Marcelo Kobayashi

Marcelo H. Kobayashi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Brasília, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University Lisbon, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Technical University Lisbon. Dr. Kobayashi joined the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2003 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has been Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since July 1, 2017. Dr. Kobayashi was the Director of the Hawaii Open Supercomputing Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The HOSC provided high performance computing to the full UH Manoa campus. His current research focus on topology optimization, as part of multidisciplinary design optimization. In this research, Dr. Kobayashi pioneered the use of evolutionary developmental principles from biology to the design of aerospace structures. His research has been funded by NSF, AFOSR, AFRL, ONR and NIH. He was runner up for the Portuguese Young Investigator Award in Applied and Computational Mechanics 2003, and has been an ASEE Fellow at AFRL in 2009 and AFRL Fellow at Wright- Patterson numerous times since 2010.

Misti Moore


Misti Moore, a native Houstonian, currently serves as the Minority University Research and Education Project Manager (MUREP) for NASA Johnson Space Center, External Relations Organization – Office of Education since 2012. Leveraging her public school teaching background, she excels at building university relationships and investments as well as contributing directly to the increase in the number of diverse students prepared to work in STEM-based fields. Misti also works with internal and external organizations, institutions, federal agencies, and the community to support STEM initiatives. Prior to joining the Office of Education, Ms. Moore served as a Contract Specialist in the JSC Procurement Organization, Exploration Systems and Institutional Procurement Offices, where she began her career with NASA in 2006. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Prairie View A&M University, respectively. Misti is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She loves to encourage and recruit young women in the community to get involved and pursue their education.

Crystal Del Rosso

Crystal earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Education, with emphasis on Native American education, from Cameron University.   She began her education career in 2002, teaching all levels of science in both middle school and high school.  Her experience in both public and private schools has given her insight into the challenges and triumphs of students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Crystal has managed teams of educators, developed science curriculum, and implemented strategies for successfully improving student engagement and performance. On August 26, 2015 Crystal began working at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the Office of Education as an Education Coordinator in Educator Professional Development (EPD), STEM Engagement (SE), and Institutional Engagement (IE) lines of businesses. 
 Crystal has worked on the following Office of Education activities at Johnson Space Center:
•      NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)
•      Educator Professional Development Institutes (EPDI)
•      High School Challenge – Robotics Assistive Device (HSC-RAD)
•      Astrocamp
•      Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC)
•      Digital Learning Network (DLN)
•      100K in 10
•      Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE)
•      Microgravity University Umbrella
•      Office of Education Performance Management (OEPM) Representative
•       Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR)
•      NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS)
•      MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO)
•      MUREP Institutional Research Opportunities (MOO)
•      MUREP  Innovation and Tech Transfer Ideas Competition (MITTIC)

Corey Ippolito

Dr. Corey A. Ippolito is an Aerospace Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center who heads the Exploration Aerial Vehicle Systems (EAV) Laboratory.  Dr. Ippolito’s research interests includes autonomy for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in low-altitude high-density urban environments, intelligent control of swarming UAS for monitoring of active volcanic systems, decentralized adaptive control of flight dynamics for flexible aerospace vehicle structures, intelligent UAS autonomy for autonomous subsurface mapping of active earthquake fault zones, and intelligent decentralized control of smart environments.  Dr. Ippolito has led several projects at NASA, including the SAFE50 Safe Autonomous Flight Environment for the Notional First/Last 50 Feet (SAFE50) Project, the Decentralized Control research project, Payload Directed Flight research project, Polymorphic Control Systems project, and the Intelligent Integrated Control Systems (IICS) for Smart Environments project.  He has lead development of several NASA UAS flight test platforms, including several experimental multicopter platforms, the Swift UAS, the swarming Dragon Eye UAS, the experimental Sensor Controlled Aerial Vehicle (XSCAV), the Bumble-Bee UAV, and the EAV experimental flight test vehicle.  His software innovations include the Reflection Architecture for embedded autonomous systems, the Perception Engine for physics-based simulation, the Self-Assembling Brokering Object (SABO) Architecture, and the Component Graphics Library (CGL).  Dr. Ippolito has garnered several awards in recognition of his work as NASA, including NASA Group Achievement Awards for the UTM project, the NASA SAFE50 project, the NASA Atacama Desert PCS Robotics expedition, the NASA Award of Excellence for the Lunar MicroRover project, Award for Superior Accomplishment for his work in polymorphic control and flight demonstrations of collaborative UAV/UGV emergency landing, and recognition awards for his contribution to NASA outreach.  Dr. Ippolito has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Terence Pagaduan

Terence “Terry” Pagaduan is the international and intergovernmental relations chief at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.  Among his duties is to serve as the primary liaison between NASA and the State of Hawai’i.  Terry has negotiated several Space Act Agreements between NASA Ames and the Hawai’i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and he has worked with Professor Dilmurat Azimov to help develop the Hawai’i Engaged STEM Pathways Program (HESTEMP).  He is proud to be a Moanalua High School alumnus.  Terry has a B.A. in political economy from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and one and a half German Shepherds.  Travel, cooking, and making wine from his own vineyard are among his hobbies.

Lisa Hahn-Woernle

I am a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. My current research focusses on modeling the ocean physics and the ecosystem of a fjord in the Antarctic. We want to understand the connections of ocean dynamics, glacial meltwater and icebergs, sea ice and atmospheric forcing to the high primary productivity in the fjord. My interest in ocean color goes back to my PhD project in the Netherlands. We developed a data assimilation tool with which characteristics of the ocean surface mixing can be derived from ocean color time series. This is just one of the many potentials of remotely sensed ocean color observations which are unique in their spatial and temporal coverage of the world’s oceans. My talk will be an introduction to the history, underlying methods and applications of remotely sensed ocean color observations.

Linda Hayden


Mathematician Linda Bailey Hayden was born on February 4, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Sarah Vaughn Bailey and Linwood Copeland Bailey Sr.  Growing up, Hayden loved mathematics, particularly graphing functions and determining their characteristics.  She attended Portsmouth’s Public Schools for her elementary and secondary education.  Hayden was the first of her family to attend college, and her family was not surprised that she chose to concentrate her studies in math and science.  Pulling together the funds that her family could provide, as well as a scholarship to cover her tuition, Hayden attended Virginia State University and graduated in 1970 with her B.S. degree in mathematics and physics.  At Virginia State University, Hayden’s math professors, Dr. Ruben McDaniel Jr. and Dr. Louise Hunter, made an impression on Hayden through their style and enthusiasm for the material.  Hayden went on to attain her M.A. degree in math education from the University of Cincinnati just two years later. Hayden began her teaching career as an instructor of mathematics at the Kentucky State University in 1972 and the University of Kentucky in 1976.  Three years later, she became an assistant professor of mathematics at Norfolk State University.  During her tenure at Norfolk State University, she received her second M.S. degree in computer science from Old Dominion University.  She then became an assistant professor of computer science at American University in 1985, where she pursued further graduate studies and received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics education in 1988.  Her dissertation was entitled: “The Impact of an Intervention Program for High Ability Minority Students on Rates of High School Graduation, College enrollment, and Choice of a Quantitative Major.”  After a two year term at the University of the District of Columbia, Hayden moved on to become a full professor of computer science at Elizabeth State University in 1989.  She has been influential in her position on the faculty of the university, particularly in the foundation and implementation of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research program.  One of the project’s topics of interest is the cyber-infrastructure support for remote sensing of ice sheets, which is of great importance in polar science field research. Other interests of Hayden include Grid Networks and the PolarGrid Project.  In addition her funding efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in scholarship and fellowship for underrepresented students in mathematics, science and technology fields. Hayden has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her commitment to education and the sciences. She was honored with the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring by the National Science Foundation, and in 2009, she was given the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Noble Prize. Hayden is married to Lee Vertner Hayden Jr. and they have raised one son, Kuchumbi Linwood Hayden.

Anthony Strawa

Dr. Strawa and has worked in to the Atmospheric Sciences at NASA for 20 years. His work focused on studying the effects of particulate pollution on stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change and human health. He has designed and built several instrument for use on the surface and on aircraft and participated in many airborne science missions. He currently manages the Technology Transfer Office at NASA Ames Research Center and continues to be involved in several atmospheric Science projects.

Prabhakar Misra



Dr. Prabhakar Misra is currently a Professor of Physics & Director of the Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University in Washington, DC, USA. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics (1986) from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, an M.S. in Physics (1981) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and an M.Sc. in Physics (1978) and B.Sc. (Physics Honors) (1975), both from the University of Calcutta, India. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an honor reserved for only one-half of one percent of the total APS membership. The APS Fellowship citation from the Division of Condensed Matter Physics reads: “For sustained contributions to the spectroscopy of the condensed phases and exemplary mentoring of underrepresented students.” He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) and a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Dr. Misra serves as the Advisor for the Society of Physics Students Chapter at Howard University and has advised and mentored 40 undergraduate students, 11 Ph.D. graduate students and 6 postdoctoral research associates, who have been part of his research group. Prof. Misra has edited 3 books and is the author/coauthor of more than 195 research abstracts, conference proceedings and refereed journal publications. He is a visiting scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (2010-present), and a research affiliate at START, a DHS Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2014-present).