Tentative Agenda (All Time PST (Pacific Standard Time)
10:10 AM PST: Mr. J. Philip Barnes (Pelican Aero Group) Professional Session 1 10:55 AM PST: UCLA Student Branch 11:10 AM PST: CSULB Student Branch 11:25 AM PST: UNLV Student Branch 11:40 AM PST: USC Student Branch 11:55 AM PST: Dr. Nahum Melamed (Aerospace Corp.) Professional Session 2 12:25 PM PST: Mr. Bill Kelly (Aerojet-Rocketdyne Retired) Professional Session 3 12:55 PM PST: Mr. Jyot Bawa (L.A. Gauge, President) 01:30 PM PST: Career Panel Discussion and further Q&A 02:30 PM PST: Breakout meeting 1-1 or 1-few with the speakers/panelists (Panelists: Prof. Claire Leon, Mr. J. Philip Barnes, Dr. Nahum Melamed, Mr. Bill Kelly, Mr. Sina Aboutorabi, Atty. Jennifer Perdigao, Mr. Jyot Bawa) 03:30 PM PST: Adjourn (and networking if preferred)
(May 11, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Mr. Steve Isakowitz
Mr. Steve Isakowitz AIAA Fellow President and CEOThe Aerospace Corporation Steve Isakowitz is President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, where he leads a team of about 4,000 employees committed to solving the hardest problems in space. Aerospace is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center addressing complex problems across the space enterprise focused on agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, Isakowitz has served in prominent roles across the government, private, space, and technology sectors, including at NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining Aerospace, he was President of Virgin Galactic, where his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, advanced technologies, and other new space applications. His work has been widely recognized and awarded, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. He also co-authored the AIAA’s International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, which received the Summerfield Book Award in 2003. Isakowitz’s passion for space was formed at an early age as he watched the Apollo 11 astronauts walk on the moon. The film 2001: A Space Odyssey further inspired a vision of space that was accessible to all, where anyone would have the chance to travel through space. While his dreams of starting a space company after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were stifled by the high-cost launch environment of the 1980s, he later found his way back to space entrepreneurship through his various roles at the leading edge of innovation and technology. At Aerospace, Isakowitz is helping shape the future during what he describes as “the most exciting time in space… ever.” He sits at the nexus of defense, civil and commercial space enterprises, overseeing efforts to outpace threats to the country’s national security while nurturing the technologies needed to further a new era of space commercialization and exploration.
Space Commercialization: AIAA LA LV Participation in Jan. 22 LAEDC / CSUDH panel event
Several of the AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Council Members attended the Space Commercialization panel event on Jan. 22. It was hosted by CSUDH and LAEDC.
The speakers/panelists talked about very interesting things related to the Space Commercialization. What they said matched very well with the vision, mission, and activities that #AIAA and the #LA-LV Section have / have been doing.
Mr. Whitesides mentioned X-15 and indicated he could elaborate more on it if needed, as that’s an important technology led to several modern day aerospace technologies / businesses, like those used in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit. X-15 has been an important program for the AIAA LA-LV Section for many years. And we will have an #X-15 & #MikeAdams event on Jan. 30, 2020 (https://conta.cc/2LNY7p8). And we had speakers / astronauts from #VirginGalactic on May 9 Annual Awards Dinner (http://goo.gl/pqtgB9) and Nov. 23 Space Tourism (https://conta.cc/2B5dhAa) events.