University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

October 11, 2006
Contact: Toccara Brown, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6637

USA Sigma Xi Honor Society to Sponsor Lecture

The USA chapter of Sigma Xi scientific honor society will feature a talk by Dr. Sandeep Shah, deputy branch chief of Metals Engineering Branch at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. He will speak on Unlocking the Mystery of Columbia's Tragic Accident Through Forensic Analysis at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Medical Sciences Building auditorium.

Prior to working in his current position, Shah was the team leader of the Diagnostics and Failure Analysis team which was responsible for providing analytical services to various programs on site, such as the Solid Rocket Booster, Space Shuttle Main Engine, Orbiter and Space station. He also managed a $10 million state-of-the-art diagnostics facility.

Before joining NASA, Shah worked as the principal engineer for Lockheed Martin Manned Space Systems in the development of the Super Light Weight Shuttle External Tank.

Shah earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He has authored and co-authored several publications, and is the recipient of several awards including the NASA Research and Technology Award, NASA Space Act Award, and Manned Space Flight Launch Honoree. He holds one patent.

For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Julio Turrens at (251) 380-2785.

Dr. Sandeep Shah
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