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Matthiesen
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Matthiesen, Dr David Henry (1958-) American materials scientist payload specialist astronaut, 1994-1995.

Educated Illinois-Urbana; MIT.


NASA Official Biography

NAME: David H. Matthiesen (Ph.D.)
Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA:
Born August 31, 1958, in Blue Island, Illinois. Married to Mary Manger Matthiesen, Ph.D., of Woodbury, New York. One son. He enjoys golf, racquetball, downhill skiing, and reading. His father, Donald R. Matthiesen is deceased. His mother, Doris A. Flaws later remarried Carl L. Flaws and they reside in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Her parents, Wendell F. Manger and Jean M. Manger, reside in Woodbury, New York.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Harold L. Richards High School, Oak Lawn, Illinois in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1980, a master of science degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1982; and a doctorate of philosophy in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1988.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Senior Member: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and member: Space Processing Technical Committee; American Association for Crystal Growth; Materials Research Society; American Ceramic Society; American Society of Metals International (ASM); The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); Sigma Xi.

EXPERIENCE:
In 1993, Dr. Matthiesen joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is a Principal Investigator on the NASA funded Crystal Growth Furnace (CGF) for a project to investigate steady state segregation behavior in GaAs. This experiment flew on the first United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-1/STS-50) and is scheduled to fly again on the USML-2/STS-73 mission. In addition, Professor Matthiesen is Principal Investigator on a NASA funded investigation on the diffusion processes in molten semiconductors (DPIMS).

Professor Matthiesen received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988 for which his thesis was a comparison of the effects of microgravity and high strength magnetic fields on the crystal growth of electronic materials. After graduating from MIT, Dr. Matthiesen joined the Electronics Materials Department at GTE Laboratories, Incorporated as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. During this time he was Principal Scientist and then Principal Investigator for a joint US Air Force/GTE Labs/NASA project to investigate the transient growth of gallium arsenide in microgravity. This experiment flew on the first Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-1/STS-40) and on the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-1/STS-45) as part of the Get-Away-Special program.

Professor Matthiesen's teaching responsibilities include heat, mass and momentum transport in materials, thermodynamics, solidification theory and crystal growth. He is the faculty advisor for Senior theses, Special Projects and the CWRU Undergraduate Materials Society. Dr. Matthiesen is responsible for the supervision of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral research programs and for the design and construction of the Electronic Materials Crystal Growth Laboratory. His research emphasis is on developing the understanding of and insight to: the heat, mass and momentum transport in processing of materials; growth and characterization of electronic and other inorganic materials; and the development of unique material processing techniques such as applied magnetic fields and growth in the microgravity environment.

FEBRUARY 1995

Birth Place: Blue Island, Illinois.
Status: Inactive.


Born: 1958.08.31.

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  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

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