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Bob Ash

  • Bob Ash
  • Professor & Eminent Scholar
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • 1315 Engr and Comp Sci Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4914
  • rash@odu.edu
  • Education

    Tulane University, 1968
    Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., Thermo/Fluids
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Tulane University, 1966
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    Kansas State University, 1963
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Vortical flows, non-equilibrium phenomena, space systems, Mars resources
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Professional Engineer
    Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia
    Date Obtained: 1976-07-01
    Expiration Date: 2014-05-31
    Secret Clearance
    Date Obtained: 2002-01-01
    Expiration Date: 2002-12-31
  • Expertise

    Aerospace Engineering
    Space Systems Engineering/ Mars Exploration / Wright Brothers' Flyers / Airplane Wake Hazards / Extraterrestrial Resources
  • Charles T. Main Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Honor Societies
  • NASA Group Achievement Award
  • NASA Tech Briefs
  • Outstanding Faculty, Old Dominion University
  • Pletta Medal, Virginia Society of Professional Engineers
  • Professional Engineer of the Year in Tidewater, Virginia
  • Who's Who in Engineering
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Low-cost Wireless Spacecraft Bus
    Sponsoring Organization: MIST
    Date: 2006 - 2007
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Flight Experiment Payload Development for Suborbital Launch Vehicle
    Sponsoring Organization: Innovative Business Solutions, Clearwater, Florida
    Date: January, 2006 - December, 2006
    Investigators:Newman, B. A.; Ash, R. L.
    Undergraduate Sounding Rocket Project
    Sponsoring Organization: Innovative Business Solutions, Inc.
    Date: 2004 - 2006
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Maglev Demonstrable Engineering Prototype project
    Sponsoring Organization: Federal Railroad Admin.
    Date: 2003 - 2005
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Flight Experiment Payload Development for Suborbital Launch Vehicle
    Sponsoring Organization: Innovative Business Solutions, Clearwater, Florida
    Date: January, 2005 - June, 2005
    Investigators:Newman, B. A.; Ash, R. L.
    Wright Flyer Testing Program
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 2000 - 2002
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Mars Oxygen Separation
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1990 - 1996
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Vortex Wake Modeling
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1989 - 1996
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Advanced Space System Design
    Sponsoring Organization: USRA
    Date: 1986 - 1995
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Transonic Hot Wire Measurements
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Center for Commercial Space Infrastructure
    Sponsoring Organization: Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: March 1, 1992 - March 1, 1993
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Unal, R.; Reed, B.; Ash, R. L.
    Numerical Nozzle Plume Study
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1989 - 1992
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Vortex Stability
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1984 - 1992
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Smart Pressure Sensors
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1985 - 1990
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Mars Oxygen Processor
    Sponsoring Organization: Planetary Society
    Date: 1986 - 1988
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Temperature Sensor Research
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1985 - 1988
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Heat Exchanger
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1985 - 1986
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Vorticular Structure/Drag Reduction
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1981 - 1985
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Turbulent Wall Pressure Simulation
    Sponsoring Organization: ONR
    Date: 1981 - 1984
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    In Situ Propellant Production
    Sponsoring Organization: JPL
    Date: 1980 - 1984
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Pressure-Boundary Layer Interaction
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1979 - 1980
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Compliant Wall Drag Reduction
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1972 - 1977
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Thermal Radiation Simulation
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1971 - 1972
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.
    Thermocouple Research
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 1970 - 1971
    Investigators:Ash, R. L.