Our next meeting:

Tuesday, November 19 2013

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJs is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.


Larry Denneau

UH Institute for Astronomy



Saving the World from Asteroid Impacts


Larry Denneau has been hunting asteroids using the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS telescope since 2004. He is currently the chief software engineer for the University of Hawaii's new "Asteroid Terrestrial Last-impact System", a $5m project which aims to detect dangerous objects before they hit Earth.

Larry has been poking at computers since the early 80s and received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Arizona, whereupon he quickly escaped academia. His software career has spanned projects ranging from surface metrology for the semiconductor industry, medical scheduling, geophysical instrumentation, and a dot-com Internet startup that actually turned a profit. Now back in academia, Larry has enthusiastically joined the effort to protect the earth from dangerous asteroids.