(August 29, 2020) AIAA LA LV K-12 STEM Meeting with Alan Chan, and Maj. Cornelius Neil Cosentino

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Agenda for August 29, 2020

*Book TOC (Table of Content) by Maj. Cornelius Neil Cosentino
Letters From The Cockpit 

                                Table of Contents 

  1. The Phantom and the Elephant  ……………Troops in Contact ( TIC ), a Close Air Support ( CAS ) for the USMC 
  2. The Envelope 10 ……………………………………A SAC TOP SECRET mission 
  3. One Green Light 22………………………………..A Night landing in zero zero fog
  4. White Lights 26  …………………………………….North Vietnam – Headed for Bulls Eye 
  5. Andrew 32 ……………………………………………..Homestead 
  6. The Cobra Turn 40………………………………….MacDill AFB Air Fest 
  7. Kentucky Windage 49……………………………..Chasing Contrails  
  8. Little Alice Learns to Fly 55……………………..Flying in the Bahamas 
  9. A Surprise Sunrise 64 …………………………….Headed for Outer Space 
  10. 20 Mike Mike 71 
  11. A Night Round-Robin 77 …………………………Aviation Cadets 
  12. A Bomber Crew Christmas 82 
  13. The DFC 85 …………………………………………….HAIRY 
  14. Teeny Tigers 94 ………………………………………Air to Ground Gunnery 
  15. Hut Flight Cleared to Fire 102…………………..VERY HAIRY                                  

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” 

Winston Churchill

A USAF Public Affairs Office PAO photo Udorn Air Base, Thailand December 1972 

– on weather hold – The Linebacker II missions… we were all hoping for a weather cancel…

…so aircrews and crew chiefs could go across the field and enjoy Bob Hope’s USO Christmas Show….

AIAA LA LV August 29 2020 eTown Hall Meeting with Alan Chan and Cornelius Neil Cosentino

(STEM K-12)(8/29) Red Rover Planetary Driving Simulator (Alan Chan); Letters from the Cockpit (Cornelius Neil Cosentino)

August 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm PDT

(STEM K-12)Red Rover Planetary Driving Simulator by Alan Chan; Letters from the Cockpit by Cornelius Neil Cosentino

Aug 29, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PT)

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AIAA LA LV STEM K-12 Meeting

with Alan Chan, and Cornelius Neil Cosentino

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10 AM (Add to Calendar)


Red Rover Planetary Driving Simulator


Alan Chan

A twenty-year visual effects veteran,A screenwriter and director


Letters from the Cockpit


Maj. Cornelius Neil Cosentino

Experienced Pilot, USAF-Retired

Explore Martian terrain from the driver’s seat of a futuristic Martian rover! RED ROVER uses real NASA HiRISE satellite data and images in a game engine to create a simulator that lets you drive around and explore! It’s a great opportunity for K-12 kids or students to see Mars up close and personal as guest speaker Alan Chan, the developer of Red Rover, takes us through each of the different areas of Mars available in this simulator





This inspiring talk is for those who wish they were born with wings, and/or enjoy short stories. Come fly with the speaker (Neil) as he relives his experiences as a high-time pilot with a knowledge of flight we all envy. Strap on the shoulder harness, tighten the seat belt-“CLEAR, Contact, “we can hear the roar of the engine as we taxi out -each story a new new exciting true adventure by a pilot who has been there !


Neil will talk about why he wrote the short story book. He will also talk about writing a second short story book and why he categorized them as “ Familographies “ – the purpose is to encourage students to start writing their true stories.

Alan Chan has worked in the visual effects industry for over twenty years, including work on Academy Award winning projects such as James Cameron’s “Titanic”, Peter Jackson’s “Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. An accomplished screenwriter and director as well, Alan indulges in his passion for space by using cutting edge game technology to visualize and explore the planets.


Cornelius Neil Cosentino, retired USAF pilot, 6,000+ hours in fighters, bombers and tankers, commercial and private aircraft. Graduated from the University of Southern California Aerospace Safety management program, Aerospace Consultant in the Middle-east. Airline Transport Pilot, certified flight Instructor in multiengine, and instruments, rated in seaplanes, glides, and helicopters. Author, publisher, owned and operated Air Treasure Cay, an FAA Part 135 air taxi charter service; was engaged in tourism, cruise ship operations and hotel development in the Bahamas; currently CEO of FASTA Florida, a Tampa Bay based Air & Surface Transportation think tank developing a 1st Global airport, and the JRC aircraft for the National Interstate Flyways System ( NIFS ).


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(August 15, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Aerospace Women’s Career Day Event !

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am 2:30 pm PDT

(August 15, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Aerospace Women’s Career Day Event ! Please join us to celebrate the auspicious August for Women !

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August 15, 2020, 10 AM

Aerospace Women’s Career Day Event

Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Contributions to STEM

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Please join AIAA LA LV to celebrate the auspicious month of August for Aerospace Women / Women’s Career !

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$4.95 per ticket.

Registration fee going towards STEM events and scholarships.

The Zoom connection information will be provided in the confirmation email after registration / RSVP.

(No refund within 7 days of the event or after the event)

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Overall Chair / Moderator of this Event: Marilee Wheaton (Aerospace Corp., AIAA Fellow)


10:05 am : Welcome Message (Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane, AIAA LA LV Section Chair)

10:10 am : Keynote Speech (Marilee Wheaton)

10:30 am : Women’s (Career) Panel (Chaired/Moderated by Marilee Wheaton)

11:30 am : YP / Women’s Career Panel (Chaired/Moderated by Courtney Best)

12:30 pm : Resume Workshop and Interview Tips

1:30 pm : Why do girls/boys/general public want to go into / stay in Aerospace (and STEM) Career

2:20 pm : Adjourn (Tentative)

*Keynote Speaker: Marilee Wheaton (Aerospace Corporation, AIAA Fellow)

*Main Women’s (Career) Panel:

Marilee Wheaton (Moderator/Panelist) (Aerospace Corporation, AIAA Fellow)

Michelle Rouch (Raytheon, Renowned Aerospace Artist)

Kris Acosta (Northrop Grumman, SWE-LA)

Janet Grondin (Stellar Solutions, Women in Defense (WID-LA) – President)

Dr. Claire Leon (Professor, Loyola Marymount University (LMU))

Courtney Best (Boeing, YP)

*Second Panel Women/YP Career Panel:

Courtney Best (Boeing)(Moderator/Panelist)

Brett Cornick (Contractor)(AIAA LA-LV YP Chair)

Jennifer S. Perdigao (Attorney, Pilot)

Dr. Anita Sengupta (Research Professor Astronautics, University of Southern California, Pilot)

Monica Maynard (LA School District STEM Director)

Roz Lowe (Manufacturing Industry Representative)

Sherry Stukes (NASA JPL)

Marilyn McPoland (CSUDH, AIAA LA-LV Council Member)

(More TBA)

*Resume Workshop and Interview Tips (Fred Lawler, Raytheon)

*Why do girls/boys/general public want to go into / stay in Aerospace (and STEM) Career (Bill Kelly, Aerojet-Rocketdyne-Retired)

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AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section


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


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

40 Years of Overcoming Challenges


Dr. Claire Leon

Loyola Marymount University


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


Dr. Anju R. Gupta

University of Toledo


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


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.


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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AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

Space Commercialization: AIAA LA LV Participation in Jan. 22 LAEDC / CSUDH panel event

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.

More event photos could be found on Engage @ AIAA LA-LV ( https://engage.aiaa.org/losangeles-lasvegas/viewdocument/january-22-2020-aiaa-la-lv-partic )


George Whitesides (Keynote Speaker)
CEO, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company
Personal space travel

Steve Isakowitz (Featured Speaker)
President and CEO of The Aerospace Company
Space security, space policy, new R&D technology


Paul Russell
Vice President & General Manager
Aviation Systems, L3Harris Technologies
Satellite technologies and uses in the future

Van Espahbodi
Managing Principal/Co-Founder, Starburst Accelerator Funds & mentors startups to get ready for Series A pitches

Mark Davidson
Small Business Innovation & Technology Partnerships, JPL
Tech Transfer and Partnerships with NASA/JPL

Linda Huber (Panel Moderator)
Partner, Nixon Peabody

Research in Space: International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory

Leading experts from the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory will be visiting AIAA Los Angeles in a few weeks. We are planning on having a public event for all, including but not limited to Aerospace Professionals, their family and friends, STEM students, teachers and any other members of public.

The event is a great occasion to meet and brainstorm ideas on research carried out in the International Space Station (ISS).

If your organization, college, or school, is involved or is interested in experiments carried out at the International Space Station, and wants to get involved in the event, please contact us. We want to reach out to all community members of Southern California.

Please contact cgsonwane@gmail.com

International Space Station (ISS)