June 12, 2007

"Exploring Mars"

A discussion with

 G. Scott Hubbard

SETI Institute and
Stanford University
Former Director of
NASA Ames Research Center

Tuesday June 12, 2007
6 to 7:30 p.m.

G. Scott Hubbard has been recognized as an innovator and leader in science, technology and management for more than 30 years, including 20 years with NASA where he became known as the ‘Mars Czar’. He currently is a Visiting Scholar in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University and holds the Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute.

In 2000, Hubbard served as NASA’s first Mars program director and successfully restructured the entire Mars program in the wake of mission failures. He conceived the Mars Pathfinder mission with its airbag landing and was the manager for NASA’s highly successful Lunar Prospector Mission.

In 2003, Hubbard served full time as the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), where he directed impact-testing analysis that established the definitive physical cause of the loss of the Columbia.

Hubbard developed the award winning NASA Research Park, including unprecedented R&D collaborations with Google, Intel and SGI. He also recently chaired the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology for Calif.

Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University (1970), and his graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He continues his 40-year interest in music by regularly playing guitar in a jazz group.