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An Exciting Week for WVRTC in D.C.

WVRTC Director Dr. Thomas Evans, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, NASA GSFC Director Chris ScoleseThis past week, WVRTC made its way to Washington D.C. to tackle several program tasks. The team divided and conquered to make it to the Academic Partners’ Meeting at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the WVU Alumni Luncheon at the National Press Club.

The WVRTC staff attended the Academic Partners’ Meeting on Tuesday, allowing for Dr. Thomas Evans, Director of WVRTC, to represent the team at the WVU Alumni Luncheon.  The Alumni Luncheon featured remarks from WVU President Gordon Gee.

Meetings with U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) filled the remainder of the day as Evans promoted WVRTC’s mission-critical support for robot satellite servicing. Wednesday morning kicked off with a meeting at Congressman David McKinley’s (R-WV 1st District) office, followed by day two of the Academic Partners’ Meeting.

Evans quickly departed D.C. after the meeting with Cong. McKinley to deliver an hour-long presentation at NASA Goddard covering WVRTC’s most recent work.  The audience consisted of members from the University of Maryland, Case Western Reserve University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Johns Hopkins University, as well as NASA Goddard personnel.

After the presentation, the team returned to D.C. to participate in the summit held by the United State of Women Organization at NASA Headquarters.  The summit focused on “engaging women and girls in STEM through data science.” Evans, accompanied by two WVRTC interns, tuned in for an enlightening talk about women shattering the ceiling in science and math-based careers.


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