April 5, 2016

NASA Johnson Space Center – A Historical Perspective

ASM International Houston Chapter would like to invite you to attend their April 2016 meeting.

Topic: NASA Johnson Space Center – A Historical Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Donald Curry
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2015

Location: Seasons 52 (near Galleria).
4410 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027

5:30 – Social Hour
6:30 – Dinner
7:00 – Presentation
Cost: $40/member; $50/non-member; $20/retiree; Free for students

About the Topic: A historical review of the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) thru the re-naming of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). The presentation will cover the Mercury Program thru the Space Shuttle and Orion projects.

About the Speaker: Dr. Donald M. Curry was with the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) from 1963 until his retirement in January 2007.  Don has 44 years of experience in the areas of entry heating and thermal protection systems starting with the Gemini spacecraft thru the Space Shuttle. He was the subsystem manager of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Leading Edge Structural System (LESS) which consists of the reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) wing leading edge, nose cap, chin panel and forward external plate attachments. As the LESS subsystem manager, Don was responsible for the direction, coordination, technical design, development, testing, analysis, and flight operational support.  Dr. Curry was the JSC aeroassist flight experiment (AFE) project area manager with responsibility for the AFE Aerobrake structure and thermal protection system (TPS). He participated in the Orbiter return to flight program as the Orbiter LESS/RCC NASA Systems Engineer. He was responsible for insight and oversight of contractor activities pertaining to the operation and maintenance of the Orbiter LESS. He also served as the JSC technical lead for evaluation of hot structure and ablator TPS for advanced NASA programs.

Don received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston.