Advancing Test and Analysis Methods to Support Design by Removing Traditional Boundaries
Mary Baker, Ph.D., P.E.
President and Technical Director
ATA Engineering, Inc.,
San Diego, CA
Thursday, December 5, 2019
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Qualcomm Conference Center,
1st Floor, Jacobs Hall, UC San Diego
A major challenge in the mechanical design of structures, ground vehicles, and spacecraft is the effective use of measured data to define environments and past performance in predictive tools to ensure that a new design will perform successfully. Often new methods are needed to meet this challenge. At ATA we have found breaking down barriers to allow staff, ideas, software, and project contributions to flow freely across disciplines has helped catalyze the development of new methods. This presentation highlights projects and methods enabled using our interdisciplinary approach.
Dr. Mary Baker is President, Technical Director, one of the founders of ATA and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She received a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin and is a distinguished alumna of Caltech where she received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Mary has played a leadership role in bringing new methods in structural dynamics to aerospace projects, including the development and support of the Space Shuttle; the International Space Station; the Delta and Atlas Launch vehicles; the RL10A, B, C, and J-2X rocket engines; the Mars Curiosity Rover and Mars 2020 Rover; the James Webb Space Telescope; and most recently, new additively manufactured rocket engines. Throughout this project work, the role and focus of Mary and the ATA team has been on developing better methods to support design.