Pacific Northwest Aerospace Expo

Space is Interdisciplinary!

Join us In-Person and Virtually

10:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday October 21st, 2023

In person: PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering Building (1930 SW 4th Ave), Room 102

On-line: Livestream link will start at 9:45am

Bringing together the PNW Aerospace community

The Portland State Aerospace Society invites you to join us from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 21st, as we host local and national aerospace experts and lecturers to discuss the latest topics in aerospace.

Registration is free, with a suggested donation. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Angela Stickle

Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Defending Planet Earth:  DART, the First Planetary Defense Test Mission

Dr. Angela Stickle is a planetary geologist with a background in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, magnetospheric physics, and impact processes on planetary surfaces. She specializes in hypervelocity impact processes and dynamic failure of materials. Dr Stickle is currently a senior research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She is the Deputy Principal-Investigator for the Mini-RF radar, a Co-I for the LRO-LAMP instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the impact modeling working group lead for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)  mission, and a Co-I on the Dragonfly mission. Her research includes analyzing young impact craters on the Moon to better understand ejecta emplacement processes, impact modeling on asteroids and rocky/icy bodies, planetary defense testing, and working to understand and evaluate available technology for future lunar surface missions. Asteroid 36986 Stickle is named in her honor.


Dr. Jennifer Whitten

Associate Deputy Principal Investigator for the VERITAS, Tulane University

Unveiling Venus: Past and Future Exploration of our Sister Planet

Jennifer Whitten holds a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 2009 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology from Brown University in 2011 and 2014. She completed a postdoc at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before becoming an assistant professor at Tulane University. Jennifer is now a research geologist at the National Air and Space Museum. Her research focuses on processes that generate and modify planetary crusts by combining a variety of space-based and ground-based data types, in particular, studying how the surface of Venus has evolved using synthetic aperture radar data. She has participated in several mission and instrument science teams, including the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument on Chandryaan-1, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter SHARAD instrument, and the MESSENGER team. She is the Associate Deputy Principal Investigator for the VERITAS mission to Venus.

Todd Jackson, Jr

Deputy Project Manager, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Picture Me Rollin’: My Journey Through the Aerospace Industry

Todd Jackson, Jr. is an engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency in Los Angeles County, CA where he serves as a deputy project manager. He graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2008. Upon graduation, he started his professional career at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix His responsibilities included management of system requirements, program budget, engine test requirements, test execution, analysis, and platform coordination. Todd’s final role at Honeywell was as a project engineer for helicopter engines. He led redesign efforts for engine components for domestic and international customers. In 2012, Todd transitioned from the private sector to government service. His interdisciplinary background helped him complete a redesign effort of the F-35’s aerial refueling probe. In 2015, a major career goal was realized when he accepted a position as a F/A-18 Mission Systems Flight Test Engineer. Todd joined the FAA in 2016. He was responsible for the certification and continued operational safety of propulsion systems. Todd accepted a position with the United States Air Force at Edwards AFB in California in 2019. During the summer of 2020, Mr. Jackson accepted a position with the Dryden Aeronautical Test Range at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Currently, he is a deputy project manager for the SkyRange program. In his spare time, Todd enjoys playing tennis, reading, and volunteering.

Andrew Greenberg

Senior Instructor, Portland State University

Update on PSAS and the OreSat Project

Andrew Greenberg is senior faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University, and is the faculty advisor for the Portland State Aerospace Society, an interdisciplinary student aerospace project.

Join Andrew to hear the latest on PSAS, including our new liquid fuel engine test stand, and the OreSat project, an open source and modular CubeSat system designed at PSU.

Schedule of Events

All times are in Pacific Standard Time

10:00: Opening Remarks

10:00 - 10:50 

11:00 - 11:50 

12:00 - 1:00 

1:00 - 1:50

2:00 - 2:50 

2:50 - 3:00: Closing Remarks

Past PNWAE and PSAS events