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Chiang elected as Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dec. 29, 2010 — Dr. Kuang-Tsan (Ken) Chiang, a senior research scientist in Southwest Research Institute's® (SwRI®)Geosciences and Engineering Division, has been elected as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

AIAA Associate Fellows are individuals of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Chiang is one of 186 Associate Fellows who will be honored Jan. 4, 2011, during the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Chiang joined SwRI in 2003 and currently conducts research on corrosion degradation of radioactive waste containment systems and concrete structures, and high-temperature corrosion of nickel-based turbine disk alloys. He has more than 20 years of experience in aerospace materials and processes and expertise in material properties, fabrication processes, high temperature oxidation and corrosion, and protective coatings.

Chiang holds a bachelor's degree in physics from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, a master's degree in management of technology from The University of Texas at San Antonio and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of two book chapters and more than 70 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and reports. He holds five U.S. patents with four additional patents pending.

In addition to the AIAA, he is a member of ASM International; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS); American Vacuum Society; and NACE International.

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