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Special Session - Wednesday

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Crystal I Ballroom

Part 1: Technical Paper Writing presented by Louie J. Powell
This presentation will cover the opportunities for writing and presenting technical papers in IAS. It will also include practical suggestions for organizing papers as well as addressing some of the most common problems encountered by authors.

Part 2: IEEE Awards Nominations presented by Kaushik Rajashekara
This presentation will give an idea about nominating the eligible members for various IEEE awards and some suggestions that could be considered while preparing the nomination

Part 3: Fellow Nominations presented by Thomas A. Nondahl
This presentation will provide suggestions for preparing a nomination for IEEE Fellow and describe how nominations are evaluated.

Keynote Speaker - Bruce M. Wiegmann

Bruce M. Wiegmann grew up in a West Virginian Ohio Valley steel mill town during the 'Apollo Years' of the 1960s and early 1970s. Over his 33-year NASA career, Mr. Wiegmann worked in many areas of aerospace engineering at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Glenn Research Center (GRC). Initially, he spent many years as a test engineer at MSFC's transonic wind tunnel. In the mid-1980s, he was in the Project Office for the "Space Station Freedom" Habitation Module. During the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, he participated in the "Earth to Orbit" and Lunar and Mars architectural studies for manned exploration missions. In 1998, he transitioned to NASA/GRC where he worked as a systems engineer with the ISS Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) project and supported the Power and Actuation subsystem technology developments for the Space Launch Initiative (SLI). Upon returning to MSFC in 2002, he was active in the Space Launch Initiative (SLI), the Orbital Space Plane Program (OSP), the Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) Prometheus Mission led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Ares I project where he authored the Ares I Margin Management Plan.

For last seven years, Mr. Wiegmann has supported the MSFC Advanced Concepts Office leading studies relating to: 1) On-orbit debris removal, 2) Electrodynamic Tethers, 3) Cost effective methods to get NASA Research and Technology payloads to orbit on a routine basis, and 4) Electric Sail propulsion technology formulation and demonstration efforts.

Today, he will be presenting information on a recent E-Sail propulsion system study. He is the Principle Investigator (PI) for a 2015 NASA Phase II NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) from NASA STMD. He is the first MSFC recipient to win a Phase II NIAC award.

Mr. Wiegmann graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology (WVIT) located in Montgomery, WV in May 1981 with a BSME degree and joined MSFC in 1982 after having worked a year in the oil exploration industry in East Texas.