Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT
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Dr. Ken Lui

Events/Program Chair, LA, AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas section 
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 
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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the Anniversaries of
Apollo 11 Moon Landing (52nd) and
Vikings Mars Landing (45th)

July 17, 2021, 9 AM PDT (US and Canada)


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"Michael Collins:  A Life Well Lived"
Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal
NASA Johnson Space Center

"NASA Astronaut Program - How to Become and Astronaut"
Dr. Paul D. Ronney
AIAA Associate Fellow
Professor and Chair, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,
Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California
"Radiation Protection of Astronauts, and Human Space Exploration to the Moon and Mars"
Prof. Dr. Sarah Baatout
Director/Head of Radiobiology Unit, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

SCK-CEN, Belgium
Invited Professor @ Department of Astrophysics, KULeuven, Belgium
Member, The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR),
Secretary-Treasurer of the European Radiation Research Society,

"Drive Perseverance on Mars"
Jeng Yen, PhD
Group Supervisor, Robotics
Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology


Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, US and Canada))
09:00 AM PDT: Welcome and AIAA LA-LV Introduction
09:05 AM PDT: Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal
10:20 AM PDT: Prof. Paul D. Ronney
11:05 AM PDT: Prof. Dr. Sarah Baatout
11:50 AM PDT: Dr. Jeng Yen, PhD
01:20 PM PDT: Adjourn


Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal has served as the JSC Historian since 2004.  In this position she provides reference assistance to NASA and the public and has shared her expertise with journalists, writers, broadcasting agencies, documentarians, and many others.  She was awarded her Ph.D. from Washington State University, her master's in History from New Mexico State University, and B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer holds the unique distinction of being a scholar of NASA history and women’s history.  She has been featured as a subject matter expert in several documentaries; is an accomplished oral historian; and authored many publications.  In 2015, the Texas State Historical Association awarded the Liz Carpenter Award for Research to Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, a book containing her chapter on Mae Jemison, the first female astronaut of color.  In 2012, Jennifer was awarded the Charles Thomson Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for her chapter focusing on the Shuttle accidents in NASA’s Wings In Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle.  Her essay, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: The First Six Women Astronauts and the Media,” was included in Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight (2013) and noted as “fascinating and an in-depth study on how the first group of NASA women dealt with the still occasionally sexist media.”  For this work, she received her second Thomson Prize in three years. 

In 2011 she published her first book, Winning the West for Women, a biography of suffragist, Emma Smith DeVoe.  That same year, she was recognized by NASA Headquarters for her outstanding work as a historian for the Agency.  Her latest manuscript, Making Space for Women, focuses on the history of JSC through the experiences of its female employees and will be published this fall through Texas A&M Press.     



Paul D. Ronney is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Prof. Ronney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held postdoctoral appointments at the NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center and the Laboratory for Computational Physics at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory and a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University before assuming his current position at USC. Prof. Ronney was the Payload Specialist Astronaut (Alternate) for Space Shuttle mission MSL-1 (STS-83, April 4 - 8, 1997) and the reflight of this mission (STS-94, July 1 - 16, 1997).
Professor Ronney has extensive research experience in small-scale combustion and power generation, turbulent combustion, flame ignition by transient plasma discharges, micro-scale combustion, bioengineering (robotic insect propulsion), edge flames, flame propagation in confined geometries (Hele-Shaw cells), internal combustion engines, premixed-gas combustion at microgravity and flame spread over solid fuel beds. One of his experiments, a study of premixed-gas flames at low gravity, flew on three Space Shuttle missions.
Prof. Ronney has published over 80 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals, made over 250 technical presentations (including over 35 invited presentations at international conferences), holds 7 U.S. patents, and has received over $12 million in funding for his research projects. In recognition of his achievements, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Combustion Institute, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He has received the Distinguished Paper Award from the Combustion Institute (for a work published in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 37) and the Starley Premium Award of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (for the best paper of the year published in the Journal of Automobile Engineering.)

Prof. Dr. Sarah Baatout is the director of the Radiobiology Unit at SCK CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Mol, Belgium. She is also guest-professor at Ghent University and KULeuven (Belgium) teaching and directing research in the field of radiation biology, radiation protection, space biology and medicine.

Sarah Baatout is also Belgian representative at UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation), a member of the High Council for Health (Minister of Health) and was awarded by the Royal Academy for Sciences and Arts of Belgium, the prestigious Wetrems prize for the best discovery in the field of natural sciences. Presently, Sarah Baatout is also secretary/treasurer of the European Radiation Research Society and also a member of 2 advisory committees for the European Space Agency: the Human Spaceflight & Exploration Science Advisory Committee and European Space Science Committee. She is/has been the (co-)promoters of 5 Postdocs and of 15 PhD students and is the (co-) author of some 140 international papers.

Recently, she received the award of the “BeSpace personality of the year”, a recognition for her research and outreach achievement in the space sector and was recognized by various magazines as one of the women that make Belgium move. In the Science Fiction novel “2Reply noReply” of the Belgian author Peter Rakers about the preparation of martionauts, she plays her own character training and teaching the selected crew before their space mission to Mars. In 2020, she was awarded by the King and Queen of the Belgians the title of woman of the year for her strong and bright engagement towards society.

For more than 20 years, her lab has been investigating the impact of ionizing radiation on health through the development of better radiotherapy treatments for cancer patients, the discovery of innovative biomarkers for personalized medicine of astronauts and patients to ensure a better risk prediction and understanding of radiation susceptibility of each individual. She is also currently studying the impact of cosmic radiation on European astronauts and Russian cosmonauts to better understand how human physiology is affected by space radiation and how to better prepare astronauts for longer missions to the Moon or to Mars. As space human exploration evolves to ensure that astronauts remain safe, healthy, and productive for missions to the Moon, to Mars and beyond, space radiation is recognized as THE showstopper. It is thus imperative to develop innovative ways to better protect astronauts and increase their radiation resistance from space radiation. This, to ensure the success of human exploration and protect astronauts’ health. S. Baatout went to Antarctica to monitor health changes in this extreme environment with high degree of isolation and confinement that parallels most closely long-duration human missions in space.

Dr. Jeng Yen has been developing and implementing computational methods for multi-body systems for 18 years. Joined JPL at 1998 as a member of technical staff, he has successfully developed rover models and simulation methods used for MER surface operation and Rover Analysis Modeling and Simulation (ROAMS) software.

Starting in 1987, he developed a class of numerical integration algorithm for the real-time driving simulator in the University of Iowa, later implemented the numerical integration to support the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the university research park. After he graduated from Applied Math. program, he joined Computer Aided Design Software Inc. (CADSI), where he implemented and developed new computational methods for the vehicle system design and simulation. In 1993, he joined Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) at the University of Minnesota at Twin City. His research is focused on the computational methods for highly oscillatory dynamic systems in the next four years at the center. In the meantime, He also served as a research faculty at the Automotive Research Center of University of Michigan. From 1996-98, he led the project to create a simulation of the Ford automotive assembly line. This project was awarded by Engineering Animation Inc. (EAI) at Ames Iowa. At the same time, he also led another project for modeling and simulation of Army's track vehicles at United Defense, LP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.