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Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Site Operations

Release Date:
2/25/2013 12:00 AM

Major Bai Lan Zhu, features Major Bai Lan Zhu


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program present a lecture by Major Bai Lan Zhu on an introductory overview of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) and a walk through of the launch site processing operations.  EELVs are the current launch vehicles used to inject medium and heavy satellites into orbit for commercial and scientific customers, the Department of Defense and other government agencies.  Topics include Delta IV and Atlas V system capabilities, launch site facilities, transportation and receipt of launch vehicle components, booster processing and testing, satellite/payload integration, and day of launch operations.


Major Bai Lan Zhu is the recruiting flight commander and aerospace studies instructor of Air Force ROTC Detachment 9 at Yale University.  She is responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and educating Air Force officer candidates and preparing them for leadership roles beyond their educational experience.  

Major Zhu’s career began in Reserve Officer Training Corps at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA where she earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force.  She has served as an avionics engineer for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and systems engineer for the Missile Defense Agency’s Upgraded Early Warning Radar program.  Upon earning Space Professional certification, she served as a space lift mission assurance engineer for the Delta IV and Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programs, where she ensured vehicle readiness culminating in nine successful launches delivering satellites for the Department of Defense, National Reconnaissance Office, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Prior to her current assignment, she was Director of Engineering at the 53d Test Support Squadron where she led acquisition, engineering, and operations support for the QF-4 and BQM-167 aerial targets.  She holds a M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology.  In addition to the Meritorious Service Medal and numerous other military awards, Major Zhu is also a recipient of the 2007 SWE Space Coast New Engineer of the Year award and the 2009 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Stellar Award. 


April 3, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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