As a Rice student, Alan Chapman ’45 needs only 3 years to earn a degree with honors in mechanical engineering. He joins the faculty in 1946 at age 21 and teaches classes in heat transfer and thermodynamics at Rice for more than 60 years, winning 5 George R. Brown teaching awards over that span. Chapman, who as a youth wanted to be an aviator, plays a role in NASA's space program, helping develop life-support systems for Skylab, the nation's 1st experimental space station. He also helps develop the helmet visors worn by the 1st American astronauts to land on the moon.


Dr. Chapman
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