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McNAIR Center

Our Staff

It's the talent and passion of our research experts, combined with the strength of our technology and industry partnerships, that truly make the McNAIR Center a research leader in the aerospace industry. 

The dedicated McNAIR Center team is here to serve the needs of our industry partners and research collaborators. Contact us today.


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Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Director

Dr. Bayoumi has been actively involved in developing strong educational programs in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and nuclear engineering. He is currently serving as director of the McNAIR Center.  

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Angel Anderson, Administrative Coordinator

Angel Anderson serves as administrative coordinator for the Aerospace Degree Programs.   

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Wout De Backer - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Program Manager Robotic Additive Manufacturing

Wout’s research interest include continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic additive manufacturing, structural design of composites and aircraft design.

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Darun Barazanchy - Post-Doctoral Fellow / Project Manager

Darun’s main research focus is on aerospace structures and computational mechanics, this includes structural optimization, fiber steering and structural health monitoring.

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Andrew Eulberg, Associate Engineer - Composites

Andrew manages the supply chain for the Automated Fiber Placement machine and sample manufacturing researchers as well as head up the integration of new industry technologies into the lab's existing equipment. 

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Danielle Gadow, Administrative Coordinator

Danielle Gadow serves as administrative coordinator for the McNAIR Center.  

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Thomas Hartmann, Associate Engineer - Fabrication

 Thomas Hartmann joined the McNAIR staff as an associate engineer. He is responsible for the McNAIR machine shop and supports all research activities.  

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Rhea Matthews, Research Scientist

Rhea Matthews is a research scientist involved with the Center for Predictive Maintenance.

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Robert Moore, Lab Technical Manager

Robert supports the McNair Center with mechanical design, fabrication, and integration of new technologies.

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Jaspreet (Jessie) Pandher, Graduate Student (PhD) / Project Manager

Jessie is a PhD graduate student at the SmartState Center for Multi-Functional Materials and Structures (MFMS).

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Burton Rhodes, Chief Engineer

Burton Rhodes joined the McNAIR staff as lead equipment technician and laboratory manager and manages all lab activities for the McNAIR Center.