MEMS Seminar: "Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers: A Personal Perspective on the Space Race"

Oct 3

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464

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Dr. David Peters | Washington University

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This is the story of how the people of the United States, the US Aerospace Industry, and American Universities forged a partnership that began in 19th century, agricultural America and ended in the placement of a man on the moon. It is the story of how the Space Race molded the culture of an entire generation of Americans in terms of how they were educated, where they worked, and how they viewed technology and engineering. Dr. Peters weaves together his personal history and the histories of Washington University and the McDonnell Douglas Corporation as examples of how the partnership unfolded.

David Peters received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Mechanics from Washington University in St. Louis and then his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University (1974).  He has worked at McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Company, the Army Research Labs/NASA-Ames, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and at Washington University in St. Louis where he is the McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering.  Dr. Peters also served for thirteen years as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Washington University and is presently the Director of Graduate Studies in that department.

Dave is a Regional Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of AHS (the International Society for Vertical Flight), and he remains an adjunct faculty and Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Rotorcraft Center of Excellence.  He is also an adjunct professor at Parks College of Aeronautics of St. Louis University.  Professor Peters has published over 350 technical papers, has served Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Helicopter Society.   He has received the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nikolsky Award from the AHS, the Reed Aeronautics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Spirit of St. Louis Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He is a Fellow of the AIAA, the ASME, the AHS, and the American Academy of Mechanics.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.

Hosted by Dr. Earl Dowell


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