US MSU opens stitched composites
Mississippi State University (MSU) in the United States
recently opened a new research center dedicated to composite
materials and aerospace. The Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites
Development Centre at the MSU Advanced Composites Institute has
been set up by The Boeing Company, which donated lab equipment
and provided additional support for the center.
The center is named after pioneering National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) scientist Marvin B Dow. While
working at NASA Langley Research Centre, Dow worked with
McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, to develop advanced
stitched composite designs and manufacturing methods.
MSU presented Dow’s daughter, Heather, with a plaque
recognizing Marvin’s rich legacy in the field and his original
vision to conduct stitched composites research that will
revolutionise the way future aircraft are designed, built and
Housed at MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in
Starkville, the Advanced Composites Institute continues the
land-grant university’s legacy of innovation in aerospace and
materials research and development.