Systems Engineering Seminar

From Science Goals to Reality: The Role of Systems Engineering

Presented by: Carolyn Krebs
Associate Director for Science Engineering
Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED)/600

May 3, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

From Science Goals to Reality: The Role of Systems Engineering

For the science and engineering team, nothing quite compares to the thrill of first science results from a successful orbital or suborbital mission. A fundamental key to that success is the translation of science goals into the integrated reality of hardware and software, and the systems engineer plays a critical role in that translation.



Carolyn Krebs recently joined the new GSFC Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED), combining Earth and space science, as Associate Director for Engineering Support. In this role, she is responsible for providing enabling engineering and technology support to the SED for instrument and mission concept development, in partnership with AETD. Ms. Krebs was formerly Chief of the Instrument Systems and Technology Division (ISTD) in AETD, a role in which she continues as Acting Chief. The ISTD comprises optics, cryogenics and fluids, detector systems, lasers/electro-optics, microwave instruments, and instrument management/systems engineering with a charter that includes technology, discipline support, and responsibility for development and delivery of all in-house instruments. Ms. Krebs joined NASA in 1991, on the Hubble Space Telescope Project. In that role she served as Instrument Manager for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), as well as Deputy of the Instrument Development Office and Project detector expert

For the decade prior to joining NASA, Ms. Krebs was Chief, Optoelectronics Group for McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Company, where she also served as Manager of Solid State Laser Development. From 1972 to 1981, she was on the research staff at the Graduate Centers for Materials and Cloud Physics Research at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Ms. Krebs is a graduate of the Physics Department, University of Cincinnati.


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