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AE Ph.D. Candidate Speaks at AAIMS

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ekaterina (Katya) Bostaph, a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, was selected as a speaker at AAIMS (Aviation & Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Summit) in Dallas on October 16 as a memberEkaterina Bostaph of a panel discussion on Attracting Women to Aerospace and Leadership.

Other panel speakers at the Summit included Bill Boisture, CEO Beechcraft;  David Chesebrough, President, The Association for Enterprise Information; Ed Dolanski, President and CEO, Aviall; Gordon England, President, E6 Partners LLC; Alan Epstein, VP, Pratt & Whitney; and Claire Leon, VP, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, to name a few. 

Bostaph is a research assistant at the world-class Advanced Materials and Structures Lab (AMSL). The newly created facility recently was recognized by the Office of Naval Research. The focus of her research at AMSL is on identifying and characterizing manufacturing defects in composites using computed tomography scanning to assess the performance and lifecycle of aerospace structures.

A native of Russia, Bostaph began pursuing her Ph.D. at The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 and later transferred to UTA to continue her studies. She holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Samara State Aerospace University in Russia. Previously she worked as an intern and later as a design engineer at Progress State Research and Production Space Centre, also known as TsSKB-Progress.

Upon completion of her Ph.D. program, Bostaph expects to pursue a career in aerospace in the United States.