Tane Boghozian


Senior Research Scientist

Tane Boghozian is a senior research scientist contract employee with Analytical Mechanics Associates, INC. (AMA). She joined NASA Ames research center as an intern in 2007 and became a full-time contract employee in 2008. She holds B.S. from Isfahan University in Iran and M.S. in Organic Chemistry from San Jose State University. She has extensive experience working on TPS material processing, characterization, research, development, and high-temperature polymer synthesis and characterization. She has recently been involved in formulation and processing techniques for printable ablators in collaboration with JSC and ORNL through a NASA Early Career Initiative (ECI) project.

2023 ACS Fall POLY: CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Development of Additive Manufacturing Technologies for 3D Printing of Spacecraft Heat Shields

Ablative heat shields are an enabling technology for entry into planetary atmospheres. The Additive Manufacturing of Thermal Protection Systems (AMTPS) project, an Early Career Initiative (ECI) funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and led by NASA Johnson Space Center, seeks to develop materials and processes for 3D printing ablative heat shields for spacecraft. Current methods for producing ablative heat shields are extremely labor intensive and require extensive hands-on processes and quality control characterization. Additive manufacturing (AM) offers the possibility of reduced production times, improved reliability, and enhanced performance via graded compositions. Direct integration of the heat shield onto the structure during processing simplifies integration and reduces risk. AM technology will be leveraged to grade the material formulation and properties through the thickness of the heat shield. A partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to enable full-scale fabrication of a 3D-printed heat shield.