||Who: Dr. Jack Bacon, NASA Johnson Space Center, International Space Station Systems Integration Engineer
What: Live Online Chat about Centennial of Flight
When: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CST
Biography: Dr. Bacon is an expert in spacecraft integration and aerospace systems architectures. He is an internationally-known motivational speaker, a distinguished lecturer (emeritus) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and one of the most requested speakers in the country for topics concerning technology and the factors that shape human society.
He is on the management team overseeing the construction and operation of the most complicated technical project in history: the International Space Station.
Dr. Bacon is also an award-winning author. He published “My Grandfathers' Clock,” “My Stepdaughter's Watch,” and “The Parallel Bang.” Dr. Bacon received his BS degree from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1976, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1978 and 1984 from the University of Rochester.
|His extensive career includes roles in the development of many cutting edge technologies, including controlled thermonuclear fusion, the development of the electronic office, factory automation, and the globalization of business. He pioneered the deployment of several artificial intelligence systems, learning his craft at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He was the United States’ lead systems integrator of the Zarya-the jointly-built spacecraft that forms the central bridge and adapter between all US and Russian technologies on the Space Station. This landmark in technological history was built in Moscow by American and Russian engineers and launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in November 1998.
Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Bacon has been recognized with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Director’s Special Commendation, and the coveted Silver Snoopy award. This sterling silver lapel pin, created in Snoopy's likeness, was flown to the Mir on STS-74. He routinely advises numerous academic programs and institutions, and he is a champion of education throughout the world.
Dr. Jack Bacon flying in the Vomit Comet, in Zero-G