UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests

UNICOM Talks is a new series of events that will present noted guests from the field of aerospace engineering offering insight into many facets of the industry.

NASA’s David Voracek

Hosted by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, UNICOM Talks will debut with two department alums in the spotlight on back-to-back days: NASA Chief Technologist David Voracek will present “NASA’s Journey of Discovery,” highlighting NASA research, the Science Missions and Artemis Mission to the moon, September 24 at 6 p.m., in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. On September 25 Kim Pastega, Vice President, Supply Chain Delivery and Performance for Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations, Boeing, will discuss the subject of leadership, 4 p.m., in the Howe Hall atrium.

Voracek, who received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1986, has worked at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center since 1987, where he has performed many different tasks in engineering, research, testing and management for many flight-related projects. He is currently a member of the Department of Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Council. His presentation is sponsored by the NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium.

Boeing’s Kim Pastega

Pastega received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1991. During her 27-year career with Boeing, she has held a variety of engineering, program management and operations leadership positions in commercial airplanes, as well as space, defense and security. She is a past member of the Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Council. Pastega’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of Aerospace Engineering Make to Innovate program.

A reception will follow both presentations. UNICOM Talks are free and open to anyone from Iowa State University and also to the general public. No R.S.V.P.’s are required. More UNICOM Talks will be announced in the near future. Watch the Department of Aerospace Engineering Facebook (facebook.com/ISUAERE/) or Twitter (@ISUAerospace) pages for more information.