Sat, Oct 25, 2008
Former Aeronautic Director Roy Harris Jr. Will Speak October
Langley Research Center is wrapping
up the 'NASA at 50' lecture series that is celebrating a
half-century of history with someone who was there when it all
started. Roy Harris, Jr., the former director of aeronautics at
Langley, says NASA's aeronautics research is critically important
to our nation's transportation, defense, economy and its
competitiveness in a global world.
Harris will speak on NASA's contributions to both civil and
military aviation and the future challenges facing US aeronautical
research in a colloquium lecture this Tuesday, October 28. The
lecture, called "50 Years of NASA Aeronautical Research," will take
place at 2 pm in the Reid Conference Center at NASA Langley.
Harris will present the same lecture for the general public on
Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Virginia Air & Space Center
on Settlers Landing Road in Hampton. The evening talk is free and
no reservations are required.
Harris, a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in
aeronautical engineering, joined Langley Research Center in 1958.
He conducted research in supersonic aerodynamics for 15 years
before becoming branch head, division chief, director for
aeronautics and the center assistant director for research and
In addition to his center duties, Harris was appointed the
agency facility group director for wind tunnels and
aerothermodynamic facilities in 1995. Since retiring from NASA in
1998, he has worked as a consultant and as a volunteer technical
advisor to a NASA aeronautics advocacy group.
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