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Good Data Gone Bad-Why it is important to recognize bad engineering data before using it for durability and performance analysis.

Collecting good time series data is not a trivial task. This presentation will shed some light on causes and examples of bad data, and what separates good data from bad data. We will explain ways to recognize bad data, and suggest best testing and analysis practices to ensure the best possible engineering decisions are being made.

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Rob Mueller, Lead Senior Technologist, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Rob Mueller is the Lead Senior Technologist for the RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot) project, as well as all Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Human Robotics Systems. The RASSOR mining robot will collect soil (known as regolith) on the moon or Mars so it can be processed into rocket propellants, breathable air, water, and other consumable commodities as well as manufacturing and construction materials feed stocks.

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Reducing Engineering Error and Design Disruptions: Exploring Calculation Software Tools

Performing and understanding calculations is a core responsibility of engineers across every discipline. These detailed calculations impact the beginning stages of design to determine if new concepts are feasible, at the middle stage of design to smooth out the finer details of products and to help with part assembly, and when designs are mature for verification and validation purposes.

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Increased Spatial Resolution Lidars and 3D Robotic Vision

The Lunar Orbiting Laser Altimeter (LOLA) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launched in 2009 was NASA's first multi-beam lidar. LOLA has produced unprecedented topographic maps of the Lunar surface. LOLA used a Diffractive Optical Element (DOE) to produce five beams from a single laser for enhanced topographic spatial resolution.

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Making the Case: How to Justify the Cost of a Rapid Prototyping System

You know you can save your company money by purchasing a rapid prototyping system.

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Dr. Andrew Watson, Senior Scientist for Vision Research, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Dr. Andrew Watson works on models of human vision and applies them to visual technology. The Founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Vision, he is also a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and of the Society for Information Display. Watson received a 2011 Presidential Rank Award from the President of the United States.

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Lean Manufacturing for the Automotive Industry and Beyond Using Optical Metrology

Optical Metrology applications provide for advanced industrial measurements and real-time test monitoring. ARAMIS, DIC (Digital Image Correlation), and PONTOS (photogrammetry) are critical tools for non-contact, full-field measurement of 3D deformation and the true strain tensors. This technology is highly effective for model validation, allowing load frame data to be directly used by CAE engineers for advanced material properties and full-field structural response.

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