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Giant Leaps Symposium



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kresge Auditorium
MIT Building W16
84 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00am Opening Remarks and Introductions

Session 1
Apollo: Reflections and Lessons

Mr. James Shields, President and CEO, Draper Laboratory

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, former Space Shuttle astronaut and Professor of the Practice, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

- Dr. Richard Battin, Director of Apollo guidance, navigation and control system, Senior Lecturer, MIT
- Dr. Aaron Cohen, Manager of Apollo Command and Service Module, former Director of NASA/JSC, Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University
- Mr. Joseph Gavin Jr., Director of the Lunar Module Program, retired President, Grumman Corporation
- Dr. Christopher Kraft Jr., Director of Flight operations for Apollo, former Director, NASA/JSC
- The Honorable Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, Apollo astronaut, scientist, former U.S. Senator
- Theodore Sorensen, Esq., President Kennedy’s Special Counsel & Adviser, and primary speechwriter

10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00 – 11:45am Session 1 (continued)
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (Johnson Athletic Center)
1:00 – 2:30pm

Session 2
The Next Giant Leaps in Energy, Environment, and Air Transportation

The Honorable John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Dr. Ian Waitz, Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor and Department Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

- Mr. Michael Bair, Vice President, Business Strategy & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- Dr. David Danielson, a Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency; Founder, MIT Energy Club
- Dr. Alan Epstein, Vice President for Technology and Environment, United Technologies Pratt & Whitney, and R.C. MacLaurin Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
- Dr. Lourdes Maurice, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment, FAA

2:30 – 3:00pm Break
3:00 – 4:30pm

Session 3
The Next Giant Leaps in Space Exploration

Dr. Maria Zuber, E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Dr. Edward Crawley, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT

- Mr. James Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Sensing & Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
- Mr. Richard Garriott, private astronaut, Vice Chairman of Space Adventures
- Dr. James Garvin, Chief Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
- Mr. David Thompson, Chairman & CEO of Orbital Sciences Corporation
- Dr. Erika Wagner, Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

4:30 – 4:45pm Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00pm Reception (Johnson Athletic Center)


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