What is your role within the George H.W. Bush Combat development Complex?
Research engineer supporting Materials for Extreme Environments and Ballistics, Aero-optics, and Materials (BAM) Rest Range.
Do you have any other roles with in the Texas A&M University realm?
Research scientist at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Center of Innovation in Mechanics for Design and Manufacturing (CiMDM)
Received Masters and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University
Where are you from?
“I feel proud to be part of an ecosystem that is capable of performing and supporting basic research, development, testing and evaluation that is aligned with innovative technologies and national defense.”
What is a project or accomplishment you’re proud of?
I played a primary role in establishing the state-of-the-art Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Hypervelocity Impact Laboratory with a two-stage light gas-gun and also orchestrated the wide variety of diagnostic capabilities including a 10M fps high-speed camera, flash x-ray, and other laser-based diagnostics to characterize materials behavior when impacted at hypervelocities.
What are your goals within BCDC?
I want to contribute my best towards BCDC’s vision by developing novel solutions to characterize the response of materials and structures to mitigate hypervelocity impacts.
How long have you been at A&M? At BCDC?
One year as a post-doctoral researcher in Texas A&M University J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, and about two years in my current position as BCDC research engineer.
Why are you interested in materials for extreme environments and hypersonics?
I was thrilled at the opportunity to work in the arena of materials for extreme environments with potential applications in hypersonics, armaments, and protection. I was also excited at the possibility to work closely with some of the great thinkers in the field like Drs. Thomas Lacy and J.N. Reddy.