Seminar Series: Koorosh Araghi

Seminar Series: Koorosh Araghi

Throughout the Spring 2020 academic semester CLASS in partnership with the Florida Space Institute will be holding a seminar speaker series. The series is open to everyone. Seminars last 45 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. If you are interested in presenting, wish to recommend someone for a presentation, or would like to be on the mailing list, please contact us.

Date Speaker
1/14 Philipp Reiß, ESA
1/28 Bob Lamboray, Luxembourg Space Agency
2/11 Koorosh Araghi, NASA JSC
2/25 Amanda Hendrix, PSI
3/24 Joel Sercel, TransAstra
4/7 Joost Oorschot, Maana Electric

Date: Feb 11, 2020
Time: 11:30am
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been directed to send astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2024 and build a sustainable human exploration program which will eventually lead to human exploration of the Mars surface. A major objective of this Moon to Mars exploration program is to understand and characterize the resources that exist on the Moon and Mars, and learn how to utilize them for sustained and affordable exploration. To achieve this objective, NASA is developing technologies and systems, and initiating missions that will find, measure, and harness the resources of the Moon for science, human exploration, and eventually commercial space advancement. This presentation will provide the latest information on NASA’s plans and efforts to achieve this major objective.

Koorosh Araghi, NASA JSC

Mr. Araghi serves as the Johnson Space Center Principal Investigator, technology and portfolio manager for advance energy storage, power systems and planetary resources utilization, and as Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII) project manager for developing High fidelity Lunar Simulant for the agency. His area of research include: Advance Energy Storage business development where he plays a pivotal lead in the development of multiple technology demonstration projects. He is also leading the Advance Fuel Cell Technologies at NASA/JSC to enhance intellectual as well as leadership capability.
Mr. Araghi also holds experience as space shuttle subsystem manager for 24 space shuttle missions and serves as a technical advisory member in NASA Glenn Research Center advance fuel cell programs, STMD/GCD, HEOMD and NASA Engineering Safety Center fuel cell and electrolysis technical export, as well as manager for all advances fuel cell technologies at Johnson Space Center SBIR program.
Mr. Araghi also serves as a technical advisory member in AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee and Space Resource Utilization representing Johnson Space Center. He completed his graduate studies in heat transfer and thermodynamics at the University of Arizona, before joining Lockheed Martin in 1998 and then NASA in 2004 where he has worked in Electrochemical & Electrolysis technologies.