NASA Scientist Dr. John Grotzinger to Keynote PMI Global Congress North America in October


1 August 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that Dr. John Grotzinger, chief scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover mission, will deliver a keynote speech at the PMI Global Congress North America conference in October.  The PMI Global Congress 2013 – North America will be held during 27-29 October 2013 at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  More information at http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2013/index.cfm

john-grotzingerNASA’s Mars Rover mission riveted the world with its daredevil landing in August 2012. A geologist, Dr. Grotzinger’s work has focused on the chemical and physical interactions between life and the environment. With the hypothesis that the early history of the red planet is similar to that of Earth, Grotzinger hopes to gain more understanding of Earth’s evolution through the study of Mars.

Grotzinger is also the head of strategic science planning for Curiosity’s operations. Leading a team of more than 400 scientists, he is responsible for future planning, parallel operations and determining where Curiosity should explore. The objectives of the mission include investigation of the geological history of the Martian landscape and analyzing the chemistry of the soil and rock samples in an effort to find habitable environments that could potentially support water or life.

Since 2003, Grotzinger also has worked on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. In 2004, he and the Opportunity rover team made the discovery of evidence for liquid water on ancient Mars based on image, mineralogical and chemical data. In 2007, he became a member of the HiRISE camera imaging team on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The HiRISE camera has allowed new views of Mars at unprecedented resolution, which enables scientists to study sedimentary rocks on Mars from orbit.

The PMI Global Congress 2013 – North America will featured multiple keynote speeches, tracks of professional presentations, an exhibition and trade show, networking events and spectacular social activities.  The annual event is often the highlight of the North American project management profession; don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from around the world.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than a million practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, publications, conferences and other activities. PMI’s annual Global Congress North America is one of the world’s largest gatherings for project management professionals.  For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute. 

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Source: PMI