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dc.contributor.authorHu, Minghuien
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:37:02Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:37:02Zen
dc.date.issued1995-02-05en
dc.identifier.otheretd-06082009-170731en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42880en
dc.description.abstract

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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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1995.H8.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
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dc.subjectcomputer programsen
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1995.H8en
dc.titleMaintaining NASTRAN: the politics and technics of aerospace computingen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentScience and Technology Studiesen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineScience and Technology Studiesen
dc.contributor.committeechairDowney, Gary L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberCeruzzi, Paul E.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFuhrman, Ellsworth R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBurian, Richard M.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06082009-170731/en
dc.date.sdate2009-06-08en
dc.date.rdate2009-06-08en
dc.date.adate2009-06-08en


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