Meetings and Minutes


The LAA meets for lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am in the NACA Room of the Langley Research Center Cafeteria, which is located on the first floor of Building 2102, at 10 West Taylor Street.  The LAA General Meeting starts at noon featuring interesting and timely speakers. Following the LAA General Meeting,  there is a brief meeting of the LAA Board of Directors.

LAA’s Annual Meeting is held in January for electing the Board of Directors for the new year. Board meetings are held monthly. Special meetings may be called by the President or any Board member. A picnic is held on the second Tuesday in July on the grounds adjacent to the NACA room in the Cafeteria.




October 8, 2019


Roger Ferguson called the meeting to order at 12 noon. The meeting was attended by 34 members.

Membership Report:

     Roger informed the passing of Thomas Leffel Jr. and Percy (Bud) Bobbit and briefly mentioned about their many years of service and contributions to NASA.  At his request, members in attendance identified xxx and xxx as other retirees that passed since the last LAA meeting.

     Charlie Cockrell, responsible for membership activities, reported that 36 new members joined LAA during the month of October. Two of the new members attending the meeting introduced themselves.   This addition to membership was attributed to the communication sent by Langley, working with LAA, to 1,400 retirees during August/September.  He noted that Langley received 83 returned postcards of retirees that did not have recent valid addresses.  This raised some questions about the 1400 notices that were mailed out and if this covered all retirees.

     He mentioned that a notice was sent to all new members after they were added to the roster that provided information about the meetings, the procedure for getting a 6-month badge, and the limitations on the use of the badge for access to Langley.

Program Committee Report

     Damodar reminded the members about the November 12th talk on Sonic Boom. The announcement of this talk was distributed at the meeting and is currently on the LAA website.  He also mentioned that we now have a full slate of speakers for 2020 and the near final list will be posted on the LAA Website before the next LAA meeting.

Presentation by the Guest Speaker

     Damodar introduced Ms. Jill Marlowe, who currently serves as the Associate Center Director, Technical, at Langley. Her topic was “NASA Langley Transformation.”  She presented the Center transformation strategy and its implementation plan in 2018 and shared some of the results over the past 11 months that are showing impact. These included workforce and laboratory revitalization; collaboration with other NASA Centers, universities, industry, other government, and international organizations; and capturing/utilizing global knowledge that includes past Langley employees.  She suggested LinkedIn as a potential tool for “past Langley Employees” knowledge capture.

Jill also mentioned about library’s request for LAA members to view the pictures of artifacts that have been posted online and provide information about them.  The library building is planned to be demolished in the very near future.

The talk was informative and concluded after Q & A.  Roger presented Ms. Marlowe with a gift to show our appreciation for her time.

Next Meeting

The meeting will be held November 12th.  The speaker will be Domenic Maglieri and his talk will be on “Sonic Boom- Outlook on Civil Overland Supersonic Operations- History, the Players & the Promises.”


The October 8, 2019 meeting concluded around 1:10 pm.

For Secretary Dan Palumbo (By Damodar Ambur)




October 8, 2019

Call to Order

The October 8, 2019 Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 1:15 pm by the LAA President, Roger Ferguson. 10 board members were present. Minutes of the September meeting were approved by the Board and will be posted on the LAA website.


Roger Ferguson, Damodar Ambur, Tony Pototzky, Charles Cockrell, David Reubush, Linda Bangert, Pete Jacobs, Ray Wipple, Todd Hodges, Fred Jones. Non-board members Marilyn Ogburn and Wayne Richie were also present.

Nominations Committee

     Dan Palumbo was on travel and could not attend the meeting.  Roger mentioned that Dan has been sending several emails to the membership and the board members seeking them to serve LAA.  He shared the following list of five members that volunteered to be board members.

  1. Geoff Tennille 
  2. Wade (Doug) Morris  
  3. Manjula Ambur  
  4. Todd Hodges  
  5. Richard (Dick) Hueschen

Program Committee Report

Damodar’s report was covered during the General Body meeting.  He reiterated that the 2020 speaker list will be distributed to the Directors for comments before posting it on the LAA website before the November meeting.

Roger discussed about the December Luncheon, which is planned for December 10th at Angelos in Newport News. He shared that the reservation is now in place and the menu and the per person rate will be same as last year at $25. The place will accommodate slightly less than 60 people in the dining room.  He will share detailed information on this event with the membership during the November 12th meeting with the signup sheet, etc.

Treasurer’s Report

Fred Morrell was absent at the meeting. The Treasurer Report for September that he emailed earlier was reviewed at the meeting. Summary report is below.

Total LAA Organizational Shares:  $4,349.21

Total Super Shares:  $3769.29

Total Dividends/Interest for 2019:  $3.21 (included in the above)

Total funds available to LAA: $8118.50 (does not account for the $30 facility rent which is not yet cashed).

LAA web report

     Wayne Richie, who represented Duncan at the meeting, said that he did not have anything to report.

Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture Committee (LRKC) Report

     Marilyn provided an update on LRKC efforts for the sub-committee. The LRKC has met with Jill Marlowe twice (most recently on October 1st) and actions are being taken by Jill to increase the LAA’s membership and improve Langley’s communications methods, with no expectation that LAA will be the primary keeper of ex-employee information.  Since NASA’s retirement services are being consolidated, right now it is not possible to inform retiring employees about the LAA as part of the retirement process.  The sub-committee will pursue the idea of handing out information about the LAA at LaRC retirement-related activities with LaRC human resources, such as the pre-retirement training seminars.

     She also reiterated Jill’s statement about Linkedin as one of the tools for “past Langley Employees” knowledge capture.

Next Meeting

Roger noted that the next LAA Board Meeting will convene on November 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm.


The October 8, 2019 Board meeting concluded at 2:30 pm.

For Secretary Dan Palumbo (By Damodar Ambur)