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Professional Profile

Dr. Daniel Dennies is a licensed metallurgical Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of California.  He has over 35 years of experience in various raw material, forging, aerospace, and aircraft related industries as a technical specialist, technical manager, and program manager.  The majority of his career has been in the aerospace industry working on projects such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine, the National Launch System, the National Aerospace Plane, expendable launch systems like Delta and Titan, and the International Space Station.  He has also worked on other projects including commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787, military aircraft such as the C17 Transport and B1-B Bomber, proprietary programs such as the Ground Based Missile Defense and the X-37B Experimental Reusable Unmanned Space Plane. 

In addition, he has worked on projects in various industries such as construction, plumbing, food processing, land based turbines, biomedical devices, fasteners, and power generation /energy.

Dr. Dennies has accumulated experience with a wide variety of materials, processes, and test mechanisms through his association with the design, testing, failure analysis, and manufacturing aspects of these programs.  His broad areas of expertise include failure analysis, engineering design support, material and process selection, material testing, manufacturing support, customer or supplier interaction, as well as program management. 

He is a member of multiple professional organizations, where he has served on the board of trustees and several national committees, many as chairman.  He has multiple professional awards and was awarded a patent in 1988. Dr. Dennies has taught multiple courses a year since 2000 and has given numerous technical presentations. He is highly published including a book on failure analysis in 2005.

 Licenses and Certifications 

Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer, California, #1750

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Cardholder

Master Instructor, Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), #163984

Emergency First Responder Instructor Trainer (First Aid and CPR)

Professional Affiliations
and Interests

American Society for Materials International (ASMI)
      – Member since 1977
      – Society Board of Trustees, 2006–2009
      – Foundation Board of Trustees, 2004–2007
      – Various National Committees, 1996–present
      – MS&T and Aeromat Conference Organizer
                  and Session Chair, 2001–present
      – LA Chapter Executive Committee, 1994

Failure Analysis Society (FAS)
      – Member since 2016 (Founding Member)
      – Society Board of Trustees, 2016–Present

International Metallographic Society (IMS)
      – Member since 2005
      - Board of Directors, 2010–Present
      - M&M Conference Organizer and Symposium
                 Chair, 2005, 2007–2016

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
      – Member since 1984

American Welding Society (AWS)
      – Member since 1979

Society for the Advancement of Materials and
       Process Engineering (SAMPE)
       – Member since 1989

National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
       - Member since 2011

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
       – Member 1993–2003
       – Professional Engineering Examination
                  Committee, 1994–2006

National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC)
      – Technical Advisor 1994–2004

Materials Camp for Students and Teachers
      - Founding Materials Mentor 2000
      - Various Materials Camp for Students 2000-
      - Materials Camp for Teachers 2004-2015
                 LA Camp Organizer and Master Teacher
Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1993
M.B.A., Management, Pepperdine University, 1984
M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Southern California, 1981
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1979

Professional Honors

Best Paper of 2010 Award,  Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 2011
George Roberts Award, ASM Materials Education Foundation, 2011
Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company, 2008
Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, Orange County Engineering Council, 2005
Allan Ray Putnam Award, ASM International, 2004
Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company, 2003
Certificate of Recognition, The Boeing Company, 2003
Fellow, ASM International, 2002
Instructor of Merit Award, ASM International, 2002
AM&P Magazine Profile, ASM International,  2002
Silver Snoopy Award, NASA, 1999
Superior Quality Performance Award, The Boeing Company, 1998
Multiple “Pride at Boeing” Awards, The Boeing Company, 1999-2009
Technical Utilization Award, NASA, 1985
Multiple “Rockwell Suggestion Awards,” Rockwell Corporation, 1980-1986
Tau Beta Pi Engineering National Honor Society, 1979
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1979
Blue Key National Honor Society, 1979
ASM Scholar, ASM International, 1978

United States Patent # 4,761,187:  Method of Improving Stress Corrosion Resistance of Alloys, August 2, 1988.
Books Authored
Dennies DP.  How to Organize and Run a Failure Investigation.  Published by ASM International, August 2005.
Dennies DP. (Contributor) Understanding How Components Fail.  Third Edition, Published by ASM International, October 2013.
Dennies DP. Robot Wars in the City of Materials. Published by iUniverse LLC, October 2013

Teaching Experience
Instructor, ASM International, 2000–present  / Standard and Customized Courses
      - How to Organize and Run a Failure Investigation
      - Principles of Failure Analysis
      - Stainless Steels
      - Titanium
      - Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist
      - Copper and Copper Alloys