All Photos Courtesy of Larry Grace Photography
Astronaut, engineer and global aerospace leader Dr. Sandra Magnus visited Minnesota in September to provide a keynote address and participate in a conversation about Minnesota’s aerospace innovation legacy and future opportunities and appear at Girls International Aviation Day. Dr. Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), the largest global technical society for aerospace.
“Thanks to Professor Erick Agrimson and his colleagues, we were delighted to hold this important dialogue at St. Catherine University, which is a Minnesota Space Grant Consortium school,” said Kristi Rollag Wangstad, AirSpace Minnesota president. “We also are indebted to Dr. John Olson of Sierra Nevada Corporation and our board for his leadership in developing this experience, at which he provided a ‘State of the State’ overview, and to Susan Lavrakas of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) for her role in moderating the discussion.”
In addition to Dr. Olson, other participating AirSpace Minnesota board members included Mark Skarohlid, UTC Aerospace Systems, Bernie Gruber, Orbital ATK, Dr. Bill Garrard, University of Minnesota, Chip Laingen, Defense Alliance and Inés Sira, 3M.
Special guests who served as panelists included Elizabeth Bierman, Honeywell, Dr. Robert Haddon, Mayo Clinic, Kevin McKinnon, MN DEED, Dr. Kaye Smith, St. Catherine University and Mark Wrightsman, PaR Systems. The panelists highlighted their work, illuminating the breadth of impact across companies and sectors, and thoughts re future opportunities for the regional workforce and companies.
More than 100 professionals and students participated in this opportunity, with a consensus that more dialogue is needed to ensure this region capitalizes on the opportunities to come.
Posted on 11/03/2015
by Sarah Hokuf