Paradigm Shift Institute 2006-Present Director Proposed nonprofit laboratory dedicated to education, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the solution of national and global crises. Klein Independent School District 2001-Present Advanced Placement and Honors Physics Instructor Physics and chemistry teaching, Education research in learning methods for science and mathematics Lone Star Space Access Corporation/Dynamica Research 1995-Present President and CEO, Chief Scientist Aerospace engineering consulting; Technology products research and development. Launch vehicle and systems design, analysis, and development. Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion Research and Development. Materials and Structures Research and Development. System engineering and technology consulting. Educational consulting. Advanced Management Technology Incorporated 1994-1995 Program Manager for Software and Hardware Performed program management for an $800M government weather monitoring system research and development project. Dual Incorporated, Arlington, VA 1993-1994 Scientific and Technical Director, Technology Group Formulated the charter, organizational structure, and business plan of Technology Group. Consulted on technology transfer and implementation issues. Wrote two Small Business Innovative Research proposals to NASA and DOD. Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co., Houston, TX 1990-1993 Senior Engineer/Physicist Performed computational modeling of rocket plume impingement by the Space Shuttle reaction control system jets on another vehicle for real-time proximity operations simulations; acted as the chief expert on plume physics issues. Designed a lunar-based gravitational wave antenna. Phillips Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM 1989-1990 National Research Council Associate Researched computational geometrodynamics, spacetime geodesy for the Global Positioning System, spacetime structure, quantum gravity, smoothed-particle hydrodynamics, and magnetohydrodynamics.
Mastery learning / 5E lessons/ Student-centered, hands-on
Air Force Weapons Laboratory Fellowship 1988 National Research Council Associate 1989 NASA Award for Engineering Excellence 1994 KTRK Businessman of the Month 1999 Klein Forest Science Teacher of the Year 2003 Klein Education Foundation Grant 2003 Klein Education Foundation Grant 2009 Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers 2010 Runner-up HEB Teaching Excellence Award 2010
Ph.D., Physics University of Texas, Austin, TX 1989 B.S., Physics/Mathematics Carnegie-Mellon University 1980 Teacher Certification LeTourneau University 2008
Dr. Norman LaFave has spent the last thirty years as a scientist, engineer, educator, and author. He has done science and engineering work for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, NASA, the FAA, and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition, he founded an engineering consulting company, Dynamica Research, that specialized in space launcher design. An interest in the education of young people and the innovation of teaching methods in science has led him to a high school classroom, where he is currently involved in the development of a creative engineering concept to teach and inspire at-risk students. Dr. LaFave has a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded an Air Force Weapons Laboratory Fellowship, a National Research Council Associateship, the NASA Award for Engineering Excellence, an FAA Project Management Award, and the Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers for 2010. He has authored both fiction and nonfiction books. Dr. LaFave resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Jillian and Brock. He has a keen interest in the arts, literature, and public policy.