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RSI Celebrates Black History Month

February 7th, 2017 by David Daniels

This Week’s Featured Profile: Tiera Guinn

This 22-Year-Old is Already an Engineer With NASA

At 22, Tiera Guinn is already an inspiration as a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for NASA. 

“Guinn, whose career trajectory seems like a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Hidden Figures” movie, has been aspiring to become an aerospace engineer since she was a child.”

“Now, Guinn will soon be graduating from MIT with a 5.0 GPA and is clearly on a path to success. She said she’d advise young girls looking to follow in her footsteps to expect obstacles throughout their journey.”

To view the full article and learn more about Tiera, click here

Rice University Campus Observatory Open House: Feb 4

January 30th, 2017 by David Alexander

The Rice Campus Observatory will be hosting an Open House on Saturday February 4.  See http://events.rice.edu/index.cfm?EventRecord=32288 for details.

Spaceport Lecture, February 2: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar

January 25th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for our next lecture at Rice University,  Herring Hall 100.

Thinking Outside the Sphere

Thursday February 2nd at 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

NASA Astronaut, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar

Details can be found at http://spacefrontiers.blogs.rice.edu/february-02-2017/.

Houston Spaceport Lecture February 2nd: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar

January 12th, 2017 by David Alexander


Please join us at Rice University on Thursday February 2nd for the Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture presented by Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar who will discuss the perspectives she has gained from her 5 Space Shuttle flights and explore where we go from here.

NB: Will be held in Herring Hall 100 – not our usual location!


Details and logistics will follow shortly.

Spaceport Lectures for Spring 2017

January 12th, 2017 by David Alexander

Dear All,

I hope you had a very Happy New Year and looking forward to a great 2017. I am happy to announce our lecture program for the spring semester:

  • Thursday February 2: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (Texas A&M)
  • Thursday February 23: Space entrepreneur Rick Tumlinson (Deep Space Industries)
  • Thursday March 23: Heliophysicist Holly Gilbert (NASA Goddard Space Center)
  • Thursday April 20: TBD

Specific details will appear for each talk shortly.  Watch this space! I hope you can join us.

TCC Insider News: Imaging Devices & Software Event – January 25

December 8th, 2016 by David Daniels

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Imaging Devices & Software:  The TCC’s next event will be held on January 25, 2017, on Imaging Devices and Software, at the Houston Technology Center.  This week, the TCC will be issuing the first call for presentations for the event.  If your organization has any interest in imaging devices & software, developing new solutions or looking for assistance in solving your imaging-related problems, please encourage your organization to participate in the event – and make one or more presentations covering your imaging-related interests.

Contact for details:
Bob Prochnow
Executive Director, Technology Collaboration Center of Houston – www.TCC-Houston.org
281-969-7801 (primary phone, voice mail) / 281-244-8267 (NASA JSC office phone)

November 30 Spaceport Lecture: Live streaming

November 22nd, 2016 by David Alexander

Dr. Mathers Lecture on Thursday November 30 will be streamed at http://rsi.rice.edu/en/events/lectures-video/ but we hope you will join us in person.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Videos of Past lectures

November 22nd, 2016 by David Alexander

A number of our past Spaceport lecture video streams are now available at http://rsi.rice.edu/en/events/lectures-video/.

Chirag Parikh delivering last Spaceport Lecture

November 22nd, 2016 by David Alexander


Remember to join us on November 30 for the next installment of the Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture Series:  Dr. Charles Mather, “Exploring Human Tolerance for Commercial Space Tourism

Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Wednesday, November 30

November 8th, 2016 by David Daniels

Exploring Human Tolerance for Commercial Space Tourism

Wednesday, November 30
7:00 pm
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium
Reception at 6:30 pm

Charles Mather, M.D.
Medical Director, Aerospace Medicine Center
Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Center for Polar Medical Operations