The International Ballistics Society Board of Directors are elected by the members of the Society. Terms are staggered such that one-third of the board is elected every 18 months. Therefore, each board member normally serves for 4.5 years. Board members may be re-elected.
The Officers include the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. Except for the Past President position, officers are elected by the Board of Directors to serve terms lasting approximately 18 months. Officers may be re-elected to the same position (subject to a maximum of two consecutive terms).
The Board of Directors are volunteers. They do not receive payment for their services.
Dr. James Walker is the President of the society. He was co-chair of the 24th ISB in New Orleans (2008) and the 30th ISB in Long Beach (2017). He is Director of the Engineering Dynamics Department at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where he oversees the multi-disciplinary effort to investigate the dynamic response of materials and structures. He is a past president of the Hypervelocity Impact Society and is a Ballistics Science Fellow of the IBS.
Dr. Sidney Chocron is the Immediate Past President of the society. He received the Chou Award in Interlaken at the 19th ISB. He was a co-chair for the 23rd ISB in Tarragona and for the 30th in Long Beach.
Clive Woodley is currently Chair of the Membership Committee and has been involved in developing the Corporate and University classes of membership. He has played an active role in setting up and maintaining the on-line store. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and an Honorary Fellow of the High Energy Materials Society of India. He is also an Executive Editor-in-Chief for Defence Technology journal.
Dr. Markus Graswald is the Secretary of the Society and chairs the Education Committee (EC) and Student Program Committee. Together with his dedicated EC team, he established a new tutorial program of ballistics courses and developed an educational strategy for the Society. He is head of the R&D department at Dynamit Nobel Defence, Germany. Markus received the Rosalind and Pei Chi Chou Award in New Orleans at the 24th ISB and various Innovation, Technology, and Patent Awards from MBDA Germany and MBDA Group. He teaches a master’s course on ammunition technologies at the Armed Forces University in Neubiberg / Munich, Germany, each year. Last not least, he serves as a peer reviewer for Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, and the Defence Technology journal.
Prof. Pengwan Chen is currently working at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China, serving as the Dean of School of Mechatronical Engineering at BIT, and the Director of Explosion Protection and Emergency Disposal Technology Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education of China. He is an expert in explosion mechanics and ammunition engineering. He is also the Director of the Explosion and Safety Technology Committee of the Chinese Ordnance Society, and an Associate Editor-in-chief of Defence Technology journal.
Dr Thelma G. Manning is currently working at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center, Picatinny Arsenal as a Research Chemical Engineer. She currently serves as an expert and recognized authority on the development of gun charges/cartridges. These will deliver an enhanced performance beyond the levels considered possible at this time. She also serves as an expert in the development of a new gun and solid rocket motor propellant program. This program will create a new gun launch system that will require new formulations and processing methods. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, and the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and Doctor of Philosophy from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Dr. Pal Dinesh Kumar is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is working as a Scientist and Joint Director of the Metallurgy and Explosive Metal Working Division of the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, DRDO at Chandigarh, India. He was the core committee member of the organizing committee for the 31st International Symposium on Ballistics, 2019 held in Hyderabad, India. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers (I), High Energy Materials Society of India (HEMSI), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and International Ballistics Society.
LtCol IMM Frederik Coghe, PhD, is currently working as a Military Associate Professor at the Department of Weapon Systems and Ballistics of the Royal Military Academy (Brussels, Belgium), with master degrees in Ballistics & Weapon Systems, and Material Science & Metallurgy, and a PhD in Engineering. Next to his research in the fields of terminal ballistics and ammunition effects, he is also acting as a senior expert on survivability and lethality both nationally and internationally (STANAG 2920 and 4569, VPAM).
Professor Baoming Li a Professor of Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Director of the National Key Laboratory of Transient Physics. As an expert in ballistics, he was appointed as Chief Scientist of the China Academy of Ordnance Science in 2011. He is the standing Vice Director of the China Ballistics Society. Currently he is the Publications Committee Chair and Publications Editor of the IBS, and is also an Executive Editor-in-Chief of Defence Technology journal.
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