Asteroid Architecture: HEMI Graduate Student Charles El Mir Showcased in the Summer Issue of JHU Engineering Magazine

May 29, 2018 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

Congratulations to HEMI graduate student Charles El Mir on being featured in the Summer 2018 issue of JHU Engineering magazine! El Mir’s article speaks about his research on thermal fatigue as it relates to asteroids.

“Some asteroids are hundreds of kilometers across, and their structure might change over thousands of years or at the moment of impact. We’re trying to figure out something you could never replicate in a lab. That’s why my lab is our big computational cluster, a group of computers working together,” he says, referring to the Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center, jointly operated by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

El Mir also studies what happens in the hours after a large impact, modeling how material might be expelled but still interact with the asteroid’s gravitational field.

“We’re still at the very early stages of space exploration,” he says. “I feel that there’s no better challenge than outer space. I want to keep exploring.”

Click here to read the full article.


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