Colorado State University - Pueblo and Space Foundation to offer Seminar on Jan. 28

Colorado State University - Pueblo and Space Foundation to offer Seminar on Jan. 28

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Office of Student Activities and the College of Engineering, Education, and Professional Studies and the Space Foundation  in Colorado Springs are teaming up to offer a Space Exploration Seminar next week to campus and community members.

The seminar will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26 in the Occhiato University Center with a variety of workshops and a keynote address by Former NASA Astronaut, Dr. Ronald Sega, co-principal investigator of the Wake Shield Facility, which has flown on two Space Shuttle missions. The seminar is offered at no charge, but reservations are required.

Participants will choose two sessions from among five offerings from 4-6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m., the keynote address at 6:30 p.m. and a closing dessert reception at 7:15 p.m.
Workshops sessions include:

Nanotechnology: This workshop will provide an overview of how nanotechnology is changing the world and what impact it might have on future space exploration and humanity in general. Participants will witness hands-on examples of how nanotechnology is influencing our everyday lives.

Mars Colony: Explore questions like how do you create a life-sustaining culture on another planet and what factors do you need to consider when preparing to send humans to Mars. Learn about how the lessons we learn from space colonization can help solve many of our global problems today.

NASA Food Lab: Participants will take a close look at the science behind human nutrition and the efficient, effective, economical and healthy food that space travelers consume. The workshop will demonstrate how space exploration has led to ground breaking advances in human health and nutrition.

Preparing to Launch: The challenges and joys of engineering will be presented and what it takes for an aircraft or spacecraft’s journey to be successful. The state of the aerospace field will be examined, how it has evolved through innovation and the trends of globalization and how that affects our travel opportunities.

Teaching Space in the Classroom:  Project-based lessons help bring classroom management and curriculum in harmony. Learn ways to keep students focused while hitting crucial standards in every subject area. Examples of lessons and resources will be shared, demonstrating how space can be a bridge to crossing the disciplines.

For more information or to register for this free seminar, visit or call 719-549-2151.

About Dr. Ronald Sega:
Sega graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a master’s degree in physics at Ohio State University in 1975. Completing pilot training in 1976, he served as an instructor pilot at Williams AFB, Arizona, until 1979. From 1979 to 1982, he was on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Department of Physics, where he designed and constructed a laboratory facility to investigate microwave fields using infrared techniques while pursuing a doctorate in Electrical Engineering.
In 1982, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 1985, granted tenure in 1988, promoted to professor in 1990, and is currently on an extended leave of absence. From 1987 to 1988, he served as Technical Director, Lasers and Aerospace Mechanics Directorate, of the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory at the U.S. Air Force Academy. From 1989 to 1990, while on leave from the University of Colorado, he served as research associate professor of physics at the University of Houston, affiliated with the Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center, and currently is adjunct professor of physics. Dr. Sega is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Wake Shield Facility (WSF), which has flown on Space Shuttle mission STS-60 in February 1994 and STS-69 in 1995, also serving as mission director for WSF. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications.

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