Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What's next for NASA and the Space Industry? Join us at the East Orlando Chamber Luncheon to hear the answer

The Countdown Is On… For The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce August Luncheon

The safe landing of shuttle Atlantis last month left Floridians brimming both with nostalgia and questions about the future of space exploration. Patrick Simpkins, Director of Engineering for NASA, will serve as guest speaker at the August Member Luncheon to explain the legacy of the space program and the future of the industry.

Simpkins, a 28-year-veteran with NASA, started as shuttle engineer and evolved into a leader in the human resources division. He facilitated the development of the NASA Strategic Human Capital Plan, helped modernize NASA’s human resources information systems and led the design, development and implementation of the Agency’s competency management system.

Simpkins’ HR role makes him an ideal person to speak to the fate of the thousands of skilled workers on the Space Coast and why East Orlando’s growth in science, technology and engineering makes the region an increasingly attractive spot for companies eyeing the cosmos.

Register for the luncheon at www.eocc.org

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 17

WHERE: Stoneybrook Golf Club, 2900 Northampton Avenue, Orlando FL 32828

COST: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

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