Exploring the Universe with NASA Engineer Jose V. Siles

Exploring the Universe with NASA Engineer Jose V. Siles
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Date(s) - 06/29/21
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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JUNE 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Join us for a special event with Dr. Jose V. Siles, a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a 2010 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Spain. Dr. Siles will talk about the achievements of JPL in the monitoring of unmanned missions for the exploration of outer space.

He will also discuss his career from his Fulbright grant to NASA, with a special focus on an ambitious new project he is managing: a mission that will carry a cutting-edge 8.4-foot (2.5-meter) telescope high into the stratosphere on a balloon, the size of a football stadium, which will launch from Antarctica to observe wavelengths of light that aren’t visible from the ground, and collect data for the study of star formation and a process called stellar feedback. Stellar feedback is the main regulator of star formation throughout the universe’s history. Collection of data in this capacity has never been done before, and this mission will make scientific models of space more accurate. As the project manager of this incredible mission, Dr. Siles will share valuable insights about the process of space exploration and scientific development.

Dr. Jose V. Siles
ASTHROS Mission Project Manager and Technical Lead, RF Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Siles has more than 15 years of experience in the physics-based modeling of semiconductor devices employing numerical methods and in the design and test of frequency multipliers and mixers for terahertz applications. He has participated in several programs to develop terahertz technology for the French space agency (CNES), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission and NASA/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an experienced terahertz component and circuit designer, having designed and tested 200, 700, 1900 and 2700 GHz frequency multiplier circuit designs, and 340, 600 and 1200 GHz frequency mixer circuits, all them exhibiting world-record performances.

He is currently the project manager & technical lead of ASTHROS, an Astrophysics NASA mission to be launched in 2023. He is also Principal Investigator of a number of NASA funded programs to develop the next generation of high-spectral resolution far infrared array receivers for future NASA missions.

He was the recipient of a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Award at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the period 2010-2012, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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