel is a professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University. Dr. Frankel's primary interests are in the fields of corrosion and electrochemistry. He has focused on localized corrosion, passivation, coatings, and inhibition. Current activities in Dr. Frankel's group include the study of aluminum alloy inhibition by chromate-free inhibitors. He is investigating the effects of surface pre-treatments on corrosion protection. His group is using new approaches to measure quantitatively the adhesion energy of coatings and the degradation of that adhesion during exposure to aggressive environments. One focus is on the connection between accelerated tests for atmospheric corrosion and the behavior in the field to improve lifetime prediction. The effects of ultraviolet light and ozone on atmospheric corrosion are also being studied.

Lloyd H. Hihara

LLOYD H. HIHARA (The University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Lloyd H. Hihara established and heads the Hawaii Corrosion Laboratory and he is a professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after conducting research in the H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory. He has been involved in corrosion research and has consulted with industry for approximately 25 years. He currently works on projects with the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Energy, and industry.

Shankar Mall

SHANKAR MALL (Air Force Institute of Technology)

Shankar Mall has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience, and he has served as head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) from 1990-98; Principal Materials Research Engineer from 1998-2003 at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate; and also as AFRL professor at AFIT from 1998-2003. More than 100 master’s- and Ph.D.-level students and 15 post-doctoral associates have worked with him. He is fellow of ASME and an associate fellow of AIAA. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Experimental Mechanics, and the Journal of Composites Technology and Research. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Key Engineering Materials Series. He has published more than 250 archival journal papers.

Joe Payer

JOE H. PAYER (The University of Akron)

Joe H. Payer is the research program director of The University of Akron Corrosion and Reliability Engineering program and an internationally recognized expert in corrosion and materials performance. He directs the Technical Corrosion Collaboration at UAkron for the DoD Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight. Dr. Payer is a fellow of ASM International, a fellow and past president of NACE International, and has received the ASTM Sam Tour Award for distinguished contributions to research, development and evaluation of corrosion testing methods.

Dr. Payer's expertise includes materials selection, failure analysis, development and verification of corrosion control methods, advances to test methods and monitoring systems, and determination of degradation mechanisms. His work has focused on localized corrosion of highly corrosion-resistant materials; gas and oil pipeline integrity; the effects of manufacturing processes on performance and reliability of materials in service; coatings and surface treatments; hydrogen/materials interactions; coating systems for autos, appliances, and construction; electronics and communication; and fuel cells.

James W. Rawlins

JAMES W. RAWLINS (The University of Southern Mississippi)

James W. Rawlins, Ph.D., is an associate professor of polymer science and engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He joined USM as an assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials in 2004. His research interests include polymer matrix synthesis, characterization, and structure-property relationships specific to functional materials, thin films, adhesives, and composites. He has delivered more than 95 professional presentations and has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and 53 conference papers and abstracts. He holds 10 U.S. and three European patents.

Gregory A. Shoales

GREGORY A. SHOALES (U.S. Air Force Academy)

Gregory A. Shoales, P.E., is a professor of engineering mechanics in the Engineering Mechanics Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and also serves as director of the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE). After retiring from his active-duty position on the USAFA faculty in 2003, Dr. Shoales assumed a full-time position with CAStLE, beginning first as principal engineer and later becoming the Center director. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Shoales has more than 33 years of military research, development, test and evaluation, and education experience supporting a wide variety of U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy weapon systems and educational programs. His research interests include structural design and sustainment, material degradation, failure analysis, inspection methods validation, flight test, powder metallurgy, and education. Dr. Shoales holds one U.S. patent from his work with the Army. Dr. Shoales and the CAStLE team currently support the KC-135 program, as well as the B-1B, C-130, HC-130H, E-8C, V-22, T-38, A-10, TG-16A, and T-53A. They also support DoD’s Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office through the Technical Corrosion Collaboration.

Joel J. Schubbe

JOEL J. SCHUBBE (U.S. Naval Academy)

Joel J. Schubbe is an associate professor of mechanical engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department (Division of Engineering and Weapons) at the U.S. Naval Academy. He assumed his current position in August 2006. He received his Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering in July 1997 from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Dr. Schubbe has more than 25 years of military research, test and evaluation, and management experience supporting a variety of Air Force and Navy aircraft and missile weapon systems. Throughout his engineering career he has conducted, managed, and developed aircraft test programs, managed engineering teams for aircraft structural development and sustainment repair, and authored numerous reports, journal articles and conference papers presented to international audiences. Dr. Schubbe currently instructs in the area of structural analysis, performs research in fatigue-fracture-material degradation, and provides consultation to DoD for technical design issues through the Air Force Research Lab, NAVAIR 4.0, and Joint Program Offices.

John Scully

JOHN SCULLY (The University of Virginia)

John R. Scully is the Charles Henderson Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the co-director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia (UVA). He has been active in the corrosion field for more than 30 years. Professor Scully received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, studying the topics of hydrogen production, adsorption, absorption, and transport in high-performance alloys.

Professor Scully has long been devoted to research, engineering, and education in corrosion. In particular, he and his students have focused on the influence of material structure, composition, physical geometry, and the environment on aqueous and atmospheric corrosion phenomena, including hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, localized corrosion, passivity, and corrosion under coatings. His interests span various materials and coating systems, including high-performance alloys, bulk metallic glasses, glass “composite” alloys, and intermetallic compounds.


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