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NASA Young Professional Science Talks

Kennedy Space Center young professionals kick off the first in a series of NASA young professional presentations about their daily work across the agency.

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, four early career engineers and scientists provided insight into their daily work at NASA to their peers and colleagues from across the agency. Hosted by Kennedy Space Center’s Launching Leaders, the center’s young professional group, the “lunch and learn” sessions are intended to serve as a means for knowledge sharing, networking and professional development at NASA.

“We want to spread contagious enthusiasm about the work going on at the agency,” said session moderator, Anne Caraccio, a chemical engineer at Kennedy Space Center.

The forum also serves as a way for young professionals to practice their presentation skills and develop peer review among early career professionals at NASA. The speakers and topics from the first session included:

  • Mary Coan, Ph.D., Kennedy Space Center: “RESOLVE Payload’s Lunar Advanced Volatile Analysis (LAVA) Subsystem”
  • Brian Banker, Johnson Space Center: “LOx/Methane Propulsion as an Integrated Solution for Human Space Exploration”
  • Aaron Weaver, Ph.D., Glenn Research Center: “The Development of Next Generation Exercise Equipment for Space Exploration”
  • Adam Kimberlin, Marshall Space Flight Center: “Inside the Propulsion Research and Development Lab”

The next set of talks will take place in March and will be hosted by Goddard Space Flight Center.


Inside a laboratory in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, research chemist Mary Coan describes components of the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction, or RESOLVE, rover to a group of Society of Physics students. About 800 graduate and undergraduate physics students toured Kennedy facilities. A group of about 40 students toured laboratories in the Operations and Checkout Building and the EDL during their visit. The physics students were in Orlando for the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress.

Featured Photo Credit: NASA/Cory Huston

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