Colloquium Lectures: 2000s


January 13, 2009 Energy For the Greenhouse World by Dr. Aristides A.N. Patrinos

February 10, 2009 The Dark Universe Challenge by Dr. Salman Habib

March 3, 2009 Biologically-Inspired Materials: From Electroactive Polymers To Biomolecular Networks by Dr. Don Leo

April 7, 2009 Methane on Mars – Geology, Biology, Neither, or Both? by Dr. Michael J. Mumma, Goddard Center for Astrobiology, NASA-GSFC

May 5, 2009 Transforming Organizations: How To Start an Innovation Movement by Michael L. Maness Vice President, Design and Innovation, Gannett Co., Inc.

June 2, 2009 Whither or Wither? – Innovation in Air Transportation by Dr. Bruce Holmes

July 7, 2009 How We Remember Apollo by Dr. Roger D. Launius

August 4, 2009 Back to the Future – CSI Three Centuries Later by Dr. Michael J. Kelley

September 1, 2009 CLARREO: Cornerstone of the Climate Observing System by Stephen P. Sandford

October 6, 2009 HURRICANE OF INDEPENDENCE: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution by Tony Williams

November 3, 2009 Unsteady hydrodynamics in bio-inspired propulsion by Dr. John Dabiri

December 1, 2009 Crazy Robots and the Students Who Build Them by NASA Knights Robotics Team


January 8, 2008 Importance and Challenges of Protecting the Crew from Radiation on Missions to Moon and Mars by Dr. John W. Wilson, NASA Langley (retired)

February 5, 2008 Advanced Aircraft Carrier Technology: A Shipbuilder’s Perspective by David P. Rice, Engineering Research Manager for Aircraft Carrier Technology, Northrop Grumman Newport News

March 4, 2008 Why the World’s Information Technology Leader Can’t Count Votes by Professor Bryan Pfaffenberger, University of Virginia

April 1, 2008 An Energy Revolution for the Greenhouse Century by Dr. Martin Hoffert, Professor Emeritus of Physics, New York University

May 6, 2008 An Update on Strategic Initiatives in Modeling and Simulation in Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Nationally by Dr. Michael McGinnis, Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center

June 3, 2008 Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Virginia and Chesapeake Bay: Physical, Chemical and Ecological Processes by Dr. James Bauer, College of William & Mary (This lecture is cosponsored by the Green Series.)

July 8, 2008 The Life and Works of Galileo: A Guided Tour by Dr. Kerry V. Magruder, University of Oklahoma

August 12, 2008 Mercury In a New Light: The First MESSENGER Flyby by Dr. Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

September 9, 2008 Sputnik, Eisenhower, and the founding of NASA by Dr. Roger Launius, former NASA Chief Historian and currently Senior Curator, Division of Space History, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

NASA at 50: A Celebration of Science, Technology and the Spirit of Human Exploration
Four Tuesdays in October (October 7, 14, 21 and 28)

  • October 7, 2008 NASA Human Spaceflight: Past, Present, and Future by Ken Reightler
  • October 14, 2008 Exploration of the Moon and Planets: A New Perspective on Earth by Dr. James W. Head III
  • October 21, 2008 Science and Survival in the Anthropocene: Why NASA and Earth Science Are Vital for Human Wellbeing by Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • October 28, 2008 50 Years of NASA Aeronautical Research by Roy V. Harris

No Lecture Scheduled for November

December 9, 2008 Phoenix Lander’s Odyssey to Mars – A 10 Year Journey by Dr. Prasun N. Desai


January 4, 2007 Statistical Approaches in the NIST World Trade Center Analysis, by James J. Filliben

February 1, 2007 Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space, by Harrison (Jack) Schmitt

March 6, 2007 Motion Capture and Technology Leadership, by Nels H. Madsen  (lectures returned to Tuesdays this month)

April 10, 2007 Humans and the Global Carbon Cycle: A Faustian Bargain?, by Berrien Moore III

May 8, 2007 Why We Explore, by Steven Dick

June 5, 2007 The CALIPSO Mission – One Year After Launch, by Dr. Dave Winker

July 10, 2007 The Tuskegee Airmen – The Long Flight from WWII to the Congressional Gold Medal, by Ezra M. Hill, USAF (Ret)

August 7, 2007 F22 Raptor’s First Year in Service from an Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Perspective, by Lt. Col. Dane West, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, Langley Air Force Base

September 11, 2007 Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources in Virginia, by Dr. Roger Mann, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

October 2, 2007 The Search for the Cause of the Mysterious Tiny Crystals in the Charters of Freedom by Dr. Joel S. Levine, NASA Langley Research Center

November 6, 2007 Finding our Origins with the James Webb Space Telescope by Dr. John Mather, Nobel Prize Winner

December 4, 2007 The USS Monitor Materials: Organic and Metal by Susanne Grieve and Eric Nordgren, The Mariners’ Museum


January 5, 2006 X-Prize Flights: SpaceShipOne, by Douglas Shane

February 2, 2006 Russia – Candidate Roles in the Exploration Vision

March 2, 2006 NASA Capabilities for Human Exploration Beyond the Moon, by Patrick A. Troutman

April 6, 2006 Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics, by Judith Curry

May 4, 2006 Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade, by Robert Zubrin

June 1, 2006 Aeronautics Research in Decline: Why the Trend Must be Reversed, by Roy V. Harris, Jr.

July 6, 2006 Uranus and Neptune: Understanding the Ice Giants, by Dr. Heidi B. Hammel

August 3, 2006 Advances in Nanotechnology, by Professor Mool C. Gupta

September 7, 2006 Traditional Native Scientists, by Scott Frazier

October 5, 2006 MISSEs- Experiments to Mitigate Risks in Future Space Exploration Missions, by Bill Kinnard

TUESDAY: October 24, 2006 Special 35th Anniversary Lecture: Space Exploration: Filling Up the Canvas, by Michael Griffin


December 7, 2006 Hypersonics: Flying Higher and Faster in the Air and Beyond, by Mark J. Lewis


January 11, 2005 Technical Challenges for Space Exploration Missions, by John C. Mankins

February 1, 2005 Spectacular Visualization of Planet Earth, by Arthur Frederick (Fritz) Hasler

March 1, 2005 The Man Who Hated Loose Ends: Einstein’s Legacy, by Hans Christian von Baeyer

April 7, 2005 Investigation into the Crash of American Airlines Flight 587, by John W. DeLisi (at the request of Senior Staff, lectures were moved to Thursdays)

May 5, 2005 Toward a Sustainable Mars Infrastructure (for Human Exploration), by Robert L. Ash

June 2, 2005 Solar Sails: Propellantless In-Space Propulsion, by Billy Derbes

July 7, 2005 Understanding the Mechanics of Tsunamis, by Ronald E. Johnson

August 4, 2005 Mars Rovers, by Prasun Desai

September 1, 2005 The Engineer of 2020 Project, by Gary S. May

October 6, 2005 Cassini at Saturn: An Evolving Planetary System, by Robert E. Johnson

November 3, 2005 Nature, Fireworks and Multifunctional Aerospace Materials, by Professor Kathryn V. Logan

December 1, 2005 First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by Jim Hansen


January 13, 2004 From Flower Stems to Feather Shafts: Twisting in the Wind Without Getting Bent Out of Shape, by Steven Vogel

February 3, 2004 “Big Mac” System X Supercomputer, by Srindi Varadarajan

March 2, 2004 Color and Light in Nature: Visual Adventures in Optical Phenomena, by David K. Lynch

April 6, 2004 Human Exploration of the Moon: Preparing to Go to Mars, by James Head

May 4, 2004 Discovering the Secrets of the Wright Brothers, by Ken Hyde and Kevin Kochersberger

June 1, 2004 Scramjet Powered Vehicles: Force or Fiction, by Charles R. McClinton

July 13, 2004 The Design of Electronic Textile Applications, by Mark T. Jones

August 18, 2004 Reasons to be Optimistic About Aeronautics, by Rich Wlezien

September 14, 2004 Improved Composite Materials for Exploration Systems, by Ranji K. Vaidyanathan

October 5, 2004 A Century of Innovation That Transformed Our Lives, by Bob Somerville

November 2, 2004 America’s Future in Space and PBS NOVA series “Origins”, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

December 7, 2004 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Hope or Hype?, by Robert Rose


January 14, 2003 Space Exploration: Sputnik to the International Space Station, by Andrew Chaikin

February 5, 2003 America and The First Century of Flight: Echoes and Resonances, by Richard P. Hallion

March 4, 2003 Crafting the Dream of Wings on the Wind: 100 years from Aviation to Spaceflight, by Tom D. Crouch, James R. Hansen, and James Schultz

April 1, 2003 Catching up with NASA: Fuel Cells on Earth, by Brian Walsh

May 6, 2003 Segway Human Transporter, by Bart Thompson

June 10, 2003 Biomimetics Research to Develop Biologically Inspired Materials, by Ilhan A. Aksay

July 1, 2003 The ARES Mission to Mars: The First Flight of an Airplane on Another Planet, by Joel S. Levine and Robert D. Braun

August 5, 2003 Avionics in the Operation of Modern Civil and Military Aircraft, by Cary R. Spitzer

September 9, 2003 The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World’s Most Astonishing Number, by Mario Livio

October 7, 2003 The Wright Brothers’ Aerodynamics, and the Future of Flight, by John D. Anderson, Jr.

***Special 1.5 Hour Colloquium Lecture***October 23, 2003 Langley Support to the Columbia Accident Investigation, by Mark Saunders, Charles Miller, Mark Shuart, and Charles Poupard

November 4, 2003 Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, by Duncan Watts

December 2, 2003 Aircraft Noise-Prospects for a Quieter Future, by David H. Reed


January 8, 2002 How Well Did the “Flyer” Fly? – An Analysis of the Wright Brothers Flights, December 17, 1903, by Colin Britcher

February 5, 2002 Computational Combustion: from Molecular Processes to Combustor Design, by Stephen B. Pope

March 5, 2002 Mars Odyssey, by David Spenser

April 2, 2002 The Quest for Sustainability: Sustainable Development and Remote Sensing, by Thomas E. Lovejoy

May 7, 2002 Take this gene and call me in the morning: The Human Genome Project and the Promise of Gene Therapy, by Francis L. Macrina

June 4, 2002 Shock Waves on Aircraft Structure and Aviation Security, by Gary Settles

July 9, 2002 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: It takes a Team, by Michael J. Logan

August 13, 2002 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Incident Reporting Systems, by Chris Johnson

September 10, 2002 Small Aircraft Transportation System: The Vision for Wings on America, by Bruce J. Holmes

October 1, 2002 Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Response Before and After September 11th, 2001, by Scott M. Solomon

November 5, 2002 The Aerodynamics of Bird Flight, by Geoffrey Spedding

December 17, 2002 From Kitty Hawk to the Stars, by Gentry Lee


January 9, 2001 MicroEngines, by Alan Epstein

February 6, 2001 Photosynthesis in the Deep Sea without Sunlight? The Denouement!, by Cindy Lee Van Dover

March 13, 2001 Recipes for Living Off The Land in Mars, by KR Sridhar

April 3, 2001 The 35 Million Year Old Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater, by David S. Powars

May 1, 2001 Challenges and Opportunities in Aeronautical Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing, by Earll Murman

June 5, 2001 Cooperative Control of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Vehicles, by Raffaello D’Andrea

July 10, 2001 Molecular Electronics and Directed Self-Assembly: Ultra-Small Computers that Build Themselves, by Theresa S. Mayer

July 20, 2001 Viking: 25th Anniversary of Landing on Mars, by Panel Discussion

August 7, 2001 Advanced Fuels and Propellants – Exciting Ways of Improving Future Transportation And Exploration, by Bryan Palaszewski

September 11, 2001 Postponed Computational Combustion: from Molecular Processes to Combustor Design, by Stephen B. Pope

Monday, October 15, 2001 Mars: A Strange and Complex Planet, by Joel S. Levine (Colloquium Series – 30th Anniversary Lecture)

November 6, 2001 The Limits of Automation: How Far Should we Trust Software?, by Nancy Leveson

December 4, 2001 CANCELLED (due to illness) The Seven Warning Signs of Voodoo Science, by Robert L. Park


January 11, 2000 Langley Research Center: Contributing to the Quality of Life for Americans, by Jeremiah F. Creedon

February 1, 2000 Breaking The Sound Barrier: The Aerodynamic Breakthroughs That Made It Possible, by John D. Anderson, Jr.

March 7, 2000 Slippin’ and a-Slidin’ – A Researchers’ Dilemma, by Thomas J. Yager

March 17, 2000 Support of Shuttle Launches and Landings, by Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

April 4, 2000 Protecting Our Planet – Securing Our Future: Linkages Among Global Environmental Issues and Human Needs, by Robert T. Watson

May 2, 2000 Magnet Science and Technology: From Quantum Wells to Floating Frogs, by Jack Crow

June 6, 2000 The Future of Scientific Computers, by Horst Simon

July 11, 2000 Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications: Past, Present, and Future, by Charles E. Harris

August 1, 2000 Mars Program Assessment–Findings and Recommendations, by Tom Young

September 12, 2000 Recent Progress in Understanding Hurricanes, by Kerry A. Emanuel

Special Lecture: September 25, 2000 The International Space Station, by Gus Loria

October 3, 2000 The Lifting Bodies, by Bill Dana

November 7, 2000 Nanotechnology and Space, by Ralph Merkle

December 5, 2000 Galileo’s Journey to Jupiter: The Twisted Path and the Successes, by Ronald Greeley