Bringing Science and Engineering to Safety

Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 12:00pm to 12:45pm

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Dr. Moussa will present a few examples of major safety problems where R&D was performed to solve them and where quantitative analyses were required to fend off industry’s resistance to acknowledge these problems. For example, he forewarned about aircraft fuel tank vulnerability prior to the TWA 800 disaster. This has gained him notoriety in the US and international media. He also will present unique software developed to address very specialized problems that have eluded industry so far such as the detonation of energetic materials that might cookoff during storage and the reactive dispersion in the atmosphere of the species that produced in such accidents.  This will be a multi-media presentation illustrated with slides, computer model outputs and a short video clip.  


Dr. N. Albert Moussa initially founded BlazeTech to perform R&D in the areas of fire and explosion. He has focused on combining theory and practice to bridge the gap between industry and academia. He worked on major problems in the chemical, utility and aerospace/defense industries. This broad experience has enabled BlazeTech to expand into energy, space and hypersonic flight. He received his B.S. from Stanford University and his MS and PhD from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has developed a unique 3-day professional course on aircraft fire hazards, protection and investigation that he has taught annually in the US and overseas. This course has been attended by delegates from industry, government and academia.  He has published widely including one book on flammability. His awards include presenting the joint SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture, the Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Section of the AIAA in 2000, best paper awards by SAE and ASEI, and various ASME citations. He served as AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, Associate Technical Editor of an ASME Journal and various national committees. 

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