Modular Damage Detection For Expandable Structures

The 2020 CIF funded Modular Composite Damage Detection System (MCDDS) aims to advance the technology of damage detection in composites in the areas of thin, flexible damage detection panel construction, encapsulation techniques in composite matrixes, innovative integration and interfacing techniques with flexible embedded sensory panels, repair methods of composite materials, and improved packaging of the MCDDS.

Mark Lewis received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. Mr. Lewis has over 30 years of experience at NASA and currently serves as the Technical Integration Manager for Moon to Mars activities in Exploration Research & Technology Programs at KSC. Mr. Lewis began his career at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) as an electrical engineer providing avionics, electronics, instrumentation, and software design support for many spaceflight payload experiments. Later, Mr. Lewis transferred to KSC and served as a Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Project Engineer for the Space Shuttle Program. He has extensive systems engineering and integration expertise and research experience developing damage detection, health management, and robotic systems at KSC. He has flight hardware development experience including satellite servicing and microgravity physical science experiments. Mr. Lewis is listed as an inventor on seven patents.

Tracy L. Gibson received the B.S. in chemistry from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana in 1992 and the Ph.D. in chemistry from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida in 1999.
Since 2003 he was worked as a contractor at Kennedy Space Center and is currently a Subject Matter Expert 2 for the Laboratory Support Services and Operations II Contract. He has supported numerous research projects, including projects related to materials development and in-situ resource utilization and has research experience in developing methods for the capture and processing of the Martian atmosphere and converting waste products into fuels. He also has research experience in the development of self-healing materials for aerospace applications, novel magnetic materials, damage detection systems, as well as development of systems for intelligent thermal management. He has extensive experience in sensor development and testing. He holds multiple U.S. Patents and is also listed as an innovator on more than 90 NASA New Technology Reports.

Dr. Gibson has received numerous awards while at Kennedy Space Center, including the NASA STS-115 Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree Award in 2006, NASA KSC Engineer/Scientist of the Year Award, Contractor Category in 2009, the NASA Exception Public Service Medal in 2010, the NASA Silver Achievement Medal in 2014, and the 2020 Outstanding Chemical Professional, Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society.

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