NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


April 23, 2004

The National Transportation Safety Board has named Dr. Alan S. Kushner as Chief Technical Advisor, Research and Advanced Technology of the NTSB Academy. In this position, he will direct the research and technical outreach functions of the Academy.

Dr. Kushner, NTSB's current Deputy Director of Research and Engineering, brings decades of private and public sector experience to this position. Prior to joining the Safety Board, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In this position, he directed research programs sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation on structural buckling, collapse and material failure. He is also the former Program Manager for Solid Mechanics and Advanced Scientific Computing at the Office of Naval Research.

Dr. Kushner was the recipient of the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM). He has also served as Chair of the Computing in Applied Mechanics Committee of ASME, as a member of the Congressional Research Office Panel on the Impact of Federal R&D Policy on Industrial Competitiveness, and as a member of the Organizing Committee of the First World Congress on Computational Mechanics.

Dr. Kushner will assume this new position at the Academy on May 1, 2004.

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