54 Years in Service of NASA – A Learning Experience

The AIAA Houston Section is inviting you to a lively discussion with Dr. Kumar Krishen about his lessons learned while serving NASA for 54 Years. Please see the event flyer for the meeting password and Dr. Krishen’s biography.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
5:30 pm

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AIAA Houston Innovation Workshop


AIAA Houston Section Workshop on Multiple Aspects of Innovation at NASA JSC will be held at the Gilruth Center.

Background and Objective

The concept of innovation has been a vital component of human progress throughout the history of the species. However, in the recent years, the pace of innovation has increased at a rate that would have been unimaginable only a few decades earlier. Researchers around the world are studying this phenomenon, in an attempt to come up with creative new solutions pertaining a wide array of human activities. Countless economies have flourished because companies and governments have implemented innovative technologies, methods, techniques, protocols, processes, and ideas to develop and improve their products and services. JSC and its support community of contractors and universities strongly support and encourage innovation in numerous different areas, both inside and outside of the field of spaceflight. This workshop will facilitate dialogue among various JSC entities regarding recent accomplishments, their potential implications, and plans for the future of innovation at and around JSC.

Workshop Theme: Yesterday and Tomorrow

Why should I attend?

You will gain knowledge about innovation which will propel you to a great future. You will gain motivation to be innovative. You will get a Certificate of Completion and we will inform your Supervisor if you want.

Also, take a look at the importance of innovation (MS Word) and “Importance of Innovations in Human Ecosystem” (MS Word).


Time Event/Topic Speaker
8:00 AM Registration & Coffee
8:30 AM Welcome Laura Sarmiento, AIAA Houston Section Councilor
8:40 AM Open Innovation – Results, New Capabilities, Strategic Framework (PDF) Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Davis, JSC HHP Director (MS Word)
9:25 AM Challenges of Human Missions to Mars (PDF) Astronaut Dr. Stan Love (PDF)
JSC Center Creative Spaces (PDF) Joel Walker/JSC Center Operations Director (MS Word)
10:45 AM Multiple Aspects of Innovation at JSC (PDF) Dr. Kumar Krishen/JSC
Power of Open Innovation (PDF) Steve Rader/JSC
NASA Pioneering Space InnoCentive Challenge Results (PDF) Larry Toups/JSC
Using Collaboration Partnerships for Innovation (PDF) Bob Prochnow/TCC of Houston
12:30 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM JSC: Innovation Design Center (PDF) James Brown/JSC
Boeing: Innovation – Boeing’s Key to Enabling Engineering for the Future (PDF) Jeffrey Osterlund
Lockheed: Innovation Progress and Future Outlook (PDF) Dr. Kritina L. Holden
Jacobs: Innovation Progress and Future Outlook (PDF) David Whitlock
3:25 PM PAE: Innovation Progress and Future Outlook (PDF) James W. Hughes
Wyle: Innovation Progress and Future Outlook (PDF) Kiley Wren
4:30 PM Closing Laura Sarmiento

Organizing and Executing Committee

General Chair: Mr. Alan Sisson
Program Chair: Dr. Kumar Krishen
Executive Chair: Ms. Laura Sarmiento
Financial Chair: Mr. Fred Ouellette

Who should I contact for more information?

Dr. Kumar Krishen
Ms. Laura Sarmiento

11/15 Lunch Presentation: Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration

The AIAA Houston Program Management and Integration Committee presents:

Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration

Dr. Kumar Krishen, Fellow, SDPS, Fellow, IETE
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
Building 30A Auditorium, NASA JSC
Noon to 1:00 PM

Dr. Kumar Krishen is the ST/Senior Scientist / Lead Technologist for the Technology Transfer & Commercialization Office, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas, responsible for developing strategies for joint research and technology projects and plans with industries, universities, other NASA centers, and government agencies. Dr. Krishen has served at Virginia Tech as University Fellow for Technology Transfer, Office of Special Initiatives, and Visiting Professor on a special NASA assignment. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Rice University. Currently, he holds the appointment of Honorary Professor for Delhi Technological University.

The future of human presence in space beyond Earth orbit has been the focus of NASA strategic planning efforts for more than four decades. In the recent past, a report titled “Voyages, Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration” was issued by NASA, which identifies a capability-driven approach. This presentation will critically examine the implications of the destinations on technology development and capability enhancement to show what developments should receive priority in the future to enable safe and affordable human space missions. It will identify a set of questions that can lead to a successful prioritization of the technology development. In this context each destination and technology identified in this report will be discussed and rationale for the technology prioritization provided.

This event is open to all badged JSC team members Professional Engineers earn one hour of credit toward Continuing Education requirements by attending this event.

For additional information contact Dr. Satya Pilla, Program Management and Integration Chair at, 281-226-5645 or pmi2012@aiaahouston.org.

No food or drink is allowed in the B30 Auditorium.

See the event flyer.