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Explore JPL - Seminar #3

Monday, October 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)

This lunch-time program is designed to help undergrads learn more about the research happening at the Jet Propulsion Lab and connect them with possible SURF mentor for next summer

Focus:  Astrophysics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Visulization, Systems Engineering

A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Eric De Jong: Dr. De Jong is a Planetary Scientist at JPL and holds teaching appointments at Caltech and USC. For the last four decades his research has focused on the scientific visualization of the Sun; planetary surfaces, atmospheres, magnetospheres; and the evolution and dynamics of stars, galaxies and planetary systems. He leads a team of scientists and technologists responsible for developing new science visualization products, infrastructure and technology. Dr. De Jong and his team create images, maps, movies and models from NASA Space & Earth Science remotely sensed observations. These products highlight new discoveries, science results and mission plans. Eric holds a B.S. degree in Space Science from MIT, an M.S. degree in Plasma Physics from Stanford University as well as a M.S. in Computer Science, a M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Science from UC Santa Barbara.

Doug Lisman: Doug Lisman is a mission systems engineer with 30 years of experience working on flight projects, operations, advanced studies and technology development for planetary, earth observing, heliophysics and astrophysics missions. He currently is focused on the development of starshades for missions to directly image extrasolar planets. Starshades are a rapidly emerging technology and undergraduate summer interns have played a crucial role in making this happen. Doug holds a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Neal Turner: Dr. Turner's goal is to learn how the planets formed around our Sun and other stars. He builds computer models of the disks of gas and dust orbiting young stars, and uses them to interpret observations returned from the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and telescopes on the ground. He currently supervises JPL's Space & Astrophysical Plasmas group. Before coming to JPL ten years ago he was a postdoc at U.C. Santa Barbara and the University of Maryland. Dr. Turner holds a PhD in astrophysics at U.C. Santa Cruz and BSc in physics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

For more information, please phone 626-395-2885 or email

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