NASA director presents: The Future of Deep Space Human Exploration
- Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater - view map
As part of MSU's 125th anniversary celebrations during February, which feature's the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, special guest Dr. Paul McConnaughey, associate Director at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will explore answers to some intriguing questions: Why explore deep space? And what technologies will it take to get there?
McConnaughey will discuss the importance of engineering advanced technologies to journey to deep space – to cislunar, the Moon, Mars and beyond. From the evolvable heavy-lift capability of the Space Launch System to cutting edge lander propulsion technology, the journey to deep space will require innovation and the next generation STEM workforce to be successful.
McConnaughey was apointed as associate director, technical, in the Office of the Center Director at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in 2015. He is responsible for ensuring the performance of Marshall's programs and technical activities, with respect to cost, schedule and mission success. Originally from the Midwest, he earned his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and his master's degree and doctorate from Cornell University. He joined Marshall in 1986 as an engineer in the Systems Dynamics Laboratory. McConnaughey has held various leadership positions, including being selected as Marshall's chief engineer in 2007 and serving as the director of System Engineering and Integration and the chief engineer of the Exploration Systems Development Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. He has three daughters and resides in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife, Angie, and their two dogs.