Who's Who at NASA

Bill Sheredy, Project Manager for SAME (Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment)

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Bill SheredyFire is deadly and unpredictable on Earth; in an enclosed space vehicle in orbit, its presence takes on even more serious implications. To prevent the threat of smoke and fire on missions, NASA conducted the Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment (SAME), designed to create devices that will adequately detect combustion in a zero-gravity environment. Heading SAME is NASA researcher Bill Sheredy.

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Dr. Michael Bicay, Science Director, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Dr. Michael BicayHaving served at both JPL as a member of the Project Office science staff for the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech where he helped establish the Office of Education and Public Outreach, since May 2005, Dr. Bicay has served as Ames’ acting deputy director for science. Dr. Bicay is in charge of Ames’ research, development, of products, and serving the space community in astrobiology and related areas.

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Bill Jackson, Deputy Director, NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility, Fairmont, WV

Bill Jackson Searching for defects amid several thousand lines of code in mission critical software, NASA’s Independent Verification and Validating Facility (IV&V) was open for business in 1994 as a safeguard against mission failure. Reporting to the Goddard Space Flight Center, the IV&V audits software across NASA (and other government agencies) dealing with several different projects concerning satellites and shuttle mission software. The current Deputy Director, Mr. Jackson was Acting Director of IV&V from January to October of 2006.

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Dr. Simon "Pete" Worden, Center Director, NASA Ames Research, Moffett Field, CA

Before becoming NASA Ames Research Center Director, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences, and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona, where his research involved the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes. Dr. Worden retired in 2004 after 29 years of active service in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Brigadier General. He is a recognized expert on civil and military space issues, and has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. Dr. Worden also serves as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions.

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Anthony Kelley, Lead Flow Research Engineer, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

As petroleum prices spiral higher, new technologies are being developed to help keep prices down. The balanced flow meter, technology originally developed by NASA for the space shuttle, promises to ease pain at the pump by being more precise and consuming less power than current metering devices. Leading the project is NASA engineer Anthony Kelly.

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Dr. Murzy Jhabvala, Chief Engineer of the Instrument Systems and Technology Division

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Dr. Murzy JhabvalaVisible light is only one narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum, and doesn't always tell scientists what they need to know. Infrared, which is outside the range of human eyesight, has for years been used to delve out mysteries of distant stars or to allow users to see in the dark. NASA scientists have now improved the Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) array infrared technology to gain more detail than ever before. NASA engineer Dr. Murzy Jhabvala led the project.

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Dr. Jeff Jones, Lead for Exploration Medical Operations

NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Dr. Jeff JonesAt remote sites, the International Space Station, or missions to the Moon or Mars, illness and injury can be extremely serious. Far from hospitals, scientists and astronauts may find themselves dealing with medical situations for which they have no training. Telemedicine enables doctors and technicians to talk personnel through complex procedures and provide the care needed, via radio or satellite. Dr. Jeff Jones leads NASA’s telemedicine program, developed for a number of remote NASA projects, to administer medical care over long distances.

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Hanwant Singh, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Hanwant SinghThe Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B) is the second phase of a two-part, multinational monitoring project designed to track pollution making its way into North America and is sponsored by the Tropospheric Chemistry Program at NASA headquarters. Using information gathered from the ground, aircraft, and satellites, NASA and project partners the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy plan to study the chemistry and properties of carbon monoxide (CO) and aerosol emissions originating in Asia and Mexico City. Atmospheric chemist Hanwant Singh is INTEX-B's lead mission scientist.

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Dr. Marco Giardino, Chief Technologist, Engineering & Science Directorate

NASA's Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Dr. Marco GiardinoUsing high-tech remote sensing methods, a collection of artifacts has been unearthed at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, MS. The objects uncovered during archeological excavations conducted over the past 11 years were found at the site of the 19th century Hancock County seat on the Pearl River, which is now part of the space center. Dr. Giardino was one of the archeologists involved in the dig.

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Kim Ballard, Computer Engineer, Electrical Design Branch

NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL

Engineers at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) developed the Laser Scaling and Measurement Device for Photographic Images – a camera attachment that uses laser technology – to assist scientists in determining the exact scale of any damages to the Space Shuttle’s external tank when viewing photographs of the spacecraft on its launch pad. This NASA-developed camera accessory also is being used to "shoot" photos that can precisely measure details of crime scenes. When a picture is taken with the instrument, the image is loaded onto a computer and items are then viewable and measurable on the computer screen. Kim Ballard designed the Microsoft-Word compatible software for the device.

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