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Dr. Rodrick V. Chima

Rodrick V. Chima joined the staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center in August, 1978.

Dr. Chima is currently a member of the Inlets and Nozzles Branch where he develops computer software for analyzing integrated inlet and compressor systems. His programs are widely used by NASA, universities, and industries to predict the performance of aircraft engine components such as fans, compressors, and turbines.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Dr. Chima graduated from the University of Akron where he earned an M. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1978.

Dr. Chima has presented technical lectures at many companies and universities, including ONERA, the French Space Agency. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 1990 he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement.

Dr. Chima is the author or co-author of many technical papers and journal articles on computational fluid dynamics for turbomachinery. He is currently a member of the Inlets and Nozzles branch where he is developing computational models for inlet/fan integration.

Rod Chima retired from NASA Glenn Research Center on June 1, 2012, with 33 years, 9 months of service.

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