How to map the Earth, or what was the Shuttle for anyway? @ California Institute of Technology. Building: Arms Laboratory. Room Number: Sharp Lecture Hall
Sep 6 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Remember when the world was flat? Not any more.

In February, 2000 NASA sent six astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day mission to gather data for the first complete three-dimensional global elevation map of our planet.

The 12 terabytes of raw radar data they collected has been processed into a near-global digital elevation model with 30 meter sampling and vertical accuracy exceeding all the usual standards. The elevation information is easily the most popular and frequently downloaded data set at the land processes distribution archive, and after combining with data from other missions will form the soon to be released NASADem, a single-stop-shopping source for the best (and free!) global digital elevation data available.

Mike will describe what the Space Shuttle was originally intended for, how it evolved, and how a single good idea can turn into a mission that NASA Headquarters has called the single most important accomplishment of the Space Shuttle program.


Dr. Michael Kobrick is the Project Scientist for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds degrees from several well-meaning institutions of higher learning, including a doctorate from UCLA in Planetary and Space Physics, and for 44 years at JPL has specialized in radar remote sensing of the Earth and planets.

Before conceiving the SRTM mission he was a Principal Investigator on numerous spaceborne radar experiments dating back to the Apollo program. He served as Science Manager for the Magellan mission to map Venus with radar, and has several thousand exciting flight hours on NASA’S DC-8 research aircraft using JPL’s airborne imaging radar system. His current research interests center on the derivation of digital topographic data from interferometric radar sensors and their geoscientific applications.



5:30 pm – Refreshments
6:00 pm – Announcements
6:10 pm – Lecture, Dr. Michael Kobric
7:00 pm – Discussions
7:30 pm – Adjournment



Directions and Parking: Caltech is easily accessible from both the Harbor/Pasadena Freeway (110), southwest of campus, and the Foothill Freeway (210), north of campus.  Please see for detailed directions.

Section Monthly Meeting @ IHOP
Sep 12 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Foothill Section Monthly Meeting

6:30 – 7:00 – Networking

7:00 – 9:30 – Meeting Proper

Section Monthly Meeting @ IHOP
Oct 10 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Foothill Section Monthly Meeting

6:30 – 7:00 – Networking

7:00 – 9:30 – Meeting Proper

IEEE GHTC 2017 @ San Jose Airport Doubletree Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 22 all-day

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Now in its 7th year, GHTC is the flagship IEEE Conference focusing on innovation, deployment and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development.

GHTC invites presenters to showcase innovation and progress in technology and methodology addressing the socio-cultural and socio-economic needs of vulnerable and resource-constrained end-user communities in developing and developed countries, as well as confronting the challenges of both natural and man-made disasters.

Key focus areas that are particularly relevant include (but are not limited to):

  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture & Food Security
  • Quality Education
  • Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Connectivity & Communication
  • Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  • Other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

[PDF] 2017 IEEE GHTC – Call for Papers

Region 6 Fall Southern Area Meeting @ CSUN, Northridge, CA
Oct 28 @ 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2017 IEEE SusTech @ Phoenix Airport Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 – Nov 14 all-day


5th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability



Airport Marriott, Phoenix Arizona

November 12-14, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability – Engineering and the Environment (SusTech). SusTech 2017 is sponsored by the IEEE Oregon Section, IEEE Region 6, IEEE Phoenix Section and IEEE-USA. Technical co-sponsors are the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

We have never faced such a test, but neither have we encountered such great opportunity. You have the power to secure the well-being of this and succeeding generations.” -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Climate Change Conference Paris 2015

Environmental Sustainability is at the forefront of global issues facing humanity. Advances in technology, policy and social behavior are essential for the pursuit of environmentally sound development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future.

The IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2017) aims to explore the development and application of science, engineering, and technology to promote sustainability.

If you are passionate about the environment and sustainability, if you are developing innovative solutions to drive sustainable development, if you are interested in connecting to, learning from and collaborating with engineering, science, technology and community leaders, you MUST attend SusTech 2017.

The Conference will be held at Airport Marriott, 1101 North 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008 on November 12-14, 2017.

The goal of the IEEE Technologies for Sustainability (Sustech) Conference is to explore the development and application of science, engineering and technology to promote sustainability in these areas:

Focus Area Topics
Renewable/Alternative Energy (e.g. solar, wind, tidal, fuel cells, energy harvesting, nuclear, thermal, power distribution)
Energy Efficiency (e.g. sensors and measurement, energy saving controls,ÿ data centers, power saving, Smart Environment)
Internet of Things – IOT for sustainability (e.g.: sensors, computing, control, communication, storage and drive electronics targeted for IOT applications, medical electronics)
Smart Grid (e.g. communications, control, power electronics, industrial and home applications, energy storage, demand control and response)
Transportation Electrification (e.g. electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, aviation/drones, motors, drive controls, batteries, sensors, electronics & fuel economy, environmental & power distribution impacts)
eWaste (e.g. reduction, conversion, disposal, recycling, materials harvesting, reuse, managing product lifecycle)
Water Management (e.g. sensors, controls, systems to allocate, treat, reclaim, and conserve water)
Electronics (e.g. sustainable manufacturing and industrial applications, components and systems, global materials supply, reuse and repair of consumer electronics, Open repair manuals and on-line repair and electronics sustainability resources, best practices)
Societal Implications / Quality of Life (e.g. engineering of sustainable solutions, implementation challenges for sustainable technologies, Smart Cities, health & medical electronics, global education & human resources, ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, public policy)
Section Monthly Meeting @ IHOP
Nov 14 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Foothill Section Monthly Meeting

6:30 – 7:00 – Networking

7:00 – 9:30 – Meeting Proper

Section Monthly Meeting @ IHOP
Dec 12 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Foothill Section Monthly Meeting

6:30 – 7:00 – Networking

7:00 – 9:30 – Meeting Proper

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