Anti-Freezing Technology Wins NASA iTech Prize

Hadi Ghasemi, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, has received the NASA iTech prize for X-factor Innovations.

Ghasemi was one of three winners at NASA’s second iTech Forum, held earlier this month at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia. The forum was seeking ideas that may lead to products with the potential to benefit NASA and the nation.

Ghasemi was recognized for his discovery of an adaptive biologically inspired anti-icing material that can be applied to any surface.

The material can be useful to many industries from the aircraft industry – preventing ice buildup on plane wings – to the power industry where icing can cause power poles and transmission lines to collapse.