While astronauts have some of the most public-facing roles at NASA, what other research takes place behind the scenes to make launching into space possible? Valerie Wiesner, research materials engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, shares how she became involved with the materials side of space research, describes working on mitigation strategies to minimize the impact of lunar dust, and gives her thoughts on what to expect from space exploration and travel in the coming years.
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About the guest
Valerie Wiesner is research materials engineer at the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch of the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. This summer, she served in a temporary position as acting assistant branch head of the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch at Langley. She is actively involved in ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division, including serving as chair of the 44th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in 2020.
Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials.