- R&D 100 Awards
Michael Meador, Ph.D., is the Nanotechnology Project Manager for NASA’s Game Changing Technologies Program, and is NASA’s liaison to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, the coordinating body for the National Nanotechnology Initiative. From 1988 to 2011, he was the Chief of the Polymers Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
In 2010, Dr. Meador led a NASA-wide team that developed the Nanotechnology Space Technology Roadmap, a 20+ year plan for the development and insertion of nanotechnology in future NASA missions. He has been responsible for project planning and advocacy, overseeing technical progress, developing external partnerships to advance and transfer technology, coordinating with other nanotechnology related activities within NASA, and interacting with program and senior agency management. He has also played a key role in representing NASA in the NNI’s interagency activities, including co-chairing its Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison and Innovation Working Group.
Dr. Meador received a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University and joined the NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center in 1983. He is an Adjunct Professor and member of the External Advisory Board in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University and a member of the Advancement Council for the University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering. He is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for High Performance Polymers and Nanotech Briefs, and is Member at Large for the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.
Dr. Meador has published more than 70 technical papers and holds six U.S. Patents in topics related to high-performance polymers, nonlinear optical materials and nanostructured polymeric materials.