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2/12 Human Space Exploration by Dr. Mrityunjay Singh

Friday, February 12, 2016
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus

2/12 Materials Science and Engineering Seminar by Dr. Mrityunjay Singh

“Human Space Exploration: Risks and Challenges”

Presented by: Dr. Mrityunjay Singh President, American Ceramic Society Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute Friday, February 12, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. IMS Room 20 Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract: Since the dawn of civilization, curiosity and exploration has been known to culminate in major turning points in human history and has led to social advancement of civilizations. Space exploration has fueled curiosity and driven social advancements but has been quite challenging and risky. In this presentation, an overview of technical challenges and risks in human space exploration will be presented. Advanced repair and refurbishment technologies are critically needed for the thermal protection system of current space transportation systems as well as for future launch and crew return vehicles. There is a history of damage to these systems from impact during ground handling or ice during launch. In addition, there exists the potential for in-orbit damage from micrometeoroid and orbital debris impact as well as different factors (weather, launch acoustics, shearing, etc.) during launch and re-entry. In this presentation, reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) leading edge repair technology developed after the accident of space shuttle Columbia during Return to Flight will be presented. In addition, various issues and challenges during in-space repair and refurbishment will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Mrityunjay Singh is Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. He is President of the American Ceramic Society and Governor of Acta Materialia, Inc. He is Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Italy, and currently serves as Vice President of the International Board of the Academy. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology – BHU, Varanasi, India, in 1983 and did his post-doctoral work at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), UK, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was awarded Distinguished Life Membership of Alpha Sigma Mu – Materials Engineering Honor Society in 2014. He is Honorary Fellow of Indian Institute of Ceramics and also received honorary membership from Materials Research Society of India. He has received Honorary Doctorate from Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan. He is the recipient of more than sixty-five national and international awards, including four R&D 100 awards, FLC Technology Transfer Awards, EDI Innovation Award, NASA Public Service Medal, NASA Silver Snoopy Award, Order of the Enterprise Award from NASA, two NorTech Innovation Awards, and numerous NASA Group Achievement Awards. He has edited/co


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