Armstrong Space Symposium and Chair Installation

All dates for this event occur in the past.

Ohio Union
Ohio Union
1739 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Please RSVP by May 1 to or 614-247-4105.



7:15 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration (Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater)

8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Opening | Dr. David B. Williams, Executive Dean of Professional Colleges and Dean of College of Engineering, The Ohio State University 

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Keynote Address | Dr. Michael D. Griffin, CEO of Schafer Corporation, former NASA administrator

8:45 - 10:15 a.m. The Making of the 'Small Step' and 'Giant Leap'

Moderator: Michael D. Griffin


10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 'For All Mankind:' Space as a Global Enterprise

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth K. Newton, Director, Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy


11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Break (move to Ohio Union Performance Hall)

11:45 - 12:05 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of Lunch Session | The Honorable Robert Jones "Rob" Portman, U.S. Senator, Ohio​ and Janet Kavandi, NASA Astronaut and Director, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 

12:05 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. The Man Who Took the Step: Neil A. Armstrong | Professor James R. Hansen, Armstrong biographer, Professor of History and Director of University Honors College, Auburn University 

12:50 - 1:00 p.m. Break (move to US Bank Conference Theater)

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. From Space Knowledge into Commercial Ventures

Moderator: Clay Mowry, Blue Origin 


  • Ken Davidian, Director for Research, Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation
  • Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President for Space Systems, Sierra Nevada

1:50 - 2:50 p.m. Space Applications for Sustainable, Resilient and Emerging Economies

Moderator: Steve Lee, CEO, Stevenson Astrosat, United Kingdom 


  • Dr. Robert Griffin, Environmental Archaeologist, Remote Sensing Specialist and Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Chris Lee, Deputy Director and Head of International Space Partnerships, United Kingdom Space Agency; Chair, International Charter for "Space and Major Disasters"
  • Alvaro Samayoa, National Director of Industry and Commerce, Guatemala National Forestry Institute
  • Dr. Doãn Hà Thắng, Deputy Chief, Department of High Technology, Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks | Jeff Wadsworth, CEO and President, Battelle Memorial Institute

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Welcome Reception for Armstrong Chair Installation Ceremony (Performance Hall)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Armstrong Chair Installation Ceremony | Brief reception to follow

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