McGaw Technology, Inc.



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                        Michael A. McGaw




Experienced operating a successful technology-driven small business, producing state-of-the-art real-time data acquisition and control systems for the materials testing marketplace.  Accomplished project and program manager, adept at leading groups of engineers in multi-year, multi-million dollar research and development activities.  Led projects directly supporting aircraft gas turbine engine and rocket engine propulsion systems.  International reputation in fatigue and fracture of materials with extensive publication record.



1990  Case Western Reserve University              Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering

1988  Case Western Reserve University              M.S., Mechanical Engineering

1981  Michigan State University           B.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Professional experience


1995-Present                 McGaw Technology, Inc.                      Fairview Park, OH


n     Directed software product development - TESTExpress® software family: real-time data acquisition and control for materials testing.

n  Provider of materials testing solutions.  Numerous defining applications, including advanced argon pressure control system, development of state-of-the-art digital closed loop controls for a four axis material and structural test system.

1981-1995                NASA Glenn Research Center                        Cleveland, OH

Senior Materials Research Engineer

n     Program Manager, Advanced Subsonics Technology program.  Responsible for planning, advocating and program implementation supporting commercial aircraft gas turbine engine technology. (1994-1995)

n     Chairman, Fatigue, Fracture and Life Working Group for Space Shuttle Main Engine Durability program. Identified critical life-limiting phenomenon in rocket propulsion systems, resulting in aggressively increased annual program funding from $300K to $1.7M over three years. (1990-1993)

n     Contract Manager:  Directed multiple contract R&D efforts resulting in new, advanced theoretical and computational techniques for analysis of composite structures. Directed contract R&D efforts in characterization and modeling of advanced aircraft turbine engine materials resulting in a revision of industry design systems for turbine engines.

n     Directed extensive research investigations identifying and modeling various effects (prestraining, load sequencing, environment, etc.) on the fatigue behavior of superalloys.

n     Fatigue Laboratory Manager.  Directed the development of the High Temperature Fatigue and Structures Laboratory at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, doubling the number of testing systems and conceiving, developing and deploying comprehensive test automation.  Responsible for all phases of experimental work, including development of apparatus, techniques, and training of all laboratory personnel.  (1981-1987).

Professional Activities, memberships


American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

n     Chairman: Task Group E08.05.07 on Thermomechanical Fatigue

n     Secretary: Subcommittee E08.05 on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation

n     Chairman: 4th ASTM Symposium on Thermomechanical Fatigue (Nov. 2001)

International Standards Organization (ISO)

n     U.S. Representative: ISO/TC164/SC5/WG9 on Thermomechanical Fatigue

Community activities


Past Member, Fairview Park Board of Education, elected to two terms

President, Fairview Park Board of Education, 1993-1995



1995      Silver Snoopy Award, presented by Astronaut Corps

1991      NASA Glenn representative to NASA Excellence Award (later, Baldridge Award)

1989      Manned Space Flight Awareness, presented by Astronaut Corps



Approximately 50 publications, most recent examples include:

Halford, G.R., Lerch, B.A., and McGaw, M.A.: “Fatigue, Creep-Fatigue, and Thermomechanical Fatigue Life Testing”, ASM Handbook, Volume 8, Mechanical Testing and Evaluation, H. Kuhn and D. Medlin, Eds.  ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio, 44073-0002, 2000, pp. 686-716.  (Invited chapter)

Renauld, M.L., Scott, J.A., Favrow, L.H., McGaw, M.A., Marotta, D., and Nissley, D.M.: “An Automated Facility for Advanced Testing of Materials,” Applications of Automation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing and Analysis, ASTM STP 1411, A. A. Braun, P. C. McKeighan, M. A. Nicolson, and P. R. Lohr, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002 (In publication)

Kalluri, S.,  McGaw, M.A., and Halford, G.R.: “Fatigue Life Estimation Under Cumulative     Cyclic Loading Conditions,” Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics: 31st Volume, ASTM STP 1389, G.R. Halford, J.P. Gallagher, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 2000, pp. 94-109.


A complete bibliography can be found here.





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