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For Release: Feb. 21, 1996
Catherine E. Watson BR> (804) 864-6122
Release No. 96-006

Microelectronics For 'Faster, Better, Cheaper' Science Missions

Dr. Carl A. Kukkonen, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Space Microelectronics Technology, will present an overview of JPL's research and development programs in microelectronics and microinstruments and describe their applications in the space and earth sciences.

Kukkonen will speak Friday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, Hampton, Va. Microsensors, microinstruments and advanced microelectronics are key technologies for the faster, better, cheaper science missions envisioned by NASA for the 21st Century.

The JPL Center for Space Microelectronics Technology in Pasadena, Calif. conducts research and development in microsensors and microinstruments, detectors, and high performance computing. The center is sponsored by NASA and the Department of Defense to develop advanced technology for space mission applications.

Prior to joining JPL in 1984, Kukkonen was at Ford Motor Co. where he assessed the prospects of hydrogen as an alternative automotive fuel, and designed and developed a direct injection diesel engine. Kukkonen earned his doctorate in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1975.

There will be a media briefing at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122.

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