July 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California

Speaker

Mason Peck

On Jan. 1, 2012, Cornell University Professor Mason Peck became NASA's chief technologist. Peck will serve as the agency’s principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning technology policy and programs. As the chief technology advocate, Peck will help communicate how NASA technologies benefit space missions and the day-to-day lives of Americans. Peck serves as NASA's chief technologist through an intergovernmental personnel agreement with Cornell, where he is on the faculty as an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and teaches in Cornell's Systems Engineering Program. He has a broad background in aerospace technology, which comes from nearly 20 years in industry and academia. Prior to his NASA appointment, Peck also worked as an engineer and consultant with industry and organizations including Boeing, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich and Lockheed Martin. At Cornell, Peck's work focuses on spacecraft dynamics, control and mission architectures. Some of this research includes micro-scale flight dynamics, gyroscopic robotics, and magnetically controlled spacecraft, most of which have been demonstrated on NASA microgravity flights. He has been the P.I. for two nanosatellites, CUSat and Violet, which are anticipating launches in 2012-2013. Peck earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles as a Howard Hughes Fellow and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago.
Mason Peck
Chief Technologist, NASA Office of the Chief Technologist