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Philip T.



Faculty Details

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1985
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1973


Heat Transfer, Contamination Engineering, Spacecraft and Instrument Technology, and Computer Simulation.

Subjects Taught: 

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Chemical Engineering Analysis

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Appointment and Affiliations
1998 - Present, Senior Staff, Contamination and Coating Engineering Branch, NASA/GSFC.
2007 - Present, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, Howard University.
1990 -1998, Contamination Engineering Section Head, NASA/GSFC.
1989 -1990, Contamination & Thermal Coating Manager, McDonnell Douglas Space System.
2003 -2004, Howard University and Johns Hopkins University, NAFP Fellow.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
2014 NASA Exceptional Service Medal
2014 NASA Group Achievement Award, The MAVEN Team
2011 NASA Group Achievement Award, Laser Risk Reduction Program
2009 NASA Group Achievement Award, JWST Project Team
2008 NASA Group Achievement Award, STEREO COR1 Science and Engineering Team
2007 NASA Group Achievement Award, Space Technology 5 Team
2003 NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program Fellow
1995 NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Representative Publications
1. Arzoumanian, Chen, et al., "The Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER): mission definition", SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 22-27, 2014.
2. Petro, Chen, et al., "MAVEN Contamination Venting and Outgassing Analysis", 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana IEEE, March 1-4, 2014.
3. Robert Osiander, et al. (editors), "MEMS and Microstructures in Aerospace Application", Chapter 9 (thermal control) and Chapter 13 (handling & contamination), CRC, Taylor & Francis, 2006.
4. Thompson, Chen, et al., “The COR1 Inner Coronagraph for STEREO-SECCHI”, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Waikoloa, HI, August 22-28, 2002.
5. Manning, Chen, et al., "Return Flux Experiment; Reflex: Spacecraft Self-contamination", 2002 SPIE International Symposium, Seattle, WA, July 7-11, 2002.
6. Chen, et al., "Applying Contamination Modeling to Spacecraft Propulsion System Designs and Operations", Journal of Spacecraft and rockets, Volume 38, No. 3, Pages 388-392, May-June, 2001.
7. Chen, "Contamination Effects due to Space Environmental Interactions”, AIAA 39th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, January 8-11, 2001.
8. Chen, et al., "New Contamination Engineering Technology of Active On-orbit Surface Cleaning", 2000 SPIE International Symposium, San Diego, CA, July 31-Augist 4, 2000.


2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March, 1 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

Professor Dr. Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May, 24 2016

Dr. Ramesh Chawlaof the College of Engineering and Architecture's Chemical Engineering Department has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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