April 17, 2019, Wednesday Luncheon – Stacia “Poppins” Martin

Title:  The “Lost” Music of Mary Poppins

Affiliation:  Disney

Abstract:  Everyone knows the “supercalifragilistic” tunes from Walt Disney’s classic film…but what about the Mary Poppins songs that did not make it to the screen? Disney Artist and Historian Stacia Martin will reach into the magic carpetbag to reveal the hidden histories of these “practically perfect” tunes.



April 18, 2019, Thursday Luncheon – Jim Olthoff

Title:  Ultra-precision metrology – unexpected applications

Author:  James K. Olthoff

Affiliation:  National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Abstract:  Precision metrology is the foundation of technology, and the national metrology institutes of the world excel at the most accurate and precise measurements possible.  Advancing these capabilities often leads to expected improvements in advanced manufacturing, bio-medical research, next generation computing, etc.  However, more often than not, these measurement advances also lead to exciting applications that no one expected or foresaw.  This talk highlights some fun examples of such unexpected excursions into the unknown prompted by new measurement capabilities, such as the search for earth-like planets and the pursuit of dark matter.



April 19, 2019, Friday Luncheon – Captain Rick Braunbeck

Title: The Navy, Metrology, and the Future

Affiliation: Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Commanding Office

Abstract: The United States Navy maintains the largest naval fleet on the planet with a mission to defend the country undersea, on land, and in the air.  Metrology plays a critical role in ensuring that Navy systems operate accurately and reliably in each of those environments. Threats to national security are ever-evolving and require the Navy and other armed services to be technologically agile.  As military technology advances, the measurement technology must keep pace.  The Navy is actively engaged in metrology research to address current and emerging requirements.