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MEMS Seminar: "Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers: A Personal Perspective on the Space Race"
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464
Dr. David Peters | Washington University
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. Dr. David A. Peters has worked at McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Company (1969-1970), the Army Research Labs/NASA-Ames (1970-1975), the Georgia Institute of Technology (1985-1991), and twice at Washington University in St. Louis (1975-1985 and 1991-present). He has received the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nikolsky Award from the American Helicopter Society, the Reed Aeronautics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Spirit of St. Louis Medal from the ASME. He is a Fellow of the AIAA, the ASME, the AHS, and the American Academy of Mechanics and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the AHS Journal. With funding from the RCOE and ARO over the next three years, he has no plans to retire. Lunch will be provided starting at 11:30 am. Hosted by Dr. Earl Dowell.