TeamSTELLAR Stellar Bios

TeamSTELLAR Stellar Bios

TeamSTELLAR Stellar Bios
Richard D. Dell Sr.

Mr. Dell spent more than 22 years with IBM starting as a Field Engineer, then in positions as Instructor, Field Manager, Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Large Project Management. Since leaving IBM in 1988, he founded a consulting company (TGI-USA) to promote international business development.

Mr. Dell has worked in much of Europe and Eastern Europe including England, Holland and Czechoslovakia, and in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait. The start-up company that he mentored in Slovakia (TGI-Czechoslovakia) has grown into a retail and financial services company with annual revenues of more than $100,000,000 USD. slot gacor

Mr. Dell founded the Advanced Vehicle Research Center (the AVRC) as a North Carolina company in 2002 and has continued to develop the Advanced Vehicle Research Center concept as a research center that ties academic and industry interests.

The AVRC is now completing a major Department of Energy contract under the Freedom Car program, National Energy Technology Labs. The project will develop a new technology for optimization of ethanol and ethanol/hydrogen systems in internal combustion engines. The AVRC is also active in plug-in hybrid technologies, having converted six vehicles to PHEV. oxplay

Mr. Dell attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., majoring in Computer Science and Business Management. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1988. He has been an automotive enthusiast, and a collector and restorer of classic automobiles for more than 40 years.

Grayson Randall
Grayson Randall is a senior software engineer at IBM. Grayson has 26 years experience in systems design and architecture. At IBM, he has worked on projects involved with manufacturing automation, digital video processing, set top box designs, as well as network processors for high speed network communications. He has extensive experience as lead engineer and provided technical leadership on large projects that include leading international teams. He is currently involved in PowerPC processor development. Grayson’s work includes nine patents, and several publications. Prior to IBM, Grayson developed commercial and military flight simulators for 5 years. Grayson holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University.

Grayson is also founder and team leader of Insight Racing. He was responsible for the overall system design and architecture of the team’s three autonomous vehicle entries in the DARPA Grand Challenge competition. The team placed twice in the semi-finals and was a finalist in 2005. Grayson also mentored a FIRST high school robotics team for 5 years which won first place in the 2004 international competition as well as numerous other design awards.

Grayson was awarded the IEEE-USA Citation of Honor in 2006. This national award was for inspiring pre-college and college engineering students in the area of robotics. Grayson speaks nationally as part of the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitor program. Grayson also serves as Chairman of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Chapter for Eastern North Carolina.

Dr. William Edmonson
Dr. William Edmonson, Assoc. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University, and Director of the High Performance Digital Signal Processing Lab (HiPer DSP Lab). Dr. Edmonson has had faculty positions at The City College-CUNY, University of Florida and Hampton University in their Electrical and Computer Engineering Department since receiving his Ph.D. from NC State University in 1990. While at UF, Dr. Edmonson served as faculty advisor for several Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) projects from Motorola and Intellion Corporation. The IPPD program is an innovative educational experience at UF that allows senior engineering students to utilize the principles of concurrent design, while working in small multidisciplinary teams under the guidance of faculty advisor and industrial liaison engineers, to design and build authentic industrial products for sponsoring companies. In that time he has served as a visiting researcher at Motorola and NASA-Langley performing research in the areas of digital signal processing (DSP) hardware and algorithmic development.

In addition, his research includes mapping of DSP algorithms onto FPGAs or ASICSs, developing global optimization methods for various DSP and control applications, computer architecture for DSP, and systems biology. These research areas have been funded through NASA, Motorola, DARPA, and Dept. of Education. As a member of IEEE he has served as Chair of the Hampton Roads Section and as a reviewer for several of its technical journals.

Jeff Krukin
Jeff Krukin combined his passions for technology and space as an IBM Systems Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. During a 23-year Information Technology career he specialized in strategic business and technology planning and implementation, along with technical sales, marketing, and communication. From January 2005 through December 2007, Jeff was Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, the most prominent commercial space (NewSpace) advocacy organization. Overlapping this period, beginning in 2004 and continuing today, he has engaged in various space consulting projects including the North Carolina Aerospace Economy Project that he initiated in 2004. He was the primary author of “The Aero/Space Economy in North Carolina: A Preliminary Assessment of Current Performance and Future Prospects”, and a key contributor to North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Workforce Development in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries.

His first space article was published in 1981. His articles and Op-Ed’s have appeared on numerous websites and in publications such as Space News, the Houston Chronicle, Ad Astra, the Houston Business Journal, and the Journal for Space Development. His first book essays were published in Spring 2005 in “Tackling Tomorrow Today: Moving Along, Far Ahead,” part of a book series written for high school students. NASA and the US Dept. of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization have often requested his participation in their strategic planning efforts. He is the creator of The Human-Space Connection concept, serves on the Steering Committee of the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs, and remains a Director of the Space Frontier Foundation.

Dr. Andre Mazzoleni
Dr. Andre Mazzoleni is an Assoc. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University. His Education includes a Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, from the University of Wisconsin, 1992, an M.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, 1990, M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, 1990, and a B.S., Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 1983. His research interests include Dynamics, Vibrations, Nonlinear Systems, Astronautics, Space Systems Design, Tethered Satellites, Earth-Based Tethered Systems, Lunar and Planetary Rovers, Solar Sails, Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Vehicles and Biomechanics.

Richard D. Dell Jr.
Richard Dell Jr. is a Program Manager for the Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC). His responsibilities for the AVRC are numerous, including new media development, developing grant proposals and servicing the grants once awarded. Grant work he recently completed for the Department of Energy was published as a “Hydrogen Mobile Generation and Storage Unit Design and Build Document” that can be found at avrc

Another grant that Mr. Dell currently maintains is the Department of Labor (DOL) Economic Development Agency (EDA) funded Distance Learning Laboratory for automotive workforce development in alternative fuels. He is also developing a commercialization program for an Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion propulsion system, and a regional commercially-viable Breakthrough Technology Forum tentatively scheduled to be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Spring 2009.

In early 2006, Mr. Dell and his father started the Advanced Aerospace Resource Center (AARC), and he serves on the Management Advisory Board of AARC, which supports ongoing education, marketing and commercialization projects in alternative energy, advanced propulsion and other Aerospace technologies. He also co-authored the AVRC and NADC-funded “State-wide Aerospace Workforce Development Strategy” document, now published at NC Aerospace Workforce Development Strategic Plan

Gordon Jeans
Gordon Jeans has over 10 years experience in all terrain tracked and wheeled vehicles in harsh environments as well as normal operations. He is experienced in computers and computer related equipment and software dating back to the original IBM XT “green machines”. He was trained as a non-commissioned officer in leadership and team oriented operations to be able to fill in as needed anywhere in a hierarchical organization. He is a dual major, a senior, earning his BS in Electrical Engineering as well as Computer Engineering.

Team STELLAR volunteers

TeamSTELLAR welcomes volunteers!

TeamSTELLAR welcomes volunteers!

The Organizational Meeting for TeamSTELLAR Volunteers, Sunday, September 14, on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, all agree, was a remarkable success. Representatives of TeamSTELLAR’s Core Team welcomed fifty or more of the well over 100 extraordinarily talented and enthusiastic volunteers who have answered the call and were able to attend.

If you were unable to attend, for any reason, there’s still plenty of useful and important work still to be done. You will
be updated on Sunday’s meeting and TeamSTELLAR will be contacting you soon to discuss where you
might be comfortable in getting your Team to the Moon, and the possibilities beyond, so don’t feel left out!

If you were among those who attended, thank you. You’ve already playing an important role in shaping the success of this unique and exciting program. If you could not attend, under the direction of Richard Dell, Jeff Krukin, Alan Rich, Jason Clark and Joel Raupe, gave those who did attend the opportunity to immediately “self organize.” idn live

At the beginning of the meeting, those in who had the opportunity to attend, Sunday, we given a general outline of natural divisions of responsibility, and divided into two large groups, those with more highly technical planning and those who will be collaborating online and among one another to achieve the no-less important administrative, marketing and financial planning. Over the next days and weeks, are already dividing in even more specialized areas, assigned to work on time sensitive “deliverables.

There will, of course, be a great deal of overlap among those with wider ranges of skills who will undoubtedly find themselves working on very many other individual tasks, as members of “Cohorts,” or task groups, responsible for general and specialized tasks. TeamStellar executive director Richard Dell said both primary divisions we off to an excellent start.

“The meeting exceeded my expectations,” Dell said. “Our efforts so far, as detailed as they have been, with input from some very talented core team members has taken a quantum leap into what may be a historic first. It’s seems to be precisely the grassroots effort, involving a strong and growing talent base,”

Without direct solicitation, private organizations such as large law firms and name brand pioneers partners have also already had a direct and important role as many of their talented people received cooperation in their welcome contributions, many originating in the academic community and nearby Research Triangle Park.

Those who put themselves forward as potential volunteers with this project, using the Online Volunteer form, both before and after Sunday’s meeting, but were unable to attend for a wide variety of reasons will not be left out of this state in the project’s development.

If you are a potential volunteer, or were unable to attend and haven’t yet taken a moment to submit their primary interests and contact information are encouraged to utilize that form right now, available online HERE, and remember to check their Email regularly as the accomplishments of much of what TeamSTELLAR must do in coming days will take place in online “collaboration.”

Welcome once again to TeamSTELLAR!

Last fall Google and the X-Prize Foundation announced the Google Lunar X-Prize, a prestigious contest to place the first privately-funded vehicle on the Moon, travel at least 500 meters across the lunar surface and transmit images and data back to Earth. Qualifying teams must be at least 90 percent privately-funded and registered by December 31, 2010.

The first team to land on the lunar surface and complete mission requirements will be awarded $20 million, with bonus prized for secondary goals totaling $30 million. In October 2007 leaders of several specialist organizations met to form an Exploratory Committee and to examine the possibility of joining in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition.

Among them were Insight Technologies, the Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC), the Advanced Aerospace Resource Center (AARC), the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) along with distinguished faculty and student volunteers at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The committee established TeamSTELLAR (for Space Technology for Exploration, Lunar Landing and Roving), organized management framework, prepared preliminary presentations and authored an overview of mission strategy and combined capabilities.

In May 2008, during the GLXP Summit, at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, foundation directors placed TeamSTELLAR among fourteen teams from around the world qualified to compete for the challenge.

While the challenge is awesome, TeamSTELLAR assessed the opportunities for commercial and economic development, for education, sponsorship and workforce development, as far more significant, offering an unparalleled prospect for prestige and the advancement of ideas both old and new. TeamSTELLAR members determined the challenge will be successfully met with well-organized, well-funded and highly-qualified skill and determination.

It is a mission TeamSTELLAR is “unwilling to postpone.”

The vision of TeamSTELLAR has already moved far beyond the X-Prize challenge and the commercial opportunities offered by the effort alone. The benefits of joining are extensive, but TeamSTELLAR core capabilities include, but are not limited to:
Insight Technologies:
-Autonomous ground vehicle control systems
-Hardware/Software Integration skills
-Sensor development and integration
-Robotic platforms
-Embedded software systems
-Communications Software
-Navigation and Routing software
-Complex System Design skills
-Real Time video analysis techniques

NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering support staff:
-Autonomous Mars and Lunar Rover expertise
-Produce integrated, concurrent small satellite design
-Fabrication and validation objectives for improvements in time to orbit
-Lower´┐Żcost associated with maximum flexibility for design accommodation and performance.
-Research and development of pico and nano-class satellites with the following subsystems: GNC, communications and C&DH, propulsion, power, and payload.

Advanced Vehicle Research Center / Advanced Aerospace Resource Center:
-Project Management
-Commercialization and Educational Organizations for new energy and propulsion technologies including, but not limited to:
Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell

All Corporate Intellectual Property Sponsors and Partners will participate in an IP sharing agreement to cover existing IP and derivative IP in the above and areas, establishing a foundation for a permanent commercial space entity even after the challenge is won. TeamSTELLAR will operate under the non-profit organization umbrella of the Advanced Aerospace Resource Center established with support from the Advanced Vehicle Research Center.