Antonio J. Ricco
Chief Technologist, Small Payloads, NASA Ames Research Center

(on assignment from Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University)

EDUCATION:                                                                                           

    • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, MIT, 1984
    • B.S., Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 1980

WORK EXPERIENCE:

    • 2005 present: Dublin City University: Adjunct Professor
    • 2004 present: NASA Ames Research Center: Chief Technologist, Small Payloads
    • 2004 2007: Stanford University: Director, National Center for Space Biological Technologies
    • 2003 2007: Eclipse Sciences, Inc., Los Gatos: President, co-founder
    • 2002 2004: NASA Ames Research Center: Director, Microtechnologies and Biosystems
    • 1999 2003: ACLARA BioSciences, Inc.: (Sr.) Director, Microtechnologies and Materials
    • 1996 1997: University of Heidelberg: Guest Professor, Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry
    • 1984 1998: Sandia National Laboratories: (Principal) Member, Technical Staff, Microsensor R&D Dept.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Remote, autonomous miniaturized bioanalytical systems for fundamental space studies, including live-organism studies and the search for life in our solar system; development of point-of-care medical diagnostic devices.

PUBLICATIONS:  

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2019
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: EcAMSat, 2018
  • NASA Honor Award, Organism/Organic Response to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) Mission, 2011
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, PharmaSat, 2010
  • Time Magazine Top 10 Scientific Discoveries, LCROSS, 2010
  • NASA Group Achievement, NSS Space Pioneer, Space Foundation Swigert Awards, LCROSS, 2009
  • Science Foundation of Ireland E.T.S. Walton Visiting Fellow, Dublin City University, Ireland, 2004 - 2005
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Sensor Division, The Electrochemical Society, 2000
  • Fellow, The Electrochemical Society, 1998
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Russian Mars 96 Project, 1997
  • Bunshah Award, Best Paper of Symposium, International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings & Thin Films, 1991
  • Sigma Xi, 1984
  • MIT NPW Fellow in Alternative Energy Resources, 1982 1983
  • University of California Regents' Scholar, 1978 1980
  • Bruce Howard Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry, 1979
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
  • Bank of America Achievement Award, 1976
  • Sons of Italy Scholarship, 1976

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Editorial Board, IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS), 2000 present
  • Editorial Board, Microgravity (NPG), 2014 present
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Materials, Translational Materials Science section, 2014 present
  • Editorial Board, IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, 2012 2015
  • Editorial Board, Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical, 2003 2006; 2010 2017
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Analytical Chemistry, 1999 2001
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Sensors Update, 1998 2003
  • Scientific Advisory Board, New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center, 2009 2014
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Microscale Immune Studies Laboratory, Sandia National Labs, 2006 2009
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia & Los Alamos National Laboratories, 2004 2008
  • Scientific Advisory Board, A-Line, Inc., Redondo Beach, CA, 2004 present
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Excellin Life Sciences, Menlo Park, CA, 2003 2007
  • Series Editor, MEMS Reference Shelf and Microsystems & Nanosystems book series (Springer), 2005 present
  • Vice President, Transducer Research Foundation, 2004 present
  • European Space Agency Topical Team Member, Future Astrobiology Experiments in Earth Orbit and Beyond, 2011 present
  • Payload Technologist, NASA GeneSat-1, PharmaSat, O/OREOS, SporeSat, EcAMSat, BioSentinel Missions, 2005 present
  • Member, NASA Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), 2005 2010
  • Panelist, World Technology Evaluation Center Study on Biosensing, 2002 2003
  • International Steering Committee, Solid-State Sensors, Actuators & Microsystems, 1999 2007

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

NASA Ames Research Center
M/S 239-24, P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035 USA
Office Phone: 650-604-4276

Email: ajricco_at_stanford.edu, tony.ricco_at_nasa.gov