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|Type of Document
||Maintaining NASTRAN :the politics and technics of aerospace computing
||Master of Science
||Science and Technology Studies
|Downey, Gary L.
|Burian, Richard M.
|Ceruzzi, Paul E.
|Fuhrman, Ellsworth R.
|Date of Defense
This thesis describes a process of how NASA maintained the NASTRAN (NASA
Structural Analysis) computer program. Chapter one addresses my theoretical concern and
suggests to learn from both critical theorists and social constructivists. Chapters Two and
Three tell the story of NASA and NASTRAN, a computer program developed by NASA
for solving problems of airframes and space structures. The story of NASA and
NASTRAN demonstrates a structural imbalance between social groups of NASTRAN and
results in the revision of NASTRAN in favor of aerospace users. Chapter Four recounts
Feynman's concerns regarding the conflicts between managerial and engineering expertise.
I discuss these issues in light of the story of NASA and NASTRAN.
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