2017-2018 Workshops

Space & Technology Workshop

Wednesday, November 1
4:45 –7:30 pm
at Northrop Grumman, El Segundo


Wednesday, November 1, is the Science & Space Workshop.  This workshop is taking place at Northrop Grumman in the E2 Building, not at our usual location in the Police/Fire Conference Room.

Start Time is 4:45pm.  There will be a security clearance process for all of us to go through since we will be touring and meeting in some areas of Northrop Grumman not normally open to the public.  We would like you to come 15 minutes early to allow for this.  If you can’t come until 5:00, please let us know so we can make arrangements.

If you are 18 and older you must bring your driver’s license or another type of photo ID with you.

Meet in the lobby of the E2 Building – the large white 11-story building with Northrop Grumman emblazoned across the top.

Directions and Map – Heading east on Marine Avenue, cross Aviation Blvd., and make a right at either Simon Ramo Drive at the light or the next driveway after the light at Mettler Drive. Students and adults attending Wednesday’s workshop should park anywhere they can find unmarked, available parking in between the E2 and M2 buildings.  If you turn right at Simon Ramo Drive, enter the driveway and make an immediate left to go around the E2 building to the parking lot between the E2 and M2 buildings.  If you enter at Mettler Drive you will access the parking lot between the E2 and M2 buildings.

Here is what we have planned for the November 1 Workshop: Space and Technology

Our two presenters are Dr. Amy Lo and Debra Fitzgerald Simmons. We will get the privilege of a behind the scenes restricted tour of Northrop Grumman.

Ms. Fitzgerald Simmons is the Observatory System Engineering Lead for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) responsible for directing all Systems Engineering across the program. She also served in other leadership roles on the program and was a key member of the team that defined the Observatory concept. She has been with Northrop Grumman for thirty-six years where she has also led Systems Integration and Test organizations, managed On-Orbit Operations for the Defense Support Program and provided control system designs for a national program.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University and her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Amy Lo is a System Engineer.  She is currently the Observatory Alignment Thread Lead on the James Webb Space Telescope program. In this role, she leads the JWST alignments team to oversee all aspects of observatory alignment. Dr. Lo and her team perform work that ensures the various observatory elements are positioned correctly relative to each other. Dr. Lo also supports new mission development for Science and Weather Systems in the Space Systems organization of NGAS. She has led capture activities for new missions, and developed mission concepts and proposals for astrophysical and planetary exploration missions. She has also served as technical lead and proposal manager for several NASA Discovery and Explorer -class mission proposals. Dr. Lo jointed Northrop Grumman in 2005, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Brown University and her PhD in Astrophysics from UCLA.

We expect all of you at this amazing workshop.  But, if you can’t make it on November 1, by 4:45 it is important that you let us know.  It’s easiest if YOU (not your mom or dad) email your regrets Penny Bordokas, penny@bordokas.com or Laurel Wright, laurel.wright@verizon.net.

2017-2018 Workshops & Events

Sept. 6 Wednesday New Student Orientation Workshop
Oct. 4 Wednesday Entertainment Workshop
Nov. 1 Wednesday Space & Technology Workshop
Dec. 6 Wednesday
Digital Media and Marketing Workshop
Jan. 17 Wednesday Law & Legal Workshop
Feb. 7 Wednesday Entrepreneurial Workshop
March 7 Wednesday Design & Architecture Workshop
April 16 Wednesday Mock City Council & Government

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