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Orlando Chapter Meeting - The Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox

  • Date:
    June 20, 2019 - 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Address: 12901 Science Drive
  • Location: Orlando, Florida USA
  • Venue:

Dinner: 6:00 PM
Chapter Business: 6:15 PM
Guest Speaker: 6:30 PM

Eventbrite by 5 PM Tuesday the week of the meeting.

You are invited to become a member of INCOSE (go to but the meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend.

None. Dinner is provided courtesy of chapter membership with RSVP.

Joe Vandeville 

About the Presentation:
It seems as if there has been an increase in the number of discoveries of new star systems that contain planets that could have the conditions to sustain life – as we know it – or at least would recognize.  This raises the question of whether or not there is intelligent – or any other forms of life beyond earth.  We won’t know until we actually find such life or detect positive signatures that such life exists.  This doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate on the probability of such life existing.  These speculations have been around for a long time – at least since the ancient Greeks, and we continue to refine them. In systems engineering terms, this is called modeling – developing a model of a problem and then testing the model to evaluate possible solutions.  This presentation will look at probably the most famous model related to the existence of extraterrestrial life.

About the Speaker: 
Joe Vandeville is a retired Northrop Grumman engineer and a past president of INCOSE Space Coast.  He has over 40-years of experience in hardware and software development in both commercial and military systems.  Prior to Northrop Grumman, he worked for ITT, Alcatel-Lucent, and Rockwell Collins. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering