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Engineering Studies Professor Selected as Faculty Fellow for NASA Research Program

(May 22, 2017) – Armstrong State University Professor of Engineering Studies Cameron Coates, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship Program for the second consecutive year.

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 to 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 skills necessary to develop new capabilities, support technologies and conduct 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, which culminate in an oral presentation and a report of their findings. Coates will work alongside NASA’s Deputy Manager of Test Facilities John M. Hammond on a research project entitled, “Layered Pressure Vessel Service Life.”

Originally from Spanish Town, Jamaica, Coates earned 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, ASM International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also served as the affiliate director for the Georgia Space Grant, published in numerous field-related journals and presented his research across the U.S. as well as in Trinidad, Canada and Denmark.

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