|Since 2002, Dr. George Beck has been the director of engineering and research at Impact Instrumentation, Inc., a manufacturer of suction products and portable ventilators for use in respiratory care. A registered respiratory therapist and respiratory care practitioner, Dr. Beck is also a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. In 2002 he was named chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials, Oxygen and Airway Management Task Group (F30.01.07), and since 2004 he has served on the ASTM E54 Committee on Homeland Security, a group formed by ASTM International, a global standards-setting institution, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine Task Group for Mass Casualty Critical Care.
Prior to his position at Impact Instrumentation, Inc., from 1999 to 2002, Dr. Beck was the Operational Medicine Lead at the Space and Life Science Division of Wyle Laboratories, located at NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. While there, he earned appointments on the Closed-Environment Subcommittee and Therapeutics Adjuncts Subcommittee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, where he serves to the present day. During this time, for two years Dr. Beck also held a part-time position as a respiratory therapist at St. John’s Hospital in Houston.
Before he arrived at NASA/JSC, Dr. Beck worked for several years, from 1988 till 1999, as a research specialist VI at the Institute for Environmental Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia before pursuing his post-baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering at the school. He earned his degree in 1999.
Among Dr. Beck’s many honors are the W. Paul Didier Lecturer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Project Success Recognition from the Defense Advance Research Projects Office (DARPA) in Washington, D.C.; and two Outstanding Contribution to Space Medicine awards for his work on on-orbit airway systems and two-hour prebreathe protocol. He has also published numerous papers about respiratory care conducted on land and in space.