IllinoisX Space Technology Talks

Every Wednesday at 4 pm for the Spring 2021 Semester, Illinois Space Grant Consortium will be hosting space technology talks for NASA personnel and research scientists to share their specialties. We have two speakers at each talk with time for some questions and answers at the end of each talk.

Everyone is welcome!

All space talks will be recorded for use in the IllinoisX Space Technologies Academy MOOC coming late spring 2021.

Schedule – Wednesdays at 4pm

Register HERE!

Check back often for updates.

January 27th

Chris Hansen – NASA Topic: Space Suits Engineer

Haley Cummings – NASA Topic: How to Fly on Mars- Part 1

February 3rd

Dr. Joshua Rovey – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Topic: Electric and Chemical Propulsion

Dr. John Shelton – Northern Illinois University Topic: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

February 10th

Cancelled due to technical difficulties

February 17th

Dr. William Schonberg – Missouri University of Science and Technology Topic: Space Debris

Shannah Withrow – NASA Topic: How to Fly on Mars: Part 2

February 24th

Dr. Darron Luesse – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Topic: How Plants Change their Growth and Development in Space

Dr. Wesley Swingley – Northern Illinois University Topic: The interactions between life and the environment that drive

March 3rd

Dr. Zach Putnam – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Topic: Planetary Entry, Descent, and Landing

Mark McDonald – Chief Architect; Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Topic: Artemis and Space Technology

March 10th

Dr. Francesco Panerai – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Topic: TBD

Dr. Dean Campbell – Bradley University Topic: Bringing Space Science into Chemistry

March 17th

Dr. Andrew Dombard – University of Illinois at Chicago Topic: Lunar Lithosphere: what is it and why it is important

Michelle Munk – NASA Topic: Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Technologies for Space Exploration

March 24th

Dr. Leslie Gertsch – Missouri University of Science and Technology Topic: Lunar Mining

Terry Fong – NASA Topic: Explore with autonomous systems and robotics

March 31st

Dr. Noshir Contractor – Northwestern University Topic: Missions to Mars: Understanding and Preparing Teams for the Future

Samantha McCue – NASA Topic: A New Way of Doing Business – The XQ-58A and Trends in the Aerospace Industry

April 7th

Niki Werkheiser – NASA Topic: Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII) & cross-cutting tech. for transformative missions

John Dankanich – NASA Topic: NASA “Go” Focus Area: In-Space Transportation domain for NASA

April 14th

Josh Adamson – Sr. Principal Thermal Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation Topic: James Webb Space Telescope

Cythnia Garcia-Eidell – University of Illinois at Chicago Topic: Please don’t pass the salt: Progress on ocean salinity monitoring from space

April 21st

Dr. YJ Lin – Northern Illinois University Topic:  A new look on Aircraft De-Icing Technology

Dr. Laura Villafane – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Topic: TBD

April 28th

Dr. Mel Ulmer – Northwestern University Topic: TBD

Dr. Michael Lembeck – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Topic: TBD

May 5th

Dr. Sonny White – Limitless Space Institute Topic: TBD

Kristopher Miller, NASA Topic: TBD