Colloquium Lectures: 2010s

Note: videos are accessible only within the NASA Langley Research Center firewall.


Lectures were not held in January, February, or March as a direct or indirect result of the lapse in appropriations.

April 9, 2019: The Role of UAS in Atmospheric Science by Phillip B. Chilson (video within Langley firewall only.)

May 7, 2019: The Expert Witness – Bringing Science into the Legal System by William Woodruff (video within Langley firewall only.)

June 4, 2019: The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–but Some Don’t by Nate Silver (video within Langley firewall only.)

July 9, 2019: The Lunar Landing Research Facility: A Simulator of “Gantry” Proportions by Lisa Jones

August 6, 2019: Green Engineering: Making NASA (and the world) more Environmentally Sustainable by Sean McGinnis

September 10, 2019: How to Communicate Vaccine Science to the Public by Dr. Paul Offit [Sigma: The Vaccine Wars]


January 9, 2018: Biochar – Environmental Superstar by Doris Hamill (video within Langley firewall only.)

February 6, 2018: Frontiers of Space Radiation by John Norbury (video within Langley firewall only.)

March 6, 2018: Code Girls: The Women Who Decrypted World War II by Liza Mundy (video within Langley firewall only.)

April 3, 2018: The Global Orchestra – play your part for the planet by combining creativity and technology by Charlie Chan & Justin Baird

May 1, 2018: Cislunar Space, the Gateway to Future Exploration by Patrick Troutman (video within Langley firewall only.)

June 5, 2018: The Road to Advanced Autonomous Air Transportation by John Langford (video within Langley firewall only.)

July 10, 2018: Perseverance: Overcoming Challenges when Developing New Technologies by Lonnie Johnson (video within Langley firewall only.)

August 7, 2018: Interplanetary Spaceflight Implications of Fifty-Seven Years of Human Space Exploration by Jim Logan (video within Langley firewall only.)

September 11, 2018: Hypersonic Flight: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities by Mark Lewis (video within Langley firewall only.)

October 9, 2018: The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment: A NASA Langley Legacy by Robert Damadeo and Charles Hill (video within Langley firewall only.)

November 6, 2018: Designing for Longevity by Alexander Rose (video within Langley firewall only.)


February 7, 2017: Apollo 1, Andrew Chaikin (video within Langley firewall only)

March 7, 2017: Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly (Note: No video will be posted.)

April 4, 2017: Rescuing the American Chestnut Tree, William Powell (video within Langley firewall only.)

May 2, 2017: The Art of Electronics: A Tour of Adafruit Industries by Limor “Ladyada” Fried

May 4, 2017: Missions for Makers by Dale Dougherty (A special colloquium supporting the Langley Centennial)

No talks were held in June or July 2017, because of the large number of Langley Centennial activities taking place in those months.

August 8, 2017: When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do? by Seth Shostak (video within Langley firewall only.)

September 12, 2017: Fracking for Shale Gas/Oil 2008-2017: What Do We Know Now That We Did Not Know Then? by Tony Ingraffea (video within Langley firewall only.)

October 3, 2017: Discovering the Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope by John Mather, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics

November 7, 2017: Stone, Bone, and Clay: Virginia Indians’ History of 18,000 Years by Karenne Wood (video within Langley firewall only.)

No talk was held in December 2017.


January 12, 2016: Design and Engineering of Complex Systems, Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan (video within Langley firewall only)

February 2, 2016: Bayesian Search for Air France 447: The Math that Found a Needle in a Haystack, J. Van Gurley (video within Langley firewall only)

March 1, 2016: The Art and Science of Science Communication, Steven Novella (video within Langley firewall only)

April 5, 2016: A Blast from the Past – Misinformation in your nightly weather report and the history of the Polar Vortex by Lynn Harvey (video within Langley firewall only).

May 3, 2016: The success of the G650 and its influence on future Gulfstream aircraft by Angel Barboza

June 7, 2016: A Bunch of Plumbers by Peggy Newcomb (video within Langley firewall only).

July 12, 2016: Innovation and Inspiration – The HondaJet by Michimasa Fujino (video within Langley firewall only)

July 19, 2016: A panel of historians discussed the 40th Anniversary of Viking: History of Mission Viking (video within Langley firewall only)


September 13, 2016: Climate Modeling: Its history and prediction of future climate change, by Warren M. Washington (45th Anniversary Colloquium – video within Langley firewall only)


October 4, 2016: A League of Extraordinary Machines, by Jack W. Davidson (video within Langley firewall only)

November 1, 2016: First Electronic Digital Computer, by Seymour B. Horowitz (video within Langley firewall only)

December 6, 2016: When the Moon Eats the Sun: The Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017, by Phil Plait (video within Langley firewall only). The Sigma talk was Death From The Skies!


January 13, 2015: Taking the Long View: How ISAAC Prepares LaRC for the Future, by Brian K. Stewart (video within Langley firewall only)

February 3, 2015: F-22 Raptor – Baseline Capabilities and Current Operations, by Kevin M. Heath, Maj. USAF (video within Langley firewall only)

March 24, 2015: A Celebration of the Centennial of the NACA, featuring Roger Launius, John Anderson, and Tom Crouch ( within Langley firewall only)

April 7, 2015: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: Protecting Against, or Preparing for, Inundation of the Coastal Zone? by Hans-Peter Plag (video within Langley firewall only)

May 5, 2015: Rubber on the Runway – The Aircraft Dynamic Loads Facility by Thomas Yager and Robert Doggett (video within Langley firewall only)

June 2, 2015: Cancelled

July 14, 2015: The Coming Era of Distributed Electric Propulsion by Mark Moore (video within Langley firewall only)

August 4, 2015: Bipolar Science: 20+ Years of Airborne Ice Measurements with NASA and Operation IceBridge by John Sonntag (video within Langley firewall only)

September 1, 2015: Cancelled

October 6, 2015: Advancing the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025 by Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer (video within Langley firewall only)

November 3, 2015: In the Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Katrina — The NASA Experience by David Throckmorton (video within Langley firewall only)

December 1, 2015: The Evolution of Winglets to the Max, Robert Gregg, III (video within Langley firewall only)


January 7, 2014: No lecture

February 4, 2014: Crashing a Boeing 727 in the Mexican Desert by R. John Hansman (MIT) (video within Langley firewall only)

March 11, 2014: The Higgs Boson and Why it Matters, Josh Erlich (William & Mary). (video within Langley firewall only)

April 1, 2014: To the Frontiers of Flight: The Role of Innovation in Developing Tomorrow’s Products, Mark Anderson (Boeing). (video within Langley firewall only)

May 13, 2014: Leonardo and the Intersection of Art and Science, Bulent Atalay. (video within Langley firewall only)

June 3, 2014: Putting the I in ISS: Fostering space cooperation with the Russians, Jim Van Laak. (video within Langley firewall only)

July 8, 2014: Sonic Boom: A Review of Six Decades of Research, Dom Maglieri (video: within Langley firewall only)

August 5, 2014: The Recent Pause in Global Warming: A Temporary Blip or Something More Permanent?, Norman Loeb (video: within Langley firewall only)

September 9, 2014: How to Make a Tornado: Ideas Emerging from Decades of Theory, Simulation, and Field Observations, Paul Markowski (video: within Langley firewall only)

October 7, 2014: Recent Wake Vortex Research at NASA Langley, Fred Proctor (video: within Langley firewall only)

November 4, 2014: Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System, Kevin Peter Hand (video: within Langley firewall only)

December 2, 2014: Coming of Age: NASA’s Role in Lightweight Composite Structures for Flight Vehicles by Darrell Tenney (video: within Langley firewall only)


January 8, 2013: Too Big to Know by David Weinberger

February 5, 2013: Proton Radiotherapy Systems and Clinical Practice by Cornel Butuceanu

March 5, 2013: The Science Behind the Taming of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill by Paul Hsieh

April 2, 2013: To Mars in Weeks by Thermonuclear Micro-Bomb Propulsion by Friedwardt Winterberg

May 7, 2013: The Past as Prologue: Learning from the Climate Changes in Past Centuries by Michael E. Mann

June 4, 2013: Modeling Flight: The Role of Dynamically Scaled Free-Flying Models in NASA’s Research Programs by Joe Chambers

July 9, 2013: Wings, Meatballs, Worms, and Swooshes: The Unknown Story of the NASA Seal and Insignia by Joe Chambers

August 6, 2013: Autonomous, Adaptive, and Safe? by Prof. John McDermid

September 10, 2013: Asteroid Initiative: Overview and Future Directions by Dan Mazanek

October 1, 2013: cancelled because of government shutdown.

November 5, 2013: Open Plan Offices? Yes, No, and It Depends by Tonya Smith-Jackson

December 3, 2013: Doing More with Less: Human Flight on the Power of a Cordless Drill by Cameron Robertson (video: within Langley firewall only)


January 10, 2012: Improving the View of Air Quality from Space by Dr. James Crawford, Principal Investigator/Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

February 7, 2012: Modern Microphones and New Directions in Sensors by Dr. James E. West, Johns Hopkins University (video: within Langley firewall only)

March 6, 2012: Expanding the Envelope: Challenges and Opportunities in Aerospace Research by Dr. Mark Lewis, University of Maryland (video: within Langley firewall only)

April 3, 2012: Where The Cloud Meets the Ocean by Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics (video: within Langley firewall only)

May 2, 2012: The U-2 Incident: A Son’s Perspective by Gary Powers, Jr. (video: within Langley firewall only)

June 5, 2012: Cave of the Winds: The Remarkable History of the Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel by Joe Chambers (video: within Langley firewall only)

July 10, 2012: Langley’s Contribution to Human Spaceflight: Orion Pad Abort-1 Flight Test by Kevin Rivers, John Davidson, Phillip L. Brown, and Robert Parker (video: within Langley firewall only)

August 7, 2012: International Space Station by Mark L. Uhran

September 11, 2012: Aeronautical Entrepreneuring with UAVs by Steven M. Sliwa

October 2, 2012: Truth, Lies, and O-rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster by Allan J. McDonald

November 6, 2012: CCAM: A Game Changing Advanced Manufacturing Research Model by David R. Lohr

December 4, 2012: Designs of Expandable Structures by Chuck Hoberman


January 11, 2011: Chilean Miners’ Rescue, NASA Plays a Part by Clinton H. Cragg (video: within Langley firewall only)

February 1, 2011 (LECTURE CANCELLED BY THE SPEAKER) Astronaut: Mission Specialist by Leland D. Melvin

March 1, 2011: From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami by Dr. Robert Lang

April 5, 2011: The Pox and the Covenant: The Curious History of Science and Religion in Colonial America by Tony Williams

May 3, 2011: Design of the Edison2 Very Light Car by Ron Mathis (video: within Langley firewall only)

June 7, 2011: Tigers, Spiders and Raptors: One Test Pilot’s Story by Alfred “Paul” Metz (video: within Langley firewall only)

July 12, 2011: Drifting on Alien Worlds: Exploring the Skies and Weather of Other Worlds by Mr. Michael Carroll (video: within Langley firewall only)

August 2, 2011: Collaborative Innovation: Novel Approaches to University-Industry-Government Partnerships in Creating a Smarter Planet by Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson (video: within Langley firewall only)

September 13, 2011: Exploration Design Reference Missions by Patrick Troutman

October 4, 2011: Keeping an Eye on the Shuttle During Reentry – the HYTHIRM Project by Thomas J. Horvath, Principal Investigator, Aerothermodynamics Branch, NASA Langley Research Center

November 1, 2011: Fly Forever: Pursuing the Dream of Indefinite Endurance Flight by Craig L. Nickol

December 6, 2011: At 40, NASA Colloquium Continues to Stimulate, Teach Narrated by Keith Henry, NASA Langley Newschief, retired.


January 12, 2010: Environmentally Responsible Aircraft (ERA) Project by Dr. Faye Collier

February 10, 2010: EMP, and the Potential for a Nationwide or Global “Katrina,” of our Electronic Infrastructure by Dr. William R. Forstchen

March 2, 2010: An Insider’s View of NTSB Accident Investigation by Robert L. Sumwalt, III

April 6, 2010: Going Coastal by Dr. John D. Rummel

May 4, 2010: Green, Quiet, Electric V/ESTOL Aircraft: The Second Century of Flight by Dr. Brien A. Seeley

June 8, 2010: Kepler Space Mission: Progress in the Detection of Earth-size Planets in the Habitable Zone of Solar-like Stars by William J. Borucki

July 6, 2010: NACA and the Transformation of Hampton: From Log Canoes to Outer Space by Michael Cobb

August 3, 2010: What if your contact lens could show you images … by Professor Babak A. Parviz, University of Washington

September 14, 2010: The Augustine Report, Rationale and Retrospective by Edward F. Crawley (video: within Langley firewall only)

October 5, 2010: Does NASA Matter? by A. Thomas Young (video: within Langley firewall only)

November 2, 2010: Sustainable Design of Langley Research Center’s New Town and Future Infrastructure by George Finelli, NASA Langley Research Center

December 7, 2010: The Revolution in Planetary Science: New Worlds, New Discoveries by Dr. James L. Green, Director, NASA Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC (video: within Langley firewall only)