NRP Exploration Lecture Series

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Speaker Bio:
Robert J. Dolci
Director for Center Operations at NASA Ames Research Center (Acting)

Robert Dolci Mr. Dolci (Bob) is currently the acting Director for Center Operations at NASA Ames Research Center. Center Operations includes, facility engineering and maintenance, airfield operations, logistics and documentation services, environmental oversight, acquisitions, and protective services. In addition to being the acting Director for Center Operations, Bob holds the positions of Director for Emergency Services and Chief of NASA's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART).

Prior to becoming the acting Director for Center Operations, Bob was the Chief of the Protective Services. As Chief of Protective Services, he was responsible for law enforcement, security, 911 Dispatch, counter intelligence, counter terrorism, export compliance, special access programs, emergency services, and fire protection and prevention.

Before becoming Chief of Protective Services in March 2002, Mr. Dolci was Chief of the NASA Ames Facilities, Logistics and Airfield Management Division.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University's School of Engineering in 1977. He received a Master of Science in Safety from the University of Southern California in 1989. In addition, Bob has over 4,000 hours of education and training in Emergency Services, including both crisis and consequences management and field operations.

In 1986, Bob formed the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), a hundred person urban search, rescue and emergency response team. DART is composed of search, rescue, structural assessment, logistics, emergency communications, damage and utility control, emergency medical and emergency operations elements. Although DART's primary responsibility is to NASA Ames, the team is available to support local, state and other federal agencies as requested.

Under Mr. Dolci's lead, NASA Ames' Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team supports California Task Force Three. CATF-3 is one of the eight Urban Search and Rescue Teams (US&R) in the State of California. There are 28 US&R teams in the country. Bob, and other members of DART, have deployed with CATF-3 to disasters such as Hurricane Iniki, the Northridge Earthquake, the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, and hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ernesto. DART members have also responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the Oakland Fire Storm and the California floods of 1992, 1995/96, and 1997/98, as well as the Columbia Shuttle Recovery effort.

For Bob's efforts, he has received considerable recognition including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.