Longmont Aerospace Symposium 2017 Celebrates Longmont's Role in Space

Highlighting Longmont's role in the aerospace industry, specifically the Road to Mars, is the theme of the Longmont Aerospace Symposium 2017 scheduled for April 19, 2017.  Top leaders in the aerospace industry, from throughout the county, will be on hand to speak about current mission activities.  Elected officials, business leaders and other interested parties will be in attendance.

The event, sponsored by EnerSys Advanced Systems, begins with activities for students from the St. Vrain Valley School District.  Working with the District, a total of 450 students will attend one of three break-out sessions designed for students.  Representatives from EnerSys, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and NASA will present students with activities and information intended to spur their imaginations and possibly a career in aerospace.  A Poster Contest is being held for all St. Vrain Valley School District students as part of the student experience.  The winners will be presented at the event that evening.  All posters will be displayed the day of the event at the Plaza Convention Center.

A powerful line up of experts will be on hand for a community/business update from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Convention Center located at 1850 Industrial Circle in Longmont. 
Featured speakers include:

Alicia Carrillo, Manager of Inert Material Research & Development, Orbital ATK
Carrillo oversees fifteen scientists and oversees the delivery of work instruction, test plans and reports, technical data and recommendation for hundreds of material used across Orbital ATK's propulsion Systems Division.  She served for two years as the company's State Assembly and Integration Chief Engineer for NASA SLS booster program.

Mark Matthews, Vice President, EnerSys Advanced Systems
Matthews has over 20 years of experience in energy storage and battery technology.  He's held many business development and management roles within the power industry and recently joined EnerSys Advanced Systems with a focus on continued growth and operational excellence.

Rob Chambers, Program Strategy Lead for Orion Production, Lockheed Martin
Chambers has worked on a variety of Space Systems Company programs including Earth remote sensing satellites, the Space Shuttle and Orion.  He has been with Orion since 2006 and is currently the program strategy lead for Orion production, focused on defining the capabilities and timelines for Orion's future exploration missions.

Charles Dutch, Director of Avionics & Software for the Space Launch System (SLS) Stages Development Program, Boeing
Dutch is responsible for all aspects of avionics and software for the SLS Core and Exploration Upper State efforts related to human space flight and beyond-Earth orbit guidance.  He recently served as site director of the Boeing Company's Guidance Repair Center in Heath, Ohio.  He is a native of Longmont.

Markeeva Morgan, Space Launch System (SLS) Program Core Stage Avionics Hardware Subsystems Manager and Stages Flight Termination System Integration Lead, NASA
Morgan is overseeing the largest, most capable launch vehicle ever built - designed to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit to destinations such as near-Earth asteroids and Mars and to enable larger, more complex "unmanned" missions.  He's received several awards and was honored by his peers with the "Thinking Outside the Box" award.

The event is being held in conjunction with Colorado Citizens for Space Exploration, Colorado Space Business Roundtable and the Longmont Economic Development Partnership.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Road to Mars are encouraged to attend the event and to view "Space Launch System Scale and Power" video on YouTube.

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