2012 Keynote Speaker

The Graduate Student Association is proud to present Dr. Robert C. Dempsey as our 2012 Midwest Graduate Research Symposium Keynote Speaker.

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Robert C. Dempsey

About Dr. Dempsey

After graduating from the University of Toledo in 1991, Dr. Dempsey worked as a post doc at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder Colorado and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany. From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Dempsey worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD. There he supported operations of the Hubble Space Telescope, including the first two servicing missions, while also conducting research with the telescope. Dr. Dempsey has over 30 refereed publications on various astrophysical topics.

As a flight controller, Dr. Dempsey supported the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) during the interval of 1997-2003 working in the Command and Data Handling and Communication and Tracking sections. Dr. Dempsey supported 6 ISS assembly flights as well as led the uplink of the Release 2 of the Command and Control Software (ref. NASA press release H02-39).

Dr. Dempsey was selected as a Flight Director in February 2005. Since being selected, Dr. Dempsey has served as the Lead Flight Director the 15th crewed expedition to the ISS (2007), directed multiple space walks include one which jettisoned the largest piece of space hardware to date, lead the shuttle mission which delivered Node 3 with the cupola (“Tranquility”), and led the joint ESA-NASA-RSCE Autonomous Transfer Vehicle (ATV) 2 mission, Johannes Kepler (2011). Dr. Dempsey supported 6 other shuttle missions as Flight Director. Dr. Dempsey is currently on rotation to the Commercial Crew Program working on the Partner Insight Team supporting NASA’s effort to return astronauts to the ISS using an American company.

On three occasions, Dr. Dempsey flew on the NASA “Vomit Comet” which simulates microgravity (c.f., The Physics Teacher, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 75-79, February, 2007). Dr. Dempsey has over 6000 hours of real-time console experience.

TEAM NAME: Each NASA Flight Director is allowed to choose a symbol/color to represent his team. Dr. Dempsey has chosen Galileo as the symbol for his flight control team representing his astronomical roots and his desire to explore.