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The Office of the Chief Technologist Hosts Technical Seminar: Innovation on a Shoestring
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: NASA Headquarters, Room 1O35

Contact: Maria Bualat, maria.g.bualat@nasa.gov, 202.358.5117

Dr. Michael Gernhardt and Jeffrey Fox of Johnson Space Center and Dan Andrews of Ames Research Center will be participating in a panel discussion on lean development including their experiences on projects such as Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).

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Panel Biographies

Daniel Andrews
Mr. Daniel Andrews has been a proven project manager and systems engineer for nearly two decades, and has received several NASA Honor Awards including the Exceptional Achievement Medal (2009) and Outstanding Leadership Medal (2010). He was the Project Manager for NASA's LCROSS Mission, successfully leading a fast-paced, 28-month S/C development schedule with a $79M cost-capped budget. This mission was a pathfinder for low-cost, risk-tolerant, quick turn-around missions within NASA. Prior to that he was the ARC dPM for the JPL-led JIMO/Prometheus Project, and led numerous other robotics projects, with NASA's Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA) being most notable garnering attention in Newsweek and Popular Science, and was named one of the "50 Best Robots Ever" in Wired Magazine.

Jeff Fox
Mr. Fox joined NASA after earning his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984. He began work in the Space Shuttle Program as a systems instructor with progressively responsible leadership positions training astronaut crews and flight controllers on the operations of life support, electrical power, hydraulics and mechanical systems. In 1997 he was assigned to manage X-38 Crew Return Vehicle configuration and preparation tasks supporting vehicle atmospheric flight testing and system modification improvements. Jeff led the NASA coordination of helicopter recovery operations in Corsicana, Texas following the 2003 Columbia accident.

In his current role, Jeff works with a team of engineers, astronauts and technicians to design and test the Orion cockpit interfaces to ensure the crew can safely live and perform operations inside the vehicle. Jeff was responsible for the Orion launch profile vibration and acceleration tests. He led the acquisition and modifications of the early Orion mockup that was used for crew interface testing. Jeff was responsible for the development of the Advanced Cockpit Evaluation Systems (ACES). Built in the back of a 15 passenger van, this platform allows for testing of a variety of crew display and control, augmented reality and other concepts including to remotely control the SCOUT lunar rover prototype at Meteor Crater in Arizona. ACES was also used for Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration flight testing applications. His current ACES work includes remote piloting and control of larger radio controlled helicopters and rovers.

Michael Gernhardt
Dr. Gernhardt was selected by NASA in March 1992, and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. Technical assignments to date include: flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); development of nitrox diving to support training for the Hubble Space Telescope repair and on a variety of Space Station EVA developments; member of the astronaut support team at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for Shuttle prelaunch vehicle checkout, crew ingress/egress; spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) at Mission Control Center, Houston, during various Shuttle missions; lead an international research team in developing a new exercise prebreathe protocol that improved the safety and efficiency of space walks from the ISS. Gernhardt presently serves as a member of the astronaut office EVA branch, Project Scientist of the EVA Physiology System and Performance Project (EPSP), Manager of JSC’s Environmental Physiology Laboratory, and Project Manager of the Small Pressurize Rover project.

A four flight veteran, Dr. Gernhardt has logged over 43 days in space, including 4 spacewalks totaling 23 hours and 16 minutes. He was a mission specialist on STS-69 in 1995, STS-83 in 1997, STS-94 in 1997 and STS-104 in 2001. Additionally he was a crewmember on the NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) One, and Commander of the NEEMO eight multi-day underwater missions. He also served as a submersible pilot on the Pavilion Lake Expedition focused on exploring a deep water lake in western Canada where unusual life forms called microbiolites have very recently been discovered.

Dr. Gernhardt received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1978, and a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania, in 1983 and 1991, respectively. Honors include four NASA Space Flight Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals, an Exceptional Achievement Medal, and a Distinguished Service Medal.