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Events/Program Chair, LA, AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas section 
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 
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(January 18, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Celebrates
Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr Day

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

January 18, 2020, 10 AM PST

Tentative Agenda: (Pacific Standard Time (PST), US/Canada)
10:05 AM PST: Welcome (AIAA LA-LV Section / Events Program Chair)
10:10 AM PST: Talk by Mr. Tyrone Jacobs Jr.
10:40 AM PST: Talk by Pastor Marlin J. Ivy
10:55 AM PST: Panel Discussion
01:00 PM PST: Adjourn
AIAA LA-LV Special Meeting
 AIAA LA-LV Celebrates
Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr Day
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section, will present, "A Day of Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," online on Zoom.
This event celebrates Dr. King—the man, the minister, and the humanitarian. Come and join us to celebrate this auspicious day, and enjoy the discussion among African American and other minorities in aerospace / STEM fields, and possible some readings of Dr. King's words.
Mr. Frederick Beck
Group Supervisor, Cybersecurity Ops & Identity Mgmt at JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Mr. Alan Chan
A twenty-year visual effects veteran, A screenwriter and director

Mr. Victor Lewis Cook
MBAA/MAS/BSASQ Certified Quality Auditor
AS9100D Lead Auditor Certified
FAA Certified Airframe & Power Plant Technician

Ms. Michelle Evans
Author, Bestseller "The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space"
Founder and President, Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com)
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Writer, Photographer, and Communications Specialist in aerospace

Mr. Douglas Ikemi
Independent Engineer

Pastor Marlin J. Ivy
(Moderator, Speaker, and Panelist)
Pastor of Kinship Community Church
Veteran of the U. S. Air Force (served in the first Gulf War during Desert Shield and Desert Storm),
 Rank of Senior Airman, a Logistics and Public Affairs Specialist while serving as an Honor Guard.

Shelby Jacobs
Former Apollo Engineer

Mr. Tyrone Jacobs Jr.
Northrop Grumman

Mr. Santosh Kumar
Civil Airman, Member of SCAUWG,
Southern California Pilots Association and Long Beach Airport Association

Mr. Jesse Modesto
CalPoly Pomona (2018)

Dr. Kristeen Pareja-Navarro
Buck Institute
(More TBD)
Frederick Beck, Group Supervisor, Cybersecurity Ops & Identity Mgmt at JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederick-beck-02a0a024/)
Alan Chan has worked in the visual effects industry for over twenty years, including work on Academy Award winning projects such as James Cameron's "Titanic", Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers" and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". An accomplished screenwriter and director as well, Alan indulges in his passion for space by using cutting edge game technology to visualize and explore the planets.
Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com) and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People's History of Spaceflight” series.
Michelle's background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work with Mach 25 Media provides education and display services for astronaut appearances and other space-related events at government facilities, science centers, schools, and other venues across the country and overseas.
Michelle is a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Michelle was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”
Douglas Ikemi: 39 years of experience in the aerospace industry
Experience: designing, analyzing and testing spacecraft thermal control systems and system and unit levels.

EDUCATION: BS in Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, MS in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Hughes Masters Fellow, Engineer's Degree, California Institute of Technology, Hughes Fellow
2004-March 2016 Performed thermal analysis and testing at Northrop Grumman
2002-November 2004 Thermal lead at Raytheon.
1980-2002 Started Hughes Spaces and Communications (actually a few more company name changes, including GM) and then Boeing Satellite Systems as thermal engineer.
1997-1999 Thermal Activity Leader (~Dept. Manager)
1976-1978 Hughes Fellow rotations at Electro Optical, Space and Communications, and Missile Systems
President of Hughes Asian Pacific Professional Association during the last years of Hughes Space and Communications.
Pastor Marlin J. Ivy is a 17 year resident of Las Vegas Nevada and is the pastor of Kinship Community Church. Pastor Ivy is an ordained Elder through the largest African American Pentecostal  organization in the world, the Church of God in Christ. Ivy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications Studies and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Civic Engagement. He is currently pursuing his Doctorial Degree in Theological Studies from Faith International University. Pastor Ivy sits on numerous government and educational boards to include his favorite, Nevada State College School of Education. He is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served in the first Gulf War during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ivy held the rank of Senior Airman and was a Logistics and Public Affairs Specialist while serving as an Honor Guard.

Shelby Jacobs



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Tyrone Jacobs, Jr., 26 years old, was born in Chicago, IL. He is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Tyrone strives to become the best speaker, engineer, leader, man, and person that he can be. His mission is to give hope to the hopeless. He aims to show people that, regardless of their past circumstances and environment, that, they can become successful and accomplish their wildest goals and dreams.
Santosh Kumar, Civil Airman, Member of SCAUWG, Southern California Pilots Association and Long Beach Airport Association, and former Military Air Operations Coordinator for Wings Over Fullerton Airport Day at Fullerton Municipal Airport.Worked briefly at Boeing on C-17 program, Unigraphics Solutions (now Siemens) on what is now NX, and Raytheon on AN/APG-73 and AN/APG-79 AESA RADAR for F/A-18C-F, and volunteer engineer at NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) NAWC (Naval Air Warfare Center) TSD (Training Systems Division) on Micro-Simulator Part Task Trainer. FAA certificated pilot with 230 hours high performance endorsement and aerobatics flight time.
Mr. Jesse Modesto graduated 2018 from Cal Poly Pomona.
Dr. Kristeen Pareja-Navarro is originally from Los Baņos Laguna, Philippines. She emigrated to the U.S. in 2001 atthe age of 15 and attended Richmond High School in California. She then earned her BS Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis and her PhD in Pharmacology from Cornell University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked in several research labs including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Novozymes and Touro University. As a graduate student in the Sevier lab, she studied chaperone proteins involved in oxidative stress signaling. She joined the Tracy lab in December 2019 where she is currently investigating the role of toxic tau oligomers in Alzheimer's disease-related synapse dysfunction and deterioration.