The principal investigators (PIs) of CASIS-supported research projects are passionate about their favorite scientific subjects. They’re also regular people with families, pets, favorite films, and fun hobbies. The paths they took to their current careers are diverse and fascinating.
Dr. Lenore Rasmussen is a scientist that truly is making a difference. In 2003, Dr. Rasmussen ventured out on her own and founded Ras Labs, developing customized products like Synthetic Muscle™ that has the power to heal and save lives. Synthetic Muscle™ first launched to the ISS National Lab on SpaceX 6th Commercial Resupply Mission and could provide immeasurable benefits as the journey to Mars continues.
Since joining NASA in 2003, Trent Smith has been part of everything from the space shuttles to communications. His current position as the Project Manager for the Veggie Production System (Veggie) allows him the exciting opportunity to take part in designing a system to grow vegetables in space for when humans actually colonize on Mars! The nutritional boost of fresh food and the psychological benefits of growing plants become paramount as plans continue for future missions to deep space destinations.