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Xu Participates in NASEM Meeting of Experts

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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Jack Boden, communications specialist in NC State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

A professor in NC State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering participated in “High Temperature Electromagnetic Materials: A Meeting of Experts,” hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

Cheryl Xu, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, was invited by the Defense Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Standing committee of NASEM to deliver a seminar titled “Characterization of Material’s Electromagnetic and Infrared Properties at High Temperature and Metamaterial Design Enabling Transparency,” on March 2.

The meeting aimed to discuss the design of high temperature optical materials for future aerospace and planetary exploration along with other applications, such as the study of internal combustion.

The group of experts sought to identify areas where higher temperature optical material performance offers transformative enhancement of optical systems, expanding opportunities for research within terrestrial aerospace and space environments, as well as commercial applications such as heat engine development.

Xu does a variety of research in her group at NC State, including several research projects in advanced manufacturing of multifunctional ceramic materials focusing on electromagnetic properties and how to manufacture such materials for high temperature applications. Additionally, her group works on multiple projects in high temperature wireless sensing technology and artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques.

The meeting at NASEM focused on identifying shortcomings with electromagnetic materials in high temperature environments and extreme circumstances, while also discussing possible solutions for these challenges.