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Materials Science Research Aboard the International Space Station

Tuesday, November 27
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a nonprofit, nongovernment organization, serves as the manager of the ISS National Laboratory with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth. CASIS promotes and brokers a diverse range of research in many scientific disciplines, including the field of materials, in the extreme environment of space. Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance partners with CASIS to provide opportunities to utilize the Alpha Space Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE), a commercially available materials research facility that resides externally aboard the ISS. CASIS facilitates the launch, return and airlock allocations of Alpha Space’s six-month rotation cycles, giving the researcher unprecedented access to the space environment.

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Speakers

Jonathan VolkJonathan Volk
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space


Jonathan Volk is a commercial innovation manager for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). He leads in developing and managing scientific research projects utilizing the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) that focus on physical and materials science. He works with all types of investigators, including large companies, small businesses, academia and government agencies on these flight projects. Volk received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2002), and a PhD degree from the University of Florida (2006), also in chemical engineering.  His research background includes fluid dynamics, heat transfer and materials science. He joined CASIS in November 2013.

Kevin HeathKevin Heath
Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance


Kevin Heath is the Director of Business Development for Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance.  Alpha Space is a small business serving the research community with access to/from the International Space Station (ISS) through the operation of the MISSE-FF, a flight facility affixed to the exterior of the ISS where experiments endure radiation, atomic oxygen, vacuum and extreme temperatures. Previous to Alpha Space, Heath was the Founder and CEO of Waypoint 2 Space, the only company in the country to have FAA Safety Approval for four commercial space training programs. He has been involved with technology and aerospace companies for more than 18 years and has led management and business development teams for startups, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies.