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  • Sochor, Mark

    Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair for Research Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics


    Dr. Mark Sochor is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Sochor is a clinically active emergency medicine physician and a researcher at the Center for Applied Biomechanics. He...

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  • Thornton, Kathryn C.

    Professor Emeritus


    Selected by NASA in May 1984, Thornton is a veteran of four space flights: STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993, and STS-73 in 1995. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA).

    Thornton was a mission specialist on the...

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  • Wadley, Haydn N.

    University Professor, Edgar Starke Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


    Dr. Wadley has very broad interests in materials science, mechanics and thermal transport. His current research explores high temperature thermal protection systems (thermal barrier coatings, liquid metal heat plates for hypersonic vehicle leading edges, jet blast deflectors) and new materials...

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  • Wood, Houston

    Professor


    Dr. Houston G. Wood is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received his B.A. and M.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia. Since 2009, he...

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  • Xu, Baoxing

    Assistant Professor


    Dr. Xu joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Virginia in the fall of 2014. He received his PhD in Mechanics and Materials from Columbia University in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Xi Chen. He then came to the University of Illinois at Urbana...

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