Al Globus earned his BA in Information Science at the University of California in 1980. Since 1979 he has worked as a software contractor at NASA Ames Research Center. He has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the effect of zero-g on bone, visualization of fluid flows around launch vehicles, X37 propulsion system, scheduling fleets of Earth resources satellites, remote teleoperation with delay, the design of free-space settlements, and much else. See http://alglobus.net/NASAwork/index.html and http:/ space.alglobus.net for details, including full text of most of his research papers. Al also created and runs the Annual NASA Ames Research Center/NSS space settlement design contest for students, see http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/ for details.
Al's deep expertise is aerospace software, particularly modeling and simulation. In addition to the space-related projects mentioned above, Al has contributed to molecular nanotechnology, air traffic control systems, full mission aircraft simulators, and visualization of computational fluid dynamics results. He has published many papers on software development, techniques, and algorithms. Software will be a key technology for asteroid mining, especially rendezvous and grabber control, modeling and test, space-lighting computer vision, low-thrust trajectory discovery and optimization, and ground station development.
Mr. Globus is currently a Senior Engineering Research Associate for Human Factors Research and Technology for San Jose State University at NASA Ames Research Center. He's been a visiting research associate at the Molecular Engineering Laboratory in the chemistry department of the University of California at Santa Cruz, his alma mater. He has won many awards, including NASA Software of the Year and the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for Theoretical Work.
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