At the NASA Glenn Research Center, in partnership with U.S. industry, universities, and other Government institutions, we develop critical systems technologies and capabilities that address national priorities. Our world-class research, technology, and capability development efforts are keys to advancing space exploration of our solar system and beyond while maintaining global leadership in aeronautics. Our work is focused on technological advancements in space flight systems development, aeropropulsion, space propulsion, power systems, nuclear systems, communications, and human-related systems. Glennís main campus is situated on 350 acres adjacent to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It has more than 140 buildings that include 24 major facilities and over 500 specialized research and test facilities. In addition, Plum Brook Station, located 50 miles west of Cleveland, offers four large, world-class facilities for space technology and capability development on a 6400-acre installation. All Center capabilities are available for government and industry programs through Interagency or Space Act Agreements. The Glenn team consists of over 3100 civil service employees and support service contractor personnel. Scientists and engineers comprise more than half of our workforce, while technical specialists, skilled workers, and an administrative staff support them. We aggressively strive for technical excellence through continuing education, increased diversity in our workforce, and continuous improvement in our management and business practices so that we can expand the boundaries of space and aeronautics technology. The Centerís activities support all NASA missions and the major programs of our Agency. We contribute to economic growth and national security by developing technology for safe, superior, and environmentally compatible U.S. aircraft propulsion systems. Glenn leads NASA's research in the fields of fluids, combustion, and reacting flow systems, including gravity variation. Glenn also leads in the testing and evaluation of materials and structures for atmospheric and space environments by utilizing our first-rate facilities and world-class researchers. Almost every space shuttle science mission has had an experiment managed by Glenn, and we have conducted a wide array of experiments on the International Space Station. Knowledge generation and management are among our most important activities. Our annual Research & Technology report helps make this knowledge available to potential users in the technical community. This report is organized such that a broad cross section of people can readily use it. Each article begins with a short introductory paragraph and continues with a summary of the progress made during the year in various scientific and technical areas. I hope that this information is useful to you. If additional information is desired, you are encouraged to contact the researchers identified at the end of each article and to visit Glenn's Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/glenn/.
Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., Ph.D.
Glenn Senior Management
Last updated: December 13, 2007
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