Luminary Session

The Luminary session is tagged as a keystone event for the 2012 Conference. In this session, experts from different domains provide new insights on the pervasive use of health management methods and technologies. In 2012, the luminary session will take place on Wednesday Sep 26 morning. These sessions are intended not only to highlight the inter-disciplinary aspect of health management, but also promote an interchange of ideas that span diverse application domains.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:30am – 11:00am
8:30AM–8:45AM Assembly and Introduction
8:45AM–9:15AM Dr. Terry Bahill – “System Prognostics and Emergent Properties”

Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona

Title: Diogenes, a Process for Indentifying Unintended Consequences
Dr. Terry Bahill is Professor Emeritus of Systems Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Bahill has worked with BAE Systems in San Diego; Boeing Information, Space and Defense Systems in Kent, WA; Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls; Hughes Missile Systems in Tucson, Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in Eagan, MN; Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg, PA; Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson; and Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque. For these companies he presented seminars on Systems Engineering, worked on system development teams and helped them describe their Systems Engineering process.
Dr. Bahill holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight for individual baseball and softball batters. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President’s Quality Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and a of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon, and of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Selection Committee. His picture is in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s exhibition “Baseball as America.” You can view this picture at
9:15AM–9:45AM Dr. Louis W. Uccellini – “Weather Prediction and Modeling”

Director National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Title: The Advancement of Weather Forecasting from an Art to a Science: Today’s Prediction Capability of Extreme Weather, Short-term Climate and Water Events
Dr. Louis W. Uccellini is the Director of the National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs, MD. In his position, he is responsible for directing and planning the science, technology and operations related to NCEP’s nine centers: Central Operations, Environmental Modeling Center, Ocean Prediction Center, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Climate Prediction Center, all in Camp Springs, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL, Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO, and the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, MO. Prior to his service at NCEP, Dr. Uccellini was the Director of the National Weather Service’s Office of Meteorology from 1994 to 1999, Chief of the National Weather Service’s Meteorological Operations Division from 1989 to 1994, and Section Head for the Mesoscale Analysis and Modeling Section at the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres from 1978 to 1989.
Dr. Uccellini has served on many national and international research and field experiment programs. He has received many awards in recognition of his research and operational achievements including the Maryland Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award (1981), the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1985), the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award (1985), and the National Weather Association’s Research Achievement Awards for Significant Contributions to Operational Meteorology (1996). He was elected as a Fellow to the AMS in 1987and served as Co-Chief Editor of Weather and Forecasting from 1988-1992. In 2001 he received the U.S. Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award and in 2006 he received the U.S. Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. In January 2012, Dr. Uccellini became the President of the American Meteorological Society and will hold that position until January 2013.
9:45AM–10:00AM Percolation Break
10:00AM–10:30AM Dr. Roberto Ballarini – “Bridge Structural Failure”

Department Head of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Title: An Academic Investigation of the I-35W Bridge Collapse, anatomy and analysis
Dr. Roberto Ballarini is James L. Record Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota. He joined the University of Minnesota after having served for twenty years on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he was Leonard Case Professor of Engineering. Dr. Ballarini’s multidisciplinary research focuses on the development and application of theoretical and experimental techniques to characterize the response of materials to mechanical, thermal, and environmental loads. He is particularly interested in formulating analytical and computational models for characterizing fatigue and fracture of materials and structures. His research has been applied to problems arising in civil engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, materials science, electronics, biological tissues and prosthetic design. His current research involves theoretical, computational and experimental studies of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoscale biological and synthetic materials, bioinspired design of composite structures and materials, seismic-resistant structural steel systems, size effects in quasibrittle materials and structures, and the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.
Dr. Ballarini was the recipient of the Case Western Reserve University-wide John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, and was nominated for numerous undergraduate teaching awards. He has been visiting professor of structural engineering at Politecnico di Torino, visiting professor of mathematical physics at the University of Pisa, on two occasions the Materials Testing Services Visiting Chair of Geomechanics at the University of Minnesota, and the F.W. Olin Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
10:30AM–11:00AM Panel Discussion

Luminaries Chair:
Ginger Shao

General Chair:
Dinkar Mylaraswamy