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NASA Tech Talks

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Category: Aerospace



April 27, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
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We want HOU! Join us to discover NASA’s toughest tech challenges–and apply your skills and expertise to solve them.
In these presentations, occurring the fourth Thursday of the month, Mr. Montgomery Goforth and other aerospace subject matter experts will discuss the technology development challenges faced by NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the surrounding Aerospace community in our ongoing efforts as the hub of human spaceflight. Presentations will focus on the ways in which these challenges, and the associated opportunities, can be leveraged by Houston’s innovation community.
During the Thursday, April 27th presentation, Nick Skytland, Chief Technologist at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Director of the Business Development and Technology Integration Office, will present.
Join us after the talk for drinks and networking at Second Draught!

Past NASA Tech Talks have included : Montgomery B. Goforth discussing NASA Intellectual Property suitable for commercialization by small/start-up companies and Jared Daum discussing Orion’s parachutes and risk identification and mitigation that are showstoppers for the spaceflight parachute industry. Future NASA Tech Talks will include: dual-use (space/terrestrial) technologies in the areas of:

  • Avionics / Communication / Sensors
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long lived wireless sensors
  • Power Storage and Distribution
  • Autonomous & Robotics Systems
  • Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Systems
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality in Human Spaceflight Training & Execution
  • Human Health & Performance / Human Systems Research

About the Speakers

Nick Skytland is the Chief Technologist at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Director of the Business Development and Technology Integration Office where he is helping NASA return to the Moon by partnering with industry and academia to advance the future of human spaceflight and propel the space economy. Throughout his career, he has trained astronauts for spacewalks, conducted research in human physiology, led ground-breaking open innovation programs, established the agency’s social media presence on platforms such as Twitter, launched the largest hackathon in history, authored the Future of Work strategy, instituted the agency’s first data science office, and led numerous transformation and modernization initiatives. He is currently focused on ushering in NASA’s next chapter in human space exploration and his work spans strategic partnerships, technology development, open innovation and technology transfer.

He is an avid adventurer, experienced diver, and a dedicated triathlete who has completed 23 Ironman races.

Montgomery B. Goforth serves as the Assistant Director, Strategic Pursuits & Partnerships – Engineering Directorate, NASA JSC.


Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building.