Karen Jenvey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Oct. 24, 2011
NASA Collaborates to Create Disaster Management Technologies
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to attend a demonstration of disaster management technologies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PDT at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

NASA Ames has collaborated with the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV) and IntraPoint, a new partner in the NASA Research Park to develop disaster management technology.

"It is very exciting to collaborate with NASA Ames Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley as we expand our technical solutions that will improve our customers’ capabilities to handle unexpected incidents. Being present on Campus is extremely valuable since our research includes cutting edge technology.” said Yngvar Duesund, Chairman of the Board of IntraPoint. The event is part of Transatlantic Science Week at University of California Berkeley and Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. The goal of the conference is to increase transatlantic cooperation in research, innovation and higher education. Besides a visit to NASA Ames, Transatlantic Science Week included visits to U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, Lawrence Berkeley Space Observatory, IBM and Google. Scheduled speakers include representatives from NASA Ames and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.

“For at least the last 20 years, since the 1991 Oakland Fire Storm, Ames has aggressively pursued opportunities to leverage off of NASA technologies, as well as the technologies of other federal agencies and non-government organizations, to provide new and better tools for emergency responders. We look forward to collaborating with Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and IntraPoint to advance the field of emergency response,” said Bob Dolci, Chief of Protective Services at NASA Ames.

NASA Ames houses the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), a Federal emergency response and recovery team. Carnegie Mellon University’s Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) partners closely with NASA and DART and with Intrapoint, an affiliate of DMI. The DMI’s mission is to provide next-generation technical solutions for disasters.

“This is an exciting next step in the effort to improve disaster response. Our research and recent workshop highlights the key challenge of improving communications and data interoperability for better disaster response," said Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and the Disaster Management Initiative. "As an academic institution, we’ve been able to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to combine expertise and resources in the interest of humanitarian assistance. That this event is transatlantic, will further advance these goals,” Griss added.

For media wishing to attend this event, please contact Karen Jenvey by email at or by calling 650-604-4789 by Thursday Oct. 27, 2011 at noon as space is limited.

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