This event is hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and proudly endorsed by the Royal Aeronautical Society Melbourne Branch.
Dr. Randii Wessen
A-Team Lead Study Architect for JPL's Innovation Foundry
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. Randii Wessen has been an employee of the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1984 and is the A-Team Lead Study Architect for JPL’s Innovation Foundry. He’s in Australia for two weeks to discuss the robotic planetary missions currently in operations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and those planned for the upcoming decades. The talk will include the search for “Terra Nova”, the search for an Earth-like planet outside of our Solar System.
Dr. Wessen has had an exciting career, working on some of the biggest inter-planetary missions in the last two decades. Previously, Dr. Wessen was the Telecommunications and Mission Systems Manager for the Mars Program, the Supervisor for the Science System Engineering Group, Manager of the Cassini Science Planning and Operations Element, the Galileo Deputy Sequence Team Chief, and the Voyager Science Sequence Coordinator for the Uranus and Neptune encounters.
Dr. Wessen received his Bachelors of Science in both Physics and Astronomy from Stony Brook University, a Masters of Science in Astronautics from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Operations Research from the University of South Wales, United Kingdom. He co-authored the books “Neptune: the Planet, Rings and Satellites” & “Planetary Ring Systems.” He was the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions to the Voyager 2 Neptune Encounter and has eleven NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Wessen is also a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Asteroid 31664 (Randiiwessen) is named in his honour.
Venue: RMIT Swanston Academic Building, 445 Swanston Street (Bld 80, Lvl 4, Rm 11)
Date: Monday 15 August
This public event is FREE and all are welcome. Registration is essential.
Date and Time
RMIT University - Swanston Academic Building
Building 80, Level 4, Room 11
445 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000