Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Space Environmental Effects Testing at NASA MSFC


Dr. Erin Hayward


NASA Marshall Center


Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Chaitanya Deo


The space environment is harsh and full of hazards. The materials that make up a spacecraft must be able to survive radiation (galactic cosmic rays, solar wind, ultraviolet), vacuum, atomic oxygen, thermal cycling, micrometeoroids, and more. At NASA Marshall Space Flight Centers Combined Environmental Effects Facility, we recreate the space environment on earth to measure how materials and instruments perform or degrade. In this seminar, I will discuss some of our capabilities, how they can be accessed, and describe some of the projects that we have worked on.


Dr. Erin Hayward joined NASA in 2017 as a member of the Space Environmental Effects Team, part of EM41 (Non-Metallic Materials and Space Environmental Effects Branch). She has been involved with a wide variety of projects, including Europa Clipper and Europa Lander, the Advanced Neutron Spectrometer, IXPE, and NESC assessments for ISS. Before coming to NASA, Dr. Hayward worked for CEA-Saclay (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) as a post-doctoral research fellow, and later for the National Park Service as a physical science technician. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 with a PhD in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, with dissertation work focused on atomistic simulations of radiation damage to steel for fusion and fission applications. Erin received a BS in physics and a BA in art from Tulane University in 2007.


Refreshments will be served.