1581 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on June 24th, 2011|
|Guests: Robert Dickman, Wayne Hurwitz|
|Guests: Bob Dickman; Wayne Hurwitz. Topics: The AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit along with the International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcome Bob Dickman, Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Wayne Hurwitz of Northrop Grumman to discuss this upcoming conference and AIAA programming with us. Visit the conference website at www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=2424 for more information and registration. This conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 31-August 3, 2011. Note the special tour on Wednesday afternoon, http://aiaa-mjpc11.abstractcentral.com/planner re the "Renewable Energy Research Promotion and Implementation in San Diego" tour. Our one hour program (followed by a brief open lines list of topic suggestions) started with Gen. Dickman providing us with a brief AIAA and conference overview and history. As you will hear, this is primarily a technical conference with approximately a thousand scientists, engineers, academics, and others in attendance, delivering technical papers and talks. The key conference theme this year is "design, test, and fly." Gen. Dickman told us about keynotes including General Sheridan and Elon Musk of SpaceX. We also talked about the luncheon programs and speakers and the exhibits in the Exhibit Hall representing both groups supporting the conference. There are special hotel rates and early bird as well as student and retired rates for attending the conference. One early listener question asked about hypersonics and as you will hear, this topic is covered on Monday with a key X-51 panel. We then talked about the technical aspect of the conference and the networking opportunities which are abundant. There is also a commercial panel Monday afternoon featuring several panel members from the New Space industry. Later in our discussion, we talked about the Wednesday afternoon tour mentioned above. As you will hear, a certain number of participants is required for this tour so make your reservation for it early. The tour cost is $40 and can be paid for at the time of your conference registration. Among the many listener questions, one dealt with the Call for Papers for the 2012 conference. The Call for Papers will be announced at this year's conference so for those attending, you can get the information there, otherwise from the AIAA website. Our two guests fielded several questions about advanced and breakthrough propulsion being addressed at the conference. Additional inquiries dealt with international space programs and the space activities of other nations. You will hear that this conference has a growing international aspect to it. Also note that there are participating education credits available for classes on Thursday and Friday after the formal part of the conference ends. Near the end of our discussion, another program we learned about was the Engineers as Educators Workshop designed for training engineers and others to go into the classroom to teach and inspire kids about space and related topics. This free training program is Tuesday evening, 7-10 PM (www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=2424&viewcon=other1420&id=1420). The final segment contains a list of possible topics for the next Open Lines program on July 5. For questions or comments, post them on the blog URL. If you have a question about the conference or specifically for one of our guests, send it to me for forwarding.|
|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.
Mr. Wayne Hurwitz is a Northrop Grumman Associate Technical Fellow and the Aerospace Systems Sector Multi-disciplinary Design, Analysis & Optimization (MDO) Team Lead with over 30 years of industry experience, a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Hurwitz has extensive aircraft and propulsion system design and integration experience having served as an IPT leader or manager on several aircraft development and upgrade programs, including the T-38/F-5, F-20, TSSAM, B-2, F/A-18, X-47A, F-35 and most recently NUCAS. After receiving his Master’s degree, Mr. Hurwitz worked for General Electric’s Small Engine Business Group in Lynn, MA. He moved to Los Angeles in 1984, where he worked for Northrop Grumman for 16 years, including several years as manager of the Advanced Propulsion organization. Mr. Hurwitz rejoined Northrop Grumman in 2010 after 10 years at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT. While at Pratt & Whitney, he served in various roles, including manager of F119/F135 Operability, IPT lead for the F-35 Lift Fan, and manger of Pratt & Whitney's Vehicle Systems & Mission Analysis group, where he worked on next generation systems for both military and commercial aircraft applications. Mr. Hurwitz is an AIAA Associate Fellow and serves on several AIAA and SAE industry committees, including the AIAA Technical Activities Committee (TAC), AIAA Propulsion & Energy Group, TAC Liaison to the AIAA Publications Committee and the SAE S-16 Committee on Turbine Engine Inlet Flow Distortion.
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