Portrait of Terry Fong

Terry Fong

VIPER Rover deputy element lead

Education: Carnegie Mellon University, doctorate degree in robotics
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
What inspired you to join NASA? I’ve always been a huge science fiction fan. Joining NASA was the best way to make science fiction into fact!
Favorite beverage, food, or fuel: Deep dish (Chicago style!) pizza. Why bother with anything else?

Terry Fong is the chief roboticist in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA's Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Terry's information technology projects over the years have helped develop the autonomy capabilities of NASA's human exploration systems and space robots. Before joining NASA, Terry worked in both academia and industry, focusing on virtual reality, active interfaces, and real-time visualization software. His favorite recreation is playing ultimate frisbee.