AboutDr. Catharine C. Fay is a senior materials engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center and currently serves as both the technical group leader for the Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) Development Team and Assistant Branch Head of the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch. For the BNNT team, she provides technical management for the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanotechnology for aerospace applications. As Assistant Branch Head, Dr. Fay serves as a lead technical expert for materials synthesis, processing, analytical characterization and computational capabilities within the branch. Employed by NASA for over 20 years, she has specialized in monomer, polymer, and composite synthesis and characterization for advanced aerospace applications. She has co-authored 37 technical papers including journal articles, technical memorandums, preprints, and proceedings. Research areas of expertise include polymer synthesis, characterization, nanotechnology, aerospace applications, space transportation, radiation shielding materials, and modeling combined with experimental validation. Dr. Fay is responsible for development and demonstration of the critical technologies that will make NASA’s exploration, science, and discovery missions more affordable and more capable through research of low technology level nanostructured materials for lighter weight, higher temperature, and more radiation resistant materials which enable more affordable and longer duration missions.
Ph.D. Applied Science, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Specialization in Polymer Chemistry and Composite Materials, 1995.
M.S. Applied Science, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Specialization in Polymer Chemistry and Composite Materials, 1994.
B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 1985.