Thursday, June 12, 2008
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA 22102 (Map)
By Monday, June 9, 2008 to the DC-AMS e-mail box (email@example.com) or (if questions or no e-mail access), by calling Steve Tracton at (202) 330-1090 or Andrea Bleistein at (631) 838-4394
Pay at door or mail payments to
DC-AMS P.O. Box 13557
Silver Spring, MD 20911-3557
5:30PM Students Arrive/Science Project Setup
6:00PM Reception, View Projects, Mini Science Fair
6:45PM Dinner Banquet
7:30PM DC-AMS Introductions
7:45PM Guest Speaker, Q&A
8:30PM Science Fair/Scholarship Winner Recognition
9:00PM Photos/End of Banquet
Banquet Speaker: Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. (Captain, USN Ret.) NASA Astronaut (Former)
Culbertson graduated from Annapolis in 1971 and served aboard the USS Fox (CG-33) in the Gulf of Tonkin prior to reporting to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After designation as a Naval Aviator at Beeville, Texas, in May 1973, he flew F-4 Phantom aircraft in VF-121, NAS Miramar, California, in VF-151 aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), permanently home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, and with the USAF in the 426th TFTS at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where he served as Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He has logged over 6,000 hours flying time in 40 different types of aircraft, and 350 carrier landings. On 9/11/01 he was the commander of the International Space Station, returning to earth in December, 2001.
Selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in May 1984, Culbertson completed basic astronaut training in June 1985. Technical assignments since then included: member of the team that redesigned and tested the Shuttle nosewheel steering, tires, and brakes; member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for shuttle flights 61-A, 61-B, 61-C, and 51-L; in 1986, worked at the NASA Headquarters Action Center in Washington, D.C., assisting with the Challenger accident investigations conducted by NASA, the residential Commission, and Congress; lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); lead of the First Emergency Egress Team; and lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center for seven missions (STS-27, 29,30, 28, 34, 33, and 32). A veteran of three space flights, Culbertson has logged over 146 days in space. Captain Culbertson is currently a Senior Vice-President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he is leading their science and technology efforts regarding climate change.
The DC-AMS pays for the meals of the invited students and parents ($30/person). If you would like to help us defray these costs, mail a check (payable to DC-AMS) to D.C. Chapter, American Meteorological Society, P.O. Box 13557, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20911-3557. You can also donate online using Paypal (click the link below and enter the dollar amount you wish to donate). We appreciate your generosity and thank you!
Directions (see map):
From the Capital Beltway in Virginia (I-495), take Virginia Hwy. 123 Exit West to Tyson's Corner. At the 2nd light, turn right onto International Drive. Immediately get into the left lane and turn left at the 1st light onto Greensboro Drive. Go ¼ mile and turn left onto Solutions Drive. (The Cardinal Bank is at right at the intersection of Greensboro and Solutions Drives). Continue toward the 14-story SAIC building ahead. After entering the circle in front of the building, turn right into the Visitor Parking garage. Use front entrance of SAIC. The meeting room is on the ground floor, left of the lobby. No need to check in with security.