NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.


2005 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 7-9, 2005

"Digital Apollo: Human and Machine on the First Six Lunar Landings"

David A. Mindell
Frances and David Dibner Associate Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing (STS)
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Engineering Systems

Presentation: mindell_p.ppt

Biography

Professor Mindell received his B.S. (Electrical Engineering, 1988) and his B.A. (Literature, 1988) from Yale University and his Ph.D. from MIT (History of Technology, 1996). He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology.

Professor Mindell is an adjunct researcher at the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, CT, and a visiting scientist at the Deep Submergence Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

His research interests include technology policy (historical and current), the history of automation in the military, the history of electronics and computing, and deep-sea archaeology.

Professor Mindell heads MIT's "DeepArch" research group in Deep Sea archaeology. He is the author of War, Technology and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor (2000), and Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing before Cybernetics (2002). He is currently developing acoustic navigation and profiling technologies for high precision robotic mapping of underwater sites. He is also working on a book on the history of systems engineering, guidance, and computing the Apollo program in the 1960s.

2005 MAPLD International Conference - Session G
"Digital Engineering and Computer Design: A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers"


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