About the Presenters

Paul E. CeruzziPaul E. Ceruzzi
Curator, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

Paul Ceruzzi is curator of aerospace electronics and computing. His current research and exhibition work concerns the use of computers for long-range space missions. He has worked on several exhibitions at NASM, including “Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age,” “The Global Positioning System: A New Constellation,” “Space Race,” “How Things Fly,” and the James McDonnell Space Hangar of the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, at Dulles Airport. His most recent books are A History of Modern Computing (2nd edition, revised, 2003); and Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner (2008). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Mychalene GiampaoliMychalene Giampaoli
Education Specialist
National Air and Space Museum

Mychalene Giampaoli is an Education Specialist at the National Air and Space Museum where she serves as the family programs coordinator. Since coming to the museum she has planned and implemented over 30 family programs. Prior to this, she worked for the Historical Society of Washington, DC as Curator of Education at the City Museum. She ran all school programs, presented teacher workshops and served as the National History Day Coordinator. She holds a graduate degree in Museum Studies from JFK University in Berkeley, CA.

Tim GroveTim Grove
Acting Chief of Education, Mall Building
National Air and Space Museum

Tim Grove is responsible for the Education division at the Museum’s National Mall building. In over fifteen years as a museum educator, he has led numerous teacher workshops and written a variety of curriculum materials. He has also worked on various exhibitions and educational Web activities and taught courses for universities in Puerto Rico and Missouri. He is co-author of The Museum Educator’s Manual (2009). In addition to his current position, he has worked at two other Smithsonian museums: The National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History. He holds a graduate degree in history.

Roger LauniusRoger Launius
Senior Curator, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

Roger Launius is the past chair of the Division of Space History. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has written or edited more than twenty books on aerospace history, most recently the Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration (2009). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Astronautical Society, and associate fellow of the AIAA. He served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture on the history of national security space policy at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. He has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Jennifer K. LevasseurJennifer K. Levasseur
Museum Specialist, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

Jennifer Levasseur holds collections responsibilities for astronaut equipment including cameras, medical and hygiene equipment, and space food for the Mercury through Apollo-Soyuz Test Project programs. She is also a PhD candidate at George Mason University’s History Department. Her dissertation will examine the use of astronaut photography by NASA and throughout American culture in the 1960s.

Cathleen Lewis
Curator, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

Cathleen Lewis is Curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits at NASM, specializing in Soviet and Russian programs. Lewis completed degrees in Russian and East European Studies at Yale University and her PhD in History at George Washington University. Her current research is on the history of the public and popular culture of the early years of human spaceflight in the Soviet Union. She has published articles comparing the Soviet and American approaches to exhibiting spaceflight during the Space Race and the history of film portrayals of spaceflight prior to Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight. She also has interests in the history of astrobiology and the history of blacks in aviation and spaceflight. Since 1998, she has chaired the Committee that oversees the acquisition of all new additions to the national collection of aviation and space artifacts.

Allan A. NeedellAllan A. Needell
Curator, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

Allan A. Needell is Curator of the Apollo collection at NASM. He joined the National Air and Space Museum in 1981, when he led the museum’s efforts to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of space flight. He recently completed a multi-year effort to preserve the Saturn V launch vehicles on display at the Johnson Space Center in Texas. He has published on the history of physics, the origins of American national laboratories, and government/science relations. He edited a collection of essays: The First 25 Years in Space: A Symposium (1983; paperback, 1989). He holds a Ph.D. in the history of science from Yale University.

Michael J. NeufeldMichael J. Neufeld
Chair of the Space History Division
National Air and Space Museum.

Michael Neufeld has four history degrees, including a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Neufeld has written three books, The Skilled Metalworkers of Nuremberg (1989), The Rocket and the Reich (1995), which won two book prizes, and Von Braun (2007), which has won three awards, and has edited two others. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, notably on the History Channel, C-SPAN, PBS and NPR, as well as the BBC, the German ZDF and other foreign outlets.

Margaret A. WeitekampMargaret A. Weitekamp
Curator, Division of Space History
National Air and Space Museum

As curator of the Social and Cultural Dimensions of Spaceflight collection, Margaret Weitekamp oversees over 4000 individual pieces of space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. These social and cultural products of the space age—everything from clothing and matchbooks, medals and awards, and buttons and tie tacs, as well as identification badges and trading cards—enhance the story about the Apollo program told by the Museum’s collection of space hardware and technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. Her book Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program (2004) won the 2004 Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature from the American Astronautical Society.

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