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Demos, briefings highlight 68th SwRI annual meeting

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San Antonio — Feb. 22, 2016 — Today at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors, scientists and engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) highlighted six of the more than 4,000 projects they conduct annually. Many of the attendees also toured facilities for first-hand demonstrations of project work.

“The breadth of the science and technology that the engineers and scientists at SwRI conduct is quite remarkable,” said Board Chairman Milton B. Lee, who presided at the meeting. “The projects that we get to hear about, and the demonstrations we see today are just a glimpse of the innovative solutions to real-world problems that are worked on every day out here. I am honored to be an integral part of one of the foremost research and development organizations in the world.”

Lee and David S. Zachry were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of SwRI’s Board of Directors. Lee, retired general manager and CEO of CPS Energy, was Board vice chairman from 2014 to 2015. Both Lee and Zachry, CEO of the Zachry Corp., joined the SwRI Board in 2007.

Staff presented technical programs on a diverse range of subjects, from the SwRI-led New Horizons mission to Pluto, to SwRI lubricant research that helps modern vehicle engines be more efficient, and the Institute’s program in large-scale robotics development. Other highlights included a project overview using SwRI-developed software to understand man-made earthquakes and the latest findings on NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission to study magnetic reconnection. SwRI is also helping improve solar power and other green technologies.

Attendees also were treated to live, up-close demonstrations of the Institute’s capabilities in automated vehicles, guardrail crash testing, and fire technology.

Additionally, SwRI President Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., announced that former astronaut Col. Eileen Collins, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), and Mark Mays, principal, Mays Family Enterprises Inc., were elected to SwRI’s slate of Advisory Trustees.

Hamilton was re-elected president, just the fourth person to hold that position since the Institute was founded in 1947.

The re-election of Institute officers was also announced. In addition to Hamilton, SwRI officers include: Walter D. Downing, P.E., executive vice president; Beth Ann Rafferty, CPA,CFO, vice president–finance, and Institute secretary; John W. McLeod, vice president and general counsel; and Linda M. Boehme, CPA, treasurer and assistant Institute secretary.

Also re-elected are Vice Presidents Kenneth H. Bennett, Applied Physics; Dr. James L. Burch, Space Science and Engineering; Susan B. Crumrine, Automation and Data Systems; Danny M. Deffenbaugh, Mechanical Engineering; Paul D. Easley, Facilities and Services; Dr. Michael G. MacNaughton, P.E., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Steven D. Marty, P.E., Fuels and Lubricants Research; Mary C. Massey, P.E., Applied Power; Dr. Wesley C. Patrick, Geosciences and Engineering; Nils Smith, P.E., Defense and Intelligence Solutions; and Daniel W. Stewart, P.E., Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research.

Event:

68th Annual Meeting of Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors of Southwest Research Institute®, including six presentations on key SwRI research programs.

Date:

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Time:

Annual meeting begins at 9 a.m. Media are invited to attend technical presentations. Best access to interview presenters will be after 12:30 p.m.

Place:

Southwest Research Institute
Administration Building, first on left from main gate
6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238.

Special Media Availability:

SwRI experts are available for interviews and to answer questions about the Annual Meeting presentations after 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Please contact Deb Schmid to RSVP or to schedule an earlier visit. Please check in at the security entrance at 6220 Culebra Rd. where you will be directed to the SwRI Administration Building and escorted to demonstration sites or for interviews. B-roll available upon request. 

For more information, contact Rob Leibold, (210) 522-2258, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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Milton B. Lee, Chairman
Milton B. Lee, Chairman
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David S. Zachry, Vice Chairman
David S. Zachry, Vice Chairman
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President Adam L. Hamilton, P.E.
Southwest Research Institute President Adam L. Hamilton, P.E. welcomes nearly 200 attendees to the 68th Annual Meeting of the Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors on February 22. At the meeting, scientists and engineers highlighted six of the more tha
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Image of Pluto from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image
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Wright Mons
Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have assembled the highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of the distant planet by the passing New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. At about 90 miles (150 kil
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combustor rig to evaluate a novel SwRI-developed concept to maximize the efficiency of solar power plants
We designed and built this combustor rig to evaluate a novel SwRI-developed concept to maximize the efficiency of solar power plants.
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3DStress® software
SwRI is using its award-winning 3DStress® software to simulate seismic activity related to wastewater injection wells. In these simulations, red indicates the geologic fault regions most likely to slip. The analyses indicate that the potential for earthqu
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technique to measure the frictional response of lubricants, coatings, and components in a working internal combustion engine.
SwRI engineers have developed unique techniques to measure the frictional response of lubricants, coatings, and components in a working internal combustion engine.
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large-scale automated robot paint system
SwRI delivered a large-scale automated paint system to the Red River Army Depot. The multi-robot system can paint up to 40 ground vehicles a day.
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MMS launch from Cape Canaveral
SwRI leads the science investigation for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. Launched from Cape Canaveral on March 12, 2015, the four MMS spacecraft have achieved the tightest flying formation ever flown in Earth orbit as they probe the bounda