Principal Investigator

Carlos I Calle
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Co-investigators / Team Members: 
Richard B. Kaner, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Education and Experience
Carlos I. Calle obtained his Ph.D. in physics at Ohio University in 1984. He is a senior research scientist at NASA Kennedy Space Center and is founder and manager of the Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory. He is currently working on the problem of electrostatic phenomena of granular and bulk material as they apply to planetary surfaces, particularly that of Mars, developing technologies and instrumentation for future planetary exploration missions. He developed a successful multi-layer coating for an active dust mitigation technology for lunar and Martian exploration missions. He has been the principal investigator, co-investigator, and participating scientist on multiple NASA grants. He serves as the principal expert advisor in electrostatic procedures and materials for spacecraft and International Space Station operations at the Kennedy Space Center. In addition to his work on instrumentation development and electrostatic studies of planetary surfaces, he has been involved in research working toward the development of a theoretical model for a microscopic treatment of particle scattering. He also introduced one-particle excitation operators in a separable particle-hole Hamiltonian for the calculation of particle excitations. He has over 150 scientific publications and several pending patents. He is the author of four physics books which have been translated into seven languages.

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