Tue, Feb 28|
Caltech Y Presents: An Evening with Dr. Laurie Leshin
Please join us for an intimate discussion with Dr. Leshin as she talks about her journey to becoming JPL’s 10th director and her vision for JPL moving forward.
Time & Location
Feb 28, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Athenaeum, 551 S Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
About The Event
Dr. Laurie Leshin, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since May 2022, is a distinguished geochemist and space scientist with extensive leadership experience in academia and government, including senior NASA positions.
As the Director of JPL, Dr. Leshin also serves as Vice President of Caltech and as Bren Professor of Geochemistry and Planetary Science at Caltech. She will continue as co-investigator for two instruments on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover.
Before joining Caltech and JPL, Dr. Laurie Leshin was the president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 2014 to 2022 and previously served as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Science dean. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center from 2005 to 2008, she served as director of science, then deputy director for science and technology, leading strategy, planning, and implementation of more than 50 Earth and space flight projects. In 2010, she became deputy
associate administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, overseeing future human spaceflight.
Dr. Leshin's numerous honors include NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and Distinguished Public Service Medal, and the Meteoritical Society’s Nier Prize for outstanding research by a scientist under the age of 35. In 2021, she received the Caltech Distinguish Alumni Award. The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 4922 Leshin to honor her planetary science contributions. Dr. Leshin advised President George W. Bush on space policy, and Barack Obama appointed her to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum advisory board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Arizona State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in geochemistry from Caltech.
Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Discussion Starts 7:45 pm
Please RSVP by February 20th, 2023
Space is limited.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
with pomegranate seeds, sage
Cedar Plank Salmon
sautéed baby turnips, grilled asparagus, chimichurri, peppadew
Kale & Mushroom Ravioli
arrabbiata, Swiss chard, saba
Chocolate Almond Pave
malted brown butter ice cream, almond sauce
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Keck Institute for Space Studies
Sponsorship packages are available to allow Caltech students to attend this event. For sponsorship information, contact Athena Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Friends dinners are unique evenings where the Caltech and Pasadena communities come together to engage with world-renowned scientific, humanitarian, and civic leaders. You are receiving this event because you are a Friend of the Caltech Y or a Friend is inviting you. Friends dinners are not fundraising events. Our ticket price covers our cost for the evening.
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