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Superintendent, Materials Characterization Group (1974-1983)

  • Principal Investigator on Air Force Interim NEPE Propellant/Casebond Aging Program to evaluate high elongation advanced propellant materials and systems (1979-1980)

  • Managed group of 12 engineers and technicians with responsibility for experimental testing and materials evaluation in variety of manufacturing processes using traditional and instrumented subscale technologies with sensor, NDI/NDE and analog test configurations

  • Provided key support in design and manufacturing of large (74-inch through 146-inch) diameter solid rocket motor composite cases made from S-glass, Kevlar, carbon and hybrid fiber systems

  • Developed innovative test methods and analysis techniques for evaluating elastomeric, plastic, adhesive, and composite material – realized over 50% cost reductions through standardized test methods and characterization

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY College Station, Texas

September 1969 - July 1974

  • Contracted research efforts on various advanced composites technology programs:

    • Thermal properties of solid propellant materials (ONR)

    • Non-linear, time-dependent properties of fiber-reinforced composites (ONR, AF)

    • Mechanical property characterization of solid propellant materials subjected to multiaxial loading conditions (ONR, AF)

    • Characterization of thin-film high altitude research balloon material failure (NOAA)

    • Characterization of fiber-reinforced composite materials used in filament wound composite motor cases (AF)

    • Evaluation of NASA Space Shuttle silicone foam insulation materials for thermal tile adhesives (NASA)

    • Assessment of domestic/international fiber-reinforced composites technology (IR&D, AF)

    • Assessment of Soviet fiber-reinforced composites technology (IR&D, AF)

  • Instructor in Civil and Aerospace Engineering Departments on materials and structures

  • Engineering Research Associate responsible for conducting research on concrete, asphaltic

concrete, and polymeric composite materials for structural applications

U.S. AIR FORCE

October 1965 - September 1969

Captain, Project Engineer/Scientist

  • Responsible for managing and technically directing in-house and contractual programs on

advanced solid propellant technology and filament wound case pressure vessel efforts

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