IEEE Buenaventura Summer Mixer
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Expert Panel Event
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 PM
Panel: 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Free admission but registration required
In July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a journey to the Moon and into history. Join us for an expert panel discussion as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event.
About the Panelists
Karl Jackson was Chief Systems Engineer at Garrett AiResearch for the Environmental Control Systems (ECS) for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab. He worked with numerous astronauts during test and integration of the ECS units. He was in the Houston Mission Control building during the landing of Apollo 11, providing technical expertise and acting as a liaison between Garrett and NASA.
After Skylab, Mr. Jackson moved into management of various projects including head of worldwide manufacturing and international business development.
David A. Barnhart is a Research Professor of Astronautics at USC. Professor Barnhart is the Director/Co-Founder of the USC Space Engineering Research Center and also the Director of Space Systems and Technology Division at USC/ISI. He focuses on space morphologies, satellite robotics and innovative engineering techniques for teaching students. He has created the LEAPFROG Lunar Lander Prototype vehicle project which students build and fly to simulate a lunar platform on Earth.
Prof. Barnhart was most recently the Program Manager at DARPA on the Phoenix and SeeMe projects focusing on repurposing satellites in orbit using robotics, and building very low cost high performance small satellites.
Prof. Barnhart's entrepreneurial career includes co-founding, the first VP and CFO of Millennium Space Systems and Executive management board member at Vanguard Space, Germany. Additionally, he spent 13 years as a civilian at the Air Force working on various research project which resulted in him winning the National AIAA Space Systems Award… twice! He demonstrated and pioneered a lunar lander using advanced technology and his team was honored at the 25th Anniversary of Apollo in Los Angeles with the then Vice President Gore.
Prof. Barnhart’s education includes a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Boston University and a M.E. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. He has published over 40 journal/conference papers and is a constant speaker at national and international conferences and panels on new space systems.
Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media 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.
Ms. Evans' background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing (such as vibration, shock, and acoustic) 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.
Ms. Evans 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. She 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. She was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”