Ice in the Arctic region is melting significantly faster than predicted by climate models. Public and private access, transportation, exploration and exploitation activities are all rapidly increasing in the region. This lecture will explore important international, economic, environmental, and security issues related to operating in the Arctic, as well as the challenges related to the lack of various forms of infrastructure, and possible options for providing operational support in the region.
Dr. Leslie Wickman is a Senior Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation, and Professor of Engineering at California Baptist University. Her research includes projects concerning climate-change impact on national security, assessment of future human spaceflight missions and technologies, human-factors problems for extreme environments and fighter pilot proficiency. She also is a consultant on technical and policy aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. Dr. Wickman has lectured around the world on satellite servicing, spaceflight physiology, astronaut training and operations, as well as various topics in astronomy. Before her current position, she was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and as Lockheed’s designated Corporate Astronaut. She has numerous other achievements, including being Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation. Wickman received her MS in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and her Ph.D. in human factors and biomechanics, both from Stanford University.