TUESDAY, JULY 11
Structures and Materials to be Presented at Lecture
Development of composite materials
for commercial and military aircraft, and next generation
spacecraft will be the focus of an assessment given by Dr. Charles
E. Harris. Problems found in manufacturing and design of hypersonic
vehicles led to this development of the Structures and Materials
Center of Excellence (COE).
Harris, the director of the COE at
NASA Langley Research Center, will present "Composite Materials for
Aerospace Applications: Past, Present, and Future" at a colloquium
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid
A media briefing will be held at
1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14
Langley Blvd. at NASA Langley. Media who wish to attend the
briefing should contact Rachel Gilbert at (757) 864-2961.
Harris will discuss the evolution
of composite materials in experimental hypersonic vehicles, along
with a summary of lessons learned over the years. He will also
share the latest advances in technology and the future of composite
The main function of the COE is to
promote unity of other NASA centers through the enhancement of
structures and material technical expertise. The COE supports
technology assessments and future research.
Harris is the Chief Technologist
for Structures and Materials and was formerly Head of the Mechanics
of Materials Branch. Prior to joining NASA in 1987, Harris was a
professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Harris earned a bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering and
doctorate in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech.
The public is invited to the Sigma
Series lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center that evening,
at 7:30 p.m.
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