Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
ASME and IMECE Information Panel
This panel will describe how to get involved in ASME, e.g., divisions, and how to be involved with IMECE, including frequently asked questions from ASME staff (e.g., what happens to your papers now.)
Christopher Depcik, Ph.D.
ASME 2020 IMECE Technical Chair
Graduate Director and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas
Senior Manager, Segment Operations, ASME
Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
Nuclear Power in Space Applications: Promise, Practice, and Challenges
The challenges of implementing nuclear technology in space is as immense as its promise. Massive power and propulsion potential exists for deep space exploration or human colonization. On all fronts mechanical technology is taken to its furthest extent: materials, manufacturing, simulation, control, safe handling, storage, and transport. In this panel a wide range of working industry technology specialists will address working current applications alongside handling and storage experts and those involved with realizing the adventurous nuclear thermal propulsion systems of the future. Get an informed read of this subject by attending this panel and the following Q&A session.
Joseph R. Smith
Director, Mechanical & Aerospace Division, SC Solutions
Dr. Christine Back
Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials, General Atomics
Senior Project Manager, Nuclear Engineer, Indiana National Lab (INL)
Michael G. Houts, Ph.D.
Nuclear Research Manager and
Principal Investigator for Space Nuclear Propulsion
EED/Experimental and Computational Engineering
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2021
Interactive Seminar: Mars Helicopter Ingenuity: An Extraterrestrial Wright Brothers Moment
Ingenuity is the robotic helicopter that hitched a ride to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover. Ingenuity's main mission is to serve as a technology demonstrator to test the first powered flight on Mars. With the technology demonstration complete, the mission has transitioned to a new operations demo phase where Ingenuity now complements and expands the capabilities of Perseverance by allowing mapping of the area and identifying points of interest. Many engineering feats were achieved by NASA, JPL, and their partners to ensure the success of this innovative experiment given the massively compressed program schedule and the unprecedented character of the Ingenuity mission. Josh Ravich, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Mechanical Engineering Lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss the design principles, novel approaches, and challenges that his team faced envisioning and creating Ingenuity.
This interactive seminar aims to engage the community on the most recent technological achievements, discuss the challenges, and explore future engineering avenues related to space exploration and innovation.
Dr. Assimina Pelegri
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Executive Officer and Undergraduate Director of the Department, Rutgers University
NASA Mechanical Engineer Lead for Ingenuity Helicopter, JPL NASA