Engineering

Episode 135: How Do You Power a Spacecraft?

Meet the Expert: Carl Sandifer, Manager, Radioisotope Power Systems Program, NASA Glenn Research Center Mr. Carl E. Sandifer II is the Chief of the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Program Office in  the Space Flight Systems Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC).  In this position, Mr. Sandifer also serves… Continue Reading Episode 135: How Do You Power a Spacecraft?

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Episode 134: Why Would You Send Yeast into Space?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Sergio Santa-Maria, project scientist for NASA BioSentinel Mission   Sergio is originally from Lima, Peru, where he studied Biology & Ecology. He did his doctoral studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he studied novel pathways for the repair of DNA damage using model biological organisms,… Continue Reading Episode 134: Why Would You Send Yeast into Space?

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Episode 132: How Do You Talk to a Spaceship?

Meet the Expert: Rob Chambers,Business Development Director Commercial Civil Space Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Rob Chambers is the Business Development Director for Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Civil Space line of business. In this role, he is focused on Lockheed Martin’s blueprint for extending humanity’s knowledge of our planet, our solar system, and the universe at… Continue Reading Episode 132: How Do You Talk to a Spaceship?

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Episode 131: How Do You Make Clothes Sustainable?

Meet the Expert:  Louise Ulukaya, creator and designer of Mon Couer sustainable clothing for kids Born in New York, Louise Vongerichten Ulukaya would spend her childhood days growing up in both New York and the south of France where she studied and practiced ballet. In 2005, Louise went to Washington DC to study finance at… Continue Reading Episode 131: How Do You Make Clothes Sustainable?

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Episode 130: How Do You Land a Plane?

Meet the Expert: Guy Wroble, engineer and retired airline pilot Some might say that I was destined to fly. One of my earliest memories, from when I was perhaps 4 years old, was of a very large silver plane flying over my parents house. When I was older, our house was under the traffic pattern… Continue Reading Episode 130: How Do You Land a Plane?

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Episode 127: How Do You Build a Backyard Habitat?

Meet the Expert: Sneed Collard, III, award-winning science author and birder Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than eighty award-winning books including The Prairie Builders—Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands, winner of the AAAS/Subaru/Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Sneed has evolved through several life-history stages on his way to… Continue Reading Episode 127: How Do You Build a Backyard Habitat?

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Episode 126: How Do You Talk to a Robot?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Carlotta Berry, Electrical and Computer Engineer Carlotta Berry is a professor and Dr. Lawrence J. Giacoletto Endowed Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT). She is one of a team of faculty who created the first multidisciplinary minor in robotics. She has two bachelor’s degrees in… Continue Reading Episode 126: How Do You Talk to a Robot?

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Episode 125: Why Measure the Height of Trees?

Meet the Expert: Brian Campbell, NASA Senior Earth Science Outreach Specialist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, USA Brian grew up in the small Pennsylvania town of Sinking Spring that has lots of trees and farms. As a kid, Brian spent almost every summer day outside exploring… Continue Reading Episode 125: Why Measure the Height of Trees?

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Episode 124: How Do You Study Another Planet’s Moon?

Meet the Expert: Tracy Drain, Flight Systems Engineer NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)   Tracy Drain is a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is currently the lead Flight Systems engineer for the Europa Clipper mission. This spacecraft will launch in 2024 set off on a 5.5-year journey to study Europa, an icy… Continue Reading Episode 124: How Do You Study Another Planet’s Moon?

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Episode 123: How Can Math Blow Your Mind?

Meet the Expert:  Cindy Lawrence, the CEO and Executive Director of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) Cindy Lawrence, a native New Yorker and lifelong math enthusiast, began her professional career as a CPA, working in both public accounting and the private sector. Her career then segued into education as she became a lead instructor… Continue Reading Episode 123: How Can Math Blow Your Mind?

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Episode 122: How Do You Get to the Bottom of the Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Rosa León Zayas, environmental microbiologist Rosa León Zayas is an environmental microbiologist and bioinformatician. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, she studied the genomes of ultra deep-sea single-cell microbes from the Puerto Rico Trench and Mariana’s Trench at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University… Continue Reading Episode 122: How Do You Get to the Bottom of the Ocean?

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Episode 119: How is Cloud Watching Helpful for Science?

Meet the Expert: Jessica Taylor, physical scientist and principal investigator for NASA’s GLOBE Clouds Project   Jessica Taylor grew up in Florida where her love of thunderstorms led her to pursue a career in atmospheric science. Jessica’s participation in GLOBE began in 2001 as a student at Florida State University. Now as a Physical Scientist… Continue Reading Episode 119: How is Cloud Watching Helpful for Science?

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