Presented by Dr. Anita Sengupta, Research Professor, University of Southern California
3:30pm, Havana Room
Dr. Sengupta is an aerospace engineer and veteran of the space program, where for the past 20 years her transformational engineering projects included her PhD research on developing the ion propulsion system for the Dawn Mission in 2007 (currently in the main asteroid belt), the supersonic parachute that landed the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012, and the Cold Atom Laboratory, an atomic physics facility recently launched to the International Space Station in 2018. Her next venture is the design of a magnetically levitating, electromagnetically propelled, passenger vehicle in a vacuum tube, known as the hyperloop as Senior Vice President of Engineering Systems at Virgin Hyperloop.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is also a research professor who teaches spacecraft, entry, and landing system design for planetary exploration. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, snowboarder, runner, public speaker, and science fiction fan.
She will discuss how space-age tech coupled to the principles of fundamental physics are enabling a revolution in green transportation from suborbital rocket flights, to electric airplanes, to space travel on the ground with the hyperloop.
Dr. Sengupta's talk will be in the Havana Room at 3:30pm.