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December 07, 2006

Tim Taylor, Mission Operations Controller, Southern Research Institute, and Dr. Martin Ross, Program Manager, NASA WB-57F Ascent Video Experiment (WAVE) project, Aerospace Corporation, 12-8-06


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Prior to joining Southern Research Institute, Tim Taylor was a consultant for a number of technology interests including NASA, British Aerospace, and the Department of Defense. He was previously a venture capitalist for HMC Corporation, a division of Harbert Management Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked with the NASA space program at Cape Canaveral–Kennedy Space Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center, where his primary functions were to help transition from the Apollo program to the space shuttle program, and provide pre-flight and in-flight engineering and technical support for several space shuttle missions/payloads. He has been involved in the development of many products and processes ranging from material science, coatings and surgical devices, and holds 14 patents himself.

Dr. Martin N. Ross is currently the Program Manager for the NASA WB-57F Ascent Video Experiment (WAVE) project at the Aerospace Corporation. Dr. Ross has over 30 years experience in aerospace, including planetary physics, aerospace engineering, NASA program management, and university level teaching. He has worked at the Aerospace Corporation for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Aerospace Corporation, Dr. Ross was at the Loral Space Systems, spacecraft control system design analysis. Before that he was a planetary physics research assistant at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Ross earned a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Planetary and Space Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Ross continued on to receive his Space Physics Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles and has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications. He is actively involved with numerous professional societies, including the American Geophysical Union and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization that conducts basic and applied research in the areas of preclinical drug discovery and drug development, advanced engineering, environmental and energy production. To date, Southern Research has discovered six FDA-approved cancer drugs and discovered four additional drugs that are currently in clinical trials.

Southern Research conducts basic and applied research for both public and private organizations. Clients include the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense and Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and NASA. Southern Research works with major commercial clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, automotive, energy and manufacturing sectors.

The Aerospace Corporation was created in 1960 because Congress recognized the need for an independent organization, free from conflict of interest, to oversee space and missile programs for the United States Air Force. Aerospace is a nonprofit company that operates a federally funded research and development center for the Air Force and also works with other government agencies and commercial firms. Aerospace dedicated engineers and scientists work independently and objectively to ensure continued access to, and operations in space for the U.S. military and for civil and commercial organizations working in the national interest.

Aerospace participates in every facet of design, development, and operation of national-security space systems, including systems engineering, analysis and development; acquisition support; launch certification; anomaly resolution; new technology application for existing and next-generation space systems; and research and testing at state-of-the-art laboratories staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world. As a trusted agent to the U.S. military for more than 40 years, The Aerospace Corporation has provided broad program support and problem-specific solutions across the full spectrum of national security and space.

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