Next Section Dinner Meeting is Thurs., May 16th.
Speaker: Gen. Eugene L. Tattini, deputy Director of NASA JPL
Talk: Reflections on My Last 12 years at JPL
Bio (from http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/about/bio_tattini.cfm):
Eugene L. Tattini was appointed deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in July 2001. He is the Laboratory's chief operating officer responsible to the director for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities, including management of the Laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science and interplanetary network programs, as well as all business operations. These activities employ 5,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and business support personnel, and generate $1.5 billion in annual revenue.
Before his retirement from the Air Force as a lieutenant general and his appointment as JPL deputy director, Tattini was commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He was responsible for managing the research, design, development and acquisition of space launch, command and control, and satellite systems. The center employed more than 3,200 people nationwide and had an annual total obligation authority in excess of $5 billion.
Born in Madison, Wis., Tattini graduated from Hampton (Virginia) High School in 1961. A distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Illinois, he entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1965. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and certificates from both the Air War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was selected to attend the executive development programs at both Cornell University and Harvard University.
His 36-year military career included 20 separate assignments ranging from serving as a Minuteman II missile combat crew member at Grand Forks Base, N.D. to an air staff acquisition policy staff officer in the Pentagon. His oversea assignments were in Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya and Kwang Ju Air Base, Korea. During his career he was the program manager for more than $700 million in structural and avionics modifications to the B-52. He was a member of the development team that launched the first U.S. anti-satellite weapon against a cooperating space target.
1965 Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, University of IllinoisMajor Awards and Decorations:
1971 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1977 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1978 Master of Business Administration degree, Oklahoma City University
1979 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1985 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1990 Executive Development Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
1995 Program for Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Beckham Grill Restaurant,
77 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA
6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Program/Talk
The dinner meeting is open to both AIAA and non-AIAA members.
Cost : $25 for AIAA members (and one guest at member price), $30 for non-members, $10 for students, and FREE to members attending for the first time. Please pay cash at the door.
New: Limited number of spots are available for those wishing to attend the meeting without purchasing dinner. The price is $10.
For RSVPs please email: aiaaSGV@gmail.com
Please include your name, names of your guests, and AIAA membership status in your RSVP.
Sample of Previous Meeting Talks:
March 2013: Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)
January 2013: Is Global Warming the Real Deal? Are You Skeptical?
November 2012: Mars InSight Mission
September 2012: The 21st Century Conquest of Space
May 2012: Installing Seismometers Around Every Corner: What can they tell us?
March 2012: This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
January 2012: Mars Science Laboratory
November 2011: Rainbow and Gusto: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird
September 2011: The Future of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program
May 2011: Miniaturization Technologies for Space Exploration & Their Crossover Applications
March 2011: Simulating Impact Performance of Structures
January 2011: California’s Sustainable Water Future
May 2010: Living on a Restless Planet: Using Space Technology to Study Earthquakes, Aquifers, Volcanoes, and More
March 2010: The Mars Rovers