Meet the Science Panel

Dr. Charles Clendening

Dr. Charles Clendening completed his undergraduate work at the Case Institute of Technology in 1968, and earned his doctorate in physics from Cornell University in 1974. He has worked in high energy laser development for over thirty years, first for the United States Air Force and then for TRW, which later became Northrop Grumman. He is a past recipient of two TRW Chairman Awards for Innovation, and a TRW Distinguished Patent award. Dr. Clendening served as Chief Scientist at Northrop Grumman for the Air Force’s Airborne Laser Program and won the 2009 AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award. Charles resides in Torrance.

Dr. James Eninger

Dr. James Eninger retired in 2005 after a 33-year career at TRW in Redondo Beach. At TRW, he was a Senior Staff Engineer and Project Manager of programs that included safely dealing with hydrogen fluoride in the exhaust of high-energy chemical lasers. He holds a B.S.M.E., M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, specializing in Fluid Mechanics and Physical Gasdynamics. He resides in Torrance and is a member of the newly formed Torrance Refining Company Community Advisory Panel.

Dr. George Harpole

Dr. George Harpole holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the U.C.L.A. School of Engineering, Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department. He has been Chief Engineer of two chemical laser systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation. His current assignment is thermal analysis for the James Webb Space Telescope. He is the inventor, or co-inventor, of 14 U.S. Patents. He received two TRW Chairman’s Awards. George Harpole resides in Torrance. You can see some of his reports here.

Judith Scott

Judith is a chemist who spent 18 years of her career at TRW in Redondo Beach. For the eight years before retirement, she was Manager of the Chemistry Technology Department, a corporate-wide resource for chemical process development, materials and chemical characterization, contamination and failure analysis, and methods development for safety and environmental assessment. The Department also supported pilot-scale testing of rocket propellants, airbag technologies, and coal-cleaning processes. She was Program Manager for seven years for an Electric Power Research Institute contract for the sampling and analysis of utility pollutants. She previously worked for Shell Chemical Company and Arthur D. Little. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.S. in Chemistry from Boston University. Judith resides in Torrance.

Dr. Christopher Shih

Dr. Christopher Shih is a retired Chemical Engineer who worked at TRW in Redondo Beach from 1968 to 2002. Among numerous projects, he worked on EPA contracts that dealt with disposal of hazardous waste materials, including incineration of Agent Orange that contained traces of dioxin. He was one of the principal designers of the Sodium Azide Recovery Process at TRW’s airbag propellant manufacturing plant in Mesa, AZ, and retired as Director of Chemical and Materials Technology at TRW’s Center for Automotive Technology. Christopher earned his B.S. Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He resides in Torrance.