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Armstrong Space Symposium and Chair Installation

Monday, May 8, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Ohio Union
1739 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

Please RSVP by April 24 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 | David B. Williams, executive dean of professional colleges and College of Engineering dean, The Ohio State University 

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

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

Moderator: Michael D. Griffin
Panelists: Michael Collins (Gemini 10, Apollo 11); Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17); Al Worden (Apollo 15); Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7); Glynn Lunney (Apollo 11 and 13, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle Program Management); Arnold Aldrich (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle Program Management)

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

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

Moderator: Elizabeth K. Newton, director, Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy
Panelists: Christian Feichtinger, executive director, International Astronautical Federation; Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, director, General Mexican Space Agency; Joo-Jin Lee, president, Korean Aerospace Research Institute; Todd May, director, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center; Lesley Jane Smith, general counsel, International Astronautical Foundation, International Institute of Space Law

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

11:45 - 11:55 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Lunch Session | Janet Kavandi, NASA astronaut and director, NASA/Glenn Research Center 

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The Man Who Took the Step: Neil A. Armstrong | James Hansen, Armstrong biographer, professor of history and director of Auburn University Honors College 

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Break (move to US Bank Conference Theater)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. From Space Knowledge into Commercial Ventures |

Moderator: Clay Mowry, Blue Origin 
Panelists: Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic; Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada; Ken Davidian, Federal Aviation Administration

1:50 - 2:40 p.m. Space Applications for Sustainable, Resilient and Emerging Economies

Moderator: Steve Lee, CEO, Stevenson Astrosat, United Kingdom 
Panelists: Doãn Hà Thắng, deputy chief, Department of High Technology, Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology; 
Alvaro Samaya, national director of industry and commerce, Guatemala National Forestry Institute; Robert Griffin, environmental archaeologist, remote sensing specialist and professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville; Chris Lee, head of International Space Partnerships, UK Space Agency

2:40 - 2:50 p.m. Synthesis 

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

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break (move to Performance Hall)

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

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