Alberto Conti

Innovation Mgr
Northrop-Grumman Aerospace Systems

Dr. Alberto Conti is the Innovation manager for Civil Space in the Business and Advanced Systems Development organization at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

In this role, Conti is responsible for sector campaigns to address business priorities for civilian government agencies and commercial customers. He develops relationships required within the customer community to achieve campaign objectives, and drives the campaign toward meeting customer, mission and business objectives. He is responsible for innovation, scientific and technical advocacy for astronomy, astrophysics, earth science and related fields, develops campaign strategy and provides Business Development leadership to captures and ongoing business.

Previously, Conti served as the James Webb Space Telescope Innovation scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the current science operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope, and the future science and mission operation center for the James Webb Space Telescope. He also served as the Hubble Space Telescope chief engineer for Data Management, the Development manager for the Community Missions Office, and the project manager for the data archive of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer space mission.

Conti is well known for his work on Galaxy Formation and numerous pieces of work on sky survey data, and has been a leader in developing data mining tools to deliver optical and UV data to the astronomical community as part of the NASA Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. Conti was an early proponent of the use of modern data mining and visualization techniques across the astronomical community. Many will recognize him as the co-creator of the GoogleSky concept and a team member of Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope.

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