Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
    Warwick Robotics Team Hosts Live Meeting with NASA Expert

    The award-winning Warwick Robotics Team is thrilled to announce that they will be hosting a live, digital meeting with accomplished NASA expert, Bill Ochs. Taking place at the beautiful Mountain Lake Park on Thursday, November 30 at 7 PM, this event is set to be a truly memorable evening for all attendees.

    Bill Ochs is renowned for his expertise in the field of space exploration. He played a key role as the Lead Project Manager for the James Webb Telescope, a groundbreaking initiative that provided humanity with a glimpse into the universe’s past. Through the telescope, we are now able to witness parts of the universe that existed a staggering 10 billion years before our own planet came into being. The earliest data collected by the James Webb Telescope includes the Cosmic Microwave Noise, a residual signal that is reminiscent of the static noise heard on radios or television monitors.

    A distinguished engineer, Ochs earned his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University before obtaining a Masters in Operations Research from George Washington University. He began his career in 1979 at the Bendix Guidance Systems Division in Teterboro, N.J., where he developed flight software for the Hubble Space Telescope’s safing system. Ochs eventually moved on to Goddard Space Flight Center and worked as a systems engineer for HST operations before joining NASA in 1990.

    Over the years, Ochs has managed several high-profile projects, including the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and the Land Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he has been honored with numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Leadership.

    The upcoming meeting between Bill Ochs and the Warwick Robotics Team was made possible through a chance encounter between team leader Paul Woods and Jim Hall, a Solar System Ambassador at NASA. Both individuals shared a passion for technology and saw the potential for collaboration. When Jim reached out to his friend, Bill Ochs, he immediately expressed his interest in connecting with the Warwick Robotics Team.

    Warwick Robotics Team participates in the TACA (Total and Complete Amateurs) #11995 FIRST Tech Challenge, a program that allows students in grades 7-12 to design, build, and program robots while fostering connections within the local STEM community. Through this initiative, the team has achieved remarkable success and continues to demonstrate their commitment to Gracious Professionalism®, the core principle of friendly competition.

    If you’re interested in attending this exciting event, no reservations are required. The meeting will take place at Mountain Lake Park, located at 46 Bowen Rd., Warwick, NY 10990. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to engage with a NASA expert and witness the marvels of robotics and space exploration firsthand.