Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

The next Nerd Nite:

Monday, July 21
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:30 p.m.

The Mint
6010 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Tickets are $10 and available HERE or at the door.

Stay in touch through the links below.






PRESENTATION #1: Orbits, Satellites, and Their Many Uses!

by Anthony Grace

This talk will cover the different types of orbits that exist around our earth, and the thousands of satellites that occupy those orbits. Orbits are defined by things called orbital parameters, which help us classify the orbits and track satellites. Certain orbits are better for certain satellites based on the desired functionality, and many of those satellites play a role in our every day life.

Bio: Anthony attended Arizona State University where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Aerospace (Astronautical) Engineering followed by a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in astronautics. Following his graduation in May 2014, he took a position as an engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA.

PRESENTATION #2: Teaching Old Brain Cells New Tricks
by Melanie Das

Humanity’s quest for the elixir of life has long been stuff of science-fiction. Well, the future is now! Using stem cell replacement and rejuvenation techniques, we reveal startling data that shows that the cure for aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases may soon no longer be a pipe dream.

Bio: Melanie Das is a 5th year graduate student under the mentorship of Dr. Clive Svendsen at the Regenerative Medicine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her interests include marine animals and dancing like everyone is watching. She is ok at small talk and better at medium talk and has a creepy talent for remembering people’s names.

PRESENTATION #3: Still Livin Large in Miniatures: In-Camera Practical VFX!
by Fon Davis

Fon may appear to be a grown man who plays with toys–and he is–but he has also built models and props for movies for over 20 years, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to the Star Wars series. While computer-generated effects have snagged the headlines in recent years, practical effects are often the best approach for some visual effects challenges, especially if you want something to blow up, burn, or shatter. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at practical effects in movies and the role they will play in the future. If you are a filmmaker you want want to miss this treasure trove of information and fun behind the scenes stories.

Bio: In his two decade career, Fon Davis has worked on over 30 feature films. As a alumnus of the Industrial Light and Magic Model Shop, Fon has worked on features such as Star Wars, Pearl Harbor, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Terminator III, Mission Impossible III and the Matrix series. In addition to his work in visual effects, Fon has also worked in Disney’s art departments as a concept designer/model maker, and on several stop motion projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. More recently, Fon worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. Fon is a creative director at New Deal Studios, instructor & co-host at the Stan Winston School, writes and develops his own projects, frequently using his broad knowledge in entertainment and visual story telling. With his vast experience, Fon is well-placed to discuss the art and craft of model making for cinema, from concept design to hybrid practical and CG VFX, with a particular expertise in knowing where models and miniatures can play a role in today’s digital world.