20th Annual Kenneth Finlay Memorial Lecture & Dinner

19 September 2017 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
UNSW Kensington
20th Annual Kenneth Finlay Memorial Lecture & Dinner
20th Annual Kenneth Finlay Memorial Lecture & Dinner

UNSW Mining Engineering will host the 20th Kenneth Finlay Memorial Lecture, followed by the annual Alumni and Industry Dinner on Tuesday 19 September, 2017.

The lecture will be delivered by Rob Mueller from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

The lecture will be followed by the annual Alumni and Industry Dinner, which is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and industry peers.

Date: Tuesday 19th September, 2017

FREE Lecture: 6:00pm - 7:15pm, Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building (G19)

Dinner: 7:30pm - 11:00pm, Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building (G19)

Enquiries can be made now to mining@unsw.edu.au or Register for the Dinner here.

Download a copy of the Invitation here: PDF iconKenneth_Finlay_2017_Invite_Web.pdf 

The late Kenneth Finlay was a supporter of UNSW at the time of his death in the mid-1990’s when he was CEO of Exxon Coal and Minerals. Ken was a person with a genuine commitment to improving safety in the Australian Mining Industry. The Kenneth Finlay Memorial Lecture was established in 1995 in recognition of Ken’s pioneering work and leadership in improving safety. We are excited to extend this sense of pioneering safety to the next generation of mining.

This years Kenneth Finlay Lecture is a Public Lecture element of the 2017 Off Earth Mining Forum hosted by UNSW.

Lecture Title: Zero Launch Mass Space Pioneering (Safety in Mining: Lessons from Space)

Up to this point in time the human race has been engaged in "Space Exploration" which can be defined as travel over new territory for discovery or adventure.  In the future, in order to have affordable, sustainable and safe endeavour, it will be necessary to adopt new "Pioneering" methods that can be described as space travel done for the first time using new methods: living off the land, in order to settle new territories with a permanent human presence.  The lecture will discuss the risk posture and safety methods used in Exploration vs. Pioneering and will then identify technologies needed to make in-situ resource utilization a feasible reality in space.

Guest Speaker Biography:

Robert P. Mueller, Senior Technologist: Advanced Projects Development, Surface Systems Office, NASA, Kennedy Space Center 

Rob Mueller NASA profile

Mr. Rob Mueller is a Senior Technologist for Advanced Products Development at NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in the Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate. He is the co-founder of the NASA Swamp Works innovation labs and the KSC Granular Mechanics & Regolith Operations (GMRO) Lab. He is also the KSC lead for Autonomous-Robotic Systems involved with In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Mr. Mueller is a former chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee for Regolith Operations, Mobility and Robotics, and former chairman of the ASCE Aerospace Division Executive Committee. He is a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Resources Technical Committee.   In 2010, Rob Mueller was the co-founder of the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition for Universities and continues to this day as the Head Judge for this competition.

Technical expertise includes Robotics, Mechanical Systems Design, Composite Materials, In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), Planetary Outpost Construction, Surface & Ground Operations, Conceptual Systems Design and Mission Architecture Design. He   has worked on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, X-33, Atlas V, Orbital Space Plane, 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicles, Mars Exploration Studies and Lunar Exploration programs.  More recently, Mr. Mueller has been leading the development of technologies required for Planetary Surface Systems including developing the specifics of Lunar, Asteroid and Mars Regolith Excavation, mining and other robotic Surface Support Equipment.

Rob Mueller has worked for NASA at Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Lab.  Mr. Mueller was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami (1988) and a Master (MSSE) of International Space Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Delft (2006), in the Netherlands as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT, 1994).  Mr. Mueller has 28 years of engineering and management experience in the space industry and has been the recipient of numerous NASA awards including the Astronaut’s Personal Achievement “Silver Snoopy” award, a NASA Silver Achievement Medal and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. He has been awarded 4 US patents for new technology inventions.

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