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Scientific Advisory Board


ADC has put together a group of highly distinguished scientific advisors representing top corporations, research and learning institutions around the world to make up the Scientific Advisory Board. The combination of ADC’s internal scientists and the Scientific Advisory Board comprises the most extraordinary group of scientists ever assembled by an engineering company. This diverse network promotes penetrating and clear-sighted discovery throughout different scientific areas. Exploring new possibilities, testing hypotheses, contributing a diverse and abundant variety of expert viewpoints—all this illuminates and enriches the work, translating into the finest engineering products in the industry.





James Adamson
NASA Astronaut
Chief Executive, Honeywell Technology Solutions


James Adamson, Chief Executive, NASA Astronaut and U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.), recently left Honeywell where he was president of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. since October 1999.

Prior to HTSI, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance, a $1.5B company, in charge of consolidating all of NASA’s Space Shuttle and Space Station Operations Production and Maintenance under a single prime contractor for eventual privatization and commercialization.  

Previously, Jim was President and CEO of Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, a $350M engineering products and service company with various technical programs such as operating and maintaining satellite tracking stations, designing and manufacturing high-tech patrol boats and developing and maintaining flight simulation and operating medical research facilities.

Between 1992 and 1994, Jim was president and owner of Monarch Precision, and Montana Arms Inc.   Monarch Precision is a management consulting business specializing in strategic business development and risk management for aerospace companies.   Montana Arms manufactures high-end customer hunting rifles.

At NASA, Jim held leadership positions in management, operations and R&D from 1981 to 1992. In the early years of the Shuttle Program he was a research test pilot and flight controller.   He was selected as an astronaut in 1984.   Following the Challenger accident he was deputy director of Space Shuttle Engineering. In 1988 he was assigned to the flight crew of STS-28, the first flight of Columbia following the Challenger accident.   Columbia launched in 1989 carrying a classified DOD payload and a number of secondary payloads. Two years later, he was back in space again aboard Atlantis.   During this flight Jim performed the first flight test of the Orbital Digital Autopilot following Shuttle retrofit with new General Purpose Computers and new software.   All total, the veteran astronaut logged over 334 hours in space.

Jim completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969.   In 1977 he completed a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. During his 23-year Army career, he commanded three company level commands in Europe, Vietnam , and the United States , the Army Space Flight Detachment at Johnson Space Center and joined the faculty at West Point, revamping the aerospace engineering curriculum for undergraduates.  


For more information on Mr. Adamson go to www.jsc.nasa.gov/bios/htmlbios/adamsom-jc.html





Sandip Tiwari
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and
Lester B. Knight Director of Cornell Nanofabrication Facility

Sandip Tiwari joined Cornell University in 1999 as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Lester B. Knight Director of Cornell NanoScale Facility. Prior to that he was a Research Staff Member and Manager for Exploratory Devices and Device Modeling at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He has held visiting and adjunct faculty appointments at University of Michigan (1988-89) and Columbia University (1993). He is a Fellow of IEEE and APS, and is a recipient of Young Scientist Award (18th Int'l. Symp. of GaAs & Related Compounds) and the Distinguished Alumni Award (IIT Kanpur). He is a past Associate Editor and Co-Guest Editor of IEEE Trans. on Electron Devices, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, and is author of the text-book "Compound Semiconductor Device Physics." Over his career, he has explored the subjects of microwave devices and circuits, high speed electronic devices, optoelectronics, small and low power devices and their circuits and technology.

For more information about Professor Tiwari go to www.people.ece.cornell.edu/tiwari/





Sidney Leibovich
S.C. Thomas Sze Director
Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Leibovich joined the Cornell faculty in 1966, after a year as a NATO postdoctoral fellow in mathematics at the University of London. He is a member of the graduate Fields of Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Atmospheric Sciences, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Mechanical Engineering. Professional memberships include Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the American Physical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Professor Leibovich also serves as general editor of the Cambridge University Press Monographs on Mechanics, and is a member of the editorial board of Acta Mechanica and Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics. He previously served as co-editor of Acta Mechanica, and as associate editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, the Journal of Applied Mechanics, and the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics. He has been chairman of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, and of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics.


Professor Leibovich works on problems in fluid mechanics of highly vortical flows and geophysical flows. These flows typically involve processes of instability and transition, or wave propagation.


He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1965 and a B.S. from California Institute of Technology in 1961.

For more information about Prof. Sidney Leibovich go to www.mae.cornell.edu/index.cfm/page/fac/Leibovich.htm





Bahgat Sammakia
Director of the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center
Executive Director for Economic Development at Binghamton University
Interim Vice President for Research

Bahgat Sammakia received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977, from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He received the masters and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering in 1980 and 82 respectively from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research work was in the areas of natural convection heat transfer. After graduating from SUNY, Bahgat worked at the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow.

Bahgat joined IBM in 1984 as an engineer in the thermal management area. In 1985 he was promoted to manager of the thermal management department. Bahgat continued to work in IBM until 1998, in various management positions, including managing the thermal and mechanical analysis groups, the surface science group, the chemical lab, the site technical assurance group, and his last position in IBM was manager of development for organic packaging in the IBM Microelectronics division.

Bahgat holds twelve US patents and twelve IBM technical disclosures; he has published over seventy technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Bahgat has contributed to three books on natural convection heat transfer and electronic packaging. Bahgat is an ASME fellow and is the editor of the Journal of Electronic Packaging, Transactions of the ASME. Bahgat is a member of the Board of Directors of Sheltered Workshop Solutions SWS, the board of directors of the SUNY Research Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Southern Tier Opportunities Coalition STOC.

For more information on Prof. Sammakia got to www.binghamton.edu/level2-1/faculty/Sammakia.html




Paul F. Goldsmith
James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences
Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT)


Paul Goldsmith's areas of interest in astronomy include the structure of dense molecular clouds and understanding how star formation occurs within them. This has led to developing techniques for probing the densities, temperatures, and other physical conditions in these regions. In addition to carrying out ground-based and airborne observations, he has also been involved as a co-investigator with the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS), which has been observing the key species 13CO, 02, H20, and atomic carbon from interstellar clouds since its launch in 1998. His recent work has focused on determining time scales of processes associated with the formation of molecular clouds and young stars. This has included use of atomic hydrogen in molecular clouds as a tracer of their evolution and history. Goldsmith has also worked on determining the conditions for formation of massive stars by using molecular line and dust continuum emission. He has also been using specific tracers of chemistry in the interstellar medium to assess impact of star formation on remaining molecular cloud material via shocks and other processes. Goldsmith has also had an ongoing interest in astronomical instrumentation, especially high-sensitivity systems at centimeter to submillimeter wavelengths. This has most recently involved graduate students at Cornell building new receivers for specific astronomical projects at the Arecibo Observatory. He has also been actively involved in development of focal plane array receivers for radio telescopes at all wavelengths.

Goldsmith serves as chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), a binational project of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (USA) and the National Institute for Astronomy, Optics and Electronics, Puebla (Mexico).

For more information on Prof. Paul Goldsmith go to www.astro.cornell.edu/people/facstaff-detail.php?pers_id=103





Shefford Baker
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


Baker studied Music and Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, receiving his PhD in 1993. From 1993-1997, he was a member of the scientific staff at the Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart. He joined the faculty at Cornell in January 1998. Baker is a member of the Materials Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the College of Engineering Robert Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award and an Outstanding Educator Merrill Scholar Award.

For more information on Prof. Shefford Baker go to www.mse.cornell.edu/materials_science_people/baker.html
















Prof Richard Chaplin
Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Reading


Wire Ropes Selection, endurance prediction, maintenance, degradation, inspection and replacement of Wire Ropes as used for offshore moorings, in deep mining and other applications. Current investigations relate to: the residual strength and endurance of moorings from floating oil production systems. Underwater inspection of mooring lines. Fatigue of multi-strand crane and diving bell ropes. A joint industry funded programme is also in progress which is studying a range of topics including: the effects of rope quality corrosion wear and accidental damage on tensile fatigue interpretation of NDT data the benefits of galvanising on bending fatigue endurance inspection of polyester rope. Composite Springs: Design and testing of composite springs for trucks and other transport applications.


For more information on Prof. Chaplin go to www.extra.reading.ac.uk/eng/deptpages/acastaff/staffpage.asp?staffid=1





Ron Myers

Chairman of the Board of Sheltered Work Shop Inc.


Mr. Myers is Chairman of the Board of Sheltered Work Shop Inc., a not for profit company providing employment for people with disabilities.   He is founding director and treasurer of Southern Tier Opportunities Coalition and has served on several other community boards over the past 20 years.

Mr. Myers is a retired executive of the IBM Corporation where he held various management positions including Director of Operations for the Microelectronics Division with responsibilities for worldwide electronics packaging.   Mr. Myers was responsible for establishing a joint venture company in China for IBM and served on its board of directors.

After retiring from IBM, Mr. Myers joined Dovatron, a top tier contract electronics manufacturer and a division of the DII Group where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Eastern Region overseeing facilities in New York and Florida. After Flextronics, Inc. acquired Dovatron, Mr. Myers joined ENSCO Inc., a local engineering and software contractor, as vice president and general manager.

For more information on Mr. Myers go to www.ensco.com/news/archives/stories/00.7/1.00.7.htm