Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.
STEPHEN GOREVAN is the chairman and co-founder of Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation of New York. Honeybee Robotics is a NASA and DOD supplier of advanced robotics research and development engineering as well as a supplier of spacecraft subsystems. Honeybee has produced devices such as the Phoenix Lander Ice Removal Tool, the Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool and the Dust Removal Tool and Sample Manipulation System aboard the Curiosity Rover. Mr. Gorevan has guided Honeybee to act as a close industry R&D companion to the planetary science community as well focusing on the development of sampling acquisition and containment systems for future missions to comets, asteroids, Venus and the outer planets. Mr. Gorevan has also guided Honeybee to support DARPA in the use of robotics for on-orbit servicing operations. Mr. Gorevan has a B.A. in music from New York University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York. He has previously served as a member of the NRC Steering Committee for Workshops on Issues of Technology Development for Human and Robotic Exploration and Development of Space.
Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
Georgia Institute of Technology
CHARLES L. ISBELL is the senior associate dean of computing at Georgia Tech. He conducts research on artificial intelligence. In particular, he focuses on applying statistical machine learning to building autonomous agents that must live and interact with large numbers of other intelligent agents, some of whom may be human. Lately, Dr. Isbell has turned his energies toward adaptive modeling, especially activity discovery (as distinct from activity recognition); scalable coordination; and development environments that support the rapid prototyping of adaptive agents. As a result, he has begun developing adaptive programming languages, worrying about issues of software engineering, and trying to understand what it means to bring machine learning tools to non-expert authors, designers, and developers. Isbell was a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow for three years and earned both the NSF CAREER and DARPA CSSG awards for young investigators. He has best papers at Agents and ICML. He has served on the organizing committees for ICML, NIPS, RoboCup, Tapia, and the NAS Frontiers of Science Symposia, among others, and organized meetings at a number of conferences. Dr. Isbell holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. He has not previously served as a member of an NRC study committee.
H. Jay Melosh
H. JAY MELOSH (NAS) is a Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics, and Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Melosh’s previous positions include professor of planetary sciences at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, associate professor of planetary science at Caltech, and associate professor of geophysics at State University of New York. He has made many important contributions to Earth and planetary sciences, including definitive studies of the collisional origin of the Moon and the process of impact cratering. His other major contributions include acoustic fluidization, dynamic topography, and planetary tectonics. He is active in astrobiological studies relating chiefly to microorganism exchange between the terrestrial planets. Dr. Melosh is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his A.B. in physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in physics and geology from Caltech. Dr. Melosh has served on the Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration and on both the Steering Committee and the Mitigation Panel for the Review of Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies. He also served on the Steering Committee of the previous NRC study NASA space technology roadmaps and priorities.
David P. Miller
University of Oklahoma
DAVID P. MILLER is a professor of space science and robotics in the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma with additional appointments in the School of Computer Science and the bioengineering programs at the University of Oklahoma and the College of Teachers at the International Space University. While at JPL, Dr. Miller led the design and prototyping of the lab’s small rover program which eventually led to the Sojourner rover on the Mars Pathfinder Mission. Miller was one of the founders of iRobot (then known as ISRobotics) and was a co-founder of change to: Sojourner rover on the Mars Pathfinder Mission. Miller was one of the founders of ISRobotics (which became iRobot) and was a co-founder of KIPR, a robotics outreach non-profit. Dr. Miller’s research interests include planetary robot mobility and the interplay between mechanics and intelligence, development of assistive technologies related to human mobility and technology education. Dr. Miller’s space robotics work has been recognized with numerous NASA Certificates of Recognition, NASA Group Achievement Awards, a NASA Space Act Board Award, the JPL Lew Allen Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. His outreach work resulted in receiving the Ames Research Center Dave Lavery Technology Award. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University. He served as a member of the 2011-2012 NRC Study on NASA Technology Roadmaps.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
DANIEL O’SHAUGHNESSY is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory. At JHU/APL, Dan has most recently served as the Mission Systems Engineer for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. In this role, he was responsible for all technical matters related to the project, including the health, safety and operability of the spacecraft, ground systems, operations and science planning. He successfully oversaw two mission extensions culminating in a novel mission termination phase that allowed observation of Mercury at unprecedented altitudes using unconventional propellants, enabling entirely new and unique science investigations of the planet. His interests include practical use of autonomy in space vehicles as well as using modeling and simulation to reduce the operational cost and complexity of space missions. Previously, Dan served as MESSENGER’s guidance and control team lead, where he pioneered the flight use of solar sailing for planetary flyby risk reduction. He as has also led APL efforts to develop an autonomous aerobraking capability, helping to demonstrate through simulation that aerobraking mission costs can be reduced substantially. For his work on solar sailing he was the inaugural recipient the Heinlein Award for Space Technology. He earned his MS degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri in 2000. He has served on the Naval Research Advisory Committee (assessing the state and potential benefits of autonomous technologies to the Navy) and is currently a member of the OSIRIS-REx project Standing Review Board.
The Aerospace Corporation
TORREY RADCLIFFE is the associate director of the Space Architecture Department at the Aerospace Corporation. Dr. Radcliffe leads conceptual design studies and independent analysis of space systems at the architecture and vehicle level for National Security and Civil Space agencies. While supporting all types of space systems, his main areas of interest are launch vehicles and human spaceflight. While Dr. Radcliffe has worked at Aerospace for his whole career he also served as a lecturer at UCLA for a number of years. He also currently serves at the co-chair for the Management, Systems Engineering and Cost track for the IEEE Aerospace Conference. He earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. He has no previous NRC committee experience.
John R. Rogacki
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
JOHN R. ROGACKI is associate director of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Since March 2015, he has been detailed to the Doolittle Institute in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, as Deputy Director. He has an extensive background in space transportation technology, air and space propulsion and power, air vehicles, and materials. He also has experience with robotics, assistive technologies, natural language processing, and technology transfer. Prior to joining IHMC, Dr. Rogacki served as director of the University of Florida’s Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF), a unique educational facility in Northwest Florida supporting U.S. Air Force (USAF) research and education needs through graduate degree programs in mechanical, aerospace, electrical, computer, industrial, and systems engineering. Among Dr. Rogacki’s past experiences, he served as the NASA’s deputy associate administrator for space transportation technology (in charge of the Space Launch Initiative); program director for the Orbital Space Plane and Next Generation Launch Technology Programs; co-chair of the NASA/DOD Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program; director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Transportation Directorate; director of the propulsion directorate for the Air Force Research Laboratory; director of the USAF Phillips Laboratory Propulsion Directorate; and deputy director of the Flight Dynamics Directorate of the USAF Wright Laboratory. An accomplished pilot, Dr. Rogacki has logged more than 3,300 flying hours as pilot, instructor pilot, and flight examiner in aircraft ranging from motorized gliders to heavy bombers. He has served as primary NASA liaison for the National Aerospace Initiative; co-chair of the DOD Future Propulsion Technology Advisory Group; co-chair of the DOD Ground and Sea Vehicles Technology Area Readiness Assessment Panel; member of the National High Cycle Fatigue Coordinating Committee; and senior NASA representative to the Joint Aeronautical Commanders Group. Dr. Rogacki also served as associate professor of engineering mechanics and chief of the materials division at the USAF Academy. In 2005 he graduated from the Senior Executives Program in National and International Security at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he is a recent graduate of Leadership Florida. Dr. Rogacki earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and his B.S. in engineering mechanics from the USAF Academy. He previously chaired the NRC NASA Technology Roadmap: Propulsion and Power Panel.
Julie A. Shah
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JULIE A. SHAH is an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her Ph.D. (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty she worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace manufacturing. She has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in time-critical, safety-critical domains, ranging from manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human team members to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. In 2014 Shah was recognized with an NSF CAREER award for her work on “Human-aware Autonomy for Team-oriented Environments," and by the MIT Technology Review TR35 list as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Her work on industrial human-robot collaboration was also recognized by Technology Review as one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013, and she has received international recognition in the form of best paper awards and nominations from the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, the International Symposium on Robotics, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Prof. Shah served on the NAE 2013 Panel on Information Sciences at the ARL.
Alan M. Title
Lockheed Martin Space Technology Advanced R&D Labs
ALAN M. TITLE is a Senior Fellow at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA. He is a leading expert in the development of advanced solar astronomy instruments and sensors. He has played a major role in making all heliophysics data available to the community without restriction in as close to real time as possible. He has been either the principal investigator or responsible scientist for the development of seven space science missions--the Solar H-alpha telescopes on Skylab (NASA), SOUP on Spacelab 2 (NASA), MDI on SOHO (ESA), TRACE (NASA), the Focal Plane Package on Hinode (JAXA), HMI on SDO (NASA), AIA on SDO (NASA), and IRIS (NASA). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the International Academy of Astronautics, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has received the Hale Prize of the AAS, the NASA Public Service and Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medals, the George Goddard Award of the SPIE, and he was selected a member of the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. He is a former member of the SSB, and he has had the experience of serving on the Steering Committee of two decadal surveys and numerous NASA, NSF, National Laboratory, and University advisory committees. He is a current member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats.