Yuri's Day Symposium

View of the earth from space

Join members of the Space Research Initiative to celebrate space exploration and research at Georgia Tech.



8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Registration, networking, and continental breakfast

9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. | Welcome remarks and Space Research Institute (RI) Introduction 
Speakers: Chaouki Abdallah, Julia Kubanek, and Glenn E. Lightsey 

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Session 1: Space Science at Georgia Tech Presentation 
Speakers: John Wise and Frances Rivera-Hernández 

10:15 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Session 1: Space Science at Georgia Tech Panel 
Speakers: Tamara Bogdanovic, Toshi Hirabayashi, Dimitrios Psalitis, James Wray
Moderated by John Wise and Frances Rivera-Hernández 

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. | Session 2: Space Media Roundtable 
Speakers: Bethany Jacobs, Milton Davis, Ash Wheeler, David Benedict
Moderated by Lisa Yaszek 

11:50 p.m. - Noon | Break 

Noon - 1:15pm: Keynote address and lunch 
Speaker: A.C. Charania, NASA Chief Technologist 

1:30 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Session 3: NASA’s Moon to Mars Program Overview 
Speakers: John Christian and Thom Orlando 

2:15 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. | Session 4: GTRI’s Space Research Program – Lightning Talks 
Speakers: Glenn E. Lightsey, Ebenezer Arunkumar, John Wise, Chris Valenta, Greg Badura, Jud Ready, Elena Plis, Alexander Forbes, Mark Whorton
Moderated by Jud Ready 

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Break 

3:30 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. | Session 5: Commercial Space activities 
Speakers: Edgar Garay, Alexander Oettl, Trevor Smith
Moderated by Colin Ake and Jonathan Goldman 

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Closing remarks and look ahead 
Speaker: Glenn Lightsey 

* Subject to change. All times are EST.

Following the symposium, guests are invited to join us for the Yuri's Night Star Party from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Observatory. Whether you're an avid astronomer or simply curious about the universe, we hope you join us for this family-friendly event.

Learn more about the Space Research Initiative at Georgia Tech.