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Climate Change Engineering, Science & Public Policy Dinner Meeting

November 3, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free - $27

Please join us for the AIAA Houston Section November 2015 dinner meeting, “Climate Change Engineering, Science & Public Policy.” Two presentations will be given, the first by Ian Mills, NASA/JSC robotics engineer, talking about using SPDM (Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator) DEXTRE and the International Space Station (ISS) robotic arm to install climate science instruments such as CATS (Cloud Aerosol Transport System). The second presentation will be given by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Bruce McCarl of Texas A&M University in College Station. The award shared with Al Gore by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about human-induced climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.


Ian Mills

Mr. Mills has been a member of the ISS Robotics Operations group since joining NASA in 1996. Mr. Mills has supported both the Space Shuttle and the ISS (International Space Station) robotic operations involving the external robotic systems used for payload deployment and retrieval such as the Hubble Space Telescope, ISS assembly, and on-going ISS payloads and maintenance. Mr. Mills was the lead Robotics Officer for the CATS (Cloud Aerosol Transport System) transfer to ISS, which was launched on the SpaceX CRS-5 mission. Mr. Mills received a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Houston Baptist University.

Dr. Bruce A. McCarl

Bruce A. McCarl, Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Received B.S. in Business Statistics at the University of Colorado and Ph.D. in Management Science from Pennsylvania State University. My recent research efforts have largely involved policy analysis (mainly in climate change, climate change mitigation, ENSO analysis and Edwards Aquifer water) as well as the proper application of quantitative methods to such analyses. I teach graduate courses in applied mathematical programming and applied risk analysis. Special Focus: Climate Change, Climate Change Mitigation, Water economics, Policy, Mathematical Programming.

Experience Tesla’s Model S

An AIAA Houston Section volunteer is a Tesla employee. Given the theme of this event, she suggested that Tesla make a Model S available for inspection after this dinner meeting event:

“Tesla’s award winning Model S, now with Autopilot features, is an evolution in automobile engineering. Our advanced electric drivetrain will propel you from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds, without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline. With the highest safety rating in America and up to 270 miles range, Model S redefines performance driving.

“Experience Model S in Houston at the November AIAA Meeting.”


5:30 – 6:00 PM Social with cash bar
6:00 – 7:00 PM meal & conversation: Red River BBQ self-serve buffet brisket & sausage (links), cole slaw, baked beans, with option for vegetarians and vegans (baked potato & salad).
7:00 – 7:20 PM International Space Station robotics operations for climate science instrument installment
7:20 – 8:00 PM Climate change science & public policy by Nobel laureate Dr. Bruce McCarl of Texas A&M University


Non-members: $25
Members & spouses or partners: $20
Full-time students with ID: $15
Registration is free for those not partaking of the meal.


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NASA JSC Gilruth Center, Alamo Ballroom
TX United States


Douglas Yazell