Technology Drives Exploration

NASA Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas Terrier will discuss how technology drives exploration during his presentation Technology Driving Exploration. During his talk, Douglas will give an overview of NASA’s incremental plans to expand humankind’s presence from Earth to the Moon in a sustainable manner, then on to Mars. He also will celebrate some of the many technologies from space exploration that have spun off into viable commercial products and services and touch upon the new space economy. Terrier will give an overview of NASA’s return to the Moon by 2024 and the important role international partners play in that effort. He also will discuss the future of exploration and how technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data will be used to enable a new era of discovery. This event is moderated by Niamh Shaw, Irish Engineer, Scientist and Performer.

Dr. Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist, NASA

Dr. Douglas Terrier is responsible for the operation, management and programmes within the Office of the Chief Technologist. The Office of the Chief Technologist serves as the NASA Administrator’s principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy. Douglas directs the work of the strategic integration and innovation teams, co-ordinating and tracking technology investments across the agency, working to infuse technologies into future NASA missions and facilitating agency technology governance. He also is responsible for co-ordination and integration of research and development planning, policies and programmes with other NASA Directorates and Offices, NASA centres and other government agencies, industry and academia. In addition, Douglas conducts advocacy activities with technology partners in industry, the educational community, the public, customers, and stakeholders.

About Dr. Niamh Shaw, Engineer, Scientist and Performer

Dr Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist and performer. She is passionate about igniting people’s curiosity and particularly interested in doing this by combining creativity with science topics. She presents the human story of science, creating theatre shows, public events and contributions to media with this focus. She has set herself a life’s mission to get to space, as artist and explorer. She hopes that by sharing the human story behind such a venture, it will help us to better understand our place in the story of space, and the beauty of our planet Earth.  Recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), her contribution to science and its application to Irish life was acknowledged by Uachtaráin na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins at his annual St Patricks Day reception in 2017 in Áras an Uachtaráin. She is artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and the Dublin point of contact for Ireland’s national Space week.

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