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Seminar: "TISTEF Overview" by Mr. Robert F. Crabbs and Ronald L. Phillips

Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

TISTEF Overview:

This talk will describe the UCF/CREOL/Townes Laser Institute facility located at the Kennedy Space Center.  This site, called TISTEF, provides a field site for experiments that will benefit from, or which need to be deployed in a fielded setting.  Extensive atmospheric instrumentation is available and deployed at the site.  This instrumentation can also be deployed at locations around the Space Center, as well as at other remote locations around the country.  In addition, there are telescopes and trackers for studying celestial bodies and tracking spacecraft.  Technology that, in order to advance, needs to leave the laboratory and get utilized in an outdoor, fielded setting will be a prime candidate for TISTEF utilization.


Mr. Robert F. Crabbs is currently the Project Manager for the Wave Propagation Research Group, a unit of UCF’s CREOL College of Optics and Photonics, and Facility Manager for the UCF managed Townes Institute Science and Technology Experimentation Facility (TISTEF) at the Kennedy Space Center.  He has spent his entire career as an aerospace professional, first as a researcher at The Johns Hopkins University, then as a designer, engineer, manager, and owner of several small companies actively engaged in the development of instrumentation for space and terrestrial research programs, with customers through NASA, the DOD, and the commercial research sector.

Previously, at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute, Mr. Crabbs was responsible for the creation of proposals and budgets for the various projects, management of the programs, scheduling, vendor and sub-contractor selection and monitoring, development and maintenance of the facilities and infrastructure, customer liaison, staff management and personnel issues.

 All of these functions carry over to the current role in the Townes Institute.  Additionally, Mr. Crabbs functions as the primary UCF interface to NASA/KSC and the Air Force 45th Space Wing, dealing with badging issues, security, laser safety, planning and infrastructure.

Ronald L. Phillips is currently a Professor Emeritus at UCF, and is the Chief Scientist for the Wave Propagation Research Group at the Townes Institute Science and Technology Experimentation Facility, located at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.  He was previously the Founding Director of the Florida Space Institute (FSI) and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Phillips is also a member of the Department of Mathematics and an associate member of the School of Optics/CREOL.  He has held positions on the faculties at Arizona State University and the University of California, San Diego.  He received a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from Arizona State University.  Dr. Phillips has been an active researcher in wave propagation through random media for more than 25 years.  He was awarded a Senior NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in 1977 and the American Society for Engineering Education 1983 Medal for outstanding contributions in research.  In addition to optical wave propagation, his research interests include optical communications and imaging through atmospheric turbulence.

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Dr. Ronald L. Phillips

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