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National Academy of Enineering Regional Meeting & Symposium | Space and Time | April 2, 2024 | College Station, TX | Texas A&M University

How does science fiction influence technology evolution, and vice-versa? How do we measure and perceive time and location when we are traveling in space? What are the engineering challenges we’ve begun to address for time and extended space travel, including quantum devices, growing food and medicine in space, and establishing permanent bases on the moon and Mars? Please join us for discussions of these exciting topics!

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*The registration cost is $25 for students/postdocs and $50 for faculty/others.

Schedule of Events: Preliminary

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Business Meeting (NAE Members only)

Texas A&M Hotel

10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Symposium Overview

General (Ret.) President Mark A. Welsh lll
NAE President John L. Anderson
Symposium Steering Committee
Hall of Champions
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 1
Keynote #1: A Conversation with Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Project Hail Mary

Keynote #2: Measurement of Time - Jeffrey Sherman, NIST

12:00 - 1:20 p.m. Poster Session and Lunch
1:20 - 2:50 p.m.

Session 2
Keynote #3: Space Navigation - Timothy McElrath, JPL 

Keynote #4: Engineering Challenges of Quantum Devices - James Clarke, Intel

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Session 3
Keynote #5: Synthetic Biology and Plants for Food and Medicine in Space - Jennifer Fogarty, TRISH

Keynote #6: Engineering Challenges of Getting To Mars - Vanessa Wyche, NASA Johnson Space Center

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Symposium Reception