Dr. Newman received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University in 1974, and is currently the Richard H. Johnson Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Mississippi State University. His teaching is in the area of materials and aircraft structures; and his research is centered on experimental and computational aspects of crack growth and fracture behavior of metallic materials to develop material databases, models, and theories for fatigue life, durability and damage-tolerance analyses of aging commercial aircraft, and future aerospace materials and structures. He began his career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in the area of fatigue and fracture of metallic materials. He is a member and past officer in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture. He has been the chairman or co-chairman of 12 national or international symposia on fatigue and fracture, organized 8 workshops, and has edited or co-edited 11 books (ASTM Special Technical Publications). He has over 160 publications in journals and NASA reports. From 1980 to 1999, he worked on several teams to investigate problems in the Space Shuttle Transportation System (Thermal Protection System, Solid Rocket Motor, External Tank, and the Space Shuttle). During the 1990's, he was the technical manager of the fatigue and fracture research in the NASA Airframe Structural Integrity Program. He presented the Jerry L. Swedlow Memorial Lecture in 1996 at the ASTM Twenty-Eighth Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Symposium. In 1999, he presented the Seventeenth Fredrik J. Plantema Memorial Lecture at the International Congress on Aeronautical Fatigue (ICAF). He was chairman of the Fifth Joint NASA/FAA/DoD Conference on Aging Aircraft (2001). He also received the John W. Lincoln Medal from the U.S. Air Force in 2001. He has received other awards from NASA, ASTM, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Air Force and Boeing. He is continuing his fatigue and fracture research on metallic materials at Mississippi State University, where he has developed a Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory.
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