The Applied Sciences Program at National Aeronautics & Space Administration a feature at the IEEE international humanitarian conference in Silicon Valley
DALLAS (Oct. 7, 2013) – Dr. Christine Lee, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the NASA Applied Sciences Program will be a feature speaker in Silicon Valley when IEEE presents their humanitarian conference two weeks from today.
Lee works closely with program managers in the water resources application area. NASA is in the news most recently for interplanetary exploration with moon shots, stunning Mars landings, and a probe that recently left our solar system. But NASA mainly “studies the most important planet we know of,” says Lee, “our own.”
Lee spoke by Skype on the ScienceNews Radio Network program Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason from her home in Foggy Bottom near D.C., not able to work because of the recent government shutdown by republicans. On the program Lee described NASA’s Capacity Building Program. The broadcast originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.
Lee received her Ph.D. (2010) in environmental engineering at UCLA, developing rapid methods for measuring microbial contamination in coastal urban watersheds. Her postdoctoral work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory included studying microbial communities in extreme environments such as those in Mt. Kilimanjaro glaciers and in the Antarctic Dry Valley soil as part of an astrobiology lab. She has conducted fieldwork in Southern California as well as Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mexico, and Antarctica.
The third annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is October 21- 23 in Silicon Valley. Registration has been ongoing for several weeks.
For five years Lee was an active participant and student leader in Engineers without Borders, also a partner with IEEE at this event, during which she founded a computer refurbishing and education program for local high schools and had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to set up a computer lab in a community center. Lee received a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Fellowship in 2008-09 and co-authored a funded proposal for the EPA People, Planet, and Prosperity Student Design Competition in 2009-10.