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Secretary of the Air Force news release (March 22, 2005): Air Force announces new chief of Scientific Advisory Board.

WASHINGTON -- Today, acting secretary of the Air Force Peter B. Teets selected Heidi Shyu as chair of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, an independent group that provides technical advice to Air Force leadership.

Shyu, an electrical engineer with Raytheon Company, will start her duties Oct. 1, 2005. Shyu has been a member of the SAB since 2000 and has served as the current vice chair of the Board since 2003.

"Ms. Shyu is superbly qualified to lead this board. She has a proven track record of successful leadership and management in technology development programs from the industry perspective. Her expertise in space and airborne systems technology development, especially in radar systems, will make an important contribution to the studies of the board," said Lt. Gen. John D. W. Corley, SAB military director and principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

As chair, Shyu will be responsible for the overall direction and effectiveness of the board with the assistance of the vice chair, the Air Force chief of staff, and other members of the steering committee. The chair will meet periodically with the secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force chief of staff to report on the Board's activities and to obtain guidance regarding future Board activities.

The SAB was established in 1947 as a vital link between the Air Force and the nation's civilian, scientific, and engineering communities to promote the exchange of the latest scientific and technical information that may enhance the accomplishment of the Air Force mission. Many of the recommendations in SAB studies have been implemented by the Air Force.

Members of the SAB include distinguished scientists, engineers, and academicians primarily from the nation's universities, national laboratories, industry, and retired military, who are screened and interviewed by a steering committee that makes membership recommendations to the secretary of the Air Force. The secretary of the Air Force selects members on the basis of their eminence in scientific fields of interest to the U.S. Air Force. The White House Liaison Office approves all board appointments.

"This is an example of military, industry, science, and technology experts committing themselves to study promising scientific and technological developments that enhance accomplishment of the Air Force mission," said Lt. Gen. Corley.

Shyu received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto respectively, and master's and engineers' degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.

Shyu replaces outgoing chair, Dr. Daniel E. Hastings of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Title Annotation:Peter B. Teets selected Heidi Shyu
Publication:Defense AT & L
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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