The Los Angeles chapter held its first meeting of 2017-2018 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the S Building on Northrop Grumman’s Space Park campus, Redondo Beach CA. Dr Jeffry Padin of the Aerospace Corporation was the evening’s featured speaker. After a delicious meal of Chinese food, Dr. Padin gave an impassioned presentation about the unique corporate culture at SpaceX (Dr. Padin is a manufacturing and design liaison between the Aerospace Corporation and SpaceX). Many companies try to understand and improve employee engagement – SpaceX seems to have found the magic ingredient !
Dr. Padin’s presentation was enthusiastically received by an audience of 18 members and guests. Honored guests included new members Maben Jimenez (the Aerospace Corporation), Kushal Patel (also the Aerospace Corpoartion) and Randy Quon (Northrop Grumman). Also in attendance were Ron Fox (SAWE Executive Director and Honorary Fellow), John Hargrave (Honorary Fellow), John Nakai (Honorary Fellow), and Mike Notarangelo (Fellow).
John Nakai and Yi-Ling Tam (both from the Aerospace Corporation) led a brief discussion of Tailoring Instructions for ANSI/AIAA S-120A-2016 Documents Status. This impacts both Launch Vehicles (TOR-2017-02292) and Space Vehicles (TOR-2017-02395).
All in all, a very successful start to 2017-2018 for the Los Angeles chapter. Kudos and Thanks to Yi-Ling Tam (Los Angeles chapter President) for arranging the speaker, and also the food and to Oliver Philippi for arranging the facility.
Los Angeles chapter Vice President