Stuart Leigh Phoenix, PhD
Leigh Phoenix is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. He has more than 25 years experience in the design and analysis of composite pressure vessels. After receiving his PhD from Cornell University, Phoenix worked for two years as a senior research associate at Fabric Research Laboratories, in Dedham, MA before joining the Cornell faculty in 1974.
In 1983, Phoenix received the Fiver Society Award for Distinguished Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science, and in 1992 he won the American Society for Testing and Materials' Harold DeWitt Smith Award. In
2005, he won the NASA NESC Engineering Excellence Award for his pressure vessel work in support of the Shuttle's Return to Flight.
Michael T. Kezirian, PhD
Michael Kezirian is a design and operations engineer for the Boeing Company in Houston, Texas, currently supporting the Commercial Crew Development Program. He led the COPV Analysis Team for the Orbiter Project (Space Shuttle) and is a key design engineer for the COPV development for the Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) for the International Space Station.
After receiving his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Kezirian returned to the propulsion group at TRW Space and Technology Group (now Northrop Grumman) in Redondo Beach, CA where he developed satellite programs. From 2000-2005, he worked in the spacecraft autonomy group at Hughes Space and Communications Group (now Boeing Satellite Systems) in El Segundo, CA, where he worked on development and operations of commercial and communication satellite programs.
Dr. Kezirian is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Currently he is teaching Safety of Space Systems and Space Missions, an elective in the graduate program. In 2008, he received the Astronaut Personal Achievement Award (Silver Snoopy).
Mike Shubert went to work for Abaqus (then known as Hibbitt-Karlsson & Sorensen) as a support engineer, immediately following his graduation from the University of Colorado in 1991. After 5 years as a support engineer, he moved into development in the Abaqus/Explicit and Abaqus/CAE groups. In 2003, he moved to the local Texas office and has worked primarily as a consultant specializing in scripting and GUI customization.