The Foundation

14706105541_d2a86a990a_oThe Future Space Leaders Foundation (“FSLF”) is a tax exempt 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals. The Foundation organizes events and raises funds for grants to deserving graduate students and young professionals. FSLF works in cooperation with other non-profits, companies and government agencies on space-related educational events. FSLF is also actively promoting the professional development of young Americans targeting careers in the academic fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (“STEAM”).

Through its annual Future Space event, FSLF advances learning and fosters interaction among current space and satellite industry leaders with graduate students and young professionals. The Foundation made eight grant awards in 2013-2014 to outstanding American graduate students and young professionals enabling them to attend and present papers at major space-related symposia and conferences including the IAF International Astronautical Congress, SGAC Space Congress, AAS Goddard Memorial Symposium, NSC Goddard Dinner, Satellite 2014, SSPI Gala, AIAA Spotlight Awards and ISPCS.

Our Mission

missionTo advance learning and professional enrichment of young space professionals and future leaders pursuing careers in the fields of space and satellites.

To stimulate the professional growth and enhancement of future space professionals and to foster cooperation and interaction among current leaders in the space field with graduate students and young professionals seeking to pursue careers in the fields of space and satellites.

To assist graduate students and young professionals in attending space and satellite industry conferences and events through grants covering legitimate travel and registration related expenses.


On July 13, 2017, the Future Space Leaders Foundation will host the 6th Annual Future Space event on Capitol Hill, exploring cutting edge technologies and brave new applications poised to transform the space and satellite industry. FSLF is a STEM-focused non-profit organization supporting educational programs and networking opportunities for graduate students and young professionals pursuing careers in the space and satellite industry.

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Agenda for previous Future Space events

Date: July 14, 2016
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106; Luncheon at Reserve Officer Association building, at the Top of The Hill, 1 Constitution Ave NE

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Welcome Breakfast – sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation

08:00 – 08:15 Kick-Off: Rep. Jim Bridenstine, (OK)

08:15 – 09:15 Session 1: Traffic Cops in Space
Moderator: Richard DalBello, Vice President, Virgin Galactic
Benjamin Roberts, Assistant Director, Civil and Commercial Space, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Travis Langster, Vice President, Analytical Graphics
David Cavossa, President, Space 2.0 Consulting (for Orbital ATK)
Brian Weeden, Senior Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation

09:15 – 9:30 Morning Keynote: Rep. Bill Posey (FL)

09:30 – 9:45 Coffee Break and Networking – sponsored by Orbital ATK

09:45 – 10:45 Session 2: Wicked Cool Space Technology – A New Hope
Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
Dr. Alberto Conti, Astrophysicist and Innovation Manager, Northrop Grumman
Dr. Jay Falker, Program Executive, NIAC & CIF, NASA Headquarters
Philippe Moreels, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Astroscale PTE. LTD
Will Porteous, General Partner & Chief Operating Officer, RRE Ventures

10:45 – 11:45 Session 3: Almost Space – UAVs, Balloons and Virtual Reality
Moderator: Bradley Cheetham, CEO/President of Advanced Space, LLC
Jack Elston, CEO, Black Swift Technologies
Bradley Farquhar, Space Entrepreneur and Former Director of Business Development at SpaceVR
Dylan Taylor, Super Angel & Founding Partner, Space Angels

11:45 – 12:00 Highlight Presentation: Brett Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

12:30 – 1:30 Luncheon at the Reserve Officer Association Building, Top of the Hill – sponsored by Ball Aerospace
Lunch Keynote: Lt. General Jay Raymond, United States Air Force
Introduction: Debra Facktor Lepore, Ball Aerospace

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Date: July 16, 2015
Location: Reserve Officer Association building, at the Top of The Hill, 1 Constitution Ave NE

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Coffee – Sponsored by Raytheon

08:00 – 08:30 Keynote, Rep. Mo Brooks, (AL)

08:30 – 08:45 Keynote: Rep. Donna Edwards, (MD)

08:45 – 09:45 Panel 1: Big Smart Data

Having a lot of data is good, having the right data is better. The challenge of synthesizing mountains of data into actionable information presents an incredible opportunity. This panel will include companies that focus on collecting data from platforms in the air, space, and cyberspace as well as companies that are working to translate this data into useful information. A specific emphasis will be placed on the evolution from big data to smart data.

Moderator: Brad Cheetham, Chief Operating Officer at Black Swift Technologies
Andy Hock, Acting Head of Products and Applications, GOOGLE + Skybox Imaging
Dr. Peter Wegner, CTO, Black Sky
Michael Brett, CEO, QxBranch
Cathy Rodenbeck Reese, Big Data and Analytics, IBM

09:45 – 10:00  Keynote, Senator Cory Gardner (CO)

10:00 – 10:15  Coffee Break – Sponsored by ULA and Lockheed Martin

10:15 – 10:25 Keynote: Rep. Steve Knight, (CA)

10:25 – 11:15 Panel 2: Wicked Cool Space Technology – Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in exciting areas of the space and satellite industry. Key decision makers from industry and government entities will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued that will redefine the space industry of the future ranging from flat panel phased array antennas to rocket planes to Airships on Venus.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
Chuck Beames, President, Vulcan Aerospace
Greg Lee, VAMP Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Antoine de Chassy, VP, Business Development, Spire Global, Inc.
Nathan Kundtz, PhD, President and CEO, Kymeta

11:15 – 11:25 Keynote Speaker: Pam Melroy, Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

11:25 – 11:30  Coffee Break – Sponsored by OrbitalATK

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 3: Transformers, Leading Industry Titans Evolve

The competitive landscape for the space and satellite industry is undergoing dramatic shifts as technology billionaires and scrappy start-ups enter the field. With these new ideas and financial resources comes opportunities as well as risks for established space and satellite companies. This panel will address how aerospace industry titans are evolving in the context of new players, new technologies, new opportunities, and existing high expectations.

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor of SpaceNews
Marc C. Johansen, Vice President, Satellites & Intelligence Programs, National Security and Space Government Operations, Boeing
Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Systems, OrbitalATK
Neal Anderson, Vice President, Technology Development, DigtialGlobe
Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Vice President and Deputy, Space Systems, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon

1:00 – 14:30 Lunch Keynote: Susan (Sue) Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – Sponsored by Ball Aerospace

Luncheon table sponsorships by: Ball Aerospace, AGI, the Tauri Group, Virgin Galactic, Lockheed Martin, SpaceNews, Avascent, Intelsat General, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Rostrum, and Arianespace

Schedule for Future Space 2014

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Coffee

08:00 – 08:30 Opening Keynote 

Rep. Steven Palazzo
Chairman of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics , US House of Representatives

08:30 – 09:30 Panel 1: Space Start-Ups That Actually Have Funding

Investment in space is growing; venture capital funds, angels, private equity groups, self-made billionaires, and banks are funding the business of space. This panel of space CEOs who have raised tens of millions will answer your questions. How did they do it? Who are their investors? What were their best strategies? And where do they see new money coming from for future space entrepreneurs?

Carissa Christensen
Moderator – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

Eric Gundersen
CEO, Mapbox

Jeffrey Manber
Managing Director, NanoRacks

Robbie Schingler
President and COO, Planet Labs

09:30 – 09:45 Coffee Break

09:45 – 10:00 View From Pennsylvania Avenue

Richard DalBello, Chirag Parikh

10:00 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker

Rep. James R. “Jim” Langevin
House Armed Services Committee, US House of Representatives

10:15 – 11:15 Panel 2: Return of Wicked Cool Space Technology

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in exciting areas of the space and satellite industry from re-usable launch vehicles to in-space manufacturing. Key decision makers from industry and government entities will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued that will redefine the space industry of the future.

Dr. Gordon Roesler
Moderator – Program Manager, Robotic On-orbit Servicing, DARPA Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

Bretton Alexander
Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

Jason Dunn
Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, Made in Space

Thierry Guillemin
Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat

David Lackner
Vice President Business Development, SSL

Dorothy Rasco
Deputy Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

11:15 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker

Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Congressman, Oklahoma 1st District

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 3: Space and the Pacific Rim

This panel will explore specific opportunities and issues related to space in the Pacific theater. Panelists will touch on why space is critical to commercial, civil and military success as well as key risks to space assets. They will encourage interaction from the audience.

Vice Admiral Lyle G. Bien, USN (Retired)

Colonel Alan Rebholz “Rebel”
Chief, Space Operations Division AF/A3SO, 1E935, US Air Force

Don Brown
Senior VP Strategic Planning, Newsat

Jessica Powers
Director for Space Policy Engagement, Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Victoria Samson
Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Lunch is provided, but please let us know if you plan to attend. Location: Reserve Officers Association of the United States 1 Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM)
U.S. Senate

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room G50

8:00 – 8:15 AM Featured Speaker

U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA)
Vice Chairman, House Science Committee

Introduction by Brendan Curry from Space Foundation

8:15 – 8:25 AM Question & Answer with Dana Rohrabacher

8:30 – 9:45 AM Panel 1

Well Positioned – Space-Based Navigation and New Applications

Navigation from space has become integral to our everyday lives to the point where we can’t imagine our smart phones without GPS. The panel will discuss the latest ideas for GPS augmentation, the internationalization of space-based navigation systems and cutting edge applications harnessing the power of navsats. The advent of enhanced services, the potential for jamming or interference, and mind boggling new applications creating virtual worlds will be covered on this intriguing panel.

Moderator: Frank Backes, Chief Executive Officer, Braxton Technologies


– Colonel Christopher Warack, Air Force Space Command
– Dr. Dana K. Jackson, Vice President, Navigation Systems, Space SystemsCompany, Lockheed Martin
– Kenneth Hodgkins, Director, Office of Space & Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State
– Asif Khan, Founder & President, Location Based Marking Association

9:45 – 10:00 AM Coffee Break – Sponsored by ASTRIUM

10:15 – 10:30 AM Featured Speaker

Douglas Loverro
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Introduction by Patrick Rayermann, Astrium Services

10:30 – 10:45 AM Featured Speaker

U.S. Senator Mark E. Udall (CO)
Chairman, Strategic Forces Subcommittee

Introduction by Eric Stallmer, Analytical Graphics

10:45 – 11:45 PM Panel

Wicked Cool Space Technology – The Future Is Here Now

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in long-anticipated satellite business applications: all electric propulsion satellites and on-orbit servicing and emerging game changers like green propellant. Government researchers will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued by NASA and DARPA, including innovative spaceflight and nanotechnology.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

– James B. Armor, Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Vice President, ATK Spacecraft Systems & Engineering Services
– Michael L. Raftery, Director, International Space Station Utilization & Exploration, The Boeing Company
– Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Business Development Manager for Space Sciences & Technologies, Ball Aerospace
– Dr. John (“Jay”) Falker, Program Executive, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program
– Dave Barnhart, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA (Space Projects)

11:15 AM – 11:25 PM Featured Speaker – U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ)

Introduction by Patrick Shannon, Orbital Sciences

11:45 AM – 11:50 PM

Walk to the Reserve Officers Association – 1 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. (Across the Street from the Dirksen Building)

11:50 – 12:35 PM Panel 3

Destined For Exploration – Where To Boldly Go?

The space community wants to visit asteroids, the Moon and Mars. New ventures are seeking billions to fly around Mars or to mine Near Earth Objects. Which destination holds the most promise for NASA, the science community and commercial exploitation? Where can we send explorers and safely return them to home here on Earth?

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor, Space News

– Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA
– Rep. Robert S. Walker (Ret.), Executive Chairman, Wexler & Walker

12:35 – 1:30 PM Future Space Leaders Grant Program Luncheon

Keynote Address – Senator Bill Nelson, Florida

Introduction by Erin Hatch Neal, ATK

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee

8:00 – 8:30 AM Morning Keynote Address

U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

8:30 – 9:30 AM Panel 1

Space Situational Awareness and the Orbital Environment

Space has become and increasingly congested and contested place in which to operate. The panel will discuss the challenges and obstacles facing government agencies and commercial satellite companies operating in a crowded orbital environment. The discussion will explore ways to improve space situational awareness – from radars to sensors to software – and look at how the public and private sectors can work together to reduce the potential for collisions, improve decision making and promote operational efficiencies in shared space.

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor, Space News

– Major General Jay G. Santee, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space Policy); Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Global Strategic Affairs); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Washington
– Todd Stiefler, Legislative Director, Senator Richard C. Shelby
– Robert F. Minehart, Jr. Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
– Tobias Nassif, Vice President, Satellite Operations & Engineering, Intelsat & Director, Space Data Association
– Kathleen Kelly, Director of Satellite Operations, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

9:30 – 10:00 AM Cyber Keynote Address

U.S. Representative Ken Calvert, Member House Appropriations Committee

10:00 – 11:15 PM Panel 2

CyberSpace and CyberSecurity

Today’s United States runs on cyber capabilities. National security relies on cybersecurity. Agencies across the government struggle to meet critical cyber challenges. In an era of shrinking federal budgets, cybersecurity and cyberspace expenditures are growing. Our panelists will chart the future of federal cyberspace and cybersecurity — government needs, industry capabilities, policy challenges, and budget directions. The panel blends views from the White House, the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and industry to deliver the full cyber picture.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Principal, The Tauri Group

– Brigadier General Ian R. Dickinson (ret.) former Director, Communications and Information, Air Force Space Command
– Paul Graziani, CEO, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
– Jim Kohlenberger, President, JK Strategies, former White House advisor to two Presidents, former chief of staff of Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

11:15 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break – Sponsored by Arianespace

11:30 – 12:45 PM Panel 3

Leveraging Hosted Payloads and Next Generation Satellite Systems

Tight budgets are clashing with ever increasing government requirements for data and bandwidth. In response to these trends commercial satellite operators are offering the capability of hosted payloads and new broadband solutions to meet government demands with low cost systems and rapid deployment schedules. Can hosted payloads, mobile broadband satellites and next generation systems help fill the gaps and provide urgent capabilities to the warfighter?

Moderator: Brian Berger, Deputy Editor, Space News

– Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy, Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee
– Don Brown, Vice President of Hosted Payloads, Intelsat General Corporation
– Donald L. Thoma, President, Aireon by Iridium
– Dave Anhalt, Vice President, U.S. Government Solutions, Space Systems/Loral

12:45 – 1:00 PM Walk to the Reserve Officers Association for Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM Future Space Leaders Scholarship Luncheon

Keynote Address – Senator David Vitter, Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

Past Speakers

U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine

U.S. Representative Ken Calvert

U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ)

Lori Garver, Former Deputy Administrator, NASA

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM)

U.S. Representative James R. “Jim” Langevin

Douglas Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL)

U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo

U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher

U.S. Senator Mark E. Udall (CO)

U.S. Senator David Vitter




Clayton Mowry


Lyn D. Wigbels

Vice Chair

James V. Zimmerman


Carissa Bryce Christensen


Yasmine Almond

Executive Director

Brett Alexander


Skot Butler


David Cavossa


Bradley Cheetham


Robert Curbeam


Richard DalBello


Jason Dunn


Mike Gold


Pat Hynes


William A. Klanke


Travis Langster


Debra Facktor Lepore


Aaron Lewis


Lon Rains


Mary Snitch


Eric Stallmer


Grant Program

grantsThe Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF) is pleased to announce the 2017 Future Space Leaders Grant Program. Intended for U.S. graduate students and young professionals who are pursuing space- and satellite-related careers, the program will provide grants for participation in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Adelaide, Australia, September 25 – September 29, 2017.

In addition to attending the IAC, Grant Recipients will also be involved in supplementary career development activities in Adelaide. These IAC-associated events include the Cross-Cultural Presentation Workshop, the United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Workshop, the Space Generation Congress hosted by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Young Professionals Workshop. These additional activities will necessitate Grantees’ presence in Adelaide beginning on September 20, 2017.

U.S. graduate students and young professionals are encouraged to apply for a Grant from the FSLF. In addition to submitting an application to FSLF, applicants must apply through the IAF process and be accepted to present a paper in a technical or poster session at the 2017 IAC, and/or to serve as a panelist or back-up panelist for the IAC Next Generation Plenary. Successful competition for an FSLF Grant requires acceptance in at least one of these venues.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2017.

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Travis Doom is an engineering graduate of Arizona State University. He started his career working for ASU’s highly-ranked science policy think tank in Washington, DC. Now as an aerospace analyst with The Tauri Group, Travis supports strategic investment planning across NASA’s technology portfolio, as well as in-depth market and industry studies. Travis’ goal as a Future Space Leader is to build strong linkages between the science policy and aerospace communities. Travis is excited to be participating at IAC 2016 in Mexico, especially as more countries emerge, seeking to leverage space capabilities to help address complicated issues, such as socioeconomic development.

Alexander Gibson is a Space Operations Officer in the US Army National Guard, Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry, and Regional Coordinator for the Space Generation Advisory Council. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2006 with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, for which he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope. He has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway. He is currently studying for dual Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics.

Tara Halt is a first year graduate student at George Washington University, where she studies International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Space Policy. In December, she graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations. She recently finished an internship at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Previously, Tara has interned at NewSpace Global and the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

Kavya K. Manyapu is a Flight Crew Operations Engineer at the Boeing Company building the CST-100 ‘Starliner’ Spacecraft for NASA, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota researching technologies for planetary spacesuits. She has previously worked on the Orion program at Lockheed Martin and other space exploration projects. With a M.S from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a B.S In Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, she is interested in building technologies to propel human space exploration with a belief in the universal applicability of space research for the betterment & sustainability of our planet. Her paper at IAC Mexico focuses on new technologies for dust mitigation of lunar spacesuits. Kavya enjoys educating and inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM field.

Tomoya Mori is a young professional whose passion lies at the intersection of space exploration, business, education and multimedia. He recently graduated from Brown University with a B.A in Astronomy and now works at WayPaver Foundation as a research assistant, focusing on lunar resource acquisition, processing and storage. In 2014, Tomoya cofounded “Metaplaneta,” a creative think tank that promotes a multidisciplinary approach to space and has organized integrative space workshops in Japan, Singapore and USA. In addition, Tomoya is also an active science writer, and has contributed to, Air&Space Smithsonian Magazine and Wired Japan. At IAC, Tomoya will talk about the “Integrated Design Approach to Space Exploration,” an innovative discovery process that he has been developing to stimulate innovation by catalyzing interdisciplinary fusion within the space industry.

William O’Neill is a PhD student at Purdue University studying System of Systems Engineering. The main focus of his research is portfolio optimization of modular spacecraft in regards to deep space human exploration missions. Bill is also a graduate co-op at Johnson Space Center in the Flight Dynamics Division supporting the International Space Station and the Orion Vehicle.

Javier Stober is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, focusing on experimental investigations of hybrid rocket motors. Javier grew up in Florida, watching space shuttle launches and firing rockets of his own. He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida in 2010, and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2012. Javier has also worked in the aerospace industry at small and large, public and private organizations, including NASA, Boeing, and Space Propulsion Group, Inc.

Dr. Danielle Wood is a space systems engineer and researcher with expertise in technology policy for the US and emerging nations. She currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Previously, Dr. Wood held positions at the Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Dr. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in Systems Engineering, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Technology Policy and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. At the 2016 IAC, Dr. Wood will present a paper on innovation dynamics within government agencies.

Brittany Zimmerman is from San Bernardino, California, and Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After graduation she was an Aerospace Systems Engineer for several years before returning to the world of academia where she is currently finishing her thesis for her Master of Science in Space Studies degree. She is a key member in the school’s rocketry team, leads the Dakota Space Society and can be found participating in volunteer and outreach activities weekly. Brittany is interested in engineering biospheres and life support systems for long-duration spaceflight with an emphasis on hybrid bioregenerative and physical-chemical systems.

AtchisonDr. Justin Atchison is a young professional who received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University in 2010. Dr. Atchison served as a graduate exchange researcher at JAXA in 2008 and now works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as a mission design and navigation engineer. He is the Mission Design Lead for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which aims to test and characterize asteroid impact mitigation techniques, making our local solar system more accessible and secure.

FlaniganSarah Hefter Flanigan is a member of the Senior Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering from both Virginia Tech and Cornell University. She was the Lead Guidance and Control Engineer on the MESSENGER mission whose spacecraft was the first to orbit Mercury. She is also the Deputy Lead Guidance and Control Engineer on the New Horizons mission whose spacecraft will fly by Pluto on July 14, 2015. She plans to share a paper on the much-anticipated New Horizons mission at the IAC.

perrinoRaphael Perrino is an M.A. student in International Science and Technology Policy with an emphasis in Space Policy at George Washington University, and plans to graduate in August 2015. He holds an M.S. in Technical and Scientific Communication from James Madison University and is an Eagle Scout. Mr. Perrino is an Aerospace Analyst at The Tauri Group and has worked on the GAO 2015 NASA Quicklook, FY16 NASA Budget Request, and Start-Up Space study. He has authored and co-authored several papers on Space Policy, including one on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program that he has submitted to this year’s IAC.

pierceMs. Jillianne Pierce. In her position as Government Affairs Associate for the Space Foundation, Jillianne regularly interfaces with the Administration, Congress, and various federal and international departments and agencies to educate key decision-makers on issues of importance in the space policy arena. A member of the Florida bar, Jillianne earned a J.D. from the University of Miami and a B.A. from the University of Central Florida. Her IAC presentation will focus on how commercial imaging satellites can provide evidence of human rights abuses, and how such image-gathering influences the evolution of the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine.

stadlerMs. Julia Stalder is a young professional who plans to complete her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA in June of 2016. She currently works at the California Institute of Technology’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she has had the opportunity to work as a mechanical engineer on the Surface Water and Ocean Topography program for CNES and the ISS instrument RapidScat. Julia is a recent recipient of the NASA Early Career Achievement Honor Award. She is also the only applicant who is a panelist at the Next Generation Plenary.

warrenMr. Paul Warren is a student and young professional at Stanford majoring in Computer Science. He has helped organize and has participated in numerous space and zero gravity experiments, and is now the co-president of the Stanford Space Initiative (SSI). SSI will send the first university-built rocket to space, launch two satellites, send a weather balloon across the United States, and has generated enough interest in space for Stanford to create a new Aerospace and Aeronautics program within the next three years. Warren continues to use his experience and contacts within the space industry to help fellow students develop space related careers.

burgAlexander Burg is a Ph.D. student in Systems Engineering at The George Washington University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT with a focus in astronomy and astrophysics and a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Space Systems. Before starting at GW, Alexander worked for nearly four years at Applied Research & Engineering Sciences (ARES) Corporation, specializing in risk analysis for NASA, the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Marines, and Orbital Sciences.

Alexander’s current research focus is on developing a new modeling approach that is grounded in empirical observation to understand the NASA innovation landscape, allowing him to answer questions about technology funding, mission planning, and workforce allocation.

caraccioAnne Caraccio grew up on Long Island, New York and earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. Ms. Caraccio came on board full time with NASA in 2011 after completing three semesters in the NASA Student Co-op Program.

She is currently working as a chemical engineer on several projects that support deep space exploration. Her main project involves developing a system for recovering logistical waste from long duration space missions to produce usable gases for propulsion, environmental control, and life support systems. Ms. Caraccio also supports fiber composite repair technologies as well as chemical analysis investigation for projects such as Lockheed Martin’s EFT-1 Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Exploration Vehicle.

As a crew member of the 2014 HI-SEAS Mars analog simulation, she supported a 120 day psychological study and performed various research projects while living in an isolated Mars-like habitat with an international crew. She is a graduate of the 2012 NASA FIRST leadership development program and also a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida.

laygoKatrina Laygo is a recent graduate of the George Washington University, where she received her M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Space Policy. Her research interests focus on civil and commercial space applications for support of maritime security, and on international space policy issues. Katrina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010, receiving her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Geospatial Information Systems and Technology.

During her graduate studies, Katrina completed field research in Manila, Philippines as a visiting scholar and Freeman Foundation Fellow, studying U.S. and Philippine policy issues related to the application of space technologies for support of maritime domain awareness in Southeast Asia. Katrina previously interned with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she focused on national disaster management policy issues. Prior to the White House OSTP, she served as a Student Director and Research Scientist under NASA’s DEVELOP Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2010 – 2012) and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2012 – 2013) and was the recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2011.

Katrina is a NASA Student Ambassador, was President of the George Washington Space Society (GWSS) at GWU, served as the Science and Technology Mentor at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting, and is an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in support of the UN Programme on Space Applications. She enjoys running, reading, swimming, and pilot training.

marquartSamantha Marquart is a PhD student in the Systems Engineering department at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Her research with her advisor, Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber, focuses on the impacts of government policy decisions on space system architecture manufacturing and design. Samantha holds a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Sam has held several positions in the aerospace industry. Most recently, she worked for Alliant Techsystems (ATK) as a Program Manager in Beltsville, MD. Prior to her work with ATK, Samantha worked for the Aerospace Industries Association in Arlington, VA and Virgin Galactic in Washington, DC and Mojave, CA. Sam currently sits on the national board of Women in Aerospace as an early career board member. She spends her free time volunteering with the MIT Alumni Association and the 10,000 Girls Educational Support Program in Senegal, West Africa

sweeneyMandy Sweeney is an aerospace consultant with the Tauri Group. She served as a deputy program manager for a team of program analysts at NASA headquarters for 5 years and currently provides communication and coordination support to clients in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Mandy is also an active volunteer in the Washington DC community. In 2013, she helped found the Museum of Science Fiction, a new nonprofit educational and cultural institution. She earned a BS in Economics from George Mason University and is currently completing her finance degree at Harvard University.

dunnJason Dunn – In 2008 Jason formed his first company, Earthrise Space Incorporated (ESI). The mission of ESI was to give students firsthand experience building real space missions. The company had its kick-off by entering the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a private competition to land a robot on the surface of the Moon with a cash purse of 30 million dollars. Today ESI is the only entrant in this international competition to be formed and run entirely by students. Since its forming in 2008, ESI has made considerable progress towards the Moon, including winning a contract with NASA worth up to 10 million dollars to deliver data on its lunar mission.

In 2010, Jason created his second space company, Made In Space (MIS). Made In Space is focused on bringing manufacturing technology to space in an effort to reduce, and one day remove completely, the need for space travelers to be “Earth dependent.” MIS is adapting 3D Printing technology to be used in space. Today the company is working under contract with NASA to develop and fly a 3D Printer on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014. Made In Space is working step-by-step towards a day when entire space colonies are manufactured in space using no supplies from Earth.

In late 2010, Jason also began work with Moon Express, another contender in the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Moon Express was formed during the Summer of 2010 by Jason’s mentor, Bob Richards. Bob hired Jason as the first Project Engineer with the company, where he began the work of helping rapidly build a company to do a lunar mission. Over time his role evolved into the Payload Project Engineer, managing all payloads that the company will be sending to the Moon. These payloads represent paying customers on each lunar mission. In January of 2013 Jason left Moon Express to dedicate his entire attention to Made In Space. Today you can find him at Made In Space Head Quarters at NASA Ames Research Park in Moffett Field, CA.

guthriePaul Guthrie – A Senior Economist and Business Development Lead at the Tauri Group, Paul is an expert in commercial space markets and multi-disciplinary technology investment management. He has conducted analysis for senior NASA leadership, and for many leading aerospace firms. Paul holds masters degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in Applied Economics, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington in International Science and Technology Policy. Paul is a former member of the United States Rowing Team (2003-2004), a Pan American Games Bronze Medalist (2003), and has won five US national championships as an Olympic Development rowing coach.

olsonAaron Olson was born in Kikwit, D.R. Congo and raised in Madison, WI, U.S.A. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his undergraduate education, Aaron studied abroad at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France for a semester, and had internships at both NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Langley Research Center. He was also part of the 2011 winning NASA Exploration Habitat competition student team that built an expandable module for NASA’S Deep Space Habitat Prototype. Aaron was the president of the UW-Madison chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, participated in NASA’s Undergraduate Microgravity Research program, and was also a crew member of the 110th Mars Desert Research Station Crew.

Aaron is the 2013-2014 Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Graduate Fellow, as named by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, and a graduate student in Fusion Technology Institute of the UW-Madison Engineering Physics department. He is researching the acquisition of lunar resources for power generation and life support purposes.


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