Iowa Space Grant Conference to be held Dec. 6<br>

December 1, 2002

Cheryl Smith, UNI program associate, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, (319) 273-6809
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), a NASA-sponsored group aimed at promoting aerospace research and education, will hold its 12th annual conference Friday, Dec. 6, at the Iowa Valley Community College District in Marshalltown.

Cathy Bigelow, an administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is the invited speaker for the conference. She will speak on '9-11's Impact on Aviation Research in America' at 12:15 p.m. in Dejardin Hall of the Iowa Valley Continuing Education conference facility.

Bigelow, who has been with the FAA since 1994, is the deputy program director of the Airport and Aircraft Safety R & D Division at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey. She provides research guidance in the areas of fire, atmospheric hazards, safety risk analysis, aging aircraft, catastrophic failure prevention, propulsion and fuel systems, advanced materials and crashworthiness.

Recipients of consortium research grants also will report on their projects at the conference. The researchers are from the consortium's academic members -- the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa -- as well as its affiliates in industry, state government and aerospace associations.

Additional information on the conference is available at the ISGC Web site at, or from the consortium office, 1-800-854-1667.