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University Capstone Projects: Small Investments Big Rewards

By Laurie Stauber   Looking for solutions to vexing technical problems can sometimes yield serendipitous results. Here at Glenn Research Center, the search for new medical expertise that will be needed for long-duration spaceflight has led to an unexpected, mutually beneficial relationship with several universities.

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Robonaut and a spacesuit-gloved hand are extended toward each other to show collaboration.
One Person’s Mentoring Experience

By Natalie Henrich   Calling all mentees and mentors for ACES class of 2012-2013. That was the headline that grabbed my attention and ultimately led to my participation in a formal mentoring program. ACES is an acronym for Advancing Careers and Employee Success.

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Back to the Future: KSC Swamp Works

By Kerry Ellis   After the retirement of the Space Shuttle and completion of the International Space Station, NASA has been looking toward what’s next in human space exploration.

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NASA's Knowledge Map
Creating NASA’s Knowledge Map

By Matthew Kohut and Haley Stephenson   Need to understand something about engine cutoff sensors, the physiological impact of extended stays in low-Earth orbit, or how to drive a rover on Mars? That kind of specialized expertise exists at NASA, and often nowhere else.

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Cutaway model of the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts with the two satellites from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, the first mission to fly the new Applied Physics Laboratory flight-software architecture.
The Road to New Flight Software

By Christopher Krupiarz   In 2004, my group in the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) was presented with a critical opportunity and challenge.

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The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.
Tales from a Five-Sided Building

By Stephen Garber What is it like to work at the Pentagon? From November 2012 to April 2013, I was fortunate enough to do a six-month “detail” there.

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Learning how to deal with radiation is crucial for long-duration human spaceflight.
Lessons on Leadership: The Evolution of the Radiation Protection Project

By Keith L. Woodman and Debi Tomek Occasionally, you get the rare, pleasurable experience of watching a project flourish even when confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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NASA employees are busy working on complicated missions, so finding knowledge management strategies that fit within hectic schedules is key.
The Knowledge Management Journey

On May 13, 2003, I reported to work at Goddard Space Flight Center as the center’s “knowledge management architect.” Looking back after ten years there, I will try to summarize why knowledge management was successfully adopted at Goddard.

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Shark swimming under water. Photo Credit: Steve Garner
Predictable Project Surprises: Bridging Risk-Perception Gaps

By Pedro C. Ribeiro   “Unfortunately, my King … here I am, unwilling and unwanted … because I know that no one ever welcomes a bearer of bad news.” —Antigone by Sophocles, circa 442 BC  “It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised.” —Frederick, the Great

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