Dr. Zweben, an independent consultant on composites and advanced thermal materials, was for many years Advanced Technology Manager and Division Fellow at GE Astro Space. He previously held positions at Du Pont and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the first, and one of only two winners of both the GE One-in-a-Thousand and Engineer-of-the-Year awards. He has over 40 years of commercial and aerospace experience in polymer matrix-, metal matrix-, ceramic matrix- and carbon/carbon composite materials technology. He pioneered use of composites in optomechanical systems, dimensionally stable spacecraft structures, machine components, and optoelectronic and electronic and thermal management and packaging. He is a Life Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of ASM International and SAMPE, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for AIAA and ASME. He has to his credit over 350 books, articles, lectures and short courses.