Dr. Samit Roy will help the Air Force select research proposals for funding for two years as the program officer for the newly established Structural Prognosis program.
Roy, the William D. Jordan Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, was competitively selected to serve in the post within the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Virginia, starting in October 2017. Structured as a two-year assignment through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act, Roy should return at the end of the assignment.
An expert in the structural prognosis technological field, especially in the life-prediction of composite materials for aerospace structures, Roy will initiate collaborative research activities in conjunction with other collaborators in the Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia, including several technical directorates in the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The Air Force Structural Prognosis Program Officer manages and funds fundamental research addressing needs in new multi-scale modeling, embedded diagnostics and prognosis of aerospace systems. The program officer encourages basic research to generate understanding, models, tools, numerical codes and methodologies validated by carefully conducted experiments. In his role, Roy will also seek to establish understanding required to design and manufacture new aerospace systems and structures and predict performance and integrity based on mathematical and mechanical principles, thereby establishing the feasibility of the “Digital Twin” concept.
Joining UA in 2005, Roy is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition to his service in ASME and AIAA, he is a division director with the American Society for Composites.
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