Webinar Description

The Webinar course will be divided in 3 parts of 2 hours each:

Webinar 1: March 27th, 2012(2 hours)
Introduction to Nanotechnology, and Overview of Needs of Aerospace and Defense Industries and Applications of nanomaterials

  • Overview of Nanotechnology
  • This module will provide an overview of nanotechnology, what it is, what it entails, and what types of unique physical, chemical and biological properties may be obtained from the use of nanomaterials. The instrumentation that has helped propel nanotechnology applications will be described along with its effect on nanotechnology progress. A description of the major types of nanomaterials will be presented setting the stage for more detailed discussions in later modules.

  • Needs of Aerospace and Defense Industries (45 minutes)
  • The needs of aerospace and defense will be discussed from both a mission-need and a technology/programmatics-need perspective. The needs, such as longer range and more payload for aircraft and thermal management of electronics, will be mapped to how nanotechnology, with its fundamental change in the way structures and electronics are made, may lead to new solutions to current and future problems. Specific examples will be given.

  • Industry Applications of Nanomaterials (45 minutes)
  • This module will start with an overview of the major areas of nanotechnology, e.g., nano-computing/nano-photonics. Many examples, from universities, industries, and government labs, will be described where nanomaterials are being developed or used in the aerospace and defense industries. A brief introduction to nanomanufacturing strategies and challenges associated with working at the nanoscale will be provided. More detailed discussions on nanomanufacturing are included later in the course.

  • Q&A and Discussion (30 minutes)

Webinar 2: March 28th, 2012 (2 hours)
Case Study of Nanomaterial applications (issues relating to moving a nanomaterial out of the laboratory and ultimately into an application on a spacecraft), and Scale-up and Qualification (elements required to scale up and qualify a nanomaterial or a nanomaterial enabled device for flight)

  • Case Study of Nanomaterial applications
  • This module will cover issues relating to moving a nanomaterial out of the laboratory and ultimately into an application on a spacecraft. Nanomaterials and devices have been flown on small, experimental satellites (ex. Cubesats) for some time. The focus of this module is the path to insertion on large, long duration missions that may also carry humans. These missions are usually run by the large aerospace primes and involve teams from a variety of organizations.

    The module will cover navigating the so-called “Valley of Death”, the roles and responsibilities of individuals from the laboratory through final assembly and test, stakeholders and champions, roadmaps and their use and will culminate in a case study of a material through laboratory discovery, development, qualification and ultimate application on a spacecraft scheduled for flight.

  • Scale-up and Qualification
  • This module will cover the elements required to scale up and qualify a nanomaterial or a nanomaterial enabled device for flight. The definition of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), with examples of nanomaterials and devices, will be presented along with the definition of Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) and how the two relate to one another. The status of Manufacturing Readiness Levels, as they relate to nanomaterials, will also be discussed

Webinar 3: March 29th, 2012 (2 hours)
Look to the Future (A look at where nanotechnology is headed within the next thirty years – Trends and rough timelines)

  • This module will take a look at where nanotechnology is headed within the next thirty years. Trends and rough timelines will be discussed. With every cutting edge technology, the affordability crisis must be considered. A practical look at some of the issues associated with introducing nanotechnology into future missions will be presented. This will be followed by examples of specific future capabilities, some highly innovative and challenging, that may result from exploiting nanotechnology.


Dr. Sharon Smith

Dr. Sharon SmithDr. Sharon Smith is currently the President and CEO of S & W Arts and Technologies, LLC, a consulting company primarily in the area of nanotechnology. She is the former Director of Advanced Technology at Lockheed Martin Corporation and led Lockheed Martin's Steering Groups on MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nanotechnology during much of 2001-2009...

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Dr. Steve Winzer

Dr. Steve WinzerDr. Steve Winzer is a retired Lockheed Martin Fellow. During his 36 years at Lockheed Martin he has led R&D projects in electronic ceramics, MEMM, and Nanotechnology enabled devices and subsystems for sonar, adaptive optics, sensors and high temperature materials. His focus was the development and implementation of these devices into products for aerospace and defense applications and covered the range...

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Dr. Wade Adams, Director, Smalley Institute

Dr. Wade Adams, Director, Smalley InstituteAs Director of the Smalley Institute, Dr. Wade Adams is responsible for providing the vision and direction needed to achieve the Institute's short and long-term goals, ensuring effective execution of the Institute's initiatives, and promoting the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and components...

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