(November 14, 2020) AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting with Todd Barber, Dr Swati Saxena, Dr Stephen Bryen

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)

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Agenda November 14
AIAA LA LV Nov 14 Todd Barber, Dr. Swati Saxena, Dr. Stephen Bryen

(September 19) University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Prof. Scott Palo and his students | AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners | Nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) @ UNLV

September 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

(September 19) University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Prof. Scott Palo and his students | AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners | Nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) @ UNLV

Sep 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2 PM (PT)

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(Captions for the pictures above:)
Left: Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder put together this “flatsat” simulator of their MAXWELL cubesat, which they connect to remotely to test software from home. (Credit: University of Colorado Boulder; Aerospace America) | Right: AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners. | Bottom: Artist’s impression of bimodal NTR engines on a Mars Transfer Vehicle (MTV). Cold launched, it would be assembled in-orbit by a number of Block 2 SLS payload lifts. The Orion spacecraft is docked on the left. (Wikipedia)

 

AIAA LA LV 9/19 e-Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10 AM

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University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

with

Prof. Scott Palo

Victor Charles Schelke Endowed Professor

Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences

University of Colorado Boulder, and

Chair, AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee (SmSTC)

and

the students:

MAXWELL – Matt Zola

CU-E3 (To be launched on Artemis-1) – Brodie Wallace

CIRBE – Evan Bauch

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AeroDesign Team of USC:
The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners
with
AeroDesign Team of USC
Randi Arteaga, Program Manager,
Chair, AIAA USC Student Branch
Drew Hudock, Chief Engineer
Colton Bullard, Payloads Lead
Erin Pugh, Landing Gear Lead
Diana Salcedo-Pierce, Structures Lead
Jack Ahrens, Aerodynamics, Stability & Control Lead
Jackson Markow, Performance Lead
Mikell Myers, Propulsion Lead
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The Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket (NTPR)
with
Valerie Lawdensky
PhD candidate in nuclear and thermal engineering at UNLV
and
Graduate Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Agenda (Tentative) (All Time PDT)


10:05 AM: (Welcome) Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane
10:10 AM: (Part I) Prof. Scott Palo, Matt Zola, Brodie Wallace, and Evan Bauch
12:30 PM: (Part II) AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners
01:15 PM: (Part III) Nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR): Valerie Lawdensky (5th-year PhD student at UNLV)
02:00 PM: Adjourn

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What? (Part I) University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aerospace America reported (8 May, 2020) that in Amanda’s Miller’s telephone interview with University of Colorado, Boulder aerospace and engineering sciences Professor Scott Palo – who chairs AIAA’s Small Satellite Technical Committee – the two discussed his work with University of Colorado graduate students on the development of the MAXWELL cubesat. In his basement, Palo “has hooked up a battery power supply, soldering tools and an oscilloscope – all liberated from his lab” before the COVID-19 pandemic forced him and his students to leave campus. The “idea was to ‘have the tools of the testing’ ready to continue trying out cubesat components and software either at home or by connecting to the lab remotely, he says.” Anticipating the campus closure, “a student team worked in the lab for three days to set up a flatsat, or simulated, version of their upcoming U.S. Air Force-funded MAXWELL cubesat, short for Multiple Access X-band Wave Experiment Located in LEO. From their homes, Palo and his students access, via the internet, this networked array of electronics that are just like the ones planned for MAXWELL, which is now in the testing phase.” This way, “they can continue to upload software for testing.” MAXWELL is “one of 18 small satellites selected by NASA to be deployed as secondary rocket payloads from 2021 to 2023.” MAXWELL “will demonstrate a radio design for smallsats.”

Who? (Part I) Prof. Scott Palo, and the students:
Matt Zola, Brodie Wallace, Evan Bauch

Scott Palo is the Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has 20 years of experience in higher education, is the director of the Space Technology Integration Lab, co-director of the Active Remote Sensing Lab and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU. Since 2001 he has been involved with the design, construction and operation of numerous small satellites including DANDE, CSSWE, MinXSS-1&2 and QB50-Challenger all which have flown. He is leading the development of CU-E3, Maxwell and SWARM-EX cubesats. CU-E3 will launch on the SLS with Artemis-1 and will be one of the first Deep Space CubeSats to be flown.

Dr. Palo is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, Senior Member of the IEEE and has won numerous awards including an NSF Early Career Award, AIAA Rocky Mountain Region Educator of the year and the United States Antarctic Service medal.

In 2018 Dr. Palo chose to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founded Blue Cubed LLC, a new space startup company focused on the development of next generation communications technology to support the rapidly expanding small satellite market. Dr. Palo currently splits his time between Blue Cubed and CU where he continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate students in the skills required to design, build, test and operate small satellites and other emerging aerospace technologies.

the students:
MAXWELL – Matt Zola
CU-E3 (To be launched on Artemis-1) – Brodie Wallace
CIRBE – Evan Bauch

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What? (Part II) AeroDesign Team of USC: (ADT)
The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners
The AeroDesign Team of USC is the university’s official entrant into the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition. The USC AeroDesign Team placed 1st in the competition, and had the highest scoring report. Join us as the student-run team provides a deep dive into the efforts behind their winning plane and takes us through their eight-month-long process of designing, building, flying, and winning.

Who? (Part II) AeroDesign Team of USC: (ADT)
The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners
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Randi Arteaga
Program Manager

Drew Hudock
Chief Engineer

Colton Bullard
Payloads Lead

Erin Pugh
Landing Gear Lead

Diana Salcedo-Pierce Structures Lead

Jack Ahrens
Aerodynamics, Stability & Control Lead

Jackson Markow
Performance Lead

Mikell Myers
Propulsion Lead

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What? (Part III) The Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket (NTPR)
Space transportation systems have been advancing to meet the goals of long-distance space travel and long-term space habitation since the beginning of the space race, and one contender from the 1950s still has a lot to offer with some new designs and analyses employed to solve old technical challenges and new mission needs. The nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) can double the specific impulse of modern chemical rockets and be designed to generate both electricity and propulsion. This modular reactor functions by introducing a separate but simultaneous thermodynamic loop to the existing high temperature hydrogen loop. Using heat pipes within the structural tie-tube elements, extra heat is transferred from the reactor to a power conversion system. This functionality is dependent on reducing the mass loss in fuel elements due to chemical and mechanical interactions with the high-temperature hydrogen that was observed in the NTPR program’s experiments, NERVA, which tested both niobium carbide and zirconium carbide coatings before its abrupt cancellation. Test samples with other coatings were fabricated but never tested, warranting this investigation into optimal coatings based on minimal hydrogen diffusion, high thermal conductivity, thermal expansion coefficient which matches that of the fuel elements, and no impedance to the surrounding nuclear reactions. This paper presents a model of an NTPR reactor in the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP). The fuel coatings and composition are varied, first to compare against the experimental NERVA results, and then the newer coatings and compositions are analyzed. The goal of this modeling is to determine the axial and radial distributions of neutron flux throughout the reactor core and the energy deposition per unit mass. The energy deposition is used in determining the temperature distribution throughout the reactor core, which can affect the degradation of the fuel and therefore be adjusted to reduce such fuel losses. In addition, the hydrogen propellant content within the fuel elements of the MCNP model is reduced and the control drums rotated for compensation in order to demonstrate bimodality of the reactor from complete propulsion through complete electricity generation. A DOE-developed heat pipe analysis code is used to evaluate the electrical power potential of the NTPR and the functionality of the reactor with reduced moderation and surface area exposed to coolant.


Who? (Part III) Valerie Lawdensky
 
 
Valerie Lawdensky is a fifth-year PhD student at UNLV. She started life as an aspiring singer and actress, but math got in the way. She began college courses part-time at 15 in order to take calculus and full-time at 16 to study psychology, math, and music. After a bet with her dad, she took her first physics class at age 18 and ultimately declined the professor’s request to become a physicist, opting instead for a degree in mechanical engineering. She couldn’t give up math and psychology entirely, so turned them into minors. In putting the degree before the career, she hadn’t decided what to do as a graduated engineer, then realized that astronauts were often engineers and that turned into her driving force. Somehow six years of college wasn’t enough, so she then opted to continue on for a PhD in thermal engineering. Upon learning of the wonders of nuclear rockets, she made nuclear engineering her primary focus in order to become one of the few multiphysics doctors and a nuclear rocket scientist. The complexities of these amazing technologies have called her to working on component-level analysis tools for the time being, but her heart, mind, and future are with the development and use of advanced propulsion. 

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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)

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43rd Anniversary of the Voyagers 1 & 2
Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity’s Most Distant Explorers
with Special Notes on Neptune and Uranus

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

Modeling and Simulation Best Practices
to Help Fight COVID-19

by
Swati Saxena
Technical and Project Manager
ANSYS Inc.

Best Taiwan Defense Strategy

by
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

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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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(June 27, 2020) Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration e-mini-Conference 2020

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E-TOWN HALL MEETING BY AIAA LA LV & SCALACS w/ DR. CLAIRE, DR. ANJU GUPTA, and Mr. Kevin McNulty

June 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

E-TOWN HALL MEETING BY AIAA LA LV & SCALACS w/ DR. CLAIRE & DR. ANJU GUPTA

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e-Town Hall Meeting by AIAA LA LV & SCALACS June 13, 2020, 10 AM

40 Years of Overcoming Challenges

by

Dr. Claire Leon

Loyola Marymount University

and

An insight on Graphene Based Multiscale Coatings for Phase Change Heat Transfer Applications

by

Dr. Anju R. Gupta

University of Toledo

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The Dynamics of Keeping Your Head Up! How to Be Resilient in [COVID19] Challenging Times

by

Kevin McNulty

Founder, Humadyn-Life Skills Institute

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10:05 AM Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome Message)

10:10 AM Dr. Brian Brady (Welcome Message)

10:15 AM Mr. Casey Moninghoff (AIAA LA LV Section STEM K-12 Activities)

10:20 AM Dr. Claire Leon (40 Years of Overcoming Challenges)

11:20 AM Dr. Anju Gupta (An insight on Graphene Based Multiscale Coatings for Phase Change Heat Transfer Applications)

12:30 PM Kevin McNulty (The Dynamics of Keeping Your Head Up! How to Be Resilient in [COVID19] Challenging Times)

1:45 PM Adjourn

Claire Leon will discuss her experiences working in industry, for the government and academia, and offer suggestions for working professionals in various phases of their careers

Dr. Claire Leon started her career at Hughes, Space and Communications Group in 1979. She gained experience across the company, through positions of increasing responsibility in Systems Engineering and Program Management.

She was promoted to Vice President of Navigation and Communications Systems within Boeing, in 2008, responsible for the AF satellite programs, as well as a number of classified programs. She transitioned to VP of National programs later in 2008, where she led the program turn around for a critical ACAT I program on the customer Contractor Responsibility Watch List (CRWL) that became a high performing program, delivered outstanding operational capability. She also transitioned the National Space and Communications Programs (NSCP) from a cost-plus to fixed price in response to customer affordability concerns. She retired from Boeing, in 2013, as the Vice President of National Programs.

Dr. Leon became a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Air Force, as the Director of the Launch Enterprise Directorate, at the LA Air Force Base, California, in 2014. She was responsible buying and launching rockets for the DoD, as well as leading the transition to the next generation of launch systems.

She is currently running the Graduate Program in Systems Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, as well as consulting for SAIC and Inside Out Learning.

Her education background includes: Ph.D. Executive Management, Drucker School of Business, CGU, Claremont, Ca, 2010, Masters of Business Administration, UCLA, Los Angeles, Ca, 1995, Masters of Management, University of Redlands, Redlands, Ca, 1986, BS, Mechanical Engineering, George Washington University, Washington D.C., 1979

Description of Dr. Claire Leon’s Consulting Services

Perform management consulting for Inside Out Learning, and SAIC, and possibly additional technical management companies. Tasks include executive presentation support, coaching, strategic planning, feedback on management approach for resolving challenging problems, as well as support to independent program review teams.

An insight on Graphene Based Multiscale Coatings for Phase Change Heat Transfer Applications

(Dr. Anju Gupta will also talk about her passion for STEM, what made her study STEM studies dueing college. What message she has for all the girls and boys out there and the parents.)

Phase change heat transfer is crucial to various engineering applications. Some prominent examples include distillation reboiler, nuclear reactor, high-powered electronic systems, and refrigeration. Boiling is a heat transfer process accompanied by phase change from liquid to vapor, subsequently, pool boiling involves the boiling of a stagnant liquid over a heated surface. This talk aims to examine the physical mechanisms of boiling heat transfer that are of prime importance to quantify the efficacy of the process. For various manifestations, the pool boiling performance of a surface is dictated by higher critical heat fluxes and heat transfer coefficients. This talk examines various strategies to create multiscale surface-active engineered surfaces with tunable properties essentially roughness, porosity, hydrophilicity, wickability and wicking rates and their influence on the heat transfer properties. First, several surface engineering methods and the resultant physical properties that can effectively modify the vapor bubble dynamics will be discussed using multiscale graphene coatings as an example. The second part of the talk will focus on electrodeposited graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) enriched copper composite coatings formed systematically by increasing the GNP concentration to yield hierarchal porous structures. These superhydrophilic with very high wicking rates resulted in high critical heat flux (CHF) and heat transfer coefficient (HTC). The copper/2 wt% GNP (weight/volume) composites exceeded the highest pool boiling performance reported in literature with a CHF of 286 W/cm² and HTC of 204 kW/m²-°C, representing an improvement of 130% in CHF and 290% in HTC over a polished copper surface. High thermal conductivity along with improved hydrophilicity and wickability of the copper/GNP coatings are attributed for the enhanced CHF. High-speed images revealed reduced bubble departure diameters and micro-size pores on the electrodeposited surface serving as nucleation sites. The increase in the bubble frequency and delayed formation of vapor blanket resulted in enhanced heat transfer properties.

Dr. Anju R. Gupta: Anju Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Rhode Island. Her Interfacial Thermal and Transport lab studies phase change heat transfer on novel substrates, and transport mechanisms across the cell membrane. Dr Gupta has received funding from NSF, ACS PRF and holds two provisional patents. Dr. Gupta is an active member of AIChE , ACS, North American Thermal Analysis Society and ASEE and has published her work in a variety of scientific and education journals.

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The Dynamics of Keeping Your Head Up! How to Be Resilient in [COVID19] Challenging Times

Summary: Resilient people and professionals demonstrate common traits such as flexibility, higher emotional intelligence, and mental agility. These traits allow you to live and perform well under stressful or unusual situations. For some a resilient mindset is inherent; for others, it is learned. But let’s be honest, many of us struggle when it comes to our mindset, comfort zone issues, change, and routines…it’s just a matter of degree. More the question is, can you manage it and bounce back? Whatever the case, the good news is…we can learn how to be more resilient. In this program, executive coach, speaker, and author Kevin McNulty will help you better understand how to better manage your emotions and mindset, increase your self-awareness, and offer tools and resources to help you keep your head up so you can thrive!

KEVIN MCNULTY helps leaders and professionals elevate their people skills quotient to be more effective and influential in their roles.?Truth is, people and cultures are more complicated than in eras past. That means, if leaders and professionals want to be successful they must strengthen their soft skills. That’s why Kevin has dedicated his career to improving the people skills of professionals all around the world.

Often referred to as “the Conversationalist,” Kevin’s interactive keynote presentations and workshops feature proven strategies and provoke new thinking that attendees can implement to immediately improve their people skills and influence. As a masterful storyteller, Kevin uses compelling and humorous stories to cement his ideas in the minds of audience members. Kevin has been an advisor, coach and consultant to senior military commanders, federal government executives and private sector professionals for 30 years.

He was mentored by the renowned leadership coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and is now a premier thinker when it comes to soft skills and personal development.

He is the author of The Gap Between Two Worlds (endorsed by Marshall Goldsmith and Brian Tracy), a book on change and transition. Kevin has also authored several visual teaching models that help audiences grasp human and workplace dynamics. Kevin is a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force.

When it comes to influencing and really connecting with people, how do leaders and professionals know what’s the best, most effective way? They look to Kevin McNulty, an internationally recognized soft skills, leadership, and influence strategist & coach. With three decades as a trusted advisor and coach for major organizations including Jack Daniel’s, NASA and Department of Defense, Kevin has an uncanny ability for getting to the core of a concept and explaining it simply and concisely. A masterful storyteller, Kevin blends humor, an engaging style, and rock-solid advice to make him an ideal choice as a meeting opener, keynote, or closing-day speaker that will have your attendees glad they stayed through the end. Audiences leave Kevin’s presentations energized with real-world ideas to transform their people skills and influence quotient.

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(June 20) How to navigate COVID-19 stress & crisis (Christi Garner) A HISTORY OF ROCK (John Halchak)

June 20, 2020 @ 11:30 am 3:30 pm PDT

A HISTORY OF ROCKETRY by John Halchak, RS-68, Space Launch System (SLS), V-2, Peenemunde, Robert Goddard

Jun 20, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (PT)

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e-Town Hall Meeting

June 20, 2020, 1 PM – 3:30 PM

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11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Building Resilience: How to navigate stress and crisis of COVID-19
by

Christi Garner LMFT , Trauma Therapist and Educator
www.traumaeducator.com

1 PM – 3:30 PM
A HISTORY OF ROCKETRY

by

John Halchak, Senior Fellow
Engineering department of Rocketdyne (now named Aerojet Rocketdyne)

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A HISTORY OF ROCKETRY

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is the famous quotation of the philosopher George Santayana. For the engineer, knowing the mistakes of the past, including why they occurred, is a necessity to avoid repeating them. However, it also is important to know and understand past successes so that they may be stepping stones for future advances. Studying history also gives us a perspective of the present, helping us to understand why things are the way they are today and can point towards a path for change.

This talk will be a broad overview of the history of rocketry, with some emphasis on the importance of materials in the development of the technology. The American rocket pioneer, Dr. Robert H. Goddard, used some surprisingly advanced materials concepts for his rockets, combining metals and ceramics to achieve performance goals. Unfortunately, Goddard’s paranoia combined with his inability to work with others, destroyed his legacy. In their V-2 ballistic missile of World War II, the Germans used a variety of materials, with wartime shortages necessitating some creative materials selections. The V-2, although ineffective as a weapon, had profound long-term consequences, as it jump started ballistic missiles and space exploration. The first American and Soviet rockets were essentially improvements on the German designs that also incorporated higher strength materials to reduce overall weight and increase performance.
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John Halchak

John Halchak is a retired Senior Fellow in the Engineering department of Rocketdyne (now named Aerojet Rocketdyne), located in Canoga Park, California. For 13 years, he was the director of the Rocketdyne materials engineering department. With over 51 years of experience in rocket engine materials and processes, he has worked on virtually every major program for that company, including such programs as the Atlas, Gemini, Saturn V- Apollo, Minuteman, Delta, Peacekeeper, Space Shuttle Main Engine, Waterjets, Aerospike, Space Station, NASP, RS-68, X-33, MB-60, and J-2X programs.
In the course of his work, he has been a witness to, and a participant in, many of the historical events in the space program. He has had opportunities to accumulate information from many of the pioneers in rocket development, including some of the original German Peenemunde engineers.

John has given presentations on the history of rocketry at professional societies, conferences, and universities throughout the United States.

He is a graduate of Penn State’s metallurgical engineering department, a registered professional engineer, a member of the Air Force Association, a Fellow of the ASM, and a recipient of the Apollo Achievement Award, the NASA Astronauts’ Personal Achievement Award, the Penn State David Ford McFarland Distinguished Alumni Award, a NASA Group Achievement Award (1995), the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council 2006 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award, and the Rotary National Stellar Award for Achievement in Space Flight.
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Building Resilience: How to navigate stress and crisis of COVID-19

Navigating stress and crisis are no longer topics only for first responders and front liners. We have all been impacted this year by pandemics, chaos, and uncertainty. In this presentation we will learn tools for building resilience in times of stress, mindful hacks to feel better today, stress busting techniques to use daily at home or at work to increase your ability to focus and recover from crisis and even tips on how to get better sleep. Practical tools and a place to ask questions while you learn about your body’s innate ability to heal, even in times like these.
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Christi Garner LMFT

Christi Garner LMFT is a Trauma Therapist and Educator working closely with first responders and organizations in crisis response for 20 years. Christi provides you the skills that regulate the nervous system to help you restore balance in the face of stress and crisis. Tools to support you as well as to navigate the stress of crisis, to build resilience, to de-escalate, de-stress and recover so you can respond better in the moment and for the long haul. Being a leader in the field requires fortitude, together we will discover the tools to help you get there AND bring your team with you.
www.traumaeducator.com
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AIAA LOS ANGELES LAS VEGAS AND SCALACS JOINT EARTH DAY E-TOWN HALL MEETING

April 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am 2:50 pm PDT

Earth Day Celebration by AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas and ACS Southern California e-Town Hall Meeting various speakers

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020, 10:00 AM – 2:50 PM (Pacific Time)


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AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas and SCALACS joint Earth Day e-Town Hall Meeting

 

Welcome by
Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane
Chair of AIAA LALV Section & EPA Scientific Advisory Board member
Dr. Brian Brady, Chair of SCALACS

Speakers:

Speakers

*Prof. Madhu Thangavelu, USC (Moderator)
(Space and City: Lessons from the Future)

*Prof. Sachdev Sidhu, Molecular Genetics and the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto (COVID-19 Therapeutic Development in Real Time: Roadblocks and Opportunities)

*Dr. João Teixeira, Co-Director, Center for Climate Sciences, NASA JPLThe Climate of the 21st Century from Space)

Brett Cornick (Challenges faced by future Generation)

Erik Jessen, Raytheon (Management Theory and Leadership)

Marty Waldman & Prof. Craig Smith (Nuclear Power Grids & Clean Energy)

*Dastan Khalili, Cal-Earth (Panelist)

*Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective (Panelists)

(* – indicate those who will be in the concluding panel session)

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting, March 28, 2020

AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting, March 28, 2020, on Zoom

Present and Future of Aerospace during the time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information: https://conta.cc/2WByWvO

Presenters:

Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane, Chair, LA-LV Section, AIAA;
Dr. Dan Dumbacher, Executive Director, AIAA;
Nathan Boll (with Sam Magill), ASCEND Executive, AIAA;
John Rose, Boeing, AIAA Region VI Director;
Dr. Jeffrey Puschell, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and AIAA Fellow;
Bill Kelly: Aerojet-Rocketdyne Retired;
Fred Lawler: Raytheon
Marty Waldman: Chapter Chair, AIAA Las Vegas/NDIA-S.NV; SIL

Video Part I – Part III
https://youtu.be/gGypTJ5Ee8g
https://youtu.be/NluuCKbtOdc
https://youtu.be/i8U8aEcF8lss

AIAA LA-LV Youtube Channel
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On AIAA LA-LV websites:
https://www.aiaa-lalv.org/video/

and Engage @ LA – LV:
https://engage.aiaa.org/losangeles-lasvegas/viewdocument/march-28-2020-e-town-hall-meetin

AIAA LA-LV Youtube Channel
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Agenda for March 28 e-Town Hall Meeting