Meet the Speakers – Roger Tokars

Roger Tokars

We’re excited to announce that Roger Tokars from NASA will be speaking at Maker Faire Milwaukee. You’ll have two chances to hear his talk, Saturday at 4:45pm and Sunday at 11:30am. The speakers will be presenting on the second floor of the Expo Center. (Look for the steps going up in the main entrance of Hall A.)

Here’s a description of Roger’s talk:
Roger Tokars will talk about the massive algae blooms affecting the Great Lakes region. The need to monitor the lakes for toxic algae in those water. The development of a hyperspectral imager system for the monitoring efforts. The future plans of hyperspectral imagers for manned aircraft, satellites, and unmanned aerial systems.

Roger Tokars received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2007 and M.S. in Physics from Cleveland State University in 2013. He has been with NASA GRC for more than 10 years, with much of that time spent on hyperspectral imaging systems. He has flown numerous aircraft missions monitoring the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. He was lead designer for a new wide field of view hyperspectral imager that was built and tested this year for the S3 Viking aircraft. He was also the lead designer for a new low weight and compact hyperspectral imager that was built and tested this year for an unmanned aerial vehicle, the Nova N6500 by Altavian.