10/5/2005 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Dr. Ann R. Karagozian assumed her duties Oct. 5 as vice chair of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, an independent group that provides technical advice to Air Force leaders.
Dr. Karagozian, a professor with the University of California-Los Angeles’ aerospace and mechanical engineering department, has been a member of the board since 2002 and consults for Sandia National Laboratories and the Institute of Defense Analyses.
As vice chair, Dr. Karagozian will assist in the overall direction and effectiveness of the board along with the Air Force chief of staff and other members of the steering committee.
The SAB was established in 1947 as a vital link between the Air Force and the nation's civilian, scientific and engineering communities to promote the exchange of the latest scientific and technical information that may enhance the accomplishment of the Air Force mission. Many of the recommendations in SAB studies have been implemented by the Air Force.
"Dr. Karagozian will make vital contributions to the board in her new role as vice chair," said Lt. Gen. Donald J. Hoffman, SAB military director and military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. "Whether they come from academia, government or industry, each board member brings a unique perspective on the application of science and technology to accomplish the Air Force mission, and we look forward to working with Dr. Karagozian."
Members of the SAB include distinguished scientists, engineers, and academicians primarily from the nation's universities, national laboratories, industry and retired military, who are screened and interviewed by a steering committee that makes membership recommendations to the secretary of the Air Force. The secretary of the Air Force selects members on the basis of their eminence in scientific fields of interest to the Air Force. The White House Liaison Office approves all board appointments.
Dr. Karagozian earned her bachelor's degree in engineering from UCLA and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the California Institute of Technology.