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Millsaps to Host Metro Math Clubs, Presentation by Alum Steven Jenkins of NASA's Jet Propulsions Laboratory


The combined Math Clubs of Mississippi College, Jackson State University, Belhaven University, Tougaloo College and Millsaps College are pleased to sponsor "A High-Velocity, High-Altitude, Low-Resolution Survey of Mathematics in Robotic Space Exploration," presented by Millsaps alumnus Steven Jenkins, Principal Engineer, Systems and Software Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

Stephen Jenkins

The meeting will take place Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3 p.m. in room 137 of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College.

Mathematics and its related disciplines, engineering and computer science, are essential to the design and operation of robotic space exploration vehicles. This presentation covers mathematical theories and solution techniques employed in a variety of space flight disciplines: propulsion, navigation, guidance and control, telecommunications, risk management, planning and scheduling, and others. The presentation is geared toward undergraduates familiar with calculus, differential equations and elementary physics, but no particular mathematical background is presumed or required.

Refreshments will be served, and this event is free and open to the public.

JPL is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center, operated by Caltech under contract to NASA. Dr. Jenkins joined JPL in 1989 as a computer system administrator, and has worked as a ground system engineer, software architect, and project manager, and has served on the systems engineering teams for two projects that have yet to fly. He currently serves as technical lead for JPL's Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Initiative, an institutional investment in process, tools, and methodology to improve flight project systems engineering through enhanced use of information technology and modeling.

Dr. Jenkins graduated from Murrah High School and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Millsaps College, an M.S.in Applied Mathematics from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was awarded the Ralph and Marjorie Crump Prize in Biomedical Engineering at UCLA in 1987, a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1999, a JPL Explorer Award for Scientific and Technical Excellence in 2012, and led one of two teams awarded the NASA Systems Engineering Technical Excellence Award in 2012.