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ASME - October 20, 2011 "Exploring Space in the 21st Century"
The Forest Club
Houston, TX
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ASME - October 20, 2011 "Exploring Space in the 21st Century"

Kamlesh (Kam) Lulla, Ph.D.;Ph.D. NASA Medalist, AIAA, ASPRS

Director and Chief Scientist
Research, Collaborations and Partnership Office @ NASA Johnson Space Center


DR. KAMLESH P. LULLA is the Chief Scientist for Earth Observation in the Human Exploration Science Office of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lulla directs the Earth Observations Science activities from the Space Shuttle Flights, and the International Space Station. He is also responsible for directing the training of NASA Astronauts and MIR Cosmonauts in Earth Observation Sciences. Dr. Lulla's team trained astronauts for the past twenty flights in Earth and remote sensing sciences.

Prior to assuming the duties of the Chief Scientist for Earth Observation, Dr. Lulla served as Chief, Earth Science Branch and as the Senior Lead Mission Scientist for Earth Observations for the Space Shuttle Flights. As a team leader of astronaut trainers and briefers, he coordinated the acquisition of scientifically useful imagery and data. Dr. Lulla also directs the Earth science data collection and database development activities.

Dr. Lulla holds two Ph.D. degrees and combines his expertise in Earth and Space sciences in operational and research activities at NASA. He served as a Senior Professor and Director of Space Remote Sensing Research Center at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana before joining NASA JSC in 1988. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Kansas State University and the University of Delaware.

Dr. Lulla is a widely published author. He has coauthored four books and authored numerous papers/reports (over 200) in international scientific journals/publications. He is also the Chief Editor of Geocarto International-a major international journal in Earth Science Remote Sensing and a Guest Editor of American Journal of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Dr. Lulla currently serves as the Chair of Technical Committee of Houston Section of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Lulla has received numerous awards from NASA, the U.S. Government and various universities, cultural organizations and associations. Among his many honors, he received NASA's "Manned Flight Awareness Award" in 1993 and Houston Federal Executive Board's" Federal Scientist of the Year Award" in 1992. He also received the India Culture Center of greater Houston's award for "Outstanding Professional Achievement" in 1990 and Cultural Festival of India Award (United States) in 1991. Indiana State University conferred upon him the "Distinguished Alumni" Award in 1991.

Dr. Lulla has received several awards from professional societies such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and Association of American Geologists and Geographers (AAG). In 1996, Dr. Lulla received the prestigious Space Remote Sensing Medal from the Association of American Geographers. In 1999, Dr. Lulla received the Scientific Achievement Award at the Ninth Luckas Symposium on Geospatial and Information science societies and Presidential Citation from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at Washington, D.C.


The Forest Club (View)
9950 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
United States



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