Space: The Final Vacuum Frontier

Annual Symposium of the Rocky Mountain Chapter

Symposium: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Westminster DoubleTree Hotel, Westminster, CO


Short Courses September 20 – 22

Vendor Exhibit/Poster Session Thursday, September 22

Symposium registration fee: free!

Up Close and Personal with a Comet: The ESA/Rosetta Mission, Padma A. Yanamandra-Fisher, Space Science Institute

Environmental Intelligence from Space, Paula Wamsley, Ball Aerospace

Ion Sources on Spacecraft: Ion and Hall‐Effect Thrusters, Cody Farnell, Plasma Controls, LLC

3D Printing in Space: Moving Additive Manufacturing to Earth Orbit, Mike McGrath, CU Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Protecting Humans from the Vacuum Environment of Space, David Klaus, CU Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Precision Measurement of Pressure in Space Simulation Systems with High Gas Loads & Introduction to Vacuum Science (Session II), J.R. Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Company

Discoveries from NASA’s MAVEN Mission to Mars, Nick Schneider, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!

Link to 2016 Vendors.  Thank you for your support

Student Poster Deadline September 12, 2016

The Rocky Mountain Chapter – AVS announces the call for poster abstracts for the Symposium to be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive, Westminster, CO (PDF link here)
Areas of interest for posters include surface science, oxidation and corrosion, catalysis, thin films, adhesion, ceramics, electronic materials, optical coatings, vacuum metallurgy, plasma and fusion technologies, nanometer structures, space vacuum environments, energy technologies, environmental monitoring, flexible coatings, roll-to-roll vacuum, and other areas of vacuum-related science and technology.
The poster session is open to any student with appropriate material that they wish to present. To encourage participation we award cash prizes to the top three student posters. The prizes are $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Posters will be judged on their technical merit and the presentation of results. FREE AVS Student Memberships for 2017 awarded to all registered student poster presenters!
Abstracts should be a Word document, single-spaced with 12 pt font, and less than one page in length. A Word Template for the abstract is here.

Organizing and Program Committees

  • Chair, RMAVS Symposium: Lorelle Mansfield (NREL)
  • Secretary: Tim Ohno, (CSM)
  • Vendor Exhibit: Mike Simmons (INTELLIVATION LLC)
  • Short Course Coordinators: Neil Peacock, Tim Gessert
  • Treasurer: Rosine Ribelin (Ascent Solar)
  • Local Arrangements: J. Grant Armstrong (Carberry Technologies), Lorelle Mansfield (NREL), and Svitlana Pylypenko (CSM)
  • Student Poster Co-ordinator: James Burst (NREL)