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July 10, 2001

Ann Hutchison

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3039 or 604-9000)

ahutchison@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 01-44AR

NOTE TO EDITORS: News media representatives and the public are invited to attend a series of summer seminars sponsored by NASA and the American Society for Engineering Education. The series, "Space Science and Aerospace Engineering in the 21st Century," is held at San Jose State University’s Engineering Building, room 189, at 7:30 p.m. Further information about the seminars is available from Dr. Bradley Stone at 408/924-4938.

NASA/SJSU Summer Seminar Series on Science and Engineering

World-renowned experts from the fields of space science and aerospace engineering are taking part in a series of free public seminars at San Jose State University this summer.

The NASA/American Society for Engineering Education summer faculty fellowship program is designed to foster long-term collaboration between universityand NASA scientists and engineers. The program, which is funded by NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., is administered by San Jose State University (SJSU).

"The purpose of this program is to bring college and university professors to NASA Ames to do collaborative research with Ames scientists or engineers," said Dr. Bradley Stone, program co-director and professor of chemistry at SJSU. "Although the collaboration is for a 10-week period in the summer, we hope it will lead to long-term collaborations."

The summer seminar series is one of the key activities of the fellowship program. "Not only are the seminars of great benefit to the Fellows, but we feel this is a wonderful outreach opportunity for NASA as well," added Jacob Redmond, the Ames Fellowship coordinator.

The first seminar, by Ames scientist Dr. Malcolm Cohen, covered astrobiology and space exploration. Dr. Steven Charnley of Ames discussed interstellar organic chemistry in the second seminar. The remaining seminars in the series are:

July 12 Dr. Jason Dworkin, Astrochemistry Group, NASA Ames Research Center:

"Exogenous Origin of Life"

July 19 Dr. Hank Pernicka, SJSU Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: "Spartnik Project: Design, Manufacture, Assembly, Test and Operation of a Microsatellite at San Jose State University"

July 26 Dr. Claire Tomlin, Stanford University Associate Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics & Electrical Engineering: "Distributed Control of Air Traffic Systems"

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