February 2003 Meeting

Speaker:   Mr. Gary Kitmacher
NASA, Johnson Space Center
        Dr. Kitmacher
Topic:   Views from Space


Friday, February 21, 2003
Location:   Rosewood Restaurant and Banquets
9421 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL

Abstract:     One of the greatest benefits of the space program has been the exceptional photography returned from missions around earth, and to the most distant regions of the universe. In this presentation some of the best imagery is used to tell about the history and the uses of manned and unmanned space flight.

Biography:     Gary Kitmacher is from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. Mr. Kitmacher currently serves as the Space and Life Sciences Directorate Manager for Crew Health Care Systems. The directorate's responsibilities include managing the habitat and environment, astronaut's health, nutrition and medical care, and science operations.

Since 1993, Mr. Kitmacher served in several capacities in the Space Shuttle- Mir international program; he was the US manager for the NASA-Mir Priroda Project, and led US efforts to develop new systems and integrate payloads on the Mir's Priroda module, and subsequently served as the US manager for Mir operations.

Mr. Kitmacher has been at the Johnson Space Center since 1981. He has worked in a variety of positions, starting in the lunar sample laboratory, then in the Space Shuttle program management office during the first years of Shuttle operations, and later leading design efforts for the International Space Station, manned moon and Mars habitats, and the commercially developed Spacehab module. Some of his contributions include the International Space Station Cupola, design, configuration and sizing of the International Space Station Lab and Hab Modules, Nodes, the establishment of the logistics concepts for supporting the ISS and the development of the standard for hardware transfer the cargo transfer bags (CTBs), and the development of the first crew recreational computer system, the Crew On Orbit Support System or COSS, used on Mir and ISS. Earlier he served as the mission manager for the Spacehab-2, STS-60 mission and as the Man-Systems Architectural Agent for the Space Station.

Mr. Kitmacher has masters and bachelor's degrees in Management, Geology, Astronomy and Education. Mr. Kitmacher is married. He resides with his wife and three daughters in Houston, Texas. A fourth daughter is stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Dallas.

Gary seen here with astronaut Paul Scully Power
Gary Kitmacher with astronaut Paul Scully

A meeting of the Chicago Section JOB CLUB will be held at Rosewood Restaurant at 5:00 PM.   The JOB CLUB provides a continuing opportunity for unemployed members of the Section to meet one another, share their experiences and develop a network that may help in identifying employment opportunities.   Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to distribute to your colleagues.   Be prepared to talk about what kind of job you are looking for.

The Job Club is also for employers seeking chemists.   Employers need to be prepared to describe the positions to be filled and the requrements for these positions.

Should you wish to attend the Section meeting following the JOB CLUB, the fee for unemployed members is only $14 and you can continue your networking activities over dinner.

Topical Group Presentation

"Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosols in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ"  by Prof. Martina Schmelling, Loyola University

Topical Group Meeting: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Job Club: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Topical Group: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Meeting: 8:00 PM

Cost:  $28.00 for members of ACS/ $30.00 for non-members/ $14.00 for students & unemployed members

Are you a "Younger Chemist"?   If you are, and if you would like to sit at the YCC table, let us know when you make your reservation, and a space will be saved for you at the YCC table.

Reservations:   (847)647-8405   
                    by noon, Tuesday, Feb 18

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.
Map and Directions:

Note: Rosewood Restaurant is located just west of River Road on Higgins Road, Southwest corner.

From Chicago: Take Kennedy (I-90) to O'Hare exit. Exit River Road. Turn left on River Road to Higgins. Turn left on Higgins to Rosewood Restaurant.

From the North: Take 294 South to O'Hare exit (pay toll). Exit Mannheim Road North, turn right on Higgins. Go one mile to the restaurant on the right.

From the South: Take 294 North to O'Hare exit (pay toll). Go to River Road. Turn left on River Road and go to second light (Higgins Road). Go left on Higgins to the restaurant.



  • Salad
  • Broiled Salmon, Chicken Francaise, or Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
  • Anna Potatoes
  • Fresh vegetable medley
  • Apple Cinnamon ice cream

Updated 1/31/03