IAPG Mechanical Working Group Meeting 2019

May 14, 2019 - May 16, 2019

The Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG) Mechanical Working Group (MWG) meeting is scheduled for May 14-16, 2019, at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

Meeting Goals

The IAPG strives to share information and increase effectiveness of the interagency research and development (R&D) programs in a wide realm of advanced power. Each year, the MWG meeting provides a forum for a cross-cutting review of current government research activities across the interest of MWG participants within the IAPG member agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, DOE, and NASA).

Meeting Venue

NASA Johnson Space Center
Gilruth Conference Center
Space Center Blvd.
Houston, TX

The meeting will be held in the Destiny Ballroom of the Gilruth Center.

Meeting Attendees – Please Review Carefully

Attendance at the MWG meeting is limited to U.S. persons – citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as permanent resident aliens (PRAs) or green card holders.

There will be a government-only session held Tuesday, May 14, and the morning of Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

This session is limited to:

  1. U.S. government employees, including Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignees.

There will be a Technical Session held Thursday, May 16, 2019. This session is open to:

  1. U.S. government employees IPA assignees.
  2. On-site contractors at a government-operated laboratory working under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Employer is precluded from competing for open R&D solicitation (captive).
  3. Employees of federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs). This only includes employees of the FFRDC, not the administering entity. View the master list of FFRDCs.
  4. Government contractors – those currently holding grants or contracts with a U.S. government agency. This would include academic institutions, as well as both on-site and off-site performers.

Meeting Registration

Registration for this meeting is now closed. Please contact Renee O’Brokta for questions.

All presenters, as well as meeting attendees, are required to register for the meeting. No walk-in/day-of meeting registrations will be permitted.

The deadline for registration is April 30, 2019.

Overall Agenda

While the agenda is preliminary and subject to change, the MWG leaders have planned the following overall agenda:

Tuesday, May 14, 20190800 – 1630MWG Government-only Session
Wednesday, May 15, 20190800 – 1230Conclusion of MWG Government-only Session (a.m.)
1400 – 1630JSC Facility Tours (p.m.) – open per guidance above
Thursday, May 16, 20190800 – 1700MWG Technical Session – open per guidance above

Meeting organizers are planning presentations for both sessions. We encourage you to add this meeting to your travel calendar and forward this announcement along to other interested colleagues and managers.

Facility Tours

Facility tours of NASA JSC’s world-class facilities will be conducted the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Tours are open to all MWG meeting attendees.


  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is approximately 22 miles, and a 30-minute drive, from JSC.
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH/KIAH) is approximately 50 miles, and a 1-hour drive, from JSC.


Below is a listing of hotels in close proximity to NASA JSC Gilruth Center.  You can also find a list of additional properties (.pdf).

Courtyard Houston NASA/Clear Lake
18100 Saturn Lane
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
(281) 333-0220

Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake
3000 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 333-9300

Driving Directions/Map

The following map provides detailed directions to the Gilruth Center.

Directions to NASA JSC Gilruth Center (.pdf)

Note: Google Maps will provide driving directions to the Gilruth Conference Center but if you look up the physical address, it will direct you to the NASA JSC Main Gate. You do NOT want to go to the main gate. It is best to use the directions provided here.

Food Accommodations

While there is no registration fee, $25.00 per person, per day, will be collected through the online registration process to cover beverages, lunch, and snacks provided throughout the meeting.

It is imperative we have actual numbers for the meal count, as the number provided to the caterer is what we are held accountable for. If your attendance plans change, please contact Renee O’Brokta to cancel your registration so we may avoid unnecessary charges. The deadline for cancellation is May 7, 2019. Refunds cannot be issued after this date.

Group Dinner

No-host group dinners will be held the evenings of Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  Charges will be individually billed.  If you would like to attend, please indicate on your registration form.

Additional Contact Information

If you know of a presentation that might be of interest to the MWG community, please contact one of the following MWG leaders:

Selma Matthews, Chair
(505) 846-0396

Andy Williams, Vice Chair
(703) 704-3377

If you have questions regarding meeting logistics, please contact Renee O’Brokta, IAPG Administrative Coordinator, at (216) 433-8089 or via e-mail renee.obrokta@nasa.gov. We look forward to seeing you in Houston!