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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Nondestructive Evaluation Program for Safe and Reliable Operations

[Board Meeting: 5:00 - 6:00 pm (open to all members)]
Social: 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Dinner: 6:45 pm
Speaker: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Speakers: Dr. Edward R. Generazio
Chief Discipline Engineer – Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Engineering & Safety Center, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Technical Warrant Holder – NDE Chief Engineer Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Delegated NDE Program Manager Safety and Mission Assurance Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Program will be presented. As a result of the loss of seven astronauts and the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, NASA has undergone many changes in its organization. NDE is one of the key areas that is recognized by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) that needed to be strengthened by warranting NDE as a discipline with Independent Technical Authority (ITA). The current NASA NDE system and activities are presented including the latest developments in inspection technologies being applied to the Space Transportation System (STS). The unfolding trends and directions of NDE of the future are discussed as they apply to assuring safe and reliable operations.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Generazio received his Ph.D. in Physics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1983. After graduation, he worked at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland Ohio as a senior research scientist in Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and developer of NASA's Technology Benefit Estimator (T/BEST). Dr. Generazio served as Branch Head of the NASA Langley Research Center Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch (NESB) in Hampton, Virginia (1994-2003), and the Delegated NDE Program Manager for NASA Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA). As manager of NESB, Dr. Generazio was responsible for the development of advanced nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring technologies for the next generation of aerospace systems and aging systems. In addition to managing NESB, Dr. Generazio is responsible for executing NASA OSMA's Agency-wide NDE Program for developing and implementing NDE technologies critical to assuring success of aeronautic and space missions. Dr.Generazio accepted a position in NASA’s Safety and Engineering Center as NASA’s Discipline Chief Engineer for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) in November 2004. This is one of thirteen other Discipline Chief Engineers selected in areas such as propulsion, structures, guidance and navigation. As Discipline Chief Engineer, Dr. Generazio oversees and guides the activities of about 90 experts from industry, universities, and other government agencies, and NASA Centers across the nation. These experts are now operating as a NDE Super Problem Resolution Team (SPRT) that works on NASA’s unique critical inspection issues that require the attention of the best of the best. The NDE SPRT has been working aggressively to develop and certify nondestructive inspection technologies for inspecting the integrity of Sprayed On Foam Insulation (SOFI) that is used to insulate the Space Shuttle’s External Tank. This is the same foam system that created the debris that lead to the loss of seven astronauts and the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. Dr. Generazio’s NDE SPRT is working on many other critical inspection issues for return to flight. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Generazio was asked to serve as NASA’s Technical Warrant Holder for Nondestructive Evaluation. NASA established a headquarters based Independent Technical Authority (ITA) to independently oversee all of NASA’s programs. The formation of the ITA and the identification of Technical Warrant Holders was recommended by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. In order to establish a working authority, NASA selected twenty-four experts as Technical Warrant Holders in January 2005. As the NDE Technical Warrant Holder, Dr. Generazio has the final say in any inspection decisions affecting safe and reliable operations. NASA has a $16B budget and numerous programs ranging from aeronautics, space shuttle, satellite systems, space station, to deep space probes. There is considerable NDE activity in each of these areas, so Dr. Generazio has deputized personnel as Trusted Agents to serve as his eyes and ears at NASA’s ten field Centers across the nation.

Location: Parkside Steak House
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Dinner Menu: Pasta w/meatballs and salad buffet
               RSVP: Ward Rummel 303-791-1940
Cost: $11.50 to members and guests.

Last Modified: Fri, Oct 14, 2005 / 5:57 PM