Dr. Catharine Fay is currently detailed as Associate Director for Structures and Materials in the Research Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She has served as Branch Head of the Advanced Materials and Processing since June 2017, Assistant Branch Head since 2012 as well as technical group leader of low TRL nanostructured materials at the NASA Langley Research Center. Her major responsibilities include planning, managing, directing, overseeing and producing results that significantly advance the priority NASA missions and strategic goals in materials synthesis, processing, characterization, modeling and application of polymers, metals, ceramics, composites and nanomaterials. Her research areas of expertise spanning 27 years in materials development programs include nanotechnology, advanced aircraft, space transportation, radiation shielding materials, and modeling combined with experimental validation. As technical group leader and program manager for the boron nitride nanotube development team (BNNT), she was responsible for development and demonstration of the critical technologies for lighter weight, higher temperature, and more radiation resistant materials which enable more affordable and longer duration missions. She has co-authored over 49 technical publications including journal articles, technical memorandums, preprints, reports and conference proceedings. Several patents/disclosures have been filed and awarded.
She holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a MS and PhD in Applied Science-Polymer Chemistry and Composite Materials from the College of William and Mary.