What's the old adage? "It's not rocket science." Regardless of whether you mean it figuratively or literally, as it turns out, there are a few things around here that actually ARE rocket science. LeTourneau University has some interesting new connections to NASA that have formed this Spring and Summer.
The Parrott Reflection Room
Dr. Jonathan Demko's Cold Work
As much as the Parrott Reflection Room honors NASA's past, current work being done with NASA by our engineering faculty and students continues this unique connection. LETU's Dr. Jonathan Demko, shown at right, is working with LETU students this summer on cryogenic research for NASA. In conjunction with the Cryogenics Test Laboratory of NASA's Kennedy Space Center (equipment shown below), the Thermal Energy Laboratory of LeTourneau University will be conducting independent research to validate NASA's measurements and methodologies in testing of thermal insulators.
Extensive testing on thermal insulators hasn't been done in the past in regard to extreme cold, and Dr. Demko and his students will work this summer to help NASA complete this important science.
Dr. Demko came to LETU this past fall after spending years working for both Sandia and Oak Ridge National Laboratories as well as working on the Superconducting Supercollider project. He is extremely respected in his field and has received a ton of recognition for his work. We are proud to have him on our team at LETU.
Welcome to LeTourneau, Dr. Byron Lichtenberg
See a brief video highlighting Dr. Lichtenberg's 1992 Space Shuttle Atlantis mission below.
We at LeTourneau University are prone to looking toward the heavens for many reasons. We often say that our students at LETU "don't see borders." That may just be an incredible understatement. It seems that the LETU dreamers and doers don't let anything stop them. Not extreme cold. Nor the constant pull of gravity that holds our feet to the ground.