|Geoffrey A. Landis – Science Guest of Honor|
Geoffrey 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 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