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Engineering Studies Professor Selected as Faculty Fellow for NASA Research Program

(May 3, 2016) – Armstrong State University Professor of Engineering Studies Dr. Cameron Coates has been selected to participate in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship Program.

“This is a great honor for Dr. Coates and for Armstrong,” notes Dr. Jane Wong, interim dean of the College of Science and Technology. “Only the country’s top science, technology, math and engineering faculty members will participate as fellows in this prestigious program.”

The 10-week summer residency will take place at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and will include seminars, group meetings, tours, special events and access to research resources. The goal of the program is to involve the nation's academic research talent in NASA's missions and projects to the benefit of both entities. NASA expects faculty fellows to incorporate knowledge of NASA’s standards, technology and research into their pedagogy, and expand or develop their research towards areas that support NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) objective.  The ESMD objective is to create a workforce that will have the desire and skills necessary to develop new capabilities, support technologies and research that will enable sustained and affordable human and robotic space exploration.

During the program, fellows work closely with NASA scientists and engineers on a wide range of cutting-edge research projects. Coates will work alongside 2014 NASA Exceptional Service Medal winner, Joe D. Davis on a research project entitled: “Evaluation of Layered Pressure Vessels.”

Originally from Spanish Town, Jamaica, Coates earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined Armstrong in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Studies and currently serves as the Engineering Studies Program Coordinator.

Coates is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Materials. An accomplished engineer, he has also served as the Affiliate Director for the Georgia Space Grant, has published in field-related journals and presented his research across the U.S. as well as in Trinidad, Canada and Denmark.

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