GNN 2021 Harvard Aerospace Alumni Organization

21 January 2021 (Live)

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GNN 2021 – Harvard Aerospace and Defense Alumni Organization

  • Dates: 21 JAN 2021
  • Format: Virtual
  • Student: Harvard University
  • Fee: Free

Starting at 4:30 – 6:30 pm EST, the Global Networking Night “GNN” is free of charge. It covers live moderation session and limited number of seats are available. Reserve your seat and register today!

For more detailed information, visit our materials section and download the brochure.

Global Networking Night (GNN) is an event series that connects University-wide alumni through their Harvard club and SIGs community. This global series drives engagement and builds Club/SIG awareness within the Harvard alumni community. GNN event is designed to provide alumni networking opportunities to build stronger relationships and return to the University. Global Networking Night will be held entirely as an online event series on Thursday, January 21, 2021.


Asynchronous: Ready e-learning​


Synchronous: Live e-learning​


The Harvard Alumni Association invites you to join fellow alumni for this virtual Global Networking Night. Register to reconnect with classmates and make new connections during this virtual event. The Harvard Aerospace and Defense Alumni Association is planning for a fun, interesting, and engaging event.

We will be exploring the transformation of current and future trends in both the aerospace industry and space exploration during this session. The global pandemic has re-shaped the existing models in the aerospace industry. It has also led to a greater understanding of future demands in terms of air and space travel. It includes the importance of cargo operations during the pandemic. We will also be exploring space exploration and how it will be affecting our future. We are at the forefront of an exciting decade with new developments in technology, which will profoundly affect both of these industries. Our guest speakers will be addressing these topics and answering questions during the moderated session.

4:30 - 4:45pm
4:30 - 4:45pm

Keynote Address

Introducing the Harvard University Aerospace and Defense Alumni Organization (HAAO) covering all degree granting schools (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students). 

HAAO is connecting Harvard Alumni today and tomorrow with the aerospace community at large.

Maher Ezzeddine – Chairman of the Harvard Aerospace Alumni Organization

5:00 - 6:15pm
5:00 - 6:15pm

Future trends of aerospace and space exploration in light of the pandemic Era

Distinguished Speakers

  • Frank White – Space Philosopher
  • Captain Houston Mills – VP Flight Operations at UPS Airlines


  • Dr. Deborah Donnelly-Mclay, HAAO Board Member Programming, Pilot for UPS
6:15 - 6:30pm
6:15 - 6:30pm


Panelists ready to answer your questions

How to Participate

In recognition of alumni desire to network by aerospace interest, we’re adapting our approach for this online iteration. Alumni are invited to be part of the HAAO Global Networking Night and may register by Monday January 11, 2021 by clicking on the Register below

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Harvard University AEROSPACE GNN

21 JANUARY 2021

Our Speakers

TED Talks-Style Moderation

Frank White

Space Philosopher

Space Exploration


Frank White has authored or coauthored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence. His best-known work, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration. A film called “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo. Since the first edition of his book on the subject was published in 1987, “the Overview Effect” has become a standard term for describing the spaceflight experience. The fourth edition of The Overview Effect, including original interviews with 31 astronauts, is scheduled for publication in 2019.

His book on this topic, The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect, has just been published. In it, he asks the fundamental question, “What is the purpose of human space exploration? Why has the evolutionary process brought humanity to the brink of becoming a spacefaring species?” In the book, he shares the idea of “the Human Space Program” as a “central project” that will engage all of us in the process of becoming “Citizens of the Universe.

Capt. Houston Mills

VP- Flight Operations

UPS Airlines


A native of Indianapolis, Capt. Houston Mills received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wabash College and an MBA from Webster University. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, Mills served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and flew in operations Restore Hope and Southern Watch. He has more than 100 aircraft carrier landings to his credit. Mills joined UPS in 1994 as a DC-8 flight engineer. He was promoted into management six years later and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Human Resources, Flight Training, Flight Standards and Flight Operations.

As a flight-qualified management captain, Mills’ notable roles have included Flight Training division manager, International Chief Pilot, and director of Airline Safety. Most recently, Mills has been on assignment to Public Affairs as the Global Aviation Strategy and Public Policy director. In 2019, Mills was promoted to vice president of Flight Operations and will oversee the flight and safety-related operations of UPS Airlines, while representing UPS in international aviation organizations abroad.


A transformative team

Harvard Aerospace and Defense Alumni Organization

Maher Ezzeddine


Executive Committee


Dr. Deborah McLay

Board Member



Richard Rose

Board Member



Hunter Gaylor

Board Member



Logan Campbell

Board Member



Sergy Kasyanov

Board Member



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