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K. Renee Horton, Ph.D.​TM

Dr.  K. Renee Horton currently serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer and Vertical Assembly Center POC at the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.  Renee has been affiliated with NASA starting in 2004-2011 as a student and recipient of NASA Graduate Research Fellowship followed by a NASA Harriet Jenkins Fellowship.  She started working at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 2012 as a full time employee.

Dr. Horton's dissertation work was completed on Self Reacting Friction Stir Welding, which is the welding used on the SLS Core Stage.  If you would like more information on Dr. Horton's dissertation titled "MICROHARDNESS, STRENGTH AND STRAIN FIELD CHARACTERIZATION OF SELF-REACTING FRICTION STIR AND PLUG WELDS OF DISSIMILAR ALUMINUM ALLOYS"  click here