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Lockheed Martin engineer to speak to Union students about space exploration

JACKSON, Tenn.March 30, 2006 – Jim Beseda, a systems integration engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., will talk to a group of Union University students April 3 about NASA’s plans to return to the moon.

“My goal is to inform and hopefully to energize the Union students about future space exploration,” Beseda said.

Specifically, Beseda will discuss NASA’s Constellation Program, a proposed “Crew Exploration Vehicle” and other projects that Lockheed is developing for NASA.

“Jim Beseda’s work as an engineer is every engineer’s wildest dream,” said Don Van, chairman of Union’s engineering department. “He is part of the team carefully chosen by NASA to provide concepts for the development of a new Crew Exploration Vehicle. The new design of the CEV will help NASA go a long way in fulfilling the president’s vision for U.S. space exploration starting with a return to the moon by 2020.”

Beseda will speak immediately following a meeting of Union’s Engineering Advisory Council, a group that serves as a resource to Union’s engineering department. That meeting will feature an energy forum, with Bob Campbell of Panther Oil and Panther Energy speaking about bio fuel alternatives, and Dwayne Matthews and David Nash, of the DANA Corp., of Paris, Tenn., discussing fuel cells and applications.

Beseda is a native of Paris, Tenn., who has been with Lockheed Martin since 1987. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla.

He will speak from 2-3 p.m. in room C-6 in the Penick Academic Complex.

For more information, call Van at (731) 661-5534.


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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