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Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Award

April 2013

The Aviation Systems Division (AF) awarded Joshua Holladay for his work as an intern where he enhanced a version of ACES (the Airspace Concept Evaluation System) such that both airborne- and ground-based separation concepts can be represented and tested simultaneously and impartially, and also developed a software configuration management capability for the Advanced Airspace Concept (AAC).

Ames Contractor Council Excellence Awards 2013

March 2013

The following University Affiliated Research Center staff were recipients of the 2013 Ames Contractor Council Excellence awards: 

Individual Awards:
Dr. Adrian Agogino, Dr. Anastasios Nikoleris

Team Award: Dynamic Weather Routing
Jinn-Hwei Cheng, Saugata Guha, Chu Han Lee, Richard G. Looney, Patrick D. O'Neal, Julien C. Petersen, Scott Sahlman, John P. Walker, Joseph C. Walton, Lee Helmle (ACI), Susan Hinton (ACI), Lingmei Shao (SCIC), Fu-Tai Shih (SGT)


Length of Service for 20+ years at Ames:
Bob Billings (31), Bruce Coffland (32), Roseanne Dominguez (23), Kent Dunwoody (24), Dennis Gearhart (20), Pat Grant (21), Dexter Hermstad (35), Ted Hildum (23), Bob Kanefsky (24), Thomas Kozon (26), Jeff Myers (36), Robie Remple (33),  Carl Sorenson (22), Joseph Walton (22), Fred Witteborn (54), Angela Wray (28)

2012 NASA Ames Honor Award Recipients

October 2012

Gautam Gupta, Waqar Malik, Leonard Tobias, Easter Wang, Kenny Ray, and Cynthia Freedman: Part of the Spot and Runway Departure Advisor Simulation Team for the SARDA HITL simulations conducted in May 2012.

Liang Chen: Technical leadership for ATD-1 simulation projects (Pictured)

2012 H. Julian Allen Prize

September 2012

Jing Li, Yijiang Lu (Eloret), Qi Ye, Martin Cinke, Jie Han, and Meyya Meyyappan were awarded for their paper titled "Carbon Nanotube Sensors for Gas and Organic Vapor Detection." The paper describes how carbon nanotubes can be used to construct ultrasensitive chemical sensors. A chemical sensor is a small device that can detect the presence of a chemical, either a gas or a vapor, in the air. This paper discusses a new way of developing an extremely sensitive nano sensor to detect very small amounts of gas or vapor.

2012 NASA Honor Awards

August 2012

The Three-Dimensional Path Arrival Management (3D-PAM) Team: Hassan Eslami, Amir Farrahi, Patrick D. O'Neal, Rey Salcido, Minghong G. Wu, and Min Xue. For exceptional innovation and commitment in developing and delivering technology that enables “green” approaches into congested airspace with no new flight-deck equipage.

CAPIO Simulation Team: Yildiray Yildiz. For outstanding technology development of the CAPIO system at the Vertical Motion Simulator supporting NASA’s Green Aviation initiative.

Commercial Crew Development Wind Tunnel Test Team: Louise Walker (Aerospace Computing, Inc. – UARC Subcontractor). For successful completion of the Boeing Company Commercial Crew Development Launch Abort and Separation Effects Wind Tunnel Test.

AMELIA Wind Tunnel Test Team: Kurt Long, Louise Walker, Theodore Garbeff, Robert Mosher, and Barry Porter (Aerospace Computing, Inc. – UARC Subcontractors). For the successful completion of the Advance Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics

Ames Sonic Boom Team: Laura Kushner. For excellent contributions to improving sonic boom measurement techniques.

Coastal and Ocean Airborne Science Testbed (COAST): Jeff Myers, Rose Dominguez, Thomas Ellis, Eric Fraim, and Nicholas Clinton. For exceptional achievement through the “Hands-On Project Experience” (HOPE) project and successful completion of project training and the science data collection,

The Score Team: Bob Kanefsky. For exceptional achievement in developing an operations planning system used by flight controllers on consoles in the ISS Mission Control Center.

Armed Scout Helicopter Letter of Appreciation

August 2012

Tom Berger received this prestigious award from the Army Project Manager for excellent technical contribution as the Army AFDD Principal Investigator for the OH-58F Kiowa Warrior Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program, leading the work on control laws optimization and flight test support.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Aerospace Division Kenneth Harris James Prize

August 2012

"Automated Conflict Resolution, Arrival Management, and Weather Avoidance for Air Traffic Management" was awarded for the best paper on an aerospace subject published by the Institution for a contribution or for achievement in that field. The paper was co-authored by Heinz Erzberger, Todd Lauderdale, and Yung-Cheng Chu, and was published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G Journal of Aerospace Engineering.

2012 NASA Innovative Advanced Concept

August 2012

NASA's Space Technology Program has selected 28 proposals for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. Adrian Agogino is the PI for the proposal that was awarded funding for "Super Ball Bot - Structures for Planetary Landing and Exploration." The proposal is to develop a radically different robot based on a "tensegrity" built purely upon tensile and compression elements, which can play a critical role in future planetary exploration. These robots can be light-weight, absorb strong impacts, are redundant against single-point failures, can recover from different landing orientations and are easy to collapse and uncollapse.

2012 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

June 2012

Greg Hornby co-authored "Accelerating Human-Computer Collaborative Search Through Learning Comparative and Predictive User Models" for the Best Paper Award for the Digital Entertainment Technologies and Arts + Parallel Evolutionary Systems Category.

Adrian Agogino co-authored "Evolving Large Scale UAV Communication System" for the Best Paper Award for the Real World Applications Category.

Silicon Valley's Women of Influence 2012

April 2012

UARC Managing Director, Angela Wray, is named one of Silicon Valley’s 2012 Women of Influence. The complete article and interview can be found at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Ames Contractor Council Excellence Awards 2012

March 2012

Matthew Daigle: For outstanding contributions in model-based approaches in diagnostics and prognostics for systems health management.

Jay Nuez: For support in Task Plan development, safety, outreach and IT and teamwork

Michael Abramson, Steven Chan, Gilbert Wu - CTAS Trajectory Synthesizer Software Team: Innovative contribution to achieve precision in flight path predictions

Caitlin Barnes, Kent Dunwoody, Joshua Forgione, Patrick Grant, Ted Hildum, Dorothy Patterson, Carl Sorenson – Global Hawk Payload Systems Team: Designed and built the complex instrument power, command and control, and real-time data communications infrastructure that transformed the new Global Hawk UAS into the most advanced airborne science platform in the world.

Ames Honor Award Recipients 2011

November 2011

Matt Daigle - Member of CEV 80-AS Wind Tunnel Test Team:  For outstanding accomplishments in the development of the Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research.

Thomas Ellis - Member of 4STAR Development Team: For outstanding accomplishments in the development of the Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research.

Manikandan Ramasamy - Member of UH-60A Airloads Wind Tunnel Test Team; For successfully completing the most intricate and extensive testing ever performed on a full-scale rotor system.

Michael Winter - Member of Hayabusa Re-entry Airborne Observation Project: For exceptional team achievement in conducting a re-entry airborne observation campaign for the JAXA Hayabusa mission.

Bruce Yost - Member of Q/OREOS Nanosatellite Science & Engineering Group: For extraordinary teamwork in the design, development and launch of O/OREOS, NASA’s first astrobiology nanosatellite mission.

Robert Billings, John Bush, Nicholas Clinton, Roseanne Dominguez, Kent Dunwoody, Josh Forgione, Eric Fraim, Dennis Gearhart, Patrick Grant, Ted Hildum, Jeff Myers, Carl Sorenson, Jian  Zheng - Members of Global Hawk Pacific Mission (GloPac) Team: For outstanding accomplishments for NASA and Earth science during the successful Global Hawk Pacific Mission (GloPac) in 2010.

UARC's Aerospace Systems Group Wins Multiple Ames Awards

November 2011

UARC Management is pleased to announce that several of its employees, under the Aerospace Systems group, have won multiple 2011 Ames Honor Awards. They are as follows:

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Terminal Area Precision Scheduling System
For their groundbreaking research and development and real-time simulation of a state-of-the-art area scheduling system for NextGen terminal area air traffic operations.

UARC Recipients: Leonard Bagasol, Liang Chen, Danny Chiu, Daniel Du, Lee Helmle, and Hai Ou-Yang.

NASA Ames Honor Award
Contractor Employee for significant contributions to air traffic management at Ames.
UARC Recipient:
Chok Fung (Jack) Lai

Congratulations to these members of the Aerospace Systems group, under the direction of Bassam Musaffar, for the well-deserved achievements.

Matt Daigle and Sriram Narasimhan win Best Theoretical Paper at the Annual Conference of the PHM Society

September 2011

The UARC's Matt Daigle and Sriram Narsimhan were presented with "Best Theoretical Paper", for their work entitled, "Investigating the Effect of Damage Progression Model Choice on Prognostics Performance" at the 2011 Prognostics and Health Management Society Conference.

UARC Subcontractor Kurt Long Wins Two NASA Awards

August 2011

Kurt Long, an employee of Aerospace Computing Inc. (UARC Subcontractor), works in the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at NASA Ames. Recently, he has been presented with two awards:

The 2011 NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
For Kurt's expertise in Fluid Mechanics Research, unyielding commitment and dedication to support NASA missions, and for being the most inspiring and motivating mentor to students ranging from high school to graduate level.

Ames Safety Awards Program
For outstanding actions to improve Health and Safety conditions at Ames.

Congratulations and thank you to Kurt for his outstanding work and dedication to student mentoring!

Mission Control Technologies Team Wins JSC Director's Innovation Award

July 2011

The Mission Control Technologies Team, which includes the UARC's Tom Dayton and Madelyn Quinol, and STI interns Sylvia Lin, Benson Hong, and Adam Crume, has been selected to receive the JSC Director's Innovation Award. The team is being recognized for its oustanding application of innovative techniques and technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of spacecraft command and control tools for mission operations.

The development of this tool has been ongoing for several years and you all have each played a critical role in its formulation, design, development, and most recently deployment and testing on the MCC operations platform. 

FACET Team Wins FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award

July 2011

Congratulations to the FACET team, which has won the Federal Aviation Administration Excellence in Aviation Research Award. Among the recipients are the following UARC team members:

Gano Chatterji
Jennifer Lock
Alex Morando

Bassam Musaffar Receives Ames Contractor Employee Honor Award

September 2010

Bassam Musaffar received an Ames Contractor Employee Honor Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as the UARC Technical Area Director for Aerospace Systems.   The award acknowledges his excellent performance overseeing the strategic planning, development, and performance of Research Task Orders (RTOs), developing and maintaining relationships with NASA personnel, and providing vision and leadership.

UARC Staff Receives Ames Contractor Council Excellence Awards

Novemeber 2010


Several UARC employees have been chosen to receive highly esteemed Ames Contractor Council Excellence Awards. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, November 18th, at the NASA Ames Research Center

Mohamad Refai, ACES Software Lead (top picture, center), was nominated for his concise vision and ability to both encourage and challenge the ACES team.

The Separation Assurance Team (bottom picture) includes Joe Walton, John Walker, Jinn-Hwei Cheng, Chu-Han Lee, Cynthia Freedman, and Scott Sahlman. The SA Team was nominated for their exemplary collaboration, communication, initiative, ownership, and complete commitment to the success of their research.


UARC Receives Award for "Excellence in Safety"

September 28, 2010

The UARC has received an award from NASA for "Excellence in Safety".  Recently, representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) evaluated NASA’s safety and health program for continuing certification as a STAR site in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP); OSHA sought assurances that contractor employees, such as the UARC, enjoyed a safe work environment.  In fact, the UARC played a key role in NASA’s successful recertification as a STAR site as our accident frequency rate was zero lost hours, based on over 1,294,000 worker-hours over the past five years. 

This is a remarkable achievement and confirms that management leadership and employee involvement in the on-site safety programs are prerequisites to a culture where each individual makes safety a part of their day to day lives. 

Heinz Erzberger Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 2010

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Heinz Erzberger, who currently is on an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) to NASA Ames through the UARC, to be a member of the highly prestigious organization of world-renown scientists.

The NAE was founded in 1863, under the same charter that established the National Academy of Sciences. Under this congressional act, the NAE is directed "whenever called upon by any department of agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art." It is a not-for-profit institution that serves as an advisor to the government and conducts independent studies surrounding relevant and important topics in engineering and technology. Members of the NAE are peer-elected and include only the most accomplished engineers who work as senior professionals in business, academia, and government.

Heinz started work at NASA Ames Research Center in 1965, working to advance the scientific vision of Air Traffic Control. Through his work with automation tools; including the Traffic Management Advisor, Direct-To and Conflict Detection, Heinz has become internationally acclaimed and respected. For his scientific and engineering excellence and leadership, Heinz has received various accolades; including the 2005 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, and an induction to the NASA Ames Hall of Fame in 2009.

Heinz joined the UARC in 2006 in order to continue his progressive work in Air Traffic Management, and has since been converted to an IPA to NASA Ames, under which he will work until his return to the UARC.

The UARC is pleased to announce this great achievement, and congratulate Heinz on yet another astounding accomplishment.

UARC Management Attends Fire Safety Training

February 2010

Members of the UARC Management team attend Fire Extinguisher Training.

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UARC Team Selected for Ames Honor Award

October 2009

UCSC members of the Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership (WRAP) Team were selected for an Ames Honor Award for excellence in the category of Group/Team. The UCSC award winners are:

Bob Billings
RoseAnne Dominguez
Eric Fraim
Dennis Gearhart
Patrick Grant
Ted Hildum
Jeff Myers

Thank you for bringing credit and prestige to the UARC!


Kurt Long Selected for Ames Honor Award

September 2009

Aerospace Computing, Inc. (ACI) employee Kurt Long was selected to receive a 2009 Contractor Employee Ames Honor Award. Thank you for bringing credit and prestige to ACI and to the UARC!

Ames Poster Session

August 2009

UARC STI interns showcased their research on August 5th and participated in a contest for best poster presentation during the Ames 70th Anniversary celebration. The posters were evaluated on organization, results and graphics. Judges this year include Maylene Duenas (NASA) and UARC staff Adrian Agogino, Min Xue, and Avijit Mukherjee. Congratulations to Paul Stiverson for this summer's best poster presentation winner (see photo below). Paul will receive travel support up to $1500 to a conference of his choosing within the technical field of research.

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Greg Hornby's Prespective Published in Science

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Greg Hornby was recently recognized by Science Journal, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals, by having his Perspective published.  This is a significant achievement as Science Journal has one of the highest impact factors of all scientific publications, according to Wikipedia.  Congratulations to Greg on this accomplishment and for being recognized by a scientific journal which rarely publishes work in the field of Computer Science. 

To read the full article please visit:

UARC Scientists Recognized at Ames Honor Awards

June 2009

Congratulations to the following recipients on the recognition in the program for the 2009 Ames Honor Award ceremony:

Brett Cruden - contribution to the CEV Aerospace Project Team
Ben Sim - contribution to the SMART Rotor Test Team
Carl Sorenson - contribution to the ARCTAS Team
Dennis Gearhart - contribution to the NOVICE Team
Bob Kanefsky - contribution to the Phoenix Science Interface Team
Tom Dayton - contribution to the JSC MOD ITA with ARC
Cori Schauer - contribution to the JSC MOD ITA with ARC
Jack Hodges - contribution to the JSC MOD ITA with ARC
Dan Berrios - contribution to the JSC MOD ITA with ARC

Thank you for bringing credit and prestige to the UARC!

Ames Scientists Win Prestigious Award

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Under the keen leadership of Alan Cassell with the UARC, the Nanotechnology branch at NASA Ames has been presented with the "Most Highly Cited Paper Awards 2008" by Plasma Sources Science and Technology Journal. This is a significant accomplishment since it was their paper which received the highest number of citations in the 5 years since publication. Congratulations to Alan and his team on this achievement.

UARC ATM Team Building Event

July 2008

The UARC hosted a day-long team building event with the Air Traffic Management Team at Cuesta Park in Los Altos. Fifty-three attendees participated in various activities, which incorporated communication and cooperation, collaborative problem-solving and decision-making.

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UARC Earns NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award

June 2008

UASThe outstanding performance of the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) was recognized with the prestigious NASA Ames Public Service Group Achievement Award on June 11, 2008.

"Winning the NASA Group Achievement Award is quite an honor, and it is due to the outstanding efforts of many people," said UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal. "Through their excellent work, the UARC team is helping to establish UCSC as a strong and vital presence in Silicon Valley."

In a letter announcing the award, NASA Ames Research Center director Pete Worden said, "This is one of the most prestigious awards a group can receive, and is presented to selected groups who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission."

William Berry, UARC director, accepted the award on behalf of the UARC team at an Honor Awards ceremony. The award citation is "for outstanding performance in fundamental research and collaborations to support NASA missions."

"NASA Ames gives several group achievement awards to teams that work on specific projects, but this one is extraordinary in that the entire UARC team was named for our overall performance," Berry said. "It means that NASA views the partnership with UCSC embodied in the UARC as very successful and productive."

In announcing the award, NASA officials noted that the UARC management team has done an excellent job of staying within budget and working hard to leverage UC's capabilities to enhance performance under the terms of the UARC contract. The UARC has continued to receive an "Excellent" rating in the award-fee process since the beginning of the contract. Through the UARC's Aligned Research Program to support collaborative efforts of university faculty and NASA researchers, UC has been awarded over $2 million in research funding to date.

"The UARC team is part of a vanguard helping to enable a permanent UCSC presence in Silicon Valley," said Joseph Miller, vice provost of Silicon Valley Initiatives. "The team has worked very hard to lay the groundwork for a lasting and productive partnership with NASA Ames and our future major campus center in the NASA Research Park."

The award was given to both UARC staff and UARC subcontractors, including those from ACI; Aerospace Computing, Inc.; Eloret, San Jose State University Research Foundation; Spectrum Software Technology; Technology Horse, LLC; and Timucin Consulting Team.

Earth Sciences Team Receives Two NASA Honor Awards

June 2008

UAS The UARC Earth Sciences Team received two awards at the NASA Honor Awards Ceremony on June 11, 2008. The prominent awards were given for the following:

Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling
John Bush, Roseanne Dominguez, Kent Dunwoody, Michael Fitzgerald, Eric Fraim, Dennis Gearhart, Patrick Grant, Jeff Myers, Frank Newman, Haiping Su.

Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership
Bob Billings, Rose Dominguez, Ken Dunwoody, Eric Fraim, Dennis Gearhart, Pat Grant, Ted Hildum, Jeff Myers, Haiping Su.

Space Act Board Award to Greg Hornby

June 2008

UASGreg Hornby was awarded a Space Act Board Award by the Inventions and Contributions Board for ARC-15568-1. The Award, titled 'Stochastic Electromagnetic Design and Optimization Method' (ADSS: AI Software that Automatically Designs and Optimizes Spacecraft Systems), was given at the Space Act Board Award ceremony in June.

Ted Hildum, Greg Hornby

November 14, 2007

Ted hildum and Greg Hornby received awards at Ames Contractor Council's Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Ted Hiludm
Dr. Hildum led the development and implementation of NASA's new Autonomous Modular Sensor System, used on an un-piloted aerial vehicle to help fight wildfires across the Western United States.

Greg Hornby
Dr. Hornby defined the Age-Layered Population Structure (ALPS), that has been recognized as one of the most significant new ideas in the field of Genetic Programming.

NASA Group Achievement Award to Earth Sciences Team: Jeff Myers, Ted Hildum, Bob Billings, Kent Dunwoody, Eric Fraim, Haiping Su

September 2007

UAS The NASA Ames Research Center has honored six UCSC employees at the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) as part of a Group Achievement Award for a multiagency team that helped firefighters battle the deadly Esperanza fire in Southern California last year.

The Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership (WRAP), which includes UARC Earth Sciences researchers, used the Altair Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to provide valuable real-time fire information to the Esperanza Fire Incident Command Center. Those honored in the NASA award include Jeff Meyers, technical area manager of the UARC Earth Sciences research team; Ted Hildum, staff scientist; Bob Billings, senior field engineer; Kent Dunwoody, senior field engineer; Eric Fraim, remote sensing data analyst; and Haiping Su, staff scientist.

The operation during the Esperanza firestorm in October 2006 was the first time that an umanned aerial system operating in national airspace was used to provide real-time fire condition information. Acting in response to an emergency request from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the multi-agency WRAP team was deployed to southern California. The team provided valuable information about the fire perimeter, hot spots, and fire behavior to the Esperanza Fire Incident Command Center within 24 hours of the governor's request.

During the mission, real-time data was gathered by sensors aboard the unmanned aerial system, telemetered to ground-based computers, hosted on GoogleEarth, and delivered to the command center for the fire. It was particularly important to map the fire's quickly changing behavior and detect hot spots that had jumped fire lines. Four firefighters died in the Esperanza Fire, which burned more than 40,000 acres in Riverside County.

The efforts of the WRAP team members on the Esperanza Fire Emergency UAS Mission led to an improved understanding of critical fire information by the fire management services, showcased a first-time use of UAS capabilities on a disaster event, and opened the doors to future uses of sensors, UAS platforms, and real-time decision-support systems for national emergencies.

AAMAS 2007 Best Paper Award to Adrian Agogino

June 11, 2007

Adrian Agogino, a research scientist with the UARC, and Kagan Tumer, a NASA Civil Servant, received the best paper award at AAMAS 07 (International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems), which is the premier scientific conference for research in autonomous agents and multiagent systems.

This year, there were 531 submissions to AAMAS, of which 119 were accepted after a double-blind review of the full papers. Their paper, titled "Distributed Agent-Based Air Traffic Flow Management," shows how learning agents can be used to set the separation required at fixes along the individual aircraft routes to reduce air traffic congestion. This was truly an "application" paper as the authors used FACET (developed at Ames) to simulate the full system.

AIAA Award to Kenny Cheung and Sean Shan-Min Swei

May 2007

Kenny Cheung
Kenny Cheung and Sean Swei are members of a team being recognized with an award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The citation for their award reads, "For developing CONDUIT, a revolutionary concept for integrated control system software design and for achieving its acceptance by the aerospace industry."

The 2007 AIAA Aerospace Software Engineering Award was presented at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2007 Conference and Exhibits Awards Dinner in Rohnert Park, CA, on May 8, to the CONDUIT team of Mark Tischler, Kenny Cheung, Sean Shan-Min Swei, and Chad Frost. The award, which is given odd years only, is presented for an outstanding technical and/or management contributions to aeronautical or astronautical software engineering. The citation for their award reads, "For developing CONDUIT, a revolutionary concept for integrated control system software design and for achieving its acceptance by the aerospace industry."

Cheung, Principal Software Engineer and Task Manager, is the software lead for CONDUIT. He has participated in various flight control design projects using CONDUIT and has coauthored several papers on its applications.

Swei was one of the developers of CONDUIT and has used it in many flight control design projects. His research interests include advanced control systems design and analysis and air traffic system identification and modeling.

CONDUIT is a computer software package that assists engineers in the design of aircraft control systems. For more information on CONDUIT, please visit

Jacob Wilson

January 17, 2007

Jacob Wilson
Jacob Wilson was recognized for developing a unique hotwire calibration and measurement system for the U.S. Army 7-by 10-ft wind tunnel along with a complex static pressure measurement and acquisition system.

Yun Zheng

January 17, 2007

Yun Zheng
Yun Zheng was recognized for developing and implementing a new nodal airport capacity model that eliminated the artificial flight delays in the original ACES airport capacity model.

IEEE Award to Bin Yu

January 2007

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has conferred the honor of IEEE Fellow to senior research scientist, Bin Yu.

Yu conducts research in the nanotechnology research and development group at NASA Ames. Nanotechnology is one of several core areas in which UCSC is managing research projects for NASA through the UARC partnership.

The IEEE Board of Directors recognized Yu "for contributions to scaling of silicon common metal oxide semiconductor transistors." This is a forefront technology for incorporation of nanoscale features in advanced semiconductors.

The honor of IEEE Fellow is bestowed upon a very limited number of senior members of the organization who have made outstanding contributions to the electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession.

Beth Ann Hockey Participates in the NextFest Program

October 2006

HockeyBeth Ann Hockey, a visiting professor of linguistics, was invited to participate in a special program at NextFest, the four-day technology festival organized by Wired magazine.

Hockey leads NASA's Clarissa project to develop a voice-activated computer program that talks astronauts through complicated procedures in space.

Performing complex tasks in zero gravity is no easy feat, and flipping the pages of a manual or scrolling through online instructions only adds to the difficulties. Clarissa reads instructions to astronauts and responds to spoken commands. The spoken-dialogue system is one of many NASA projects being carried out through the UARC partnership between UCSC and NASA Ames Research Center.

Hockey and astronaut Stephanie Wilson gave a demonstration of Clarissa as part of the "Dr. Next" show for students during the NextFest education day. Clarissa was also featured along with other interactive exhibits in the NASA pavilion at the NextFest event. NextFest took place in New York from September 29 to October 1 and was attended by more than 30,000 people.

NASA Software of the Year Award to FACET

August 2006

A team of researchers at NASA Ames Research Center and the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) has received the NASA Software of the Year Award for 2006. The researchers are being recognized for their development of the Future Air traffic management Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET), which models the National Airspace System for both research and operational use.

"This award is a clear example of the benefits of the UARC partnership," said Banavar Sridhar, leader of the FACET team and chief of the Automation Concepts Research Branch at NASA Ames.

Principal scientist and task manager Kapil Sheth leads the UARC team of scientists and engineers working closely with NASA researchers to develop the FACET software. Software engineer Daniel Mulfinger and principal scientist Gano Chatterji are the other UARC members of the award-winning team.

FACET is a key component of NASA's overall air traffic management research effort, one of many NASA programs supported by UARC, a partnership between UCSC and NASA Ames Research Center. The overall goal of NASA research in air traffic management is to contribute to the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System and provide decision-support tools that will help the Federal Aviation Administration and airline personnel operate today's system more efficiently.

"The UARC is honored to be part of this prestigious recognition, and we are especially proud of Kapil Sheth and his team, who have been so committed to the development, enhancement, demonstration, and distribution of FACET for the benefit of all as a tool for improving the National Airspace System," said UARC associate director Larry Hogle.

Beth Ann Hockey Book Signing

June 2006

Beth Ann Hockey, UARC Project Scientist and UCSC Visiting Professor of Linguistics, will be at Leigh's Favorite Books (121 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086) on June 17, 2006 at 5:00 pm for a book signing.

Along with co-authors Manny Rayner, a Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and Geneva University, Switzerland, and Pierrette Bouillon, a Professor at Geneva University, Switzerland, they recently authored the book, "Putting Linguistics into Speech Recognition" which presents a detailed description of the Regulus Grammar Compiler. The book contains an Open Source toolkit for building speech enabled systems that has been developed over the last four years. Regulus has already been used in several major projects. Among these are NASA's Clarissa, which in 2005 became the first spoken dialogue system to be deployed in space, and MedSLT, an Open Source medical speech translator developed at Geneva University.

AHS Award to Jacob Wilson

April 2006

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has awarded the 2006 Robert L. Lichten Award to programmer/analyst, Jacob Wilson. This honor is awarded each year for the best paper submitted to the AHS by a first-time author of a nationally distributed technical publication.

Wilson provides engineering support for research on rotorcraft (i.e., helicopters) at NASA Ames Research Center. He works on a UARC project called the Rotor Comprehensive Analysis System (RCAS), a large, multidisciplinary computer software system designed to analyze the performance, stability and control, aeroelastic stability, loads and vibration, aerodynamics, and acoustics characteristics of rotorcraft. RCAS was developed to improve rotorcraft analysis capability and to support rotorcraft research and development activities throughout the rotorcraft technical community.

As part of his award, Wilson will be attending the annual AHS Forum in Phoenix, May 9 to 11, where he will present his paper and receive special recognition.

Next Generation Air Transporation System Day

Dr. B. Sridhar, NASA Ames Branch Chief of Automation Concepts Branch, and Dr. K. Sheth, UARC Project Manager, represented NASA at the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) day held in March in Washington D.C. The event was sponsored by the leadership of the House Committee on Science/Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, the House Committee on Transportation and the Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation.

Norman Mineta Picture While in Washington D.C., Dr. Sridhar and Dr. Sheth briefed the Honorable Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation, on the NASA Ames FACET (Future ATM(Air Traffic Management) Concepts Evaluation Tool). FACET is a simulation and analysis tool developed at NASA Ames Research Center for exploration, development, and evaluation of advanced ATM concepts. These concepts include advanced Traffic Flow Management algorithms, Distributed Air/Ground Traffic Management, and novel decision support tools for controllers working within the operational procedures of the existing air traffic control system. FACET models air traffic operations for the National Airspace System (NAS). Its architecture strikes a balance between flexibility and fidelity, which enables FACET to model airspace operations at the U.S. national level, and processes over 50,000 aircraft for a day on a single desktop computer running any of a wide variety of operating systems. It has been designed with a modular software architecture to facilitate rapid prototyping of diverse ATM concepts.

FACET-Flight Explorer Operationally Deployed

Under a non-exclusive licensing agreement, NASA's Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET) has been integrated and operationally deployed with Flight Dimension International's Flight Explorer (FE) product. FE is the “world's leading aircraft situation display” with an installed base of over 5,000 systems. The first two FACET features that are available for commercial use, as part of FE 6.0, are the sector and airport demand overlays that alert airspace users to forecasted demand/capacity imbalances. With this new information, airspace users will be able to develop better flight routing strategies that save fuel and reduce passenger delays. In future releases of FE, additional FACET capabilities, such as the wind optimal route generation functionality, will be incorporated into FE and made available for commercial use.

The enhancement and maintenance of FACET is provided by UCSC.

Cun-Zheng Ning

November 2005

Research by UARC scientist Cun-Zheng Ning on his work in designing the first sub-wavelength mirror than can bend light at an angle sharper than 90 degrees was cited in a news article published by the Institute of Physics' Optics.Org,

Presentations from UARC Seminars

October 12, 2005

UCSC Professors discussed their aligned NASA research in Aerospace, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Robotics/Sensors, Space Science, and Nanoscience.

Presentations from STI Seminars

For more information, see STI Seminar Series Information & Materials.

December 7, 2005
“Aeronautic & Information technology Seminar, Air Traffic Management Concepts in Aerospace Systems.”

August 25, 2005
Computing Language? Develop speech recognition tools for autronauts.

May 18, 2005
Bio-Nanotechnology: How is life science shaping nanotechnologoy?

November 18, 2004
Funding Your Research. Finding external funding to grow your research: Grant writing and funder identification.

September 30, 2004
Intellectual property, invention, disclosure and technology transfer: What students should know.

Ronald Mak

May 2004

UARC senior computer scientist Ronald Mak gave a keynote address to several thousand attendees at the BEA eWorld Conference in San Francisco on May 24, 2004. He presented his work as the architect and lead developer of the middleware for the Collaborative Information Portal, a key enterprise software system used by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. After over two years of continuous operation, this middleware has maintained an uptime record of better than 99.9%, and Ron described some of the software engineering principles he employed to achieve such high reliability.

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