NASA sci­en­tist Na­gin Cox to speak at GUST event

Sem­i­nar to pro­vide in­sights into space ex­plo­ration, Mars Cu­rios­ity Rover

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KUWAIT CITY, March 3: Gulf Univer­sity for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’s (GUST) Global Stud­ies Cen­ter (GSC), in co­or­di­na­tion with the Em­bassy of the United States of Amer­ica, an­nounced to­day an up­com­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by a lead­ing sci­en­tist from NASA’s jet propul­sion lab­o­ra­tory, Na­gin Cox, who will be pro­vid­ing in­sights into space ex­plo­ration, Mars mis­sions, and women in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, and Math (STEM). The sem­i­nar will be at­tended by GUST man­age­ment, fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents. The sem­i­nar is also open to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Head of the Global Stud­ies Cen­ter at GUST, Dr Martin Rosen­stock, said, “We are very ex­cited to col­lab­o­rate with the US Em­bassy, to bring in such an es­tab­lished sci­en­tist as Na­gin Cox, from a pres­ti­gious in­sti­tu­tion like NASA. We con­tin­u­ally try to find new ways of en­hanc­ing the GUST aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence by or­ga­niz­ing events that bring to­gether great minds and present unique view­points to learn from.”

Zainab “Na­gin” Cox is a se­nior en­gi­neer at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory (JPL), where she has served as a sys­tems en­gi­neer and man­ager on mul­ti­ple in­ter­plan­e­tary ro­botic mis­sions; in­clud­ing the Galileo mis­sion to Jupiter, Mars Ex­plo­ration Rover mis­sions, and the Ke­pler tele­scope mis­sion to search for earth-like plan­ets around other stars. Cur­rently, Cox is a Mis­sion Leader on the op­er­a­tions team for the Mars Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory (MSL), NASA’s Mars Cu­rios­ity Rover, which landed in Au­gust 2012 and has been exploring Mars ever since.

For the pre­sen­ta­tion, Cox will pro­vide in­sights about the var­i­ous mis­sions from her ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, touch­ing on top­ics such as what it takes to put a ro­bot on another planet, the tech­no­log­i­cal re­quire­ments, and the ef­fects on the hu­man be­ing manag­ing the ro­bot. In ad­di­tion, she will touch upon the

Na­gin Cox

chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of hav­ing more women the STEM fields.

Such unique dis­cus­sions and events are con­tin­u­ously or­ga­nized by the GSC, in an ef­fort to pro­vide new knowl­edge, stim­u­late re­search, aid in stu­dent de­vel­op­ment, and en­hance the fac­ulty’s cam­pus ex­pe­ri­ence. It is a lead­ing re­search cen­ter on Global Stud­ies in Kuwait and a ve­hi­cle for en­gag­ing both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ties through events on stim­u­lat­ing is­sues.

The lec­ture will be held on March 6, 2018, on GUST’s cam­pus, room W1-010, at 5:00 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit: gsc.gust. edu.kw.

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