David Shaw
David Shaw

All are welcome to an invited seminar by David Shaw, Research and Development Scientist for ATK Launch Systems, as he presents his talk on “An Industry Perspective on Rocket Motor Fundamentals.” The seminar will be from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 29, in WEB 2250. There will be light refreshments afterwards.

David Shaw will discuss the history and fundamentals of rocket propulsion from an industrial perspective. The presentation will discuss the differences between solid and liquid propulsion systems, give an overview of solid rocket manufacturing, and provide a description of various tests performed within the industry.

David Shaw graduated from the University of Colorado in 2005 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after graduating David became a Research and Development Scientist for ATK Launch Systems. For the last 8 years David has participated in the performance of rocket motor surveillance, which studies rocket performance characteristics as a rocket gets older. Throughout this time, his emphasis has concentrated on chemical reaction modeling as it relates to propellant aging. He also participates in the development of new propellants and materials and how they change the aging characteristics of rocket motors. In 2006 David became a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. He is currently writing his dissertation on the mechanisms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis.