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INCOSE-LA- Spkr Meeting, James Webb Space Telescope

  • Date:
    Mar 8, 2016 - 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Venue:

INCOSE-LA- Speaker Meeting, Tues, Mar 8, USC campus

Hosted by the USC INCOSE Student Chapter

TOPIC:  The James Webb Space Telescope: Its Mission, Design and Development

Dr. Jonathan Arenberg

Chief Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

 WHEN:  Tue, Mar 8, 5:30-8:00pm 
Meeting Schedule: 
5:30 – 6:20pm   Registration, Networking, Refreshments 
6:20 – 6:30pm   Welcome and Announcements 
6:30 – 8:00pm   Meeting and Q&A 

WHERE:   RSVP required (see below) 
Host site:  University of Southern California

Ronald Tudor Hall (RTH), room 526

3710 McClintock Ave Los Angeles
Note: There is a $12 fee for parking on the USC campus.  Light rail is available.

See below for directions.  Potential remote webcast sites are also listed below.  

Members and non-members: FREE for this event 
Refreshments will be provided at the host site.

Please RSVP by Mon, March 7, 2016  to facilitate event registration and planning:

 You will be asked to provide your email address, name, title, company, phone number, and membership and citizenship information, and to identify at which site you will be attending (host site, remote site or virtual/stand alone).  

 If you are uncertain whether or not you'll be able to attend, DO make a reservation and indicate that you're "probable". This helps with the planning.

 ABSTRACT: The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is NASA's flagship space astrophysics mission, designed and built to see the furthest visible objects in the Universe. This lecture will discuss the main science themes for JWST and the flow into mission requirements and design. Emphasis will be given to the main engineering challenges and the elements of the JWST Observatory. Examples of solutions to archetypal, interdisciplinary JWST design problems will be shown. The presentation will conclude with the current status of the hardware and remaining tasks prior to launch in October of 2018.

 BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Jonathan Arenberg, Chief Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jonathan Arenberg has been with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems since 1989 having started his career with Hughes Aircraft Company. His work experience includes optical, space and laser systems. Dr. Arenberg has worked on such astronomical programs as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and helped conceive and develop the Starshade concept for the direct imaging of extra-solar planets. He has worked on major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering, metrology and optical inspection issues.  He is a member of the US National and International (ISO) sub-committees charged with writing standards for laser and electro-optic systems and components, SPIE, American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, AIAA and Sigma Xi.  Dr. Arenberg holds a BS in physics and an MS and PhD in engineering, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is the author of over 140 conference presentations, papers and book chapters. He holds 1 European and 11 U.S. Patents in a wide variety of areas of technology and is currently the Chief Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope Program at Northrop Grumman and an SPIE Fellow.

 Virtual Attendance for Individual Participants: 
Instructions for connecting to host site:


  • Click on the link below to join via the Meeting or Join via Browser (other options are also available but only Meeting/Browser are explained below)
  • You will have three options:
    • Download the BlueJeans App
    • Or run it through the BlueJeans app (if you already have the app)
    • Join with Browser
  • To have the best experience I strongly suggest the you download the app (plugin).
  • Once you open the link, it will ask for your Name. Enter your name and click on “Join as Guest”
  • Once you pass that screen, it will ask for “Audio and Visual Options”
  • You can use the computer’s audio and video, call in using the phone for audio and use computer for video, or use Room System. Depending on your choice
    • It will use your computer audio and video and you can just join the meeting
    • The next screen will provide you with phone numbers and audio code. You can use those info to call in or you can have the system to call you.
    • Give you an IP address that you can dial with your room system, and then you must provide the pairing code displayed on your room system to Bluejeans and follow the steps.
  • Blue Jeans also have Android and iOS apps. If somebody wants to use those apps, all they need is to download the app and then enter the meeting info to join.

 Meeting Info

 To join the Meeting:

 To join via Browser:

 To join with Lync:

 To join via Cisco Jabber Video:

 To join via Room System:

Video Conferencing System: -or-

Meeting ID : 365960761

 To join via phone :

1)  Dial:

               +1 408 740 7256

               +1 888 240 2560

               (see all numbers -

2)  Enter Conference ID : 365960761