November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9
Principal investigators, project managers, and project scientists gathered to exchange stories and knowledge at the fourth Principal Investigator Team Masters Forum in Annapolis, Maryland.
The forum, a collaborative effort among
The forum, a collaborative effort among Academy of Program Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL), NASA’s Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA), and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), brought together teams from the announcement of opportunity (AO) process for Explorer missions and missions of opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role of a Principal Investigator (PI) at NASA. Master practitioners from past science missions shared stories, perspectives, lessons learned, and best practices with their colleagues.
Missions featured included the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), Swift, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP), Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE), Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM), and Viking. Presenters also discussed essential management concepts and a breakdown of the key roles and responsibilities of members on PI-led teams.