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(Nov. 14) Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity’s Most Distant Explorers (+Neptune/Uranus) (Todd Barber) | Modeling & Simulation Best Practices to Help Fight COVID-19 (Dr. Swati Saxena) | Best Taiwan Defense Strategy (Dr. Stephen Bryen)

November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am 2:40 pm PST

(Nov. 14) Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity’s Most Distant Explorers (+Neptune/Uranus) (Todd Barber) | Modeling & Simulation Best Practices to Help Fight COVID-19 (Dr. Swati Saxena) | Best Taiwan Defense Strategy (Dr. Stephen Bryen)

Nov 14, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:40 PM (PT)

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Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10 AM (Add to Calendar)
43rd Anniversary of the Voyagers 1 & 2
Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity’s Most Distant Explorers
with Special Notes on Neptune and Uranus

Todd Barber
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Senior Propulsion Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Modeling and Simulation Best Practices
to Help Fight COVID-19

Swati Saxena
Technical and Project Manager

Best Taiwan Defense Strategy

Dr. Stephen Bryen
Author, Writer, Speaker
Senior Fellow at the American Center for Democracy,
Board of Directors of Il Nodo di Gordio
An Defense expert with 50 years of experience in government and industry:
Senior staff director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Executive Director of a grassroots political organization
Head of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Trade Security Policy
Founder and first Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration
President of Delta Tech Inc.
President of Finmeccanica North America
Commissioner of the U.S. China Security Review Commission

Tentative Agenda (All Time PST) (Pacific Standard Time, US and Canada)

10:05 am (PST): Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA LV Section Chair)
10:10 am (PST): Todd Barber (JPL)
11:40 am (PST): Dr. Swati Saxena (ANSYS)
01:10 pm (PST): Dr. Stephen Bryen (Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense)
02:40 pm (PST): AdjournEvent Calendar



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Voyager 1 & 2: Haumanity’s Most Distant Explorers
with Special Notes on Neptune and Uranus
The Voyager mission to the outer planets and interstellar space will be discussed in detail. Topics to be discussed include the incredible opportunity for a “grand tour” of the outer planets only encountered every 176 years and some true “postcards from the edge” at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The interstellar mission and current status will also be highlighted as well, particularly the challenges of flying two geriatric spacecraft with a tiny flight team. Finally, the future of the mission and the Voyager Golden Record will be featured in some detail as well. Some special notes on the often-ignored Uranus and Neptune will also be provided.

Todd Barber is a JPL senior propulsion engineer, who worked as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, which landed the large rover Curiosity on the red planet on August 5th, 2012. Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997 on its two-billion-mile, seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The MER team launched launch twin rovers to the red planet in June and July of 2003, and Opportunity is still going strong over nine years after landing. Todd also worked as the lead impactor propulsion engineer on Deep Impact, which successfully crashed into Comet Tempel-1 on Independence Day, 2005, at twenty-three-thousand miles per hour.

Mr. Barber worked on the Galileo project for over seven years and his primary responsibility was getting Galileo into Jupiter orbit on December 7, 1995. Todd also worked part-time on the Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission and on the Stardust mission, as well as the Mars Sample Return mission and a Mars airplane study. Todd received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Award in 1996 for his work on Galileo. He also worked three years on the Deep Space One mission, the first NASA mission to use electric propulsion (a la “Star Trek”). This mission included flybys of a near-Earth asteroid, Braille, and a comet named Borrelly.

Mr. Barber is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and attended MIT between 1984 and 1990, obtaining B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering, with a humanities concentration in music. He is also a composer of church choral music, with two pieces published to date. His hobbies include singing charitably and professionally, playing the piano, visiting all the U.S. tri-state corners and national parks, playing basketball (though it’s been a while), and amateur astronomy.

Modeling and Simulation Best Practices to Help Fight COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, significant work has been done in identifying the best measures to prevent the spread of the virus. These studies are even more crucial for the airline industry as they strive to rebuild people’s confidence in air travel. The effectiveness of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), disinfecting techniques, social distancing, and medical treatments (for example ventilators and drug delivery) are critical to fight with this kind of infectious disease.

Simulation has greatly impacted and accelerated the R&D work in these areas. Multiscale, Multidomain and Multiphysics simulations from the cell to the system are required to accurately simulate the behaviors. This presentation will highlight, with the help of real-world examples, how Ansys solutions can deliver the required capabilities to perform physics based simulation of PPE effectiveness, phenomena like coughing and sneezing, functioning of a ventilator, UV disinfection mechanism, ventilation and vaccine mixing.

Swati Saxena, PhD
AIAA Lifetime Senior Member
B. Tech. – IIT Kanpur
MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering – Penn State University
Lead Research Scientist and Program Manager – GE Global Research
Technical and Project Manager – Ansys Inc. (2018 – present)
Areas of Interest: Machine Learning in Simulation, Engineering Design – MBSE,/PIDO, Fluid Mechanics and Aero-acoustics, Gas Turbine Design
20+ publications, 2 patents

Dr. Stephen Bryen has 50 years of experience in government and industry. He has served as a senior staff director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the Executive Director of a grassroots political organization, as the head of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Trade Security Policy, as the founder and first director of the Defense Technology Security Administration, as the President of Delta Tech Inc., as the President of Finmeccanica North America, and as a Commissioner of the U.S. China Security Review Commission. Currently Dr. Bryen is a Senior Fellow at the American Center for Democracy and on the Board of Directors of Il Nodo di Gordio. He writes regularly for Asia Times.

The author publishes his technology, policy and strategy blog, Bryen’s Blog (www.bryensblog.com), a popular site for decision makers in government, the military and industry. He has published five books. The latest is Volume III of Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy and a book on security for religious organizations called Security for Holy Places (Morgan James Publishing). His writing has earned praise worldwide.

Dr. Bryen’s extensive experience and high effectiveness has earned him the highest civilian awards of the U.S. Defense Department on two occasions and established him as a proven government, civic and business leader in Washington D.C. and internationally.

Morley Safer of the CBS Program 60 Minutes said: “Dr. Bryen was the Pentagon’s top cop, the man whose job it was to ensure that sensitive technology would be kept from enemies, potential enemies and questionable allies.”

Eileen Shannon of Time Magazine said “Steve Bryen is the Yoda of the arms trade. Formerly the Defense Department’s export czar, he knows every sinkhole in the regulatory swamp. Ignore him at your peril…”

The late US Senator John Heinz said “I agree with Steve Bryen about the need to keep asking our allies to do more.”

“Bryen came to private industry after a career in government, but even there he was an innovator and entrepreneur. … A key part of Bryen’s portfolio was managing and shepherding US-allied technological cooperation in pursuit of the common defense.” -David Silverberg in Homeland Security Magazine (now HSToday).

Talking about Stuxnet Steve Bryen said: “[Wired’s] article makes it clear that Stuxnet was designed to kill Iran’s centrifuges. I frankly don’t understand how it can be described by Wired as the ‘most menacing malware in history…’ It seems to me maybe it was the best malware in history.”

Herb Krosney in his Chapter Men of the Pentagon (Deadly Business, Four Walls Eight Windows) wrote: “Surprisingly to some, the Reagan Administration attracted a select few of the ‘best and brightest’ to its ranks to help control sensitive exports. Among them, Stephen Bryen…”

In Common Defense Quarterly Dr. Bryen wrote: “The first technology transfer recorded where iron making was passed from the Philistines to King David had consequences just as the transfer of supercomputing technology to China has consequences today.”

Stephen Bryen is the author of the three volume collection of writings Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy. In reviewing the book noted author and terrorism expert Rachel Ehrenfeld says: “These interesting, colorful and engaging essays demonstrate deep understanding of what led to exacerbate the technological, foreign policy and national security challenges facing America today.”

Stephen Bryen major study is Technology Security and National Power: Winners and Losers (Routledge & CRS Press). That work covers key strategic and defense issues ranging from technology transfers to proliferation to weapon’s procurement.

As Dr. Bryen wrote for inFocus Magazine, “As NATO has become wider, it has become shallower and less able to meet its own standards for the defense of its members. And a weak NATO may in fact be worse than no NATO at all.”

Stephen Bryen was twice awarded the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.


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November 14, 2020
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