The 2011 Engineering Lecture Series is taking flight to explore the innovations transforming the aerospace industry. Cleaner and green airplanes and ground operations will decrease environmental impact and boost efficiency and sustainability for commercial aviation and the military. On the horizon, autonomous networked vehicles with astonishing capabilities will accomplish missions too dangerous, difficult, or distant for humans. Hear the inside story on the re-engineering of aerospace.
The lectures are free, but registration is required. To register, please click on the lecture titles below. You must register for each individual lecture separately.
Shrinking the Aerospace Carbon Footprint
Mary Armstrong, ’79, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, The Boeing Company
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7 p.m., Kane Hall Room 130
Chemical engineering alumna Mary Armstrong reveals how engineering innovations are shrinking Boeing’s domestic carbon footprint and leading worldwide industry efforts to enable zero carbon growth for air travel.
Repowering the Military with Alternative Energy
Tim Vinopal, ’91, Director, Environment, Health and Safety Engineering, Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7 p.m., Kane Hall Room 130
The U.S. military is striving to reduce dependence on imported oil to power ships and aircraft. Alumnus Tim Vinopal shares how Boeing is developing hydrogen- and solar-powered unmanned aircraft, improving solar cell efficiency, and designing smart-grid electrical systems for government facilities.
Flying Smart with Autonomous Vehicles
Mehran Mesbahi, Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Principal Investigator, Distributed Space Systems Lab
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7 p.m., Kane Hall Room 130
Mehran Mesbahi offers insights from engineering and biology to reveal how networked “smart” vehicles will take on challenging aerospace missions, like complex group maneuvers or searching for exoplanets.