Daniela Solomon is Research Services Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. She is interested in bibliometrics, altmetrics, data management, and library instruction.
Dr. Ya-Ting T. Liao, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, leads the Computation Fire Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 2015. Dr. Liao’s research projects range from basic fire science (material flammability, solid pyrolysis, ignition, microgravity combustion, flame spread, etc.) to understanding fire behavior in specific situations (such as structures, spacecraft, or wildland fires). Her work has been supported by NSF, NASA, CASIS, and UL. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors in the Central State Section of the Combustion Institute.
From 2013-2014, Dr. Liao worked on thermal fluids and two-phase flow problems in the petroleum industry as a consultant and as a thermo-fluids specialist at FMC Technologies. In 2011-2012, Dr. Liao worked at Bloomberg LP as a software developer.
Dr. Liao obtained her PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2011. She double-majored in Mechanical Engineering and Physics in National Taiwan University in 2004.
Dr. J. Thomas Chapin is Vice President Research at Underwriters Laboratories. Tom is a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and Chairman of the UL Fire Council. Tom currently focuses on emerging technologies, hazards and failure analysis and risk assessments. Previously, he managed UL’s Corporate Research organization in support of the development or revision of UL standards and improving testing, certification and surveillance services.
As a trained materials scientist, Tom’s career has been dedicated to the study of polymer synthesis and characterization methods, material processing, polymeric degradation, aging and fire behavior. Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and 3 years at The Upjohn Co., developing new materials from polymeric isocyanates He has 17 patents in the telecommunications industry and novel materials. Tom has made over 300 technical presentations and 150 publications in chemistry, materials and polymer science. He received his BS in Chemistry with Honors in 1974 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut.
Tom was the past international chairman of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Technical Committee, TC 113 on Nanotechnology Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems.
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