AIAA Houston Young Professionals Career Panel

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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.
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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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Biography

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.

ASME/AIAA/IEEE Houston Sections Joint Dinner Meeting: The Texas High Speed Train

Carlos Aguilar, PhD, Texas Central Railway

Thursday, July 16

Registration & Networking: 5:30 pm

Presentation: 6:15 pm

ABSTRACT

Texas Central is developing a world-class, high speed train connecting Dallas and Houston via high speed (190 mph) in a 90-minute transit that includes a 15-minute Brazos Valley stop in Grimes County midway between Huntsville and College Station, Texas. Life on the high-speed train: http://devtxcentral.wpengine.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Carlos Aguilar is President & CEO, Board of Director Member at Texas Central, a private, Texas-based company that is developing the high-speed passenger railway and associated facilities for “The Texas High-Speed Train.” He has a BSME from Duke, and MS & PhD degrees in Technological Science from Stirling University (Stirling, Scotland), as well as a 35+ year career working at the Ex-Im Bank, Bechtel, BrightSource and CH2M.

Note:
ASME meetings are open to all. Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the event.

RSVP $35 in advance ($15 for students) at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4609545. Bring a Friend, Get a Prize! Late reservations ($50) at the door. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the event.

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Saturday, 6/27: SpaceGeekSpeak, 8:30am, Zoom

June 30th is Asteroid Day! Astronaut Stan Love will present on asteroids at this weekly gathering over Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/681362383

Saturday, 6/27/2020
8:30am

If joining by phone only: 877 853 5247 (toll free) meeting id: 681362383

Saturday mornings, 8:30-9:30 am or as long as conversations last…. Bring your coffee and conversation starter, share a story, and enjoy the community!