Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – NASA engineer Matt Melis will give a presentation on the Columbia Shuttle accident investigation and NASAÂ’s return to flight effort at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building at Northern Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Melis will discuss the ballistic test programs which investigated the impact of the external tank foam on the leading edge of the shuttle's wing. He will also summarize the Columbia accident and the subsequent investigation, and will give an update on NASA's efforts to return the remaining shuttles safely to flight.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Melis has worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center for 21 years. He attended Northern Michigan University and received both a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University. His primary research area is impact loading, used to predict ballistic impact response of jet engine fan containment. Since the shuttle accident, his time has been dedicated to the Columbia Accident Investigation and NASA's return to flight efforts.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The public is invited to attend this free event. It is sponsored by the Seaborg Center at NMU and the NASA Educator Resource Center, an affiliate of the Seaborg Center.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman