John Glenn Memorial Symposium

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
July 15-17, 2020

The 2nd Annual John Glenn Memorial Symposium will take place virtually. The symposium will focus on advancements in aerospace technology including power and propulsion, autonomy and communications, low boom supersonics, hypersonics, and more. Discussion will also encompass humans returning to the moon, including challenges associated with the 2024 mission.

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11:00 - 11:15 AM - Welcome Remarks

Introduction and Welcome: American Astronautical Society and NASA Glenn Research Center

Marla Pérez-Davis, Center Director, NASA Glenn Research Center

11:15 - 11:45 AM - Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker – NASA HQ/Administrator – Jim Bridenstine

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Artemis, an update on SLS, Orion and Ground Systems

Artemis, an update on SLS, Orion and Ground Systems


Moderator: Marcia Lindstrom, Strategic Communications Manager, NASA MSFC
Andrew Allen, Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group, Former NASA Astronaut
Jim Maser, Senior Vice President, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman Space, Former NASA Astronaut
John Shannon, Vice President and Program Manager, Space Launch System, Boeing
Kerry Timmons, Systems Engineering Design & Integration Senior Manager, Orion Program, Lockheed Martin Space


NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft are set to embark on the Artemis I mission next year. This panel discussion is comprised of industry primes leading the path to the pad who will provide updates on the SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft, Exploration Ground Systems, and progress towards Artemis II and beyond.

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Workforce and Education

Workforce and Education


Moderator: Barbara Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University
Lisa Callahan, VP and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space
Eileen Collins, Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the User Advisory Group (UAG) of the National Space Council (NSpC)
Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator, NASA HQ


The human capital needs in aerospace are rapidly changing. Academia is at the front end of that talent pipeline. In this conversation, Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder will talk with Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s Associate Administrator, Lisa Callahan, Lockheed Martin’s,Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, and Eileen Collins, 4 time Shuttle Astronaut, first female Shuttle Commander, and member of the National Space Council Users Advisory Group to explore the issues facing the aerospace industry workforce and ways that academia can better prepare graduates for what is to come.

2:15 - 2:30 PM - Macauley Award Winning Presentation

Macauley Award Winning Presentation

Macauley Award Recipient – Science and Engineering Track

Dennis Nikitaev, University of Alabama in Huntsville

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Opening Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Pathways

Opening Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Pathways


Moderator: Jim Free, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Consultant, Lead Off the X
John Abrams, Vice President, Advanced Projects, Analytical Mechanics Associates
Ryan Whitley, Director of Civil Space Policy, National Space Council


Exciting new options for nuclear thermal propulsion, are being explored to consider utilizing high assay low enriched uranium and advanced materials resulting in new propulsion designs for crewed missions to Mars. Hear from the National Space Council and an industry expert on the bridge between national policies and industry’s capabilities to enable future missions.

11:00 - 11:30 AM - Gateway Update

Gateway Update


Vince Bilardo, Senior Executive Program Director, NASA Programs, Maxar Space Solutions
Dave Oberg, HALO Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Jon Olansen, Gateway Production Manager/HALO Module Manager, NASA JSC


The Lunar Gateway will be a staging base for expeditions to the moon and beyond. The Gateway mixes commercial partnerships with international participation to enable a unique, innovative, and rapid establishment of this exploration outpost. The first two modules, the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE – produced by Maxar) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO – developed by Northrop Grumman) will be launched together in 2023. Under its own power, it will spiral out to a Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) for operations starting in 2024.

In this session NASA will brief the system architecture, future development, and operations plans for the Lunar Gateway. Maxar will discuss the progress on the PPE as well as the unique enabling partnership with NASA. Northrop Grumman will provide the status of the HALO and plans for future human habitation.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Speaker

Evolution of Power Synergies – How Payloads and Visions Drive Launch Vehicles


Janet Karika, Principal Advisor for Space Transportation,NASA HQ

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Policy



Moderator: Marcia Smith, Founder and Editor,
Representative Adam Holmes (R), Ohio House District 97
Joel Graham, Professional Staff Member, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Pam Whitney, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Joseph Zeis, Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense to Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine


Join us for a status on aeronautics policy from Capitol Hill and activities in Ohio regarding NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Hear from the Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee and House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and remarks from State House of Representative and Governor DeWine’s office regarding policies, partnerships and the future of aeronautics and aviation in Ohio.

1:30 - 2:30 PM - In-Space Power Systems

In-Space Power Systems


Moderator: James Reuter, Associate Administrator, STMD, NASA HQ
Karin Bozak, Project Engineer, Exploration Systems Project Office, NASA GRC
Darvin Remington, Chief Project Engineer, Moog
Joe Troutman, Manager, Business Development, Medical and Space, EnerSys
June Zakrajsek, RPS Program Manager, NASA GRC

2:30 - 3:30 PM - In-Space Propulsion

In-Space Propulsion


Moderator: James Reuter, Associate Administrator, STMD, NASA HQ
Jorge Delgado, Vice President, Apollo Fusion Inc.
Andy Hoskins, In-space Propulsion Business Development, Aerojet Rocketdyne
David Jacobson, Chief, Electric Propulsion Systems Branch, NASA GRC
Mitchell Walker, Professor, Laboratory Director, High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab, Georgia Tech

11:00 - 11:45 AM - Speaker

Speaker – NASA HQ/HEO/Associate Administrator – Kathy Lueders

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - The Future of Aircraft Propulsion

The Future of Aircraft Propulsion


Moderator: Bob Pearce, Associate Administrator, ARMD, NASA HQ
Arjan Hegeman, General Manager, Advanced Technologies Operation, GE Aviation
Jimmy Kenyon, Director, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, NASA HQ
Tim McCartney, Director, Aeronautics, NASA GRC
Frank Preli, Vice President, Engineering, Propulsion & Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney


Recent advances made in energy-efficient electric propulsion promise to revolutionize the aircraft industry. Hear NASA and industry experts discuss the exciting electrified propulsion research to enable our piloted and unpiloted future of flight.

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Advances in Aerospace Communications

Advances in Aerospace Communications


Moderator: Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, ARMD, NASA HQ
Parimal Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA ARC
Paul Nelson, Integration Manager for Cybersecurity and Communications, NASA GRC
Jennifer Richter, Partner, Akin Gump
Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator, SCaN, NASA HQ

2:15 - 2:30 PM - Macauley Award Winning Presentation

Macauley Award Winning Presentation

Macauley Award Recipient – Business/Space Policy Track

Hang Woon Lee, Georgia Tech

2:30 - 3:30 PM - 20 Continuous Years of Humans in Orbit – The GRC Story

20 Continuous Years of Humans in Orbit – The GRC Story


Moderator: Joel Kearns, Director, Facilities, Test and Manufacturing, NASA GRC
Daniel Dietrich, Project Scientist, NASA GRC
Ryan Reeves, Program Director, Advanced Materials, ISS U.S. National Laboratory
David Urban, Branch Chief, NASA GRC
Mark Weislogel, Professor, Fluidics Research, Portland State University


NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program at the International Space Station (ISS) has conducted striking fundamental and applied research leading to improved space systems and new, advantageous products on Earth. The Glenn Research Center has been integral to this effort from before the ISS was launched. Glenn managed the design, development and operations of the Electrical Power System (EPS) and related systems. Glenn is responsible for the sustaining engineering and future modifications to these systems. In 1993 GRC developed NASA’s first Telescience Support Center (TSC) to provide ground support for experiments on-board Space Shuttle flights. Recognizing the future needs of ISS utilization, the TSC went through major renovation and expansion in 2000 becoming the Glenn ISS Payload Operations Center (GIPOC) charged with managing the GRC Fluids and Combustion Facility on-board ISS. As we move forward to ISS and LEO commercialization Glenn is ready to expand its work already being developed in other government, academic, and commercial organizations. 

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