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					                               Technology Assessment & Planning

                                                  James W. Bilbro
                                   4017 Panorama Drive, SE
                                 Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-534-6245 Fax : 866-235-8953 Mobile : 256-655-6273 E-mail: jbci@bellsouth.net

        As retired Assistant Director for Technology & Chief Technologist for the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center, I have over 39 years of
experience in aerospace involving: space-flight hardware development; research, development
and application of technology; assessment and infusion of technology into ground-based, airborne
and space-flight hardware systems. As a member of the federal Senior Technical Service (STS) I
was one of only approximately 400 such individuals in the entire federal government.
        Throughout my career I have performed research and developed highly innovative
technologies. From the beginning, this activity required in-depth assessment of the maturity of
technologies and detailed planning of the development and infusion of those technologies.
Within the last decade I formalized the processes involved in assessment and planning and
became recognized as the Agency expert in these areas. The following is a brief summary of
recent major activities.
 James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Technology- NASA’s follow-on to the Hubble
  Space Telescope.
      o As lead optics technologist I led the assessment and planning for the technology
          development required for the telescope. This included the following:
               Developed initial telescope size requirements with study scientist and later
                   Nobel prize winner, Dr. John Mather.
               Conducted on-site assessment of the state-of-the-art in lightweight mirror
                   manufacturing technology. This included detailed examination of Russian,
                   German and French capability as well as US capability at all major
                   manufacturers.
               Based on the assessment, determined that it was feasible to develop a
                   primary mirror that was an order of magnitude lighter than the Hubble
                   Telescope mirror.
               Developed the technology development plan to demonstrate the mirror
                   technology at a scale appropriate for the final space-based telescope.
               Successfully implemented the plan and demonstrated two mirror
                   technologies, one of which is currently being manufactured for JWST.
 Space Launch Initiative (SLI) – A NASA program to develop affordable, high performance
  launch vehicles.
      o As MSFC’s Chief Technologist, I provided consultation and oversight to the SLI in
          the assessment of the maturity of the technologies required to implement the project.
               Developed definitions and expanded criteria for maturity assessment.
               Developed assessment processes.
               Oversaw assessment results of both in-house and contract led technology
                   development activities.


                               JB Consulting International
                                                  Huntsville, AL
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                                   Website : www.JBConsulting International.com
 Next Generation Space Transportation (NGST) – A NASA program to develop
  technologies for launch vehicles over a twenty year horizon.
      o As MSFC’s Chief Technologist, I provided consultation to the NGST in the
          assessment of the maturity of the technologies required to implement the project.
                Responsible for the incorporation of the Advancement Degree of Difficulty
                  (AD2) into the assessment process.
 Ares – A NASA program to develop a crew launch vehicle for the replacement of the Shuttle.
      o As MSFC’s Chief Technologist, I provided consultation to Ares in the assessment of
          the maturity and development requirements of the technologies required to
          implement the project.
                Developed the template for the Technology Development Plan.
                Developed the template for the Technology Readiness Assessment Report.
                Provided consultation to the development of the overall assessment plan.
                Developed an automated tool suite for use in the development of inputs to
                  project cost, schedule and risk and to provide the basis for the baseline
                  technology maturity assessment and the subsequent Technology Readiness
                  Assessment Report.
                        The tool suite consists of an integrated set of two tools:
                               o One an extensively modified version of the Air Force
                                   Research Laboratory’s TRL calculator that calculates TRL
                                   based on completion of level exit criteria.
                               o The other is an automated calculator for AD2 that provides
                                   cost, schedule and risk associated with design,
                                   manufacturing, test and operation.
                               o Integration permits navigation back and forth between the
                                   two calculators to provide in-depth assessments.
 Additional Activities:
      o Developed a white paper on managing technology programs and projects that was
          adopted as MSFC policy.
      o Developed and delivered a series of lectures on technology development and
          roadmap planning for the MSFC Engineering Directorate.
      o Developed and delivered a series of lectures on technology assessment for the MSFC
          Program and Project Planning series.
      o Was invited to lecture as part of the Agency’s Applied Program and Project
          Leadership series.
                Was asked to continue this lectures series even after my retirement.
      o Developed a suite of automated technology assessment tools for the Ares project that
          is subsequently being used by programs and projects throughout the Agency
          including the Agency’s Technology Transfer program.
      o Served as an advisor to NASA’s Office of the Chief Engineer in the development of
          NASA’s procedures for Program and Project Management.
                Responsible for the adoption of the requirement to have a Technology
                  Development Plan as a deliverable at the System Readiness Review as part
                  of the requirements to transition to Phase B of the project.


                              JB Consulting International
                                                 Huntsville, AL
          Mobile : 256-655-6273 Fax : 866-235-8953 E-mail: JamesWBilbro@JBConsultingInternational.com
                                  Website : www.JBConsulting International.com
                   Responsible for the adoption of the requirement to have a Technology
                    Readiness Assessment Report as a deliverable at the Preliminary Design
                    Review as part of the requirements to transition to Phase C/D of the project,
                    the development phase.

      o   Served on the Agency team to develop procedures for the management of Research
          and Technology:
               Responsible for the development of the Assessment processes.
               Organized and led an Agency-wide sub-team which:
                         Refined and clarified Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
                            descriptions for both hardware and software.
                         Established exit criteria for each level.
                         Established a set of clarifying definitions to accompany the scale.
      o   Invited to develop a “best practice” white paper for the revision of the NASA System
          Engineering Handbook on technology assessment. Previous versions of the
          handbook had not addressed technology assessment in any form.
               Because of the breadth of the impact on the systems engineering processes
                   the white paper is planned to be incorporated as a web based appendix that
                   will also include the automated tool suite.
      o   Organized the first Technology Maturity Assessment workshop for the Agency. (This
          workshop created considerable interest in the DOD community and resulted in a
          series of follow-on workshops organized by the Air Force Research Laboratory.
      o   Invited lecturer to DOD and Industry workshops on technology assessment:
 Panels for review and assessment:
  AS JBCI:
     o Member of the NASA Explorer Program Standing Review Board (Aug. 8, 2007 –
          Present)
     o Member of the DOE Waste Treatment Plant Technology Maturity Plan Review Team
          (July 19, 2007 - Present)
  AS NASA employee:
     o Member of the Review Team for the National Nuclear Security
        Administration Limited Technical Status Review of the National Ignition
        Facility Project, Nov. 13-15, 2001.
      o Member of the Review Panel for the Department of Energy Review of the
        National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Mirror R&D program, Feb.
        12-13, 2000.
      o   Member of numerous Review Teams for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility
          (SIRTF).
      o   Member of the NASA Space Interferometry Science Working Group.
      o   Member of the NASA Russian Optics Technology Assessment Team.
      o   Member of the Technical Advisory Group for the NOAA Wind Satellite
          (WINDSAT).




                              JB Consulting International
                                                 Huntsville, AL
          Mobile : 256-655-6273 Fax : 866-235-8953 E-mail: JamesWBilbro@JBConsultingInternational.com
                                  Website : www.JBConsulting International.com
Selected recent publications/presentations on Technology Assessment:
    1. Bilbro, James W., “A Suite of Tools for Technology Assessment,” AFRL Technology
        Maturity Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, Sep. 11-13, 2007.
    2. Bilbro, James W., “A Suite of Tools for Technology Assessment,” to be presented
       at the AFRL 2007 Technology Maturity Conference(TMC), Virginia Beach, VA,
       Sep 11-13, 2007.
   3. Bilbro, James W., “Mitigating the Adverse Impact of Technology Maturity,” NASA PM
      Challenge, Galveston, TX, Feb 6-7, 2007.
   4. Bilbro, James W., “Impact of Technology on Programs & Projects,” Foundations of
      Aerospace Part A:, NASA Applied Program & Engineering Leadership program, Cocoa
      Beach FL, Jan. 29, 2007.
   5. Bilbro, James W., “Technology Assessment Requirements for Programs & Projects,”
      Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Technology Maturity Workshop, Dayton OH, May 9-
      11, 2006.
   6. Bilbro, James W., “The Adverse Impact of Technology Maturity on Program/Project
      Success – and How to Mitigate it,” Technology Readiness and Development Seminar,
      Aerospace Corp., April 28, 2005.




                              JB Consulting International
                                                 Huntsville, AL
          Mobile : 256-655-6273 Fax : 866-235-8953 E-mail: JamesWBilbro@JBConsultingInternational.com
                                  Website : www.JBConsulting International.com

				
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