John Glenn, from Cambridge, was the first to orbit the Earth. Neil Armstrong, from Wapakoneta, was the first to walk on the Moon. Judith Resnik, from Akron, was the second woman in space. Today, the NASA Glenn Research Center, near Cleveland, runs over 500 specialized research and test facilities.

Building better, faster jet engines

Aerospace engineers such as Ohio State University professor Jen-Ping Chen, Ph.D., depend on modeling and simulations of turbomachinery, the alternating sections of spinning and fixed blades in a jet engine’s compressor and turbine, because the multiple stages and extreme temperatures make it difficult to conduct experimental measurements.