Special Lecnasature by Former NASA Astronaut Daniel Tani


Members of the Harvard Club of Japan are cordially invited to the talk by Daniel Tani, the event organized by the MIT Association of Japan.

The Special Lecture will be held on February 21, 2018 (Wednesday) at the Ark Hills Café, following the General Assembly of the MIT Association of Japan.  HCJ members can skip this part and join the lecture starting at 19:00pm, or listened to the MIT association's general assembly from 18:30pm.  

The lecture by Daniel Tani, former NASA astronaut and alumnus (Course II, BS, MS, Class of ’84) will be followed by networking reception.

To register for the event, please go to the MIT Association of Japan home page http://www.mit-j.org/en/homepage.htm , access “Event Calendar” and register.

Event Overview

Date and Time : Feb. 21(Wed.) 18:30~21:15


18:00~18:30   Door Open and Registration

18:30~19:00   MIT Association of Japan General Meeting 2018

         (Slides will be in Japanese, presentation will be mixed languages)

19:00~20:00   Special Lecture (English)

20:00~21:15   Reception (Food and Drinks)

Venue:Ark Hills Café

1-3-40 Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo.

Ark Hills Karajan Square, at the entrance of Spanish Slope. 03-6229-2666


Participation Cost:

Regular MIT Alumni Club Members 2,000 yen

General 3,000 yen (including dinner after lecture)

For inquires, please write an email to info@mit-j.org

【Speaker Profile】

Mr. Daniel (Dan) Tani is a faculty member at The American School in Japan (ASIJ), teaching High School and Middle School science, technology and design. Before joining ASIJ, Dan served as Vice President for Cargo and Mission Operations at Orbital ATK (was Orbital Sciences Corporation), a Washington DC-area aerospace company. As a member of the management team for the Cygnus program, he was responsible for cargo and real-time mission operations for the Orbital ATK-designed, -built, and -operated spacecraft which delivers cargo to the International Space Station. Prior to his position at Orbital ATK, Dan was an astronaut based at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In his 16 year career at NASA, he flew on 2 space missions, for an accumulated 132 days in space, featuring 6 space walks. On his first spaceflight (2001), he served as a Mission Specialist on the 12-day STS-108 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. On his second spaceflight (2007-2008), he served as a Flight Engineer for 4 months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of the Expedition 16 crew. He was delivered to the ISS as a member of the STS-120 crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, and was returned to Earth as a member of the STS-122 crew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. His spaceflight preparation included extensive training at the cosmonaut training facility in Star City, Russia; hiking and sea kayaking with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS); winter and sea survival courses; high performance jet flying; and serving as a member of the NEEMO-2 crew where he worked and lived in an underwater habitat for 8 days. In addition to his training and preparation for spaceflight, Dan served as Capsule Communicator (“Capcom”) in Mission Control, was a Branch Chief in the Astronaut Office’s Space Station branch, and performed other technical assignments. Originally from the Chicago area (Go Cubs!), Dan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. He is a 3rd generation Japanese-American and the son of parents that were interned at the Topaz Relocation Center as part of the mandatory evacuation of Japanese descendants during World War II. An avid golfer, he lives with his wife Jane and 3 children in Tokyo.