What I Do At NASA: Week 8

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People of the Week:

Brian SmithName:
Brian Smith
Job Title: 
Aerospace Engineer, Special Assistant for Aeronautics in the ARC Human Systems Integration Division
What I do for NASA:
I advocate for a prognostic approach to aviation safety - looking forward into the future to keep accidents from happening. Research and Development project management. Award-winning NASA Mishap Investigator. FAA-certified Small Unmanned Aerial Systems ("drone") & Private Pilot. Applied risk management aboard motorcycles!

• Detecting, & cataloging weak-signals of safety vulnerabilities in aviation
• Identification safety issues associated with autonomous vehicles - “driverless cars"
• Security of cyber-physical systems supporting future aerospace concepts
• Promoting R&D synergy among NASA, other government agencies including the DoD, international initiatives, and industry.

What I am looking forward to this summer:
Together with my wife, hosting the weekly, Wednesday-night, summer barbecues we have for friends in our Downtown Mountain View neighborhood.


Photo: Karen CateName:
Karen Cate
Job Title: 
Computer Engineer, Aerospace Simulations
What I do for NASA:
Conduct simulations to further research and development of aircraft and airspace systems.

What I am reading right now:

Bookcover: Thick as Thieves Thick as Thieves
by Megan Whalen Turner

What I am looking forward to this summer:
Running some 10Ks and spending time with my family


Located right here in Silicon Valley, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center contributes to virtually every major NASA mission and initiative via expertise in the following core areas:
  • Entry systems
  • Advanced Computing & IT Systems
  • Aerosciences
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Astrobiology and Life Science
  • Cost-Effective Space Missions
  • Intelligent/Adaptive Systems
  • Space and Earth Science

This incredible research center is one of 10 field centers for NASA and has been a leader in world class development and research for 70 years. 

Over 2500 people work in a variety of roles at Ames from scientists and engineers to educators and inventors. SCCLD’s Reading by Design program celebrates such creativity, inquisitiveness and innovation crucial in these exciting roles. This summer SCCLD in partnership with NASA will spotlight some these amazing people and their work at NASA Ames.

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