Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:40 PM PDT
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American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 
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(October 31, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the International Space Station 

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

October 31st, 2020, 10 AM PDT

Agenda/Schedule (Tentative) (All Time PDT, US and Canada)
10:05 am (PDT): Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome)
10:10 am (PDT): Larry A. Trager (Moderator), Ed Gholdston, Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu, Karl Wefers, and
Julie Zingerman (ISS 20th Anniversary Panel)
11:40 am (PDT): Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu (Aerojet-Rocketdyne Space Station Power Systems)
01:10 pm (PDT): Liam Kennedy (ISS-Above)
02:40 pm (PDT): Adjourn
(More TBD)
AIAA Celebrates
20th Anniversary of the
International Space Station
(ISS and Beyond: A Historical Perspective on Life in Space)
Larry A. Trager (Moderator), Dr. Ed Gholdston, Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu, Karl Wefers, and Julie Zingerman
Larry A. Trager
Director of the Advanced Power Systems business

Dr. Ed Gholdston
Former Employee of Aerojet-Rocketdyne

Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu
Chief Technologist, Advanced Power Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR)

Karl Wefers
Chief Engineer, Aerojet-Rocketdyne

Julie Zingerman
Quality Program Manager for Advanced Space and Power, Aerojet-Rocketdyne
(Aerojet-Rocketdyne Space Station Power Systems)
Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu
Chief Technologist, Advanced Power Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR)

(ISS-Above, a Raspberry Pi gizmo that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth)
Mr. Liam Kennedy
Inventor of the ISS-Above
Former President, Orange County Astronomers
Former Griffith Observatory Planetarium Lecturer
Former NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

Currently, Larry Trager is Director of the Advanced Power Systems business for Aerojet Rocketdyne.  Previously he was General Manager of Hamilton Sundstrand Rocketdyne (HSR), a division of Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies Corporation.  Larry is responsible for the overall leadership of the Advanced Power Systems business at Aerojet Rocketdyne.  Products include Power Systems & Technology for the International Space Station, the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermal Electric Generator (MMRTG), as well as, future generations of Radioisotope Thermal Electric Generators, Mobile Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Surface Power, and battery management systems for both Li-Ion and Nickle Zinc batteries.  His team is currently responsible for designing and building the Electrical Power System for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser.  In addition, he is responsible for the Space Electronics Test Facility which has testing capabilities for Thermal Vacuum and Cycling, and Vibration.  MMRTG is the power source for the Mars Science Lab mission which has been operating on the surface of Mars since August, 2012.  The second flight unit will power the Rover for the Mars 2020 Mission.  Additional units will be earmarked for the Dragonfly Mission in 2026, and future nuclear Missions to deep space.  Prior to his current assignment, he was the Controller for the HSR business and previously served as Manager of Financial Planning and Overhead Cost for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.  He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University, an MBA from Xavier University, and completed a Masters in Quality Management from the National Graduate School.  Following his undergraduate education, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Army commendation medal for superior service.  

Dr. Cheng Yi Lu, Chief Technologist, Advanced Power Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR)
Dr. Cheng-Yi Lu has more than 37 years of experience in space power system engineering and integration, including power generation, energy storage, power management and distribution, as well as thermal management. As the power system Chief Technologist, he is leading the advanced power technology development, transition and insertion through various NASA, DOE, and Navy programs as well as IR&D efforts.
Dr. Lu was the International Space Station (ISS) Electric Power System System Engineering and Integration IPT lead and he had responsibilities of system analysis, integration, requirement validation and verification, and risk management. 
He holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University, a MS degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tunghai University in Taiwan.  Dr. Lu received seven U.S. patents and he is the author or coauthor of more than 30 papers.

Liam Kennedy is the inventor of the ISS-Above, a single board computer device (a Raspberry Pi) that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth. What started as a weekend project in 2013 to build a cool gizmo to inspire his own grandchildren has now been shipped to more than 3,500 locations around the world including private homes, schools, science centers and even at every NASA center nationwide. ISS-Above is one of the education partners with the ISS National Lab and received a grant to support their use in 100’s of schools across the USA.