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Doctoral student to speak at International Astronautical Congress in Germany

Blaze HeckertOn his first foray outside of the country, OSU-Tulsa doctoral student Blaze Heckert will be a featured speaker at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany Oct. 1-5.

Heckert, who is pursuing a doctorate in materials science and engineering, was selected to discuss his research into improving materials used in aerospace components to better absorb energy and reduce vibration.

“Aerospace components are used in high stress areas so we want to make them to be safer and last longer,” he said.

Heckert, who has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s in polymer chemistry, will give a 12-minute technical talk on his research. His participation and trip are being sponsored by NASA.

The International Astronautical Federation is a global network of experts and global leaders in different fields of space. Heckert was selected as a presenter from among 4,336 abstracts submitted worldwide.

To learn more about the IAF, visit the organization's website.

 

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