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Yuan Honored with a SHM-POY Award

Yuan Honored with a SHM-POY Award

September 26, 2013

 

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-325-6733

sherwood@nianet.org

 

NIA RELEASE: 2013-28

Yuan Honored with a SHM-POY Award

Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan, a Samuel P. Langley Professor at the National Institute of Aerospace and faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, was honored with a Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award at the 9th International Workshop for Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM). The SHM Workshop, which began in 1997, is held annually at Stanford University.

A structural health monitoring person of the year is selected by editors of “Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal.” Dr. Yuan was recognized for having made an outstanding contribution to the field of SHM by developing a series of wireless sensors for aerospace applications, energy harvesters for powering wireless sensors, the first piezoelectric based wireless for active damage diagnosis and passive acoustic emission, and the first integrated wireless SHM system for bridges in North Carolina.

“We are pleased that IWSHM has recognized Dr. Yuan’s many achievements in structural health monitoring, sensors and smart materials,” said Dr. Douglas Stanley, President and Executive Director of NIA.

Work in the field of structural health monitoring on aerospace vehicles will result in reduce maintenance and life cycle costs, enhance safety and reliability, and reduce structural weight and enhance performance.

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For information on the SHM-POY Award, visit http://structure.stanford.edu/workshop/awards.html

 

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Return of the Rovers Featured on New NASA 360 TV Program

News release

 

National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

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September 9, 2013

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-325-6733

sherwood@nianet.org

 

NIA RELEASE: 2013-27

RETURN OF THE ROVERS FEATURED ON NEW NASA 360 TV PROGRAM

HAMPTON, Va. – Fans around the world will have a chance to see the premiere of the latest episode of “NASA 360” when it debuts on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

“NASA 360: Return of the Rovers” will premiere on NASA.gov/nasa360 as well as the NASA TV public channel, which is available online at www.nasa.gov/nasatv and across continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii through cable carriers and on AMC-18C.  The series is also broadcast on more than 400 public broadcasting, cable and commercial stations across the country, as well as iTunes, Hulu and YouTube.

“NASA 360: Return of the Rovers” will take viewers to the 2013 Centennial Challenges Sample Return Robot Challenge, held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. this past June 5-7. During the challenge, teams were challenged to build autonomous robots that could identify, collect and return samples and compete for a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

“NASA needs autonomous robotic capability for future planetary exploration, and this new episode of ‘NASA 360’ gives our viewers an up-close look at how NASA uses prize competitions to push technology forward in a cost-effective yet exciting way,” said Sam Ortega, Centennial Challenges program manager for NASA, who provides insight into the robot rover competition during the show.

Other program guests include Dr. Larry Cooper, Centennial Challenges program executive; leading robotics experts from WPI and industry; and the talented teams that traveled to WPI to compete. The program also features NASA 360 hosts Molly McKinney and Caleb Kinchlow.

“We were thrilled to engage with SRR teams for this ‘NASA 360’ program.  You will see some familiar and new competitor faces as the teams compete for the prize,” said Harla Sherwood, NASA 360’s principal investigator and communications director for NIA. “Our ‘NASA 360’ team interacts daily with an audience of more than 100,000 devoted followers through Facebook and Twitter, and they are especially enthusiastic about the opportunity to share the premiere of ’NASA 360:  Return of the Rovers.’ ”

NASA 360 is an Emmy award-winning series based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and is produced for NASA by the National Institute of Aerospace. The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions.

For more information on the NASA Centennial Challenges program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/challenges

More about NASA 360, useful links and photos related to the new episode can be found at:

www.nasa.gov/nasa360

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http://www.nianet.org

 

Information about NASA and agency programs, is online at:

http://www.nasa.gov

 

 

 

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