Michael J. Calaway, Advanced Curation Project Lead
Planetary Science; Geochemistry; Astromaterial Acquisition, Curation and Analysis; Cleanroom and Isolation Containment Engineering
JETS / Jacobs Technology
M.A. Geological Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, 2005
M.A. Anthropology, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, 2001
B.A. Anthropology and Applied Mathematical Statistics, Beloit College, 1996
Mr. Calaway works for Jacobs Technology (JETS) as the Advanced Curation Project Lead in the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office at NASA Johnson Space Center. A geochemist and field geologist by training, he is responsible for various advanced curation projects involving the GeoLab in NASA's Habitat Demonstration Unit, cold and cryogenic curation, robotic sample manipulation, cleanroom and isolation containment technology, inorganic and organic decontamination technology, planetary protection, and future sample return mission planning for human and robotic space exploration. In addition, Mr. Calaway has been recently involved with NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) during the 2010 and 2011 field campaigns near Flagstaff, AZ and has continued involvement with NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems Deep Space Habitat project.
Mr. Calaway previously served as the Genesis Solar Wind Mission Laboratory Lead for basic characterization, decontamination, and curation processing of Genesis solar wind samples returned to Earth. He helped develop and implement the current Genesis sample processing and advanced cleaning laboratory configurations and procedures with automated microscopic imaging, FT-IR spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, UV-ozone cleaning, and lead inventor of the Genesis Ultra-pure Water Megasonic Wafer Spin Cleaner for surface particle decontamination. His role also included the responsibility for maintaining the ISO class 4 cleanrooms and long-term sample storage environments. In addition, he led a project to make the first measurements and characterization of solar wind irradiation damage on silicon wafers exposed to the space weathering environment outside Earth's magnetosphere.
Before working at Johnson Space Center, Mr. Calaway conducted numerous research projects involving paleoclimatology, geophysical remote sensing, and Andean archaeological investigations in Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile.
Calaway, M.J., M.S. Bell, and C.A. Evans (2011) NASA's New GeoLab Glovebox: a first generation glovebox for planetary surface exploration. Enclosure Magazine, American Glovebox Society, 24-1: 6-14.
Evans,C.A., M. J. Calaway, M. S. Bell, and K. Young (In-Press) GeoLab - A Habitat-based Laboratory for Preliminary Examination of Geological Samples. Acta Astronautica, In-Press.
Calaway, M.J. and C. C. Allen (2011) Cold and Cryogenic Curation of Lunar Volatile Samples Returned to Earth. Wet vs. Dry Moon Workshop, June 13-15, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, Abstract #6004.
Calaway, M.J., C. A. Evans, M. S. Bell, and T. G. Graff (2011) GeoLab Concept: the importance of sample selection during long duration human exploration missions. The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of Planetary Science Workshop, March 5-6, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #5014.
Calaway, M.J., E.K. Stansbery, and L.P. Keller (2009) Genesis capturing the sun: Solar wind irradiation at Lagrange 1. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 267: 1101-1108.
Calaway, M.J., M.C. Rodriguez, J.H. Allton, and E.K. Stansbery (2009) Decontaminating Solar wind Samples with the Genesis Ultra-Pure Water Megasonic Cleaner. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XL, Woodlands, TX, Abstract # 1183.
Calaway, M.J., D.S. Burnett, M.C. Rodriguez, S. Sestak, J.H. Allton, and E.K. Stansbery (2007) Decontamination of Genesis Array Materials by UV Ozone Cleaning. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXVIII, Houston, TX, Abstract # 1627.
Calaway, M.J. (2005) Ice-cores, sediments and civilisation collapse: a cautionary tale from Lake Titicaca. Antiquity, 79 (306), pp. 778-790.