NASA Langley Chief Scientist to Speak at North Carolina A&T

03/09/2017 College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley, for the Dean’s Distinguished Seminar Series.

On March 14, Bushnell will present on the topic, “Creativity: The Most Essential Core Capability for the Workplace of the Future.” He will share insights for enhancing creativity, ideation and innovation, as well as the valuable role of workplace culture in supporting creativity.

Bushnell has more than 50 years of experience as a research scientist, section head and his current position as chief scientist. His technical specialties include flow modeling and control across the speed range; advanced configuration aeronautics; aeronautical facilities; advanced power and energy; planetary exploration; and hypersonic airbreathing propulsion. He produced six Patents, more than 250 publications and major presentations, 350 invited lectures and seminars, numerous journal reviews and was special editor on Viscous Drag Reduction in Boundary Layers.

This ongoing seminar series brings speakers from industry, government and academia to share innovative advances and approaches anchored in engineering and computer science. The Department of Chemical, Biological and Bio Engineering is the host of Bushnell’s seminar.

N.C. A&T has long-held significant connections to NASA through its research programs, alumni and faculty. Alumnus Ronald McNair, who earned a degree in physics from A&T, was a NASA astronaut and only the second African American to fly in space before perishing in the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986.

Bushnell’s seminar is at 11 a.m., March 14, in McNair Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.