Living in Space : NASA JPLs


Living in Space is an ongoing series of events sponsored by Innovate Pasadena and InnovateLA to encourage cross-pollination of ideas amongst designers, engineers, artists and thinkers that are interested in all aspects of becoming a spacefaring civilization.  




Our next event is Friday, November 10th. Sydney Do and Brent Sherwood, both from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be joining us.

Topic: Selecting a Landing Site for Human Missions to Mars - An Overview of Current Activities and Open Trades

Sydney Do is a Systems Engineer in the Project Systems Engineering and Formulation Section at JPL, where he supports the Mars Program Formulation Office in the development of future robotic and human Mars mission concepts. Currently, he is involved in conceptual studies for robotic Mars Sample Return and NASA-wide Mars human landing site selection and planning activities. He holds a Doctorate in Space Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree with first class honors and the University Medal in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Sydney. His past research has focused on Mars surface systems architecting, space habitation and life support, space logistics, landing load impact attenuation for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and satellite formation flight.

Topic: Four Options for Human Spaceflight

Brent Sherwood is a space architect with 29 years of professional experience in the space industry. He was at Boeing for 17 years, leading teams in concept engineering for human exploration of Mars and the Moon, manufacturing engineering of the International Space Station modules, and program development for multiple commercial and space science projects, including some that actually happened (like Sea Launch) and many that were ahead of their time (including Bigelow modules on the ISS, and Mars Sample Return). He has been at JPL for 12 years, where he is Program Manager for planetary mission formulation. He funds and coaches teams that create and propose mission concepts to NASA for scientific exploration of the solar system, including the ocean worlds. He received a B.A. in liberal arts from Yale, a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. He has published and presented over 50 papers on the exploration, development, and settlement of space; including the book Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture. He is Vice Chair of the AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee, and on the Board of the American Astronautical Society. 



• 6:45 - 7:10: Networking - Enjoy some pizza and drinks! (any special requests?)

• 7:10 - 7:15: Introduction 

• 7:15 - 7:45: Sydney Do

• 7:45 - 8:15: Brent Sherwood

• 8:15 - 8:25: Space Cooperative Updates 

• 8:25 - 9:00: Brainstorming Jam  

• 9:00+:  Join us for post-Meetup mingling at a bar nearby (tba) 



If you do not find street parking, then the cheapest and closest parking lots are the following, where the first 90 minutes are free ($2/hour thereafter): 

• Marriott Parking Facility @ 171 N. Raymond Avenue (between Holly and Walnut)

• Schoolhouse Parking Facility @ 33 E. Green Street (corner of Green and Raymond)

There are many other parking lots in the area, which you can find here:



Living in Space presents challenges that stem from both socio-economical and technological perspectives, reaching out to experts from both industry and academia to inform the community about their latest work. Meetups will be highly interactive and engage the audience through a combination of activities that are both fun and thought-provoking.




As an attendee of Innovate LA, we'd like to offer you a free trial day at any of the 15 WeWork locations across Los Angeles. Join Us



Code is InnovateLA17

Code is valid for 20% off (2) trips - max $5 discount per trip

Valid on uberX or uberPOOL only

Valid between 11/2 - 11/19 @ midnight


November 10, 2017 at 6:45pm - 9:45pm
Cross Campus Old Pasadena