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    John Allen, Washington, DC

    Dr. Allen serves as the Program Executive for Crew Health and Safety at NASA Headquarters and as a liaison to the Chief Medical Officer. He served for 26 years in the Air Force as a clinical audiologist, research scientist, and biomedical specialist with an emphasis in hearing and balance disorders retiring in 2006 at the rank of Colonel.

    Bob Bagdigian

    Since joining NASA in 1985, Bob has applied his degrees in biology and chemical engineering towards the development of regenerative life support systems that reduce the need to resupply oxygen and water to the International Space Station from earth. Bob looks forwards to continuing the advancement of systems such as these to support human exploration of the moon and beyond.

    Sean Beckman, Systems Engineer

    Currently supporting the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Vehicle Integration Office’s (VIO) Requirements and Interface Management group at Glenn Research Center (GRC) working on requirements management and system integration for the NASA Constellation Program to send humans back to the moon then on to Mars. Projects worked in the past include the Fluids and Combustion Facility at GRC, which is an experiment rack going to the International Space Station later this year, and requirements management at Boeing for the 747-8 airplane.

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    Sean Beckman, Cleveland, Ohio
    Sean Beckman, a systems engineer for Analex Corp., grew up just miles from NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio where his grandfather had worked. Sean is currently supporting NASA’s Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Vehicle Integration Office working on requirements management and system integration for the Orion spacecraft to send humans back to the moon then on to Mars.

    Christine Boykin, Houston, Texas

    Christine has worked at NASA for more than 20 years, most of it in the Space Shuttle Program Office doing systems integration work. In the past 5 years, she led the effort to implement the new cameras on the outside of the Shuttle for imagery during launch and ascent, her most exciting assignment to date. The cameras on the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters have provided exciting and insightful views of the Shuttle launch environment. As a Texan from the age of 5, she attended college at University of Houston and Rice University.

    Jennifer J. Brogan; Houston, Texas

    Jennifer works as a Food Scientist at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Space Food Systems Laboratory. She is currently charged with the provisioning of food for the astronauts onboard the International Space Station. Her responsibility aligns with her graduation in 2004 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running and also spending her time helping charitable organizations. Recently, she has donated her time to the End Hunger Network.

    Tom Bryan

    Starting as an electrical engineering student from Tennessee in 1974, Tom is now the senior engineer at MSFC's Flight Robotics Laboratory and has designed and flown three generations of robotic docking sensors. The Advanced Video Guidance Sensor was the key sensor in the success of the first US Automated Docking and Refueling on Orbital Express in May of 2008 and can enable commercial vehicles to service the International Space Station and other satellites.

    William Camperchioli, Brecksville, Ohio

    William Camperchioli is the lead Electrical Engineer for NASA’s Glenn Research Center microgravity testing facilities including the Zero G facility, which at 510 ft is the worlds largest drop tower. In this capacity he is involved in the design, integration, and implementation of microgravity combustion and fluid research experiments for space exploration applications. Mr. Camperchioli joined the staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in 1987. During his tenure with NASA Mr. Camperchioli has performed various job functions including electrical test operations engineer in multiple Aeronautics Research test facilities, optical design engineer working on the design and implementation of optical and electro-optical diagnostic systems for microgravity experiments, and avionics lead for the Advanced Extravehicular Activity (AEVA) project in charge of the design of the electrical, sensor, display, and control systems for NASA’s next generation space suits.

    Dennis Chamberland, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Dennis Chamberland is the Technical Manager for the Kennedy Space Center’s Life Sciences Contract including oversight in advanced life support systems development being considered for moon and Mars bases as well as medical operations, human subject research and the Space Center’s environmental monitoring. Mr. Chamberland worked as a NASA aquanaut, having directed 12 underwater missions including the first ever planting and harvesting of an agricultural crop on the ocean floor in December of 1993. Dennis is the design engineer of the Scott Carpenter Station, a manned seafloor habitat which completed over a month of successful mission time in 1997 and again in 1998. He was elected a fellow of the New York Explorer’s Club in 1992. Mr. Chamberland continues his work as an active private aquanaut. He is the Expeditions Leader for the Atlantica Expeditions. In 2009, he and another aquanaut are scheduled for an 80 day undersea mission in a habitat designed by Dennis that will break the world’s record for continuous undersea habitation.

    Christine Chiodo, Houston, Texas

    Christine Chiodo has worked for NASA for more than 18 years as both a flight controller and a crew trainer. She was involved in the early stages of establishing NASA's presence at the Russian mission control center in Korolev, Russia, during the Shuttle-Mir program when NASA's astronauts lived onboard the Mir space station. She now manages the Training Integration Branch of NASA, which is responsible for integrating and implementing crew training plans for both NASA and and its international partners from Europe, Japan, Russia and Canada.

    Lynn F. H. Cline, Washington, DC

    Lynn Cline, Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, is responsible for oversight of a broad variety of capabilities across the NASA spectrum of space operations programs, which includes the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, space communications and navigation, launch services for NASA missions, and crew health and safety. She works closely with the Executive Branch and NASA's international partner agencies. Ms. Cline led U.S. delegations to United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and served as NASA lead negotiator of the agreements with Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia for the International Space Station.

    Jon Cowart, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Subject Matter: Shuttle/Constellation Program
    Jon is currently a Senior Project manager in the Constellation Project Office at KSC and is responsible for all modifications to the launch pad, vehicle assembly building, and the mobile launch platform for the new Ares I-X test launch vehicle, which is currently scheduled for launch in April 2009. His previous positions include: NASA project engineer on the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis, leading the daily testing and preparations for flight of Atlantis; participation in the Space Station Redesign; Chief Engineer at KSC, responsible for the Orbiter's docking system; Chief Engineer for the Orbiter Discovery; Mission Manager for Space Station Assembly Flight 3A and 2A; Mission Manager for the inboard truss elements of the ISS; Mission Manager for the U.S. Laboratory Module (Destiny) and the Airlock; and manager of the JSC Resident Office at KSC representing the Orbiter Project Office JSC in Houston, TX.

    Sarah Cox, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Sarah serves as a Thermal Protection System Engineer for the Space Shuttle Orbiter. She supports the activities necessary to prepare the Orbiter for the next launch. The Thermal Protection System is composed of tiles, blankets, and wing leading edge panels which protect the Orbiter from the harsh environment of reentry.

    Penni Dalton

    A recipient of both the NASA Exceptional Service award and the Silver Snoopy, Ms. Dalton is the International Space Station Subsystem Manager for Batteries and the Plasma Contactor Unit for NASA. As the subsytem manager, she is responsible for all aspects of the flight hardware, from design through fabrication, integration, and on-orbit operation. She is an internationally recognized expert in aerospace Nickel-Hydrogen batteries for manned flight systems. She has presented and published numerous articles on the technology.

    Sally Davis

    Sally Davis is a native Texan, growing up in west Texas until graduating fom Texas Tech University in 1980. For almost 28 years, Sally has worked in Mission Operations at the Johnson Space Center, having just completed 12 years as a NASA Flight Director. Her most recent job responsibilities have included all aspects of assembling and operating the International Space Station. Currently, Sally has assumed a position in the Space Shuttle Program Office, as the Shuttle Safety Manager.

    Stephan Davis, Madison, AL

    Steve Davis is currently the Deputy Manager for the Flight Test Vehicle in the Ares I-X Mission Management Office, working at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Prior to working on Ares I-X, Mr. Davis was deeply involved in the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS), which established the basic configurations for the Ares launch vehicles being built today. He has worked on and led a diverse variety of aerospace projects, including the Strategic Defense Initiative, Gravity Probe B, scientific instruments for the Mir space station, the International Space Station propulsion module, the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Microgravity Program, the Space Launch Initiative, and the Orbital Space Plane. He has a Bachelors degree from Siena College in Londonville, New York, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala.

    Richard DeLombard, Huron, Ohio

    Richard DeLombard is an internationally recognized expert in microgravity measurement and interpretation. Microgravity conditions in support of science investigations on over twenty Space Shuttle missions, Russia’s Mir space station, and the International Space Station have been measured and analyzed. DeLombard has also demonstrated microgravity and orbital mechanics to educators and students for over fifteen years.

    Tuan Manh Doan, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Working for NASA /Kennedy Space Center for 20 years, Tuan is currently with Launch Services Program. He supports Communications and Telemetry for Expandable Launch Vehicles including Delta, Atlas, and Pegasus at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Tuan is married with two children and residing in Orlando, Florida

    Rajiv Doreswamy, Madison, AL

    Dr. Rajiv Doreswamy is the Deputy Manger for Program Planning and Control for the Ares Launch Vehicle Project at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. He is responsible for the budgeting, planning and schedules for NASA’s new launch Vehicle development. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the project and leads Ares in communications, outreach, project integration and project reporting. Dr. Doreswamy has 20 years of experience on a multitude of NASA programs including, the Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station and the Constellation Program. He holds a Doctorate in electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama as well as degrees from Auburn University and the University of Florida.

    Joe Edwards

    Designated a Naval Aviator in February 1982. Assigned to Fighter Squadron 143 in 1983 after completion of F-14 Tomcat training. Flew fighter escort and reconnaissance combat missions over Lebanon in 1983 and graduated from U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School in 1984. Graduated from U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1986 and subsequently worked as project flight test officer and pilot for F-14A(PLUS) and F-14D Full Scale Development. Flew the first Navy flight of the F-14D and a high angle of attack/departure from controlled flight test program for the F-14 airframe/F110 engine integration. Served as Operations and Maintenance Officer in Fighter Squadron 142 1989-1992. Worked as Operations Officer in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C. from 1992-1994. He has flown 4000 hours in over 25 different aircraft and logged over 650 carrier-arrested landings.

    Selected as an astronaut by NASA in December 1994, Edwards reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. He has worked technical issues for the Space Shuttle and Space Station in the Safety Department of the Astronaut Office. He also served as Technical Assistant to the Director, Flight Crew Operations Directorate, NASA Director of Operations (DOR), Russia, and Astronaut CAPCOM representative in Mission Control for Shuttle ascent and entry. Edwards retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy on April 30, 2000. He is currently involved with several companies around the country in the areas of technology, aviation, and business development.

    STS-89 (January 22-31, 1998) was the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission during which the crew transferred more than 9,000 pounds of scientific equipment, logistical hardware and water from Space Shuttle Endeavour to Mir. In the fifth and last exchange of a U.S. astronaut, STS-89 delivered Andy Thomas to Mir and returned with David Wolf. Mission duration was 8 days, 19 hours and 47 seconds, traveling 3.6 million miles in 138 orbits of the Earth.

    Joan Emmett

    Configuration Management/Documentation Specialist; currently supporting NASA GRC International Space Station and Human Research Project; working at the GRC facility for 20 years as a SSC. As a member of GRC’s Veterans Awareness Committee; she has boxed and shipped hundreds of pounds of donated items to our troops overseas. Joan is a member of Lakewood’s Community Emergency Response Team and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2133.

    Bill Gerstenmaier, Washington, DC

    William H. Gerstenmaier is the Associate Administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, Gerstenmaier directs NASA's human exploration of space, with programmatic oversight for the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Space Communications and Space Launch Vehicles. His NASA career spans the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and Star City in Russia, before coming to the nation's Capitol.

    Graham Gibbs,Counsellor, Space Affairs Canadian Space Agency

    Graham Gibbs is Counsellor, Space Affairs-Canadian Space Agency at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. A post he has held since January 1994. In this capacity Graham is responsible for liaison on all Canada-US civil space projects with NASA, other U.S. Government Departments, non-US space organizations represented in Washington, and the U.S. private space sector.

    Graham has been employed by the Canadian Space Agency since 1988. From 1988 to 1993 Graham was Head of the Canadian Space Agency office at the NASA Space Station Program Office in Reston Virginia. He was also the principal Canadian representative on the US-led 1993 redesign of the Space Station and was a member of the Canadian Government and CSA Delegations that re-negotiated the Space Station agreements from 1994 to 1998.

    Prior to joining the Canadian Space Agency Graham was employed by the Canadian Marconi Company in Montreal Canada where he held several senior managerial positions in engineering and export marketing. Graham was a Marconi U.K. engineering apprentice and graduated from Mid Essex College in Electrical Engineering.

    While in Washington, Graham has been active in several professional societies, especially on matters concerning space policy, international cooperation, the commercialization of space activities and private-public-partnerships. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of its International Activities Committee and co-chair of the Planning Committee for the AIAA series of International Space Cooperation Workshops. Graham is Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, on its Board of Directors and a past Vice President for International Programs. Graham was a member of the Steering Committee for the World Space Policy Summit held at the Baker Institute (Texas) in October 2002. He is active in the Space Foundation, International Astronautical Federation, and a Member (Academician) of the International Academy of Astronautics.

    Kimberly Glaus Läte, Houston, TX

    Kimberly Glaus Läte serves as the contractor manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Kimberly has several years’ experience in the food industry, including product development and production of wine, rice side dishes, dehydrated, freeze-dried and thermostabilized food products. Kimberly currently leads the team producing the American portion of the flight food for International Space Station.

    David Haakenson, Yorktown, Virginia

    As a senior software engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, David is currently managing the environmental control and life support software development for Orion, the nation’s next crewed spacecraft. He has worked on the extravehicular activity (EVA) infrared camera that examines the Space Shuttle after launch.

    George Haddad, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    George is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He has supported the Integration and launch of many of NASA’s scientific and planetary missions such as the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the GOES weather satellites, the Cassini mission, the Gravity Probe B mission, and recently the STEREO mission. He is the principal investigator for several research projects, and presently is developing the Ground Systems for the Constellation Program at KSC. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. George is fluent in French and Arabic. He lives with his wife and three boys in Melbourne, Florida.

    Nancy Rabel Hall, North Ridgeville, OH

    Nancy Rabel Hall is a Research Scientist working in the Space Processes and Experiments Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She has worked at NASA Glenn for over 17 years. Her main area of research is on fluid physics and how fluid behave in a reduced gravity environment. She is currently the technical lead for several projects whose objective is to develop Environmental Control and Life Support System technologies to meet exploration goals. These projects encompass Water Reclamation Systems, Air Revitalization and Waste Management Systems. She is also very active in outreach and demonstrating the reduced gravity environment to educators, students and the public.

    Mike Hawes, Washington, DC

    Dr. Hawes, Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, is responsible for the transition and disposition of Space Shuttle assets in preparation for retirement of the Shuttle in 2010. Dr. Hawes served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, International Space Station, directing the Space Station budget; establishing and implementing Station policy and coordinating external communications; and liaison activities with the Administration, Congress, industry and the Station’s international partners. He came to Washington DC from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where he worked Shuttle payloads and Skylab reentry.

    Bill Hill, Washington, DC

    William C. Hill, Assistant Associate Administrator for Space Shuttle Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, manages the Space Shuttle Program, working closely with the NASA teams at the NASA Centers. He led critical activities to prepare and deliver the Space Shuttle to safe flight following the loss of the Columbia crew and vehicle. He is currently focused on how to transition Shuttle into retirement, and help initiate the effort to return to the Moon and Mars.

    Peter Homer

    Peter K. Homer is the developer of an innovative new space suit glove design that is strong, easy on the hands, and gives the operator a higher degree of dexterity. Working alone at his dining room table, Peter designed and then manufactured the best performing glove within competition parameters, winning NASA's 2007 Astronaut Glove Challenge.

    Dr. Robert Howard, Houston, Texas

    A former co-op and NASA Scholar, Dr. Howard was hired in 2002 to work in Mission Control for the International Space Station’s Motion Control Systems Group before transferring to the Habitability and Human Factors Branch. There, he has lead habitability studies for NASA’s lunar spacecraft, including the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, Altair Lunar Lander, Small Pressurized Rover, and Lunar Outpost.

    Larry Huebner, Green Bay, Wisconsin

    Larry Huebner is an aerospace engineer whose current role for NASA is as the Assistant Manager of the Vehicle Integration Office in the Ares Projects Office. Larry has 25 years of experience in the aerospace arena, with all but two of those years supporting NASA. Most of that time was spent working in the areas of hypersonics and hypersonic airbreathing propulsion; he was the scramjet propulsion lead for the first successful flight of a hypersonic airbreathing vehicle, NASA’s X-43A, in 2004. Larry was heavily influenced by Apollo/Saturn as a child, and this led to his interest in aerospace engineering.

    Carol Jacobs, Huntsville, Alabama

    Carol Jacobs is a mechanical engineer at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She is the project engineer for the Space Shuttle Main Engine preburners, main injector, combustion chamber and nozzle. Carol has worked on design and development testing of liquid rocket engine combustion devices hardware since joining NASA in 1983.

    Jeffrey A. Jones, NASA Langley Research Center

    Mr. Jones is the Project Manager of the Langley Thermal Protection System Project. He has 28 years with NASA, starting out as an apprentice. Previously he served as a review manager and review chair in the Independent Program Assessment Office and worked in the Microgravity Science Division at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) as a Project Manager. As a Project Manager at GRC, he managed the Space Acceleration Measurement Experiment Project (3 successful shuttle missions), Diffusive and Radiative Transport in Fires Experiment Project (4 successful sounding rocket missions) and Enclosed Laminar Flames Project (1 successful shuttle mission). Also he managed the conceptual design phase of the Combustion Microgravity Science Program which included 13 projects. Before working at GRC Mr. Jones served as a mechanical engineer supporting the Space Station Level II Program Office and served as an engineer and designer at Langley Research Center. Mr. received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1986 and a M.B.A. from Cleveland State University in 1999.

    Joel Kearns, Washington, DC

    Joel Kearns, Transition Manager in the Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, is responsible for planning and controlling the transition from Space Shuttle to the next generation space vehicles. His career spans the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the aerospace industry. As a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he led the development of that schools’ first Get-Away-Special payload, which successfully flew on STS-40. He holds two patents, and was elected an Associate Fellow of AIAA in 2005.

    Dan Keenan

    Dan Keenan has worked with NASA's Thermal Protection System (TPS) for over a decade, and has been with NASA over 18 years. His primary role in TPS is to ensure the orbiters are repaired correctly and that the thermal protection system is ready for flight; including inspection of leading edge surface structure, main landing gear doors, ET doors, and crew hatch door seals. He supports launches as required as a member of the launch team, and performs the TPS Runway Inspection upon safe landing of the orbiter on the runway. Over the course of his career he has worked as a Human Factors Engineer where he was the project manager of NASA's first "Human Factors based Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis." Dan also was a principle architect for KSC's Core Technical Capabilites Laboratory Management System; a web application designed to give lab managers direct access to controlling their equipment obsolescence and consumables data used by the Center to optimize lab spending.

    Gary Kitmacher, Houston, TX

    Gary Kitmacher is a manager in the International Space Station (ISS) Program Office. He developed the ISS Interactive Web Guide on nasa.gov, and he wrote the award winning ISS Reference Guide. He designed the modules of the Space Station and moon bases in the 1980s, and managed the Spacehab and Mir Shuttle missions in the 1990s when he worked extensively in the US, Russia and Kazakhstan. With degrees in geology, astronomy, education and marketing, he now manages education and communications programs.

    Sylvia Lai

    Sylvia Lai is employed by Lockheed Martin as Senior Research Scientist supporting NASA’s Advanced Food Technology group. She is an innovative research and development professional, with talent in exploring new territories and initiating novel products and with accomplishments in the creation of numerous new food products. Research interest is the investigation of the effect of nutrients in mitigating bone loss.

    David Liskowsky, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

    David serves as the Director for Medical Policy and Ethics in the Office of NASA’s Chief Health and Medical Officer. He is responsible for guiding the development of policies for the medical care and health maintenance of space crews. He has also been involved in the management of NASA’s ground-based and flight biological and medical research programs, including managing the experiments on five space shuttle missions.


    Charles Lloyd, Pharm.D.

    Program Manager, SA2 Human Research Program Education & Outreach Project

    Dr. Charles W. Lloyd has worked for NASA for the past 20 years starting as a Clinical Medicine researcher on pharmacotherapeutics, Program Management for International Space Station Program Office, Biomedical Research Program Management and most recently design, development and implementation of a wide range of Educational and General public outreach materials and content for the NASA Human Research Program. The Human Research Program Education & Outreach goal is to establish a comprehensive suite of educational programs and supportive materials for people of all ages and walks of life to learn about the challenges of human space exploration and the potential benefits to life on earth. Dr. Lloyd received his Doctorate of Clinical Pharmacy degree from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan in 1979 and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Houston and the University of Michigan from prior to coming to NASA.

    Jose Matienzo

    A native of Puerto Rico, Jose Matienzo attended the University of Alabama (B.S. Aerospace Engineering) where he began his career with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center as a coop student. After spending ten years as a test and structural dynamics engineer for Space Shuttle components such as the Main Engines and Solid Rocket Motors, Mr. Matienzo began the second phase of his career by spending time in Washington DC in the Office of Space Flight and at the Naval Research Lab as the NASA Resident manager.

    He has held lead or chief engineer roles for various projects including the Space Station Element Transportation System, Node 1 shipment to KSC, the MPLM (Multi-Purpose Logistic Module), Interim Control Module, Node 2 Test And Verification, and was an astronaut trainer with over 200 dives at the Neutral Buoyancy Tank. He currently leads a team of MSFC engineers that support the certification process of the ATLAS and DELTA Expendable Launch Vehicles.

    Thomas Oziomek, Houston, Texas

    Tom works as a Packaging Engineer at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Space Food Systems Laboratory. He is currently charged with managing packaging materials used onboard the Shuttle and International Space Station. He is also involved in several research studies in which new packaging structures are evaluated for potential use on future long duration Lunar and Mars missions. His responsibility aligns directly with his graduation in 2005 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Packaging Science. In his spare time, Tom enjoys riding his motorcycle and working with computers.

    Robert Page, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Subject Matter: Shuttle/ELVIS/Cameras
    Bob manages the upgrade of the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) imagery capture capabilities from analog video to digital including incorporation of HDTV. He works as the adviser to the Constellation Program for imagery planning and requirements development. Bob began his career in aerospace in 1983 at the McDonnell-Douglas Aerospace Corporation as a test engineer on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program, and in 1987, he began work for NASA as a second generation NASA employee to develop maintenance, repair, and test requirements for the newly established NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot. In 1991, Bob joined the SSP KSC Integration Office to serve as the lead engineer responsible for coordinating integrated test and checkout requirements across the SSP. He is a member of the Ice/Debris Team responsible for the detailed final inspection of the launch vehicle and pad area prior to launch. He lead a team to design and develop a software system utilizing a relational database to manage the 25,000 SSP test and checkout requirements and the associated change processing system. Bob became representative to the Range Commander’s Council - Optical Systems Group to interface with DOD test ranges to facilitate sharing imagery technical information, hardware, and techniques and cooperate in testing, investigations, and in the development of test hardware requirements and specifications.

    Michele Perchonok

    Michele Perchonok, an Institute of Food Technologists Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, worked in the food industry prior to her employment at NASA. As Manager of the Advanced Food Technology Project, she has coordinated projects that will contribute to manned missions to the moon and Mars with food scientists and officials at universities, industry, and government agencies. Perchonok also manages the Shuttle Food System.

    David Rainer, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    David is a NASA Test Director (NTD) in the Shuttle Processing Directorate. As a NTD, he is responsible for directing NASA-managed activities for Space Shuttle launch countdown and landing operations at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He works in association with Shuttle Launch management to improve pre-launch processes and to enhance launch and landing activities.

    James Reuther

    Dr. James Reuther is an aerospace design engineer at NASA Ames Research Center. He is currently the Orion Thermal Protection System (TPS) Advanced Development Project (ADP) Manager. The TPS ADP is commissioned to perform the preliminary design and develop of the heat shield for the Orion, Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Developing the heat shield for Orion is considered one of the Space Agency’s most critical risk items. Dr. Reuther is leading a team of approximately 100 scientists and engineers across eight NASA Centers to perform the necessary testing, analysis and design of several candidate materials and heat shield architectures. The goal is to complete the preliminary designs for two viable heat shields by October of 2008. For his leadership of the TPS ADP during the last 2 years James was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.

    Prior to his current position, James was a core member of the NASA Exploration System Architecture Study (ESAS) which developed the architectural roadmap for the future of NASA’s space transportation systems. The three month study was led by a small core team at NASA HQ but involved hundreds of NASA engineers and scientists across the Agency. As part of the ESAS core team, Dr. Reuther was responsible for developing the technology roadmap that would be needed to support the new architecture and earned the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his accomplishments.

    Dr Reuther also held the position as the Agency lead for the computational aerothermal sub-team supporting the Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation board (CAIB) and subsequent Return to Flight (RTF) efforts. James served in this critical role up through the first post accident flight, STS-114. The sub-team was responsible for developing the rapid on-orbit computational fluids dynamic (CFD) based TPS damage assessment capability. For his leadership during the RTF effort and the STS-114 flight Dr. Reuther received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

    Previously, James has worked on the conceptual design of Crew Transfer Vehicles; was technical lead for the Advanced Engineering Environments project under SLI program; and performed research centered on the development of adjoint based aerodynamic shape optimization algorithms and applied these techniques to the design of High Speed Civil Transports (HSCT) in support of the NASA High Speed Program. Dr. Reuther obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1996 under Professors Mohammed Hafez and Antony Jameson.

    Keith Robinson, Gadsden, Alabama

    Keith has worked with NASA for 21 years at the Marshall Space Flight Center. A graduate in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, Keith has been involved with a variety of research programs which have been conducted on SpaceLab and the International Space Station. Keith is currently working on projects at MSFC that will prepare the Center's facilities to develop, test, and integrate components of the Ares launch vehicles.

    Kimberly Robinson, Birmingham, Alabama

    Kimberly Robinson is the Project Integration Manager for Ares I-X, where she assists with overall management and development of the Ares I-X Mission. Her work includes developing and maintaining the overall mission schedule, risk assessment and mitigation plans, and configuration and data management. Prior to working on Ares I-X, Ms. Robinson had management and systems engineering roles supporting the Space Transportation Programs/Projects Office, the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director, and the MSFC Science Directorate. She has also served as a science payload flight controller for MSFC-managed Spacelab flights. Ms. Robinson has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Alabama-Huntsville.

    Humberto Sanchez

    Humberto Sanchez currently works at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the Mission Operations Directorate, and will soon transition to the Constellation Program's Operations Integration Office He has broad experience in Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) flight operations integration. He is responsible for integrating many of the Space Shuttle and ISS program elements with mission requirements.

    Marc Shepanek

    Dr. Marc Shepanek is the NASA HQ lead for Aerospace Medicine, Deputy Chief of Medicine of Extreme Environments and an Assistant Prof. of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University Medical School. He started working for NASA in 1987 as part of the Office of Exploration, helping to design reference missions for a Lunar Science outpost and a trip to Mars. An active Antarctic researcher, he is broadly published in the area of ground based analogs for space flight, adaption to isolation and confinement and the psychology of space flight.

    Robert Singleterry, Smithfield, Virginia

    Dr. Singleterry is a national expert in space radiation engineering with the NASA Langley Research Center. Astronauts, and sensitive instruments, face great risk during spaceflight from radiation. Robert’s research helps to reduce radiation exposure during space flight and is vital for the health of human space explorers, as well as the reliable operation of in-space instruments.

    Vicki Smith, Systems Engineer II

    Currently supporting the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Vehicle Integration Office’s (VIO) Requirements and Interface Management group at Glenn Research Center (GRC) in an effort to successfully develop integration and design requirements to integrate the Orion vehicle into the CEV architecture for the NASA Constellation Program.

    Jim Sokolik

    Jim Sokolik has been working with high altitude life support equipment for the last 25 years. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Jim spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force and then joined the NASA ER-2 program in 1987. Presently, Jim is stationed at the NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center and is considered one of the top people in his career field.

    James L. Taylor, Jr. Ares Project Flight & Integrated Test Manager

    James L. Taylor, Jr. is manager of the Flight and Integrated Test Office in the Ares Project Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

    Named to the position in 2006, Mr. Taylor is responsible for leading and directing all project activities that culminate in a series of development and orbital flight tests for NASA’s next generation launch vehicles. His organization provides real-world data that informs launch vehicle design decisions and ensures that new systems are ready to fly in a safe, timely manner. Mr. Taylor also is responsible for developing technical alliances across NASA, industry and academia in support of related spaceflight and testing events.

    NASA’s Ares Project Office at the Marshall Center has overall responsibility for developing the Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V cargo launch vehicle – keys to the Vision for Space Exploration and NASA’s future exploration mission goals.

    Previously, Mr. Taylor served as deputy manager of Vehicle Integration in the Ares Project Office. He was responsible for assisting the manager in the integration of all propulsion elements for Ares I, which will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into space. These elements include the first stage, and upper stage and upper stage engine.

    From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Taylor was manager of the Exploration and Transportation Systems Office in Marshall’s Space Transportation Programs and Projects Office.

    He managed and led studies for the development of the launch architecture for NASA’s Constellation Program – a NASA Headquarters program in Washington that is responsible for developing the Orion crew vehicle and Ares launch vehicles and related exploration systems required to travel to and explore the moon, Mars and destinations beyond.

    From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Taylor was chief engineer of the Advanced Space Transportation Program at Marshall. He provided critical technical guidance in NASA’s efforts to investigate and develop advanced propulsion technologies – such as solar sails, advanced chemicals, tethers and antimatter – that could allow for rapid travel between planets and even beyond our solar system, for more ambitious scientific exploration.

    Mr. Taylor was deputy manager of program planning and development in the Space Transportation Directorate from 2000 to 2001, responsible for leading the formulation of Marshall program plans for the implementation of the Integrated Space Transportation roadmap.

    From 1996 to 2000, he served in various engineering and management capacities in the Propulsion Test Directorate at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The directorate is responsible for operating and maintaining Stennis’ rocket engine, motor and materials test facilities. It conducts flight certification and acceptance testing for several rocket engine propulsion programs, such as the space shuttle main engine and NASA’s exploration initiative.

    Mr. Taylor was assigned to the NASA Resident Office at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1993 to 1996. He was resident engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine-Alternate Turbopump Development Project, responsible for working technical issues related to shuttle main engine upgrades to increase safety and reliability during operation.

    From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Taylor was assigned to the Office of Space Flight at NASA Headquarters, where he was technical assistant to the director in the National Launch Systems Program Office.

    Mr. Taylor began his NASA career in 1988 as project manager in the Facilities Office at the Marshall Center. Prior to coming to NASA, he worked in the construction industry for four years.

    Mr. Taylor has received numerous NASA Group Achievement, Superior Accomplishment and Performance Awards. He is a member of the executive committee of the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force Interagency Propulsion Committee.

    As the governing body, the executive committee is responsible for establishing and modifying subcommittees, monitoring subcommittee activities, and establishing guidelines for their operation. The joint committee promotes and facilitates the exchange of technical information and standards, and coordinates military and NASA research and development programs of joint agency interest.

    Mr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1984 from Mississippi State University in Starkville. In 1997, he received a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

    Mr. Taylor and his wife, Lori, reside in Madison, Ala. They have three sons.

    Captain Pierre J. Thuot, U. S. Navy, Retired

    Pierre J. Thuot (pronounced THOO-it) was born May 19, 1955 in Groton, Connecticut, the son of a career Naval Officer. He graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia in 1973 and graduated 30th in his class from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985 and he graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2004.

    CAPT Thuot received his Naval Flight Officer wings in August 1978. Following training in the F-14A Tomcat, at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 14 where he made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas aboard the USS John F. Kennedy and USS Independence. While assigned to Fighter Squadron 14 he graduated from TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School.

    He was then selected to attend the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation in June 1983 he worked as a project test flight officer at the Naval Air Test Center flying the F-14A Tomcat, A-6E Intruder and the F-4J Phantom II. In June 1984 he returned to the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School as a flight instructor.

    In June 1985, CAPT Thuot was selected by NASA as an Astronaut and commenced training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. While at NASA, he served in a variety of technical assignments participating in the design, development, and evaluation of space flight hardware and software.

    CAPT Thuot is a veteran of three space flights, STS-36 in 1990, STS-49 in 1992, and STS-62 in 1994. On his first flight, he was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-36, a dedicated Department of Defense mission that launched on February 28, 1990, for a four and one half-day mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

    CAPT Thuot was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-49, the nine-day maiden voyage of the space shuttle Endeavour, which launched on May 7, 1992. During that mission, he performed three space walks that resulted in the capture and repair of the stranded Intelsat VI F3 commercial communications satellite. The third space walk was the first ever three-person space walk. This 8 hour and 29 minute space walk broke a twenty-year-old space walk duration record that was held by Apollo 17 astronauts.

    On March 4, 1994, CAPT Thuot launched aboard Columbia on STS-62, for a fourteen-day micro-gravity science and technology demonstration mission. During that mission more than sixty experiments and investigations were conducted in many scientific and engineering disciplines including materials science, human physiology, biotechnology, protein crystal growth, robotics, structural dynamics, atmospheric ozone monitoring, and spacecraft glow.

    In June 1995, CAPT Thuot left NASA to become the Associate Chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His final Navy assignment was with the National Reconnaissance Office as a Program Director. CAPT Thuot retired from the Navy in August 1998 and became a Vice President with the Space Systems Group of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia.

    In 2001 CAPT Thuot joined Arthur Andersen, LLP, Vienna, VA as a consultant with the Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Practice. In 2002, CAPT Thuot became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HawkEye Systems, LLC a subsidiary of Gray Hawk Systems, Inc. and then in November 2004, he was named President and CEO of HawkEye Systems. In May 2005 HawkEye and its parent company, Gray Hawk Systems, Inc., were acquired by ManTech International Corporation. CAPT Thuot is currently the Chief Operating Officer of CMX Technologies Inc. and President of Mach 25 Solutions; his own consulting company.

    CAPT Thuot has logged over 654 hours in space, including 17.7 hours on three space walks. He has traveled 11.4 million miles in space and orbited the Earth 437 times. He has over 3,500 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, has over 270 carrier landings and is an instrument rated private pilot. He is the recipient of 18 team achievement awards and eleven personal awards including three Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the American Astronomical Society Flight Achievement and Victor A. Prather Awards for 1993, the International Aeronautical Federation Sergi P. Korolyov Diploma for 1993, and the Air Force Association David C. Schilling Award for 1992. He was a member of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope External Independent Readiness Review Team from 1998 to 2002. He held the U. S. National and Absolute world records for extravehicular (EVA or space walk) duration in space from 1992 until 2001.

    CAPT Thuot is married to the former Cheryl Ann Mattingly of Leonardtown, Maryland. They reside in Virginia with their two children, Christopher (16) and Danielle (13), and their dogs Apollo and Angel.

    Debbie Ramos Trainor, Seabrook, Texas

    Debbie Trainor has worked at the NASA/Johnson Space Center for 22 years. She has held various training positions in the spaceflight training program including a one year tour as the NASA training coordinator in Russia and the Training Manager for the first crew to fly onboard the International Space Station. Currently, she is the training specialist of the Astronaut Office.

    Mark Uhran, Washington, DC

    Mark Uhran, Assistant Associate Administrator for the International Space Station in NASA’s Office of Space Operations, is a leader in evaluating practical applications of orbital space stations, and an innovator of key research capabilities for Space Station. He held key management positions in both the private sector and NASA related to strategic planning for operations and utilization of Space Station. He served as the principal liaison to White House and Congressional staff offices, external advisory committees, foreign space agencies, and the aerospace industry on practical applications of Space Station.

    Charlie Walker

    MDC Payload Specialist

    Following graduation from Purdue University he worked as a civil engineering technician, land acquisition specialist and forest firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Subsequently he was a design engineer with the Bendix Aerospace Company where he worked on aerodynamic analysis, missile subsystem design, and flight testing. He also was employed as project engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command with responsibility for computer-controlled manufacturing systems.

    Mr. Walker joined the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1977 as a test engineer on the Aft Propulsion Subsystem for the Space Shuttle orbiters. He joined the Space Manufacturing (later named Electrophoresis Operations in Space, EOS) team as one of its original members. He shares in a patent for the McDonnell Douglas developed continuous flow electrophoresis (CFES) device.

    From 1979 to 1986, he was Chief Test Engineer and Payload Specialist for the McDonnell Douglas EOS commercialization project. Mr. Walker led the EOS laboratory test and operations team developing biomedical products. His contributions to the program included engineering planning, design and development, product research, and space flight and evaluation of the CFES device. He was involved with the program support activities at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and at the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. He was responsible for training the NASA astronaut crews in the operation of the CFES payload on STS-4, STS-6, STS-7, and STS-8 shuttle flights during 1982 and 1983. In May 1986, Mr. Walker was appointed Special Assistant to the President of McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, working in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Walker has been an industry member of the NASA Microgravity Material Science Assessment Task Force, the NASA Space Station Office Quick-is Beautiful/Rapid Response Research Study Group, and the NASA Space Station Operations Task Force. He has been a member of the National Research Council's Space Applications Board. Mr. Walker was Faculty Course Advisor and lecturer for the International Space university 1988 summer session. He was a participant in the 1988 Center for Strategic and International Studies civil Space policy study. He served on the AIAA steering committee formulating the strategic plan for NASA's office of Commercial Programs. Mr. Walkers has served as a board member of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. He was the organizing committee chairman for the 1992 World Space Congress. He has been a national panel member of the NASA/Industry Manned Flight Awareness Program and the NASA/Industry Education Initiative. Mr. Walker advised the NASA/Purdue University space life support research center, a NASA/Penn State space commercial development center and a U.S. Department of Education/Ohio State University science education center. He is a board director of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Mr. Walker has served as the volunteer chairman of the board of directors of Spacecause, and is past president and a current board director of the National Space Society. He is also currently a board director of the Association of Space Explorers. Walker is a professional engineer registered in California. He has authored several papers and book contributions on the EOS electrophoresis program, space development, commercialization, and space history. Mr. Walker has also written columns and articles appearing in national newspapers and numerous other publications.

    While never an employee of NASA, he has been extensively involved in payload preparation and on-pad processing support activities at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and in flight support at the Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas. He was responsible for training the NASA astronaut crews in the operation of the CFES payload on STS-4, STS-6, STS-7, and STS-8 shuttle flights during 1982 and 1983. Confirmed by NASA in 1983 as the first industrial payload specialist, Mr. Walker accompanied the McDonnell Douglas CFES equipment as a crew member on Space Shuttle missions 41-D, 51-D, and 61-B, accumulating 20 days of experience in space and traveling 8.2 million miles. Aboard these Space Shuttle missions Mr. Walker also performed early protein crystal growth experiments and participated as a test subject in numerous medical studies. Since 1986 Mr. Walker has served in various NASA study and review team capacities including as a member of the NASA Microgravity Material Science Assessment Task Force, the NASA Space Station Office Quick-is-Beautiful/Rapid Response Research Study Group, and the NASA Space Station Operations Task Force. He has served on the national panels of the NASA/Industry Manned Flight Awareness Program and the NASA/Industry Education Initiative.

    Russell L. Werneth, Baltimore, MD

    Russ Werneth has worked on all four of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions for the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. His areas of expertise are in developing unique astronaut tools and in training (including underwater neutral buoyancy training) of the astronauts for these successful HST space-walk missions.

    Karen Whitley, Yorktown, Virginia

    Karen Whitley, an aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, is the lead for Expandable Structures. She is developing technology to design and build inflatable structures for the lunar surface. Whitley researches the durability of nonmetallic materials under extreme environments and has worked on aircraft morphing, the Space Shuttle external tank, in-space propulsion, and the high-speed civil transport aircraft.

    Ron Woods, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Ron began working at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1967 as a Space Suit Technician. Space Suit Technicians perform maintenance/pre-flight on suits and support crew suited activities at JSC and Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Ron had the honor to be assigned to the crew of Apollo 8, 11, and 15; three Skylab missions; the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project; and the first two Shuttle missions as a support technician and insertion technician, assisting the crew into the spacecraft. Since 1982, Ron has been one of the JSC representatives for the flight crew equipment that is processed at KSC prior to installation into the Space Shuttle Orbiter for launch.