Kris Zacny

Kris Zacny

Dr. Kris Zacny focuses on robotic space drilling, sample acquisition, transfer and processing technologies, as well as geotechnical systems for mining applications. Previously, Dr. Zacny managed mining projects and production in South Africa. Dr. Zacny earned a Ph.D. in Mars drilling and an ME in Petroleum Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Cape Town. Dr Zacny has over 100 publications, including an edited book, “Drilling in Extreme Environments: Penetration and Sampling on Earth and Other Planets.” He has been a Principal and Co-Investigator of over 50 NASA and Department of Defense funded projects and participated in drilling expeditions in Antarctica, the Atacama Desert, Mauna Kea, the Mojave Desert and the Arctic. Dr. Zacny has over 15 NASA New Technology Records and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.Dr. Kris Zacny focuses on robotic space drilling, sample acquisition, transfer and processing technologies, as well as geotechnical systems for mining applications. Previously, Dr. Zacny managed mining projects and production in South Africa. Dr. Zacny earned a Ph.D. in Mars drilling and an ME in Petroleum Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Cape Town. Dr Zacny has over 100 publications, including an edited book, “Drilling in Extreme Environments: Penetration and Sampling on Earth and Other Planets.” He has been a Principal and Co-Investigator of over 50 NASA and Department of Defense funded projects and participated in drilling expeditions in Antarctica, the Atacama Desert, Mauna Kea, the Mojave Desert and the Arctic. Dr. Zacny has over 15 NASA New Technology Records and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.
 

Affiliation: 

  • Honeywell Robotics