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|Aired on August 26th, 2008|
|Guests: Robert Dickman, Maureen Heath, Col. Richard W. White, Jr.|
|Guests: Retired General Bob Dickman, Executive Director of AIAA, Col. Richard White, USAF SMC LAAFB, and Maureen Heath of Northrop Grumman Corporation were our guests tonight regarding the upcoming AIAA Space 2008 Conference to be held in San Diego, CA from Sept. 9-11. For conference information and registration, please visit www.aiaa.org. We started our discussion with Ms. Heath and the Civil Space Day programming that she has been organizing for Wednesday, Sept. 10th. This specific programming leads off with a panel on the NASA budget and a special climate panel focusing on the role space plays in understanding climate issues. There is also special programming about the workforce that is needed for our future and much more. Those attending the conference will have ample time for questions, networking, and exchanges with the panelists and others at the conference. Later in the first segment and then in subsequent segments, we took a look at the first day programming for the conference which includes the commercial tracks and more. Here, we zeroed in on a few tracks dealing with entrepreneurism at various levels and also launch assurance, a new panel topic for this conference. We also answered many listener questions about student pricing, peer review for conference papers, scholarships, and more. Education Alley was explained and its importance as well as its appeal for everyone including adults was mentioned. So was on-site job recruiting by major corporations attending, sponsoring, and exhibiting at the conference. Later in the show, Col. White talked about six different technical panels and one of our favorite Space Show topics, Operationally Responsive Space. Later in the final segment, we discussed the standard for knowledge, research, and presentations represented by AIAA papers and contributors over the past several decades. You will want to hear this discussion and I am sure you will want to be part of this conference. To see the conference agenda, please visit
www.aiaa.org/agenda.cfm?lumeetingid=1872&viewcon=agenda&formatview=1&DateGet=09-Sep-08. For online registration, visit www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=1872&viewcon=register. Registration will also be available at the door. I'll be there, look for me.
|About our guests...|
Bob Dickman is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a professional membership technical society with more than 35,000 members in 79 countries. AIAA organizes the Space Exploration conference as well as many other technical conferences for the aerospace industry. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45 Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL. He served as the Air Force’s Director of Space programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force. He was the National Space Club’s Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News ‘“100 Who Made a Difference” and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Technical Advisory Group.
Maureen Heath is the vice president, civil space at Northrop Grumman Corporation. She is responsible for the sector's strategy in the civil space market, including the development of advanced systems, and the capture of major systems contracts in that business area. She is the senior focal point for the sector's civil space customers, building on current relationships with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, specifically. Heath additionally is the company's lead executive for NASA's Space Exploration Prometheus initiative. Heath brings an extensive background in space programs to her new position from her most recent role as vice president of marketing and Washington operations. She began her aerospace career with the U.S. Air Force in 1979. Heath earned a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University at Fullerton and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She was named a Brookings Congressional Fellow in 1995, serving in the office of Senator Pete Domenici for one year.
Col. Richard W. White, Jr.
Colonel Richard W. White Jr. is Director, Developmental Planning, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. As director, the colonel is responsible to the Commander of SMC for the planning of future space and missile missions across the Center. His Directorate develops new materiel concepts to satisfy requirements provided by Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He also directs an SMC modeling and simulation capability to assess the performance of these concepts. He is also responsible for the planning process for technology investment needs across the Center. He received his commission upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1982, and at the Air Force Institute of Technology he earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983. Colonel White has completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Defense Systems Management College, and Air War College. His career spans space systems research, acquisition, test, launch, and operations.
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