WestConn to host luncheon symposium on the future of aerospace
Roundtable discussion part of Hubble Space Telescope celebration

DANBURY, CONN. — As part of a week-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, Western Connecticut State University will host an executive roundtable on the future of aerospace in America.

“Aerospace in the 21st Century” will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The panel will include Edward Francis, vice president and general manager of HS Energy, Space & Defense at Hamilton Sundstrand; Jim Larwood, division president at Kaman Precision Products; and Dr. Mark Stier, director of Optical Programs at Goodrich ISR. Admission to the event will be $25 and lunch will be provided.

The keynote speaker will be Douglas A. Comstock, director of NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program, which partners with industry, academia, government agencies and national laboratories, to develop new technology that will benefit NASA and commercial endeavors.

The event is part of WCSU’s Hubble Space Telescope Symposium from April 20-24, designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the telescope, which was built in Danbury.

“Our panelists and keynote speaker will look at changes in the aerospace industry and opportunities for the many Connecticut companies that do business in the field,” said university spokesman Paul Steinmetz. “One of the purposes of Comstock’s division, for example, is to help companies develop products that would be useful to NASA and in everyday applications on earth. People who attend will get an in-depth perspective on the future from experts in aerospace.”

For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/hubble or call (203) 837-8486.


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