Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Michigan, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Multidisciplinary Optimization. He received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He obtained both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Ballhaus prize for best thesis in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received the Best Paper Award in the AIAA Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference twice (2002 and 2006).
Jaroslaw Sobieski, Ph.D., holds three degrees: a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Warsaw (TUW). He taught at TUW, St. Louis University, and George Washington University. Associated with the NASA Langley Research Center since 1970, Dr. Sobieski has held several research and management positions there and is currently a Distinguished Research Associate. His was awarded NASA Medals for: Exceptional Engineering Achievement in 1988; and for Exceptional Service in 2004; and a SAE Wright Brothers Medal in 2000. He initiated the AIAA Technical Committee for Multidisciplinary Design Optimization in 1989, received the AIAA MDO Award in 1996. Dr. Sobieski is an AIAA Fellow and has published extensively and lectured on MDO world-wide.