Dr. Edward G. Keshock
I am a professor of engineering at Cleveland State University, located in Cleveland, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. It is an area rich in culture, home of the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra, several professional sports teams, some of the world’s finest medical hospitals, and the NASA Glenn Research Center – all located in the midst of a strong industrial and manufacturing industry stretching across Northeast Ohio. My primary scientific interests deal with thermal physics and fluid mechanics, particularly under the microgravity conditions typical of space systems. The principal benefit expected during my stay in Russia is to collaborate with Russian scientists who have been associated with Russia’s stellar space exploration program, and perhaps develop cooperative research proposals that may lead to conducting experiments on the International Space Station. In addition to having pure scientific and technical interests, I have had a long standing interest and appreciation of Russian culture, stemming from my Slavic and Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, whose language and musical culture are very similar to that of Russia. Additionally, due to my childhood remembrances of World War II, I have a strong interest in learning firsthand about the experiences of Russia and the Russian people during that time. My wife, Mary Jo, has a great interest in learning more about the medical systems and the nursing profession in Russia, coming after her extensive experiences in these matters in the CEE countries from 1995-1999. For relaxation I take great pleasure in various sporting activities (as much as my older body allows), including swimming, basketball, volleyball, cycling, and tennis. We look forward to the enjoyment of Russian folk music and dance, in addition to its strong tradition of excellence in ballet, classical music, and opera. Most importantly, we look forward to meeting and interacting with the Russian people.