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News Release

February 2017 

Lean & Six Sigma World Conference Is Proud to
Announce Buzz Aldrin as the Keynote Speaker

Former astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin (87) will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Lean & Six Sigma World Conference in Nashville on March 27th at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Buzz Aldrin was one of the first two humans to walk on the Moon on July 21, 1969. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with the Command Pilot rating. He also went into orbit on the Gemini 12 mission, finally achieving the goals for EVA (space-walk work) that paved the way to the Moon and success for the Gemini program.

There have been few efforts in the history humankind that have tested our willpower, bravery, and technological capability as thoroughly as our landing on the moon. In his doctoral thesis at MIT, his dedication read, “In the hopes that this work may in some way contribute to their exploration of space, this is dedicated to the crew members of this country’s present and future manned space programs. If only I could join them in their exciting endeavors!" His perseverance paid off.

Today, at the age of 87, he remains a vocal proponent of a manned mission to Mars, and views his mission to the Moon "not as a destination, but more a point of departure, one that places humankind on a trajectory to homestead Mars and become a two-planet species."

Sermin Vanderbilt, Ph.D.
President, American Quality Institute

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