Pacific Northwest Aerospace Expo

Space is Interdisciplinary!

Join us In-Person and Virtually

9:45am - 4:00pm on Saturday October 29th, 2022


PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science Room 102 (1930 SW 4th Ave)

Livestream link:  https://youtu.be/Y9OqH5lsexU 

Bringing together the PNW Aerospace community

The Portland State Aerospace Society invites you to join us from 9:45 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 29th, 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

Stuart McClung

Orion & Artemis. Current and Future.

Stuart McClung is the Program Planning and Control Office chief of staff for the Orion program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In this role, McClung ensures the coordination and integration of the various Orion program offices and works to manage potential cost risks and threats. McClung has worked in the Orion program Crew/Service Module Office since 2006 and has supported Orion in a number of leadership roles. 

McClung’s other leadership roles include serving as Orion Ground Test Article vehicle manager at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in 2010, in which he acted as a liaison to ensure proper design of the test article. 

McClung joined NASA in 1989 in the Orbiter Project Office at Johnson Space Center. Through 2005, he served as project manager for space shuttle orbiter hardware upgrades and safety improvements, including the orbiter docking system, external airlock, and the main landing gear. 


Amina Mahrouch

An Overview of a GNC Subsystem Design Process

Amina is a Senior Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) engineer at CesiumAstro, Inc, where she has worked for two years. She leads the GNC subsystem design, development, and integration efforts. Amina holds a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach , FL, and is completing a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering focusing on Dynamics and Control.

Andrew Greenberg

Update on 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.

Grab lunch and join Andrew to hear the latest  on the OreSat project, an open source and modular CubeSat system designed at PSU. He'll discuss OreSat0, Oregon's first satellite, the OreSat bus in general, and the upcoming NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) mission.

Alex Drossler

There’s a Place for Everyone in Space and the Role of In-Orbit Services for Mission Success

Alex Drossler, has spent the last two years with Momentus as a Mission Design Systems Engineer responsible for ensuring customer mission success. Alex draws on his experience working with a broad range of customers to bridge the gap between Momentus’ exceptional engineers and their diverse clientele for in-orbit services. In particular, he designed the requirements for their Vigoride mission that flew in May and their next mission expected for launch in December.

Alex first received his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. In his past lives, Alex served as a COO and “Curator of Style” for a sunglass company, and also played a part in the SF Bay Area fine art industry working as a Project Manager for an art logistics firm. 

Alex broadened his education to ultimately receive a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University and was honored to present his research project on “Asteroid Redirection and Conversion to Habitat” at the Athens Institute for Education and Research. By harnessing the limitless resources in space, Alex believes we can live more sustainably here on earth.

 Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle

Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of the Prebiotic Chemistry and Habitability of Saturn's moon Titan

Dr. Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Her research combines remote-sensing observations and modeling of geological structures and their implications for planetary surfaces, interiors, and their evolution, including impact cratering and tectonics on satellites and terrestrial planets, and lakes and seasonal weather on Titan. She is the Principal Investigator for the Dragonfly New Frontiers mission to Titan, Principal Investigator for the Europa Imaging System (EIS) on Europa Clipper, and participated in the Galileo, Cassini, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter missions. She earned her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from Univ. Arizona and her B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jacob Tiller

The Road to Orbit is paved by failure

Jacob's love of aerospace was realized after joining PSAS while studying for his BS in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he went to work for a relatively unknown start-up called Firefly Aerospace.

Jacob has been with Firefly for over 3 years as a Test Engineer.  During his time at Firefly, he has seen the company grow from a small start-up with the dream of orbit, no rocket, and an uncertain future, to one of the few private companies to make orbit on their second launch attempt.

That success did not come without a healthy number of failures, many of which Jacob witnessed first hand while in the control room. He has participated in a wide range of test and launch operations, including Primary Structures, COPVs, Engines, Vehicle QDs, Fairing Separation, stage testing, fully integrated vehicle testing, and launch operations.    

Schedule of Events

All times are in Pacific Standard Time

09:45 - 10:00: Opening Remarks from Senator Merkley

10:00 - 10:50: 

11:00 - 11:50

12:00 - 12:50

1:00 - 1:50

2:00 - 2:50 

3:00 - 3:50

3:50 - 4:00: Closing Remarks

Past PNWAE and PSAS events