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Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

NASA Spaceflight Special Lecture



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.

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About the speaker

Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam

RAVINasaDr. Ravi N. Margasahayam serves as the Co-Chair for Ground Safety Review Panel (GSRP) that ensures the safety of all Payloads and Science experiments integrated at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, USA, on their way to the International Space Station (ISS).

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. 

For the past 25 years at NASA, Dr. Margasahayam has worked on many programs including Space, Shuttle, Atlas, Delta, Titan, X-33, EELV, HLLV, STARDUST, ARES 1-X, and the ISS.

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.

About the Event

Dr. C.C. Huang Memorial Lecture (Student and Staff)
NASA Spaceflight: “Engineering and Safety Lessons Learned”

Dr. Margasahayam delivered the first of two lectures to students focusing on risk management.

"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"

Dr. C.C. Huang Memorial Lecture (Industry and Staff)
NASA Spaceflight: “International Space Station Construction and Operation”

Dr. Margasahayam delivered his second lecture to industry which provided a brief overview of previous space stations, followed by how this magnificent castle in the sky was built, how it is supported, how it works, what it does, and how it is maintained and repaired.

"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"

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Student Lecture (Podcast)

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Industry and Staff Lecture (Video)