Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
Add to Calendar 


This is an online event. 


Events/Program Chair, LA, AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas section 
Facebook Join My List Logo

(June 27, 2020) Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration mini-Conference 2020 

Volunteers are needed for al AIAA activities, please contact cgsonwane@gmail.com

Special guest (in the beginning):
Dr. Mark Boslough
Sandia National Laboratories
University of New Mexico

Dr. Nahum Melamed (moderator)
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Project Leader
The Aerospace Corporation
"Introduction and NEOs Deflection App brief demo"
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
Director and Faculty Member
" Evolving Directed Energy System Concepts For Planetary Defense in the Earth-Moon System Domain"

Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa
Program / Mission Manager
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
"The challenges of Hayabusa2"

Prof. Kevin McKeegan
Distinguished Professor
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
"Asteroids and Meteorites"
Dr. Serena Goldstein
Naturopathic Doctor (both office & virtual)
"Simple tips to find balance and a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19 & Crisis"
Atty. Jennifer S. Perdigao
Partner & Co-Chair, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
Atty. Jared A. Schneider
Senior Counsel | Tressler LLP, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
"Space Law in Planetary Defense, Asteroid Exploration, and Space Debris"
Mr. Philip Groves
("Asteroid Hunters" IMAX Producer & Writer, Apophis Pictures, LLC)
"Fostering public support for planetary defense through media"
Mr. Liam Kennedy
Inventor of the ISS-Above
Former President, Orange County Astronomers
Former Griffith Observatory Planetarium Lecturer
Former NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
"ISS-Above, a Raspberry Pi gizmo that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth"

Dr. Nereida Rodriguez-Alvarez
Research Scientist, Planetary Radar and Radio Science Group
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
"Global Achievements of the Planetary Radar and Radio Sciences Group at JPL towards NEO Observations with the GSSR, and the results presented in the Blue Sky Study."
Nikola Schmidt, PhD.
Research Associate in Space and Cyber Politics
Head of the Centre for Governance of Emerging Technologies at
the Institute of International Relations, Prague, CZ
Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences
Charles University, Prague, CZ

Register Now!

(Please enable Javascript on the Web Browser)

Registration fee ($4.95 each ticket) going towards STEM events and scholarships. Special needs please contact events.aiaalalv@gmail.com
The Zoom Connection information will be provided in the Confirmation Email after registration / RSVP.
(No refund within 7 days of the event or after the event)

Dr. Nahum Melamed

Dr. Nahum Melamed is a project leader at The Aerospace Corporation since 2003. He received BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel, and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. His expertise include Orbital Mechanics and Optimal Guidance. His key activities include Planetary Defense from Near Earth Objects, Space Debris Mitigation and Flight SW Validation.
He leads a collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) developing a physics based web NEO Deflection App, or NDA, to design NEO deflection missions and gain insights on the challenges involved. This includes descriptions and tutorials that are necessary to interpret the data, supports planetary defense conferences, workshops and exercises, and is available online https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/nda/. Dr. Melamed serves on planetary defense conferences and planetary defense exercises organizing committees, gives talks at these venues, and instructs a planetary defense class at Aerospace.
Dr. Mark Boslough
Mark Boslough received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech and joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1983. His impact research is focused on computational modeling of airbursts, their physical effects, and their contribution to the NEO risk. He participated in documentary field expeditions to airburst sites including the Libyan Desert of Egypt in 2006, Tunguska in 2008, and Chelyabinsk in 2013. He served on the asteroid mitigation panel for the National Research Council, and coauthored the report “Defending Planet Earth” that was delivered to Congress in 2010.
Madhu Thangavelu

Department of Astronautical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering & School of Architecture, University of Southern California, National Space Society Board of Directors.

Madhu Thangavelu conducts the ASTE527 graduate Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering, and he is also a graduate thesis adviser in the School of Architecture at USC. He holds degrees in both engineering and architecture and has contributed extensively to concepts in space architecture, especially dealing with extraterrestrial development. He is the author or co-author of over 70 technical papers in space architecture, lunar base design and human factors, and co-author of the book The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement (1999) published by John Wiley and Sons and the second edition by Springer/Praxis in 2007. He is the invited author of the chapter “Living on the Moon” in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by John Wiley and Sons in 2010 and the online second edition updated in 2012. He is a member of the USC team that won the NASA NIAC Phase I award in 2011 and Phase II award in 2012. As a former AIAA officer, he served as Vice Chair for Education in the Los Angeles section. He is on the faculty of the International Space University, an international organization that provides training for a promising new generation of leaders and space professionals around the world. He is on the board of directors of the National Space Society.
He is a strong advocate for articulating the philosophy of space: Scientists and Engineers(in particular) have a tendency to get lost in the tools and toys they make, though some of us do arrive at philosophy for the meaning of what we do and why, via the long route of experience. By then, alas, for the most part, our life’s work is done. It is a good idea to set us all on a solid foundation in space philosophy, so we can all have a steady handle on our works, as nature reveals her secrets… slowly, ever so slowly, but surely…
Evolving Directed Energy System Concepts For Planetary Defense in the Earth-Moon System Domain
As our sensitivities, capabilities and capacity to defend Earth from certain classes of impactors that pose imminent threat improve, it is possible to create concepts and build networks to defend our biosphere at short notice.This talk will present some preliminary concepts to address and mitigate short warning period threats using advanced directed energy systems.
Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa
Makoto Yoshikawa is an associate professor of Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He is the mission manager of Hayabusa2 project. He got the Ph.D. degree in astronomy at the University of Tokyo in 1989. After working as a researcher of JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), he worked at former Communication Research Laboratory from 1991 as senior researcher. He moved to ISAS as associate professor in 1998. His research field is celestial mechanics, and he was involved many space missions such as GEOTAIL, HALCA, Nozomi, Hayabusa, Akatsuki, IKAROS, and Hayabusa2. He is now also working for planetary defense issues.
Prof. Kevin McKeegan

Distinguished Professor
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Dr. Serena Goldstein

Dr. Serena Goldstein is a Naturopathic Doctor (both office & virtual) who helps people decode what seems like the most general physical or emotional concerns, interpret those specific ones, and neatly put everything together as part of plan where people can feel empowered about who they are and what they're feeling. Dr. Serena has a special focus on weight and hormones, as she utilizes her extensive psychology background, and knowledge of natural and conventional medicine to get to the root cause of dis-ease. She creates individualized plans for her patients, so they can stay consistent and have fun being healthy! Dr. Serena has been published in numerous online outlets like Forbes and MindBodyGreen, appeared in media outlets like SiriusXM Radio, and spoken professionally both at conferences and other organizations. Learn more about getting back to basics at www.drserenagoldstein.com.

Jennifer S. Perdigao

Jennifer S. Perdigao is a Partner and Co-Chair of Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group. Her practice includes insurance coverage and defense as well as advisory matters. Jennifer’s insurance coverage experience includes insurance coverage analysis and insurance litigation involving various aviation related policies. Her defense litigation experience involves a wide range of matters including the defense of wrongful death, personal injury and property damage claims arising out of premises, aviation accidents, airport operations, and products liability. Jennifer further provides counseling in connection with FAR compliance, risk management and aviation contracts. Jennifer has training and experience with employment law matters including FEHA claims and wage and hour matters. Jennifer is a licensed pilot and enjoys helping young women pursue aviation-related careers. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and currently works out of Tressler’s Los Angeles office.

Jared A. Schneider

Philip Groves

Phil Groves is the writer and producer of the IMAX documentary Asteroid Hunters. Prior to becoming a film producer, he was the EVP of Worldwide Distribution for IMAX Corporation.

During Groves' tenure at IMAX, he successfully brought IMAX’s slate of Hollywood blockbuster event films to IMAX screens around the world, beginning with the very first day and date release of an IMAX DMR title, Matrix Revolutions. In 2016, he was honored with the CinemaCon Passepartout Award for his “dedication and commitment to the international marketplace.” Additionally, he increased the reach of IMAX documentaries to more multiplex and institutional IMAX screens worldwide.

Before IMAX, Groves was Vice President of Film for Loews Cineplex, spending over 20 years buying film for this national exhibition chain as well as Cineplex Odeon, and General Cinema.
Prior to his executive film career, Groves earned screenwriting credits and storyboarded a number of films including the comedy classic Airplane!; he also created on-screen graphics for the television program Wall Street Journal Consumer Newsline, and published comic books which he authored and illustrated.Groves and his wife, Carol, have one daughter, Casey, and currently live in Thousand Oaks, CA 

Liam Kennedy

Dr. Nereida Rodriguez-Alvarez

Nikola Schmidt, Ph.D.