is a project leader at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. He obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a PhD in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Melamed serves on planetary defense conferences and exercises organizing committees, and gives talks at these venues. He leads the development of a web-based asteroid deflection simulator jointly with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and he developed and instructed a planetary defense class utilizing the tool.
Thomas Randolph’s career has been a journey through the world of spacecraft technology development including spacecraft propulsion, atmospheric decelerators, and systems engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and his Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer from Princeton University while doing research in ion and magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters. After leaving school, Tom worked at Space Systems Loral where he was initially the Cognizant Engineer for the successful western qualification of the Russian SPT-100 Hall thruster and later the Electric Propulsion Product Manager for the first commercial flights of a Hall thruster on MBSAT. Tom left Loral for JPL to become JPL’s propulsion system lead on the Prometheus nuclear electric propulsion mission. After Prometheus, Tom has been the Product Delivery Manager for the ST7 colloid microthruster system, the Project System Engineer on the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Technology Demonstration Mission, the Technical Group Supervisor of the Project Systems Engineering Group, the Project Systems Engineer for Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission, and is currently the Project Manager for ASPIRE, Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiments.
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