Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., is technical program manager in the Program Development and Integration Directorate, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is responsible for total life cycle management of U.S. Air Force weapon systems.
An ASTM member since 1991, Kropas-Hughes is a past chairman of Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. She is an ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient and received the 2004 Charles W. Briggs Award from E07 her continuous and outstanding contributions.
Kropas-Hughes joined the staff at Wright-Patterson in 1989 as an electronics engineer and then held other engineering and research positions in the Air Force Research Laboratory before assuming her current role. As technical program manager, she focuses on future capability requirements and ensuring that advancements in technology and high-performance computing are included in systems.
A graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, where she received a B.S. in applied mathematics, Kropas-Hughes also holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in electrical engineering from California State University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.