Tony Rice is a software engineer and Virginia Tech alumni working at a telecommunications company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. His career has spanned various areas of research and development in software engineering, metrics, statistics, high availability web operations. Interests include astronomy, visiting local (and not so local) science museums with his family.
Tony speaks at area museums and libraries. He also frequently speaks at schools public, private and parochial in classrooms and extra curricular science clubs. His proudest moments so far are organizing an event with the National Park Service at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC for over 800 visitors on the Space Shuttle program leading up to the launch of the final mission and coordination of an ARISS radio contact event with the International Space Station at an elementary school in Apex, NC for 700 students, teachers, media and VIPs.
He is a frequent guest on local television news program in Raleigh, North Carolina discussing current NASA missions and astronomical phenomenon.
Tony hopes to share his passion in astronomy and space exploration with everyone, especially with students. He's been known to hold impromptu sidewalk astronomy sessions with passers-by. Beyond astronomy and visiting local (and not so local) science museums and zoos with his family, he also enjoys college football and ice hockey.