Langley Inspires Professionals at the 78th Society of Allied Weight Engineers International Conference

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Dr. Anne Weiss, Educator Professional Development Specialist (EPDC) at NASA Langley Research Center contributed to the 78th Society of Allied Weight Engineers International Conference. On May 20, the 78th Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) International Conference for Mass Properties Engineering took place in Norfolk, Virginia. NASA Langley Research Center’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) Educator Professional Development Specialist Anne Weiss and Education Specialist Rosemary Smith co-presented during the opening session. Together, they delivered a 40-minute technical debrief about OSTEM educational resources for Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test to more than 100 mass properties engineers, industry professionals and university professors from around the world.

The keynote speaker, Langley’s Director of Engineering Dawn Schaible, also spoke about NASA’s Artemis mission, Orion and the Space Launch System. Weiss and Smith added to the conversation by discussing research regarding trends toward interdisciplinary K-12 and undergraduate engineering education.

“We wanted participants to understand how NASA STEM engagement is utilizing innovative, immersive instructional technology to engage students and their teachers where they are,” Weiss said.

Some of these resources have been developed in partnership with the Langley’s Flight Test Management Office and Public Affairs Office. “The Orion AA-2 OSTEM products integrate engineering workforce skills, discipline-specific content knowledge and NASA-unique mission assets in order to inspire students to consider STEM careers,” Smith said—a key goal of the SAWE International Executive Board.

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