Dr. Max F. Platzer is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of California Davis. He holds Diploma Engineer and Doctor of Technical Sciences degrees from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He was a member of Wernher von Braun's SATURN rocket development team for six years, chief of the Aeromechanics Research Section at the Lockheed-Georgia Research Center for four years and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, for thirty-four years. Dr. Platzer received the distinguished professor medal of the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Currently, he is editor of the international review journal "Progress in Aerospace Sciences".
Dr. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn is a Full Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Founding Director of the Space Engineering Research and Graduate Program at the University of California Davis. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona. In addition to her engineering academic degrees, she is an instrument rated commercial pilot and an active participant of FAA wings. Her publications record of over 200 refereed technical works also include 5 patents and 2 books. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Progress in Aerospace Sciences. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Her cross-disciplinary research expertise are in fluid-structure interactions, acoustics and noise control, vibrations, dynamic separation of air launched vehicles, and autonomous systems.