Are we Alone in the Universe 🗓

— Thoughts on the Likelihood of Intelligent Life Existing Elsewhere in the Universe

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Meeting Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00AM Networking; 11:00 AM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Donald Mayer, Aerospace Corporation
Location: Torrance
Cost: None for IEEE Members, After July 31 $5 for the general public
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Eventbrite
Summary:
With over a trillion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, there are certainly many planets similar to Earth. How many of those planets have evolved intelligent life? How many of those civilizations are trying to communicate with us right now? Carl Sagan and Frank Drake asked these questions many decades ago, and estimated that there were probably thousands. This talk will discuss the factors that led to the evolution of life on Earth and will attempt to quantify the probability that communicating civilizations have evolved elsewhere in our galaxy.
Bio: Dr. Donald Mayer directs survivability and mission assurance activities related to electronics vulnerabilities in space at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. He worked previously at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, CA, where he was responsible for the development of submicrometer CMOS-on-sapphire process technology and IC design and verification techniques. He has taught engineering courses at UCLA and high school STEM classes in Southern California. He has held various elected IEEE positions, including Chair of the IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Section and Chair of the IEEE Los Angeles Council. He was General Chair of the 1996 IEEE International SOI Conference. He has authored over 60 journal articles and conference presentations and has been awarded eight U.S. patents.Now in retirement, his pursuits other than Connected Car include being an amateur astronomer and a professional musician. He is an IEEE Life Member and a member of several societies.