Live online chat with Scott Hubbard, Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and former NASA Ames research director.
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
9:30 - 10:30 AM Alaska Time
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Chat Host Scott Hubbard's Biography:
Currently, Scott Hubbard serves as the Carl Sagan Chair at the SETI Institute and is a visiting scholar in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University. The Chair was named to honor the late Carl Sagan, astronomer and educator, who was a member of the Institute's Board of Trustees. The Chair was established in recognition of the increasing scientific interest and activity in studies of the origin, evolution, nature, and distribution of life in the universe, especially when viewed in the context of astrobiology. From 2002-2006 Hubbard directed NASA Ames Research Center. In 2003, he served full time as the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). In March 2000, Hubbard was called to NASA headquarters to serve as the first Mars program director. He was responsible for redefining all robotic Mars missions in response to the mission failures of 1999. Hubbard began his tenure at Ames in 1987 and has been a contributor to, and developer of, space research missions since 1974. He is the acknowledged originator of the Mars Pathfinder mission.
Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University and his graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has received seven NASA medals, including NASA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal for the Columbia Accident Investigation. Hubbard is also the author of more than 50 scientific papers on research and technology.