[UCI-Calit2] RSVP for 3/2 Presentation: "Challenges and Opportunities of a Newly-Created Space Agency"

Shelly Nazarenus snaz at calit2.uci.edu
Wed Feb 18 12:31:08 PST 2015

"Challenges and Opportunities of a Newly-Created Space Agency"
Advancing technology for the good of humanity - a visionary presentation for all those interested in the power of satellites to improve life on earth.

Distinguished Keynote Speakers:
Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiménez, Ph.D., General Director
Mr. Carlos Duarte, Deputy Director for Education
Agencia Espacial Mexicana (Mexican Space Agency)

Monday, March 2, 2015
4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Calit2 Auditorium, UC Irvine Campus
Please RSVP here<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DQYXZZm9bQpGwhnUlfOz_wmiqoLqkXeDwZQ1I_-HzuU/viewform> by Monday, February 23

Parking is complimentary in the Anteater Parking Structure.
Tell attendant that you are attending the Mexican Space Agency event.

Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), the Mexican Space Agency, was created in 2010 with the primary mission of promoting academic and industrial activity in Mexico related to space sciences, with the purpose of contributing to the country's scientific, technological, industrial and economic development.  Among its first activities, the AEM is looking at the use of satellites to track the effects of global warming, to predict the spread of disease, and to link global telecommunications networks.
Mexico launched its first satellites in 1968 to broadcast the Mexico City Olympics, and has since developed a range of applications for satellite imagery.   Mexico joined the Wassenaar Agreement in 2012 and has entered a phase of rapid expansion.  AEM is exploring the possibility of expanding its satellite network, of increasing the applications that use its images, and of enhancing the skill of its related workforce.  In the next few years, foreign direct investment in aerospace to Mexico is expected to increase 400 percent, and the number of workers in the sector is expected to grow 300 percent.
Among the most important challenges that Mexico faces in developing space science and technology are: a) developing a world-quality workforce; b) transforming Mexican companies into innovation-driven entities; and c) using the potential of universities and research centers to develop innovative products. In order to meet these challenges, many alliances have to be established with government, academe, and industry and in particular with international entities.

This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the top leaders of a national technology program.  Join us. The event is free and open to the public.
Hosted by UC Irvine Global Engagement

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