NASA is on the brink of creating an aviation transformation — improved aerodynamic performance through the use of a new metal alloy that will enable aircraft wings to bend and adapt to flight conditions while in the air instead of remaining in a fixed position.
The accelerated development of shape memory alloys, a cutting-edge, smart metal that can bend, change shape and then return to its original state like a stretched rubber band, has come about through the work of NASA Materials Research Engineer Othmane Benafan and his team.
“Othmane has taken something that people have worked on in the laboratory, and he has put it in the aerospace system,” said Rickey Shyne, director of research and engineering at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. “Whether moving aircraft wings or pointing satellites in space, shape memory alloys are a breakthrough technology.” …
The storm surge from tropical hurricanes causes most of the storm-related deaths in the United States, yet the National Weather Service’s long-used forecasting system typically focused on high winds, often falling short on providing reliable predictions and warnings for the public on impending coastal flooding.
Storm Surge Specialist Jamie Rhome and his team have radically changed this dynamic with the development of a new sophisticated model and warning system that more accurately predicts the storm surge two days before a hurricane’s landfall and is updated every six hours.
“Jamie Rhome has led the advancement of the science and operational modeling of storm surge, which has resulted in enhancing the ability of the National Weather Service to predict and warn of a storm surge days before deadly waters rise,” said Kenneth Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center. …
Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have recently developed policies to dramatically improve patient care, from providing individuals with greater access to their health records to changing physician payment incentives. But for these policies to have an impact, patients and doctors needed new tools, and resources to put them to use.
Shannon Sartin, executive director for the U.S. Digital Service at the Department of Health and Human Services, and her team, have led the development of numerous technological solutions for CMS to translate those policies into results.
“I can say, ‘Here’s where I want to go,’ and she has the vision for how to get us there,” said Seema Verma, the CMS administrator. “Now the whole private industry is following us. …