Who's Who at NASA

David Wilt, Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

David WiltAs part of the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment (FTSCE), a team of engineers from NASA Glenn, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ohio State University has developed a new type of solar cell that is durable, lightweight, and highly efficient. David Wilt is an electrical engineer at NASA Glenn who is working on the project.

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Taumi Daniels, TAMDAR Project Lead, NASA's Langley Research Center,Hampton, VA

Taumi DanielsWeather forecasters in the middle of the United States are making better local predictions for pilots thanks to an airborne sensor being tested by NASA's Aviation Safety Program. Taumi Daniels led the team of researchers at Langley Research Center that designed, built, and equipped dozens of Mesaba Airlines aircraft with the Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Report instrument (TAMDAR) that allows aircraft to automatically sense and report atmospheric conditions. The Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute, Atlanta, GA, and AirDAT, L.L.C., Morrisville, NC, developed TAMDAR for NASA.

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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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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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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. 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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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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