David Zuniga is commercial innovation manager for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). CASIS is the sole manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory (NL). David is responsible for proactively developing a pipeline of projects that ultimately drive commercial utilization of the ISS NL for remote sensing and aerospace technology development. David also guides CASIS' Good Earth Strategy, a CASIS program that focuses on linking upstream ISS assets and sensors to downstream commercial applications. CASIS is responsible for maximizing the value of the ISS to the nation by developing and managing a diversified R&D portfolio based on US national needs for basic and applied research by using the ISS as a venue for science and technology.
Prior to CASIS, David led the development for NASA's Orion Spacecraft Air Revitalization System with Lockheed Martin. David has a research background in photonics and materials characterization. He's taken his research background and applied it to industry in atmospheric characterization, advanced concepts, and business development for environmental control and life-support systems - the genesis for his perspective on data and energy flows that drive Earth's life-support system - the Biosphere. David's peer-reviewed publications draw from his experience in materials, photonics, systems engineering, and environmental control and life-support systems.