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Professor Joe Beaman, who has recently been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board.

Professor Joe Beaman, who has recently been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board. Image of soldiers provided under the Creative Commons License by the U.S. Army.

Mechanical Engineering Professor from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Joseph J. Beaman, has recently been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Army Science Board (ASB) by the U.S. Secretary of the Army The Honorable John McHugh. In this capacity, Dr. Beaman will serve as a technical and scientific unbiased and independent advisor to the United States Army on issues that are strategic in nature and important to large segments of the Army.

The Army Science Board provides the Army with a resource of world-class scientists, engineers, technologists, operational experts as well as business, policy and management specialists, who volunteer their expertise and time to address strategic issues of importance to the Army. The Board offers independent advice and recommendations to: the Secretary of the Army John McHugh; the Under Secretary of the Army and Department of the Army Chief Management Officer Dr. Joseph W. Westphal; the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; as well as other Army organizations. The Board is concerned with pressing and complex technology and business management issues, but does not advise on individual Department of Defense or Department of the Army procurements.

The Board is comprised of 60 members who are eminent authorities in one or more of the following disciplines: science, technology, manufacturing, acquisition, logistics, and business management functions, and other matters of special interest to the Department of the Army. Board members hail from the private sector, academia, and non-DoD (Department of Defense) government agencies. They are selected for their pre-eminence in their respective fields and serve voluntarily without compensation. Members participate in ASB deliberations, formulate findings and recommendations, and vote, as a body, on whether to accept a study's findings and recommendations. The Board typically performs three or four studies during a study cycle that begins in October and ends in July of the following year.


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