Hornet to host Women in Space Panel Discussion


“Women In Space & Aviation,” a special panel discussion with women working in space moderated by Sarah Cruddas, has been set for this Saturday, Jan. 19. This is an amazing look at women’s careers and history in the aviation and the space race.

The event is free for museum members, $35 for adults, $25 for active-duty military and veterans or $15 for students and youngsters. To register, email outreach@uss-hornet.org.
Cruddas is an English space journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter for the BBC with an academic background in astrophysics. She is the popular voice of space on British television and a passionate advocate for space exploration. She has a book coming up for global release on the topic of Apollo 50th anniversaries, with a forward by astronaut Eileen Collins.

Panelist Catherine Keys holds degrees in earth systems science and engineering and space engineering from the University of Michigan. She has more than seven years of experience as a space environments engineer. Her responsibilities include radiation testing of piece parts, unit and spacecraft evaluation for total dose, venting and more. Outside of work she holds a HAM radio license and sits on the board of the non-profit Sunnyvale Community Players.

Panelist Wendy L. Holforty works at NASA Ames Research Center located at Moffett Field. She got interested in aircraft and space flight during her time as a police officer leading to her profession as an aerospace engineer where she develops procedures to facilitate air traffic control. In addition she serves as the team project manager for an all-girls robotics team, and offers technical advice in building a robot for the FIRST Robotics challenge.

Panelist Dr. Yvonne Cagle is an astronaut for NASA, and consulting professor for Stanford University’s departments of cardiovascular medicine and electrical engineering. Dr. Cagle also served as a certified senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and a qualified advanced cardiac life support instructor. Dr. Cagle works to preserve historic NASA space legacy data and is NASA’s lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives and disaster preparedness.

Panelist Tina Silva received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. She is currently a Systems Engineering Manager at SSL MDA in Palo Alto, most recently responsible for the BulgariaSat-1 Spacecraft which launched in June 2017.  
She has also held the roles of propulsion systems lead for more than 10 spacecraft, propulsion lead for SSL’s Mission Control and actively participates in the advance product and technology development at SSL. Prior to her industry experience Tina was an assistant professor at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She has authored or coauthored eight technical journal papers and more than 20 conference papers. 

Her main research areas have been in ion and Hall thrusters and cathodes for solar electric propulsion missions. She has also been involved in electric propulsion for small spacecraft research and experimental high-lift aerodynamics research fields.