Profiling the 50 Most: John W. Hines

John Hines, manager of the Astrobionics Integrated Program/Project

John W. Hines, Manager of Astrobionics, NASA Ames

Team (IPPT) at NASA Ames Space Flight Center in Mountain View, CA, is the recent recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2006 Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award. The award is presented for outstanding research accomplishments in aerospace medicine and space life sciences.

The award recognizes the importance of scientific endeavors to aeronautics and space in the field of medicine and was established in 1940 by the AIAA to honor the memory of the American physician, John Jeffries, who made the earliest recorded scientific observations from the air.

Hines is being recognized for committed outstanding work in developing and implementing biomedical and life detection sensors supporting both aerospace missions and application to civilian needs.

IPPT develops and applies advanced, in-situ technologies for medical/biological, biotechnology and free-flying small satellite applications. Hines also is the principal investigator/technologist for Smart Healthcare Monitoring Systems, which is directed at developing and applying next-generation sensors, biotelemetry and measurement systems for human space exploration applications. In addition, he manages the exploration probes and small satellites project, which is developing small (less than 50 pounds) satellites and associated technologies for space exploration applications.

Hines has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Stanford University and has over 30 years of combined NASA and Air Force experience in biological and biomedical technology development, project management, engineering, satellite and spaceflight hardware development.