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Dr. Robert D. Braun is the NASA Chief Technologist. In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. He is also the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Braun has more than 20 years experience performing design and analysis of planetary exploration systems, and has also contributed to the design, development, test and operation of several robotic space flight systems including entry, descent and landing systems for the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Microprobe and Mars Sample Return missions. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 1987, M.S. in Astronautics from the George Washington University in 1989, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1996. He has received the 1999 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, two NASA Inventions and Contributions Team Awards, and seven NASA Group Achievement Awards. He is an AIAA Fellow and the primary author or co-author of over 175 technical publications in the fields of planetary exploration, atmospheric entry, multidisciplinary design optimization, and space systems engineering.