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VITAE Sept 1, 2006 TODD B. SAUKE (408) 924-5437 (ofc.) As Principal Investigator on a series of NASA research tasks, Todd Sauke has been applying his experience in tunable diode laser technology to the development of planetary exploration applications for the measurement of isotopic ratios in planetary surface and atmospheric samples. In particular, it is hoped that space-flight missions to the surface of Mars can use the diode laser technology being developed to help look for evidence of past (or even existing) microbial life forms in Martian surface samples. On earth, this isotope measurement technology finds productive application to a wide variety of medical diagnostic tests. A co-inventor on two patents in this field, Todd Sauke is pursuing the cooperative research and development programs that will result in the advancement of technology needed for both applications. Education 1. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1989-1991. Research: Diode Laser Spectroscopy of Carbon Dioxide. 2. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Ph.D. in Physics, 1989. Advisor: Hans Frauenfelder. Thesis: Long Lived States Induced by Extended Illumination of Carbonmonoxy-Myoglobin. 3. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. M.S. in Physics, 1981. 4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. B.S. in Life Sciences, 1980. Professional Experience Principal Investigator October, 1993-2006. NASA Exobiology, PIDDP and Astrobiology research tasks investigating space-flight and planetary exploration applications of isotopic measurements using NASA's second generation Stable Isotope Laser Spectrometer (SILS II) instrument. Research Scientist April, 1991-2006. SETI Institute employee working at NASA Ames Research Center. Diode laser spectroscopy of stable isotopes of carbon. Included leading work on designing and implementing the hardware and software for NASA's second generation Stable Isotope Laser Spectrometer (SILS II) instrument for highly accurate (~0.1 %) isotopic measurements of stable isotopes of carbon in CO 2 . One application being pursued is that of developing an instrument capable of measuring isotopically-labeled human breath for the medical diagnosis of disease. Also participated as Co-Investigator (1999-2001) on the Electrostatics of Granular Materials microgravity project which was being developed for deployment on the International Space Station. An interesting aspect of the project involved testing of EGM hardware on NASA's KC-135 zero gravity aircraft. Instructor September, 2002-2006. Physics Dept., San Jose State University. Teaching various laboratory sections for courses 120-I, Laboratory Electronics for Scientists, and other introductory physics courses. Also teaching various introductory physics courses including Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Modern Physics. 1
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