ANNUAL DINNER:  Journey into Space with Blue Origin's Ariane Cornell, MBA '14, & former NASA astronaut Nick Patrick  SOLD OUT!

Join us for dinner and a discussion on the new age of space exploration with Blue Origin's Ariane Cornell, MBA '14, Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales, and former NASA astronaut Nick Patrick (pictured left), Blue Origin Human Integration Architect.

Event program: The Harvard Club of Seattle will review the year's programs, honor our Volunteer of the Year, and elect board members and officers. Ariane Cornell, MBA '14, Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales at Blue Origin, and former NASA astronaut Nick Patrick, Human Integration Architect at Blue Origin, will discuss the new age of space exploration. Attendees will have networking opportunities with fellow alumni, our distinguished speakers, and the board of the Harvard Club of Seattle.


Date:  Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time:  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location:  The Rainier Club
Address:  820 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104


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President's Circle [last 2 tickets]       $400
VIP Circle with Astronaut       $400
Member       $115
Non-Member       $150
Recent Grad Member (2013-18)       $100
Current Student       $100
Corporate Sponsor       Contact us

No refunds after May 15. Limited availability after catering deadline of May 16 at noon.

Members: Membership must expire AFTER June 30, 2018 to be eligible for up to four tickets at the member price. Limit of two complimentary tickets for Crimson and Benefactor members. Cost over $90 is considered a donation. The Harvard Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax deductible.

     VIP Circle: Sit at the VIP table with Dr. Nick Patrick, former NASA Astronaut and Blue Origin Human Integration Architect.

     President's Circle: Sit at the President's table with Ariane Cornell, MBA '14, Blue Origin Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales.

Sponsors: If you or your organization would like to help underwrite this event, please contact Alexis Wheeler, JD '09, President of the Harvard Club. The Harvard Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax deductible.

Ticket donations: If you'd like to purchase a ticket that will be donated to a worthy student or 2018 grad, please click here.

Event schedule:
6:00 - 7:00 pm | Networking reception / No-host bar

7:00 - 8:00 pm | Dinner followed by a short Harvard Club of Seattle program including election of officers and board members

8:00 - 9:30 pm | Ariane Cornell and Nick Patrick: discussion on the new age of space exploration

Menu:  Three-course chicken dinner with wine pairing. (No-host bar at the reception.) If you have dietary restrictions, please inform us in the comment box or by email no later than May 9 at noon.

Dress Code:  Business

Accessibility:  The Rainier Club is accessible.

Parking:  Please download this map for self-service parking lots around The Rainier Club.

Public transportation:  The Rainier Club is four blocks from the University Street and Pioneer Square light rail stations. 

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Alexis Wheeler, JD '09, President, Harvard Club of Seattle.

Problems with your Harvard Key?  Please contact us.

Special thanks to James K. Doane '75 for helping to make this event possible.  

Speaker Biographies

Ariane Cornell, MBA '14, is the Director for New Glenn Commercial Sales – Americas. She also is the Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales. Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC).  She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. Ariane supports the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations.  She currently is on the board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and has served on the board of Women in Aerospace – Europe. Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.  With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US.  With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the aerospace and defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies. Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Stanford University.


Dr. Nicholas Patrick is the Human Integration Architect at Blue Origin, where his responsibilities include operability and astronaut safety for the New Shepard Crew Capsule.  He helped define the New Shepard space-flight experience and is responsible for defining the astronauts’ training needs.  In addition, he has acted as the Launch Operations Safety Officer for New Shepard Missions 1 through 7 in West Texas. Before joining Blue Origin, Dr. Patrick was an astronaut at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and flew as a mission specialist on two space-station construction shuttle missions: STS-116 on Discovery in 2006, and STS-130 on Endeavour in 2010.  During STS-130, Dr. Patrick performed 3 spacewalks to complete the installation of the ISS’s Node 3 and the Cupola windows.  When not training or flying in space, Dr. Patrick filled a series of technical roles within the Astronaut Office, from Capsule Communicator (Capcom) for STS-123 and -124, to being the lead representative to the Orion Program. Before joining NASA, Dr. Patrick worked on cockpit and avionics human factors for Boeing, and on jet engine design for General Electric. Dr. Patrick is an avid pilot and flight instructor, with over 2400 hours in airplanes and helicopters. Dr. Patrick was born in the UK.  He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Cambridge in England, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT.