Saturday, May 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Failure State

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Failure State: From the Tacoma Narrows bridge to Challenger, failures are made of incremental steps. NASA talks about "lessons learned" as a way to examine failure states and then move forward. It acknowledges that when making strides, we also make missteps. Without learning from them, those same processes will continue to be tripping points. In this panel, we'll talk about specific engineering failures and look at how the lessons learned from those can apply to other work.

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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

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Shannon Eichorn

Author, Astra Invicta
Aerospace engineer by day, contemporary space opera writer by night. Shannon Eichorn double majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has since written service instructions for jet engines, been a test engineer at supersonic wind tunnels, and managed aerospace ground testing... Read More →
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Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.

Bobak Ferdowsi

Space Explorer
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Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
C/D Salon

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