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Vice President of Engineering, Union Pacific Railroad (retired)
A highly experienced and accomplished railroad engineering professional with a career that spanned more than 30 years, David Connell most recently served as the vice president of engineering for Union Pacific Railroad. In this capacity, he led the design, construction and maintenance of the nation’s largest railway. His previous positions during his long career at Union Pacific included regional vice president of operations, associate vice president of construction, regional chief engineer and various roles in engineering and field maintenance. Active in his profession, he is past chair of the Railroad Design Committee at the Transportation Research Board. He is also past chair of the Heavy Axle Load Committee and past vice chair of the Research Technology Working Committee at the Association of American Railroad’s Transportation Technology Center. In addition, he served as governor and subcommittee chair of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) prior to his retirement.
Associate Professor, Baylor University, School of Engineering and Computer Science
David Jack has established himself as a leader in the numerical modeling of injection molding of fiber-reinforced polymer systems. His expertise blends physics-based constitutive modeling with experimental polymer characterization, providing him with a rare breadth of technical capability. Among other entities, the National Science Foundation funds some of Jack’s research. He is currently developing a model to analyze data taken from graphite- or glass fiber-reinforced composites. This leads to the creation of 3D images and has the potential to revolutionize the inspection and repair of structures utilizing composite materials. Jack has submitted three patent applications in his field of study. He has also developed and delivered nearly 30 archival journal articles and more than 75 peer-reviewed national and international conference papers.
Advisor – Composites and Industrial Applications
Mr. Deans has more than 40 years of sales/marketing, technical service, manufacturing, business development and business management experience at companies such as General Electric and Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG), working in the automotive, architectural and industrial market segments. He is an expert in product evaluation, processing, production, product engineering and in coordinating new product introductions. Among his many accomplishments are his work engineering the development of an automotive glass-forming process, introducing monolithic tempered privacy glass for sport-utility vehicles (SUVs); development of the first unidirectional GMT composites for new-generation automotive bumper systems; and managing a next-generation long-fiber thermoplastic composite development (D-LFT) for underhood (IFES, underbody shields) and off-road vehicle load floors. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE’s) Automotive and Composites Divisions, past chair of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), and an SPE Honored Service Member.
Dr. David Allen
Advisor – Railroad Application and Modeling
Dr. Allen is an internationally recognized researcher in viscoelastic and nonlinear material modeling with over 100 major archival publications. Dr. Allen has served as the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas – Pan American and currently serves on the Aerospace Advisory Board. He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. His textbook “Introduction to Aerospace Structural Analysis” (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1985), was widely adopted by and used in aerospace engineering departments.
Sir Charles Dahan
Advisor – International
Mr. Dahan is an international adviser who has worked in conjunction with the World Bank on renewable energy, the National Institutes of Health and other private interests. Mr. Dahan has other varied business interests and manages these projects through his corporation, Asset Management, LLC. Charles Dahan has received several distinctions and awards, including 1000 Points of Light Award from President George Bush (1990); The President’s Volunteer Action Award from President Clinton (1994); and the Chevalier Du Wissam Al Moukafaa At Watania (Knight of the Order of National Merit) presented by HM Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco (2000). He speaks French, English, Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish.