Social Program

Student social event

Sunday, June 16 2013

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Welcome cocktail and Ice breaker

Monday, June 17 2013

The IPPW 10 Ice Breaker will take place Monday afternoon beginning at 5:30 pm at the Sculpture Garden on the campus of San Jose State University, just across the mall from the Engineering Building.

We welcome everyone to come mingle and network with the other IPPW-10 attendees. Appetizers, soft drinks, wine and beer will be served.

At the heart of the Sculpture Garden is the 20-foot sculpture "Salute in Bronze". Designed by artist Rigo 23, the sculpture depicts the pivotal moment in history when Tommie Smith and John Carlos, teammates from San Jose State University, took a stand for human rights on the victory podium at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City a silent protest that was seen around the world. The Smith/Carlos figures are clothed in hand-cut ceramic tiles, modeled in fiberglass and sustained by a steel structure. Their likenesses are cast in bronze. Besides the innovative use of materials, Rigo used state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology and computer-assisted virtual imaging to take actual full-body scans of the athletes.

NASA Facility Tour

Tuesday, June 18 2013

NASA Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, was founded Dec. 20, 1939 as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Ames Research Center, one of 10 NASA field installations, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley at the core of the research cluster of high-tech companies, universities and laboratories that define the region's character. With over $3.0 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a $600 million annual budget, Ames' economic impact is significant. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.

As a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, Ames conducts the critical R&D and develops the enabling technologies that make NASA missions possible. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research. Ames research in astrobiology focuses on the effects of gravity on living things, and the nature and distribution of stars, planets and life in the universe.

In addition, Ames works collaboratively with the FAA, conducting research in air traffic management to make safer, cheaper and more efficient air travel a reality. Ames engages in information and education outreach, forms collaborative partnerships, and fosters commercial application of NASA technologies. Ames is developing NASA Research Park, an integrated, dynamic research and education community created to cultivate diverse partnerships with academia, industry and non-profit organizations in support of NASA's mission.

The tour will include a talk by Dr. David Blake, PI for the CheMin instrument on Mars Science Lab, and visits to the Arc-Jet Facility, Hypervelocity Free-Flight Facility, Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing Shop.

Talk by Rob Manning at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Tuesday, June 18 2013, 5:00pm

"The challenges of going to Mars: Mars Science Laboratory"

Since landing on Aug 5 2012, Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars' deep past for evidence for early habitability and has just begun its hunt for signs of past organics. This remarkable mission has already drawn tentative conclusions that long ago, the floor of Gale crater was indeed habitable for certain classes of microorganisms had they been present. The development of MSL was a mix of innovation riddled with problems that required long hard work and perseverance. This talk will describe a few of the thousands of challenges that had to be won to get to where Curiosity is today.

Rob Manning’s Bio

Rob Manning is the Chief Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Project that successfully landed Curiosity Rover on Mars on August 5, 2012. Rob was responsible for ensuring that the design, the test program and the team, working together, would result in a mission that would work.

An Engineering Fellow at JPL, Rob has been designing, testing and operating spacecraft for 32 years.

In the 1990's, Rob was the Mars Pathfinder Chief Engineer where he led the Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) team. After successfully landing and operating the first airbag lander and rover on another planet, he co-conspired the idea to modify the Pathfinder and Sojourner Rover designs to become the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity. On MER he led the system engineering team as well as the EDL team.

After MER he became the Mars Program Chief Engineer where he helped plan and integrate the various Mars missions like Phoenix and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as well as plan for MSL and beyond.

As a result of his luck at JPL, Rob has received two NASA medals and is in the Aviation Week Magazine Space Laureate Hall of Fame in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 2004, SpaceNews magazine named Rob as one of 100 people who made a difference in civil, commercial and military space since 1989.

Rob is a graduate of Caltech and Whitman College where he studied math, physics, computer science, and control systems. He makes his home in La Canada with his wife Dominique and their daughter, Caline.

The Tech Museum of Innovation Exhibition

Tuesday, June 18 2013

Planetary Probes – Going where no one has gone - yet

Join us for a fascinating exhibition at The Tech Museum of Innovation featuring artifacts and models of current and previous spacecraft missions from NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. The exhibition will be hosted in conjunction with the 10th International Planetary Probe Workshop co-hosted at San Jose State University and NASA Ames. See a full-size mock up of the Galileo probe (which entered Jupiter’s atmosphere in 1995), test models from NASA Ames’s Arc-Jet and Hypervelocity Free-Flight Facility, models of future satellites, and much more!

Intel Museum Tour

Tuesday, June 18 2013, noon 12

Intel Museum

Go behind the scenes in the high-tech world of California’s famed Silicon Valley. See what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory, and connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate. The Intel Museum is 10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning for children and adults.

Getting there

The museum is conveniently located near the Montague Expressway exit off Highway 101 in Santa Clara:

The Intel Museum and Intel Museum Store

Robert Noyce Building

2200 Mission College Boulevard

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Driving directions from SJSU to Intel Museum

Banquet at Montalvo villa

Wednesday, June 19 2013

The IPPW 10 banquet dinner will be held in the Montalvo villa on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm. The Montalvo villa is located at 15400 Montalvo Rd in Saratoga CA 95071.

A reception with soft drinks, wine and beer will start at 6:00 pm. Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm.

Our special keynote speaker will be Dr. S. Pete Worden, Director of the NASA Ames Research Center.

Poster session

Τhursday, 20 June 2013

IOC dinner

Thursday, 20 June 2013