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NASA Astronaut Ron Garan presents "The Orbital Perspective on Global Challenges"
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:30pm

Please join Ron Garan, a highly decorated fighter pilot and test pilot, explorer, entrepreneur and humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.

When: Wednesday April 24 2013 at 5:30pm (rescheduled due to travel delay) 

Where: Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, 1930 SW 4th Ave, Room EB 315

As a NASA astronaut Ron traveled 71,075,867 miles orbiting our planet. As an aquanaut he spent 18 continuous days living and working on the ocean floor. Today Ron is dedicated to global mass collaboration and citizen science programs, for example NASA's Open Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government.

Presently assigned with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ron leads Unity Node, an effort to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward their common goals and is assisting USAID to establish an applied research for development program.

Ron is also a serial entrepreneur having founded or co-founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd, the first organization in the world to successfully leverage the $120 billion a year United Nations carbon market for drinking water treatment in developing countries.

Learn more about his international initiatives and how he uses the "Orbital Perspective" to inspire people to improve life on Earth at fragileoasis.org.