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Engineering Dean to speak at International Space Development Conference

May 27, 2008
Eric T. Baumgartner, dean of Ohio Northern University's T.J. Smull College of Engineering, will speak at the 27th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC), which will be held in Washington, D.C., from May 29 through June 1.

The recipient of the 2008 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Robotics and Automation Award, Baumgartner will speak on Sunday, June 1, during the "Space Solar Power" track about the use of robotics to assemble a space solar power station at geostationary orbit.

The title of Baumgartner's lecture is "Robotic Construction Technologies for Space Solar Power Systems." He will discuss the use of robotic technologies in space and the ways in which these technologies can positively impact the construction of space solar power systems. A space solar power station is a solar panel that collects solar energy and beams this energy back to Earth. This type of power station shows potential as an alternate form of energy.

The theme of this year's ISDC is "The New Pace of Space," and it will engage the public, industry and decision-makers in an open and positive discussion of the future of space exploration and development.