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Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Opens |
  • Abstracts Due |
  • Author Notifications Start |

Student Paper Competition

The Competition is open to any student first author of a 2020 Earth & Space Conference contribution. Students whose abstracts have been accepted by the Conference will be considered for this paper competition.

In order to be considered, students must:

  1. Be a student at the time of submission.
  2. Present the paper at the conference and must be the principal (i.e. first) author of the paper.
  3. Submit an abstract to be considered for oral presentation in the Conference (in any of the Conference Symposia)

In the abstract submission process, indicate that the paper should be included in the Student Paper Competition. Abstracts should be submitted by the Conference deadline.

Conference Purpose

This 17th Biennial event will explore the cutting edge in engineering, science, construction and operations for extreme environments on Earth and in Space.

Conference includes:

  • Discussions on the exploration and utilization of various planetary bodies
  • The development of engineering structures, equipment, and processes to be used in aerospace environments and other terrestrial applications which are subject to extreme environmental conditions
  • The application of Civil Engineering concepts and technologies to aerospace environments, and the application of aerospace technologies to civil engineering on Earth
  • Presentations will be made in multiple concurrent symposia over 3 days

Target Audience

The conference target audience is the leaders in the aerospace and civil engineering profession at all levels of experience. Targeted attendees include ASCE members, students, young professionals, and seasoned experts.

Conference Topics

The program topics cover five symposia areas within the profession. Each topic has a set of special sessions to clearly define presentation abstracts within these broad topic areas. Authors should select the topic area for the general subject and then choose the more specific special sessions to better describe the presentation and learning objects for the proposed session.

Symposium Details

Symposium 1: Granular Materials in Space Exploration

  • The Physics of Regolith: Mechanics, Heat, and Volatiles
  • Regolith Simulants
  • Instruments and Methods to Measure Regolith Mechanics
  • Modeling Methods for Regolith
  • Rocket Exhaust Interactions with Regolith
  • Trafficability of Regolith: Designing Rovers to Not Get Stuck
  • Particulate Processes under Low Gravity Environments Granular Mechanics

Symposium 2: Exploration and Utilization of Extra-Terrestrial Bodies

  • Planetary Environment Impact on Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) Requirements for Space Systems
  • Robotic Mobility in Extreme Terrain
  • Ocean Worlds
  • Resource Prospecting
  • Nature and bio-inspired concepts for Human Space Exploration
  • “Mining on the Moon and Mars” Space Mining
  • In-Situ Resources: What does the Moon have to offer us?

Symposium 3: Advanced Materials and Designs for Aerospace and Terrestrial Structures Under Extreme Environment

  • Composite materials for Aerospace
  • Ballistic Impact and Crashworthiness of Aerospace Structures
  • Energy Efficient Structures and Habitats
  • Advanced and Alternative Cementitious Materials

Symposium 4: Structures in Challenging Environments: Dynamics, Controls, Smart Structures, Health Monitoring, and Sensors

  • Structures Under Extreme Environments: Theory and Applications
  • Concepts and Applications in Challenging Environments
  • Advanced Concepts on Renewable and Green Energy Harvesting
  • Specialized Sensors-based Structural Damage Detection and Health Monitoring
  • Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) collaboration

Symposium 5: Space Engineering, Construction, and Architecture for Moon, Mars, and Beyond

  • Innovative Engineering and Construction on Moon and Mars Utilizing and Harnessing Indigenous Geo-Environmental Resources
  • Technical Requirements for Lunar Systems
  • Tensegrity Structural Systems for Moon and Mars Space Applications
  • Architecture on the Moon and Mars: Designing for Human Space Exploration
  • Structural morphology for space structures on the Moon, Mars and other extreme environments
  • Lunar and Martian Habitats: Design Considerations and Construction Challenges
  • Inflatable Structures: Habitable Applications for Space and Planetary Environments
  • Strategies for Achieving Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats
  • Innovative Construction Techniques for Lunar and Martian Environments
  • 3D Printing Applications for Lunar and Martian Construction
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM): Digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of space facilities
  • Terrestrial Spaceports: New Construction Projects and lessons learned

Conference Program and Sessions

To appeal to the broad and diverse groups within the Earth & Space attendees, the Conference program will be comprised of a well-rounded mix of sessions from the five main topics. Authors may submit a full or partial session idea and the Technical Program subcommittee will work with the submitting author(s) to merge similar ideas within a category to create a session. Submitting to the Conference constitutes an agreement that, if your abstract is accepted, the author(s) will register for the Conference (either at full or daily), attend the Conference, and present their work in person.

Many technical sessions will include various presentation styles. The Technical Program Subcommittee will work with session leaders to ensure the presentation components for a particular session involve a suitable mix of topics, and the proposed presentation style is the most appropriate format for the subject matter.

Abstract Information:

  • All abstracts must be submitted via ASCE’s online Paper Management System.
  • Abstracts must be free of materials and/or language that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, or sexual orientation.
  • All abstracts must include the submitting author’s full name, telephone number and email address.
  • Abstracts must be free of personal/corporate-specific marketing.
  • Both the main topic and a special session must be selected to be considered.
  • All abstracts should be max one-page and no more than 500 words.

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Selection Criteria

Abstracts will be selected by the Conference’s Technical Program Subcommittee based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the defined Conference topics and special sessions
  • Potential to attract and stimulate cross-cutting and collaborative discussions
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Practical application of information to be presented
  • Practical and clearly defined Learning Objectives

Scheduling of Program Sessions

Program sessions are scheduled throughout the Conference from Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April 23, 2020, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Program sessions will only be held during the official dates and times of Earth & Space 2020. Submission indicates the availability to present a session on any of the dates and times listed.

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