Paul D. Spudis
Senior Staff Scientist
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Houston, TX 77058
Geologist specializing in research on the histories of and the processes on the terrestrial planets. Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community. Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004. Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. Principal Investigator, Mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008-2009. Team member, Mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008-present.
Ph.D. Geology Arizona State University (1982)
Sc.M. Geology Brown University (1977)
B.S. Geology Arizona State University (1976)
2008 – present. Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX. Principal Investigator, Mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008-2009. Team member, Mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008-present.
2002– 2008, Senior Professional Staff, JHU/APL. Section Supervisor, Planetary Dynamics Section, Planetary Exploration Group. Principal Investigator, NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program. Principal Investigator, Mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2007. Principal Professional Staff, 2005.
1999 – 2002, Deputy Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas. Administrative duties include development of scientific performance standards, recruitment of new scientific staff, Acting Director during Director’s absence. Director, Regional Planetary Image Facility, Center for Information and Research Services, Lunar and Planetary Institute. Duties include oversight of Data Facility, Coordination with other NASA Data Centers, future planning for processing, archiving, and making new planetary mission data accessible.
1990 – 2002, Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas. Principal Investigator, NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program. Research includes collation and interpretation of remote sensing data for the Moon at a variety of wavelengths, study of the genesis of lunar polymict highland breccias, origin and evolution of the lunar crust, volcanic processes on the Earth and planets, and the geology and impact mechanics of large craters and basins on the terrestrial planets. Additional research involves strategic and tactical science planning for human and robotic missions to the Moon and Mars. Deputy Leader, Science Team, BMDO-NASA Clementine mission to the Moon (1994). Scientific co-advisor for LPI-JSC Summer Intern Program.
1982 – 1990 Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Astrogeology, Flagstaff, Arizona. Principal Investigator, NASA Planetary Geology Program. Research included recognition and mapping of degraded impact features on all the terrestrial planets, theoretical modeling of large impacts into planetary crusts, geology and petrology of Apollo and Luna landing sites, and global geochemistry and petrology of the lunar crust and implications for crustal origin.
1982 – 1985 Faculty Research Associate, Arizona State University (part-time). NASA Planetary Geology Program Principal Investigator.
1980 – 1982 Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Astrogeology, Flagstaff, AZ. Principal Investigator on NASA Grant "The Geology of Lunar Multi-ring Basins". Work done in support of dissertation efforts.
Temporary Positions and Experience:
November, 2000– present Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, London UK
January, 2004– July, 2004 Commissioner, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy.
November 1993—May 2003 Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
May 1992 --May 1994 Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California.
May 1991 --June 1991 Visiting Scientist, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
August 1990 --June 1991, Exploration Science Planning, Synthesis Group, Washington DC, Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, Head.
October 1980 Visiting scientist, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
September 1980 Visiting scientist, University of London Observatory, London, England.
March 1978 Visiting scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.
SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES
Extensive background in geology and planetary science, including interpretation of remote-sensing and image data and integrated studies with information from planetary samples. Developed new techniques to analyze remote geochemical data to reconstruct structure and history of planetary crusts. Experienced field geologist, with mapping and sampling experience in volcanic, intrusive, and impact terrains. Computer skills: PC (image processing and Office package), unix platforms (ISIS and IDL).
MAJOR PUBLICATIONS (as of October 1, 2011)
102 papers in refereed journals or books
3 single-author books
2 co-authored books
2 geological maps (Mercury and Io)
10 edited books and reports
37 articles for the popular press
Union Oil Corporation Exploration Scholarship (1975-1976)
Phi Kappa Phi (National Scholastic Honor Society) (1975 and 1976)
NASA-JPL Viking Intern (1976)
University Fellowship, Brown University (1976-1977)
J. Robert Oppenheimer Director's Colloquium, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1992)
Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurels Award (1994)
Asteroid 7560 Spudis named in my honor (1999)
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (2004)
Principal Professional Staff, Applied Physics Laboratory (2005)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Theodore von Karman Lectureship (2006)
Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture, Dept. of Engineering, George Washington University (2006)
Space Pioneer Award, National Space Society (2011)
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
American Geophysical Union (since 1976)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (since 1990)
Geological Society of America (since 1978)
Sigma Xi (since1982)
Applied Physics Laboratory, Top Secret – 2004 - 2009
U. S. Dept. Energy “Q” clearance – 1992-1994