Stuart Williams
Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams from the University of Louisville Department of Mechanical Engineering will serve as science lead on proposed work from NASA Kentucky. The research, which will be done in orbit, is titled “Enhanced Science on the ISS: Influence of Gravity on Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Assembly in Colloids.”

The project will receive $100,000 from NASA EPSCoR throughout three years in partnership with the NASA ISS Program Office. The proposed work complements ongoing research conducted by this team on board ISS with the support of NASA Kentucky EPSCoR.

NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) announced these Kentucky research grants among 22 awards in EPSCoR states nationwide for research and technology development projects in areas critical to the agency’s mission, including nine that will be testing research onboard ISS.

Williams has been involved in international space station projects before. In 2015, he served as principal scientific investigator on a collaboration with scientists and engineers from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. The research on the space station was conducted to “yield insight into the physics of colloidal interactions.” 

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