On December 12, ASPE’s Houston Chapter is holding a special general meeting and Christmas dinner at the Hess Club in Houston, starting at 5:30 p.m. During the meeting, Astronaut Mark T. Vende Hei from NASA will talk about plumbing and fire protection design in space and within the International Space Station. The Houston Chapter also will be making a donation to the Toys for Tots charity,* and they ask participants to bring a new, unopened toy to include in the donation.
The cost for dinner is $35 per person for ASPE members and their significant others. The nonmember cost is $65. The cost includes dinner and two drink tickets. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Dinner is free for new members who sign up before the meeting on December 12. Attendance is also free if you would like to attend the meeting and not have dinner.
Online RSVP is required at aspehouston.com. The RSVP deadline is December 9. Sign in/payment at the door for dinner is not an option.
About the Speaker
Mark T. Vande Hei was selected by NASA in 2009. Born in Virginia and then raised in New Jersey and Minnesota, Vande Hei earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint John’s University and a Master of Science in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program and served as a combat engineer. In 1999, he became an Assistant Professor of physics at the United States Military Academy in West Point. Vande Hei most recently served as Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 53/54.
You can find his full biography here.
*Being a government employee, Mr. Vende Hei does not/cannot endorse the Toys for Tots program.