Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. Horseshoe Casino
In the land of the intellectually curious, Adam Steltzner is a rock star.
He’s a TED speaker, an author and a real live rocket scientist who spent 10 years designing and building the Mars Curiosity Rover and served as its landing lead.
Steltzner will be in Cincinnati as keynote speaker for the Bethesda Lyceum.
Currently with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he has worked on several flight projects including Galileo, Cassini and the Mars Pathfinder, as well as the Mars Exploration Rovers.
In his talks, he often discusses the power of human curiosity and the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation. His new book, “The Right Kind of Crazy – A True Story of Teamwork and High Stakes Innovation,” was released in January to critical acclaim.
The Lyceum, which by design is both thought-provoking and a social event, serves as a major fundraiser for the Bethesda Foundation. This year’s proceeds will help develop a Robotic Center of Excellence at Bethesda North Hospital.
Much like the work that Steltzner does, robotic surgery is an innovative technology. It allows surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries through a few small openings, decreasing invasiveness and improving patient outcomes.
Lyceum tickets to are $300 per person, $500 for two.