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Keynote Speaker

Paul Geithner

Luncheon Speaker

Glen Fountain

Keynote Speaker

Ben Reed

Keynote Speaker

Veronica T. Pinnick

Tuesday Keynote Speaker - Paul Geithner

Paul Geithner is the Deputy Project Manager - Technical for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Geithner's career at NASA began in 1991 when he was hired into the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Flight Systems and Servicing project at Goddard. He worked on HST's replacement gyroscopes and was the Instrument Manager for the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) optical correction instrument and the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) scientific instrument.

Geithner's involvement with JWST began in 1997 after the second HST servicing mission when he became the program's Mission Systems Engineer. He later served as the JWST Instrument Systems Manager and in 2002 went to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the mission's Program Executive before returning to Goddard in November of 2006 as the JWST Observatory Manager. He became Deputy Project Manager - Technical in 2011.

Paul's other professional experience includes nearly five years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Air Force after graduation from Virginia Tech involving development of new spacecraft technologies as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a brief stint as a Vice President at credit card bank FirstUSA, and about two years as a project manager at a start-up company developing advanced undersea fiber optic cable communications systems.

Paul has been keenly interested in science, engineering and space exploration throughout his life and he is an enthusiastic participant in public outreach. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech (1984) and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia (1991). Paul likes building things and enjoys surfing, golfing and other outdoor activities. To Top

Tuesday Luncheon Speaker - Glen Fountain

Glen Fountain is the project manager for NASA's New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md.

Fountain received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 1965 and 1966, respectively, and joined APL's Attitude Control Group in 1966. During his career at the Applied Physics Laboratory, he has held a number of appointments as both a line manager and program manager.

Fountain has also supported a range of programs, including the Transit Improvement Program (the initial satellite navigation system), the Small Astronomy Satellite Program and MAGSAT.

As supervisor of APL's Space Science Instrument Group, Fountain led the ultraviolet and visible instrument developments for the Delta series of missions for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and was the program manager for the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope in the 1980s.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will mark New Year's some 125 million miles beyond Pluto, far removed from the excitement and activity that accompanied its historic flight through the Pluto system just five months ago. The intrepid probe continues to send volumes of pictures and other data from the July 14, 2015 encounter - stashed on its digital recorders - over a radio link to Earth stretching billions of miles. And as the pictures reach home, they remind us that 2015 was the year a small world on the planetary frontier captured our hearts, thanks to a determined and inspired team of government, academic and commercial partners determined to expand the frontiers of science and explore an entirely new realm of the solar system.

Glen will review this amazing year, and an amazing experience. While 2015 may be over, we're not done on New Horizons. We'll be receiving new data every week until at least October 2016, and as a result the exploration of the Pluto system continues even as we fly farther into the Kuiper Belt! To Top

Wednesday Keynote Speaker - Ben Reed

Ben Reed graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a B.S. in Chemistry. He started with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1998 and became the Lead Materials Assurance Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. After the final servicing mission in 2009, he became the Deputy Project Manager for the Robotic Refueling Mission on the International Space Station.

Currently, Mr. Reed serves as the Deputy Project Manager of the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As Deputy Project Manager, he is responsible for the formulation, development and execution of a portfolio of technologies cultivated to provide satellite-servicing capabilities in support of Agency missions and national objectives. His responsibilities include liaison with aerospace manufacturers, satellite fleet owners and operators, insurance agencies, and other Government agencies on matters related to satellite servicing.

In conjunction with these duties, Mr. Reed served as the Deputy Chair of the Active Debris Removal Study for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist. He was a guiding member of the congressionally mandated 2010 NASA On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Study, and served as a member of the joint NASA/DARPA Manned GEO Servicing Study. He also continues to serve as a member of the Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems team for the NASA Space Technology Roadmap.

Ben's presentation will review what the SSCO does and describe the Restore-L Mission, a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to extend satellites' lifespans - even if they were not designed to be serviced on orbit. To Top

Thursday Keynote Speaker - Veronica T. Pinnick

Dr. Veronica T. Pinnick is the Integration and Testing Manager for the MOMA-MS at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (BEACON SYSTEMS, INC). She holds a joint appointment at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST). Her background is instrumentation development specializing in mass spectrometers and vacuum systems.

Dr. Pinnick is involved in a number of research and development projects in Goddard's Planetary Environments Lab. One project involves the development of a miniaturized ion trap mass spectrometer for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer aboard the ExoMars rover set to launch in 2018. A second project involves verification of command scripts on the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) testbed located at GSFC. Her current research interests include development of instrumentation and methodology to sample non-volatile organics in ambient planetary environments.

Dr. Pinnick received a B.A. in Chemistry, with honors, from Minot State University, Minot, ND, in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 2009.

Dr. Pinnick will be presenting "Everything you wanted to know about the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA), but were afraid to ask". To Top