Virtual Speaker Luncheon Series: Emily Matula, PhD


Featured Speaker: Emily Matula, PhD

8th September 2022 12:00 CST


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  • Martian Greenhouse Project 3.0 team, in collaboration with AIAA and the Aldrin Family Foundation, is seeking to design a food production system for human habitation on Mars.
  • Students drive the learning while teachers facilitate a relationship between their students and the mentors. Participating schools are found world-wide (US, Belize, UK, etc) and is a great opportunity to increase the diversity of STEM.
  • The Martian Greenhouse Project is expected to run September-November 2022.

Postponed for Spring 2022: Call for 2021 ATS Abstracts

The 2021 AIAA Houston Section Annual Technical Symposium will occur in November 2021.

We invite you to submit your abstract today!

Important Dates to Remember
Friday, October 29, 2021 – Abstracts due to planning committee
Friday, November 5, 2021 – Abstract authors notified of abstract acceptance

For more information: ATS Co-Chair John Dilorio,, ATS Co-Chair Wanda Sigur,

See the early warning flyer (PDF) for more information.

AIAA Houston Young Professionals Career Panel

Join the AIAA Houston section for a virtual young professionals career panel

10 August 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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Join the AIAA Houston section for a virtual young professionals career panel, featuring five distinguished panelists working throughout aeronautics and astronautics. They will discuss early career experiences and advice that propelled them to where they are today, as well as answer questions submitted by the audience.
To submit audience questions, please follow this link.

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Planetary Defense from Asteroids and Comets – Joint AIAA, IEEE, ASME Meeting

Join us for an ASME, AIAA, IEEE Houston sections joint meeting with special guest speaker: Dr. Nahum Melamed!

15 July 2021 6:00 PM CST


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Dr. Melamed is a project leader in the Embedded Control Systems Department in the Guidance and Control Subdivision at The Aerospace Corporation. He joined Aerospace in 2003. As a technical lead in Launch Vehicle Software, Melamed coordinates and guides a team of interdepartmental technical experts, and supports validation and mission readiness certification of the flight software and mission parameters for NASA’s Artemis missions. He conducts planetary defense technical and policy studies, co-chairs planetary defense conferences, serves on exercises exercise organizing committees, and speaks at these venues. He earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Abstract – Planetary Defense from Asteroids and Comets
Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are asteroids and comets that pose local, regional, or continental impact threat. The realization that asteroid impacts are a modern-day possibility followed analyses proving that many of the craters on Earth were caused by cosmic impacts rather than by gradual geological process or volcanic eruptions. In the 1980s researchers discovered that the demise of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago coincided with a major asteroid impact, and in 1994 observers recognized similar-sized impacts when fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter. If such an object were to hit Earth today, it could cause widespread devastation and profoundly affect life on Earth. Although major cosmic collisions with Earth are infrequent, their consequences could be severe. Hence, advanced planning is critical to mitigating future asteroid threats. And the best time to start preparing is now—well before any actual threat is detected.

Given this reality: What are the current risks? How would we deflect or destroy an asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth? What are the technical and political risks? What are the obligations and strategic interests that would drive a decision to act? This talk describes results from recent international planetary defense conferences and table-top exercises addressing these global questions through scientific studies and hypothetical scenarios. The talk also highlights evolving public and educational outreach, new simulation tools, recent space missions, and actions taken by the United Nations to support Planetary Defense.