Marshall Center engineer awarded associate fellow status in AIAA aerospace
Dr. Michael L. Tinker, a structural dynamicist at NASA’s Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been named an associate fellow
in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Tinker works on inflatable structures technology and test methods for
International Space Station hardware in Marshall’s Engineering Directorate.
Tinker has been employed at Marshall since graduating from the Aerospace
Engineering Department at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., in 1989.
He has been involved in numerous space flight and research projects,
including the Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station, reusable
launch vehicle technology and lightweight deployable space structures.
A member of the American Institute for more than 18 years, Tinker first
joined the Auburn University student branch in 1982. He is active in
the organization, serving as vice-chair of the national Structural Dynamics
Technical Committee since 1999 – a committee he will chair in 2002.
He has also been a member of the national Adaptive Structures Technical
Committee for three years.
To qualify as an American Institute associate fellow, an individual
must have accomplished – or been in charge of important engineering
or scientific work, work of outstanding merit or outstanding contributions
to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.
Nominees must be senior members and have at least 12 years of professional
Tinker has authored more than 40 technical publications, including
journal papers, conference papers and various NASA publications. He
has received two NASA Technical Innovation Awards for his research,
as well as numerous other awards.