Category Archive: Team

WVRTC Staff

Thomas Evans, Ph.D. – WVRTC Director

Dr. Thomas Evans serves as the Director of the WV Robotic Technology Center in support of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office. At WVRTC, Dr. Evans is responsible for strategic development and guidance of research to support satellite servicing endeavors and advanced space robotic operations. In addition to leading the full-time staff …

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Giacomo Marani, Ph.D. – Research Engineer

Giacomo Marani received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Doctorate degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Pisa in Italy. He is the lead researcher at the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center, serving the NASA Space Servicing Capability Office, with focus on the application of autonomous manipulation concepts to space systems, …

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Michael Campbell – Systems & Data Engineer

Michael Campbell supports the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center across multiple disciplines including software development, robotic operations and machine vision. Campbell works to visualize and condense the data collected from the various test campaigns and identifies trends used to drive requirements. He also leads the effort to characterize and optimize the accuracy of the facility’s …

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Chad Panther, Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Chad Panther serves as a mechanical engineer for the WV Robotic Technology Center.  At WVRTC, Dr. Panther is responsible for WVRTC’S needs with design, prototyping, and test evaluation tasks. Dr. Panther holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, a Masters in aerospace engineering, and his Bachelors of Science in both mechanical and aerospace engineering, all …

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Patrick Lewis – Systems Engineer

Mr. Lewis primarily facilitates the integration of various systems, including: sensors, robotics, and data acquisition.  Lewis supports multiple areas of research which are critical to the WVRTC development plan.  These areas include machine vision, software development, and robot teleoperation procedures.  He is also responsible for maintaining the safety protocol for full-scale, hardware-in-the-loop robotic testing. Mr. …

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Capt. Ken A. Olson – Engineering Technician

Capt. Ken Olson is the lead engineering technician at the WV Robotic Technology Center and primarily supports hardware fabrication and assembly for robotic test procedures.  Olson’s tasks include design, fabrication, manufacturing, and hardware assembly. Olson is a highly trained and skilled technical engineer and has supported NASA missions for over 20 years.  Before  joining the …

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