Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM PDT
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Doubletree Club Hotel, Orange County Airport 
7 Hutton Centre Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Doubletree Club Hotel, Santa Ana 

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AIAA Orange County Section 

OC AIAA 2016 SoCal ASAT Conference


The Thirteenth Annual AIAA Southern California Aerospace Systems and Technology (ASAT) Conference and Banquet

Sponsored by

The Orange County Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


The Boeing Company 

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Doubletree Club Hotel
7 Hutton Centre Drive
Santa Ana, CA   92707
(714) 751-2400

Conference Chairs: Mr. Dino Roman, AIAA Associate Fellow Mr. John Rose, AIAA Associate Fellow

2016 will be the 13th consecutive year that the OC Section has put on its ASAT conference.  This local conference provides students and professional members alike an opportunity to present original work across a wide variety of tracts over the morning and afternoon sessions.  It also offers quite a few opportunities for networking, since the sessions, meals, and speakers aren't spread all over a vast resort.  The amazing caliber of aerospace work going on in So Cal enables us to bring in some very exciting speakers for the morning and lunch keynote presentations.  Our evening banquet that follows the conference is dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of some of our well-deserving members.  It also includes the awarding of a cash prize for the best break-out session presentation, and culminates with our banquet speaker.  Conferences play an important part in sharing ideas and information amongst our peers.  But not everyone can afford the time and cost associated with many of the large venue conferences.  Locally hosted technical symposiums, like ASAT, that offer the networking and sharing of ideas, are a great way for AIAA sections to address our members' desire to participate.


Conference Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Garrett Reisman, Former NASA Astronaut – "Human Spaceflight - Recent Past and Future"

Dr. Garrett Reisman is a  graduate of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.  While at NASA, in June 2003, Reisman served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 5 mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, living and working under water for fourteen days.  Dr. Reisman was assigned as a long duration crewmember on the International Space Station.  He launched as Mission Specialist 5 aboard the STS-123 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) mission on March 11, 2008.  After docking he took part in the first spacewalk of the mission.  Dr. Reisman stayed on board as Flight Engineer 2 for part of Expedition 16 and part of Expedition 17.  Having completed his mission, he returned to Earth as Mission Specialist 5 aboard STS-124 on June 14, 2008.  During his time on board the ISS he had seen two visiting Space Shuttles and the installation of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and the pressurized section of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo".  Dr. Reisman was a member of the STS-132 mission that traveled to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis from May 14 to 26, 2010.  He participated in two spacewalks during this mission.  He is currently director of crew operations at SpaceX.

  • Dr. Karl Garman, Chair, AIAA Flight Test Technical Committee - "Aerospace Mythology: Our Parable, Our Profession, Ourselves"

Karl Garman is the Chair of the Flight Testing Technical Committee of the AIAA.  In this role, he leads a diverse 30+ member group to assess, referee and conduct conferences on the latest developments in the field of experimental flight testing.  His technical, operational and supervisory experience spans academic, military, corporate, and government roles. These include serving as a research pilot for the National Science Foundation-funded Airborne Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, as a Flight Test Engineer at Rockwell Collins and the Federal Aviation Administration, and as a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard Reserve.  His flight test experience in industry and government spans from light helicopters to heavy transports to unmanned aircraft.  These projects have involved a diverse range of systems and test objectives, including special operations systems, terrain following radar, electronic countermeasures, precision instrument approach capability for flight management systems, performance, system function and reliability testing.  In addition, he completed the Civil Flight Test course at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, CA.  An Associate Fellow of the AIAA, his Institute service and achievements also include the 1st Place Precollege Outreach Award (2008), Section Chair (2009-10), and he is the current Secretary of the AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section.

Banquet Speaker

  • Mr. Tom Logsdon, Author, Mathematician, and Engineer, The Applied Technology Institute - "Six Ways the Global Positioning System (GPS) Can Save Your Life"

Tom Logsdon has lectured at thirty different universities and made guest appearances on 25 television shows.  He has written and sold 1.8 million words, including 34 non-fiction books.  He also writes for Encyclopedia Britannica.  And for the past 20 years or so he has been making regular visits to Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg, Houston and the various other NASA bases where he gets the opportunity to teach the next generation of young rocket scientists how to conquer space.  His 3- and 4- day short courses on space and the GPS are often sponsored by Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Applied Technology Institute in Riva, Maryland.  And most of his expert witness assignments come from ORC International in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Born and raised amid humble beginnings in small-town America, Logsdon figured out how to use the math and physics he learned in school to shape the complicated looping trajectories that carried twelve American astronauts up to the moon.  Later he got the opportunity to apply similar mathematical magic to the manned Skylab, Mars and asteroid missions, and today’s incomparable GPS navigation satellites. 

Tom Logsdon loves to tell exciting stories.  His story telling skills have been applauded by audiences in 31 different countries scattered across six continents.  His words – spoken and written – have been translated into at least a dozen different languages, including French, Spanish, Latvian, Russian, Servo-Croatian, Hebrew, international sign language, and Japanese.

Recently, this playful and enthusiastic wordsmith began working on his second children’s book.  Entitled Going Up Higher, it traces the adventures of a precocious young boy and his purple-striped dinosaur as they fly to Mars together in two chubby little rocketships.

13th Annual AIAA Southern California Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference and Banquet