Ok. First for a little background.
Back when I was still in school, I submitted a paper to www.smc-it.org. The paper was a short synopsis of what I did for my thesis.
The Third IEEE International Conference On Space Mission Challenges For Information Technology (SMC-IT 2009) is mostly organized by NASA Jet Propulsion Labratories. The IEEE is "The world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology". In addition to giving a ~25 minute presentation at the conference (July 19 - 23, 2009), the paper I will submit will be published in the proceedings! I'm so so surprised, happy, and slightly mortified.