Podcaster: Ralph Carruth
Organization: The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at The University of Central Arkansas
Description: In 1978 Ralph Carruth accepted a position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Advanced Concepts Group conducting research in electric propulsion, particularly ion thrusters. He led advances in measurement of thruster charge-exchange plasmas and their interaction with materials, systems and particularly high voltage spacecraft systems. After almost 2.5 years he moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and worked electric propulsion and the effects of the space environment and spacecraft induced environments on spacecraft materials and systems. Accepting positions of increasing responsibility, he became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2002. He was Manager of the Materials and Processes Laboratory from 2004 until being named Manager of Test Laboratory at MSFC in 2011. He has had significant involvement in such programs as Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, Tethered Satellite System, Shuttle-Mir, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Space Launch System (SLS).
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Bio: The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at The University of Central Arkansas is incorporates outreach, demonstrations, tutoring and guest speakers into our SPS Chapter.
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