Kim de Groh
Ms. Kim K. de Groh
Senior Materials Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
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Biography
Kim de Groh is a senior materials research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, where she has conducted research and mentored students for the past 24 years. Kim is internationally known as a technical leader in areas relating to the environmental durability of spacecraft materials. She is the Principal Investigator for 13 International Space Station experiments, and the Co-Principal Investigator for the new Materials International Space Station Experiment-X, or MISSE-X, project. Her research has impacted the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and is influencing spacecraft material design choices made by NASA and our nation’s space industry. Kim has received many awards and accolades for her scientific and mentoring contributions including NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award and the Society of Women Engineers’ Resnik Challenger Medal. In 2009, Kim de Groh was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Ted Strickland. (March 2013)
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Education
BS in Materials Science from Michigan State University in 1985 & MS in Materials Science from Michigan State University in 1987.
Latest Questions
  • Natta, Bangkok asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Hello, My name is Natta, you can call me "Best"( my nick name. I'm currently in year 13, and I'm really interested in material engineering. I'm trying to write my personal statement, however I kinda confused between chemical engineering and material engineering. What is the difference between these two. I'm scared that my personal statement will be more towards to the " chemical engineering "side. ( Sorry if my english isn't that good) Thank you in advance.
    Related to Chemical, Choosing a Degree, Materials, Preparation for College
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Hi Best,

    Materials engineering/materials science is more about understanding the fundamentals of materials themselves and how/why they perform the way they do.  It says at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that “Materials engineers develop, ...

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  • Kelly, Los Angeles asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hi Kim! I really want to take an engineering course but I still don't know which branch. Materials engineering interests me and I think it's cool. How do you compare materials engineering and chemical engineering? Was it easy for you to get a job? How about the salary compared to other engineering fields?
    Related to Chemical, Choosing a Degree, Materials
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hi Kelly,

    Materials engineering/materials science is more about understanding the fundamentals of materials themselves and how/why they perform the way they do.  As it says at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that “Materials engineers develop, ...

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  • Emma, Mills River

    Added Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Hello, my name is Emma. I am a 14 year old and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life. I have always thought space was fascinating, but of course, I never thought of that as a career. I am seriously considering being an engineer for NASA but not exactly sure what they do. What would I do if I wanted to get out in the field and learn and experiment, but not in labs. I really need career help but I know for sure I want to be in astronomical science.
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Hi, I am senior material research engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.   I think it is wonderful that you are fascinated with space, and it is great to hear you are considering a career in a space-related field. 

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