Glen H. Fountain
"New Horizons: A Journey to the Third Region of the Solar System"
Presented Thursday, October 26, 2006
3:30 p.m. - Fiedler Hall Auditorium
Glen H. Fountain is the project manager of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 1965 and 1966, respectively, and joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in 1966.
During his early career at APL, he held a number of appointments and supported a range of programs including the small astronomy satellite program, the transit improvement program, and the magnetic field satellite program. As supervisor of APL’s space science instrument group, he led the ultraviolet and visible instrument developments for the Delta series of missions.
Mr. Fountain served as program manager for the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope in the 1980s and the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager in the early 1990s. From the early 1990s until 2003, he was supervisor of the APL Space Department Engineering and Technology Branch. He is currently the project manager of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, which was launched in January 2006 and will reach the frozen, distant world in summer 2015.