Ralph Lorenz has a B.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1994 from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He worked 1990-1991 for the European Space Agency on the design of the Huygens probe and during his PhD research designed and built its penetrometer instrument that 12 years later measured the mechanical properties of Titan’s surface when Huygens landed in January 2005. From 1994-2006 he worked as a planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona with particular interests in Titan, Mars, planetary climate, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, aerospace vehicles and radar. He continues to work on those topics as Senior Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Astrobiology and is author or co-author of several books including ‘Lifting Titan’s Veil’,’Spinning Flight’, and ‘Space Systems Failures’ as well as over 150 publications in refereed journals.

Dr Ralph D. Lorenz
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