Geoffrey A. Landis – Science Guest of Honor

  Geoffrey A. Landis – Science Guest of Honor

landisGeoffrey A. Landis is a scientist at the NASA John Glenn Research Center.  He was a member of the Mars Pathfinder scientific team, where he analyzed solar energy and dust on Mars, and is currently a member of the science team for the Mars Exploration Rovers.  In addition to his work on Mars, he works on developing advanced concepts for spaceflight.  He is a fellow of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, where his projects have included designing lightsails for interstellar travel, a sail-powered rover for exploring the surface of Venus, and a rocket-propelled hopper to investigate geysers on the icy moon Triton.  He has published four hundred scientific papers in the fields of photovoltaics and astronautics, and holds nine patents.  From 2005 to 2006, he was the Ronald E. McNair Visiting Professor of Astronautics at MIT.
In 2013, he was awarded the AIAA Aerospace Power Award for contributions to power systems for planetary and space missions, and in 2008 the AIAA Abe M. Zarem award for outstanding Faculty Advisor.
In addition, Dr. Landis is also a Hugo- and Nebula- award-winning science fiction writer. He is the author of the novel Mars Crossing, and a short-story collection Impact Parameter (and Other Quantum Fictions).  He was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Award "bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space."

In his spare time, he goes to fencing tournaments so he can stab people.

More information can be found on his web page, http://www.geoffreylandis.com

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