2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference

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    David Woerner

    Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over 35 years of experience at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently, Systems Formulation Manager for the Radioisotope Power System Program at NASA and Chief Engineer for the Nuclear Space Power Office at JPL. Previously, Principal Engineer for the RPS Program, Manager of Launch Services and Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator for the Mars Science Laboratory, and Chief Engineer of the avionics for the Mars Pathfinder. Also worked on many deep space missions, including Galileo, Cassini, and Magellan missions. Chair of the Board of Directors for the IEEE Aerospace Conferences. Numerous NASA awards, including Exceptional Service and Exceptional Achievement Medals.

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      Peter Kahn

      Manager - Project System Engineering and Formulation, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Manager of the Project Systems Engineering and Formulation Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over 30 years systems engineering experience in space flight projects.

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      Steven Arnold

      Deputy Executive, Civil Space, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Deputy Executive, Civil Space, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory. Oversees all Civil Space programs at APL, including missions such as NASA's New Horizons, Parker Solar Probe, and Dragonfly. Responsible for strategic activities such as core technology development, internal research and development, external partnering programs, program formulation, and program execution. Formerly held senior technical and management positions at Hughes and DirecTV. BS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech; MS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University.

    • 2.01 Deep Space, Earth and Discovery Missions

      Addresses status and results of missions in formulation, implementation, and operation. Session objective is to provide a full mission prospective and discuss the system level trade offs, challenges and lessons learned. From operational missions, results are discussed along with the in-flight challenges. Session addresses all types of missions from Earth orbiting to planetary to heliophysics to astrophysics missions.

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        James Graf

        Deputy Director, Earth Science and Technology Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Director for Earth Science and Technology Directorate at JPL. Formerly, Manager of JPL's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project and the Quick Scatterometer Mission, an Earth-orbiting satellite. Recipient of NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and Aviation Week's 1999 'Laurel for Space.' BSE, Princeton University; MS, Colorado State University.

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        Nick Chrissotimos

        Associate Director of Flight Projects Code 460, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: Associate Director of Flight Projects for Explorers & Heliophysics and Program Manager for Explorers, Living With a Star and Solar Terrestrial Probes programs at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Directs the development and implementation of over 12 flight projects.

    • 2.02 Future Space and Earth Science Missions

      Concepts for future space or Earth science programs or missions, from early formulation through Phase B.

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        Patricia Beauchamp

        Chief Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate, JPL-Caltech. Founding member of PESTO within NASA PSD. Previously Program Manager, Strategic Missions and Advanced Concepts, working on future solar system missions and technologies; Program Manager, Planetary Science Instrument Development Office; Leader, Center for In situ Exploration and Sample Return; Project Manager, Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer (MICAS) Project on DS1. Ph.D., Chemistry, Caltech.Post-doc Chemical Engineering at Caltech

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        Arthur Chmielewski

        Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

    • 2.03 System and Technologies for Landing on Planets, the Moon, Earth and Small Bodies

      This session includes landing spacecraft, including precision and safe landing, atmospheric entry, descent, and landing/rendezvousing with small bodies.

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        Ian Clark

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Ian is a systems engineer in the EDL and Advanced Technologies Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the ASPIRE project and works on the Mars2020 mission. He has previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and PI of NASA's LDSD project.

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        Clara O'Farrell

        Guidance and Control Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Clara O’Farrell is an engineer in the Entry, Descent, and Landing Guidance and Control Systems Group at JPL. She received a PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems from Caltech in 2013, and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2008. Since joining JPL in 2013, she has worked on the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerators and Mars 2020 projects. She is the recipient of JPL's Charles Elachi Award and the NASA Early Career Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.

    • 2.04 Access to Space and Emerging Mission Capabilities

      The high cost of launch continues to be a roadblock to space missions large and small. The development of adapters (ESPA, PPOD, e.g.), the development of new launch vehicles, the acceptance of risk for accommodating secondary or auxiliary payloads, and the explosion of cubesat and smallsat capability have led to some creative approaches to space missions. This session is meant to showcase how our space colleagues are leveraging these emerging capabilities.

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        Eleni Sims

        Project Engineer, Aerospace Corporation: Senior Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation. Provides technical support to the DoD Space Test Program (STP).

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        Kara O'Donnell

        Principal Director, Aerospace Corporation: Principal Director for the Space Innovation Directorate at the Aerospace Corporation, providing “world class” technical support in the areas of adaptive mission assurance, technology planning, development, and test & demonstration.

    • 2.05 Robotic Mobility and Sample Acquisition Systems

      Use of robotic systems for in situ space exploration involving robotic mobility, manipulation, and sampling. All aspects of these robotic systems, including design, development, implementation, and operation are valued topics of presentation. Research prototypes as well as fielded or flown systems are of interest.

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        Richard Volpe

        Section Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Manager of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section (347) at JPL. Key section capabilities include vision, sensor processing, advanced controls, man-machine interfaces, simulation, and system design, primarily for rovers. Research interests include natural terrain mobile robots, real-time sensor-based control, manipulation, robot design, software architecture, and path planning.

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        Paul Backes

        Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Paul Backes, Ph.D., is the Group Supervisor of the Mobility and Manipulation group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1987. He received the BSME degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1987 in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

    • 2.06 Future Missions & Enabling Technologies for In Situ Exploration, Sample Returns

      Future mission concepts, planetary protection technologies, sample handling techniques, novel technologies for in situ exploration, technologies not covered under robotic mobility and sample acquisition, human precursor mission concepts, and technologies that enable precursor missions.

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        Patricia Beauchamp

        Chief Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate, JPL-Caltech. Founding member of PESTO within NASA PSD. Previously Program Manager, Strategic Missions and Advanced Concepts, working on future solar system missions and technologies; Program Manager, Planetary Science Instrument Development Office; Leader, Center for In situ Exploration and Sample Return; Project Manager, Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer (MICAS) Project on DS1. Ph.D., Chemistry, Caltech.Post-doc Chemical Engineering at Caltech

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        Michael Johnson

        Chief Technologist, Engineering and Technology Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Michael Johnson is Chief Technologist of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center. He envisions a future with compelling, challenging, and visionary spaceflight missions and measurements and leads or influences teams across Goddard, industry, academia, and other governmental agencies to "expand the possible" to make these visions a reality. Before coming to Goddard, Mr. Johnson was a Staff engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, responsible for the design, development, and management of advanced ground- and space-based proof-of-concept systems. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and Degree of Electrical Engineer from MIT.

    • 2.07 In Situ Instruments for Landed Surface Exploration, Orbiters, and Flybys

      This session solicits papers that describe advanced Instrument concepts and/or innovative analytical protocols that characterize surface and subsurface chemistry and geology (elemental, isotopic, molecular, mineralogical composition), astrobiological potential, geophysical processes (tectonics, internal structure, heat flow, geochronology), atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, dust and particles, charged particles/plasmas, and magnetic fields.

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        Stephanie Getty

        Deputy Director, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: Research planetary scientist emphasizing instrument development at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Interests include miniaturized analytical instruments for planetary science. PhD, Physics, University of Florida.

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        Ricardo Arevalo

        Associate Professor, University of Maryland: Dr. Arevalo Jr., an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland, is an expert in the development and application of in situ methods of chemical analysis, particularly: sector field, Orbitrap, time-of-flight, and ion trap mass spectrometry; laser ablation and desorption sample processing; and, electron probe microanalysis. His scientific research is focused on establishing compositional models for the Earth and other planetary bodies, enabling insights into the dynamics of internal differentiation, and characterizing the biosignature preservation potential of habitable (sub)surface environments. He approaches these objectives through in depth studies of terrestrial (e.g., oceanic basalts), extraterrestrial (e.g., HED meteorites), and planetary analog samples (e.g., synthetically-derived Mars minerals and/or Europa ices).

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        Xiang Li

        Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Xiang Li received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Peking University, China in 2003, and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University in 2009. He is an assistant research scientist with a joint appointment at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research focuses on the organic molecules in planetary systems, like Mars. He is especially interested in the instrument development of time-of-flight and ion trap mass spectrometers with various ionization and ion gating techniques. He serves as mass spec. scientist for the MOMA ion trap MS on ExoMars and Co-I on development of LITMS and MACROS instrument.

    • 2.08 Space Exploration with Small, Low-Cost Missions

      This session will explore the use of small spacecraft (smallsats, cubesats, etc.) to enable new, exciting low-cost missions for space exploration. This session will focus on: (1) small, low-cost missions in study, formulation, implementation, operations, and completed and (2) results and lessons-learned from small, low-cost missions that have flown.

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        Young Lee

        Technical Group Supervisor and Project Support Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Young Lee is the Advanced Design Engineering Technical Group Supervisor and Project Support Lead in the Project Systems Engineering and Formulation Section in Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over the last ten years, she has held many diverse leadership positions in NASA programs and projects establishing strategic and collaborative working relationships across many organizations within NASA, including its domestic and international partners. In addition, she has over twenty years of experience in the development and deployment of operations systems for deep space missions, focusing on operations cost reduction, user-productivity improvements and increased information throughput in support of many NASA deep space missions. She has a M.S. in Management of Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University in California.

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        Andrew Petro

        Program Executive, NASA - Headquarters: Andrew Petro is the Program Integration Manager in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Previously he was the Program Executive for Small Spacecraft Technology and for Solar Electric Propulsion. Before moving to NASA Headquarters he worked at the Johnson Space Center in human spaceflight engineering, advanced propulsion, and flight operations.

    • 2.09 Mission Design for Spacecraft Formations

      This session covers all the aspects related to missions that utilize two or more spacecraft flying in formation about the Earth, other celestial bodies or in deep-space. Topics in this session include mission designs and architectures of distributed space systems; federated and/or disaggregated satellite systems; system engineering aspects applied to spacecraft formations (requirements definition and assessment, specific subsystems, system configurations and trade-offs); guidance and navigation issues and solutions addressing autonomy and coordination of distributed space systems; coordinate attitude and/or orbit dynamics and control for spacecraft formation flying; operational issues, experience and findings.

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        Giovanni Palmerini

        Professor, Guidance and Navigation, Sapienza Universita' di Roma: Full professor of Aerospace Systems at Sapienza Univ. of Rome, has been working after graduation in 1991 as aerospace engineer for Italspazio, then back to university, visiting scholar at Stanford, later - as researcher at Sapienza - participant in design, test and launch (2000) of UNISAT, first Italian university microsatellite. Currently co-leader of the Guidance and Navigation Lab, working on testbeds for visual navigation based in-space ops. Research interests in orbital dynamics, space systems, satellite/inertial/integrated navigation. PhD Aerosp.Eng., Univ.Rome (1996). Senior Member AIAA, Member IEEE, ION and AIdAA. Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

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        Leonard Felicetti

        Lecturer in Space Engineering, Cranfield University: Dr. Leonard Felicetti is a Lecturer in Space Engineering in Cranfield University (UK). He obtained his Ph.D. and he was a Post-Doc Researcher in Sapienza - University of Rome (Italy). In 2015, he was Honorary Research Associate at University of Glasgow (UK) and then, Associate Senior Lecturer in On-board Space Systems in Luleå University of Technology (Sweden). He joined Cranfield University (UK) in 2019. Leonard's main research interests are on Spacecraft Formation Flying; Guidance, Navigation and Control; Spacecraft Orbital and Attitude Control; Space Robotics; Autonomous Distributed Space Systems; Spacecraft and Mission Design.

    • 2.10 Space Radiation and its Interaction with Shielding, Electronics and Humans

      The mitigation of adverse effects from radiation on humans and electronics in space is a critical step in mission success. This session focuses on research in understanding the nature of the radiation field in space and how that field is changed as it passes through shielding materials, electronics, and the human body. Topics include radiation measurements made in space, projectile and target fragmentation measurements and materials studies conducted at accelerator facilities on ground, radiation transport modeling, improvements of nuclear reaction models and radiation transport codes, shielding of electronics and humans, and benchmarking of measurements performed both in space and on ground for the verification and validation of the transport codes.

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        Lembit Sihver

        Professor Dr, Chalmers University of Technology: Full Professor of Medical Rad. Physics with Specialization in Ion Therapy and Head of Radiation Physics atTechnische Universität Wien - Atominstitut, Vienna, Austria, and Head of Applied Medical Physics Research at EBG MedAustron GmbH, Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, at the University of Houston, Roanoke College, East Carolina University, and Texas A&M University, USA, at the Royal Military College of Canada, Canada, and at the Medical College of Soochow University, China. Major research areas are medical radiation physics, radiotherapy, heavy ion physics, particle and heavy ion transport, space radiation shielding, space dosimetry, and nuclear fuel.

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        Maria De Soria Santacruz Pich

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Payload Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2014. In 2015 she was a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA working on the design and testing of an energetic particle detector for the ELFIN satellite as well as on data analysis from the Van Allen Probes mission. During her first two years at JPL she was a Technologist working on the effects of extreme environments on space systems including the Europa mission. She also supported the development of multiple payloads including the ASERIA CubeSat and Plasma Diagnostics Package for the ARRM Mission. Maria is currently a Payload Systems Engineer for the Psyche Mission. Her interests include space and plasma physics, and particle and fields instrumentation.

    • 2.11 Space Debris and Dust: The Environment, Risks, and Mitigation Concepts and Practices

      Operational satellites are at risk from collisions with the more than 20,000 trackable debris objects that remain in orbit today, as well as hundreds of thousands of objects, including micrometeoroids, that are too small to be cataloged. Beyond the realm of Earth-oriented orbits, unique and immensely valuable science-gathering spacecraft can also be exposed to similar hypervelocity collisional risks, but from cometary and asteroidal micro-milliscale particles (dust). Papers are invited that address the space debris population and growth projections; debris and dust characteristics; impact modeling and materials testing; modeling and simulation and/or test results that can lead to quantification of the risks to spacecraft in various orbits and exploration missions; and mitigation strategies including debris removal or repositioning, spacecraft shielding, orbit selection, and spacecraft operations. Papers documenting past mission anomalies traced to space debris, and mitigation strategies employed today, are also of interest.

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        Kaushik Iyer

        Materials Physicist/Manager, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Dr. Kaushik A. Iyer is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. As a Materials Physicist and Manager in the Space Exploration Sector, he addresses spacecraft damage mitigation from particle hypervelocity impacts for the Europa Clipper mission, Parker Solar Probe mission, and other missions where impact response questions arise. His major interests and contributions have been in mechanisms and physics based modeling of ultra-fast (O(ns)) mechanical and thermal material damage processes, and effects on spacecraft, micrometeoroids and orbital debris. Iyer holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (1997) and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (1991) in Materials Science and Engineering.

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        Douglas Mehoke

        SEM Group Supervisor of the Mechanical Systems Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL): Mr. Douglas Mehoke is the Group Supervisor of the Mechanical Systems Group in the Space Department at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has worked in the field of spacecraft technology and thermal design for over 30 years, and has a wide background in the fields of heat transfer and fluid mechanics. He received a BS from the University of California in 1980, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1982. He is presently leading the dust survivability efforts on PSP and Europa Clipper. He was the Lead Engineer for the Thermal Protection System and Dust Mitigation efforts of the Solar Probe Plus mission. He has been the Lead Thermal Engineer on the Polar Bear, MSX, CONTOUR, and New Horizons spacecraft. He has also worked on a variety of scientific instrument including Cassini-MIMI and MRO-CRISM.

    • 2.12 Asteroid Detection, Characterization, Sample-Return, and Deflection

      This Session invites papers on flight and ground system concepts, mission concepts, and technologies that address the need to detect, characterize and deflect asteroids that could pose an impact hazard to Earth. Papers on instrument technologies and technologies for proximity operations near, and landing on, asteroids are also sought.

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        Jeffery Webster

        Project Support Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Project Support Specialist, Project Support Office at JPL; Senior Systems Engineer, Mission Systems Concepts Section; Mars Trace Gas Orbiter, Project Planner & Systems Engineering; Associate Engineer, Mission & Systems Concepts Section.

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        Paul Chodas

        Senior scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Paul Chodas is a senior scientist at JPL, where he has been computing orbits for asteroids and comets for over 30 years. He is the principal architect of JPL's small body core algorithms and software, which is used to determine NEO orbits, propagate their trajectories, and compute their close approaches and Earth impact probabilities. Paul coined the term "keyhole" in connection with asteroid close approaches that lead to later impacts, and he has studied the dynamics of keyholes for asteroids like Apophis and Bennu. Paul leads the observation campaign which is searching for candidate targets for NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

    • 2.13 Orbital Robotics: On-Orbit Servicing and Active Debris Removal

      On-going and future missions involving in-space robotic systems and operations, to include On-Orbit Servicing, Active Debris Removal, Assembly, and Astronaut Assistance. All designs and methods to accomplish robotic tasks in orbit, such as mobility, manipulation, assembly or maintenance, are of interest. Specific aspects may be addressed, such as hardware design, open-loop or closed-loop control, rendezvous trajectory generation, computer vision, autonomy, tele-operation, experimental facilities on ground, or others of relevance. Mission concept papers are to include technical development toward ground testing or flight operation.

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        David Sternberg

        Guidance and Control Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: David Sternberg is a guidance and control systems engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, having earned his SB, SM, and ScD degrees in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently working on the development and testing of attitude determination and control systems for several small satellites and the Psyche mission, as well as the development of testbed and microgravity spacecraft simulations. His doctoral work in Space Systems Engineering focused on the development of optimal trajectories for docking to tumbling targets with uncertain properties.

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        Markus Wilde

        Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology: Markus Wilde received his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) from TU Munich, Germany. He was accepted into the NRC Research Associateship Program in 2013, as postdoctoral associate at the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2014, he joined the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focus lies on autonomous and telerobotic capabilities for rendezvous and capture of space objects.

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      James Hoffman

      Senior Research Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Engineer in JPL's Radar Science and Engineering Section. Over 10 years experience in microwave instrument design for remote sensing applications. Currently the RF System Lead for the NI-SAR radar mission (NASA-ISRO) and the InSight Landing Radar.

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      Glenn Hopkins

      Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute: GTRI Fellow and Chief Engineer of the Antenna Systems Division of the GTRI Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory, specializing in array antenna technologies. Interests include phased arrays, wide bandwidth antennas, digital beam forming and RF subsystems.

    • 3.01 Phased Array Antenna Systems and Beamforming Technologies

      Included are active power combining, thermal management, phasing networks, integration, power, test and evaluation and beamsteering, algorithm development and associated hardware implementations, and modeling and simulation for all levels of phased array development and beamsteering.

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        Janice Booth

        Electronics Engineer, AMRDEC Weapons Development and Integration Directorate: Research engineer, US Army, Redstone Arsenal. Main area of research is in phased arrays with other interests in thermal management, RF MEMS, semi-conductor antennas & chip-level component integration issues. BSE & MSE EE, Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville.

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        Glenn Hopkins

        Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute: GTRI Fellow and Chief Engineer of the Antenna Systems Division of the GTRI Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory, specializing in array antenna technologies. Interests include phased arrays, wide bandwidth antennas, digital beam forming and RF subsystems.

    • 3.02 Ground and Space Antenna Technologies and Systems

      Papers on all aspects of antenna systems for ground, ground to/from space and space communications, including reflector antennas and feeds, arrays, and transmit/receive subsytems.

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        Farzin Manshadi

        JPL Spectrum Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Leads spacecraft frequency selection, radio frequency interference analysis, frequency coordination, and long term spectrum planning activities. Previously, JPL supervisor of design & development of the microwave antennas at the NASA Deep Space Network. PhD, EE UCLA.

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        Chief Technology Office - Antenna Systems, Viasat: Chief Technology Officer, Viasat Antenna Systems Division. Working primarily in the area of earth-observation and ISR ground-terminal development with parabolic antennas, analog and digital phased array antennas, and high-bandwidth digital modems.

    • 3.03 RF/Microwave Systems

      Papers about RF and microwave systems or components, passive and active, including radar systems.

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        James Hoffman

        Senior Research Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Engineer in JPL's Radar Science and Engineering Section. Over 10 years experience in microwave instrument design for remote sensing applications. Currently the RF System Lead for the NI-SAR radar mission (NASA-ISRO) and the InSight Landing Radar.

    • 3.04 Radio Astronomy and Radio Science

      Papers on the techniques, hardware and systems, and results in the fields of Radio Astronomy and Radio Science.

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        Mark Bentum

        Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology: Mark Bentum received his MSc and PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1991 and 1995. In 1996 he joined the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON). He was in various positions at ASTRON. In 2005 he was involved in the eSMA project in Hawaii to correlate the Dutch JCMT mm-telescope with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) of Harvard University. From 2005 to 2008 he was responsible for the construction of the first software radio telescope in the world, LOFAR (Low Frequency Array). In 2008 he became an Associate Professor in the Telecommunication Engineering Group at the University of Twente. In 2017 he became a full Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is now involved with research and education in radio science.

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        Melissa Soriano

        Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Melissa Soriano is a systems engineer in the Flight Communications Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She developed real-time and high performance software for over a decade for the Deep Space Network. Melissa is a telecom systems engineer on the Europa Clipper Flight Systems Engineering Team. She has a BS from Caltech (double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business Economics and Management) and an MS from George Mason University.

    • 3.05 Miniaturized RF/Microwave Technologies Enabling Small Satellite and UAV Systems

      Papers in all fields that advance the state-of-art in the miniaturization of RF and microwave technologies. These include device technologies such as RF ASICs, MMICs, and system-on-chip; packaging technologies such as flexible electronics, 3D microwave integration, and hybrid techniques; instruments and systems for small satellites, and UAVs.

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        Dimitris Anagnostou

        Assoc. Professor, Heriot Watt University: Dimitris E. Anagnostou received the BSEE degree from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, in 2000, and the MSEE and PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2002 and 2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Post-Doc at Georgia Tech. In 2007, he joined the ECE Department, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MSc program in Wireless Communications at the Heriot Watt University, in Edinburgh, UK. His interests include reconfigurable antennas and arrays for space and wearable applications, RADAR, and wireless vital sign monitoring. Dr. Anagnostou is a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the IEEE John Kraus Antenna Award, and is currently supported by the H2020 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. He is past Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

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      Phil Dafesh

      Distinguished Engineer, Communications Technologies and Engineering Division, Aerospace Corporation: Distinguished Engineer, Communications Technologies and Engineering Division, Aerospace Corporation. Leads the development and application of GPS, wireless, and software-defined-radio technology. 55 publications and 16 patents. M.S. and Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, UCLA. B.S., EE and Physics, Cal Poly Pomona.

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      Shirley Tseng

      Systems Engineer, Tseng LLC: Consults on design and implementation of large-scale, high-performance satellite and terrestrial high performance networks. Previously: satellite design, development, test; satellite operations & ground station design, GE.

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      Kar Ming Cheung

      Technical Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Technical Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Principal Engineer and Technical Group Supervisor in the Communication Architectures and Research Section. Over 30 years experience in research, development, production, operation, and management of advanced channel coding, source coding, synchronization, image restoration, and communication analysis schemes. 30+ journal and conference papers. Received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for work on Galileo's onboard image compression scheme. BSEE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; MS and PhD, California Institute of Technology.

    • 4.01 Evolving Space Communication Architectures

      A forum in which to trace, examine and predict trends in the architectures of space communications and navigation, including ground infrastructure and support and interactions between terrestrial and space networks. Innovative concepts and game changing approaches with a system view are especially sought.

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        Shervin Shambayati

        Senior Systems Engineering, Aerospace Corporation: Senior Staff at Aerospace Corporation, Communications Architecture Department. Previously, Senior Systems Engineering Specialist, SSL and the Telecommunications Lead for NASA Restore-L program.Former member of Telecommunications Architecture group, JPL. Former Principal Investigator, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Ka-band Demonstration, JPL. BS in Applied Mathematics and Engineering, Cal State University, Northridge. MSEE and PhD, UCLA.

    • 4.02 Communication Protocols and Services for Space Networks

      The focus is communication protocols and services supporting space systems, including ground- and space-based methods to increase efficiency, enable new exploration/applications, provide more secure systems, and improve Quality of Service. Techniques include relay communications, routing, delay/disruption tolerant networking, retransmission approaches, adaptive link/network/transport methods, demand access, and advanced scheduling. Novel space network architectures are of key interest, including microspacecraft swarms, sensor webs, and surface networks. Implementation and evolution of communications networking into space systems, as well as application to specific missions, are sought.

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        Shervin Shambayati

        Senior Systems Engineering, Aerospace Corporation: Senior Staff at Aerospace Corporation, Communications Architecture Department. Previously, Senior Systems Engineering Specialist, SSL and the Telecommunications Lead for NASA Restore-L program.Former member of Telecommunications Architecture group, JPL. Former Principal Investigator, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Ka-band Demonstration, JPL. BS in Applied Mathematics and Engineering, Cal State University, Northridge. MSEE and PhD, UCLA.

    • 4.03 Next Generation Space Systems: AESS GLUE

      This session solicits papers on advanced, interdisciplinary, topics in Space System Engineering, based on the concept of interdependency of systems. This includes new broadband communications systems and techniques, their use platforms, such as small satellites, Internet-of-Remote Things and Internet-of-Space-Things, software control and implementation of sky communications and networks (SDR and SDN), end-to-end system considerations, augmented 3D reality for manned space missions, integration of navigation, communications and sensing functionalities, and advanced signal processing techniques for emerging space communications and data applications.

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        Claudio Sacchi

        Assistant professor, University of Trento: Dr. Claudio Sacchi is assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy). His main research interests are in satellite communications and wireless broadband communications. He is authors of more than 70 papers published in international journals and conferences. He is Senior Member of IEEE, member of IEEE Comsoc and IEEE AES society.

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        Christian Schlegel

        President and Founder, HCDC LLC: Christian Schlegel received his engineering degree from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Dr. Schlegel was the iCORE Chair for Digital Communications at the University of Alberta from 2002-2012, and held a Canadian NSERC Industrial Research Chair at Dalhousie University from 2012-2018. He is the author of "Trellis Coding'' (1997, IEEE Press), "Trellis and Turbo Coding,'' (2004 Wiley/IEEE), and "Coordinated Multiple User Communications,'' (2006 Springer), and "Trellis and Turbo Coding: Iterative Error Control Coding" (2015 Wiley). Dr. Schlegel received a 1997 National Science Foundation Career Award, a Canada Research Chair in 2001, and a Province of Alberta iCORE Chair in 2001 and 2006. He was named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007 and 2012, and he is an IEEE Fellow.


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    • 4.04 Navigation and Communication Systems for Exploration

      Systems, technology, and operations for navigation and/or communication among elements involved in civil, commercial, or national security missions in any orbital domain (Earth and interplanetary). The session focuses on enabling technologies, strategies, new operational concepts and performance improvements for advancing mission capability.

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        Patrick Stadter

        Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Principal Professional Staff at JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory and Chief of Research, Development, and Engineering for APL National Security Space Programs. BSEE from Notre Dame, MSEE from Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. from Penn State.

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        David Copeland

        Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: David Copeland is a member of the Principal Professional Staff with the RF Group in the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. He is currently the lead engineer for the communications subsystems for NASA's Dragonfly mission to Titan, and the Parker Solar Probe mission to the Sun. Mr. Copeland has over 30 years' experience in microwave and optical communications. Mr. Copeland received his B.S. from Virginia Tech in 1985 and M.S. from the University of Maryland in 1997, both in Electrical Engineering.

    • 4.05 Relay Communications for Space Exploration

      For a wide range of space exploration scenarios, multi-hop relay communications can provide significant benefits in terms of increased data return and reduced user burden (mass, power, cost) over conventional space-to-ground links. In this session we examine relay communications for both Earth-orbiting missions and missions throughout the solar system. Topics of interest include relay system architecture, relay spacecraft design (for both dedicated relay orbiters and for hybrid science/telecom spacecraft), relay telecommunications payload design, relay communication protocols, mission applications and operational experiences/lessons-learned.

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        David Israel

        Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division Architect , NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: David J. Israel is the Principal Investigator for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division Architect at Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been working on various aspects of space communications systems, since joining NASA in 1989. He received a B.S.E.E from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and M.S.E.E. from George Washington University in 1996. He has led the development of various Space Network/Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) operational systems and has been the principal investigator for multiple communications technology activities concerning advanced transceiver concepts and IP protocols, including the LPT CANDOS experiment on STS-107. He is co-chair of the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG) Space Internetworking Strategy Group (SISG). He received a NASA Silver Snoopy Award in 2018 for his support of Human Space Flight communications.

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        Charles Edwards

        Mgr, Advanced Studies, Mars Exploration Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Manager of the Advanced Studies Office of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Responsible for the development of future Mars exploration mission concepts and mission-enabling technologies.

    • 4.06 Space Communication Systems Roundtable : Networking the Solar System

      The roundtable will provide a forward-looking view of the development of a Solar System Internetwork - a layered architecture aimed at offering ubiquitous, high-bandwidth communication throughout the solar system in support of robotic and, ultimately, human exploration in deep space. Panelists will assess trends in physical layer capabilities, including migration to higher RF frequencies (Ka-band) and/or to optical wavelengths, as well as higher layers in the protocol stack, including networking protocols such as DTN. Based on assessment of forecasted commercial satcom trends, and building on the multi-hop relay capabilities operating today at Earth and at Mars, the roundtable will describe the evolution towards a true Solar System Internetwork in the coming decades.

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        David Israel

        Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division Architect , NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: David J. Israel is the Principal Investigator for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division Architect at Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been working on various aspects of space communications systems, since joining NASA in 1989. He received a B.S.E.E from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and M.S.E.E. from George Washington University in 1996. He has led the development of various Space Network/Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) operational systems and has been the principal investigator for multiple communications technology activities concerning advanced transceiver concepts and IP protocols, including the LPT CANDOS experiment on STS-107. He is co-chair of the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG) Space Internetworking Strategy Group (SISG). He received a NASA Silver Snoopy Award in 2018 for his support of Human Space Flight communications.

    • 4.07 Innovative Space Communications and Tracking Techniques

      This session solicits innovative contributions to improve flight and ground communication and tracking systems such as antenna arrays, software-defined radios, advance receivers, deployable antennas, relay satellites, Ka and Optical communications, novel signal formats, new coding methods, and CubeSat communications and tracking techniques.

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        Kar Ming Cheung

        Technical Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Technical Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Principal Engineer and Technical Group Supervisor in the Communication Architectures and Research Section. Over 30 years experience in research, development, production, operation, and management of advanced channel coding, source coding, synchronization, image restoration, and communication analysis schemes. 30+ journal and conference papers. Received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for work on Galileo's onboard image compression scheme. BSEE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; MS and PhD, California Institute of Technology.

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        Alessandra Babuscia

        Telecommunication Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Alessandra Babuscia received a B.S. and a S.M. in Communication Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 2005 and 2007 respectively. She received her Ph.D. (2012) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked as research assistant and teaching assistant in Space System Laboratory. She has developed communication system for different university missions (CASTOR, ExoPlanet, TerSat, Rexis, TALARIS). She has worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as summer researcher in Communication Architecture Research Group. Her research interests are in the fields of: communication technologies for small and micro satellite platforms, communication architecture design, statistical risk estimation, expert elicitation, mission scheduling and planning. She was awarded Amelia Earhart Fellows (years 2010 and 2011), Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellows (2010 and 2011), Teaching Assistant Award for MIT AeroAstro Department (2010), Top graduate in B.S program (2005) and in S.M. program (2007) at Politecnico di Milano. She is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT.

    • 4.08 Communication System Analysis & Simulation

      This session solicits innovative contributions on modeling, analysis, and/or simulation of satellite, aerospace, or terrestrial communication systems. Topics include modeling and design of network services and systems, communication waveforms and modulation, integration of terrestrial and satellite networks, deep space communication systems, terrestrial and deep space relay communication networks, communication protocols for satellite communication, traffic modeling, traffic engineering and analysis, network measurements, network optimization and resource provisioning, next generation internet, overlay and virtual networks, autonomic communication systems, cross-layer & cross-system protocol design, and communication network monitoring.

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        Yogi Krikorian

        Senior Engineering Specialist, Aerospace Corporation: Senior Engineering Specialist in the Communication Architectures Department. Interests in development of dynamic communication link and data throughput analysis for interplanetary and earth missions.

    • 4.09 Communications and/or Related Systems: Theory, Simulation, and Signal Processing

      This session solicits innovative contributions on theory, modeling and simulation, and signal processing foundations of satellite, aerospace and terrestrial wireless communications.

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        David Taggart

        Engineer, Self: Dr. David Taggart received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis in electrical engineering. He has co-authored about 32 IEEE papers, mostly in recent history. He has worked at Bell Labs, Hughes (Satellite Communications), and TRW Systems. Also, on a part time basis he has taught hundreds of classes at universities and schools in the Los Angeles area. His current interests include digital signal processing and communications analysis and simulations, as well as satellite communication systems.

    • 4.10 Wideband Communications Systems

      This session solicits innovative contributions about wideband communication systems in terrestrial, satellite, and hybrid Space-terrestrial communications systems transmitting information at high data rates. Papers dealing with modelling and simulations of communications systems, evaluating performance, or describing hardware/software implementation of communication system components are welcome. Detailed topics include, but are not limited to: Broadband satellite and aerospace transmission; Broadband terrestrial wireless transmission; Millimeter wave communications; Spread-spectrum and CDMA communications; TV and HDTV broadcasting over satellite; Modulation and channel coding techniques; MIMO techniques; Antenna design; Multi-carrier communications; Multi-user transmission; Channel equalization; Carrier and timing synchronization; Radio resource management and scheduling; Emerging technologies for safety-critical and emergency communications; Emerging standards for terrestrial and satellite communications (LTE, LTE-A, WiMax, DVB-S2, IEEE 802.11x); Energy-efficient terrestrial and satellite communications; and networking.

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        David Taggart

        Engineer, Self: Dr. David Taggart received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis in electrical engineering. He has co-authored about 32 IEEE papers, mostly in recent history. He has worked at Bell Labs, Hughes (Satellite Communications), and TRW Systems. Also, on a part time basis he has taught hundreds of classes at universities and schools in the Los Angeles area. His current interests include digital signal processing and communications analysis and simulations, as well as satellite communication systems.

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        Claudio Sacchi

        Assistant professor, University of Trento: Dr. Claudio Sacchi is assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy). His main research interests are in satellite communications and wireless broadband communications. He is authors of more than 70 papers published in international journals and conferences. He is Senior Member of IEEE, member of IEEE Comsoc and IEEE AES society.

    • 4.11 Q/V band connectivity and Alphasat experience

      Future High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems, able to support terabit/s connectivity, will require a very large bandwidth availability; this pushes towards the exploitation of the so-called "beyond Ka-band" systems. This session focuses on the proposed and on-going Q/V band and beyond satellite missions, both of scientific and commercial nature. Enabling system architecture and technologies are included as well, i.e. smart gateway architectures, propagation impairment mitigation techniques, high power generation systems, etc.

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        Giuseppe Codispoti

        QV Band Telecommunications Program Manager, ASI, Italian Space Agency: Giuseppe Codispoti was born in Catanzaro, Italy. He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Università della Calabria, Italy and a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Cal., USA. He worked for almost eight years at Alenia Spazio SpA (now Thales Alenia Space Italia) in Rome where he was “On Board Active Antennas” designer, Project Manager and Program Manager. In 2000 he joined ASI, Italian Space Agency. Since then he worked in the field of Micro Gravity as Program Manager in the ISS Technical Unit and communications as Program Manager in the Telecommunications and Integrated Application Division, He is author of dozens of papers in regarding Space Active Antenna Systems, Microgravity research Activity. At the moment he is the Q/V Band Activities Responsible for the Italian Space Agency..

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        Giorgia Parca

        Telecommunications Engineer, Italian Space Agency: Giorgia Parca - Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering (2006) and PhD in Telecommunications and Microelectronics Engineering (2010) at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Electronic Engineering Department. Main research topics have been fiber optics, optical wireless, inter-satellite broadband technologies. Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Portuguese Telecommunications Institute, on optical telecom systems and devices for all optical data/image processing. She joined the Italian Space Agency in 2013, firstly with the Telecommunications and Navigation Division and currently with the Scientific Research Division. Main research areas are on enabling technologies for space communications, with particular focus on Ka, Q/V band, optical broadband telecommunication systems, Deep Space communications and ground operations.

    • 4.12 Software Defined Radio and Cognitive Radio Systems and Technology

      This section presents papers on software and cognitive radio in general, and their application to space communications in particular. Both original and space-centric tutorial papers are welcome.

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        Eugene Grayver

        Principal Engineer, Aerospace Corporation: Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corporation; works on flexible communications platforms. Founder, fabless semiconductor company developing low-power ASICs for multi-antenna 3G mobile receivers. Research interests: reconfigurable digital signal processing algorithms, low-power VLSI circuits for communications, and system design of wireless data communication systems. BS, EE, Caltech, Ph.D., UCLA.

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        Genshe Chen

        CTO, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc: Dr. Chen received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, in 1989, 1991 and 1994, respectively, all from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China. He is the chief technology officer at IFT and provides strategic guidance for government services and commercial solutions.

    • 4.13 Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      This session focuses on recent advances in satellite navigation. Current and future envisioned applications of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Compass global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs) are addressed, as well as global, regional and local augmentation systems. The topics covered include next generation GNSSs, receiver technologies, interoperability, orbit computation, multi-sensor fusion, and navigation model, methods and algorithms.

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        Gabriele Giorgi

        Senior researcher, German Aerospace Center - DLR: Dr. Giorgi is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Communications and Navigation, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen-Wessling, Germany. He holds a PhD from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His main research focuses on next generation satellite navigation systems, visual navigation and multi-sensor fusion.

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        Lin Yi

        Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Dr. Lin Yi is a technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He is leading several frequency and timing related projects/tasks funded by NASA/JPL and DARPA. His expertise lies in areas of atomic clocks, GNSS and deep space navigation, ultra-fast and DUV laser engineering, precision instrumentation and measurement, software engineering, embedded system architecture, frequency & timing metrology, Atoms, Molecules, Optics and Plasma physics. Dr. Yi has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Yi holds leadership positions in IEEE-MGA, IEEE-UFFC, INCOSE, CGSIC. He serves as a technical reviewer for NSF, NASA, OSA, IEEE, AIP, IOP, USRA.

    • 4.14 Space Navigation Techniques

      Papers in this session are collected on topics of architecture, hardware and algorithms relating to space navigation techniques including, but not limited to: * Ground-based deep space navigation using NASA Deep Space Network, ESA Deep Space Antenna, as well as similar deep space navigation facilities from China, India, Japan, etc. * Navigation at lunar surface and deep space gateway * Navigation in deep space CubeSats missions * Spacecraft formation flying navigation * Navigation in rendezvous missions * Novel navigation methods (e.g. using pulsars) * Relative navigation between spacecraft * Spacecraft navigation with GNSS (Papers accepted under this topic can overlap with the GNSS session topics, and please expect coordination in the final program arrangement) * Spacecraft navigation with in-situ sensors including but not limited to magnetometers, inertial sensors, etc. * Navigation robustness * Autonomous navigation * Integrated navigation

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        Lin Yi

        Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Dr. Lin Yi is a technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He is leading several frequency and timing related projects/tasks funded by NASA/JPL and DARPA. His expertise lies in areas of atomic clocks, GNSS and deep space navigation, ultra-fast and DUV laser engineering, precision instrumentation and measurement, software engineering, embedded system architecture, frequency & timing metrology, Atoms, Molecules, Optics and Plasma physics. Dr. Yi has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Yi holds leadership positions in IEEE-MGA, IEEE-UFFC, INCOSE, CGSIC. He serves as a technical reviewer for NSF, NASA, OSA, IEEE, AIP, IOP, USRA.

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        John Enright

        Associate Professor, Ryerson University: Associate Professor in Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. Research interest focused on estimation and signal processing for spacecraft sensors.

    • 4.15 CNS Systems and Airborne Networks for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft

      This session focuses on communications, navigation and surveillance systems, including on-board and ground-based systems for all vehicles operating in the National Airspace System (NAS): manned and unmanned vehicles, fixed wing and rotor-craft, general aviation, civil transport and military that may carry passengers, cargo or are performing surveillance-type missions. Topics range from concept development, simulation and modeling, technology development and verification, through flight testing and certification. Emerging fields include surface wireless networks, ADS-B, Datacomm, airborne network security, UAS integration, satellite-based CNS, and international activities.

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        Sr.Principal Engineer, Raytheon: Dr. Haque is a Sr. Principal Engineer, Communications Division at Raytheon Technologies. Dr. Haque's experiences and interests are wireless systems, OFDM-based systems in high mobile platforms, channel estimation, cognitive software defined radio, signal processing, channel coding, high-speed connectivity and robust space processing systems and architectures. He has also worked at advance development groups at AT&T, Rockwell, Lucent (Bell Labs) technology and Honeywell on voice band modem, xDSL modem, Sirius satellite radio, satellite and space systems. He has 14 publications and has been awarded 33 US patents.

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        Dylan Hasson

        General Engineer, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center: Dylan Hasson is a General Engineer in the Air Traffic Management Systems Division at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) in Cambridge, MA. The ATMS division blends air traffic operations research, information technology, computer science, and engineering expertise focused on developing and deploying systems that help the air transportation enterprise to operate safely and efficiently. Mr. Hasson is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. He is also a private pilot.

    • 4.16 Aerospace Cyber Security and Cyber-Physical Systems

      Wireless communications, data networks, information systems, and cyber security are significant emerging topics in aerospace. Systems that integrate with the cyberspace and enable safe, efficient and/or profitable operation and performance, with minimal or no human intervention, are of growing interest to the community. This session focuses on related timely topics including, but not limited to, security, privacy, and safety issues/developments in the following areas: aerospace software, data and multimedia distribution; next-generation air traffic control systems; IVHM; aeronautical and space networks; airport and airline information systems; aircraft, UAS/UAM, spacecraft, and commercial space vehicles; cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, and IoT.

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        Krishna Sampigethaya

        Department Chair and Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Krishna Sampigethaya is currently Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security in the nation's first College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. He was an Associate Director for cyber security at the United Technologies Research Center (2017-2018) and an Associate Technical Fellow for aviation cyber-physical security at The Boeing Company (2007-2014). He was an Assistant Director for telecommunications program at the University of Maryland ('14-'15). He has introduced cyber security tracks at AIAA, IEEE, and SAE aerospace conferences (2009-present). He has won Best Paper of Session awards at the AIAA/IEEE DASC (2010, 2012), ASEI Engineer of the Year Award (2013), ASEI Corporate Engineering Excellence Award (2013), Best Instructor Award at UMD (2015), and Best Paper awards at I-CNS conference (2018). He has delivered over 15 keynotes and holds over 16 US patents.

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        Sr.Principal Engineer, Raytheon: Dr. Haque is a Sr. Principal Engineer, Communications Division at Raytheon Technologies. Dr. Haque's experiences and interests are wireless systems, OFDM-based systems in high mobile platforms, channel estimation, cognitive software defined radio, signal processing, channel coding, high-speed connectivity and robust space processing systems and architectures. He has also worked at advance development groups at AT&T, Rockwell, Lucent (Bell Labs) technology and Honeywell on voice band modem, xDSL modem, Sirius satellite radio, satellite and space systems. He has 14 publications and has been awarded 33 US patents.

    • 4.17 Civil and National Security Space Panel: Joint NASA/DoD Technology Initiatives

      This panel will focus on the intersection of technology between NASA and the DoD. We are seeing an increased emphasis on sharing technology between governmental agencies, including communications, navigation, launch services, hosted payloads, small sats, etc. Come join us to hear the latest technology areas where this collaboration is currently being demonstrated.

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        Steven Arnold

        Deputy Executive, Civil Space, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Deputy Executive, Civil Space, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory. Oversees all Civil Space programs at APL, including missions such as NASA's New Horizons, Parker Solar Probe, and Dragonfly. Responsible for strategic activities such as core technology development, internal research and development, external partnering programs, program formulation, and program execution. Formerly held senior technical and management positions at Hughes and DirecTV. BS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech; MS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University.

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        Patrick Stadter

        Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Principal Professional Staff at JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory and Chief of Research, Development, and Engineering for APL National Security Space Programs. BSEE from Notre Dame, MSEE from Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. from Penn State.

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      Gene Serabyn

      Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Research Scientist at JPL developing high-contrast coronagraphic and interferometric techniques for direct exoplanet imaging, as well as digital holographic microscopy for life detection.

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      William Danchi

      Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Current projects include the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Systems (HOSTS) project, the Cosmic Evolution Through UV Spectroscopy (CETUS) Probe Study, research on exoplanets forming in transitional protoplanetary disks and on the effect of space weather on exoplanet habitability and potential for life.

    • 5.01 Space Based Optical Systems and Instruments

      This session covers all aspects of design, assembly, alignment and testing of optical systems and instruments for applications including astronomy, energy, defense and remote observation. Topics range through design and engineering to integration, alignment, test and control of space-based large optical systems.

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        Ryan Mc Clelland

        Mechanical Systems Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Ryan McClelland is a Mechanical Systems Engineer at NASA GSFC currently leading the WFIRST Instrument Carrier. His previous technology development experience includes work on aluminum foam core optical systems and non-linear effects of clearances in kinematic mechanisms. Ryan has also worked on flight missions with designs currently on orbit aboard the Hubble Space Telescope and Space Technology 5 spacecraft. He received a B.S in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland.

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        Bogdan Oaida

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology: Bogdan V. Oaida is a Systems Engineer at JPL. He received a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering in 2007 and a M.Eng in Space Engineering in 2008, both from The University of Michigan. He is currently a member of the Payload Systems Engineering team for the Europa Clipper Mission. Previously he served as the OPALS Project Systems Engineer for nearly 8 years, spanning the entire lifecycle of the mission, including extended operations. In 2014 he received JPL's Early Career Achievement Explorer Award for his work on OPALS.

    • 5.02 Balloon-based observatories

      This session covers all aspects of balloon-based observatories. Papers discussing existing and proposed balloon-based observatories, instruments and systems, and important techniques and subsystems such as pointing control systems are welcome, together with results and future plans.

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        Stefan Martin

        Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Interests include infrared telescope arrays, novel telescope concepts, interferometry and occulters.

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        J. Kent Wallace

        Member, Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Kent Wallace is a Senior Optical Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has been involved in the design and development of several ground based instruments including the Palomar Testbed Interferometer, the Keck Interferometer and the Palomar Adaptive Optics System. His interest over the past few years has been nulling interferometry, optical communications, and wave front sensing. He has a BS in Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (in beautiful, suburban Terre Haute, IN) and a MS in Optics from the University of Rochester.

    • 5.03 Exoplanet Instruments, Missions and Observations

      Current and future missions such as TESS, JWST and WFIRST, as well as potential missions such as HabEx, OST and LUVOIR promise to revolutionize exoplanet science, and astrophysics in general. All such missions involve new technological approaches that provide access to new regions of observational parameter space. This session focuses on the new technologies, and the missions and observations thereby enabled.

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        William Danchi

        Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Current projects include the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Systems (HOSTS) project, the Cosmic Evolution Through UV Spectroscopy (CETUS) Probe Study, research on exoplanets forming in transitional protoplanetary disks and on the effect of space weather on exoplanet habitability and potential for life.

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        Stefan Martin

        Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Interests include infrared telescope arrays, novel telescope concepts, interferometry and occulters.

    • 5.04 Atmospheric Turbulence: Propagation, Phenomenology, Measurement, Mitigation

      This session deals with all aspects of wave propagation through atmospheric turbulence. Topics of interest to this session are adaptive optics systems, deformable/fast-steering mirror modeling and control algorithms, wave front sensing, laser beacon systems and modeling, scintillation, anisoplanatism, atmospheric turbulence characterization and modeling, deconvolution/imaging algorithms, partially-coherent light, and scattering.

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        Jack McCrae

        Research Assistant Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology: Jack E. McCrae, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1997, an M.S. in Physics (Optics) from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1993, and a B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. He is a retired Air Force Colonel with 27 years of service and currently a research assistant professor with the Center for Directed Energy at AFIT. His research interests include optics, lasers, quantum and non-linear optics, laser radar, atmospheric propagation and imaging.

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        Electro-Optical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory: Noah R. Van Zandt is an electro-optical engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cedarville University in 2010 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in optical science and engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2015 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include speckle mitigation, atmospheric propagation of high energy lasers, active and passive target tracking, and laser beam combination. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE, and DEPS.

    • 5.05 Image Processing

      A forum on the theory and practice of image restoration and analysis. Potential topics include image registration, feature detection and estimation, image denoising, multimodal image fusion, and hardware/software architectures for image storage and processing.

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        William Danchi

        Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Current projects include the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Systems (HOSTS) project, the Cosmic Evolution Through UV Spectroscopy (CETUS) Probe Study, research on exoplanets forming in transitional protoplanetary disks and on the effect of space weather on exoplanet habitability and potential for life.

    • 5.06 Optical Detection and Analysis for Space Domain Awareness (SDA)

      This session focuses on systems, data products, and processes related to the optical detection, characterization, and tracking of near-Earth man-made resident space objects (RSOs). Possible topical areas include: small automated optical systems for the tracking of man-made objects and space debris, methods for characterizing and analyzing unresolved objects, multi-site and multi-operator cooperative data fusion and analysis, and operational image processing capabilities that contribute to SDA. The aim of this session is to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between satellite owners/operators and providers of SDA data.

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        Michael Werth

        Physicist/System Engineer, Boeing Company: Michael Werth received a BS in Physics from the University of Arizona in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Irvine in 2012. Most of his undergraduate and graduate career was spent at CERN working with the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS Detector searching for fourth generation quarks and working with data acquisition systems. Now Michael is a Boeing system engineer and imaging scientist with research interests that include deep learning, high-performance computing, and imaging through turbulence.

    • 5.07 Photonics and Lasers

      Papers on active (including LEDs, lasers, and photodetectors) and passive (such as optical waveguides, filters, and fiber) optical components, integration of photonic components with Si electronics and optoelectronic subsystems that have applications in aerospace are solicited.

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        Joshua Shank, Sandia National Laboratories: Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories: Joshua Shank is an engineer in the Proliferation Detection Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. From 2016 to 2018 he was a Post-doc at Sandia National Laboratories in the Applied Photonics department investigating tunable optics and optical confinement in nano-scaled structures. His expertise is in materials and device physics for renewable energy, advanced computation, photonics, and focal plane arrays.

    • 5.08 Techniques and instruments for extant life detection

      Microscopic imaging can be used to search for evidence of both extant and past life in a variety of environments, such as Mars and the Ocean Worlds. This session addresses the various microscopy techniques that can potentially play a role in life detection, as well as instrument delivery, sample preparation approaches, and associated data processing. These techniques can include terrestrial and biomedical methods that can be extended to life detection on planetary missions.

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        Chris Lindensmith

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology: Chris earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1988 and spent two years working in superconductivity before attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics studying superfluid helium. He started at JPL in 1996 as a post-doc and joined the staff a year later to work on development of low temperature cryocoolers. He has worked on a variety of missions and instruments, including the Planck cosmic microwave background mission, ChemCam (on MSL), the ground based Thirty Meter Telescope, and the James Webb Space Telescope. He has been involved in mission and instrument development for the search for extra-terrestrial life both inside and outside the solar system since he came to JPL.

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        J. Kent Wallace

        Member, Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Kent Wallace is a Senior Optical Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has been involved in the design and development of several ground based instruments including the Palomar Testbed Interferometer, the Keck Interferometer and the Palomar Adaptive Optics System. His interest over the past few years has been nulling interferometry, optical communications, and wave front sensing. He has a BS in Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (in beautiful, suburban Terre Haute, IN) and a MS in Optics from the University of Rochester.

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      Jordan Evans

      Deputy Project Manager - Europa Clipper Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Deputy Director for Engineering and Science at JPL. Previously the Mars Science Laboratory - Deputy Flight System Manager. Development experience with space projects at both NASA Goddard and JPL, including FUSE, WFC3, GLAST, LISA, and MSL along with numerous architecture studies.

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      Darin Dunham

      Systems Engineer Principal, Lockheed Martin: Spiral Chief Engineer, C2BMC Missile Defense National Team, Lockheed Martin, Huntsville, Alabama. Currently works on target tracking and discrimination algorithms within the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Previous work includes composite network-level tracking algorithms in various scenarios, including air targets with phased-array radar and multiple input, multiple output radar. Served almost 10 years in the Marine Corps, ending at the Marine Corps Systems Command. MS, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School; BS, Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon.

    • 6.01 Systems Engineering Challenges and Approaches for Remote Sensing Systems

      The need to make a particular measurement from a particular vantage point drives us to build sophisticated remote sensing instruments and launch them on similarly sophisticated spacecraft, aircraft, submersibles, balloons, etc. This session explores the highly coupled nature of the instrument, platform architecture, flight path design, ground system and mission operations, and the systems engineering challenges and solutions employed. Topics include instrument influences on platform architectures and flight path design, platform-to-instrument integration, trade studies, trends and novel solutions.

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        Todd Bayer

        Principal Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Chief Engineer, Flight Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Section at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Most recently Flight System Engineer for the Europa Clipper Project. BS Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 30 years experience in systems engineering of space systems, including interplanetary exploration (JPL), military (USAF), and meteorological (EUMETSAT).

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        Karen Kirby

        Spacecraft System Engineer, JHU-APL: Karen Kirby is a Principal Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. She has extensive spacecraft and mission system engineering expertise in the development of space systems for government sponsors, including leading technical teams developing and implementing flight projects and mission studies.

    • 6.02 Instrument and Sensor Architecture, Design, Test, and Accommodation

      This session covers topics related to the physical or functional architecture and design of instruments/sensors. Topics include hardware/software trade studies, fault protection approaches, unique or innovative system interfaces, accommodation of payloads within a system, system-level instrument/sensor testing, instrument/sensor integration, test, and calibration, and approaches to the processes involved in engineering an instrument or sensor.

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        Matthew Horner

        Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Matthew Horner received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. He Started at JPL in 2007 working as a designer and integration engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory project. Over the past 13 years, he has developed hardware for various flight missions including MSL, SMAP, and LDSD. He is currently the Deputy Mechanical Systems engineer for the Europa Clipper project.

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        Keith Rosette

        Deputy Section Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mr. Rosette is currently the Deputy Section Manager for the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is also the Product Delivery Manager for the Sampling and Caching Subsystem of the Mars2020 Perseverance Rover. He started in aerospace in 1991 and has experience in both industry and JPL including hardware development for human spaceflight and spacecraft development for LEO, GEO and interplanetary missions. He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1991 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1994.

    • 6.03 Imaging Spectrometer Systems, Science, and Science Applications

      This session covers the design, assembly, integration, calibration, and operation of imaging spectrometer instruments as well as the processing and interpretation of data acquired with them. Proposed instruments, science and applications, and lessons learned from all phases are included.

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        Peter Sullivan

        Electrical Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Peter Sullivan is an electrical engineer specializing in mixed-signal design and infrared instrumentation at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has characterized image sensors for applications ranging from Earth science to exoplanet detection.

    • 6.04 Radar Systems and Signal Processing

      This session focuses on radar systems and signal processing. Topics include the design of surveillance and imagining radars, as well as other novel applications of radar. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Space-time Adaptive Processing (STAP), multi-static radar, compressive sensing, target, clutter, and interference models, and any other radar related topics are of interest. We are inclusive of the theoretical aspects of radars, as well as the engineering problems of practical importance.

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        Donnie Smith

        Radar Engineer, Waymo: Radar Engineer, Waymo. Interests include target tracking, estimation theory, and radar imaging and kinematics. M.S. EE, Georgia Tech.

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        Thomas Backes

        Engineer, Thomas D. Backes: Research engineer in the area of radars and tracking. BSEE, MSEE, MS Mathematics, MS Industrial Engineering, and MBA, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • 6.05 Information Fusion

      This session focuses on exploitation of all sources of information, including physical sensor data, context information, and human inputs. Methodologies for effective multi-sensor multi-target tracking of highly disparate sources are of interest, as are algorithms and advances in downstream analysis of track data for situational awareness.

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        Stefano Coraluppi

        Chief Scientist, Systems & Technology Research: Stefano Coraluppi received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (1990) and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (1992, 1997). He has worked on the technical staff at ALPHATECH (1997-2002), the NATO Undersea Research Centre (2002-2010), Compunetix (2010-2014), and Systems & Technology Research (since 2014) where he is a Chief Scientist. He serves on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and the ISIF Board of Directors, and is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE T-AES and Editor-in-Chief for the ISIF JAIF. He served as General Co-Chair for ISIF/IEEE FUSION 2006, Technical/Program Co-Chair for FUSION 2014-2016 & 2018, and Awards-Co-Chair for FUSION 2019. His primary research interests include multi-target tracking and multi-sensor data fusion for defense and security.

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        Craig Agate

        Senior Staff Analyst, Toyon Research Corporation: Craig Agate, the Fusion and Tracking Team Lead at Toyon Research, received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from California State University in Northridge, California and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California in Santa Barbara where his doctoral thesis dealt with state and parameter estimation using density function approximation. In particular, he analyzed the small-sample and large-sample properties of a nonlinear parameter estimation algorithm that minimizes the Kullback-Leibler distance between the probability density function (PDF) of an unknown parameter and a mixture density. His interests lie in particle filtering for tracking ground and air targets, track identity management algorithms, track-to-track fusion algorithms, and general problems in information fusion.

    • 6.06 Multisensor Fusion

      Papers that address all aspects of information fusion for the integration of multiple sensors are sought. Of particular interest are the theoretical aspects of some popular questions like, When is sensor fusion better than a single sensor? or, How does one ensure that sensor fusion produces better results? Algorithms that address one of the many challenges in multisensor/multitarget tracking or multisensor resource management are also sought.

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        William Blair

        Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute: Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech and IEEE Fellow. Originated two benchmark problems for target tracking and radar resource allocation at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Demonstrated modern tracking algorithms can reduce radar time/energy required for surveillance tracking. Research interests: radar signal processing/control, resource allocation for multifunction radars, multisensor integration/data fusion. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia.

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        Laura Bateman

        System Engineer, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Laura Ritter Bateman received her B.A. degree in Mathematics from McDaniel College in 1997 and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 2000. From 2000 to 2006, she worked for Raytheon as a software engineer developing tracking code for the Patriot radar and later as a system engineer on the Missile Defense National Team B (MDNTB) developing tracking algorithms for the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Command and Control Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system. Mrs. Bateman currently works as a system engineer for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She leads a cross-organizational team of engineers responsible for assessing the performance of C2BMC tracking, battle management, sensor resource management, and situational awareness algorithms for MDA.

    • 6.07 Applications of Target Tracking

      Tracking of targets, both cooperative and uncooperative, moving under water, on water, on land, in air or in space, with sonar, radar or electro-optical sensors. Fusion of data from multiple sensors. Algorithms for handling target maneuvers and data association. Estimation of sensor properties (biases, noise variances).

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        John Glass

        Systems Engineer, Raytheon Company: Dr. Glass is a systems engineer at Raytheon Company in Woburn, Massachusetts. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and in 2010 at Georgia Tech with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In May 2015, Dr. Glass completed the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. His dissertation focused on the monopulse processing and tracking of targets. From 2011-2017, Dr. Glass was a member of the Editorial Board for the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine as Associate Editor for Student Research, recruiting and handling student highlight articles. His research interests include target tracking, sensor resource allocation, detection and estimation applied to radar, and the general field of digital signal processing.

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        John Grimes

        Scientist, BAE Systems, Inc: John Grimes currently works at BAE Systems Fast Labs in Burlington, MA. He is the distributed group lead in distributed fusion and resource management and works on multi-domain command and control, data fusion, and autonomy programs. He previously worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2007-2017 on a wide variety of problems related to space systems and ISR. John recieved a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (2007) in extragalactic astrophysics. His research was focused on space satellite operations, data analytics, and computational modeling. His particular research areas of expertise are in automated battle management, adversary behavior modeling, predictive tracking, data fusion, and systems analysis. Previously he has also worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Chicago.

    • 6.08 Guidance, Navigation and Control

      The target of this section is collecting the most recent works of research and development regarding guidance, navigation and control (GNC) in order to provide an exhaustive (as much as possible) picture of the state of art and a likely key to the reading of today's new challenges. With this section we intended to give emphasis both to the more interesting theoretical aspects of the matter and to engineering problems of great practical importance, so a wide spectrum of arguments is welcomed.

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        Terry Ogle

        Sr. Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute: Terry Ogle is a Senior Research Engineer with the Air and Missile Defense Division of the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. His current work involves sensor integration, target tracking, track correlation, and data fusion. He earned both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Ogle has more than fifteen years of experience in the development and application of the Benchmark software including the JCTN, BMD, IAMD, ESM, MIMO, and AAV versions. He has used the various Benchmark environments to perform numerous trade studies in the areas of tracking separating targets, detection and estimation of unresolved targets, electronic support measures, jammers, multi-platform multi-sensor data fusion algorithms, track consistency, tracking with infrequent data, tracklets, and the development and use of advanced techniques such as the PMHT, HPMHT, SHPMHT, and QT tracking algorithms.

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        Christopher Elliott

        LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington: LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Technical Fellow on the Flight Control and Vehicle Management Systems Team and the Quantum Information Science Research Team with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Fort Worth, TX. Over 20 years experience with the International Space Station, Block 60 F16, F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Hybrid Airship, and other research programs. Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. AIAA Associate Fellow. BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; MS and PhD, Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington.

    • 6.09 Fusion Integration of Sensor Harvesting

      Methods for situation awareness/assessment, threat/impact analysis, sensor/processing refinement, user/man-machine interfaces, and mission awareness/responsiveness. Techniques for system design leveraging information fusion for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) over multi-domain sensor data and intelligence collections. Applications focusing on space, air, and architecture developments for efficient and effective distributed net-centric operations, edge computing, and complex networks. Approaches for software/hardware dynamic data-driven applications systems (DDDAS) improvements, context-enhanced results, and avionics protocols for big data scenarios. Use of information fusion to optimize and coordinate machine analytics with users for human-machine teaming.

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        Erik Blasch

        IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, : ERIK BLASCH is a program officer at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He has held various positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory: Principle Scientist fielding multi-int fusion systems, Exchange Scientist to Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Information Fusion Evaluation Tech Lead supporting design evaluations. Dr. Blasch has been an Adjunct Electrical Engineering Professor at Wright State University teaching signal processing courses and reserve colonel. He has focused on information fusion, target tracking, pattern recognition, and robitcs research compiling 6 books, 900+ scientific papers and 31 patents, and is an associate editor of three academic journals. He is an associate fellow of AIAA and Fellow of SPIE and IEEE.

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        Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory: Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory. 25 years with AFRL. Interests in multidimensional adaptive signal processing with applications to radar and ELINT. Other interests include multi-modal upstream data fusion. Senior member of the IEEE. Graduate degrees from Clarkson University.

    This track presents avionics and electronics implemented for space applications. All spacecraft electrical systems and subsystems are topical. Designs in the notional, active development, or implemented phase are covered. Sessions cover high performance computing, peripheral electronics, guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technologies, and power electronics as implemented in a resilient manner and adapted for the extreme space environment for all sizes of spacecraft.

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      John Samson

      Research Affiliate / Aerospace Consultantant, Morehead State University : Dr. Samson has 50+ years experience in onboard processing for space and airborne applications. More than 50 publications in the area of onboard processing systems and architectures. Senior Member IEEE, Associate Fellow AIAA. Graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of South Florida.

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      Harald Schone

      Chief Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Chief Technologist for Mission Assurance, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Leads the Directorate’s strategic technology planning towards a 10-year vision of adapting to more agile missions, transitioning technology into JPL spacecraft, and eliminating roadblocks to innovation. Oversees the R&D portfolio that preferentially sponsors new investments aligned with the new strategic direction. MS, Nuclear Physics and Ph.D., Atomics Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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      John Dickinson

      Principal Member of Technical Staff, Research & Development, Advanced Space Systems, Sandia National Laboratories: Experience in spacecraft & payload systems engineering and avionics design & test on Kepler, WISE, JUNO, IBEX, RBSP, MMS, SPP, Solar Orbiter, CYGNSS, and multiple government programs. BSEE, Johns Hopkins University; MSEE, Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • 7.01 High Performance Computing and On-Board Data Processing for Space Applications

      Explore innovations and new developments in spacecraft on-board and embedded computing architectures. Example hardware topics: processors, data handling and companion processing ASICs and FPGAs, multicore processing architectures, application of soft-core embedded FPGA processors, emerging GPU technologies for space-based applications, on-orbit reconfiguration, and new or applied standards for embedded space electronics applications. Example software topics: machine learning techniques, embedded cluster computing, on-board big data analytics, power-aware optimal reconfiguration algorithms, reconfigurable software-implemented hardware fault tolerance algorithms and designs, evolutionary platforms, and autonomous computing designs. Papers should address, as applicable: processing performance, size-weight-power (SWaP) comparisons of different components and architectures, standardized form factors, protocols and interfaces, radiation hardness by design, process, or technology, mitigation of other spacecraft environmental factors, software support, and integration and test of elements. Descriptions and performance of actual development, test, flight, or mission usage are highly sought.

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        Jamal Haque

        Sr.Principal Engineer, Raytheon: Dr. Haque is a Sr. Principal Engineer, Communications Division at Raytheon Technologies. Dr. Haque's experiences and interests are wireless systems, OFDM-based systems in high mobile platforms, channel estimation, cognitive software defined radio, signal processing, channel coding, high-speed connectivity and robust space processing systems and architectures. He has also worked at advance development groups at AT&T, Rockwell, Lucent (Bell Labs) technology and Honeywell on voice band modem, xDSL modem, Sirius satellite radio, satellite and space systems. He has 14 publications and has been awarded 33 US patents.

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        Dmitriy Bekker

        Chief Technologist, Space Systems Implementation Branch, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory: Dmitriy Bekker is Chief Technologist of the Space Systems Implementation Branch at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and supervisor of the Processing Architectures and Algorithms Section. He is the Image Processing FPGA Lead on the NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission and the Computer Vision Architecture Lead for NASA’s Dragonfly mission. Dmitriy’s area of expertise is hardware/software engineering with a focus on spacecraft on-board processing, embedded machine learning, FPGAs, digital signal processing, and computer architecture. He received his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007. Prior to joining APL, Dmitriy worked at NRL, JPL, and Draper.

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        Robert Merl

        Electrical Engineer, Los Alamos National Laboratory: Robert Merl received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1992 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1996. He has been with Los Alamos National Laboratory for 19 years and was previously with Argonne National Laboratory. Rob is the project engineer for the Processing and Communication team in the Intelligence and Space Research Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also the principal design engineer for several space flight modules currently under development at the laboratory. Rob has 26 years of experience in circuit design. Rob is an instrument rated pilot and a commercial drone pilot.

    • 7.02 Peripheral Electronics, Data Handling, and Interconnects for Space Applications

      This session explores novel concepts for hardware and software technologies that support but are peripheral to the main computing core. Example topics include: novel instrument or payload hardware and software technologies; network connections architectures; high speed interconnects; mixed signal and systems-on-a-chip technologies; onboard signal, data, and command processing; telecommand reception, decoding, and distribution; payload data pre-processing; dedicated accelerators for data processing; transmission and storage (e.g. compression, encoding, parallel processing for payloads (GIPs, GFLOPs), etc.); fault-tolerance mechanisms; autonomous operations, reconfigurable approaches, and failsafe strategies; emerging and novel designs and tests for high performance embedded computing platforms; temporal and spatial reuse of systems' resources; sensor, detector, and imager readout circuits; high resolution/ high speed ADCs and DACs; resource efficient (mass/ volume ) miniaturized multi-channel/ parallel systems; circuit designs for analog and digital processing functions; and designs for integrated communications systems applications on a chip.

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        Patrick Phelan

        Manager - R&D, Southwest Research Institute: Patrick T. Phelan is a Manager at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX, USA in the Space Science and Engineering Division. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2005 and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2006, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been with SwRI for more than fourteen years serving in a variety of roles with growing responsibility on space programs. Most recently, he is serving as the systems engineer and project manager for the ESA Solar Orbiter SPICE Electronics Box program, as a project manager/systems engineer for several DoD technology demonstration programs, and as the avionics systems engineer for the NASA PUNCH mission.

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        Mark Post

        Lecturer, University of York: Mark A. Post received his B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2004 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in space engineering from York University by 2014. He is currently working at the University of York in North England. His research includes mechatronic and embedded design of reliable and efficient robotic space systems and intelligent algorithms for autonomous control.

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        Michael Epperly

        Senior Program Manager, Southwest Research Institute: Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Department, Southwest Research Institute. Manager, Memory Subsystems product line and Program Manager for the Central Instrument Data Processor (CIDP) for the Magnetosphere Multi-Scale Mission (MMS). Formerly, Program Manager for the Mixed-Mode Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (MMASIC) for the Mar Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector (MSL-RAD). BSEE, University of Texas; MSEE, MSCS, and MS in Systems Engineering/Program Management, Johns-Hopkins University.

    • 7.03 Assembly, Integration, and Test for Electrical Space Systems

      This session explores all aspects of assembly, integration, and test of electrical space systems. This includes assembly, integration, and test efforts at the board-level for RF, analog, or digital card assemblies; box-level for command, telemetry, data handling, data processing, control, power, or mixed-purpose avionics; subsystem-level for instruments/payloads; or system-level for entire spacecraft electrical subsystems. Papers can address innovative uses of test software, test scripts, mission simulation, human-computer interface, electrical support ground equipment, and harnessing to accomplish integration and test. Papers also address unique system engineering and configuration control approaches to manage test, and transition from system test to launch and mission operations.

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        Eric Bradley

        Computer Engineer, Naval Research Lab: Eric Bradley works as a program manager for the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Eric has experience in the development of experimental space systems in technology areas ranging from propulsion to communications to remote sensing. He has led teams through all phases of the space system development lifecycle including requirements definition, design, implementation, test, launch, and on-orbit operations. Eric’s technical focus area is on all aspects of electrical system integration and testing from avionics to software to entire spacecraft.

    • 7.04 Avionics for Small Satellites, Nano-Satellites, and CubeSats

      This session presents a survey of newly designed and heritage electrical and avionics subsystems for application in smaller spacecraft, including CubeSats. Example topics include: attitude determination and control; telemetry systems; command and data handling; power systems; thermal systems; and guidance and navigation systems, all scoped for small satellites (<50kg). Participants include fundamental research organizations, such as universities and national laboratories, as well as system providers, such as defense departments, and industry partners.

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        John Dickinson

        Principal Member of Technical Staff, Research & Development, Advanced Space Systems, Sandia National Laboratories: Experience in spacecraft & payload systems engineering and avionics design & test on Kepler, WISE, JUNO, IBEX, RBSP, MMS, SPP, Solar Orbiter, CYGNSS, and multiple government programs. BSEE, Johns Hopkins University; MSEE, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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        James Lumpp

        Professor, University of Kentucky: Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky and Director of the Space Systems Laboratory. Has developed payloads technologies for NASA sounding rockets and the International Space Station and is active in the development of technologies for CubeSats and NanoSats.

    • 7.05 Power Electronics for Space Applications

      This session explores advanced power electronics designs and systems for space applications. Example topics include: power devices; wide bandgap power semiconductors; power electronics; electro-magnetic devices; photo-voltaic modules; energy storage and battery management systems and power systems. Papers discuss technical aspects of power electronics including extreme thermal and power requirements, radiation hardening, efficiency and power management, tolerance to space environments, and reliability.

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        Christopher Iannello

        NASA Technical Fellow for Electrical Power, NASA - NESC : Dr. Iannello has over 20 years of experience in power systems in Industry, Academia, and with NASA. He received his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD EE. at the University of Central Florida in ’94, ’99, and ’01 respectively all with a Power Electronics emphasis. . http://www.nasa.gov/offices/nesc/academy/Chris_Iannello_bio.html

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        Peter Wilson

        Professor, University of Bath: Professor of Electronic and Systems Engineering, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, UK. Technical Chair, BMAS 2008 and General Chair BMAS 2009, Finance Chair IEEE Design Automation for Power Electronics 2018. Visiting Professor, University of Arkansas, USA. SMIEEE, FIET, FBCS, CEng. >150 Publications and 3 Books.

    • 7.06 Electronics for Extreme Environments

      This session explores innovations in electronics technologies and packaging that help enable operation of electronics in extreme environments, including space. Technologies resilient to extremes in temperature, radiation, and launch vehicle environments are relevant. Example topics include: materials and techniques for assembling and testing microelectronics; component packaging, attachment, and connectors; thermal/mechanical/electrical/radiation performance comparisons; reliability and failure analyses; adaptation of manufacturing methods for space applications; and integration of diverse modules such as MEMS, power electronics, sensors, optics, RF and microprocessors.

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        Mohammad Mojarradi

        Manger, Componnent Engineering and Assurance, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Manager, Component Engineering and Assurance, JPL. IC design specialist, expert in mixed-signal/mixed-voltage circuits, sensors, micro-machined electromechanical interface systems for extreme environment of space. Twenty years experience. Twenty-seven patents, forty publications.

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        Gary Bolotin

        Principal Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Gary has nearly 30 years of JPL experience in avionics and power systems and is recognized internally and externally for his outstanding individual contributions to the state-of-the-practice for electronics engineering. Over the past three decades, Gary has delivered flight hardware to multiple projects, provided technical leadership and support on JPL missions, proposal teams, NASA technology development tasks, and has represented JPL on many review boards.

    • 7.07 Fault Tolerance, Autonomy, and Evolvability in Spacecraft and Instrument Avionics

      This session explores adaptation, including Fault Tolerance, Autonomy, and Evolvability, in space electronics. Adaptation reflects the capability of a system to maintain or improve its performance in the presence of internal or external changes, such as faults and degradations, uncertainties and variations during fabrication, modifications in the operational environment, or incidental interference. This session addresses all aspects of adaptivity for spacecraft and instrument avionics with the scope of papers encompassing theoretical considerations, design solutions, and actual techniques applied to space flight operations.

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        Tom Hoffman

        Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Project Manager of the Mars Sample Return Lander at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a multinational effort to return scientifically interesting soil samples from Mars back to Earth. Formerly Project Manager of the InSight project . which is the most recent US lander mission on Mars. Formerly Deputy Project Manager of the GRAIL project which gravity mapped the moon. Has worked on several successful JPL flight and technology programs including Voyager, Cassini, STARDUST, and Mars Exploration Rovers. Specialties include Project Management, Avionics System Engineering, Computer Architecture, and Fault Protection.

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        Didier Keymeulen

        Principal, Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Principal, Member technical staff, JPL. Interests in design and implementation of adaptive and intelligent embedded flight systems

    • 7.08 Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technologies for Space Applications

      This session explores sensor, actuator, and processing innovations related to the guidance, navigation, and control of space vehicles. This session welcomes manuscripts that discuss technologies applicable to satellites, probes, landers, launchers, and other space-related missions.

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        Associate Professor, Ryerson University: Associate Professor in Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. Research interest focused on estimation and signal processing for spacecraft sensors.

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        Giovanni Palmerini

        Professor, Guidance and Navigation, Sapienza Universita' di Roma: Full professor of Aerospace Systems at Sapienza Univ. of Rome, has been working after graduation in 1991 as aerospace engineer for Italspazio, then back to university, visiting scholar at Stanford, later - as researcher at Sapienza - participant in design, test and launch (2000) of UNISAT, first Italian university microsatellite. Currently co-leader of the Guidance and Navigation Lab, working on testbeds for visual navigation based in-space ops. Research interests in orbital dynamics, space systems, satellite/inertial/integrated navigation. PhD Aerosp.Eng., Univ.Rome (1996). Senior Member AIAA, Member IEEE, ION and AIdAA. Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

    • 7.09 Emerging Technologies for Space Applications

      This session explores a wide range of advanced, novel, and cutting edge avionics and electronic device technologies for space. Example topics include: advanced MEMS devices; 3D circuit printing; innovative embedded electronics applications (including multi-functional components); as well as the leveraging of advanced commercial electronics for space application. This session also serves as a catch-all for unique advanced technology topics that do not fit cleanly into other sessions or are inherently multi-disciplinary in nature.

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        William Jackson

        Senior Scientist, L3Harris Technologies: Senior Scientist, L3Harris Technologies. Spacecraft systems engineer for various small satellite programs. Expertise in systems engineering, mission analysis and operations, mathematical modeling and optimization, and spacecraft design. Senior member of IEEE, and Associate Fellow of AIAA.

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        Michael Mclelland

        Executive Director, Space Systems Directorate, Southwest Research Institute: Executive Director, Space Systems Directorate, Southwest Research Institute, developing complex high reliability space hardware. Over 25 years management and engineering expertise in micro-satellites, spacecraft avionics, power systems, science payload processors, GPS receivers and autonomous high altitude airships. Played key roles in the development of over 22 spaceflight systems on NASA, ESA, Commercial and DoD programs.

    • 7.10 COTS Utilization for Reliable Space Applications

      This session explores the use of commercial, off-the-shelf electronics and technologies in a space environment. Using commercial electronics not intended for an application in a space environment is becoming increasingly common. Topics of interest include: adaptations of COTS electronics for fault tolerance and environmental resilience; flight proven COTS electronics; novel implementations of electrical functions using COTS components; and results of COTS component use. Papers address theoretical considerations, design solutions, and actual techniques applied to space flight operations.

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        Harald Schone

        Chief Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Chief Technologist for Mission Assurance, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Leads the Directorate’s strategic technology planning towards a 10-year vision of adapting to more agile missions, transitioning technology into JPL spacecraft, and eliminating roadblocks to innovation. Oversees the R&D portfolio that preferentially sponsors new investments aligned with the new strategic direction. MS, Nuclear Physics and Ph.D., Atomics Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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        Douglas Carssow

        Electronics Engineer, Naval Research Laboratory: Designs digital processing cards for aerospace applications. Worked on digital signal processing cards for radiometry and bistatic radar, as well as data acquisition and processing cards for space weather and robotics applications. Ph.D. from Boston University electrical engineering.

    • 7.11 Designing Spacecraft Hardware for Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal Integrity, and Power Integrity in Space Applications

      This session explores the advanced and innovative techniques recently developed that ensure spacecraft hardware are designed and hardened for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) with emphasis on signal integrity and power integrity (SI/PI) of the unit electronics. Topics of interest include: risks posed by Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), SI/PI, DC magnetic cleanliness and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) present in spacecraft instruments, International Space Station instruments, spacecraft & space launch vehicle systems, robotics, and crewed vehicles. Papers address a wide range of topics and present innovative modeling and hardware solutions to EMC on the part, board, box, system, multi-system, planetary, and interplanetary levels. The harshness of the space environments necessitates a broader view of EMC issues than traditional terrestrial projects, often leading to creative methods and solutions that can benefit our society’s efforts elsewhere on Earth.

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        Jeffrey Boye

        Engineer, JHUAPL: Jeff is a hardware design engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel MD. He currently has hardware that is orbiting the sun on the Parker Solar Probe mission and is the lead engineer of the CORESAT Single Board Computer, a multi-mission radhard compute platform.

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        Pablo Narvaez

        Principal Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Pablo Narvaez has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1985 and is currently a Principal Engineer and is the subject matter expert for JPL in flight spacecraft Electromagnetic Compatibility and Magnetic environments (EMC/Mag). He led the EMC/Mag efforts for: Galileo (from 1985, up to launch in 1989; post-Challenger re-design for VEEGA mission), Ulysses, instruments flown on the Shuttle (SRTM, SIR-C, Lambda Point Experiment, Drop Physics Module), Cassini, Mars Exploration Rovers, CloudSat, Deep Impact, DAWN, OCO-2, Aquarius/SAC-D, Juno and on the just recently launched Grace Follow-On. He is currently overseeing the EMC/Mag efforts for: Europa Clipper, Mars 2020, SWOT, and non-NASA projects. He is the EMC group supervisor and Section Chief Engineer for Reliability Engineering and Mission Environmental Assurance.

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        James Lukash

        Principal Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space: With over 30 years in the aerospace industry Jim Lukash has worked EMI/EMC/E3 on many space projects including; the International Space Station, Orion, the Delta II launch vehicle, DC-X, Pam-S/Ulysses, Mars Odyssey, Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander, Genesis, Stardust, SBIRS, MUOS, GPS III, and many others. He is the founding chair of the IEEE EMC Society’s Technical Committee 8 “Aeronautics and Space EMC”, and serves as co-chairman of the AIAA standard committee for AIAA-S-121, “Electromagnetic Compatibility Requirements for Space Equipment and Systems”. Mr. Lukash is an iNARTE certified EMC engineer and a Senior member of the IEEE.

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      Robert Gershman

      Principal Engineer, JPL: MSR Planetary Protection Systems Lead. Previously at JPL: Assistant Program Manager, Exploration Systems Engineering; Planetary Advanced Missions Manager; Deputy Manager, Galileo Science & Mission Design; Supervisor, Mission Engineering. At MDAC: Saturn & Skylab propulsion systems, Launch Team member for 3 Apollo missions.

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      Bret Drake

      Associate Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Lead system engineering and programmatic assessments of advanced space systems. Previously at NASA, led design and analysis studies of human exploration in missions to the Moon, Near-Earth Objects, and Mars. BS., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

    • 8.01 Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit

      This session seeks papers addressing the broader aspects of human and scientific exploration including planning, development, system concepts, and execution of missions beyond low Earth orbit toward the lunar surface and on to Mars. Sample topics include systems architecture studies of human missions to cislunar space, the Moon and Mars, design reference mission analyses, strategic concepts, and broader trade study and systems engineering analyses for any aspect of human and scientific space exploration systems beyond low-Earth orbit. International concepts, new approaches, and unique applications of systems concepts and solutions are sought. Lunar landers, surface systems and sustainable concepts for lunar exploration and extensibility toward Mars exploration missions are in focus.

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        Bret Drake

        Associate Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Lead system engineering and programmatic assessments of advanced space systems. Previously at NASA, led design and analysis studies of human exploration in missions to the Moon, Near-Earth Objects, and Mars. BS., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

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        Kevin Post

        Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton: With a Master of Science in Aerospace, Kevin has worked in the aerospace field for 34 years.After moving to Houston, he worked with the International Space Station. As a part of this team, he performed analysis for the Vehicle Integrated Performance and Resources (VIPeR) team, as well as becoming deeply involved in the thermal and power analyses which were part of the space stations’ solar array installation and deployment operations. During the NASA Constellation program, Kevin joined the transportation integrated performance effort, investigating lunar mission designs and architectures. Subsequent to the ending of Constellation, he performed studies of various trajectory & mission designs for both Lunar and Mars human and science missions. Currently Kevin works for Booz-Allen Hamilton in support of mission design & the development of flight profile products for each NASA Artemis mission.

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        Deputy Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, HEOMD, NASA: John Guidi is a Deputy Director of the Advanced Exploration Division with NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. John joined NASA in 1987 at Kennedy Space Center with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering while later receiving a master’s degree in Space Systems in 1992 and masters in Engineering Management, 1994. He served various positions within Shuttle Operations at KSC, including Shuttle Test Director, Launch Manager, Assistant Launch Director and Shuttle Launch and Landing Division Chief. He moved to NASA headquarters/DC in 2005 as Operations Project Manager for the newly formulated Constellation Program and later as Ground & Mission Ops Program Executive. From February 2007 to February 2011, John served as Deputy Director, ESMD Strategic Analysis Division which provides integrated technical and management planning across ESMD and later HEOMD for the exploration architecture and HEO’s other Programs including international partnerships, science integration and human spaceflight architecture planning and analysis.

    • 8.02 Human Exploration Systems Technology Development

      This session seeks papers dealing with technology development for human exploration of space. This can include development efforts with technology readiness levels anywhere from laboratory to full-scale flight demos. It can also include assessments of technology needs of programs, program elements, or individual mission concepts.

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        Stephen Gaddis

        Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program Launch Vehicle Office, NASA - Marshall Space Flight Center: Stephen Gaddis Education: 1988 - B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee Background: Presently Mr. Gaddis serves as Deputy Director for Flight at LaRC. In this capacity he manages programmatic and has supervisory responsibility for space technology and human exploration flight projects. Prior to this assignment he was Program Manager for the Game Changing Development Program in STMD at NASA HQ.

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        Andrew Petro

        Program Executive, NASA - Headquarters: Andrew Petro is the Program Integration Manager in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Previously he was the Program Executive for Small Spacecraft Technology and for Solar Electric Propulsion. Before moving to NASA Headquarters he worked at the Johnson Space Center in human spaceflight engineering, advanced propulsion, and flight operations.

    • 8.03 Advanced Launch Vehicle Systems and Technologies

      This session seeks papers covering on-going development and future advances in space transportation from Earth to orbit and distant destinations. Topics including transportation architectures, launch vehicles, infrastructure, transportation business and enabling technologies are of interest.

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        Melissa Sampson

        Manager, Ball Aerospace: Melissa Sampson is an Advanced Systems Manager with Ball Aerospace, focused on new technologies. She was formerly with United Launch Alliance and has experience in systems engineering, project management, supply chain and politics. Melissa earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and her B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. She is an AIAA Associate Fellow and an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach.

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        Systems Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Mr. Randall L. Williams earned an M.S. and a B.S in Aero-Sciences and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). He's held several positions at The Aerospace Corporation after initial hire in 1987 in the Aerophysics Laboratory. He worked in the Propulsion Department on satellite propulsion systems for Milstar, DMSP, and STP programs. He transferred to the Medium Launch Vehicle Program Office. He led several multi-disciplinary teams tasked with resolving significant technical issues the Atlas II/III/V and Delta II launch vehicles. He began work on the Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight mission, characterizing the External Tank foam debris risk to the Space Shuttle Program. In 2007, he provided system engineering leadership and lead development of induced flight environments for NASA’s successful Ares I-X test flight project, in addition to supporting other Constellation projects, for which he received several NASA and corporate awards. He currently serves as a Systems Director in Civil and Commercial Launch Projects Subdivision of the Launch Systems Division, where he serves as the primary focal point for all civil launch-related activities within Launch Program Operations.

    • 8.04 Human Factors & Performance

      This session seeks papers on human performance, integration, and operations within complex spacecraft systems. Suggested human factors topics may include cockpit and flight deck displays and controls, autonomous crew performance, handling qualities and flight performance, human-robotic interaction and performance, team performance and dynamics, training, countermeasures technologies/systems, and behavioral health and performance during short- and long-duration spaceflight. Papers including operations to experimental and modeling approaches, both in the laboratory and in spaceflight analog locations are of interest.

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        Jessica Marquez

        Human System Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center: Jessica J. Marquez, Ph.D. works at NASA Ames Research Center, within the Human Systems Integration Division. Her work has focused on space mission operations, space human factors engineering, and human-computer interaction. She received her Ph.D. in Human-Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics also from MIT, and her B.S.E. In Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.

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        Kevin Duda

        Group Lead, Space & Mission Critical Systems, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.: Kevin Duda is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff, and Group Lead for Space & Mission Critical Systems at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. He specializes in the design and analysis of spacecraft flight displays and controls, manual and supervisory control systems, and spaceflight physiologic adaptation countermeasure systems. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

    • 8.05 Space Human Physiology and Countermeasures

      This session focuses on the physiological aspects of humans in space and current or future countermeasures to maximize human health and performance in the space environment. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) bone loss, muscle atrophy, psychological effects, sensory-motor deconditioning, extravehicular activity, cardiovascular adaptation, Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS), decompression sickness, radiation, exercise, or artificial gravity. Physiological and psychological aspects of missions at Space Analogue sites are also of interest. Both experimental and modeling approaches are welcome.

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        Ana Diaz Artiles

        Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University: Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Her interests focus on human spaceflight and space system engineering, particularly on aerospace biomedical engineering, extravehicular activity and human performance in altered gravity environments. She received her Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015, where she studied artificial gravity combined with exercise as a countermeasure to spaceflight-related physiological deconditioning. Prior to MIT, Ana worked for five years in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 Launch team. In particular, she worked as a specialist in operations concerning the Ariane 5 upper stage (both cryogenic and storable) and ground systems. Dr. Diaz Artiles has a background in aeronautical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), and SUPAERO in Toulouse (France). She is a 2011 Fulbright fellow, and a 2014 Amelia Earhart Fellowship recipient.

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        Andrew Abercromby

        Lead - Human Physiology, Performance, Protection and Operations (H-3PO) Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center: Andrew Abercromby received an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 during which he worked in the Flight Mechanics Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) on a spacecraft attitude determination technology for X-38. He earned a Ph.D. in Motor Control from the University of Houston while working in the JSC Neurosciences Laboratory, and is now lead of NASA's Human Physiology, Performance, Protection and Operations (H-3PO) Laboratory. Andrew's research studies involve human-centered development and assessment of prototype spacesuits, vehicles, communications architectures, and operations concepts in environments including parabolic aircraft, virtual reality, volcanic lava flows, underwater habitats, Arctic impact craters, and ice-covered Antarctic lakes. Other ongoing research efforts include the mathematical modeling and empirical validation of prebreathe protocols for the mitigation of decompression sickness risk during spaceflight.

    • 8.06 Mechanical Systems, Design and Technologies

      This session seeks papers on spacecraft configurations, structures, mechanical and thermal systems, devices, and technologies for space flight systems and in situ exploration. Papers addressing mechanical systems design, ground testing, and flight validation are also encouraged.

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        Lisa May

        Deputy Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Space: Lisa May is an accomplished senior executive and systems engineer with more than 35 years of success across aerospace and technology industries. She is currently Lockheed Martin’s Deputy Space Exploration Architect, where she supports efforts to bring humans safely to the surface of the Moon by 2024. She manages architecture trade studies, informs proposal value proposition and strategy decisions, and interacts with stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and the international community. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. May founded Murphian Consulting, where she consulted to technology entrepreneurs in such diverse fields as nuclear, forensics, space, and transportation technology. Before that she was NASA's Lead Program Executive for the Mars Exploration Program and PE for MAVEN, Mars Technology, and Mars Sample Return. Also, former Chair of the International Mars Exploration Working Group. ME Mechanical Engineering and BA Speech Communication, University of Virginia.

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        Alexander Eremenko

        Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Alexander Eremenko. I received Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Moscow Aviation Institute, Moscow, USSR (Russia) in 1984. I previously worked for Lavochkin Science & Production Association, Moscow, Russia for 11 years developing a variety of the planetary and astrophysical missions. For the last 16 years I've been working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developing a variety of deep space missions/programs including Ice&Fire, Solar Probe, Europa, Pluto, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Science Laboratory, Aquarius, SMAP, Europa Clipper. I am currently Mars Sample Retrieval Lander pre-Project Flight System Chief Engineer.

    • 8.07 Spacecraft Propulsion and Power Systems

      This session seeks papers on the development and infusion of in-space propulsion and power technologies for future NASA deep space science missions and Earth orbiting applications. The session’s primary focus is on in-space robotic satellite applications and is not intended for human spaceflight topics or launch vehicles.

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        Erica Deionno

        Principal Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Erica DeIonno received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA. She is currently a Systems Director in the Innovation Office at The Aerospace Corporation. Prior to her current position, her research included molecular and polymer-based electronic devices, radiation testing and modeling of memristor-based memory devices (RRAM), and solar cell degradation modeling. She has participated in a number of failure analysis studies, including testing of MEMS spatial light modulators and CCD arrays.

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    • 8.08 Nuclear Space Power Generation

      The Nuclear Space Power Generation session invites papers on all things nuclear and related to space power: concepts for dynamic power systems and static generators at all scales, conversion technologies, fuel processing, reactors for manned and unmanned space missions, lessons learned and best practices, plans for future devices, models and simulations, test results, government policies, nuclear launch safety, infrastructure, and technologies on any scale that address the future success of space missions.

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        Carl Sandifer

        RPS Program Mission Integration Manager, NASA - Glenn Research Center: Recently appointed as the Mission Integration Manager within the NASA Radioisotope Power Systems Program (RPS) Office which includes mission planning, support, execution, integration and management of RPS aspects for missions. He served as the Nuclear Launch Approval Manager, which supports the NASA HQ Planetary Science Division in managing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Nuclear Launch Safety (NLS) activities for missions flying RPS power. He also managed a portfolio of low-TRL technologies as the Fundamental Research Manager within the RPS Program. Additionally, as a liaison to the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, worked to ensure the required production of plutonium-238 dioxide and its subsequent processing into the fuel forms required for use in NASA planetary exploration missions. Mr. Sandifer holds a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from Bowling Green State University and a master’s of business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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        Douglas Burns

        Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory: Dr. Burns is the Department of Energy Program Manager for Space Nuclear Propulsion and the primary interface between the DOE and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for development of space nuclear reactors. Dr. Burns holds a PhD in nuclear engineering and an MBA from Idaho State University, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from New Mexico State University. He has served in various program management roles at the Idaho National Laboratory since 1993, he served as a nuclear trained submarine officer in the US Navy, and has extensive experience with nuclear power research and development, development of high-performance nuclear system modeling and simulation tools, remediation of radioactive environmental contamination, and nuclear reactor operations. His current research interests include development of high temperature materials for use in space reactor fuels and support systems.

    • 8.09 Systems and Technologies for CubeSat/Smallsats

      This session seeks papers covering technologies and systems for very small spacecraft (secondary platforms such as CubeSat, ESPA and ASAP-class) that enable "big" science and technology missions on a small budget. Papers that evaluate flight or testing results are strongly encouraged.

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        Michael Swartwout

        Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University: Michael Swartwout is an associate professor of aerospace engineering at Saint Louis University. His research focuses on systems and models for improving mission assurance for small spacecraft. He earned his BS and MS in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois, and his PhD in aeronautics & astronautics from Stanford. While at Stanford, he was the manager of the Sapphire satellite, launched in 2001. At SLU, his students have several CubeSats in development for NASA-sponsored launches: COPPER (2013), Argus (2015) and Argus-2 (2019).

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        Andrew Petro

        Program Executive, NASA - Headquarters: Andrew Petro is the Program Integration Manager in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Previously he was the Program Executive for Small Spacecraft Technology and for Solar Electric Propulsion. Before moving to NASA Headquarters he worked at the Johnson Space Center in human spaceflight engineering, advanced propulsion, and flight operations.

    • 8.10 Systems and Technologies for Ascent from Planetary Bodies, a Multidisciplinary Problem

      This session covers both the individual technologies, the system level interactions and trades, and the issues that influence the design of ascent systems leaving the surface of planetary bodies, such as the Moon, Mars, Phobos and others within our solar system. It addresses issues like the impacts of thermal constraints, propulsion design and performance, GN&C, aerodynamic impacts, and packaging constraints on ascent vehicle design.

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        Tara Polsgrove

        Lead Systems Engineer, Human Landing System, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center: Tara Polsgrove is the Lead Systems Engineer for the Human Landing System Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. She has been with NASA since 2000 and has experience in vehicle design, systems engineering, and programmatic assessments for future human missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as interplanetary trajectory optimization and mission analysis. Ms. Polsgrove has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Engineering with a Systems Engineering focus from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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        Ashley Karp

        Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Dr. Karp is the JPL Deputy Manager for the Mars Ascent Vehicle Study. She is also the PI for JPL’s Hybrid Propulsion Test Facility. She is the former Chair of the AIAA Hybrid Rocket Propulsion Technical Committee. She earned a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2012. and a B.A. in Astrophysics, Physics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. She has worked on the Mars 2020 propulsion system and has been involved with many mission concept studies

    This track contains four sessions which focus on the development, technologies, and innovations in Air Vehicle Flight Testing, UAV System and Autonomy, Aircraft System and Avionics, and Air Vehicle Flight Controls of fixed wing, rotary wing, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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      Christian Rice

      Chief Test Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD. : Chief Test Engineer, Rotary Wing. BS, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering; MS, Aviation Systems.

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      Kendra Cook

      Owner, C2 International, LLC: Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Owner/Principal of C2 International. Served 7 years as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in UAVs and air-launched weapons systems. Prior work includes NOAA’s Lead Systems Engineer on the COSMIC-2 joint US-Taiwan satellite program, design of UAV prototypes at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and Information Assurance for the Navy’s Distributed Common Ground System. B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Boston University; M.S., Astronautical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology.

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      Christopher Elliott

      LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington: LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Technical Fellow on the Flight Control and Vehicle Management Systems Team and the Quantum Information Science Research Team with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Fort Worth, TX. Over 20 years experience with the International Space Station, Block 60 F16, F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Hybrid Airship, and other research programs. Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. AIAA Associate Fellow. BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; MS and PhD, Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington.

    • 9.01 Air Vehicle Flight Testing

      Session focuses on the technology, techniques, and procedures of fixed and rotary wing aircraft flying qualities, performance, and mission systems testing at the installed full-system system level.

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        Brian Kish

        Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology: Dr. Brian Kish is the Chair of Florida Tech’s Flight Test Engineering Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, and has accumulated over 1300 flight hours as a Flight Test Engineer in 49 different aircraft during his 20 year Air Force career. He held leadership positions at three Flight Test units and served as the Vice Chair of the Education Department of the Air Force Test Pilot School from 2005-2008. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2011, Dr. Kish has taught Control Systems, Aircraft Stability & Control, and Avionics courses at Florida Tech. His current research interests include pilot workload, human factors, airplane handling qualities, carry-on flight data recorders, engine cooling models, and compliance methods for fly-by-wire aircraft. He is a member of AIAA’s Flight Test Technical Committee.

    • 9.02 UAV Systems & Autonomy

      This session includes papers on all aspects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems and autonomy. All aspects of UAVs — from design to execution, from experimental to operational — are included. Autonomy related to UAVs and policy discussions related to UAVs are also represented.

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        Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology: Dr Gonzalez is a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology and Leader for UAVs in Remote Sensing at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA). He is the co-author of a monograph on multidisciplinary design optimization and game strategies in aeronautics and UAV design and has published over 100 refereed publications. To date Dr Gonzalez has been awarded $9.1M in chief investigator / partner investigator grants ($6.5M total cash + in-kind contributions). This grant income represents a mixture of sole investigator funding, international, multidisciplinary collaborative grants and funding from industry.

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        Frances Zhu

        Assistant Research Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa: Frances Zhu received the B.S. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, in 2014, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering. Since 2014, she has been a Research Assistant with the Space Systems Design Studio, Ithaca, NY, USA, specializing in dynamics, systems, and controls engineering. Her research interests include flux-pinned interface applications, spacecraft system architectures, robot dynamics, machine learning techniques, estimation, and controls. Ms. Zhu is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow.

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        Sr. Principal Electronics Engineer, dynetics: Sr. Principal Electronics Engineer with Dynetics in Huntsville AL, USA. Previously he held research and design positions with commercial companies supporting aerospace and defense customers. His research interests are in aerospace and electronic systems areas, with specific focus in autonomous vehicles and sensors. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering

    • 9.03 Aircraft Systems & Avionics

      The focus of this session is to introduce innovative concepts in the areas of aircraft systems and avionics development, integration and testing for improving aircraft performance, airframe systems performance, survivability, situational awareness, energy state awareness, and airspace awareness.

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        Andrew Lynch

        Senior Acquisition Analyst, ShadowObjects: Mr. Lynch graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is a graduate and former Commanding Officer of the United States Naval Test Pilot School and led the Navy's Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program (PMA-226). He currently supports the Navy's Adversary Aircraft Program.

    • 9.04 Air Vehicle Flight Controls

      This session focuses on the development, testing, and technolgies of air vehicle flight controls, including fixed wing, rotary wing, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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        Tom Mc Ateer

        System of Systems Test and Evaluation, NAVAIR: Systems of Systems Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD.

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        Christopher Elliott

        LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington: LM Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Technical Fellow on the Flight Control and Vehicle Management Systems Team and the Quantum Information Science Research Team with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Fort Worth, TX. Over 20 years experience with the International Space Station, Block 60 F16, F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Hybrid Airship, and other research programs. Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. AIAA Associate Fellow. BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; MS and PhD, Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington.

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        Olivier Toupet

        Robotic Aerial Mobility Group Supervisor, JPL: Olivier Toupet is the supervisor of the Robotic Aerial Mobility group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). His group develops innovative technologies to improve the autonomy of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). His technical expertise is at the intersection of robotics and aeronautics, with a focus on guidance, navigation, and control, and includes multi-vehicle (swarm) decision-making, path-planning, optimal and robust control, state estimation, flight dynamics modeling, and aircraft design. Prior to joining JPL, Mr. Toupet worked in the UAV industry, at Aurora Flight Sciences and Kitty Hawk / Cora, for almost a decade, and holds a M.S. from MIT (USA) and from ISAE / SUPAERO (France) in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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      Kristin Wortman

      Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Principal professional staff, Space Exploration Sector's Space Mission Assurance group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Currently, software assurance engineer for Solar Probe Plus, Europa Clipper and AIDA/DART space missions. Adjunct professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Maryland University College since 2001. B.S., Computer and Information Science; M.S., Software Engineering, University of Maryland University College.

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      Virgil Adumitroaie

      Data Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Past research in high-speed turbulent combustion modeling, data dimensionality reduction, neural networks, signaling pathways, decision support, climate data assimilation, and scientific software development. Currently working on planetary atmospheric and magnetospheric modeling. Adjunct Lecturer at the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo.

    • 10.01 Computational Modeling

      The focus of this session is Computational Modeling in any discipline, with emphasis on the mathematical model of the phenomenology and on the numerical algorithms used for solution. Disciplines include fluid dynamics and fluid/thermal sciences, earth and planetary physics, systems engineering studies, sensor management and sensor modeling, and radar and signal processing.

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        Darrell Terry

        HPC Scientist Advisor, General Dynamics IT: At Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, lead high performance computing investigations for performance enhancement in signal processing and cfd for research and operational applications. Extensive experience in air and space borne radar and STAP. Ph.D. research at University of California, Irvine, focused on modeling vapor and particle transport processes in jet exhaust. Ph.D. research at University of South Carolina and Oklahoma State University, focused on buoyancy driven flow and methane hydrate systems.

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        Virgil Adumitroaie

        Data Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Past research in high-speed turbulent combustion modeling, data dimensionality reduction, neural networks, signaling pathways, decision support, climate data assimilation, and scientific software development. Currently working on planetary atmospheric and magnetospheric modeling. Adjunct Lecturer at the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo.

    • 10.02 Innovative Software Engineering and Management Techniques and Practices

      Practices followed during development and management of aerospace software systems vary across the industry. This divide seems to be growing as emerging markets, such as commercial space and cubesats, adopt techniques from other software domains while the traditional aerospace market works to tailor existing processes. Suggested topics covering both experience and research in software engineering and management techniques with both flight and ground system development such as: innovative software architectures, code reuse, software project management, COTS integration, alternative implementation approaches and new programming languages. Other software engineering topics will also be considered in this session.

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        Kristin Wortman

        Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Principal professional staff, Space Exploration Sector's Space Mission Assurance group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Currently, software assurance engineer for Solar Probe Plus, Europa Clipper and AIDA/DART space missions. Adjunct professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Maryland University College since 2001. B.S., Computer and Information Science; M.S., Software Engineering, University of Maryland University College.

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        Ronnie Killough

        Director - R&D, Southwest Research Institute: Ronnie Killough is a Program Director in the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). In his twenty-five years at SwRI, Ronnie has developed software for cruise missile simulators, space shuttle control center systems, and unmanned spacecraft. Until 2014 he was Director of the Communications and Embedded Systems department in which he was responsible for oversight of research and development of network-centric systems, tactical communications, cyber security, smart energy systems, and high-reliability software. Ronnie returned to his passion for space and served as software systems lead for the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission which launched in December 2016. He is currently Project Manager for a Heliophysics SMEX mission called Polarimeter to Unify the Corina and Heliosphere (PUNCH), a constellation of four microsatellites slated for launch in 2023.

    • 10.03 Software Architecture and Design

      Appropriate software architecture is critical to the design, development and evolution of all software systems, and its role in the engineering of software-intensive applications in the aerospace domain has become increasingly important. This session solicits novel ideas on the foundations, languages, models, techniques, tools, and applications of software architecture technology. Topics include software architecture for space mission systems; architecture across software, system and enterprise boundaries; architectural patterns, styles and viewpoints; architecture frameworks; design reasoning, capturing and sharing design decisions; and open architectures, product-line architectures, and systems of systems software architects’ roles and responsibilities.

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        Martin Stelzer

        Research Associate, German Aerospace Center (DLR): Martin Stelzer studied computer science at FH Ingolstadt and the University of Hagen and received his M.Sc. Degree in 2012. Since 2007 he has been working at the German Aerospace Center in the field of onboard software frameworks and was involved in the space projects ROKVISS and Kontur-2.

    • 10.04 Software Quality, Reliability and Safety Engineering

      The focus of this session is to share systematic practices followed in aerospace to ensure an adequate confidence level that a software system conforms to its requirements and will perform in a safe and reliable manner. Software quality, reliability and safety engineering covers methodologies and techniques used for assessment of the development cycle, verification, validation and test programs, standards, models, certifications, tools, data analysis and risk management.

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        Kristin Wortman

        Principal Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Principal professional staff, Space Exploration Sector's Space Mission Assurance group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Currently, software assurance engineer for Solar Probe Plus, Europa Clipper and AIDA/DART space missions. Adjunct professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Maryland University College since 2001. B.S., Computer and Information Science; M.S., Software Engineering, University of Maryland University College.

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        Paul Wood

        Staff Computer Scientist, Southwest Research Institute: Mr. Wood received a B.S. in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Systems Design from the University of Texas at San Antonio, in 1979 and an M.S. from Purdue University in computer science in 1983. He has been with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) for more than 35 years. He is software lead for the Magnetospeheric Multiscale (MMS) Hot Plasma Composition Analyzer instrument and Central Instrument Data Processor (CIDP), and is one of the MMS payload systems engineers. Other work includes robotics, telecommunications, and embedded real-time systems. He is an active participant in SwRI's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) efforts. He has been a frequent participant in Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) activities in many domains including space, medical, and military. His interest include software and systems reliability including the use of process improvement methods and data analysis to detect and prevent defects and measure progress.

    • 10.05 Model-based Systems and Software Engineering

      This session is concerned with the application, or potential application, of advanced model-based approaches, methodologies, techniques, languages, and tools to the aerospace domain. Topics ranging from theoretical and conceptual work in these areas to specific, concrete applications, in scope from small software systems to large system-of-systems, are welcome. Other driving current themes include: coordination and usage of multiple types of models, e.g., descriptive versus behavioral models; the use of MBSE simulations and analyses in support of architectural decision making; the application of information visualization techniques for improved MBSE deliverables; the use of MBSE in specialized domains such as electrical systems engineering. Overall, this is a diverse session, with areas of interest including model-based architecture and analysis, design, control systems, verification and testing, simulation, domain specific languages and transformations, aircraft, spacecraft, instruments, flight systems, ground systems, planning and execution, guidance and navigation, and fault management.

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        Alexander Murray

        Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior systems engineer in the Fault Protection and Autonomy Group, JPL. Currently working in the Psyche mission's flight systems engineering team as Behaviors Lead. Previously worked Payload Systems on Europa Clipper and InSight (Mars Lander) as well as systems engineering on Earth-orbiting science missions. Also did and led software development for flight, ground, and simulation software for missions and for technology development projects at JPL. Former system engineer for the European weather satellite agency, Eumetsat, and software engineer for the Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt. BS and MS, Mathematics, Ohio State University.

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        Oleg Sindiy

        Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Dr. Oleg Sindiy is a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his MS and PhD degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. His dissertation topic was on “Model-based System-of-Systems Engineering for Space-based Command, Control, Communication, and Information Architecture Design.” He has been working at JPL since 2011, where he has supported development and operations of variety of space exploration platforms. In Dr. Sindiy’s work, Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) has been at the forefront of elevating models in the engineering process to a central and governing role in the specification, design, integration, testing, validation, and operation of space systems and their architectures.

    • 10.06 Implementing Artificial Intelligence for Aerospace

      This session considers how to create state-of-the-art single and multi-agent technologies for developing 'intelligent' systems in both hardware and software. It will include papers related to all areas of single- and multi-craft aerospace mission systems and autonomous control (ground station, spacecraft/satellite, unmanned aircraft and ground rovers) and papers related to partially and fully autonomous aerospace systems. Techniques considered will include, but are not limited to genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, probabilistic AI, machine and reinforcement learning, training & learning tools, and intelligent multi-agent systems. This session invites papers on best practices towards implementing new state-of-the-art autonomy and intelligence systems for aerospace. Papers on clustering, distributed, or formation flying missions and control techniques for low-cost, small-size craft are particularly welcomed.

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        Jeremy Straub

        Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University: Jeremy’s current research relates to the use of autonomous control for collections of robots with heterogeneous capabilities. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, an M.S. in Computer Systems and Software Design from Jacksonville State University and an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University as well as two B.S. degrees. Jeremy has ten years of professional experience developing and managing the development of cutting edge commercial software systems.

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        Daniel Clancy

        Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute: Dan has worked in the aerospace / defense industry for over 25 years. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence; advance battle management, command and control systems; multi-agent decision and game theory; and information fusion, advanced tracking, data association, and target ID techniques. He previously worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX, where he was a lead designer of the information fusion system for the F-35 Lightning II. He has been an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University in the Department of Engineering. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1988, his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Boston University in 1991, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1997.

    • 10.07 Human-Systems Interaction

      Humans are the most critical element in system safety, reliability and performance. Their creativity, adaptability and problem-solving capabilities are key to resilient operations across the different aerospace applications. This session focuses on the technologies and techniques leading to effective interfaces and interaction between humans and spacecraft, robots, and other aerospace systems. Specific topics of interests include HCI-HMI, multimodal sensory integration such as vision, haptics and audio, situational awareness, tele-operation interfaces, visualization, virtual and mixed reality environments, augmented reality and natural user interfaces as applied to design, production, operations, and analysis, as well as training and for decision support. Novel solutions from other domains and their application in aerospace domain, specifically contributing to an efficient human systems interaction are also of interest.

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        Janki Dodiya

        Senior Research Scientist, German Aerospace Centre: Janki Dodiya is a senior research scientist at Institute of Transportation Systems at German Aerospace Centre (DLR). She received her PhD in Virtual Environments in 2011, from University of Reading, UK. She previously worked at Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualization, DLR, researching design and evaluation of multimodal interaction techniques of a virtual reality simulation for on-orbit servicing (VROOS). Her research interest includes, human computer interaction, multimodal interaction, virtual reality, usability Engineering for Aerospace and Transportation as well as Humanist and Artistic applications.

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        Andreas Gerndt

        Head of Department, German Aerospace Center (DLR): Prof. Dr. Andreas Gerndt is the head of the department "Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualization" at German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received his degree in computer science from Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany in 1993. In the position of a research scientist, he also worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) in Germany. Thereafter, he was a software engineer for several companies with focus on Software Engineering and Computer Graphics. In 1999 he continued his studies in Virtual Reality and Scientific Visualization at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where he received his doctoral degree in computer science. After two years of interdisciplinary research activities as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA, he returned to Germany in 2008 to work for DLR in the domain of aerospace software research. Since 2019, he is also Professor in High-Performance Visualization at University of Bremen, Germany.

    • 10.08 Image Processing and Computer Vision

      The focus of this session is both theoretical and experimental work on Image Processing and Computer Vision in aerospace applications. The disciplines include, but not limited to image-based navigation, image classification, image reconstruction, image segmentation, feature extraction, image compression, object detection and tracking, image correlation, coding and limitations, computational complexity, adaptive algorithms, video coding (e.g., MPEG, H.265), hardware and bandwidth limitations, key improvements, contributions, and lesson learned.

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        Amir Liaghati

        Electricall Engineer, Boeing: Amir Leon Liaghati received his Electrical Engineering B.S. in 2010 and M.S. in 2013 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Ph.D. in Digital Signal & Image Processing at UAH in the area of lossless compression of hyperspectral images in 2016. He has worked for Boeing since 2011 on the BDS SLS (Space Launch System) project Analysis Team performing, telemetry, timing, and sensor analysis. He also works for Boeing BR&T as the R&D Technical Lead for Data Compression. He has received five Patents, has five patents pending, has received seven Meritorious Invention awards, and a Space Exploration Division award for Employee Innovation. He is also nominated for the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation’s prestigious Stellar Award in 2016 for outstanding employee achievements. In 2016, he won a BDS Horizon Award for his contribution to the Exploration Upper Stage team.

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      Andrew Hess

      President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

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      Wolfgang Fink

      Associate Professor, University of Arizona: Associate Professor and inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, University of Arizona with joint appointments in the Departments of ECE, BME, SIE, AME, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. AIMBE Fellow, PHM Fellow, SPIE Fellow, UA da Vinci Fellow, UA ACABI Fellow, and Senior Member IEEE. Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen, Germany.

    • 11.01 PHM for Aerospace Systems, Subsystems, Components, Electronics, and Structures

      Advanced Diagnostics and PHM can be and is applied separately or concurrently at the device, component, subsystem, structure, system and/or total platform levels. This session will give PHM developers, practitioners, integrators, and users a chance to discuss their capabilities and experiences at any or all of these application levels. Discussion of the integration of PHM capabilities across these various levels of application is welcome and encouraged. Applications involving propulsion systems, fuel management, flight control, EHAS, drive systems, and structures are particularly solicited.

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        Andrew Hess

        President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

    • 11.02 PHM for Autonomous Platforms and Control Systems Applications

      This session focuses on diagnostics and prognostics for autonomous system applications and control systems. This would include autonomous system architectures, electronic controls, control systems, and electronic systems for both the item under control and the controlling system. Methods for autonomous decision making, fault detection, rate of progression, and consequence or mission risk are encouraged. The session also is looking for novel technical approaches to use diagnostic and prognostic information to provide control input adjustments that can slow or reverse fault progression.

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        Derek De Vries

        Senior Fellow, Nothrop Grumman Propulsion Systems: Mr. Derek R. DeVries, P.E., Senior Fellow and Discipline Owner for Avionics and Controls at Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems. Senior Member of IEEE with over 30 years’ experience in the Aerospace Industry in Operation, Integration, and Development of Space Launch Systems. PHM Board of Directors, Honored as a Luminary Speaker for the PHM 2015 Conference. B.Sc Electrical Engineering from University of Utah, and M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. Industrial Advisory Board Member for the University of Utah Electrical Engineering, AIAA Standards Committee NATO Scientific Achievement Award 2016 "Application of Integrated Munitions health Management", Member for AIAA “S-122-2006 Direct Current Power Systems for Earth-Orbiting Satellites”, 15 U.S./Foreign Patents, and AIAA 2001 JPC Arthur D. Rhea Best Paper Award for "Ordnance Components and Systems". Research/Development interests include advanced Avionics and Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) of integrated systems.

    • 11.03 PHM System Design Attributes, Architectures, and Assessments

      Design of complex systems, such as aircraft and space vehicles, requires complex trade-offs among requirements related to performance, safety, reliability, and life cycle cost. The development of effective architectures and implementation strategies are extremely important. This session will focus on the application of methods such as testability, diagnosability, embedding sensors, prognostics, remaining useful life estimates used to design complex aerospace systems, and architectures to design, enable, and implement complex aerospace systems. We invite papers discussing new methodologies, lessons learned in application of health management methods in system design, and operational experience with health management capabilities embedded into systems early in the design process.

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        Andrew Hess

        President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

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        Derek De Vries

        Senior Fellow, Nothrop Grumman Propulsion Systems: Mr. Derek R. DeVries, P.E., Senior Fellow and Discipline Owner for Avionics and Controls at Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems. Senior Member of IEEE with over 30 years’ experience in the Aerospace Industry in Operation, Integration, and Development of Space Launch Systems. PHM Board of Directors, Honored as a Luminary Speaker for the PHM 2015 Conference. B.Sc Electrical Engineering from University of Utah, and M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. Industrial Advisory Board Member for the University of Utah Electrical Engineering, AIAA Standards Committee NATO Scientific Achievement Award 2016 "Application of Integrated Munitions health Management", Member for AIAA “S-122-2006 Direct Current Power Systems for Earth-Orbiting Satellites”, 15 U.S./Foreign Patents, and AIAA 2001 JPC Arthur D. Rhea Best Paper Award for "Ordnance Components and Systems". Research/Development interests include advanced Avionics and Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) of integrated systems.

    • 11.04 Non-Destructive Testing and Sensor Technologies for PHM Applications

      This session is designed to bring together researchers and engineers developing sensors applicable to SHM and IVHM. Papers are invited on MEMS, MOEMS, nanotechnology, BIOS, quantum dots, chemical sensors, optical sensors, and imaging sensors that can be integrated with nondestructive testing applications for structural health monitoring and diagnostics. Description of novel and disruptive sensor technologies is solicited.

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        Morteza Safai

        Sensors Engineer / Technical Fellow, Boeing Company: Senior Sensors Engineer & Technical Fellow at the Boeing Research and Technology. 30 years of experience with opto electrical sensors, x-ray CT, X-ray backscattering, X-ray line scans, infrared, laser, MEMS, UT and nondestructive testing and Imaging for aerospace, food and medical industries. Holds over 95 patents, 100 patents pending and 24 publications. BS and MS Physics University of Utah.

    • 11.05 PHM for Non-Aerospace Applications

      This session seeks contributions in non-aerospace but related applications, e.g., automotive industry, trains, marine, oil & gas, etc. Both programmatic and technology presentations are solicited, particularly those focused on capabilities, cost benefits, and lessons learned.

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        Andrew Hess

        President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

    • 11.06 PHM for Commercial Space Applications

      This session seeks papers on diagnostics, prognostics, health management (PHM) and autonomous fault management for satellites and other commercial space applications. Papers are sought in the areas of satellites, launch vehicles, and other new space ventures (e.g., tourism, natural resource exploitation). Papers may address research, actual flight experience, and future planning related to satellite and launch vehicle PHM and fault management.

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        Wolfgang Fink

        Associate Professor, University of Arizona: Associate Professor and inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, University of Arizona with joint appointments in the Departments of ECE, BME, SIE, AME, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. AIMBE Fellow, PHM Fellow, SPIE Fellow, UA da Vinci Fellow, UA ACABI Fellow, and Senior Member IEEE. Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen, Germany.

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        Andrew Hess

        President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

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        Derek De Vries

        Senior Fellow, Nothrop Grumman Propulsion Systems: Mr. Derek R. DeVries, P.E., Senior Fellow and Discipline Owner for Avionics and Controls at Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems. Senior Member of IEEE with over 30 years’ experience in the Aerospace Industry in Operation, Integration, and Development of Space Launch Systems. PHM Board of Directors, Honored as a Luminary Speaker for the PHM 2015 Conference. B.Sc Electrical Engineering from University of Utah, and M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. Industrial Advisory Board Member for the University of Utah Electrical Engineering, AIAA Standards Committee NATO Scientific Achievement Award 2016 "Application of Integrated Munitions health Management", Member for AIAA “S-122-2006 Direct Current Power Systems for Earth-Orbiting Satellites”, 15 U.S./Foreign Patents, and AIAA 2001 JPC Arthur D. Rhea Best Paper Award for "Ordnance Components and Systems". Research/Development interests include advanced Avionics and Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) of integrated systems.

    • 11.07 PHM for Human Health and Performance

      This session is an effort to bridge PHM to Space Medicine as part of Integrated System Health Management (ISHM) and healthcare domains as applied to High Value Human Asset health support. PHM for HH&P is focused on tracking status of very healthy individuals 24/7, as well as ensuring a sustained top-level performance required on manned space exploration missions, safe aircraft operation, etc. Papers are sought that show how systems engineering with PHM techniques and methodologies, such as predictive analytics, predictive diagnostics, root cause analysis, virtual sensors, data and information fusion, data mining, and big data analytics with computationally generated biomarkers can serve as a scientific and engineering foundation for building both evidence-based and analytics-based individual health maintenance/support for human assets. Objectives include developing and demonstrating PHM capabilities for assessing, tracking, predicting, and ultimately improving long-term individual human health status to ensure mission success.

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        Alexandre Popov

        NASA Emeritus Docent at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee (SETC) Member, AIAA SETC: currently working on PHM-based technologies with predictive diagnostics capability to maintain/support crew health on the ISS program and future manned space exploration missions. His efforts on "PHM for Astronauts" project within US/Canadian/Russian collaboration framework are focused on a paradigm shift from telemedicine to HH&P autonomy based on systems engineering concepts, methods and techniques, which are to identify precursors and computationally generated biomarkers of impending health issues, that otherwise would have gone undetected. Contributed to three manned space programs: BURAN space transportation system (1983-1988), Mir space station (1988-1998), and the ISS program at RSC-Energia (1996-1998), Lockheed Martin Canada (2000-2003) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) (2003-2014). Ran a project enabling Crew Electronic Health Records (CEHR) technology on the ISS program and led CSA efforts on system requirements and conceptual prototype development (2011-2012). AIAA SETC member since 2009. AIAA Senior Member.

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        Wolfgang Fink

        Associate Professor, University of Arizona: Associate Professor and inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, University of Arizona with joint appointments in the Departments of ECE, BME, SIE, AME, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. AIMBE Fellow, PHM Fellow, SPIE Fellow, UA da Vinci Fellow, UA ACABI Fellow, and Senior Member IEEE. Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen, Germany.

    • 11.08 Panel: PHM from a Practitioner’s Perspective – a Potpourri of Capabilities, Issues, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned

      Practitioners in the PHM field are solicited to share their experiences and observations as part of a distinguished panel of experts. A short presentation will be required of all participants that describes their focus topic within the PHM and CBM+ domains. This session will cover a broad range of research, lessons-learned experiences and application topics covering the challenges and innovative engineering and/or business approaches associated with the development and implementation of PHM capabilities and CBM+ architectures. The session will feature presentations by senior leaders in the field and a panel discussion. Panel members from PHM communities, academia, government, and industry, will focus on strategies that have or will resolve historical issues, and challenges, and provide insight. Interested parties should contact the session organizers.

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        Andrew Hess

        President, The Hess PHM Group, Inc.: Consultant to government and industry on advanced diagnostics, prognostics, predictive analytics, health and asset management of machines and engineering systems. Previously program office lead for the JSF PHM effort. Current President of the PHM Society.

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      Mona Witkowski

      Flight Director / Deputy Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Flight Director / Deputy Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Flight Director and Deputy Project Manager for the CloudSat Mission and Operations Mission Manager for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On Mission. Formerly Program Assurance Manager for the Deep Space Network. Over 35 years of engineering and management experience in spacecraft development and operations. Recipient of NASA Exceptional Service Medal for TOPEX/Poseidon Mission Assurance and NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Deep Space Network Risk Management.

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      Carlos Gomez Rosa

      Ground System Manager/Mission Ops Manager, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: Current Ground System Manager and future Mission Ops Manager for the GSFC GeoCarb Mission. Former Mission Readiness Manager for the Landsat 9 Mission, Mission Director for MAVEN and Mission Operations Manager for the GOES-O Mission. 32 years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. BS in EE, University of Puerto Rico; MS in Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Awards: 2015 Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement in Engineering, 2016 NASA Honor Award/Exceptional Achievement Medal.

    • 12.01 Spacecraft Flight Operations: Innovative Approaches for Orbital and Surface Mission Operations

      This session solicits papers which highlight innovative approaches for conducting spacecraft orbital and surface mission operations. Responding to in-flight anomalies, mission operations challenges, automation, risk reduction and space debris collision avoidance, are also topics that are encouraged. Additional topics solicited include: challenges to managing single or multi-mission operations, operating satellite constellations, small satellite operations, team development, staffing, cost reduction and lessons learned for future missions.

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        Mona Witkowski

        Flight Director / Deputy Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Flight Director / Deputy Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Flight Director and Deputy Project Manager for the CloudSat Mission and Operations Mission Manager for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On Mission. Formerly Program Assurance Manager for the Deep Space Network. Over 35 years of engineering and management experience in spacecraft development and operations. Recipient of NASA Exceptional Service Medal for TOPEX/Poseidon Mission Assurance and NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Deep Space Network Risk Management.

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        Principal GNC Engineer, Ball Aerospace: Heidi Hallowell received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Electrical Engineering. During her 17 years at Ball, Heidi has worked in a variety of GNC roles including spacecraft design and development, simulators, on-orbit commissioning, and spacecraft operation. These programs have included both LEO and interplanetary spacecraft. She has been the CloudSat ADCS lead since 2018 and is also the lead ADCS engineer for the S-NPP and JPSS-1/NOAA-20 programs.

    • 12.02 Ground Systems, Mission Planning, Payload and Instrument Operations

      This session entertains papers on topics related to ground systems design and architectures, flight/ground interfaces, and software tools, as well as current and emerging methods and technologies to support all aspects of mission design, planning, and operations. Papers that discuss aspects of payload, instrument, and sensor operations, including techniques, tools, procedures, and concepts for planning, scheduling, commanding, processing, analyzing, and optimizing command and telemetry data are encouraged. We would also like to hear about ideas and approaches for the design, integration, and automation of efficient ground systems. Additional focus is on development of processes & tools that enhance system robustness, while simultaneously allowing for greater operability as well as flexibility in nominal operations for ongoing & next-generation missions; and plans for risk-mitigation and anomalous scenarios, including onboard fault protection and ground-in-the-loop responses.

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        Priyanka Sharma

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Dr. Priyanka Sharma received a B.E. in Manufacturing Processes and Automation Engineering from Delhi University, New Delhi in 2006. She then received her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona’s Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) in 2012. Her Ph.D. thesis was focused on investigations of the geomorphology, topography and surface roughness of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, using Cassini radar data. She first joined JPL as a Caltech Post- Doctoral Research Scholar in 2013. She is currently a member of the Mission Planning Group at JPL, and works as a Systems Engineer in Mission Planning and Flight Operations on the NISAR project. She has also worked on formulation studies of robotic precursor missions for future human missions to Earth’s Moon, Venus orbiter/lander mission concept, Discovery mission proposals, landing site selection studies for Mars 2020, and geospatial data visualization projects.

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        Kedar Naik

        Senior Engineer, Ball Aerospace: Kedar Naik is a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Ball Aerospace, where he focuses on applied machine-learning research for ground systems and adaptive optics. Prior to joining Ball, he was at Northrop Grumman, researching the potential application of machine learning to cyber-security problems. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he was a member of the Aerospace Design Lab, under the direction of Prof. Juan Alonso. His professional and research interests lie in deep learning, design optimization, and computational math. He was an NDSEG Fellow from 2009 to 2013 and – during the course of his academic career – he completed internships at NASA Langley, NASA Glenn, the U.S. Army’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, and Pratt & Whitney. In addition to his doctorate, he holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from the University of Southern California.

    • 12.03 Human Space Flight Development, Operations and Processing

      This session focuses on all aspects of Human Spaceflight processing and operations across all mission regimes. Research topics including the design, and development of manned spacecraft hardware and support systems, as well as operations research focused on pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight activities is encouraged. Additionally, research dedicated to specific areas such as flight operations including IVA and EVA, landing and recovery of crewed spacecraft, and the physiological and psychological effects on human beings during all of these mission types and phases is also encouraged.

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        Michael Lee

        Mission Manager, NASA - Kennedy Space Center: NASA Mission Manager, Commercial Crew Program, Kennedy Space Center; 32 years experience in spacecraft mission & ground operations, Systems Integration, and Project Management. Was the NASA Mission Manager for the SpaceX Demo 1 mission to ISS in March 2019, and the Crew 1 mission to the ISS in 2020. B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder; M.S., Space Systems Operations, Florida Institute of Technology.

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        Production Operations Lead, NASA - Kennedy Space Center: William J Koenig Received a B.S. Degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a M.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He worked in the maritime industry for 8 years before entering the aerospace industry and supporting the Space Shuttle Program in numerous managerial positions for 20 years. In 2007 William joined NASA as the ORION Program Lead for Production Operations. He is presently responsible for the fabrication, transportation, assembly, test and checkout of ORION spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center.

    • 12.04 Information Technology and Cyber Security Roles in Operations

      Efficient network design and implementation are necessary for the protection of space system assets and mission execution capabilities. This session welcomes approaches for IT design tailored for the aerospace domain. Security engineering to prevent intrusions and situational awareness tools to monitor the system and detect attacks, are evolving technologies enabling increased protection for the mission. In addition, mission resilience to cyber attack is an emerging field critical for protecting the mission. Other topics include: unique cyber vulnerabilities/solutions for space systems, the implementation of network security and information security techniques, advanced CONOPS, implications for NIST’s Risk Management Framework for Space, analytics applied to space systems, and lessons learned.

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        Jeremy Straub

        Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University: Jeremy’s current research relates to the use of autonomous control for collections of robots with heterogeneous capabilities. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, an M.S. in Computer Systems and Software Design from Jacksonville State University and an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University as well as two B.S. degrees. Jeremy has ten years of professional experience developing and managing the development of cutting edge commercial software systems.

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        Atif Mohammad

        Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Dr. Atif was born and raised in the country of Dr. Abdus Salam the Nobel Laureate (Pakistan). He has PhD in Cloud Security from University of Quebec at Chicoutimi Canada, and his 2nd PhD in Scientific Computing from University of North Dakota, USA. Atif is a Senior Research Scientist at Catasys Inc., where he heads AI & RnD Thought Leadership for the organization. Atif teaches Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at UNC Charlotte.

    • 12.05 Automation and Machine Learning Applications in Spacecraft Operations

      This session invites contributions that are concerned with the applications of machine learning and data science techniques to deal with the increasing amounts of data being collected in spacecraft operations on flight and/or ground segments. These techniques could be related to any subsystem of the spacecraft, including telecom, power, thermal, or specific instrument data and that of the ground segments. Topics ranging from theoretical and conceptual treatment in these areas to specific and operational treatments are solicited. The benefits of these techniques are very wide in scope from enhancing operator productivity by providing diagnostic tools that detect and explain causes of anomalous behavior either in real-time or by post-processing, to automating mission operations. These benefits are also crucial for smaller missions, such as the emerging CubeSats missions, that typically have very lean teams.

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        Mazen Shihabi

        Technical Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mazen Shihabi is the technical group supervisor of the Communications Architecture & Operations Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the task manager & operation lead for MRO UHF radio. Prior JPL assignments included modem design and modulation algorithm development. Prior to JPL, he worked for 10 years in aerospace, cellular telecommunications, and remote patient monitoring. Dr. Shihabi is a senior member of IEEE and has published several technical papers and holds several patents related to synchronization algorithms, interference mitigation and physiological alarm notification systems. He received a BS and MS from University of Southern California, and PhD from University of California at Irvine, all in Electrical engineering. Dr. Shihabi has also taught digital signal processing and communications courses at UCI Extension.

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        Zaid Towfic

        Signal Analysis Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Zaid Towfic holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Iowa. He received his Electrical Engineering M.S. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2014, both from UCLA, where he focused on signal processing, machine learning, and stochastic optimization. After receiving his Ph. D., Zaid joined the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he worked on distributed beam forming and geolocation, interference excision via subspace methods, simultaneous communication, and electronic warfare. Zaid joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in January of 2017 and has been focused on machine learning and signal processing efforts.

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      Jeffery Webster

      Project Support Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Project Support Specialist, Project Support Office at JPL; Senior Systems Engineer, Mission Systems Concepts Section; Mars Trace Gas Orbiter, Project Planner & Systems Engineering; Associate Engineer, Mission & Systems Concepts Section.

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      Torrey Radcliffe

      Chief Technologist for Civil Programs, Aerospace Corporation: Associate Director, Space Architecture Department, The Aerospace Corporation. Background in preliminary spacecraft design, space architecture development and portfolio analysis of manned and unmanned systems. S.B, S.M. and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

    • 13.01 Systems Architecture, Engineering and System of Systems

      This session is dedicated to papers dealing with the fundamental challenges associated with architecting and high level systems engineering of large-scale systems and systems-of-systems, including development and application of tools and techniques that support both architecting and system engineering processes (e.g., Architecture Descriptions, Model Based Systems Engineering, Architecture Decision Support), maintaining the integrity of “the architecture” across the project lifecycle, and discussions of successful (and not so successful) architecting and systems engineering endeavors with an emphasis on the lessons learned.

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        Lisa May

        Deputy Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Space: Lisa May is an accomplished senior executive and systems engineer with more than 35 years of success across aerospace and technology industries. She is currently Lockheed Martin’s Deputy Space Exploration Architect, where she supports efforts to bring humans safely to the surface of the Moon by 2024. She manages architecture trade studies, informs proposal value proposition and strategy decisions, and interacts with stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and the international community. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. May founded Murphian Consulting, where she consulted to technology entrepreneurs in such diverse fields as nuclear, forensics, space, and transportation technology. Before that she was NASA's Lead Program Executive for the Mars Exploration Program and PE for MAVEN, Mars Technology, and Mars Sample Return. Also, former Chair of the International Mars Exploration Working Group. ME Mechanical Engineering and BA Speech Communication, University of Virginia.

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        Daniel Selva

        Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University: Dr. Daniel Selva is Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on the application of knowledge engineering, global optimization and machine learning techniques to space systems engineering and architecture, with a strong focus on space systems. Daniel received his PhD in Space Systems from MIT in 2012. Prior to that, he worked for four years in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 Launch team. Daniel has a dual background in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering, with degrees from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and Supaero in Toulouse, France. He is an AIAA Senior Member, a member of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, and of the European Space Agency's Advisory Committee for Earth Observation.

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        Dean Bucher

        Associate Principal Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Dean Bucher is the Associate Principal Director of the Computer Applications and Assurance Subdivision at The Aerospace Corporation, where he has provided programmatic analysis and systems engineering support to a variety of science mission and human spaceflight programs across NASA as well as enterprise architecting, portfolio analysis, and strategic planning support to National Security Space customers. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University.

    • 13.02 Management and Risk Tools, Methods and Processes

      This session addresses tools, methods, and processes for managing aerospace system development programs/projects, mission operations, technology development programs, and systems engineering organizations. Topics include analyzing risks; managing all life cycle phases of programs/projects; using project-level management disciplines including project management, systems engineering, scheduling, safety and mission assurance, and configuration management; and improving training and capability retention (passing expertise between generations of systems engineers); and managing aerospace technology development programs. This session covers the topic of risk management in aerospace endeavors, including new insights from the successful application of risk management, and lessons learned when risk management did not prevent realization of consequences. Applications include commercial, military and civil space systems, and commercial and military aircraft systems.

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        Jeremiah Finnigan

        Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory: Senior Professional Staff, Space Department, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Electrical Engineering, and M.S. Computer Engineering, University of Maryland; M.S. Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University.

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        Robin Dillon Merrill

        Professor, Georgetown University: Professor Robin Dillon is a Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Dillon-Merrill seeks to understand and explain how and why people make the decisions that they do under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This research specifically examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes including hurricane evacuation, terrorism, cybersecurity, and NASA mission management. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security through USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis for Terrorism Events. She participated as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004.

    • 13.03 Cost and Schedule Tools, Methods, and Processes

      This Session addresses cost and schedule analysis tools, methods, processes, and results including design trades for design concepts and technologies throughout a project's life cycle. Topics addressed include cost or schedule model development, regression analysis and other tools, historical studies addressing trends, databases, government policies, industry training, mission cost analysis, operations and supporting/infrastructure cost, mission portfolio analysis, case histories, lessons learned, process control, and economic and affordability analysis that assesses program/project viability.

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        Stephen Shinn

        Chief Financial Officer, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center: Chief Financial Officer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 20+ years experience managing cost estimating, budgeting, program planning and control, parametric modeling, pricing, financial management, scheduling, and earned value management. B.S., The College of New Jersey; M.S., Johns Hopkins University.

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        Eric Mahr

        Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation: Senior Project Leader, Strategic Assessments & Studies Division, The Aerospace Corporation. Worked on an array of tasks spanning the space mission life cycle, with a primary focus on programmatic assessments of NASA science missions. B.S., Aerospace Engineering, U. of Arizona and M.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, U. of Colorado.

    • 13.04 Operationally Driven Design, Development, and Testing of Space Systems

      This Session addresses operationally driven design, development, and testing methods for space systems. Examples include robotic and human surface assets, teleoperational methods, EVA tools and methods, human space vehicles, unique approaches to deep space missions, and NASA's Moon to Mars Campaign.

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        Ryan Wall

        Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space: Ryan Wall is a Systems Engineer with a specialty in Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) within Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin Space, developing the Artemis Human Lunar Lander. Ryan was awarded a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he performed research on algae-based bioregenerative life support systems and utilizing alternative reality systems for engineering design. Ryan has a passion for volunteering, currently devoting a portion of his time to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science working as a Galaxy Guide in the Space Odyssey exhibit, inspiring the next generation of space explorers.

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        Danielle Richey

        Systems Engineer, Advanced Programs, : Danielle Richey is a systems engineer and architect at Lockheed Martin, where she focuses on defining and enabling the future path of human exploration to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. She joined Lockheed Martin in 2008 and has worked on multiple projects in Defense related to cybersecurity and early missile warning and Civil Space, including Orion and the NextSTEP Habitat program. Danielle has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, with an emphasis in Bioastronautics.

    • 13.05 Advances in Conceptual Design Methods and Applications

      This session is dedicated to the discussion of the topics related to the current state of practice and future advances in the application of conceptual design methods and applications. The goal of the session is to foster the application of MBSE and MBE in conceptual design, advances in concurrent engineering and collaborative engineering practices and approaches across the lifecycle, advances in methods that support team based systems engineering, and novel applications of concept design methods. Examples are optimization techniques, results visualization, and trade space exploration.

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        Rob Stevens

        Director of Model Based Systems Engineering Office, Aerospace Corporation: Rob Stevens is the Director of the Model Based Systems Engineering Office at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California where he has provided systems engineering analysis support for numerous satellite programs, managed the corporation’s Concept Design Center, and served as project systems engineer for several CubeSats in the AeroCube program. Prior to joining The Aerospace Corporation, he served as the Director of the Small Satellite Program at the U.S. Naval Academy, flew as a Naval Flight Officer in E-2C Hawkeyes, and earned his M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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        Jairus Hihn

        Supervisor Systems Analysis, Modeling and Architecture, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Jairus Hihn (PhD University of Maryland) is a principal member of the engineering staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Supervisor of the Systems Modeling, Analysis and Architecture Group. He has been a member of JPL's Team X in various positions for over 20 years; is on the leadership team of JPL's Foundry Modernization Task; and is also leading a a variety of cost improvement tasks for JPL and NASA. In past lives he was on the Faculty at UC Berkeley and later developed expert systems for Xerox.

    • 13.06 System Simulation and Verification

      This session addresses the design, implementation, and use of system-level simulations to measure or verify the performance and utility of space, ground, and related systems.

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        Virgil Adumitroaie

        Data Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Past research in high-speed turbulent combustion modeling, data dimensionality reduction, neural networks, signaling pathways, decision support, climate data assimilation, and scientific software development. Currently working on planetary atmospheric and magnetospheric modeling. Adjunct Lecturer at the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo.

    • 13.07 System Verification & Validation and Integration & Test

      This session focuses on the Verification & Validation and Integration & Test processes and case studies for Projects/Flight/Sub systems, and systems of systems.

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        Benjamin Solish

        Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Benjamin Solish is currently the Psyche Project Verification and Validation lead. Prior to this role he worked on OCO-3, OCO-2, InSight, GRACE-FO, LDSD and the TRaiNED missions. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Masters of Science Degree from the University of Washington.

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        Leslye Boyce

        Code 474, NASA: Have nearly 30 years experience with NASA robotic missions at Goddard Space Flight Center. I have worked on exciting missions such as Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Joint Polar Satellite Series and Landsat. I am currently responsible for the Landsat 9 Verification and validation.

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        Sarah Bucior

        Systems Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Sarah Bucior is currently an I&T Engineer on the DART mission aiming to impact an asteroid after launch in 2021. She received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering Astronautics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001 and a MS in Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore in 2015. She has been a Flight Controller on the New Horizons mission for the Pluto flyby as well as been part of the Mission Operations Teams for the STEREO Launch in 2006 and Van Allen (formerly RBSP) Launch in 2012. She was a member of the Parker Solar Probe I&T Launch Team as a Test Conductor in the field for the 2018 launch campaign, and then assisted as a Flight Controller in Mission Operations for Early Commissioning.

    • 13.08 Strategic Technology Planning & Infusion

      This session addresses strategic planning, research, development, and infusion of innovative technology to meet the future needs of civil space, commercial space, and national security space users. It includes technology strategy and roadmaps, technology maturation, and mission infusion to overcome the valley of death. This session also focuses on opportunities as well as legal and operational challenges as associated with partnerships, technology transfer, commercialization, and recent developments in aerospace startup accelerators for public and private sectors

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        Hemali Vyas

        Project Development Leadership, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Hemali Vyas has versatile technology experience of 25+ years across deep-space, aerospace, defense, research, supply chain, and startup environments with a systems engineering, strategic, and multi-disciplinary approach. She has been recognized as an out-of-the-box and strategic thinker with business acumen and in-depth technical experience across various life cycles phases for flight, ground, and commercial systems. Hemali has led many technology projects in satellite communications and networking; GPS for cell phones and atmospheric science; telescopes and science instruments; and software development for Deep Space Network. She has a patent in GPS and publications in satellite communications & networking and has completed an executive MBA-study on Mergers and Acquisition for Tesla and Solar City.

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        Rob Sherwood

        Principal Director, CTO Strategy Integration Office, Aerospace Corporation: Rob Sherwood is the Deputy Executive Director of Innovation at The Aerospace Corporation. He is responsible for defining and developing the company-wide innovation program, including creating a corporate culture that supports and champions innovation and advances strategic solutions. Mr. Sherwood’s responsibilities include management of Aerospace Corporations $40M R&D program, as well as identifying and analyzing emerging technological trends and opportunities that could be impactful to Aerospace customers. Previously he served as the Director/Manager of Strategic Alliances at DreamWorks Animation, where he developed strategies to maximize the success of key partner relationships and joint ventures resulting in $37M in partner funded innovation initiatives annually. Prior to that role, Mr. Sherwood spent 19 years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory leading innovation technology programs, flight missions, and new mission capture strategies.

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        Theodore Bujewski

        Director, Science and Technology Integration, US Space Force, Department of Defense: TBD

    • 13.09 Promote (and Provoke!) Cultural Change

      "Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!" * Culture is a byproduct of habits, and this session explores how to create habits, environments, and nutrients that help great things grow. * Peter Drucker, noted management consultant, educator, and author.

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        David Scott

        Computer Engineer, NASA - Marshall Space Flight Center: David W. Scott, alias “Scotty,” has been a civil servant at NASA’s Marshall Space FlightCenter since 1989 and has supported payload operations in several contexts. His current efforts at the Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) include Human Factors Engineering advocacy, training, and innovation. He was a Payload Communications Manager for the International Space Station from 1999-2007 and has spearheaded several console technology projects, especially in space-to-ground videoconferencing and audio archiving. He was a payload communicator for the ATLAS-1 Spacelab mission in 1992, and helped design the payload training program for Space Station. He spent 6 years as a U.S. Naval Officer, including flight duty in F-14s, and holds a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Principia College.

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        Rob Sherwood

        Principal Director, CTO Strategy Integration Office, Aerospace Corporation: Rob Sherwood is the Deputy Executive Director of Innovation at The Aerospace Corporation. He is responsible for defining and developing the company-wide innovation program, including creating a corporate culture that supports and champions innovation and advances strategic solutions. Mr. Sherwood’s responsibilities include management of Aerospace Corporations $40M R&D program, as well as identifying and analyzing emerging technological trends and opportunities that could be impactful to Aerospace customers. Previously he served as the Director/Manager of Strategic Alliances at DreamWorks Animation, where he developed strategies to maximize the success of key partner relationships and joint ventures resulting in $37M in partner funded innovation initiatives annually. Prior to that role, Mr. Sherwood spent 19 years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory leading innovation technology programs, flight missions, and new mission capture strategies.

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        John Ryskowski

        President, JFR Consulting: John Ryskowski is a change catalyst that has helped organizations get un-stuck since 1989. He is particularly interested in the social entanglements that preclude progress as organizations work to create their vision, identify actions, and achieve goals. John holds a MA in Education from California Lutheran College, a BA in Mathematics from California State University Northridge, is a Problem Solving Leadership graduate, a Certified Scrum Master, and a CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser for acquisition, services, and development. John is also a yoga practitioner, electric muscle car evangelist, and the creator of Drum-Talks- https://www.drum-talks.com/

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      Dave Lavery

      Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, NASA Headquarters: Program Executive for Solar System Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate of NASA Headquarters. Instrumental in the development and application of robotics and rover technology, and director of NASA participation in robotics competition for education/outreach.

    • 14.01 PANEL: Competition Robotics for Education and Workforce Development

      The use of robotics as a focusing technology topic for K-12 and college-level education, and how extracurricular robotics competition programs can be used to focus and integrate in-class activities.

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        Dave Lavery

        Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, NASA Headquarters: Program Executive for Solar System Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate of NASA Headquarters. Instrumental in the development and application of robotics and rover technology, and director of NASA participation in robotics competition for education/outreach.

    • 14.02 PANEL: Technology Development for Science-Driven Missions

      Planning for and developing technology is an ongoing process for Planetary Science Missions. The panel will discuss areas of topical interest to the community and solicit feedback and discussion.

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        Patricia Beauchamp

        Chief Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate, JPL-Caltech. Founding member of PESTO within NASA PSD. Previously Program Manager, Strategic Missions and Advanced Concepts, working on future solar system missions and technologies; Program Manager, Planetary Science Instrument Development Office; Leader, Center for In situ Exploration and Sample Return; Project Manager, Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer (MICAS) Project on DS1. Ph.D., Chemistry, Caltech.Post-doc Chemical Engineering at Caltech

    • 14.03 PANEL: Emerging Technologies for Mars Exploration

      This panel will discuss the unique technology needs for future Mars exploration, including those for robotics explorers as well as groundbreaking technologies for future human missions. Panelists will highlight a variety of emerging technologies that can enable these future pathways for Mars exploration.

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        Charles Edwards

        Mgr, Advanced Studies, Mars Exploration Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Manager of the Advanced Studies Office of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Responsible for the development of future Mars exploration mission concepts and mission-enabling technologies.

    • 14.04 PANEL: Access To Space and Emerging Mission Capabilities

      The high cost of launch continues to be a roadblock to space missions large and small. The development of adapters (ESPA, PPOD, e.g.), the development of new launch vehicles, the acceptance of risk for accommodating secondary or auxiliary payloads, and the explosion of cubesat and smallsat capability have led to some creative approaches to space missions. This panel is meant to showcase how our space colleagues are leveraging these emerging capabilities.

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        Eleni Sims

        Project Engineer, Aerospace Corporation: Senior Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation. Provides technical support to the DoD Space Test Program (STP).

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        Kara O'Donnell

        Principal Director, Aerospace Corporation: Principal Director for the Space Innovation Directorate at the Aerospace Corporation, providing “world class” technical support in the areas of adaptive mission assurance, technology planning, development, and test & demonstration.

    • 14.05 PANEL: Model-based Engineering – Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual?

      The panel will discuss directions and implications of model-based engineering initiatives across large government organizations: policies, processes, technologies, and application domains.

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        Sanda Mandutianu

        Sr. Systems Software Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior technical staff at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Has been task lead and PI on systems and software architectures, autonomy and control, information architecture, artificial intelligence, agent-based and semantic technologies. Led a model-based pilot for the early phase JPL flagship mission Europa Explorer, and is currently working on JPL and NASA missions and systems engineering model-based tasks. Interested in how the innovative and conceptual aspects of her work can effectively apply. Published peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

    • 14.06 PANEL: Progress and Plans for the Deep Space Human Exploration Architecture

      NASA has been charged with leading a sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO). Realizing this vision requires advancement of key capabilities and an implementation approach that pulls from the best NASA and the global industry can offer. NASA’s human exploration activities are driving the development of high-priority technologies and capabilities using a combination of unique in-house activities and public-private partnerships to develop and test prototype systems that will form the basis for future human spaceflight missions. This panel will discuss the current plans and status of the NASA exploration programs implementing the deep space architecture including progress toward the first flights of SLS and Orion, development of the Gateway, Human Landing System, and plans for lunar surface capabilities.

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        Deputy Chief Engineer, NASA HQ: Marshall Smith is the Director of Human Lunar Exploration Programs at NASA HQ, Washington. He directs NASA’s human exploration activities under the Artemis lunar exploration program, and provides leadership within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate to develop and advise senior agency executives on options for the safest and most efficient execution of a successful deep space human exploration program to the Moon and Mars. Smith guides the Gateway and Human Landing System programs, as well as Artemis surface suit development and advancement of additional lunar surface asset technologies that can be extended to Mars. Smith began his career at NASA as an intern in 1983 and spent the first 23 years of his career in aeronautics before transitioning to human spaceflight.

    • 14.07 PANEL : Mars Exploration Science: Mars Sample Return and Beyond

      The panel will present the science of the Mars Exploration Program, which will include the latest discoveries from ongoing missions such as MRO, Curiosity, TGO, and the most recent explorer, InSight. Panel discussion will address questions driving future missions. What do we hope to learn from the next mission, the Mars 2020 Rover, and the samples cached for return to Earth? What is the potential for future missions and the discoveries they could make?

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        Lead Scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA HQ: Michael Meyer is a Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters in the Science Mission Directorate. He is the Lead Scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, responsible for the science content of current and future Mars missions, and Program Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity mission. Dr. Meyer was the Senior Scientist for Astrobiology from 2001 to 2006; NASA’s Exobiology Discipline Scientsit from 1993-2006; Planetary Protection Officer for NASA from 1994 to 1997; and Program Scientist for the Mars Microprobe mission (DS-2) and for two Phase I Shuttle/Mir experiments. Dr. Meyer's primary research interest is in microorganisms living in extreme environments, particularly the physical factors controlling microbial growth and survival. Dr. Meyer earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in oceanography from Texas A&M University (1985 and 1981) and his B.S. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1974).

    • 14.08 PANEL : ISS Transition and the Commercialization of LEO

      In this discussion, panelists will introduce NASA’s approach to International Space Station Transition and LEO commercialization, highlighting utilization activities designed to build sustainable demand for low-Earth orbit (LEO) services. The panelists will discuss activities and future plans for operations, research, and development in LEO, including the LEO capabilities that NASA and The ISS National Lab, operated by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) currently provides, as well as plans for the continuing development of a commercial space industry and marketplace. This discussion will include a summary of forecasts of NASA’s future needs in LEO, which may include microgravity human research, technology demonstrations, life testing of systems intended to be deployed in deeper space, and crew training.

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        Robyn Gatens

        Deputy Director, ISS Division, NASA - Headquarters: Ms. Robyn Gatens is the Deputy Director of the International Space Station Division in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. In addition, she is the agency’s Systems Capability Lead for Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, or ECLSS, leading a team of system-specific subject matter experts from across the agency. Ms. Gatens has led agency strategic planning to mature the life support and environmental monitoring technologies needed for future deep space exploration missions. As part of her role as ISS Division Deputy Director, Ms. Gatens is engaged in NASA’s strategic planning to enable a successful, long-term private sector space economy in Low Earth Orbit by leveraging the ISS. Ms. Gatens is the recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Achievement Medals, and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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      Karen Profet

      Retired, Aerospace Corporation: Project Engineer, MILSATCOM Division, The Aerospace Corporation (retired). BA, Physics, UC, Berkeley.

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      Richard Mattingly

      Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Member of the Formulation Office of the Mars Program. He has also managed systems engineering groups for JPL's projects implemented in partnership with industry, and instrument and payload development; and been involved in the formulation and development of numerous planetary and Earth-orbiting spacecraft and payloads.

    • 16.01 Can`t find a session to submit to? Submit here and we will help

      This is a dummy session intended to accumulate papers that authors don't know to which session their papers belong. These Session Chairs will help place the papers where they belong.

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        Jeffery Webster

        Project Support Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Project Support Specialist, Project Support Office at JPL; Senior Systems Engineer, Mission Systems Concepts Section; Mars Trace Gas Orbiter, Project Planner & Systems Engineering; Associate Engineer, Mission & Systems Concepts Section.

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        Erica Deionno

        Principal Director, The Aerospace Corporation: Erica DeIonno received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA. She is currently a Systems Director in the Innovation Office at The Aerospace Corporation. Prior to her current position, her research included molecular and polymer-based electronic devices, radiation testing and modeling of memristor-based memory devices (RRAM), and solar cell degradation modeling. She has participated in a number of failure analysis studies, including testing of MEMS spatial light modulators and CCD arrays.

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        Richard Mattingly

        Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Member of the Formulation Office of the Mars Program. He has also managed systems engineering groups for JPL's projects implemented in partnership with industry, and instrument and payload development; and been involved in the formulation and development of numerous planetary and Earth-orbiting spacecraft and payloads.

    • 16.02 New Dummy Session

      This is a second sandbox.

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        Karen Profet

        Retired, Aerospace Corporation: Project Engineer, MILSATCOM Division, The Aerospace Corporation (retired). BA, Physics, UC, Berkeley.

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        Melissa Soriano

        Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Melissa Soriano is a systems engineer in the Flight Communications Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She developed real-time and high performance software for over a decade for the Deep Space Network. Melissa is a telecom systems engineer on the Europa Clipper Flight Systems Engineering Team. She has a BS from Caltech (double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business Economics and Management) and an MS from George Mason University.