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Thermal Protection System Engineer at NASA

Guest Bio

Paul Wercinski received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and a M.S in Aero/Astro Engineering from Stanford University in 1990. He has been with the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. He is currently the project manager for the Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) project since 2012. He has been involved in multiple areas within the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) discipline at NASA over the past several decades.

The Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) architecture represents a novel approach for entry vehicle design utilizing a high performance carbon-fabric heat shield that expands to “open” like an umbrella and serve as the primary drag surface of the mechanically deployed decelerator. The ADEPT project team is advancing this decelerator technology via systems-level testing at the one-meter diameter (nano-ADEPT) scale.

Paul will participate in the NASA Next Technology panel to discuss innovative technologies including ADEPT umbrella heat shield, quantum computing, aviation and more.