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Friday, March 20, 2009

Phil Hattis Presents AIAA Position on Using Aerospace Technology to Monitor Climate Change

Draper Technical Staff Member Phil Hattis participated in an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 17. 

As the AIAA’s national Vice President for Public Policy, Hattis was responsible for leading the AIAA position formulation and press conference presentation for using and advancing aerospace technology to monitor and mitigate Global Climate Change (GCC).

GCC is an area of great current interest to Hattis. He recently has been heading a team of Draper staff to explore how Laboratory capabilities can facilitate more comprehensive and effective monitoring of GCC.

Additional topics covered in the AIAA press conference included assuring a future US aerospace workforce that is both highly capable and sufficient in number, and addressing the key energy and environmental issues facing global aviation. Other participants included George Muellner (the AIAA President), Robert Dickman (The AIAA Executive Director); Prof Mark Lewis (Univ. of Maryland, formerly Air Force Chief Scientist), and Carol Cash (Chair of the AIAA Public Policy Committee’s Aeronautics Subcommittee). This press conference is the third annual event of its kind.

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