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DR. RAVINDER CHONA

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Dr. Ravinder Chona, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Chona leads, performs and participates in research and development activities conducted within the AFRL Structural Sciences Center. His primary responsibilities are to ensure the Air Force has the S&T base in place to provide tomorrow's warfighter with game-changing, structurally-sound, affordable vehicles and platforms appropriate to long-term needs and future mission requirements; and to transition basic research results and state-of-the-art developments in structural integrity and reliability to the aerospace industry. His personal areas of expertise are engineering design methods, experimental solid mechanics, fracture and failure mechanics, and optical mechanics.

Dr. Chona joined AFRL in 2003 as a Senior Scientist, following 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in engineering mechanics, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, and engineering design; conducted research; and mentored graduate students. In his current role, he has built and leads a broad-based government-academia-industry research team attacking the aero-structural challenges of airplane-like, in-atmosphere, high-Mach flight, and plays a key role in defining the technical vector for US Air Force R&D investments targeting rapid creation of the necessary S&T.

The author of over 125 technical publications, Dr. Chona has presented keynote, plenary and invited Lectures worldwide, as well as numerous papers at national and international conferences. He has also edited three archival monographs, served on the editorial boards of three major international journals, and organized and chaired national and international technical programs and symposia. In addition, Dr. Chona has supervised over 25 doctoral dissertations and master's theses, and has mentored student teams tackling over 30 industrially-sponsored senior/graduate design challenges. His personal and professional contributions have been recognized in multiple ways by multiple organizations, and he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards over the course of his career.

EDUCATION

1984 Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
1985 Master of science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Maryland
1987 Doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering, University of Maryland

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1987 - 1993, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
2. 1993 - 2003, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
3. 2001 - 2003, Director, Institute for Innovation and Design in Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
4. 2003 - 2012, Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
5. 2012 - present, Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

AWARDS AND HONORS
1988, Best Young Investigator Paper Award, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Committee E-24 on Fracture Testing
1991, Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
1992, Select Young Faculty Award, Texas Engineering Experiment Station
1997, Peggy and Charles Brittan Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
1997-1998, Society for Experimental Mechanics, President
Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics
1997, 1999, 2001, 2004 Award of Appreciation, Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, ASTM International
1998, Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
1998, Past-President's Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
2000, Award of Merit and Fellow, ASTM International
2001, Plenary Lecturer, Inaugural Annual Conference, Japan Society for Experimental Mechanics
2001, Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2002, Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
2003, George R. Irwin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Theory and Practical Applications of Fracture Mechanics, ASTM International
2005, SDM Lecturer, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Structural Dynamics, Mechanics, and Materials (SDM) Conference
2005 - present, U. S. National Delegate, ICAF: The International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity
2006-2011, Chair, Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, 2006-2011
2009 - present, Executive Board Member, ICF-WASI: The International Congress on Fracture & World Academy on Structural Integrity
2010, Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
2011, Award of Appreciation, ASTM International
Editor, ASTM Special Technical Publications 1130, 1189 and 1406
Editorial Boards, Experimental Mechanics; Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Advisory Board, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME
American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM
Society for Experimental Mechanics - SEM
ICAF: The International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity
ICF-WASI: The International Congress on Fracture & World Academy on Structural Integrity
Pi Tau Sigma
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Xi

(Current as of June 2013)

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