Thursday, August 1, 2019

Technolink Snapshot August 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season. This is an exciting time to ponder space exploration -- past, present and future.  We are pleased to announce the distinguished award of Fellow for Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  We also highlight this month JPL's exciting new investigations into space with quantum physics and the Cold Atom Laboratory. 

The stunning photo (above) was taken on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 20 by Technolink member, Susan Sanders, Esquire. It perfectly captures that unstoppable blend of the mind and technology with teamwork and creativity -- something we honor and  foster at Technolink.

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique. If you haven't done so, please be sure to register for our Fall Forum on Tuesday, October 8th at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, as seating is limited. 

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8th and to continuing our conversations, 

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder,
 Technolink Association

Members Shaping the Future

We are pleased to announce that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Technolink member Lt. Gen (Ret) Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, as a Fellow in the Class of 2019. AIAA Fellows are "persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof."  The AIAA honored the recipients recently at its Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington and at a ceremony in Crystal City, Virginia.
The plaque presented to Larry James cites his "extraordinary contributions in military, intelligence, and civil space acquisition and operations fields across 40 years, including GPS, signals intelligence, and NASA missions." His recognition honors his military career, and his work for NASA/JPL. "The joy is in doing what you love and being part of something bigger than yourself," he said. "I'm very fortunate that I spent 35 years with the Department of Defense to help develop the nation's military space capabilities.  And since joining JPL in 2014, James is proud to be in a leadership position at a world-renowned facility where "we expand the frontiers of human knowledge by tackling the hard science questions every day." He noted the wide variety of projects--"ranging from building rovers for Mars to conducting quantum physics on the International Space Station with the Cold Atom Lab." 
JPL is probing the edges of fundamental physics with its Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) now operating on the International Space Station.  CAL will create ultra-cold quantum gases called Bose-Einstein Condensates where novel quantum phenomena can be examined.  The list of principal investigators includes three Nobel Prize winners.  To read more, click here