Dr. W. Keith Belvin, Center Chief Technologist, Langley Research Center
Dr. W. Keith Belvin, Chief Technologist for the Langley Research Center (LaRC), is a member of the NASA Chief Technologists Council (CTC) and chair of the Langley Technology Council (LTC). The LTC is responsible for planning and coordinating center investments in high value technologies for future NASA missions. Belvin has over 30 years experience in the design and development of innovative space systems technology. Prior to this appointment, Belvin was a Principal Investigator (PI) in the Game Changing Development (GCD) program and managed development projects in advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, composite cryogenic tanks, lightweight materials and structures and electrodynamic tethers. Belvin is the NASA Langley Senior Researcher for Advanced Structural / Thermal Systems and has previously served as the Langley Chief Engineer for structures and materials.
Dr. Belvin led several multi-center teams to perform the conceptual design and sizing analysis for the Lunar Lander (Altair) and for the Crew Exploration Vehicle’s (CEV) “smart buyer” design. Working as a PI in GCD, and with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) on the CEV and the composite crew module (CCM) projects, Belvin has developed an extensive network of innovators and subject matter experts in industry, academia, and across the agency.
Dr. Belvin is also a major contributor to the large space systems and gossamer structures community with internationally recognized expertise in ultra-lightweight spacecraft design, analysis and test methods. He has designed and developed membrane antennas, deployable structures and solar sails for NASA and commercial missions. His current interests include space vehicle structures and mechanisms, large space apertures, deployable structures, structural dynamics and impact, flexible structure control, new material systems, and advanced manufacturing technology such as in space additive manufacturing.
Belvin received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech (1980), a MS degree in Engineering and Applied Science from George Washington University (1986), and a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado (1989). He has served as an adjunct professor with many universities and he continues to mentor doctoral students. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM). Belvin has received numerous awards, including NASA’s Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (2008) and NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in (2011). Since his boyhood, Belvin continues to enjoy water sports on Virginia’s York River and Chesapeake Bay.