NASA information technology engineer to deliver science lecture at Eureka College
April 2 - 7:30 PM - Cerf Center
Information technology support in space flight and on the International Space Station will be the topic of the 55th annual William Thomas Jackson Lecture in Science at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College.
The free presentation titled “Supporting Spaceflight, IT Perspective” will be presented by Robert Eggleston, a senior network engineer for NASA Mission Operations Communications Network in Greenville, Md.
Eggleston will address his role in providing connectivity among NASA customers around the world and in spacecrafts and multiple mission operation centers, including support of human spaceflight and International Space Station activities.
“On television it looks so simple,” Eggleston said. “Someone at mission control in Houston hits a button, and high above their heads the Space Shuttle responds accordingly. What looks so simple is actually a complex symphony of many instruments that span the globe and beyond to make it all happen.”
Eggleston formerly was an information technology consultant for several businesses and universities. He received a bachelor’s degree in geography from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in oceanography from Old Dominion University. He formerly was a whale/dolphin watch interpreter and outreach instructor at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
The William Thomas Jackson Lecture was established to honor the late William Thomas Jackson, an alumnus of Eureka College who was a chemistry professor there for 36 years. For more information, contact Eureka College director of information technology Kanaka Kumara at (309) 467-6434.
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