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NASA engineer and Xavier graduate to speak on Saturn expedition

University is one of 20 participating in national Physics in Careers program

11/14/03

Anthony Martino, a NASA engineer and ’83 Xavier graduate, is presenting “From Hinkle Hall to Cape Canaveral: Observing the Ringed Plant” as part of the University’s Physics in Careers lecture series. The event is on Monday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lindner Physics Building, Room 103, and is free and open to the public.

Looking at the planets from a campus rooftop inspired this former physics major to take a closer look at the skies. After earning a Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester, Martino joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he contributes to the design, building and testing of scientific instruments for space missions.

In his talk, he is describing a few of these instruments, focusing in particular on an instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft, which is scheduled to enter orbit around Saturn next summer. Nearly every branch of physics affected the design of the instrument, and the finished product is now resulting in new knowledge of our neighbors in the solar system.

The Physics in Careers program, developed by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), aims to educate students by returning physics graduates to their alma maters to talk about the importance their physics education in their careers.

Xavier one of 20 physics departments, and one of only four undergraduate programs nationwide, invited to participate in the AIP program.

For more information, contact Terrence Toepker at 513 745-3651.