AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, with Women Aerospace Professionals and a Featured Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

August 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, w/ Women Aerospace Professionals & Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women with Aerospace Women Professionals
Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10 AM PDT

Moderated by
Ms. Marilee Wheaton
The Aerospace Corporation, AIAA Fellow
(Part I)
“From Passenger to Pilot”
Ms. Leslie Czechowski
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle
Volunteer, Kent Library
(Part II)
Aerospace Women Professionals
Panel Disucssion
Ms. Marilee Wheaton (Moderator)
Aerospace Corp.| Fellow, AIAA

Ms. Claudine Phaire
Chair, AIAA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group;
Principal Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Ms. Leslie Czechowski (Event Speaker)
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle

Dr. Claire Leon
Owner, Claire Leon Consulting, LLC.

Atty. Jennifer Perdigao (Pilot)
Member, AIAA
Partner & Co-Chair, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
General Aviation Pilot

Dr. Anita Sengupta (Pilot)
CEO/Founder Hydroplane Ltd.
Research Professor of Astronautics USC
Former NASA JPL Aerospace Engineer
Captain Civil Air Patrol
Instrument Rated pilot

Dr. Swati Saxena
AIAA Lifetime Senior Member
Technical and Project Manager, ANSYS Inc.
(Part III)
Early Career Panel for
Women Professionals

Ms. Janet Grondin (Moderator)
AIAA Senior Member
Vice President, Intelligence Programs, Stellar Solutions

Dr. Aki Roberge
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

Ms. Janelle Wellons
Instrument Operations Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Appearance on the “Super Sensors” episode of PBS Scigirls

Ms. Marilyn L. McPoland
Treasurer, AIAA LA-LV Section
Director, Ceremonies & Events at California State University, Dominguez Hills
former: Sr. Director Operations, XPrize | Director, Museum of Flying | Air Show Producer

Ms. Kathleen Fredette (Glider Pilot)
AIAA Educator Member, Coach, Presenter, Glider Pilot,
Director of STEAM Initiatives for iLEAD CA Charter Schools,
SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador,
One of the first 6 educators to fly on SOFIA and have flown 4 missions altogether,
NASA Endeavor Fellow

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

Ms. Niyati Chokshi
Graduate Research Assistant at Bagley College of Engineering
Ph.D candidate- Aerospace Engineering
Mississippi State University
“From Passenger to Pilot”
“The presentation focuses on the development of aviation in the 20th century through women who played significant roles. The first transcontinental passenger was a female reporter from Chicago, and the first stewardess flew on a noted Boeing bi-plane. In the 1920s and 30s Amelia Earhart was a popular pilot, famous for her attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her friend, Jacqueline Cochran, was another famous pilot through the next two decades, setting speed records in military jet airplanes.”

Ms. Leslie Czechowski has a B.A. in Drama Theory, a M.S. in Library Science, and a M.S. in Liberal Studies (concentration in 19th century American history and literature). She has worked in a variety of library and archives positions at Grinnell College, The University of Minnesota, and The University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she taught graduate courses at The College of St. Catherine and The University of Pittsburgh. She has also authored many professional publications and presented on library and archival services.

Leslie has been a volunteer in numerous organizations and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova in 2012. She currently volunteers at the Kent Library teaching Microsoft Office software, volunteers at the Museum’s archives, and joined the docent program at the Museum in 2016.
Exhibitor briefing (Between the 1st and the 2nd Panel)

“EnCorps and STEM Teachers Program”
Ms. Tanja Schroeder
Southern California Recruitment Coordinator for EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
“Development of the Stella App”
Isis Ginyard
A rising junior at Windward School

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

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AIAA LA-LV August 15 Aerospace Women Career Day Event

(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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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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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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