PNW AIAA Awards Banquet

June 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Cabin Event Space
15327 140th Place NE
Woodinville WA 98072
Lane Slagle

Save the date to join us for an evening of networking and  distinguished lecturer, Jim Cavera as he speaks on “Future Propulsion: Nuclear fission, fusion, and Beyond”

Nuclear propulsion promises performance many orders of magnitude better than chemical propulsion. Chemical propulsion can give us the moon, but nuclear propulsion can give us the solar system and even the stars. In this talk, I will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of nuclear propulsion, the historical experiments, and the prospects for the future. At the discretion of the organizers, I can focus on fission, fusion, or other future concepts.

Jim Cavera is a senior engineer with Blue Origin. He has undergraduate degrees in optical engineering and physics, and his graduate work was in nuclear engineering and aerospace engineering, during which he explored the use of dense plasma focus devices for interstellar travel. He has served for many years on AIAA’s Nuclear and Future Flight technical committee and is currently its publication director. His current research is in neutronics and MHD codes for fusion device simulation.

5pm-6pm Beer/Wine/Appetizer Networking Opportunity (outside, weather permitting)
6pm-8pm Awards Presentation, Dinner and Distinguished Lecturer


  • Baked Salmon (gf) marinated and topped with a Lemon Dill Sauce
  • Grilled Flank Steak thinly sliced and marinated in sweet Teriyaki Sauce
  • Green Salad (v) Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, sliced Cucumbers, Mushrooms, and Croutons, served with Italian or Ranch Dressing
  • Herb-Roasted New Potatoes (v) (gf) marinated in Olive Oil, Garlic and fresh Herbs
  • Roasted Vegetables (v) (gf) seasonal Vegetables marinated in Olive Oil, Garlic and fresh Herbs
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Strawberry Shortcake

(gf= gluten free; v= vegetarian)

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