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Title: 2001 NASA JSC Human Exploration Academy

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2001 NASA JSC Human Exploration Academy
Proposal for
  • Presented by
  • Michael Baine GSFC 93 ASPL
  • Christie Bertels DFRC 98 DF5
  • Deon Brown GSFC 98, GSFC 99 DT4
  • John Feighery GSFC 98, JSC Coop EC3
  • Caroline Kostak GSFC 99 DO5
  • Michael Lisano GSFC 93 EG4
  • Holly Ridings GSFC 96, GSFC 97 DF8
  • Abhishek Tripathi GSFC 99 EX1

  • Why are we here?
  • What is the NASA Academy?
  • How will the Academy program help JSC?
  • What needs to happen?
  • Conclusion and Discussion

Statement of Purpose
To create a collegiate summer program at
the Johnson Space Center focused on the Human
Exploration and Development of Space that draws
talented student space leaders from around the
country by leveraging existing NASA education
programs and resources.
Genesis of NASA Academy
  • Best students were taking internships elsewhere.
  • Provide a unique experience- Traditional
    Internship programs buried students in labs
    without giving them an appreciation of the space
  • Expose students to a wide breadth of NASA
    research, programs and facilities
  • Give students opportunities to interact with a
    wide variety of NASA and industry leaders
  • Provide competitive compensation - Make it as
    easy to say yes as possible
  • Stipend, Room and Board, Per Diem and Travel
  • Challenge the students- Expect more, realize
  • Research, group projects and leadership
  • Leverage existing NASA sponsored programs to
    achieve cost sharing and cooperation (i.e. Space
  • Much improved program costs the same as old
    internship program

What is the NASA Academy?
  • Founded in 1993 to encourage the top science and
    engineering students in the country to pursue
    careers in the space program
  • Upper Division Undergraduate and Graduate
    Students spend Ten high intensity weeks during
    the summer at a NASA field center.
  • Participation

NASA Academy 2000 Goddard Space Flight Center
Academy Earth and Space Science, Space Technology
Development, and Space Policy/Journalism June 5 -
August 11 (10 weeks) Ames Research Center
Academy Astrobiology June 19 - August 25 (10
weeks) Dryden Flight Research Center
Academy Aeronautics May 29 - August 18 (12
What is the NASA Academy?
Tenets of Program
NASA cutting edge research
Interaction with space leaders
Space Exposure Site visits
Group Dynamics
NASA Academy Alumni
What is the NASA Academy?
NASA cutting edge research
Examples of Student Projects
Recirculating Optical Frequency Shifter
Monitoring ecosystem-atmosphere CO2 exchange and
human health using carbon isotope ratios
Spectroscopic Research Using SOHO Data A Novel
Dual Frequency Miniature Lidar for Wind Profiling
and Aerosol Measurements High Quantum Efficiency
Elliptical Cavity Detector High Sensitivity FM
Absorption Lidar Far-Infrared Bolometers with
TES Thermometers A Continuous-Duty Adiabatic
Demagnetization Refrigerator Development of a
Cryogenically and Volumetrically Stable,
Flight-Qualified Mount for Potassium Bromide
Beamsplitter Repairable Chip-on-Board Substrate
Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer Optical Design
for Cloud Thickness Measurements with THOR Lidar
Mars Solar Balloon Gas Chromatograph Mass
Spectrometer Near Perfect Ultra-High Resolution
Rotary Encoders and Cryostatic Encoder
Application Reconfigurable Architectures for
On-Board Image Processing Should NASA Measure
Sea Surface Salinity from Space? Ideal
Integrating Bolometer Determining the
feasibility of mapping the spatial distribution
of atmospheric CO2 using an orbital laser sounder
Tuned Magnetostrictors and 3-D Sprag Slides
Temperature tunable solid filters for cryogenic
spectroscopy Precision Screw Slide
Magnetostrictive Tunable Filters A Fast Variable
Attenuator for Lidar Applications
Compiled from GSFC 99 DDF
Back-up Slide
What is the NASA Academy?
Interaction with space leaders
GSFC 97 Speaker List
  • Joe Rothenberg, Director GSFC
  • General Spence Armstrong, NASA HQ
  • Pat Dasch, Editor Ad Astra
  • Julius Dasch, Space Grant Manager NASA HQ
  • Al Diaz, NASA GSFC
  • Gerald Soffen, NASA GSFC
  • General John Dailey, NASA Headquarters
  • Frank Owens, NASA Headquarters Code FE
  • Malcom Phelps, NASA Headquarters
  • Wes Huntress, NASA Headquarters
  • Alan Ladwig, NASA Headquarters
  • Dorothy ZuLor, NASA GSFC
  • Paul Lowman, NASA GSFC
  • Orlando Figueroa, NASA GSFC
  • John Vranish, NASA GSFC
  • Dave Thompson, President Orbital Corp.
  • Cary Pao, Orbital Corp.
  • Robert Davis, Orbital Corp.
  • Donald Thoma, Orbital Corp.
  • Dan Goldin, Administrastor NASA Headquarters
  • Wil Trafton, NASA Headquarters
  • Bob Whitehead, NASA Headquarters
  • Dave McKay NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
  • Evertt Gibson NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Bob Zubrin, Chariman, Executive C
  • Tom Young, Ret. Pres. Lockeed Martin
  • Dave Shumann NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Sheri FosterNASA GSFC
  • Chris Lewicki, Pres. SEDS
  • Claire Parkinson NASA GSFC
  • Jim Garvin NASA GSFC
  • Steve Maran NASA GSFC
  • John Logsdon Director Space Policy Institute
  • Gene Keeling, Lockheed Martin
  • Silva Thangam Director New Jersey Space Grant
  • Andrew Lacis ,GISS
  • Vittorio Canuto, GISS
  • Priscilla Strain Center for Earth and Planetary
    Studies National Air and Space Museum

Back-up Slide
What is the NASA Academy?
Space Exposure Site visits
Example List of Trips Taken
  • Goddard 97
  • Langley
  • Wallops
  • Oribital
  • University of Maryland
  • Lockheed Martin/Bethesda
  • OMB
  • Goddard Institute of Space Studies
  • KSC
  • White Water Rafting
  • US Naval Academy
  • NASM - Gerber Facility
  • Pentagon
  • Headquarters
  • JPL/Planetfest
  • Dryden 98
  • Stanford
  • Ames
  • JPL
  • GSFC/ HQ
  • Scaled Composites
  • Fiber Set
  • Yosemite - camping
  • Northrop Grumman/Palmdale
  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • National Test Pilot School
  • Grand Canyon
  • Sky diving
  • White Water Rafting

Back-up Slide
What is the NASA Academy?
Group Dynamics
Team building and Leadership development
Examples of Group interaction
  • Group Projects

Rapid Explorer (Rapier) Space Grant educational
slide show set Host of the Viking 20th
Anniversary at the National Academy of Science,
Washington DC Planetfest Volunteers 1997 Kids In
Space Send Your Name to Mars Space Experiment
Module (SEM)
  • RAP Sessions

Student committees Planning Logistics
  • Team building

Back-up Slide
What is the NASA Academy?
NASA Academy Alumni
  • Alumni Organization
  • NASA Academy Alumni Organization established as a
    non-profit organization to promote the academy
    program and educational outreach initiatives.
  • Networking-Students are landing jobs within NASA
    and industry while maintaining ties to the
  • NAAA Website and e-mail discussion lists
  • Annual Reunions
  • Alumni Staff
  • Provide program continuity and ensure quality
  • Have a shared knowledge base that encompasses all
    of the space program.

Break Down of Student Time
  • Based on 18 hrs/day

Sleep about 6-8 hours/day
Site Visits
Back-up Slide
Six hour segments
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Cost Sharing between NASA Center and Space Grant
  • Space Grant Consortium
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Student Stipend
  • Student Travel to Center
  • Total 4000.00 per Student
  • Institutional Support
  • Program advertisement and recruiting
  • Application collection and preliminary screening
  • Benefit
  • Education and Training of students at a NASA
  • NASA Center
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Room and Board
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Total 4000.00 per Student
  • Plus staff and contract overheard
  • Institutional Support
  • Matching student with research project and mentor
  • Access to a desk and computer
  • Benefits
  • Closer ties to Space Grant Consortia
  • Nationwide Recruiting Pool

Endorsement of the National Council of Space
Grant Directors
As the incoming Chairman of the National
Council of Space Grant Directors, I would
strongly support your efforts to establish an
Academy at JSC. As you know, each year there are
many more qualified applicants than there
are positions in the existing academies. Thus,
the 'clientele' is out there. Since the first
academy at GSFC, it has been a joint effort
between the academies and the Space Grant
Consortia. This has worked well, I believe, and
I see no reason why it would not continue to be a
productive collaboration should JSC decide to
establish an academy. In short, Space Grant will
support you. JSC has many interesting
research areas, as demonstrated at the
recent EPSCoR "Expo", and many of the projects
could benefit from an academy student's
involvement. Conversely, many of the projects
would provide excellent learning opportunities
for the students. Combined with the "NASA
expertise" in residence at JSC, you have the
makings of an exceptional program. I hope that
you will move forward. The next meeting of
the Council of Space Grant Directors will be held
in October in Salt Lake City. If you would like
us to discuss this proposal and pass a resolution
of support, please let me know. Perhaps you
would like to address the group and describe the
plans being made for the JSC Academy. This could
be arranged as well. In any event, you have
my (our) support. Let me know how we can help.
John P. Wefel,
Chair Nat'l Council SG Directors
Additional verbal endorsements Dr. Wally
Fowler, Texas Space Grant Dr. Julius Dasch,
Program Manager of Space Grant, NASA HQ
Back-up Slide
Distribution of Students by Space Grant
NASA Academy Participation by Space Grant
Rhode Island 3 Utah 6 S. Carolina 6 S.
Dakota 1 Tennessee 7 Texas 8 Vermont
5 Virginia 12 Washington 3 W. Virginia
7 Wisconsin 7 Wyoming 2
Missouri 2 Montana 12 Nebraska 3 Nevada
2 New Hampshire 8 New Jersey 5 New York
8 North Carolina 2 North Dakota 2 Ohio
1 Pennsylvania 5 Puerto Rico 9
Idaho 9 Illinois 5 Indiana 14 Iowa
1 Kansas 13 Kentucky 6 Louisiana 8 Maine
2 Maryland 9 Massachusetts 15 Michigan
5 Minnesota 9
Alabama 6 Alaska 6 Arizona 7 Arkansas
8 California 7 Colorado 5 Connecticut 6 DC
4 Delaware 2 Florida 6 Georgia 3 Hawaii
Does not include 2000 DFRC and ARC academies
(21 students) Plus 8 international and
corporate sponsored students
Back-up Slide
Colleges and Universities Represented
  • Auburn
  • Brigham Young
  • Brown
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western
  • Coll. Of Charleston
  • Dartmouth
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harding
  • Harvard
  • Howard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Louisiana State
  • Louisiana Tech
  • MIT
  • Michigan State
  • Montana State
  • N. Carolina State
  • Northwestern
  • Pennsylvania State
  • Princeton
  • Purdue
  • Rose-Hulman
  • Rutgers
  • Texas AM
  • Alabama-Huntsville
  • Alaska-Fairbanks
  • U Arizona
  • U Arkansas
  • U Colorado
  • U C Los Angeles
  • U C San Diego
  • U Florida
  • U Hawaii
  • U Idaho
  • U Kansas
  • U Kentucky
  • U Maryland
  • U Massachusetts
  • U Michigan
  • U Minnesota
  • U Montana
  • U New Hampshire
  • U North Dakota
  • U Pennsylvania
  • U Puerto Rico
  • U Tennessee
  • U Texas-Austin
  • U Texas-El Paso
  • U Vermont
  • U Virginia
  • U Washington
  • U Wisconsin
  • Utah State
  • Vanderbilt
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia
  • Wichita State
  • Yale

Back-up Slide
Selection Process
  • Announcement of Opportunity
  • Space Grant Consortia advertise program and
    recruit students
  • Space Grant Lead Institution will write letters
    of support for several of the applicants
  • The center will form a selection committee which
    will select and match students to individual

Back-up Slide
Academy has Geographic, Professional, Ethnic and
Gender Diversity
  • 47 out of 52 Space Grants have sent students.
  • Interdisciplinary make up
  • 30 Science
  • 65 Engineering
  • 5 Social Science / Liberal Arts/ Journalists
  • Ethnic minority representation better than
    national average.
  • Nearly equal numbers of men(55) and women(45)

GSFC Diversity Statistics
Back-up Slide
How will this benefit JSC?
  • Inspires future space leaders by exposing them to
    NASAs goals and vision
  • Provides opportunity to reach a new group of
    experienced students who have proven themselves
    through space-related work elsewhere
  • Fosters increased interaction between NASA and
    numerous Space Grant universities
  • Complements co-op and graduate programs

Unique Academy Advantages
  • Alternative path to JSC for students who did not
    co-op or who are too far along in their studies
    to enter the co-op program
  • Emphasis on developing leadership and teamwork
    skills through group project and interaction with
    space leaders
  • High intensity, all-enveloping experience
    Academy students live, eat, travel, and work
  • Leveraging of Space Grant resources to recruit
    students from new geographical areas and
    backgrounds who have a demonstrated dedication to

Academy Alumni who work at JSC
  • Civil Servants
  • Holly Ridings (GSFC 96)
  • John Feighery (GSFC 98)
  • Bryan Snook (GSFC 97)
  • Nichole Mattson (MSFC 96)
  • Matthew McCurdy (ARC 00)
  • Deon Brown (GSFC 98)
  • Abhishek Tripathi (GSFC 99)
  • Contractors
  • Caroline Kostak (GSFC 99) - USA
  • Mike Lisano (GSFC 93) - LinCom
  • Christie Bertels (DFRC 98) - USA
  • NRC Post-Doc
  • Michael Baine (GSFC 93)

Academy Alumni involvement with JSC
GSRP Brian Roberts (GSFC 94) Jeff Nettles (GSFC
Coops Bryan Snook (GSFC 97) Robert Bayt (GSFC
93) John Feighery (GSFC 96) Nichole Mattson (MSFC
96) Mathew McCurdy (ARC 00) Patrick McKenna (ARC
Interns Kathleen Sienko (ARC 97) Matthew Lacey
(ARC 99) - Lockheed
Reduced Gravity Program
Caroline Kostak (GSFC 99) Heather Hillebrandt
(DFRC 98) Nia Jetter (GSFC 99)
Jim Jackson (GSFC 98) Aaron Jacobovits (DFRC
98) Patrick McKenna (ARC 97) Jeff Nettles (GSFC
97) Jenn Probst (GSFC 97) Brian Roberts (GSFC
94) Kathleen Sienko (ARC 97) Isaac Boxx (MSFC 97)
Chetan Kumar (GSFC 97) Kathleen Sienko (ARC 97)
Richard Sturmfels (GSFC 98) Deanne Rogers (GSFC
2001 JSC Strawman Academy
Ten week summer program co-sponsored by JSC and
Space Grant. Students will participate in JSC
research, gain space exposure, interact with
space leaders, and develop leadership skills
through unique group dynamics and group projects
of interest to the Human Exploration and
Development of Space.
Make up 10-15 Students 40-60k 2 Alumni
Staff 35k 1 Dean Summer Faculty 1 Senior NASA
Official 0.5 EP 1 NASA general Manager 0.5
EP Direct center costs 75-95k Assisted
by the Local NASA Academy Alumni
Breakdown of Budget
Does not include 7500 per alumni staff person
per 10-week presence Based on previous
Academies your mileage may vary.
Back-up Slide
  • Trips
  • KSC, MSFC, SSC and Michoud in order to meet up
    with the other academies in Florida for a space
    shuttle launch.
  • JSC Site Inspections
  • Advanced Space Propulsion Lab
  • Ellington Field (Pe-tes)
  • Fixed base simulators
  • International Space Station Mockup
  • Mars and Moon Rocks
  • Mission Control Center
  • Motion Based Simulator
  • Neutral Buoyancy Lab
  • Space Shuttle Mockups
  • SES Virtual Reality Lab
  • Thermal Vacuum Chamber
  • X-38
  • Speakers
  • Management from each of the divisions
  • Management from the contractor side
  • Project managers from selected projects
  • Selected Scientists and Researchers
  • Astronauts and Flight Directors
  • Projects
  • Outreach
  • Space promotion
  • Design Studies
  • Housing
  • University of Houston Clear Lake
  • Rice (Gene Levi)

Back-up Slide
What needs to happen?
Phase One Ground Work Phase Two
Preparation Phase Three Execution
Back-up Slide
How will this be unique to JSC?
  • The structure of Academy is similar, but each is
    run independently and is unique to the center
  • Group project will support JSC initiatives
  • Student research will support JSC initiatives
  • Students may interact with other JSC outreach
  • The JSC HEDS Academy represents a new step in the
    evolution of the Academy Program

Conclusion and Discussion
  • We feel that JSC is the perfect place to hold an
    academy and predict that it would become the most
    popular choice among applicants
  • A JSC Academy would bring HEDS participation to
    the program
  • JSC would build a loyal constituency that would
    serve JSCs interests and promote its goals and

Student feedback
"The NASA Academy is a tool for making your
dreams into reality. It provides the right
framework and opportunities for developing the
maturity and gaining the knowledge needed to
interact with today's engineers and scientists."
Rob Bayt -Academy '93
Whenever I am asked to relate my Academy
experiences, I find it difficult to express in
words what was for me a uniquely indescribable
adventure. But if words are required, here are a
few…intense, rewarding, exhausting, inspiring and
unforgettable. Jake Lopata Academy95
"The Academy is the definition of a full-time
experience - if this was the summer you planned
on catching up on your reading or exercising 4
hours a day - forget it! The three most important
qualities you need to have are a PASSION for
space and the future, a COMMITMENT to the Academy
(you must "give yourself to the Academy), and
enough CONFIDENCE in yourself to believe you can
change the world. Over only ten weeks you will
garner more useful, real-world knowledge than you
did all through college, meet an incredible
number of brilliant and exciting people, and
supply yourself with more tools than you could
ever use to achieve your highest goals! Eric
Anderson Academy 95
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