Doug Ming


Co-Investigator, Calibration Lead, Soils, Geochemistry,
NASA Johnson Space Center


Doug Ming

Doug Ming received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University in 1979, a Master of Science degree in Soil Science from Colorado State University in 1981, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Soil Science from Texas A&M University in 1985.

Ming has been employed by NASA since 1987 and is currently serving as a Space Scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Office at the Johnson Space Center. He is a Co-Investigator on the science teams for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers Mission and the 2007 Mars Phoenix Scout Mission. He has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on NASA funded proposals for the Mars Fundamental Research Program, Exobiology Program, Cosmochemistry Program, Advanced Life Support Program, Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems Program, Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program, and Sample, Acquisition, Analysis, and Preservation Program. . He was a Co-Investigator for two shuttle flight experiments (STS-60, STS-63) that evaluated plant growth in microgravity.

Ming has served as a panel member and group chief for NASA's Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program and Mars Fundamental Research Program Review Panels, and he is a committee member and past Chair for the NASA College Scholarship Fund. He has served on numerous NASA advisory committees, including the Payload Science Integration Group for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory and the Mars Science Planning Synthesis Group for the Mars Exploration Program Second Decade Science Strategy.

Ming has served on numerous committees and elected positions in professional societies, including President of the International Natural Zeolite Association and Chair of the Soil Mineralogy Division for the Soil Science Society of America.

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