Thomas H. See, Manager, Astromaterials Research
Manager - Astromaterials Research Group
ESCG / Barrios Technology
Tom is a Principal Scientist with Barrios Technology and the manager of the Astromaterials Research Group (ARG) of the Science Applications, Research, & Development (SARD) Department supporting the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Sciences (ARES) directorate located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. ARG & ARES scientist carry out fundamental, peer-reviewed research on terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials (e.g., lunar samples, meteorites, cometary materials, IDPs, cosmic dust, etc.). The research is performed utilizing state-of-the-art analytical and experimental facilities located within ARES.
Prior to becoming ARG Manager, Tom spent approximately 30 years supporting planetary research in the Experimental Impact Laboratory where he specialized in the study of the cratering process ranging from microscopic to planetary in scale. Tom achieved his graduate degree studying Moon rocks from the Apollo 16 landing site and has participated in several sample return missions from lower-Earth (i.e., the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) & the Orbital Debris Collector (ODC)), and most recently Stardust, which successfully returned to Earth in January, 2006 with materials collected from comet Wild-2 (pronounced Vilt 2)
Tom graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Geology in 1978 and received his graduate degree from the University of Houston in 1985. He began working at the Johnson Space Center in 1980 and is currently the manager of the Astromaterials Research Group.
MS Geosciences University of Houston, 1985
BS Geology University of Alabama, 1978
As manager of the Astromaterials Research Group, Tom has contractor oversight responsibilities for all of the laboratories within the Astromaterials Research Office of KR.