Chair's Distinguished Lecture: Planetary Exploration, Systems Engineering Education, and Technology Development
WHEN: December 9, 2021 3:00 pm-4:15 pmADD TO CALENDAR
Nilton O. Rennó
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Professor of Climate & Space Sciences and Engineering
Member of the College of Engineering Executive Committee
Director of the Master of Engineering in Space Engineering Program
University of Michigan
The speaker will discuss top motivations for space exploration, the evolution of planetary atmospheres, and recent ideas about colonizing and terraforming Mars. The systems engineering approach used for developing complex systems and mitigating risks will be used to analyze critically the idea of colonizing Mars. The speaker will then explain how he uses his educational activities in space systems engineering to explore new ideas and develop new technologies. Moreover, he will explain how some of those technologies, like an aircraft icing detection system and a vision system for autonomous vehicles, were developed and are being transformed into commercial products.
About the Speaker...
The speaker received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992 and joined the University of Michigan as Associate Professor in 2002, where he is currently Professor, and member of the College of Engineering Executive Committee. Professor Nilton Rennó has been director of the University of Michigan Master of Engineering in Space Engineering Program since January 2012. He is the lead teacher of the program’s two core classes on space systems engineering. Professor Rennó research interests include astrobiology, aerosols, instrument development, planetary science, thermodynamics, and systems engineering. He studies the physical processes that control the habitability of the Earth and other planets, aerosols transport, and designs and fabricate instruments for these purposes. Professor Rennó also translates some of his basic research into commercial products. He has more than 100 peer reviewed journal publications and seven patents. Professor Rennó has received numerous awards for his research and as a member of space missions, including the Space Foundation John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration, and the National Aeronautic Associations 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy.