Who's Who at NASA

Terry Fong, Group Leader, Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG),

NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA The NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is dedicated to enabling humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in a wide range of areas with an emphasis on robotics systems science and field testing. IRG expertise includes applied computer vision, human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, interactive 3D visualization, and robot software architecture. Terry Fong is the Group Lead for the IRG.

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Phil Neudeck, Electronics Engineer, NASA’s John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a new silicon carbide differential amplifier integrated circuit chip that may provide benefits to anything requiring long-lasting electronic circuits in very hot environments. The chip exceeded 1,700 hours of continuous operation at 500ºC - a breakthrough that represents a 100-fold increase in what has previously been achieved. Phil Neudeck is the team lead for this work.

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David Iverson, Computer Scientist, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

The Inductive Monitoring System (IMS) is a new computer program that monitors gyroscopes that keep the International Space Station properly oriented in space. IMS detects warning signs that precede a gyroscope’s failure. Engineers will add the new software to a group of existing tools to identify and track problems related to the gyroscopes. If the software detects warning signs, it will quickly warn the space station’s mission control center. David Iverson developed the software at NASA Ames.

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Douglas A. Comstock, Director, NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP)

NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC NASA’s IPP provides leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects through investments and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies, and national laboratories. As IPP Director, Doug Comstock also is responsible for directing the IPP portfolio of technology investments and partnering mechanisms, including Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR), the Centennial Challenges, and the Innovative Partnerships Seed Fund. He also is responsible for intellectual property management and technology transfer that provides benefits to society from the nation's investment in NASA's space and aeronautics missions.

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Jing Li, Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

NASA recently tested the Nano ChemSensor, the first nanotechnology- based electronic device to fly in space. The test showed that the sensor could monitor trace gases inside a spaceship. This technology could lead to smaller, more capable environmental monitors and smoke detectors in future crew habitats. Jing Li, a NASA Ames scientist, is the principal investigator for the test.

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Karen Whitley, Expandable Structures for Exploration Task Lead

NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA Karen WhitleyNASA plans to return to the Moon by 2020. For a sustained lunar presence, however, astronauts need habitats that can support them and their experments. To this end, researchers at NASA Langley, working with NASA contractor ILC Dover (Frederica, DE), are developing the “planetary surface habitat and airlock unit,” a prototype inflatable structure that could be deployed on the lunar surface. Karen Whitley is the project lead.

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Dr. Richard Boyle, Director, BioVIS Technology Center

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Dr. Richard BoyleMedical imaging technology has led to quicker diagnoses of conditions that, when caught early, can be treated. However, because such devices are large, they are impractical in the limited area of a space vehicle. An on-going NASA project to address the issue involves image fusion, where in-orbit ultrasounds would be combined with previously done Earth-bound scans that are more informative. Dr. Richard Boyle is the principal investigator.

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