Speakers to Date:
Please visit periodically for updated information regarding speakers, confirmations, and the
specific names of those who are booked.
Biographies for our confirmed speakers are in the section below this
Friday General Assembly:
Janice Voss, Ph.D.; Payload Lead, Mission
Specialist; NASA Astronaut
Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center
Team from NASA Ames
including Greg Condon, Program Manager
Saturday General Assembly:
Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, former NASA Mission
Specialist astronaut & veteran of 5 space flights.
President & CEO, Museum of Flight
Barrington Irving, Experience Aviation/Presidents Award/Youngest around
the world flight
Ken Blackburn, Guinness Book of World Records, Greatest Airplane Book
Janice Voss, Ph.D.; Payload Lead, Mission
Specialist; NASA Astronaut
Frank Sietzen, Noted Aerospace Author
... and others to be confirmed.
The First Speaker Biographies to Date in Alphabetic Order:
Ken holds the Guinness World Record for time aloft for a nonpowered paper
airplane -27.6 seconds!
He is the author of 4 paper airplane books, including “The World Record
Paper Airplane Book,” ”Kids’ Paper Airplane Book,” and “Pocket Flyers,” and
“Aviation Legends Paper Airplane Book.”
He is an aeronautical engineer for Jacobs Engineering, working for the
Air Force conducting unmanned air vehicle research at Eglin Air Force Base
in Florida, where he lives with his wife. Prior to Jacobs, Ken served at
Boeing for 19 years as an aeronautical engineer working on military aircraft
such as the F/A-18 and T-45, and on advanced weapons concepts. In addition
to paper airplanes, he spends his free time flying radio controlled
airplanes and flying his Piper Warrior.
Gregory W. Condon
Condon is the Manager of the NASA Smart Skies TM
Education Project. The objective of Smart Skies is to interest and educate
students in grades 5 -9 in math and in careers in aviation using classroom
and informal education activities. Smart Skies integrates formal mathematics
with hands-on activities in air traffic control. For the past 5 years he has
led the conception, development, outreach and professional development for
Previously Greg served as a NASA Senior Executive at the Ames Research
Center. For 15 years he directed a division that conducted research and
development in the areas of air traffic control automation, guidance and
navigation, control and display systems, and human factors. The activities
spanned from theory, simulation, and flight research.
Greg was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business where he earned a Masters degree. He holds an MS degree in
engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS degree in
engineering from Northeastern University. He was awarded the NASA
Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and,
recently, the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for his leadership of
the Smart Skies education project.
Bonnie J. Dunbar, PhD
Bonnie J. Dunbar is currently President and CEO of The Museum of Flight in
Seattle Washington. The “MOF” is the largest private air and space museum in
the world, with an education program that provides for nearly 140,000
students per year, has the largest aviation archives and library on the west
coast and includes 2 hangers for aircraft restoration. Dr. Dunbar retired
from the NASA Johnson Space Center in 2005 where she was Associate
Director, Technology Integration and Risk Management for the Space Life
Sciences Directorate (SLSD) of the NASA Johnson Space Center. SLSD is
responsible for Astronaut Crew Health, Human Health Research for Space
Exploration, Human Factor Design of Spacecraft, and Life Support
A NASA Mission Specialist astronaut and veteran of 5
space flights, Dr. Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space. She has
served as the Payload Commander on two flights, and flew twice to the
Russian Space Station MIR, including the first docking mission in 1995.
Dr. Dunbar holds BS and MS degrees
in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington, and a PhD in
Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Houston. Prior to
working for NASA, she was a senior research engineer with Rockwell
International Space Division, where she helped to develop the equipment and
processes for manufacturing the thermal protection system for the Space
Shuttle. Dr. Dunbar is a member of the American Ceramic Society (Fellow),
the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers
and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fellow). She has
been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Exceptional Leadership
Medal and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Dunbar is a member of
the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2002 was elected to the National
Academy of Engineers.
Barrington A. Irving, Jr.
On June 27, 2007, 23-year-old Captain Barrington Irving secured his place
in history as the first black pilot and youngest person ever to fly solo
around the globe. He flew 30,000 miles in a single-engine aircraft on his
97-day journey, encountering thunderstorms, snow storms, icing, sand storms
and monsoons along the way. His purpose was to show other youth that if he
could achieve his dream, they could too.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington
saw a football scholarship as his only route to college. But at 15, he met a
Jamaican airline pilot, Captain Gary Robinson, whose mentoring helped
motivate him to pursue a career in aviation.
In 2003, Barrington founded the Miami-based nonprofit organization
Experience Aviation, Inc. to introduce other young people to career
opportunities in the field. In 2006, he opened the EA Learning Center that
provides career inspiration tours and after-school programs to middle and
high school students.
In February 2007 on Capitol Hill, Barrington was presented with a
Congressional Resolution honoring his achievement and acknowledging his
pioneering work in the field of aviation education.
was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center
Operations in July 2006. In this capacity she provides leadership and
guidance for operations at the nine FAA regional headquarters and Mike
Monroney Aeronautical Center. In Washington headquarters, Ms. Lewis
direction for Information Technology, Resource Management, Planning and FOIA
Management, Aviation Logistics, and the Washington Flight Program (Hanger
Prior to this assignment,
Ms. Lewis served as Director of Operations Planning and Performance
Analysis. She was instrumental in establishing measurable goals and targets
in areas such as on-time, delays, system capacity and efficiency as well as
system availability. Other positions included Director and Deputy Director,
Office of System Capacity, Manager, Information Technology Planning
Division, Management Standards and Statistics Division and Organizational
Analysis Branch. Prior to coming to the FAA, she served as senior program
analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations and Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command at the Department of Navy.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in
Winthrop College and a
Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Science from George Mason
PERSONAL DATA: Born October 8, 1956, in South Bend, Indiana, but
considers Rockford, Illinois, to be her hometown. She enjoys reading science
fiction, dancing, volleyball, flying. Her parents, Dr. & Mrs. James R. Voss,
reside in Dupont, Indiana.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham,
Massachusetts, in 1972; received a bachelor of science degree in engineering
science from Purdue University in 1975, a master of science degree in
electrical engineering and a doctorate in aeronautics/astronautics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1987, respectively. From
1973 to 1975 she took correspondence courses at the University of Oklahoma.
She also did some graduate work in space physics at Rice University in 1977
ORGANIZATIONS: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
SPECIAL HONORS: NASA Space Flight Medals (1993, 1995, 1997, 2000); Zonta
Amelia Earhart Fellowship (1982); Howard Hughes Fellowship (1981); National
Science Foundation Fellowship (1976).
EXPERIENCE: Dr. Voss was a co-op at the NASA Johnson Space Center from
1973 to 1975. During that time she did computer simulations in the
Engineering and Development Directorate. In 1977 she returned to the Johnson
Space Center and, for a year, worked as a crew trainer, teaching entry
guidance and navigation. She completed her doctorate in 1987 and accepted a
job with Orbital Sciences Corporation. Her responsibilities there included
mission integration and flight operations support for an upper stage called
the Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS). TOS launched the Advanced Communications
Technology Satellite (ACTS) from the Space Shuttle in September 1993, and
the Mars Observer from a Titan in the Fall of 1992.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Voss became an astronaut in July
1991. She is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Her
technical assignments have included working Spacelab/Spacehab issues for the
Astronaut Office Mission Development Branch, and robotics issues for the
Robotics Branch. From October 2004 to November 2007 she was assigned to the
NASA Ames Research Center, where she served as the Science Director for the
Kepler spacecraft. Kepler is scheduled to launch on a Delta II into a
heliocentric, earth-trailing orbit, and will be looking for Earth-size
planets around distant stars. More information can be found at http://www.kepler.nasa.gov.
Dr. Voss currently serves as Payloads Lead of the Astronaut Office Station
A veteran of five space flights, Dr. Voss has logged over 49 days in
space, traveling 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits. She served aboard
STS-57 in 1993, STS-63 in 1995, STS-83 & STS-94 in 1997, and STS-99 in 2000.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Dr. Voss first flew on STS-57 (June 21 to July
1, 1993). Mission highlights included retrieval of the European Retrievable
Carrier (EURECA) with the Shuttle’s robotic arm, a spacewalk, and the first
flight of the Spacehab module. She next flew on STS-63 (February 3-11,
1995). Mission highlights included the rendezvous with the Russian Space
Station, Mir, the deployment and retrieval of Spartan 204, and the third
flight of Spacehab. She also flew as payload commander on STS-83 (Apr 4-8,
1997). The STS-83 Microgravity Science Laboratory ( MSL-1) Spacelab mission
was cut short because of problems with one of the Shuttle’s three fuel cell
power generation units. The entire crew and payload reflew on STS-94 (July
1-17, 1997). The STS-94 MSL-1 Spacelab mission focused on materials and
combustion science research in microgravity. Most recently she served on
STS-99 (February 11-22, 2000). This was an 11-day flight during which the
international crew aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour worked dual shifts to
support radar mapping operations. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
mapped more than 47 million square miles of the Earth’s land surface.