Meet ASME’s Federal Government Fellows

 

Meet ASME's 2014-2015 Federal Government Fellows!

Gloria Wiens, Ph.D.

Gloria Wiens, Ph.D.
Gloria Wiens, Ph.D.

Gloria Wiens, Ph.D., has been serving as an ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow in the office of the Assistant Director for Research Partnerships in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology since September 2012.

Dr. Wiens is an associate professor and the director of the Space, Automation, and Manufacturing Mechanisms (SAMM) Laboratory at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her research interests include robotics; spatial mechanisms; system dynamics and controls with applications in space; reconfigurable micro/small satellite deployable systems; automation; MEMS/biomedical devices; and micro/mesoscale manipulation and manufacturing. Her teaching focuses on dynamics and controls of robotic systems; kinematics and dynamics of machinery; and vibrations and controls.

Dr. Wiens has been an active ASME volunteer, serving in a number of Society positions including chair of the ASME Honors and Awards Committee, the Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) Executive Committee, the ASME MED Nano/Micro/Meso Technical Committee, the Micro/Nano-Scale Systems (MNS) Committee, and the Student Design Competition Committee. She also served as associate editor of the ASME Journal on Manufacturing Science and Engineering.

Dr. Wiens received the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2000.


 

Briana Tomboulian, Ph.D.

Briana Tomboulian, Ph.D.
Briana Tomboulian, Ph.D.

Briana Tomboulian, Ph.D. has been selected to serve as an "ASME Congressional Engineering Fellow" starting in January 2015.

Dr. Tomboulian earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in June 2014. She previously served as a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow from 2011-2014, where she was responsible for investigating novel designs for a pitch carbon fiber heat radiator for an in-space nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) system. High efficiency radiators are a critical technology for NEP spacecraft, enabling next-generation deep space travel. Design work includes thermal radiation modeling, fabricating test articles (i.e., weaving pitch carbon fiber and brazing fiber to sodium heat pipes), testing radiator fin test articles at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, predicting the fin thermal properties using non-contact temperature measurement tools in combination with thermal models, and heat rejection sub-system modeling for mass optimization studies.

Dr. Tomboulian also worked as a Staff Engineer at Tighe & Bond from 2008-2010, where she worked on environmental engineering consulting, including process design, alternatives analyses, federal and state regulation compliance, writing legal contracts, construction administration and inspection, developing emergency action plans and risk management for drinking water, wastewater and solid waste systems.

Dr. Tomboulian will serve as an ASME Congressional Engineering Fellow in the Office of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).