Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Monday, November 17, 2008
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Ohlone College Presents the Next Generation of Space Transportation

Fremont, CA—Dr. Anupa Bajwa of the NASA Ames Research Center as she discusses the latest advances in space technology through the launch of the Orion and Ares projects at the Ohlone College NASA Science Seminar.

This seminar introduces the Orion and Ares projects, the vehicles NASA is developing to carry a new generation of explorers back to the moon and later to Mars. Orion will succeed the Space Shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for space transportation, and Ares is the launch vehicle that will transport the Orion crew and deliver cargo payloads to space. Dr. Bajwa will share some anecdotes from her career in Aerospace Engineering and address questions such as

  • “What is space travel like?”
  • “How does one design a space mission?”
  • “How can one become a NASA scientist or astronaut?”
  • “How can a student participate in NASA's missions?”

Dr. Bajwa is a computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center and a specialist in Integrated Systems Health Management. She is currently working on methods for failure detection and diagnosis for NASA's Ares I launch vehicle. This involves modeling and simulating vehicle subsystems and sensors. Dr. Bajwa has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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