NASA director to keynote at IPC printed circuits expo

Circuit World

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Article publication date: 1 June 2000




(2000), "NASA director to keynote at IPC printed circuits expo", Circuit World, Vol. 26 No. 2.



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NASA director to keynote at IPC printed circuits expo

NASA director to keynote at IPC printed circuits expo

Keywords Printed circuit boards, NASA, Technological developments

Best-selling science fiction author and former NASA director Gentry Lee is slated to make a keynote presentation at IPC Printed Circuits Expo.

In his 6 April address, Lee will give his vision of the twenty-first century and discuss what inventions and changes in the next century will dominate our lifestyles, such as the telephone, airplane and computer influenced our lives in the twentieth century. Lee has been involved in space exploration for more than 20 years. Lee served as chief engineer for Project Galileo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, for which he coordinated all technical aspects of the Jupiter-probing spacecraft launched in 1989.

In 1986, Lee served as the Director of Advanced Programs for Solar System Exploration for NASA in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for planning future planetary exploration projects. He also served on a select committee with Dr Sally Ride to chart NASA's future after the Challenger disaster.

Lee held a variety of leadership positions on Viking, mankind's first successful landing on the planet Mars. During Viking's operations on the surface, Lee was Director of Science Analysis and Mission Planning, supervising the daily activity of all 200 scientists and mission planners engaged in that mission.

Between 1977 and 1981, Lee teamed up with astronomer Carl Sagan in the creation, development, and production of the series Cosmos. Cosmos, the most widely watched science television project in American history, was seen in over 60 countries and won many awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in television programming.

In 1989, Lee began a writing relationship with science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. Together the two developed three New York Times best-sellers, Rama II (1989), The Garden of Rama (1991), and Rama Revealed (1994). He was also involved in the development of the award-winning CD-ROM, Rama, which was based on the science fiction series.

Currently, Lee is working on his next two novels, Space Pirates, scheduled for publication in spring 2000, and a non-fiction novel titled, The History of the Twenty-first Century, to be published in late 2000 or early 2001.

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