Released: May 30, 2002
RELEASE NO. 02-039
NASA researchers awarded time for in-depth studies
Two NASA Langley Research Center researchers will spend a year
away from the research center to study their fields in depth and
make scientific and technological advancements.
This year the Floyd L. Thompson Fellowship is awarded to Daniel
Moerder and John Rehder. Moerder will be researching guidance and
control systems at the College of William and Mary, and Rehder will
be studying an aspect of computer engineering at the University of
Italy in Padua.
The Thompson fellowship was established in 1977 to enhance the
research capability of a researcher and provide a mechanism for
bringing in new ideas to NASA Langley.
Moerder will begin his sabbatical in June with the mathematics
department at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. solving
problems with guidance and control systems. " Control systems are
very difficult to calculate," Moerder said. "When solving these
problems you could mathematically get trapped in the equations, not
reaching the best possible solution." Moerder hopes his research
will help him and his colleagues develop the best possible control
and guidance systems for aircraft.
"I am very thankful," said Moerder. "I understand it is a strong
investment for Langley to lose a person for a year, but I also
think the Floyd L. Thompson Fellowship is a great opportunity to
Rehder and his colleagues in Italy will be finding more
efficient ways to match documents without duplicating the
"Everything just came together," said Rehder. "I felt I had a
good chance to be a recipient because I knew no one had gone into
this particular research area before." With the research Rehder is
conducting he will be able to condense vast quantities of
information and design a computer program to assist in finding
information and interrelating it to specific research.
"Researchers would be able to have results of studies at their
fingertips," said Rehder. "They would be able to find information
more accurately and quickly." Rehder is beginning his sabbatical to
Italy in September.
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