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Former NASA Rocket Scientist to Visit with Students

Posted: November 26, 2012

Information for November 28 meeting

On November 28, NASAMike, a retired systems manager for NASA who established the first satellite communications and ground stations on the continent of Antarctica, will visit the College of Engineering on November 28 to share with students and other guests at the general meeting for the UNLV chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) his past experiences as a NASA rocket scientist.

In 1969, NASAMike began working at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In addition to his ground-breaking work in Antarctica, he conducted the first live webcast and pole-to-pole phone call from the continent. Other projects he has contributed to have reached the moon and beyond. Since 1984, he has initiated more than 120 special projects involving interagency cooperation to produce quick response results, where no means is readily available and resources are limited. On the recommendation of the National Science Foundation, the US Geological Survey named the “Comberiate Glacier” for one of 15 historic milestones which applied NASA-unique technologies to Antarctica and remote regions.

At the November 28 meeting, NASAMike will talk about programs involving students conducting real science and engineering with NASA, including:

  • The 2003 North Pole
  • 2005 Las Vegas Desert with Autonomous Vehicles
  • The current Autonomous vehicle that will be in Greenland in June 2013 and the NASA Robotics Boot Camp that led up to it

For more information on NASAMike, visit www.nasamike.com. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to attend the meeting.