STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Chad Barklay

Four STEMM Idol Speakers are scheduled to meet and talk with students during the month of October. Next up is Dr. Chad Barklay, Ph.D., a distinguished research scientist from the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), who visits this Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Students are invited to come learn how UDRI supports space exploration missions by enabling safe, reliable, and long-lasting power sources. Presentations take place during all homeroom periods in the Trainor Library.

Dr. Barklay specializes in unique high-temperature testing, working with a special team of fellow engineers to subject materials, processes and space components to temperatures of up to 1500 °C -- approximately three-tenths the temperature on the surface of the sun!

Over more than 25 years working in the engineering and space field, Dr. Barklay has earned awards from institutions including NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Argonne National Laboratory.

He also dedicated part of his life to serving his country, having retired as a Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds four degrees from Wright State University, the University of Dayton (2), and the U.S. Naval War College, where he was named a Mahan Scholar.

This STEMM Idol Speaker presentation is in conjunction with World Space Week 2014, which is being celebrated Oct. 4-10. Learn more about the celebration at, and add the following upcoming speakers to your calendar.