NASA Kennedy Space Station engineer, Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, shared 40+ years of experience in engineering excellence to UWA on 24 March 2016.
This event was supported by donations from Dr. C.C Huang Memorial Fund. Professor Huang was a lecturer and senior lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering in the 1970s and 1980s.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in India. After moving to the United States of America, he continued higher studies earning a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering; a Master's in Business Administration in Corporate Finance and Strategic Marketing, and a Doctorate in General Business Management.
Earlier, as a Project Systems Engineer, Dr. Margasahayam was responsible for transporting the Space Shuttle Vehicle to the pad and getting it ready for launch.
He is also NASA's expert and lead scientist on Rocket Launch-induced Noise and Vibration technology. In his career, he has supported over 100+ missions of the Space Shuttle.
"The management of risk cannot be avoided…so manage it. A unique view of the lessons learned compiled over 55 years covering NASA’s engineering and safety.
Accidents can happen, but it is possible to minimize the potential by good engineering judgment with the benefit of the lessons learned from past experiences. Failure often occurs when we forget the rules of physics and try to bypass them in our designs"
"Since 1958, NASA has conducted space exploration and planetary mission for the benefit of all humanity through expansion of our civilizations horizons, the acquisition of knowledge, and the development of new technologies that have provided amazing advances in the quality of human life.
The International Space Station (ISS) represents a significant step in humankind's quest to explore the universe, observe the earth, and share knowledge to improve life on Earth. The ISS establishes a permanent human outpost in space with an orbiting laboratory and construction site that synthesizes the scientific expertise and daring dreams of sixteen stations"