Dr. Harold Beeson has consulted with WHA for a number of years before officially joining the staff in 2019. After 28 years of service to NASA, Harold retired from his position as the chief of the materials and components laboratories office at NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Harold brings an impressive portfolio of past experience with forensic investigations. With NASA, he spent time investigating notable incidents like the Russian Mir space station fire, the Columbia shuttle accident, and the Challenger space shuttle explosion. In industry, he’s also investigated many different oxygen incidents involving a range of technologies from oxygen regulators to submersibles.
During his time at NASA, Harold also led the team that literally wrote the book on hydrogen safety for NASA, which was later adapted into AIAA guide to hydrogen systems. He was also involved in joint training efforts between WHA and NASA to teach safety courses on composite-overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV).