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Keynote Presentation: (Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 9:15 - 10:00 am)

Peter HughesPeter Hughes
Chief Technologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"Challenges and Accomplishments in Space Science at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center"


Peter Hughes is the Chief Technologist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.  In this position, he serves as the Chair of the GSFC Technology Federation and is responsible for planning, coordination, execution and oversight of GSFC technology programs to meet Goddard’s Science and Exploration Mission responsibilities.  He manages GSFC’s Internal Research & Development program and helps manage the Center’s Strategic Lines of Business.

In his previous positions Mr. Hughes was the Assistant Chief for Technology in the Information Systems Division at GSFC, Technology Systems Engineer or Mission Technologist for the Extreme UltraViolet Explorer (EUVE), Hubble Space Telescope  Ground System, and EOS-DIS.

Mr. Hughes served as the Chief Architect and Project Manager of the GenSAA System and for which he holds NASA’s first software Patent.   He also fully designed and implemented the CLEAR System, the first real-time expert system to monitor a low earth-orbit satellite and supported a number of other initiatives investigating advanced technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, and Human Factors research.

Peter received his B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.  He received his M.S. in the Management of Technology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Masters for Technology Management (EMTM) program, a joint program sponsored by the Wharton Business School and the SEAS School of Engineering.

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