(2022 July 16) AIAA LA-LV Neil’s Day 2022: Apollo 11 Moon Landing / Vikings Mars Landing Anniversaries

July 16 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

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AIAA LA-LV Section Celebrates Neil’s Day 2022Anniversaries ofApollo 11 Moon Landing (53rd) and Vikings Mars Landing (46th)July 16, 2022, 9 AM PDT (US and Canada) (Add to Calendar)Tentatively Online-Only.If you are interested in also a local gathering, please contact us at your early conveniences so we could know there would be enough interests for a local gathering at the same time to attend the online presentations together as well.Also, if you worked on the Apollo or the Vikings Program, please contact us. We will arrange the recognition during the event or on the AIAA LA-LV Section Monthly Newsletter.
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Speakers and Panelists(The list may not represent the actual order of presentations.)An AIAA LA-LV Neil’s Day Special Presentation:“Neil’s Remarkable Poise Under Pressure”Dr. Christian GelzerChief HistorianLogical Innovations, IncNASA Armstrong Flight Research Center(Dr. Gelzer is also the panel moderator/panelist)How a simple plan got me to mission control for Apollo 11 and could change your life too.Dr. Lawrence KuznetzFormer NASA Senior Scientist and Aerospace Engineer(Panelist)Ms. Michelle EvansAIAA Distinguished Speaker, AIAA MemberAuthor, bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space”Founder and President, Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com)Writer, Photographer, and Communications Specialist in aerospacehttps://www.aiaa-lalv.org/september-28-2020-aiaa-member-spotlight-on-michelle-evan/(Panelist)“Aneutronic Fusion Prototype”Mr. Alan SimmonsDesigner and Digital Artistfor Animation, Games and Live Action “Film”(Panelist)Mr. Aldo SpadoniAIAA / IAAA MemberNorthrop Grumman – RetiredAerospace Artist“Use your STEM Industry Experience to Change Lives!”Ms. Leah RodriguezTeaching Fellowship RecruiterEnCorps“Virtual Moon AR/VR Demo– A Virtual Spacetime Portal to the Moon”Mr. Philippe Van NederveldeAward winning VR creator, space settlement advocate, futurist“CHASE – Commercial Human Spaceflight Expeditions:BuzzCraft: Evolution of Cislunar Architecture for 2024 Artemis Lunar Landing & Beyond”Prof. Madhu ThangaveluDirector and Faculty Member, USC / ISU
Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, US and Canada))09:00 AM PDT: Welcome and AIAA LA-LV Introduction09:05 AM PDT: Dr. Christian Gelzer10:15 AM PDT: Panel Discussion (Dr. Christian Gelzer (also panel moderator), Ms. Michelle Evans, Mr. Aldo Spadoni, Mr. Alan Simmons)Panel theme: “Apollo 11 / Vikings Impacts and Inspirations for the Next Generations, STEAM Education, and the American Space Program.”11:05 AM PDT: Ms. Leah Rodriguez (Exhibitor)11:20 AM PDT: Mr. Philippe Van Nedervelde12:05 AM PDT: Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz01:15 PM PDT: Prof. Madhu Thangavelu01:40 PM PDT: Adjourn
Dr. Christian Gelzer taught history at Auburn University before coming to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in 2002, where he serves as the center’s historian. He has authored three books, co-authored or contributed to four, and edited another nine. Gelzer has published in refereed journals and is a regular presenter at conferences and meetings. He is wrapping up his current project, a history of a flight research project at the AFRC that explore a new spanload (https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20160003578/downloads/20160003578.pdf). He holds a Ph.D. in the history of technology and U.S. history from Auburn University and is finishing his LSA pilot’s certificate.“Neil’s Remarkable Poise Under Pressure”Everyone present knows that Neil Armstrong was the first person to step onto the moon, and many are aware of the tension in the final moments of Apollo 11’s Lunar Module’s descent. But this was not the first time Neil displayed extraordinary cool under pressure. I look back at five events in his career where he manifested calm and poise: Apollo 11, his Lunar Landing Training Vehicle ejection, the Gemini VIII spin, the longest flight in the X-15, and his ejection from an F9F in Korea. I focus on Neil’s X-15 “excursion”, as fellow X-15 pilot Milt Thompson took to calling, because the story is not well known and because it epitomizes this remarkable character trait.
Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley. His first project at NASA was a filtration system for the Apollo command module to prevent the return of hypothetical pathogens from the Moon. During project Apollo he was on Console at mission control using 41 Node man, a computer model of the human body and spacesuit he wrote to predict metabolic rate and consumable usage on EVAs which is still in use today. Following Apollo he was assigned to the Build Team at the Kennedy Space Center responsible for tile installation and final construction of space Shuttle Columbia prior to first flight. Following a decade of consulting and teaching during which he earned 8 US patents in the field of extreme environment protection, did a Post doc at NASA-Ames and taught at UC Berkeley, MIT (International Space University), he returned to the Johnson space Center in 2001 as Experiments manager for the Human Research Program on the Shuttle and ISS. During this time he wrote a notable white paper used by Congress to improve the HRP research process and created the bioadvisory Algorithm Violet. This Voice Interrogated Operator for Life support and Exploration Tracking is a smart space suit buddy system designed to augment Mission control or replace it at distances beyond the reach of real time guidance. In 2012 Dr Kuznetz left NASA to create the Hypernet Paradigm, a project-based STEAM learning tool and used it to form the MarsSuit Project, a space suit and life support system for the exploration of Mars which is now under construction. Dr. Kuznetz has written a climate change novel, a spacesuit users manual for kids 9 to 90 and Save the Shuttle, a space shuttle “autobiography.” He is the author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles including the first to show that liquid water can be stable in the Martian environment and that earth based extremophiles can survive in it. In the wake of COVID-19 he has come full circle, using everything he learned in his nasa career to form Planetary Pro-Tech (PlanetaryProtech.com) and create the Qsuit for future pandemic protection by preventing forward and backward contamination. On a lighter note, he was the only non celebrity guest to appear on the Johnny Carson tonight show on consecutive nights and enjoys playing keyboard at dark and dingy piano bars in his spare time.“How a simple plan got me to mission control for Apollo 11 and could change your life too.”
Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com) and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People’s History of Spaceflight” series.Michelle’s background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work with Mach 25 Media provides education and display services for astronaut appearances and other space-related events at government facilities, science centers, schools, and other venues across the country and overseas.Michelle is a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Michelle was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”
Aldo Spadoni is an MIT graduate with an aerospace engineering career spanning over 35 years. He has made significant technical contributions to numerous advanced aircraft, missile, and spacecraft programs for NASA, DARPA, the U.S. Air Force and Navy.He began his engineering career at Hughes Space & Communications Group as a spacecraft configuration design engineer working on the Galileo Jupiter spacecraft. Later, he joined TRW Defense & Space Systems as a navigation systems engineering specialist working on ICBMs and spacecraft programs. Aldo joined Northrop in 1985, supporting the advanced design team in the area of advanced avionics system integration and project management. He created and managed an award-winning creative simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Aldo is a recipient of NASA’s 2004 Turning Goals Into Reality team award for Reusable Launch Vehicle Development.Aldo is an accomplished self-taught artist and concept designer with four U.S. patents to his credit. He is President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) as well as a Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Aldo’s consulting company, Aerospace Imagineering, specializes in the conceptual design, visualization and prototyping of advanced technology products and concepts. His visualizations have appeared in numerous magazines and television documentaries. He has worked closely with hard science fiction authors such as Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle to bring their technological visions to life.As a Hollywood technical consultant and concept designer, he supported the production of APOLLO 13, SUPERNOVA, STEALTH, IRON MAN 1 & 2, and other movie projects. He helped produce the 2009 National Geographic Channel documentary called HITLER’S STEALTH FIGHTER. He is currently the spacecraft technical adviser on the upcoming interstellar adventure film, PERSEPHONE. Aldo’s personal goals are to promote STEAM education and create compelling visions of humanity’s spacefaring future.
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
“CHASE – Commercial Human Spaceflight Expeditions:BuzzCraft: Evolution of Cislunar Architecture for 2024 Artemis Lunar Landing & Beyond”
Leah Rodriguez (Exhibitor)Leah joined EnCorps in August 2021 to support recruitment efforts in Southern California. The Indiana native relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from DePauw University in 2020, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education Studies. Being a first generation college graduate, she has a strong passion and commitment to improving the educational opportunities for low-income students and students of color.Use your STEM Industry Experience to Change Lives!“Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps persist in our schools today. There is a 26% or greater gap in math achievement between white students and students of color. We believe in the power of STEM to offer opportunities to students who need it most. You can change this by becoming a STEM teacher.EnCorps STEM Teachers Program’s vision is to realize a day where all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, are inspired and prepared to pursue their dreams. STEM Teaching Fellows explore the process to become a teacher within 1-3 years with the support of EnCorps training, guest teaching field experience, licensing guidance, EnCorps cohort of peers and the EnCorps network of schools. When you become an EnCorps Fellow, you will provide access to quality education within low income schools, supporting students who need your mentorship the most.”
Philippe Van NederveldeAward-winning 30 year veteran VR/AR/MR creator. Founded and runs E-SPACES for 25+ years, the world’s oldest continuously operated VR/AR development studio.As one of the earliest, still active practitioners of VR UI/UX design, his track record traces the development history of multi-user virtual worlds, a.k.a. metaverses. His 100+ delivered VR/AR projects include the pioneering metaverse CyberTerm (1991), one of the earliest working prototype fully 3D metaverses ever; VisCIS (1992), a working prototype for turning CompuServe into a metaverse; and CyberTown (1993), a working VR e-commerce platform prototype for online VR shopping, produced well before the web went mainstream. After having produced five metaverses for paying clients over the past three decades, he is presently building his sixth and most ambitious metaverse yet, this time not for clients.Serving blue chip clients worldwide for 25+ years, VR highlights include Virtual Europe (for the European Commission & inaugurated by PM Tony Blair at Cardiff’s ‘98 EU Summit); the SimsalaGrimm fairytale wonderland for children; Virtual Munich Airport Center (“Best VR Application” award of VR World Congress 2001, Barcelona); and a crowning glory of the social VRML era: ICITY (2000). Led E-SPACES to swiftly become “Preferred Content & Application Development Partner” of Blaxxun Interactive, developer of the world-leading social VR platform of the 90s.Co-founder & CTO of disruptive AR/VR security & surveillance tech startup Panoptic Systems, Inc. in L.A. Applied his 3D UI & AR/VR UX design expertise to revolutionize cognitive ergonomics performance in surveillance systems. Inventor of Panoptic’s breakthrough C-Thru system.Helmed X3D Technologies —a Palm Beach, FL VR startup co-founded by Hollywood director Michael Bay— and was instrumental in its merger in 2002 into Multicast Media Technologies of Atlanta, GA.“Virtual Moon AR/VR Demo – A Virtual Spacetime Portal to the Moon”
Mr. Alan SimmonsMr. Simmons does design and development work for Animation, Games and Live Action “Film” (Film is now mostly digital images). He is adding “HYperloop on the Moon”. He designed a moonbase and this shot has a refinery/ processing plant with the Hyperloop running beside it. The pumps and valves might not be necessary here since the Moon is mostly vacuum–(as far as we know). The bottom pic is a drone he designed for the Tesla Foundation.“Aneutronic Fusion Prototype”
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August 20 @ 9:30 am 1:00 pm PDT

“Making Space for Women”: AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, with the Women Aerospace Professionals Meeting Event

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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women with Aerospace Women Professionals

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Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:30 AM PDT (Add to Calendar)


Lawndale Library (Meeting Room)

14615 Burin Ave., Lawndale, CA 90260

(South of 105 Hwy and East of 405 Hwy/Pacific Coast Hwy (1))

(Near SpaceX Hawthorne)

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Event led and moderated (overall) by


Ms. Marilee Wheaton

Systems Engineering Fellow

The Aerospace Corporation

AIAA Fellow


(Part I)

“Making Space for Women”


Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal


NASA Johnson Space Center

(Presenting online)


(Part II)

Keynote Speech


Dr. Claire Leon

US Space Force (USSF)

Owner, Claire Leon Consulting, LLC.

National Academy of Engineering

(Part III)

Aerospace Women Professionals

Leadership Panel Discussion


Ms. Marilee Wheaton (Moderator)

Systems Engineering Fellow

The Aerospace Corporation

Fellow, AIAA


Dr. Claire Leon

US Space Force (USSF)

Owner, Claire Leon Consulting, LLC.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE)


Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

Executive Vice President

Axiom Space



Ms. Kris Acosta

General Manager

Vector Launch, LLC


Dr. Amy S. Lo

JWST Deputy Space Vehicle Director

Northrop Grumman, Space System


Dr. Roberta Ewart

Chief Scientist



(Part IV)

Early Career Panel for

Women Professionals


Ms. Marilyn L. McPoland (Moderator)
Executive Director, Ceremonies & Events at California State University, Dominguez Hills
Former: Sr. Director Operations, XPrize | Director, Museum of Flying | Air Show Producer

Ms. Laura Duffy
Space Systems Engineer, Canyon Consulting, LLC
PhD Student, Colorado State University

Ms. Lisa Gethard
Flight Ops, Logistics, Development
Mission: AstroAccess

Ms. Nell Finigan
Systems Engineer
The Aerospace Corporation

Ms. Diana Lopez
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
Northrop Grumman Defense Systems

Ms. Selin Berk
Test and Flight Operations for the New Shepard vehicle
Blue Origin


“Making Space for Women”

Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal has served as the JSC Historian since 2004. In this position she provides reference assistance to NASA and the public and has shared her expertise with journalists, writers, broadcasting agencies, documentarians, and many others. She was awarded her Ph.D. from Washington State University, her master’s in History from New Mexico State University, and B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Arizona.


Jennifer holds the unique distinction of being a scholar of NASA history and women’s history. She has been featured as a subject matter expert in several documentaries; is an accomplished oral historian; and authored many publications. In 2015, the Texas State Historical Association awarded the Liz Carpenter Award for Research to Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, a book containing her chapter on Mae Jemison, the first female astronaut of color. In 2012, Jennifer was awarded the Charles Thomson Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for her chapter focusing on the Shuttle accidents in NASA’s Wings In Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle. Her essay, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: The First Six Women Astronauts and the Media,” was included in Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight (2013) and noted as “fascinating and an in-depth study on how the first group of NASA women dealt with the still occasionally sexist media.” For this work, she received her second Thomson Prize in three years.


In 2011 she published her first book, Winning the West for Women, a biography of suffragist, Emma Smith DeVoe. That same year, she was recognized by NASA Headquarters for her outstanding work as a historian for the Agency. Her latest manuscript, Making Space for Women, focuses on the history of JSC through the experiences of its female employees and will be published this fall through Texas A&M Press.


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