Fusion Forum 2012

Biographies of 1st Annual Space Generation Fusion Forum Panelists

The New Role of Commercial in Space Flight

Emmanuelle David
Emmanuelle DavidEmmanuelle David is a space enthusiast who is fascinated by the interdisciplinary challenges that the space sector presents. She is currently a research engineer at the Institute for Space System at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bremen, and an active member of SGAC, supporting the PROJECT GROUPS as project co-coordinator. In 2011, Emmanuelle served as a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency Office in Washington DC. During her stay in the United States, she conducted a study on the commercialisation of space transportation for cargo and crew in the US. She has Space Engineering degrees from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France, and the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. For her final thesis, she studied the removal of objects that are greater than one tonne, in sun-synchronous orbits, at the Department for Advanced Studies at Astrium GmbH, an EADS Company, in Bremen, Germany.


Laura Drudi
Laura DrudiLaura Drudi completed post-secondary studies in Honours Health Science at Dawson College, obtained a Diploma in Space Studies with the International Space University, and is now pursuing a Medical Degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Laura’s goals are to combine her passions for space and medicine in her pursuit to become a flight surgeon, and further apply new knowledge acquired to health care on Earth. In pursuit of these endeavours, Laura has participated in research with supervisors at McGill University, University of Toronto, University of California San Francisco, NASA Dryden Flight Research Centre, and NASA Ames Research Centre. She has received many awards for leadership and research activities in clinical medicine and aerospace medicine.



Chris Erickson
Chris EricksonChris Erickson is employed by Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles Virginia as a Systems Engineer and currently on a temporary special assignment within Corporate Strategy as a Corporate Development Analyst. He has an undergraduate degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2004) in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from The George Washington University (2010). Selected as one of three candidates for the pilot group of the Orbital Sciences G. David Low Engineering Rotation Program, Chris’ engineering roles at Orbital have included Flight Assurance, Payload Integration & Test, Command & Data Handling Analysis, Thermal Engineering and Systems Engineering. Prior to employment with Orbital Chris worked at the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in the Licensing and Safety division where he worked on projects such as amateur rocket rulemaking and EELV FAA license renewal.


Dan Kwon
Dan KwonDaniel Kwon received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research at MIT was on Electromagnetic Formation Flight applied to NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder. He is currently a systems engineer at Orbital Sciences where he has worked on fractionated spacecraft architectures, government communications satellites, and commercial acquisition approaches to complex aerospace systems. Prior to Orbital he has worked at JPL and NASA Goddard.





Kyle Buse
Kyle BuseKyle began work on the Delta rocket program as an industrial engineer at the Boeing Company’s Decatur, AL production facility in 2005. Originally working in the Delta IV common booster core and Delta II final assembly areas, he eventually moved into a role as a propulsion test engineer with United Launch Alliance supporting various areas of production including tanks, payload fairings, and final assembly on both the Delta and Atlas programs. Presently, Kyle is a participant in ULA’s executive leadership program and is stationed at the company’s Centennial, CO headquarters. He studied aerospace engineering and business at Mississippi State University.



International Collaboration: From Space Situational Awareness to Exploration

Julia Leeson
Julia LeesonJulia grew up in Hobart, Australia, and has been interested in space from an early age. She has completed a combined Bachelors degree in Engineering (Aerospace) and Science (Physics) at the University of New South Wales, gaining first-class honours in Engineering. She was part of the 2009 Graduate intake at QANTAS Airways, where she gained experience in Avionics, Power Plants, Maintenance Systems and Structural Engineering on their Boeing 737 fleet. She has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and prizes, including the Wallis and Kipp UNSW Endowment Scholarship, RAeS Centennial Scholarship, and the Engineers Australia Space Thesis Prize in 2008 for her undergraduate thesis “The Investigation of a Design for a Micro Aerial Vehicle for Mars”. Most recently, she was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue her studies at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, where she is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering.


Heejin Jeong
Heejin JeongHeejin Jeong is an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). In 2009, she attended the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which served as momentum for her to seek a global viewpoint on the space sector. Heejin became a Space Gen member after IAC 2009, and was appointed as a National Point of Contact for South Korea in September 2010. Being NPoC was a good opportunity for her to broaden her horizons in space. Heejin participated in the space technology section in ICISTS-KAIST2010, which is an international student conference. She also attended Space Generation Congress 2010 in Prague. She was impressed that diverse fields were considered in relation to space, not only by scientists and engineers, but also by people with other majors. Inspired by this, Heejin has tried to suggest these kinds of ideas to the South Korean community by organising a type of society. Until recently, Heejin participated in a project developing light (educational) rockets. The first Korean astronaut has supported this project for about six months. These days, Heejin looks forward to new projects that have potential to be developed in the space field.


Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Minoo RathnasabapathyMinoo completed her degree in Aerospace Engineering with Honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. During her studies, she completed an internship in Germany, where she worked on structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system. Minoo is currently a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. Her doctoral research investigates the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. She is co-lead of the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) PROJECT GROUPS.





Artiom Anisimov
Artiom AnisimovArtiom has been a member of SGAC since 2009, and served a term as NPoC for Belarus. He holds a Bachelor of Laws in International and European Law, and a Masters of Laws in Space and Telecommunications Law. Artiom is a member of the Russian Speaking Business Attorney Network of New York, as well as the International Institute of Space Law. He is currently residing in New York, where he serves as a SGAC Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).




Patrick Hoar
Patrick HoarPat Hoar is the technical manager for the first stage Core Structure of Orbital’s Antares launch vehicle which is slated to launch this summer from Wallops Island, VA. His team oversees the design, manufacturing and qualification of the Core Structure in Ukraine where it was designed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and manufactured by the Yuzhmash Manufacturing Plant. Pat made almost 30 trips to Ukraine between 2008 and 2011 (he also had the opportunity to enjoy an untold number of vodka toasts). Prior to the Antares program, Pat served as the Principal Engineer for Program Development at Space Adventures where he was involved in early discussions between Space Adventures and Russian aerospace companies regarding a potential suborbital vehicle for space tourism applications. Prior to Space Adventures, Pat served as a Licensing & Safety Engineer at the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and was on the technical team that oversaw the SpaceShipOne flights. Pat has also held other liquid propulsion engineering positions at Orbital and Pratt&Whitney. Pat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.


Alanna Krolikowski
Alanna KrolikowskiAlanna Krolikowski is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Toronto. In 2010-2011, she was a visiting scholar in the Space Policy Institute of The George Washington University in Washington, DC. While there, she conducted research for her doctoral dissertation on China-U.S. relations in the civil-commercial air and space sectors with the support of a Fulbright Foundation award. Before going to GWU, Alanna conducted research in Beijing and at several other sites across China as a visiting scholar in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Alanna has written articles and book chapters, presented at international conferences, and testified about China's space programs for the congressional record before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from McGill University and has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto.



Developing Regions and Space Applications

Ahmad S. Hakimyar
Ahmad S. HakimyarAhmad S. Hakimyar, from Afghanistan, has deep interests in space, and has been promoting space-related activities in his home country for the past few years. Ahmad, who studies Telecommunications Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, is also part of several global space-related societies and projects. He is currently at the end of his second term (of which are two years each) as the National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in Afghanistan. As well as being an SGAC volunteer for the past four years, Ahmad is also the National Coordinator of World Space Week in Afghanistan, Single Point of Contact for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and the President of Afghan Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). He has also served as the core committee member of the global CubeSat project, SEDSAT-II. His international space-related experience involves participating and representing Afghanistan in the Seconds SEDS International Conference, held in India in 2007. In March 2010, he also participated in the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency’s Asian Winter School (JAXA-AWS), which was hosted in Japan. More recently, Ahmad participated in the International Astronautical Congress and SGAC’s Space Generation Congress, which were both held in Prague in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010.


Ana Alexandra Pérez
Ana Alexandra PerezAna Alexandra Pérez, a twenty one year-old mechanical engineering student, is the current National Point of Contact for Venezuela. She has been part of Space Generation Advisory Council for about 5 years. For the past two years, she has served SGAC’s Regional Coordinator for the South American Region. In numerous occasions, she has guided in activities concerning space exploration, educational astronautics, astronomy and water rocket competitions. Pérez has also collaborated with associations such as World Space Week, and the University Group for Astronomical Research of the Simon Bolivar University.




Bekele Tujuba
Bekele TujubaBekele is currently a pre-college physics teacher at the School of Tomorrow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He graduated from Addis Ababa University in 2008 with a major physics and minor in mathematics. While working at St. Joseph School as a physics teacher, Bekele received the National Astrophysics and Space Science Program (NASSP) scholarship in 2008. This enabled him to attend postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Bekele worked as SGAC’s National Point of Contact for Ethiopia from 2007 till the end of 2012. He is currently the National Coordinator of World Space Week for Ethiopia, as well as Team Leader for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics PROJECT GROUPS in Ethiopia. Bekele was a winner of the 2010 SGAC Young Leaders Award and participated in the annual Space Generation Congress.



Bustanul Arifin
Bustunal ArifinSpace is a word that has been affecting Bustanul Arifin’s life. His enthusiasm and interest in the space sector is quite commendable for a person who comes from a developing country such as Indonesia. Bustanul is a researcher and lead engineer at the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN). He has a background in Orbit Determination and Control, Thermal Systems and Simulation, Mission Analysis and Space Systems Engineering. He obtained his Bachelors in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia. This is the place he got all his basic skills from. During his first year at LAPAN, Bustanul handled thermal systems, and in his second year, he became a lead engineer in the same field. He also became involved in the Space Mission Analysis team for LAPAN’s satellite. In 2007, his research on “Orbital Heating Rates Analysis on the G2-Sat” saw that he was awarded Best Young Researcher at LAPAN. During the same year, he led several engineers and researchers on the “Satellite Design Tools SDS Pro Ver.1.0” project. Bustanul realised that to achieve his passion, he had to increase his capabilities. He decided to affiliate himself with several international forums and attended several international conferences and seminars. However, Bustanul still hadn’t had enough! With a French scholarship that he earned, he undertook some modules at the International Space University, and did an internship at Active Space Technologies Berlin as a thermal engineer. Returning to Indonesia, he worked as lead engineer on the ACS simulation for LAPAN’s next satellite. On the side, Bustanul attended the BUAA International Graduate Summer School in Beijing in 2011. This year, LAPAN has entrusted him the role of lead engineer for the CCSDS data system. Bustanul has also represented Indonesia as a delegate for several international corporations amongst LAPAN and other space agencies such as ROSCOSMOS and JAXA. In his free time, Bustanul enjoys badminton, reading, cooking and watching kung-fu movies.


Diego Urbina
Diego UrbinaDiego Urbina was a crew member in Mars500, executing and managing internally, with his five crewmates, dozens of scientific payloads from Europe, Russia, China, the US and several other countries. To test human endurance in a flight to Mars, these were conducted under the condition of extreme isolation and confinement in pressurised modules during a record-breaking duration of 520 days. From the simulated spacecraft, and in spite of the limited communications and high delay of interplanetary travel, Diego lead several educational and outreach initiatives aiming to raise awareness to the importance of space exploration. This included a blog, a Twitter feed with mission highlights and answers to the public (@diegou), and a videoblog. Diego is a dual Italian and Colombian citizen. He holds a MSc in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy, and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University, in Strasbourg, France. He has been an Attitude and Orbit Control Systems researcher, an educational activity organiser in the developing world, and an operations and astronaut training intern at the Neutral Buoyancy Facility of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He also participated in the ‘Image Reversal In Space’ (IRIS) experiment for the ISS.


Rathul Goel
Rathul GoelRahul Goel is an Indian aerospace engineer with background in Finite Element Analysis, Computer Aided Design, Modelling and Simulation, and Space Systems Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor in Aerospace from IIT Bombay of India, and his Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, USA. After his Masters, he worked at EADS-Astrium in Germany for a year on the design of a human centrifuge, which will be installed on the International Space Station. Post-EADS, he attended the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program, which was held in Adelaide, Australia, through January and February 2012. He is strongly interested in the human-related aspects of spaceflight, such as crew performance, space physiology, and human factors. He has received admission, and is eagerly looking forward to beginning his PhD in the area of Space Life Sciences at the University of Houston in autumn 2012. He has also spent two weeks in the deserts of Utah as part of a multi-disciplinary crew of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). Rahul has also earned an award from the President of India for his scholastic achievements. In his free time, Rahul enjoys playing tennis, squash, yoga, cricket, travelling and reading. He has so far travelled almost two-dozen countries across four continents, and wishes to travel all seven continents before turning 30.


Katrina Laygo
Katherine LaygoKatrina Laygo is a young professional at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, USA, supporting NASA’s Applied Sciences DEVELOP National Program. For DEVELOP, Katrina leads student teams in Earth science research extending results to local communities, and was the recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010, where she majored in Geography and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Geospatial Information Systems and Technology. Her research focused on public remote sensing applications for security monitoring in Pakistan. In 2011, Katrina attended the 62nd International Astronautical Congress and 10th Space Generation Congress as an IAF Youth Grants recipient. She is a member of SGAC and a contributor to SGAC’s Space Technologies for Disaster Management PROJECT GROUPS. Additionally, Katrina is a guest writer for IEEE’s Earthzine publication, fostering Earth observations and global awareness, and currently serves as the Commitment Mentor for Technology for the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting. She is enthusiastic about utilizing space-based technologies to create practical decision-support tools for disaster management, air quality and public health applications in developing regions and in the United States. Katrina will begin her M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy at The George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute this Fall 2012 as an SPI fellow sponsored by the Institute from the Aerospace Corporation.

Speakers and Moderators

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Malissia Clinton
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The Aerospace Corporation

Malisia ClintonMs. Clinton is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Her responsibilities include providing legal advice and counsel at the senior management level, managing corporate transactions of the board of trustees and its committees, and maintaining custody of the corporate records. Before joining Aerospace, Clinton was senior counsel for special projects in the Office of the General Counsel at Northrop Grumman’s corporate offices in Century City. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman she worked for the law firm of Tuttle and Taylor in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate Clinton worked summers as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Arizona State University. She earned her J.D. at Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. She is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School’s Executive Program in Business Management. Clinton is a member of the American Bar Association and the California Bar Association. She also serves on the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation.


Chummer Farina
Vice-President, Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Farina is vice-president of policy, external and government relations, communications and public affairs at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). He provides executive leadership and advice to the president and members by formulating, advancing and implementing a strategic policy-driven agenda leveraged through strengthened relations and collaboration with Industry Canada, central agencies, government and external partners. Previously, he held posts as director general of the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Branch; Policy and Sector Services; Intergovernmental Relations and Outreach; and Strategic Policy. Farina is a Commonwealth Scholar and earned a doctorate degree in policy from the University of Manchester in the UK.




Lori Garver
Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

As deputy administrator, Ms. Garver is NASA's second in command. Previously, she was executive director of the National Space Society and was president of Capital Space, LLC, and senior advisor for space at the Avascent Group. Other positions at NASA included special assistant to the administrator, senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy and Plans and associate administrator for the Office of Policy and Plans. Garver earned a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Colorado College and a master's degree in science, technology and public policy from The George Washington University.





Yasushi Horikawa
Technical Counselor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Dr. Horikawa is a technical counselor of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his PhD from Tokyo University in Electrical Engineering. He worked for many years in the field of spacecraft design. He contributed to the successful implementation of Japanese meteorological satellite programs and Earth observation programs, as well as the development of the International Space Station program. Dr. Horikawa also contributed to the implementation of the Japanese International Space Station program as the Program Manager. Subsequently, Dr. Horikawa was responsible for all satellite application programs as an Executive Director of JAXA. This included the operation of satellites for many diverse uses including Earth observation, global positioning, communications and broadcasting. Today, he continues as an advisor for Japanese satellite application development and utilization programmes. Additionally, Dr. Horikawa is a professor at Tokai University and is the president of the Japanese Society of Cost Estimate and Analysis since 2011.  In June 2012, Dr. Horikawa will begin a two year term as the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).


Francisco Mendieta-Jimenez
General Director, Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Francisco Mendieta-JimenezDr. Mendieta-Jimenez was appointed the first general director of the Mexican Space Agency November 1, 2011. Previously, he was director of the Applied Physics Division and general director of Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE). He has been published in diverse scientific journals, has written conference papers and holds several patents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree is from the National Superior School of Telecommunications (ENST), France, in the field of optical telecommunications.




Clayton Mowry
President, Arianespace, Inc.

Mowry_Clayton_smallClayton Mowry has worked for over 17 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as an executive for the world’s leading launch services company. Mr. Mowry joined Washington, D.C.-based Arianespace, Inc. as its President and Chairman in August 2001. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he is responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, government relations and corporate communications activities. Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as executive director at the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers. Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a satellite/launch industry analyst and senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clayton Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to his work at Arianespace, Inc., Mr. Mowry currently serves on the board of directors and as president of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He is now in his second term as vice president for international programs with the American Astronautical Society. Mr. Mowry is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


William Parker
Special Advisor for International Affairs, Space Foundation

Mr. Parker is the principal of Global Engagement Solutions, LLC, an international consulting firm. He is also an Adjunct Fellow for National Security Analysis at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and special advisor for International Affairs to the Space Foundation. He completed a 31-year Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State, culminating at the rank of minister-counselor while serving as foreign affairs advisor to General James E. Cartwright, former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Parker earned a bachelor's degree in political science and international affairs from Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa.


Elliot Pulham
Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation

Mr. Pulham is the chief executive officer of the Space Foundation. Prior to joining the Space Foundation, he was senior manager of public relations, employee communication and advertising for all space programs of The Boeing Company, where he served as spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center for a half-dozen space shuttle flights. Pulham’s non-profit experience includes serving as executive director of the Kona-Kohala, Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce, and as director of corporate communication for the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and an alumnus of the University of Hawaii.





Michael Simpson
Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Michael Simpson

Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, after joining SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. After 23 years of service, Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.

He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions and his practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee of the IAF.



Mark Sirangelo
Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation & Head, Sierra Nevada Space Systems

Mr. Sirangelo leads Sierra Nevada Space Systems, a producer of satellites, space transportation vehicles, propulsion systems and space subsystems. Sierra Nevada has been involved during its 20+ years of combined activity in over 400 space missions and has produced over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components for a wide variety of earth orbit and planetary missions. SNC is also the owner and prime developer of the Dream Chaser, an orbital vehicle transportation system currently being funded in partnership with NASA as a replacement vehicle for the Space Shuttle. Mr. Sirangelo was formerly the Chairman & CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC and has spent his career leading aeronautics, space and technology companies. Mr. Sirangelo’s industry board memberships include being the Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the founding and current Chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship and a Trustee for the Aeronautics Industries Association. His charity boards include being a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and a founder, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the International Centre for Children. Corporate and personal awards include NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, being a finalist in Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and on Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, has served as an officer in the US Military and is a licensed pilot.

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Fusion Forum Panels 2012

International Collaboration: From Space Situational Awareness to Exploration. As costs of complex space systems increase and national space budgets decrease, international collaboration is becoming a necessity in our sector.  Whether collaborating on security, exploration, or science, more and more countries are working in partnership to advance the cutting edge of space systems and technologies.  This panel will explore opportunities and challenges associated with current and emerging civil and commercial space organisations working together.  Potential areas to be covered under this topic include:

  1. International Outer Space Code of Conduct
  2. Specific challenges surrounding civil collaborations (e.g., between the US and China or between making compatible satellite systems among all nations)
  3. Emerging space agencies and their potential impact on future collaborations
  4. Issues stemming from being reliant upon a limited list of launching countries and the effect on the international landscape

Developing Regions and Space Applications. Crop monitoring, tele-health, tele-education, disaster mitigation and mapping are areas where space-based technologies are can be of great service to developing regions and may lead to new markets for the space industry.  This panel will look into how emerging regions are looking to utilise space and what challenges lie ahead.  This panel will cover issues such as:

  1. Uses of space technologies in developing regions to help bridge the developed-developing country gap faster than ever before
  2. Main barriers to entry for current non-space players into the sector and barriers to the proliferation of space-based technologies in developing regions
  3. How the current main space players can support the emerging space countries
  4. The role of nano-satellites in developing the space capabilities of developing countries

The New Role of Commercial in Space Flight. New consumer services, and shifting contracting mechanisms used in human spaceflight have consequences in how risk is managed, and how freely human spaceflight services may be accessible across national borders. The New Role of Commercial in Space Flight panel plans to cover topics such as:

  1. The global potential of suborbital vehicles among tourist, research, and new markets
  2. Opportunities and challenges to new commercial launch sites
  3. The sovereign market: whether commercial availability of human rated orbital transportation and platforms will encourage civil spaceflight programs beyond the traditional players, such as the US, China, Russia, Europe, and Japan
  4. Risk standards for spaceflight participants: whether there is or should be different standards for commercial employees, government employees, and tourists, as there are in other industries and how will these regulations become standardised internationally

About the Fusion Forum


The second edition of the Space Generation Fusion Forum will be held in 2013, it has become an annual forum that brings together top young minds from the United States and from around world to focus on key space topics. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the National Space Sympoium, and this year will be April 7 & 8 in Colorado, USA at the Broadmoor Hotel.



The Space Generation Fusion Forum offers the next generation of space sector leaders from government, industry, and academia the opportunity to come together to exchange views on current, hot space topics via interactive panels. The programme will also allow these top delegates to network with each other as well as with today’s current space leaders, who will be speaking and moderating the panels.

Sunday, April 15

The event will start with an opening from a key note speaker, followed by three spotlight session speakers. These spotlight session speakers will give a background on each of the panel topics, which parallel those of the 29th Annual Space Symposium:

• PANEL 1 - Topic to be confirmed

• PANEL 2 - Topic to be confirmed

• PANEL 3 - Topic to be confirmed

Monday, April 16

Approximately 15-20 of the 50 competitively selected delegates will serve on panels that address these three topics. The discussions will then open to all of the Space Generation Fusion Forum attendees to debate the issues. These new generation perspectives will be compiled in a report.


At the end of the second day, participants will have the opportunity to be introduced to the National Space Symposium.  Space Generation Fusion Forum Delegates will participate in the Space Foundation's New Generation Leadership Exchange and New Generation Networking Reception.  The Leadership Exchange is a "speed networking" event where delegates will have the opportunity to interact with today's top space sector leaders from government and industry.  Attendees of the Fusion Forum will also have access to the National Space Symposium Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall.

For a schedule of the Space Generation Fusion Forum, please click here. (TBC)

Programme Topics

The 2013 Space Generation Fusion Forum topics are pertinent to the developing American space sector but highlight the ever increasing importance of international contributions to space.  For the explanations of the panel topics, please click here (TBC).



Attendance at the first Space Generation Fusion Forum is competitive and limited to 50 or fewer. SGAC aims to select a diverse group of top-notch, dedicated university students and young professionals in the space sector including government, industry and academia.

Participants will be selected based on their knowledge of one or more of the Fusion Forum topics, as demonstrated in their applications.  The 15-20 top applicants will be invited to serve as the young subject matter experts on the three panels.

Fusion Forum Staff


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Michael is the current Chair of SGAC. He lives in Brisbane, Australia where he works as a consulting systems engineer on a range of projects including the HIFiRE hypersonics research program and Antarctic Broadband satellite program. He has a degree in Aerospace Avionics Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and is currently studying an Executive Masters of Business in Project Management also at QUT. Michael was a delegate at SGS 2002 in Houston, Sponsorship Manager for SGC 2005 in Fukuoka, moderated a group at SGC 2009 in Deajeon, and was SGAC’s Treasurer for four years. He has been actively involved in the Australian space community for many years assisting the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Royal Aeronautical Society, Aerospace Futures conference and National Space Society.


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Catherine Doldirina has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research relating to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law and her current research relates to the legal status of remote sensing data. She has lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at the University of Bremen and at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). She has also tutored at the European Space Law Centre summer school on space law and policy. Her professional experience was gained as legal assistant to specialist copyright lawyers (Bremen). She successfully completed an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, drafting the study “Case for Space” during this time. She authors work on other aspects of space law, is engaged in the research activities at the Institute of Air and Space Law (e.g., the Space Security Index) and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. In 2009, she was awarded the Diderick Verschoor award and prize for the best paper by a young author for the Colloquium on Space Law of the International Institute of Space Law. Catherine has been involved with SGAC for several years as the SGAC’s National Point of Contact for Georgia and the Project Coordinator for the 2010 Space Generation Congress.


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editSMALL_Ariane_Cornell_Executive_Director_AustriaAriane Cornell is currently the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). Ariane’s interest in aerospace started at a young age: she earned her pilot’s license at the age of 17 and spent many of her early internships at NASA Ames Research Center. She attended Stanford University where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Management Science and Engineering. Her honors thesis was entitled, “Sino-American Relations in Space: Cooperation, Competition, or Coopetition?” Following her studies, she worked in management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she has 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 serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace - Europe and guest blogs for "Space News".


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Andrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer that was born in Onda, Spain. She earned in 2007 a double undergraduate degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona.  During these studies, she spent one year at the North East of Wales Institute (NEWI) in the United Kingdom.  In 2010, Andrea earned her masters in Aerospace Science and Technology, also from UPC in Barcelona (2010). Additionally, Andrea is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) Summer Studies Program (SSP) 2009 which was hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA.  Andrea also completed the CVA (Communauté des Villes Ariane) Summer School, hosted by Rome in 2011. She started her professional career working as part of the organizational committees of several workshops and conferences including, ISU's SSP 2008 in Barcelona. Since then, Andrea has worked at the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee.  Based at ESTEC in the Netherlands she worked for the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate. Andrea is an enthusiast of space exploration and strongly believes in the power of the space sector for the development and improvement of Earth.


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Stephen C. Ringler is a Project Engineer in the NASA Programs Division, Civil and Commercial Operations at the Aerospace Corporation.  Currently, he is responsible for leading program development activities in support of system engineering tasks, technical analyses, and programmatic analyses for NASA and other civil customers. His responsibilities also include providing project and technical leadership and management of the successful execution of NASA requested tasks.  Ringler joined the corporation in 2000 as an intern in the Control Analysis Department and became a  Member of the Technical Staff in March 2005 in the Electromechanical Control Department. There he supported and led technical teams for NSS and NASA customers in the area of precision pointing systems. His responsibilities included development of advanced concepts, detailed design, integration and test of flight hardware, and independent technical review.  In 2008, Stephen joined the NASA Programs Division as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff where he conducted independent cost and schedule estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He has led studies which have evaluated historical cost and schedule performance of NASA spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems. Ringler has a passion for personal development and the development of others.  In 2010, he received The Aerospace Corporation Achievement Award for the “Development of Aerospace Mentoring Initiative Plans and Products for the Corporate-Wide Mentoring Program” in 2010.  From 2009 – 2010, he was an active member of the Young Emerging Professionals Council which conducted intergenerational surveys and analysis. Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ringler’s hobbies include sound engineering, drumming, and community service with his local church.


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Paul_Guthrie_NPOC_USPaul Guthrie is a Senior Analyst The Tauri Group, a consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA (USA). Work at this firm has included economic analysis and cross-cutting emerging technology research in the Space and Energy industries. Results have been presented internationally, and cited widely by trade and mainstream press, in congressional testimony, and by US President Barack Obama. Paul is a Masters’ candidate at the Johns Hopkins University in Applied Economics, holds a Masters degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and received BA in Philosophy from the Honors Program at The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). Paul is also a former member of the United States Rowing Team (2003-2004), a Pan American Games Bronze Medalist (2003), a former Academic All-American (1999), and has coached two teams to national championships.


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Stephanie Wan is a contractor working at NASA HQ's Office of Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) as a Technology Policy Specialist. She recently received her Master's degree from the George Washington University Space Policy Institute and a Bachelor's at the American University. She attended the 2008 International Space University Space Studies Program, in Barcelona, Spain. She has been active in the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2008, leading the Youth for GNSS (YGNSS) project and activities in the North American region. Her areas of focus are in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), small satellites, and international space cooperation.


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editSMALL_Nicole_Jordan_RC_South_AmericaNicole currently works at the X PRIZE Foundation as the Associate Team Liaison for Space Prizes. She is currently the main point of contact and technical lead for the Google Lunar X PRIZE teams and for the past 3/12 years she worked as the Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge Managers of Rocket Operations. In addition to working for X PRIZE, Ms. Jordan is also employed as a certified parabolic flight coach for the Zero Gravity Corporation. She is honored to serve as the Colombian National Point of Contact and the South America Regional Coordinator, for the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications. Earlier in her career, she spent time within the airshow industry where she participated in the training and management of young aerobatic pilots. Nicole loves flying as a private pilot and is currently working on her commercial license. She has B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University and M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Ms Jordan was born in Bogota Colombia and has spent the last 12 years working and studying in the US.


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sgc_kat_coderreKat Coderre is an Aeronautical Engineer working for Lockheed Martin in Houston, TX USA. She is part of the Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP); a three year rotational leadership and technical development program. Currently, she is working for Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters on a one year rotation with the Corporate Internal Audit team. She joined Lockheed Martin in February 2007 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst itute in NY with a degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. She began her career on Orion as the flight operations subject matter expert for the Orion Electrical Power System where she interfaced between the electrical design team and the NASA customer to ensure operability was factored into the Orion design. She has gained a diverse experience through her ELDP rotations performing Lunar Lander System Research, cockpit design on Orion, program management support on the International Space Station Cargo Mission Contract (CMC), procurement support for CMC and the Johnson Space Center Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC), and earned value management for the FDOC business operations department. Kat became involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council in 2006 when she attended her first SGC. She then returned as staff for SGC 2007, 2008 & 2009. She is currently on two technical committees for the IAF; the Young Professionals/Workforce Development Committee and the Space Operations Committee. She helped to organize and develop successful Young Professionals Programs at the 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 IACs. Kat is coordinating the 2012 virtual forum technical sessions at the 2012 IAC and has been selected as a committee chair for the Flight Control Operations Virtual Forum. Kat is working on her Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ. She is a private pilot, and hopes to soon begin her instrument training.


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Tiffany Chow is Program Manager for Secure World Foundation, where she oversees and supports projects dealing with international security and legislative issue areas. She has been active in the international relations and international security fields for the past four years and brings to SWF a diverse range of experience. Prior to joining Secure World Foundation, Tiffany worked for the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA where she assisted the Director and Administrative Director with research projects and program logistics. Before that, she interned with the Monterey Institute for International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) in Washington, DC where she provided research support on a wide array of topics including export control issues in the United Arab Emirates, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, and the potential for microreactors to be used for the proliferation of chemical weapons. Tiffany held this internship while participating in the prestigious UCLA Quarter in Washington program, where she also completed a large-scale independent research paper entitled "Reevaluating the Nonproliferation Regime: An Application of John Ruggie's Regime Theory." Tiffany received her Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. At SAIS, she specialized in General International Relations and International Economics and was involved in SAIS Leads, the school's leadership development program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she double majored in European Studies and Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations. She has also studied at the University of Cambridge in England and in Rome, Italy.


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cheetham-bradleyBrad, a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is initiative director of We Want Our Future, a student space-based outreach initiative. He is a research associate at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics with a specialization in orbital dynamics in three-body orbits; worked on the New Worlds Observer mission proposal at CU Boulder as well as the Artemis mission as a NASA Academy research associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and is a part of the team at the University of Colorado at Boulder which was selected as a member of the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. He serves on the AIAA Commercial Space Group, the board of the Future Space Leaders Foundation, and as a graduate advisor to the CU Boulder chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CU SEDS). Cheetham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New  York at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder..


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P_Harris_editPhilip Harris is a flight planner and international operations engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center. As part of his responsibilities, Harris works with NASA’s domestic and international partners in developing planning and operations products for the International Space Station (ISS) program. Other current work assignments include ISSLive!, a project designed to extend ISS planning and telemetry data to the public. Harris joined NASA in 2007 as a cooperative education student at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California, where he developed business products for the Western Aeronautical Test Range. Harris transferred to the Johnson Space Center in August 2007, and worked in the information technology, astronaut training, ISS on-board data systems, and international operations groups throughout his cooperative education terms. Harris graduated from the University of Denver in August 2010and joined NASA full-time in September 2010.


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editSMALL_Alan_Steinberg_NPOC_USAAlan is currently perusing a Ph.D. in political behavior from the University of Houston, were he serves as a research and teaching assistant in political methodology. He holds a M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State and a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from Texas A&M University. His space related research includes: militarization of space and public opinion of the US space program. He has served as the SGAC National Point of Contact for the USA since 2007 and as a member of the Yuri's Night Global Executive Team since 2009. In his spare time he is an active member of the 501st & Rebel Legion - Star Wars costuming groups and the programming director for Comicpalooza.

Global Grants Programme 2012


A main goal of the Space Generation Fusion Forum is to provide firsthand international perspectives to the US event.  SGAC is enabling this through its Global Grants Programme for the Forum. Ten of the top international applicants will be selected to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. Winners must be SGAC members between the ages of 18-35 (it is easy and free to sign up for SGAC).  The Programme will cover round trip travel to Colorado Springs, lodging, visa costs, and the registration fees for both the Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. The winners of the Global Grants Programme will participate in one of the three panels and will be noted at the National Space Symposium.

How to Apply

  1. To apply for the Global Grant Programme, please fill out an application form for the Space Generation Fusion Forum.
  2. At the bottom of the application form, please check the box indicating that you are applying for the Global Grants Programme.
  3. By February 16, send separately a one page letter of intent and a CV with date birth and head shot photo to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..  Applications will not be complete until your letter of intent and CV are received.

The winners will be selected based on their Space Generation Fusion Forum application, letter of intent, CV as well as their contributions to SGAC over the prior year.



  • All Global Grants application materials must be in by February 16, 2012 -- please note this deadline is earlier than the regular Fusion Forum application deadline.
  • Winners will be notified by February 26, 2012.




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