En el marco de la celebración por los 100 años de la PUCP, la Sección Electricidad y Electrónica del Departamento de Ingeniería presenta la charla magistral a cargo de Bob Twiggs, profesor en la Morehead State University Space Science Center en Morehead, Kentucky.
Bob is a professor at Morehead State University Space Science Center in Morehead, Kentucky. He received his BSEE degree from the University of Idaho and an MSEE degree from Stanford University. He spent 20 years in industry before becoming a professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. While there, he was active in establishing a program for students to build, launch and operate small satellites. They launched the NUSAT-I from the Challenger Space Shuttle in 1985 and a microsatellite called WeberSat in 1990 from the Ariane IV.
He is professor emeritus at Stanford University where he founded Stanford’s Space Systems Development Laboratory. He, along with Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University, created the CubeSat standard and a standard for deployment of the satellites in the 1990s. CubeSats have since become the world-wide standard for pico (under 10 kg) class satellites. NASA and other national space agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, aerospace companies and universities world-wide have flown them since 2007. CubeSats have revolutionized university aerospace education by allowing graduate and even undergraduate students to gain authentic experiences in space systems design, fabrication and operation. The aerospace industry has referred to CubeSat systems as "disruptive technology". Bob is often referred to as the "one of the fathers" of CubeSats.
In 2010 he was selected as by the Space News publication as one of 10 space professionals “That Made a Difference in Space”. The other two selected from the United States were Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and the present US President, Barack Obama.
His most recent work is to help establish a STEM program launching ThinSats from the second stage of the Antares Cygnus ISS resupply mission. These ThinSat only being in orbit for five days provide low cost hands-on experience of K-12 students.