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Marny Skora
(Phone 757/864-3315, 757/344-6111 mobile)
RELEASE : 05-072
Materials Mimic Nature, Take on Multi-Functional Characteristics

It's not enough for today's aerospace materials to be merely structural. Researchers are looking at ways to provide electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, radiation shielding, resistance to impact - or all the above.

Unique, multi-functional materials are being designed from the micro to macro scales by mimicking structural formations created by nature and the application of advanced synthesis methods similar to those methods used in manufacturing fireworks.

Professor Kathryn V. Logan is an expert on the design of multi-functional materials using advanced synthesis, processing, predictive modeling and characterization techniques. Logan will discuss the connection between nature, fireworks and multi-functional aerospace materials at a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, in the NASA Langley H.J.Reid Auditorium.

Media wishing to interview Professor Logan are invited to attend a news conference at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 3. Reporters should contact Marny Skora at 864-3315 or 3244-6111 by 10 a.m. for credentials and access to the Center.

Logan holds simultaneous faculty positions as the National Institute of Aerospace Virginia Tech Langley Professor and professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Tech. She is also Principal Research Engineer Emerita in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Additionally, she is a member of the Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering External Advisory Board.

Logan is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in ceramic engineering and a doctorate in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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