Michael Moloney, Ph.D., Director for Space and Aeronautics
Alan Angleman, Senior Program Officer
Carmela J. Chamberlain, Administrative Coordinator
Dwayne Day, Senior Program Officer
Meg Knemeyer, Financial Officer
Maureen Mellody, Program Officer
Celeste A. Naylor, Information Management Associate
Tanja E. Pilzak, Manager, Program Operations
Andrea Rebholz, Program Associate
Sandra Wilson, Senior Financial Assistant
MICHAEL H. MOLONEY is the Director for Space and Aeronautics at Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Since joining the ASEB/SSB Dr. Moloney has overseen the production of more than 50 reports, including four decadal surveys—in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, life and microgravity science, and solar and space physics—a prioritization of NASA space technology roadmaps, a major report on the rational for and future direction of the U.S. human spaceflight program, as well as reports on issues such as NASA’s Strategic Direction, orbital debris, the future of NASA’s astronaut corps, NASA’s flight research program, and a national research agenda for autonomy in civil aviation. Since joining the Academies in 2001, Dr. Moloney has also served as a study director at the National Materials Advisory Board, the Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA), the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, and the Center for Economic, Governance, and International Studies. Dr. Moloney has served as study director or senior staff for a series of reports on subject matters as varied as quantum physics, nanotechnology, cosmology, the operation of the nation’s helium reserve, new anti-counterfeiting technologies for currency, corrosion science, and nuclear fusion. Before joining the SSB and ASEB in 2010, Dr. Moloney was associate director of the BPA and study director for the decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics (New Worlds New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics). In addition to his professional experience at the Academies, Dr. Moloney has more than 7 years’ experience as a foreign-service officer for the Irish government—including serving at the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Irish Mission to the United Nations in New York. A physicist, Dr. Moloney did his Ph.D. work at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. He received his undergraduate degree in experimental physics at University College Dublin, where he was awarded the Nevin Medal for Physics.
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Alan Angleman has been a senior program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board for more than 20 years, directing studies on the modernization of the U.S. air transportation system, strategic planning for aeronautics and space technology, cost growth of NASA Earth and space science missions, the safety of space launch systems, radioisotope power systems, aviation weather systems, aircraft certification standards and procedures, supersonic aircraft, and other aspects of aeronautics and space research and technology. Previously, Mr. Angleman worked for consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area providing engineering support services to the Department of Defense and NASA. His professional career began with the U.S. Navy, where he served for nine years as a nuclear-trained submarine officer. He has a B.S. in engineering physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in applied physics from the Johns Hopkins University.
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Carmela J. Chamberlain has worked for the National Academies since 1974. She started as a senior project assistant in the Institute for Laboratory Animals for Research, which is now a board in the Division on Earth and Life Sciences, where she worked for 2 years, then transferred to the Space Science Board, which is now the Space Studies Board (SSB). She is now an administrative coordinator with the SSB.
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Dwayne Day joined the Space Studies Board in 2005. He has served as the staff officer and study director for NRC studies on: the assessment of space radiation hazards to astronauts, the future of NASA’s workforce, NASA’s performance in solar system exploration, and on options for the next New Frontiers mission selection. He has a Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University, specializing in space and national security policy. Dr. Day is the author of Lightning Rod, a history of the Air Force chief scientist’s office; has co-edited or edited several books and journal issues, and has written on American civil and military space policy and history. Prior to joining the SSB, he worked as an investigator for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Prior to that, he worked for the Congressional Budget Office and at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
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CELESTE A. NAYLOR is the information management associate for the Space Studies Board. She collaborates with the staff to ensure adherence to division and institutional requirements through all phases of the committee creation process. She also enjoys managing the boards website, exhibits and report distribution. She joined the NRC in 2002 as a senior project assistant. She has worked with the Committee on Assessment of Options to Extend the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Committee on Microgravity Research and the Task Group on Research on the International Space Station. Ms. Naylor is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Women in Aerospace and the American Women in Science. She has more than ten years of experience in event management. She has studied event management at George Washington University's School of Professional Studies and attended Trinity University in Washington, DC, where she studied communications.
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Tanja Pilzak is the manager of program operations for the the Aeroanutics and Space Engineering Board and the Space Studies Board. She comes to the board from the Division on Earth and Life Studies where she was a research associate for five years in the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Prior to becoming a research associate, Ms. Pilzak was a proposal specialist and a contract assistant in the Office of Contracts and Grants for three years as. She holds an M.S. in environmental management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in natural resources management from the University of Maryland College Park.
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Maureen Mellody has been a program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board since 2002, where she has worked on studies related to NASA’s aeronautics research and development program, servicing options for the Hubble Space Telescope, and other projects in space and aeronautics. Previously, she served as the 2001-2002 AIP Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), focusing on intellectual property and technology transfer. Maureen also worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Michigan in 2001. Maureen received a Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Michigan in 2000, an M.S. in applied physics from the University of Michigan in 1997, and a B.S. in physics in 1995 from Virginia Tech. Her research specialties include acoustics and audio signal processing.
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Andrea Rebholz joined the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board as a program associate in January 2009. She began her career at the National Academies in October 2005 as a senior program assistant for the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation. Prior to the Academies, she worked in the communications department of a DC-based think tank. Ms. Rebholz graduated from George Mason University's New Century College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies--Event Management and has over 10 years of experience in event planning, projct administration, and editing.
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Meg A. Knemyer is a financial officer for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She previously worked with the NRC Executive Office, DEPS’ Naval Studies Board and Laboratory Assessments Board, the Office of Security, IOM, and the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources. She holds a M.A.Ed. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Rehabilitation and Special Education from the University of Arizona.
Sandra Wilson is a senior financial assistant for the Aeroanutics and Space Engineering Board and the Space Studies Board. She came to the NRC in 2007 and previously, was a temporary assistant in the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, The National Materials Advisory Board and the Space Studies Board. During this time, she worked on the Independent Assessment of the Nation’s Wake Turbulence R&D Program, The Assessment of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Program, Assessing Corrosion Education and the Lunar Research and Technology Workshop. Mrs. Wilson previously served in a managerial capacity in the retail industry for two years. She is currently enrolled at Prince George’s Community College, majoring in Accounting.
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