June 13 - Monthly Flagship Meeting

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6/13/2019 - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Culver City
Speaker: Tom Hoffman
InSight: - Studying the 'Inner Space' of Mars

insight mars missionInSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

The lander uses cutting edge instruments, to delve deep beneath the surface and seek the fingerprints of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets. It does so by measuring the planet's "vital signs": its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking).

This mission is part of NASA's Discovery Program for highly focused science missions that ask critical questions in solar system science.


About the Speaker

speaker hoffman tomTom Hoffman is the project manager of the NASA InSight mission which successfully landed on Mars in November 2018. The InSight mission will investigate the interior of Mars to better understand the evolution of Mars and other terrestrial planets. Prior to his role on InSight, Tom was the Deputy Project Manager for the GRAIL mission, a NASA Discovery mission which gravity mapped the moon. Over the past 30+ years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tom has worked on several other NASA flight projects including Voyager Operations, Cassini mission to Saturn, Stardust which returned the first comet samples to the Earth, Spirit/Opportunity Mars rovers and several Earth science missions, as well as several technology development efforts. Tom has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California – Berkeley and an MSEE in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California.

Hashtags:  #MarsLanding
Twitter: @NASAInSight
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAInSight/


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Event Cost

(PMI-LA members must log into the PMI-LA website prior to registration to receive the member discounts)

Early-Bird Registration through Tuesday, June 11th, 2019; 11:59 pm PST

  • PMI-LA Members (must be logged in to get member-exclusive discounts)
    • $10 for Event (Presentation & Networking only, does not include dinner)
    • $35 for Event and Dinner (must select Dinner after you click on Register and add the Dinner option)
  • Non Members
    • $45 - Event and Dinner included

Beginning Wednesday,  June 12th, 2019

  • PMI-LA Members (must be logged in to get member-exclusive discounts)
    • $15 for Event (Presentation & Networking only)
    • $40 for Event and Dinner (must select Dinner after you click on Register and add the Dinner option)
  • Non Members
    • $50 - Event and Dinner included

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Meeting Agenda

5:30 to 7:00 PM - Registration, Networking, and Food
7:00 to 7:30 PM - Chapter Announcement
7:30 to 8:30 PM - Presentation
8:30 to 8:45 PM - Open Networking and Wrap up 


Dinner Menu


        Mixed Field Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots with Red Wine vinaigrette Dressing
        Spinach Leaves, Crumbled Gorgonzola, Cheese, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts with a Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Dinner Rolls and Butter


        Chicken Breast Served with a Lemon Butter Caper Sauce
  • Cheese Enchiladas
  • Baby Carrots
  • Herb Tri-Color Roasted Potatoes


  • Tiramisu


  • Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal Teas and Iced Tea


Location Information

Courtyard by Marriott
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
2nd Floor, Studio Ballroom

Free parking at the Courtyard Marriott. Validate parking ticket at the registration desk.



Registration can be canceled up until the Tuesday before the event with a $1 cancellation fee. You may also allow a friend or colleague to attend the meeting in your place. Because we owe the venue a guaranteed number by that Tuesday, any last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact the board at BoD@pmi-la.org with the request and reason for cancellation.

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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Suggestions for improving the Culver City Flagship Meetings are appreciated. Please let us know if there are topics you would like presented and/or discussed. If you are interested in volunteering for the flagship chapter meetings, please contact us! We have multiple positions available!!


Questions/Suggestions/Volunteer Inquiries

Contact  flagship@pmi-la.org


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