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mbrandyberryMark D. Brandyberry

As Illinois Rocstar LLC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a company co-founder, Dr. Mark D. Brandyberry quantifies uncertainties. Dr. Brandyberry’s technical strengths include modeling supersonic and hypersonic flows surrounding air vehicles, modeling internal rocket ballistics, software engineering, statistical analyses, risk assessment and engineering analyses of complex systems; he also has a proven track record of successful business planning and accounting for large-scale, complex engineering projects. Dr. Brandyberry served as a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Illinois’s Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR) and the Midwest Structural Sciences Center and was a part-time faculty member in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Dr. Brandyberry received his Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Following his doctoral work, Dr. Brandyberry conducted risk, safety and environmental analyses for high-risk nuclear facilities at the Department of Energy Savannah River Laboratory and later joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a senior project lead and task manager for various risk assessment, engineering analysis and software development projects. From 2001-2013, Dr. Brandyberry led software verification, validation, engineering, and uncertainty quantifications, as well as simulation grid generation and large-scale simulation production at the University of Illinois. He has been lead author on, and co-authored several large multi-volume risk assessments, and over 40 journal and conference papers and reports. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

William DickWilliam A. Dick

Mr. William A. Dick, Illinois Rocstar LLC’s President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and co-founder, excels in the arenas of materials science and mechanical testing, as well as the organization, establishment, and execution of large multidisciplinary scientific and engineering research programs. A specialist in strategic planning and business development for technical organizations, Mr. Dick currently serves as Operations Manager for the Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Director of the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR) and Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Midwest Structural Sciences Center at the University of Illinois. Mr. Dick earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware (UD) and an MBA with Excellence from the University of Illinois. From 1979 to 1987, he was a Composites Engineer and Deputy Director of the UD NSF Center for Composite Materials Manufacturing and Science. Mr. Dick moved to UI in 1987 as Assistant Dean of Engineering for External Affairs/Research and was a key organizer of CSAR, becoming its founding Managing Director in 1997. Mr. Dick is a principal in Pi-D 2020, a small business partnership focusing on university-government research associations and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He has authored or co-authored more than 30 technical papers in the areas of simulation science, composite materials and university-government-industry research partnerships.

Thomas JacksonThomas L. Jackson

Dr. Thomas L. Jackson’s role as Illinois Rocstar LLC’s Chief Scientist and company co-founder draws from a reserve of expertise in basic fluid mechanics, combustion, stability and large-scale simulations. He currently serves as Technical Manager for the Center for Compressible Multiphase Turbulence (CCMT) at the University of Florida. He previously served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR), a Computational Science and Engineering Affiliate (CSE) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AE) at the University of Illinois. He received his Mathematics Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and joined the staff of the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE), where he had previously been a Graduate Research Assistant. Dr. Jackson was formerly an Associate Professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has co-edited two books, co-authored a textbook on hydrodynamic stability and authored or co-authored more than 140 papers. He is currently a member of the Combustion Institute and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has been a paper and grant referee for many organizations and journals and is currently an Associate Editor for AIAA Journal.