Lonnie Puterbaugh has been an automation specialist in control systems design since 1984 and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has loved all things space-related since first watching the Gemini and Apollo programs at a young age. He purchased his first small telescope and star atlas at age 12 from money he earned as a newspaper carrier. The pictures in that star atlas were of objects taken with the Mount Palomar telescope and he hoped to someday be able to observe those objects himself in a much more powerful telescope. Today, his special equipment regularly outperforms those images taken with the largest telescope in the world in his youth and his equipment is not located on some remote mountaintop. It's on wheels and ready to drive to any location!
NASA-inspired himself, today he seeks to do the same for others. Lonnie has been recognized with awards for pioneering significant advances in science education for children and the public in 2005 from the Von Braun Astronomical Society and internationally in 2011 from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
From a 16 pound meteorite to sizable pieces of the Moon and Mars, Lonnie has done presentations for Scouts, museums, observatories, senior centers, church groups, concerts, parks, libraries, elementary, K- college programs, home-school groups, astronomy groups, movie theater exhibits, etc. since 2003.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Star Wars The Last Jedi exhibit Opry Mills Mall Theater
ADARA Concert -- "May the Fourth Be With You" (Space Themed) Marathon Music Works
Great Red Spot & Solar Eclipse on Jupiter with The Astronomy Channel Mobile Observatory Long Hunter State Park
Eclipse: The Sun Revealed (opening day) at the Adventure Science Center Adventure Science Center
Return of the Red Planet -- Mars Watch 2018 Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society monthly meeting
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
Nashville TN Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 theater opening of the new movie Hidden Figures Nashville TN Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 theater
Scouting the Total Solar Eclipse - SSA portion cancelled due to weather. BSA Boxwell Reservation
Shelby Bottom Park Star Party indoors Shelby Bottoms Nature Center