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BAER Institute’s President, Dr. Robert Bergstrom, Receives Award from Purdue University

BAER Institute’s President, Dr. Robert Bergstrom, has received the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Award from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. The award “recognizes alumni who have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia, governmental service, or other endeavors related to mechanical engineering or an affiliated profession.”

Dr. Sangram Ganguly Invited to Speak at Aalto University in Finland

Dr. Sangram Ganguly of BAER was part of the faculty for a graduate course in Geomatics presented by Aalto University’s School of Engineering in Espoo, Finland. Dr. Ganguly’s lectures and practical assignments demonstrated how the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) and OpenNEX, collaborative data and computer platforms designed to solve grand challenges in Earth sciences.

Thank You to Steve Hipskind, Earth Science Division Chief, for 27 Years of Service

Steve Hipskind, Division Chief of Earth Sciences at NASA Ames Research Center, is retiring on July 31, 2015, after 27 years of service. Steve became the Division Chief in 2005 and has been instrumental in the Division’s success and growth over the last 10 years. A valued collaborator and colleague to BAER Institute, Steve oversaw and championed the work of many BAER Institute staff, especially young scientists.

Congratulations to the Kepler Science Team on the Discovery of Kepler 452-b

NASA’s Kepler Science Team announced the discovery of planet Kepler 452-b. The team described the planet as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin,” and it is the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone by the space borne telescope. The Kepler Mission, begun in 2009, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.

BAER’s Dr. Darlene Lim Prepares to Host First Meeting For a Key Mars Mission Simulation

Dr. Darlene Lim, one of BAER’s most honored scientists, will host the first scientific meeting for a new NASA program to investigate the habitability of volcanic terrain on Mars. The June meeting at NASA Ames is the first gathering of the scientists involved in this NASA-sponsored study known as BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains), for which Dr. Lim is the Principal Investigator.

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