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Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen has had an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur. He founded Sensors Unlimited, a near-infrared camera manufacturer, and EPITAXX, a fiber-optic detector manufacturer. But he is perhaps best-known as the third private citizen to orbit the Earth on the International Space Station in 2005.

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Starr Ginn, Deputy Branch Chief, Engineering Directorate, Aerostructures Branch, Dryden Space Flight Center

Starr Ginn decided she wanted to work for NASA after interning in their Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) following her junior year in high school. She is currently the Deputy Branch Chief of the engineering directorate’s aerostructures branch at the Dryden Flight Research Center. An expert in aircraft ground vibration testing and flight flutter testing, she recently designed and developed a unique aircraft jacking system that allows a test specimen to “float” during ground vibration testing.


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Millipore Designs Solutions for Customers

Perhaps best known as a pioneer of membrane-based separation technologies, Millipore (Billerica, MA) is a multinational life science corporation with 5,900 employees worldwide and annual sales of $1.53 billion.

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Thin-Film Plate Polarizers: A New Polarization Option

While there are many types of polarizers and polarizing beamsplitters available today, none of them solves every problem. This podcast with Dr. Turan Erdogan, Chief Technology Officer of Semrock, discusses the company's thin-film plate polarizers as a new option.

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Allen Parker, Systems Engineer, Advanced Structures and Measurement Group, Dryden Flight Research Center

Allen Parker is a systems engineer with expertise in the areas of fiber optics and data acquisition. He is currently part of the team that is developing and flight testing an innovative new fiber optic wing shape sensor system installed on the Ikhana unmanned aircraft system.

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A Persistent Surveillance Application with Converged Sensor Network Architecture

This podcast discusses the challenges faced by a Mercury customer while developing a persistent surveillance application imaging pod. This complex, multi-faceted program featured stringent design elements, including: real-time & multi-sensor data collection/processing, smart processing, post-mission forensic analysis, cross-cuing and target hand-off.


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Dr. Scott Barthelmy, Research Scientist, Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Scott Barthelmy is the principal investigator for the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) that detects and locates gamma-ray bursts in the universe. Developed as part of NASA’s Swift mission, the technology is being considered for homeland security applications because of its ability to pinpoint and identify nuclear materials.

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Converged Sensor Networking Architecture

In this podcast Jamie Kenney, Senior Manager, Performance Algorithm Group, Mercury Computer Systems discusses Converged Sensor Networking Architecture


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Dr. Peter Shirron, Senior Research Scientist, Cryogenics and Fluids Group, Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Peter Shirron, a senior research scientist with NASA’s Cryogenics and Fluids Group, led the team of researchers credited with developing the first continuous duty multi-stage adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) used to cool sophisticated space-borne detector arrays to temperatures below 2 Kelvin.

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Nicholas Johnson, Chief Scientist and Program Manager for NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, Johnson Space Flight Center

Nicholas Johnson is Chief Scientist and Program Manager for NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office. In July 2008 he was awarded the Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contribution to Operation Burnt Frost, a mission that involved the interception and destruction of an out-of-control satellite before it could hit the Earth.

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