9–13 January 2017
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas

Forum 360

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Distilling Your Message: Putting Yourself Back into Your Science and Engineering

Monday, 4 January 2016, 0930-1130 hrs

Effective science communication is necessary in fostering ongoing conversations between scientists and engineers, policy makers, and the general public, as well as promoting science literacy. The ability to communicate directly and vividly can help with securing funding, collaborating across disciplines, and strengthening research. The challenge is for scientists to be clear and engaging without oversimplifying the science. This interactive presentation suggests tools and examples to help scientists and engineers communicate in ways that resonate with people outside of their field about what they do and why it matters. We will cover general principles in how to craft clear, conversational statements, and avoid jargon. Participants will be actively engaged in explaining scientific material and engineering principles to lay people to develop and practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists and engineers about their work.

  • Christine O’Connell, Associate Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University (Facilitator)



Research Enabling and Enabled by a Cis-Lunar One-year Mission

Monday, 4 January 2016, 1400-1600 hrs

NASA in its Journey to Mars scenario envisions developing a deep space habitat in the cis-lunar exploration proving ground. While there are many engineering development and operational rationales for such a habitat, the research rationales require careful consideration. This session plans to start a dialogue in the research community about three elements of that consideration:

  • Research on ISS that would enable, for instance, a one-year notional cis-lunar mission
  • Research that would be enabled by the availability of a cis-lunar habitat research platform
  • Research that would enable deep-space human missions on the journey to the horizon goal of Mars
  • Michael Moloney, Director for Space and Aeronautics, Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Moderator)
  • Dominic “Tony” A. Antonelli, Chief Technologist, Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Robert Ferl, Co-Chair, Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Director and Professor, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, University of Florida 
  • Alex Macdonald, Program Executive for Emerging Space, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters
  • Matthew Simon, Habitation and Crew Systems Design Lead, Human Spaceflight Architecture Team, NASA


Innovation in Space—How Researchers Can Leverage the ISS National Laboratory for Pioneering Research & Development

Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 0930-1130 hrs

This interactive session is designed to connect and educate prospective researchers, entrepreneurs and financiers about the benefits, resources, and accessibility of using our nation's only orbiting laboratory. Explore the use cases for a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, remote sensing and more. In this engaging session, you'll learn about the best ways to leverage the International Space Station (ISS) for your own R&D initiatives. Discover how to leverage the unique capabilities and microgravity environment of the ISS to support research and business model development.

  • Learn how new-to-space users are conducting innovative research and technology development in space
  • Review and discuss benefits of research and technology demonstrations in microgravity
  • Get insight into the ISS mission, capabilities, and development roadmap
  • Get connected to key access points for using the ISS National Laboratory via CASIS and NASA
  • Gregory Johnson, President and Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) (Moderator)
  • Dan Blaettler, Senior Program Manager, CASIS
  • Carl W. Carruthers, Jr., Chief Scientist, NanoRacks
  • George C. Nelson, ISS Technology and Science Research Office, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Andrew Rush, President, Made In Space, Inc.


Cybersecurity Below 30,000 Feet—Applying Lessons from Other Industries

Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 1400-1600 hrs

Cybersecurity is rapidly emerging as a significant issue in industries well beyond the IT world. Whether it's the automobile, medical devices, or a plethora of devices that make up the Internet of Things, the implications of poor cybersecurity goes beyond simply disclosing a user's personally identifiable information. A compromised system can lead to potentially catastrophic results, including the loss of life. This panel will examine experiences from other industries and apply lessons and insights to the aviation and aerospace world.

  • Chan D. Lieu, Senior Legislative Advisor, Venable, LLP (Moderator)
  • Jeffrey Carr, CEO, Taia Global
  • Scott Erven, Associate Director, Protiviti
  • Karl Koscher, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, San Diego


Additive Manufacturing – Applications and Opportunities for the Aerospace Industry

Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 0930-1130 hrs

Panel will discuss current and future applications of additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry here on the earth and out in space. Current methods and challenges along with the future potential will be reviewed and discussed for metallic and composite additive manufacturing.

  • Robert Yancey, Vice President, Aerospace & Composites, Altair Engineering
  • Greg Arend, Additive Manufacturing Development Leader, United Launch Alliance
  • Jason Dunn, Co-Founder and CTO, Made In Space
  • Frank Mouriaux, General Manager, RUAG Schweiz Structures, AG, RUAG Space
  • Chauncey Wu, Structural Mechanics and Concepts Branch, NASA Langley Research Center


Space Exploration Through Advancing Technologies

Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 1400-1600 hrs

  • Steve Gaddis, Director, Game Changing Development Program, NASA (Moderator)
  • Molly Anderson, Principal Technologist, Next Gen Life Support, NASA
  • Michelle Munk, Principal Technologist, Entry, Descent, and Landing, NASA
  • Stuart Shaklan, Technical Group Supervisor, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Matthew Simon, Habitation and Crew Systems Design Lead, Human Spaceflight Architecture Team, NASA


Putting the E in STEM

Thursday, 7 January 2016, 0930-1130 hrs

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is crucial to sustaining America's economic prosperity. Increasing our capacity for innovation and our ability to address such global challenges as improving human health, developing clean energy technologies, and combatting climate change will require a workforce skilled in a wide range of STEM disciplines. Yet often, the primary focus of STEM education conversations is on science and mathematics education. This panel will discuss engineering education at the K-12 and undergraduate levels to examine innovative ways educators are providing the next generation workforce with the critical engineering skills needed to develop solutions to 21st century challenges.

  • Meredith Drosback, Assistant Director for Education and Physical Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • Edward J. Coyle, John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kirsten Fogg, STEM Engagement Lead, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Kurt Long, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Thea Sahr, Director of Programs, DiscoverE


Learning from Hollywood

Thursday, 7 January 2016, 1400-1600 hrs

  • Rick Loverd, Program Director, The Science & Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (Moderator)
  • Jessica Cail, Psychopharmacologist, Loyola, and Science Advisor/Consultant "Agents of Shield", "Zootopia"
  • Gillian Horvath, Writer and Executive Producer of the CW's, "Beauty and the Beast"
  • Will Staples, Writer, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3"
  • Loretta Whitesides, Founder Astronaut, Virgin Galactic


Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 06 Dec 2016
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 19 Dec 2016
  • Cancellation Deadline: 26 Dec 2016

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