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Broadcast 2158 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on January 6th, 2014
Guest: Dr. Sandra Magnus
Guest: Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director. Topics: AIAA SciTech Conference for 2014, AIAA Forum Reorganization Plan. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See We welcomed back Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director, for a one hour discussion about the upcoming AIAA SciTech Conference 2014 to be held the week of Jan. 13, 2014 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD. For more information, visit the AIAA conference website, Dr. Magnus started the discussion by going over the new AIAA Forum structure for their meetings and conferences. This Forum structure allows them to combine several smaller conferences held throughout the year into one larger conference. In fact, when you visit the AIAA conference website, you will see all the conferences combined in the Science and Technology conference next week. We talked about AIAA conferences being multi-track and Dr. Magnus defined the different AIAA forums for us. Regarding the upcoming SciTech conference, we talked about student and youth programs at the conference, speed mentoring and the mix between public and private companies and organizations. We learned that the poster sessions are now planned as electronic sessions, and our guest went over not only the keynote speakers but the special lecture programs that are part of the SciTech Conference. Cybersecurity was highlighted in our discussion and we spent some time talking about cybersecurity and how it has grown in garnering attention over the years. A listener wanted to know about business and investment panels. Dr. Magnus talked about one such panel on Tuesday addressing "Turning Technology Into a Business." Doug called in to provide a personal testimonial to AIAA given his recent experiences at AIAA Space Conferences in Pasadena and San Diego. As the program ended, our guest and I talked about the AIAA local chapters and their monthly meetings. These local chapter meetings provide excellent discussions on hot topic issues and more. Please post comments/questions on The Space Show Blog above. You can reach our guest through AIAA or by emailing me at

About our guest...

Dr. Sandra Magnus
Dr. Sandra Magnus began her NASA career in 1996 with training for flight assignment as a mission specialist. She gained much international experience working with the European Space Agency (ESA), with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), and with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also traveled to Russia in support of testing and product development. Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, last year. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months. Following her assignment on Station she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Before joining NASA she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft on military aircraft programs. Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech (1996). She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX). AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

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