Virtual Tour of NASA Manufacturing
Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual Tour of NASA Construction & In-Space Manufacturing and Opportunities for Students at NASA
Planetary Surface Construction at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Jennifer Edmunson, Project Manager of the Moon to Mars Planetary Autonomous Construction Technology (MMPACT) lunar construction project at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
She has been supporting MSFC since 2008 in various roles including as a postdoc, planetary geologist, In-Space Manufacturing engineer, Technical Fellow in Science, and very recently as a civil servant. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2007, specializing in the radioisotope geochemistry of the Moon and Mars.
Manufacturing in Space and Student Opportunities at NASA
Dr. Tracie Prater, Engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
She is currently the task lead for the on-demand metal manufacturing element of the in-space manufacturing (ISM) project. The project includes technology development in recycling, metal additive manufacturing, printed electronics, and in-process monitoring. The International Space Station serves as a critical test bed for evaluating the utility of manufacturing technologies to meet needs for sparing and repair on space missions. She also serves as a subject matter expert for NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize competition program and helped to develop the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Tracie is also a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.