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William Parsons
William Parsons

Bill Parsons joined Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services - Civil Organization in October 2008 as Vice President, Strategic Space Initiatives in Titusville, Florida. He is responsible for helping to formulate IS∓GS strategy as it relates to Civil and Defense Space Programs and assists other business units as requested.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Bill served as the Director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida and served in other key positions including the Deputy Director of KSC, the Director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Shuttle Program Manager for Return to Flight after the Columbia tragedy and the Deputy Director of the Lyndon B.

Parsons' has received numerous honors including the Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Executive); NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and Distinguished Service Medal; the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement; the Silver Snoopy, awarded by astronauts for outstanding performance in flight safety and mission success. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award (Alumni Hall of Fame) and the Engineering Alumni of the year award from the University of Mississippi and the Alumni of the year award from the University of Central Florida.

He holds a Bachelor's of Engineering degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master's of Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.

Howard G. White, Ph.D.
Howard White

Dr. Howard White serves the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Eglin Air Force Base, Ft. Walton Beach, FL as the Technical Advisor responsible for the development and transition of the Air Force's ordnance technology programs including fuzing, energetic materials, damage mechanisms, and integrated ordnance concepts. He is responsible to Define, lead, and provide division level strategic technical direction for over 50 individual active technology efforts in a $50M+ annual portfolio of diverse 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, SBIR, and reimbursable programs.

Dr. White provides technical leadership and engineering oversight for over 160 in-house scientists, engineers, technicians, and support contractors spanning four remote sites with 79 buildings occupying more than 1,079 acres. He also serves as a member of various national DoD, OSD, and AFRL multi-disciplinary technology panels to identify technology gaps and critical enablers for robust and reliable ordnance technologies, e.g DoD Fuze IPT, OSD Joint Fuze Technology Program, OSD Joint Munitions Program Technical Coordinating Groups for Penetration (TCG X) and Firing Systems (TCG XI), DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Executive Committee, AFRL/RW Research Advisory Council, and AFRL/RW Technology Protection Working Group. Prior to joining AFRL, he was a Mechanical Engineer at the US Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC), Waterways Experiment Station (WES), Vicksburg, MS. In WES, he worked on numerous projects related to hard target defeat, weapons effects, and test instrumentation development.

Dr. White received his Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 1994. He has a MS degree from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1988. His undergraduate degree was in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

Jeff W. Rish, III, Ph.D.

Jeff Rish

Dr. Rish is currently head of the Intelligent Sensing Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), located in Panama City, FL, where he leads a group of engineers and scientists engaged in the development of advanced sensor systems for Navy applications. He received his Ph.D. in engineering science in 1985 from the University of Mississippi where his thesis work involved modeling the complex problem of coupled conduction and radiation energy transfer in fibrous materials. Other work in graduate school included modeling forces acting on structural members in unsteady flow. He also taught courses in computer programming, mechanics, dynamic systems, and structures.

In 1986, Dr. Rish joined the Materials Science Branch at the Naval Coastal Systems Center in Panama City (now NSWC PCD), where he worked on projects in the areas of thermoacoustics and diver thermal protection. In 1992, he joined the Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency (AFCESA), Air Base Operability Research Group (subsequently re-organized under Wright Laboratory) located at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. During his tenure with the Air Force, Dr. Rish worked as both a research engineer and program manager, and was heavily involved in modeling material systems and developing sensor concepts and systems for in-situ material evaluation. He also completed the Air War College Program, and served as Air Force Liaison to the National Research Council, National Materials Advisory Board, Committee on Unconventional Concrete Technologies for Renewal of the Infrastructure.

In 1996, He returned to the Navy and became involved in the development and testing of sensor concepts for special operations and mine warfare applications. Since that time, he has served as chief scientist on a number of major sea tests involving unmanned systems and played key roles in the execution of several key at-sea technology demonstration efforts. He has over 20 years of experience in managing and performing research in the areas of heat transfer, materials, sensors, and unmanned vehicle technology. Dr. Rish is the holder of 3 patents, has had numerous articles published in archival journals and conference proceedings, as well as several invited presentations, multiple articles in unpublished workshop proceedings, and multiple technical reports. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition to his position with the Navy, he is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Panama City campus of Florida State University where he rregularly teaches an undergraduate course in thermodynamics.

Dr. Rish holds a BS degree (1977) in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree (1985) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.