National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center


Learn systematically from history to predict and shape our future

The Periodic Table of Life (PeTaL), pronounced petal, is an opensource tool to enable moving from discovery through design using inspiration from natural systems and human achievement.

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Next merge: May 7, 2020.

Merge comments: Knowledge graph database, enhanced query/search, integrated websraping into knowledge graph, containerization


NASA PeTaL contributers

  • Olakunle Akinpelu, Northern Kentucky University
  • Connor Baumler, Case Western Reserve University
  • Nickolas Bense, Northeastern University
  • Bishoy Boktor, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Alexandra Calvin, Kent State
  • Jonny Dowdall, Michigan State University
  • Lauren Friend, NASA ARC
  • Manju Johny, Iowa State University
  • Paht Juangphanich, PeTaL Lead, NASA GRC
  • Kei Kojima, Broadway Creek Homeschool Academy
  • Victoria Kravets, Georgia Tech
  • Angeera Naser, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Ezra Mcnichols, NASA GRC
  • Isaias Reyes, San Jose State University
  • Jasline Rosario
  • Nikhitha Sakhamuri, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • Lucas Saldyt, Arizona State University
  • Kathryn Sanders, Dixie State University
  • Courtney Schiebout, Dartmouth University
  • Brian Whiteaker, University of California, San Diego
  • Destiny Willingham, Dillard University


VINE coordinators

  • Colleen Unsworth, NASA PhD fellow/U Akron, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Wendy Berndt, NASA GRC (website)
  • Amanda vonDeak (former coordinator)


External contributers

Dr. Marjan Eggermont – University of Calgary (Biomole)

Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel – James Madison University (biosearch tool and thesaurus)

Dr. Julian Vincent – trade-off articles to train  clustering tool

Dr. Gavin Svenson – Cleveland Museum of Natural History (collections)

Dr. Alexandra Ralevski and Ethan Smith – AskNature

Alex Wolf – na2ure


Mentors/Advisors – NASA

  • Timothy Peshek, NASA GRC – In-space power, data analytics
  • Calvin Robinson, NASA GRC – Computer Science/ project lead
  • Herb Schilling, NASA GRC – Computer Science
  • Vikram Shyam, NASA GRC – Principal Investigator
  • Andrew Trunek, NASA GRC – Materials and ISRU


PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) under AATT/ARMD/NASA


NASA GRC Office of Education

Sally Ride Scholarship, SMD/NASA