Fusion Forum 2014
Travel, Venue and Accommodation
Please plan to arrive in Colorado Springs (airport code is COS) by the morning of May 18 (evening of May 17 for international travelers in case of travel delays), as the programme begins at 2pm on May 18. If you are staying only for the Space Generation Fusion Forum, please plan on departing late on May 19 (programme ends at 7:30pm) or on May 20. Those also staying for the Space Symposium may wish to depart later. More information can be found on the 30th Space Symposium’s web page.
Space Generation Fusion Forum 2014 Venue
The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2014 will be held at the Cheyenne Lodge of the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor Hotel is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The resort is located on 3,000 lush acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool; 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts; children's programmes; 24-hour room service, and 25 specialty retail shops.
Please note that the Cheyenne Lodge is a five minute drive from the main buildings of the Broadmoor Hotel.
A: Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Avenue
B: Cheyenne Lodge
4199 S Club Dr.
|For a more detailed map, click here|
All Space Generation Fusion Forum delegates are required to make their own hotel arrangements in Colorado for the Forum. However, SGAC has arranged a very special rate at the Comfort Inn South in Colorado Springs. The special booking code will be provided to those who are accepted to attend the Fusion Forum. Room rates include complementary breakfast and internet; free transportation will be provided between the Comfort Inn and the Fusion Forum venue. Delegates are free to stay where they wish and may also refer to the Space Symposium lodging website for other hotels in the area.
|Room Type at Comfort Inn||Rate/Night with the special code|
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|Double Room -||69USD|
This page shall give you some useful information concerning the Fusion Forum, in order to facilitate your planning and to encourage your participation.
- How do I apply for the Fusion Forum?
- I have been selected as a delegate, how do I complete the registration?
- What does it cost?
- How do I pay for my registration?
- What do I need to know about Space Generation Fusion Forum?
- How do I apply to receive a Global Grant to attend the Fusion Forum?
- I am applying for the Space Generation Fusion Forum. Does this application also count for the National Space Symposium?
- Where and how can I connect to other delegates and the organisers?
The applications for the Space Generation Fusion Forum will open on 5 February and close on 28 March. The Space Generation Fusion Forum will have no more than 50 people, so only the most motivated and highly qualified applicants are selected. All selected delegates will be informed about their participation in a timely manner. To apply, you must have a membership account with SGAC. Don't have one? It's easy and free to create one, just click here. Also note that only, 15-20 of the 50 applicants will be selected to be on a panel.
Admission to the Fusion Forum will be rolling. The sooner you apply, the sooner you could be selected.
The registration fees for the Space Generation Fusion Forum are:
Early Bird Registration (Acceptance before February 28 and/or payment before the March 14)
Full-time Student: $75 USD
Young Professional: $120 USD
Late Registration (Acceptance after February 28 and/or payment after March 14)
Full-time student: $85 USD
Young Professional: $135 USD
How do I pay for my registration?
Bank transfer is highly preferred for the registration payment but Paypal is also available.
SGAC Bank Transfer Details:
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|Account number||002 260 358 150||50670270201|
|Account type||Business Economy Checking Account||Space Generation Beirat zur Unterst.d.Progr.f.
Weltraumanwendungen d.Ver. Nationen (SGAC)
All of the information regarding the Fusion Forum programme structure, topics, and panels can be found on the About the Fusion Forum and Panel Topic page, on the module on the right side of this page. Information on the location of the event and where to stay in the area can be found on the Venue & Accommodation page. For a schedule of events, please click here (coming soon).
The dress code for the Fusion Forum is business casual. For those attending the National Space Symposium, formal business clothing is mostly expected.
The Global Grant Section will be announced soon in the SGAC website. Read this carefully, if you wish to apply for a Global Grant you must follow the instructions and complete the application as it is explain in the Global Grants Section.
The Space Generation Fusion Forum and the Space Symposium are two separate events. If you wish to attend the Space Symposium, we encourage you to do so as a Space Generation Fusion Forum member at a significantly discounted registration rate of $500! This includes access to the general programme events, and all the New Generation Space Leaders Programme. If you wish to attend the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, you can buy your ticket for $525.
How to access to this special discount rate? Only SGAC members can have access to the discount so sign up as an SGAC member and log in to be able to access to the discount code, which is available here. (Becoming SGAC member is very easy and for free! Just click here)
As a delegate of the Space Generation Fusion Forum, you will be able to attend the New Generation Leadership Exchange, New Generation Opening Ceremony, and the Space Symposium's Opening Reception on Monday, May 18, but if you wish to attend the whole Space Symposium you must purchase your ticket.
Explicitly for the purposes of introducing yourself to other delegates and exchanging information on travel planning, a set of discussion forums have been created on our SGAC Facebook group page.
Please check these forums together with the Space Generation Fusion Forum website regularly for latest news and updates.
Fusion Forum Panels 2014 - DISRUPTIVE
Note: Description of the panels may be slightly modified to taylor the scope of the discussions; however, the main topics will remain the same.
Panel 1: Small Satellites: Benefits and Risks
Small satellites have becoming increasingly important to global space activity. The relatively low cost of these systems lowers barriers to entry, allowing smaller nations, private organisations, university groups, and others to develop and operate satellites. The capabilities of these small satellites have been steadily increasing, providing a wide range of potentially meaningful contributions to many space activities.
This panel will examine the benefits of small satellites both in terms of their practical applications and use for capacity-building. How do the capabilities of small satellites compare to those of larger, more complex satellites? In what instances is each type of programme most appropriate? In addition to their benefits, the proliferation of small satellite technology also poses challenges and risks, with the potential to negatively affect responsible and sustainable use of space by an increasing number of actors, as well as compounding the problem of orbital debris.
Panel 2: Innovating in Aerospace: Barriers and Opportunities
The space sector has often been characterised as using the most advanced technologies, particular in the eyes of the public. However, some features inherent to the space sector hinder innovation, in particular the risk aversion that arises from the high cost of building spacecraft and operating in space, and long lifecycles that result in the utilisation of proven technologies.
This panel will discuss how the actors in the space sector (governments, industry and academia) need to modify their policies toward a new innovation framework by adopting best practices from other industries, promoting the development of an entrepreneurial industry, fostering public-private partnerships, and increasing the pace of technology development cycles.
Panel 3: Emerging spacefarers: New entrants to space in Africa, Latin America, and Asia
Space activities now touch every part of the world. No country – no matter how small its economy – can afford to ignore developments in space. At the same time, every major space agency and firm sees partnership and market opportunities across the globe. In spite of these changes, discussions of international space affairs often overlook countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. With this panel, we aim to address this gap.
Participants will explore how governments and markets in these developing countries are changing the global space sector. They will draw out trends taking shape across these new entrants, including, for example, the growth in demand for satellite hardware, communications services, and remote-sensing data in some of the world's least-developed countries. This panel will also examine how developments in the global space sector affect the choices before governments and firms in developing countries. Among these are choices about whether and how to allocate scarce public resources to space activities and at what opportunity costs. This discussion will allow participants to reevaluate familiar claims about whether and how space activities contribute to development.
Panel 4: Human Spaceflight: Potential Architectures and Goals for Exploration
The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) Mission Scenario represents a baseline framework for the world's space agencies to incrementally and collaboratively develop Mars exploration capabilities through missions to near-Earth asteroids and the Moon. However, the growth of privately-owned space ventures, changing geopolitics, and new scientific discoveries on other worlds (especially Europa, Titan, Enceladus, and increasing numbers of ever smaller exoplanets) may have disruptive implications to current exploration architectures. This panel will discuss how human spaceflight futures might differ from the baseline scenario.
About the Fusion Forum
The third edition of the Space Generation Fusion Forum will be held in 2014, 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 Space Sympoium, and this year will be May 18 & 19, in Colorado Springs, 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, May 18
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 30th Annual Space Symposium:
- PANEL 1 - Topic to be confirmed
- PANEL 2 - Topic to be confirmed
- PANEL 3 - Topic to be confirmed
- PANEL 4 - Topic to be confirmed
Monday, May 19
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 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 Space Symposium Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall.
For a schedule of the Space Generation Fusion Forum, please click here. (TBC)
The 2014 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.
May 18 & 19, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
The Space Generation Advisory Council presents the third edition of the Space Generation Fusion Forum – a US space event highlighting international thinking geared towards university students and young professionals. This event, held in conjunction with the Space Symposium, aims to gather a selected group of up to 50 top young adults from various areas of space – government, industry, and academia. These intense, interactive panel discussions moderated by today's international space sector leaders will gather the perspectives of tomorrow's space leaders on today's key space issues. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet many high-level international space leaders through networking events and experience the opening of the 30th Space Symposium.
Deadline for applications - 28 March - EXTENDED - 15 April
Early-bird registration - Application before 28 February and/or payment before 14 March
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Fusion Forum Staff
Christopher was born in Vienna, Austria. His strong interest in space related topics began early on and led him to study Physics at the Vienna University of Technology. At university he gradually got more involved in space and research from a scientific perspective. During his graduate course participated as an engineer in various national space related outreach/educational projects, developing a taste for communicating science. During the last years of his Master, he worked as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. After his thesis, Christopher held an internship position at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany. Christopher is currently completing his PhD in Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been an active in SGAC since 2009 as intern to the Vienna office, web editor, National Point of Contact for Austria and most recently as the Treasurer and co-chair of SGAC.
As a member of SGAC since 2010, she was involved in SGAC by being appointed as NPoC of Iran in 2011 and currently as Regional Coordinator for Middle East and one of the members of NEO Working Group. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and worked in Astronautics Research Institute of Tehran where she followed her roadmap towards professional space activities in Iran. Currently she is Master student in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. For SGC2013 she was a member of organising committee as Delegate Coordinator and recipient of SGAC Young Leadership Award. She has been involved in several volunteer space and electronics engineering activities as space and electronics’ application in space are her everlasting passions.
Thu is a space enthusiast from Hanoi, Vietnam. In 2012 Thu led his team at FSpace laboratory, FPT University to develop an educational CubeSat which were subsequently deployed from ISS. He served as the National Point of Contact for Vietnam at SGAC for two terms, organized several space events in his community and connecting Vietnamese youth with the intrenational space community. Additionally, Thu is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) Summer Studies Program (SSP) 2010 which was hosted at ISU’s main campus in Strasbourg, France.
Thu sees peaceful exploration and applications of space as a mean to build trust among people and nations, promote new technology research and bring benefits to the economy. He is especially interested in nano-satellites development and application. His favourite quote is “Learn something new everyday”.
He attended the ISU programs SHSSP'12, SSP'12 and MSc'13 where he did an individual project producing a video documentary about space education, and did an internship at the NASA Ames Education Department. He started his professional career in 2010 as a Research Assistant with the Center for Research in Nanoengineering in Barcelona, dealing with nanocomposites and obtaining a patent, as inventor second, for a new material. He also earned a Master's in Education from UPC in 2011. His master thesis was entitled "How to improve communicative skills." Since 2009, Edu has been teaching maths, science and technology at the high school level. Edu was member of the SGC'12 and SGC'13 Staff Team, and he really enjoyed both the preparation and the congress. He is also an amateur actor for a local theater company and a professional assistant director for other stage plays. "Sports? Yes please!"
Speakers and Moderators 2015
Ben Brockert – Speaker
Founder and CEO, Able Space Corporation
Ben Brockert is the founder and CEO of Able Space Corporation, which focuses on research and development contracts for commercial space companies. Mr. Brockert was previously employed at Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space Systems. At Armadillo he developed a 4000-lbf methane rocket engine for Project Morpheus, as well as working on VTVL rockets and rocket planes. At Masten he ran rocket engine and vehicle test operations that led to winning $1.15M in NASA's Centennial Challenge, the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.
Bob Richards – Moderator
Co-Founder & CEO, Moon Express
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Google Lunar X PRIZE competitors Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Moon Express, Inc. Bob participated in the 2007 NASA Mars Lander mission and 2004 XSS-11 mission of the US Air Force. He is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and co-chairs the Exploration Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
Bradley Cheetham – Speaker
Chief Operating Officer, Black Swift Technologies
Bradley Cheetham is the Chief Operating Officer of Black Swift Technologies, a Boulder Colorado based company that specializes in the development of commercial and civil unmanned autonomous aircraft. At Black Swift Technologies he is responsible for strategic planning, business development, and corporate management. Mr. Cheetham is currently completing his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he also leads in the development of a graduate curriculum in commercial spaceflight operations. He has experience leading teams and proposals within non-profit organizations, research institutions, and start-up companies. Bradley's start-up background includes efforts developing space technology, enterprise software, non-profit outreach programs and commercial unmanned aircraft as well as experience working with government entities such as NASA and the FAA. He was recently recognized by Aviation Week with the Twenty20s Award as one of the top 20 young leaders in the aerospace industry. Bradley serves on the board of directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, is a member of the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee, and is involved with entrepreneurial ventures in aerospace and software. Mr. 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.
Carissa Christensen - Moderator
Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
Carissa Bryce Christensen is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group. For 25 years, Ms. Christensen has been a recognized expert in commercial space, and has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems, industry economics, advanced technologies, unique regulatory requirements, and underlying demand. Her on-going work with government agencies, industry organizations, launch firms, and satellite manufacturers and operators helps decision makers better understand market positioning, future demand for space services, and competitive dynamics. Ms. Christensen’s extensive publications include contributions to peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, books, and conference proceedings. She is often quoted in trade and popular media. Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.
Jeff Greason – Keynote Speaker
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, XCOR Aerospace
Jeff Greason has nearly 20 years experience managing innovative technical project teams at XCOR Aerospace, Rotary Rocket Company (RRC), and Intel Corporation. He is the president and a co-founder of XCOR; leading an engineering team that has developed 11 different long life, highly reusable, liquid-fueled rocket engines using nitrous oxide, liquid oxygen, and hydrogen peroxide oxidizers, with kerosene, alcohol, ethane, and other nontoxic propellants. Under Jeff’s leadership the company has also developed low cost liquid propellant piston pumps and two generations of piloted reusable rocket aircraft. Jeff has led XCOR’s rocket engine projects by employing the management techniques he developed at Intel that focus on increasing the design-build-test cycle as a means of speeding research and development. At Intel, he developed leading edge techniques to prepare new generations of Intel computer chip designs for mass production, dramatically shortening the design, and production period. Intel management presented Jeff with a coveted Intel Achievement Award for his work on BiCMOS technology, which later became the basis for the Pentium processor. Prior to co-founding XCOR, he hired and managed the propulsion team at RRC, where he led technical development of the company’s rocket engines.
As a recognized expert in FAA/AST reusable launch vehicle (RLV) regulations, Jeff supervised XCOR’s reusable launch vehicle licensing efforts through completion in early 2003. He also provided support to the Mojave Airport on their successful application as the first inland spaceport and commercial launch site for reusable launch vehicles. Jeff has been a member of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) RLV working group since 2000 and now serves on the full COMSTAC. He is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Personal Spaceflight Federation, a trade association for innovative launch companies. Jeff has testified before joint House/Senate subcommittee hearings on “Commercial Human Spaceflight” that addressed the transition from aircraft regulation to launch vehicle regulation for suborbital vehicles. In 2009 he was named to the President’s Human Space Flight Review Committee (Augustine Committee).
In 2002 Time magazine named Jeff as one of their “Inventors of the Year” for his team’s work on the EZ-Rocket. He holds 22 U.S. patents and graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
John C. (Chris) Andrews – Keynote Speaker
Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Chris Andrews currently leads the strategic planning and business development activities for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Prior to joining ULA, Mr. Andrews worked for Booz Allen Hamilton providing technical, policy, acquisition and program management support to the government on critical space technology development and demonstration programs focused on transformational space capabilities.
Andrews has more than 20 years of government service as a civilian, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he performed technical, programmatic and policy oversight of all space launch and space control programs within the DoD. Mr. Andrews has 14 years of experience in the research and development of space transportation technologies through various positions held in Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
Andrews holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electronic engineering (BSEE, MSEE) from Northrop University.
Joshua Brost – Keynote Speaker
Business Development Manager, SpaceX
Josh Brost manages commercial sales activities in North America for SpaceX. In this role, he is focused on deepening SpaceX’s relationships with commercial satellite operators and spacecraft manufacturers. Prior to Joining SpaceX, he worked as an Aerospace Engineer for The Boeing Company and a Management Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Josh earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and The University of Washington respectively and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Laurence A. Price - Keynote Speaker
Deputy Program Manager, Crew Exploration Vehicle, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Laurence A. Price is Deputy Program Director for the NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle and responsible for Development of the Orion Vehicle. Price was the Director of Space Transportation Strategic Development responsible for Lockheed Martin Launch Systems long-term direction addressing Department of Defense, NASA and Commercial space transportation. Price previously served as Director, Alternate Access to Space Station (AAS) project to develop a commercial logistics capability to autonomously deliver and return International Space Station cargo. He was responsible for the project concluding with the System Design Review milestone. Price was Director Crew Return Vehicle Project. He was responsible for project management and positioning Lockheed Martin Astronautics for a win of the NASA Johnson Space Center International Space Station (ISS) rescue vehicle project. The Crew Return Vehicle was being designed to provide astronauts aboard the International Space Station a way to return to Earth in case of an emergency. He was also director of the Small Launch Vehicles program responsible for the Athena and Multi-Service Launch Systems programs, and oversaw the development and successful firstflights of the Athena I and Athena II launch vehicles. He also directed the Titan II Space Launch Vehicle program and was a project engineer on the NASA Space Shuttle Air Force payload integration contract.
Peter Platzer - Moderator
Peter is a high-energy physicist who passionately believes that mankind should have affordable access to space. Originally from Austria, he trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in Germany, Singapore, and Thailand. Peter started a quantitative investment management firm out of Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and has spent the past decade on Wall Street, including with Deutsche Bank and The Rohatyn Group.
After attending Singularity University’s inaugural Executive Program in 2009 and realizing the potential for commercial space exploration, Peter decided to leave finance to pursue his true passions – space and data. He went on to graduate first in his class from the master program at the International Space University, spent some time at NASA Ames’ Space Portal, and started NanoSatisfi in 2012 to make space exploration available to everyone, with a focus on enterprise data for Machine-to-Machine asset tracking and monitoring and weather data. Peter also continues to serve as a Career Coach at HBS, is a regular speaker at technology, entrepreneurship and business conferences and has been named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 for his ground breaking work in using crowd-funding for commercial space exploration.
Phillip Larson - Moderator
Senior Advisor, Space and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
Phil Larson is currently Senior Advisor for Space and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he works for Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s science and technology advisor. Mr. Larson joined the Obama Administration in 2009, and during the President’s first term also spent time at the science and space branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Larson is on leave from The George Washington University where he pursued graduate work in international science and technology policy and served as a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute. Previously, he worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and volunteered on the President’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. From 2003-2007, Mr. Larson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while working at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Director for International Space Station at NASA Headquarters
Mr. Scimemi is the Director for International Space Station at NASA Headquarters within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. His duties consist of ensuring safe and productive ISS operations and utilization; implementing policy and programmatic direction; and communicating progress and issues with the White House and Congress.
Mr. Scimemi has been a leader in human spaceflight for 28 years. His experience spans human space flight, earth and space science as both a contractor and civil servant. His background includes development and testing of complex space systems, and real-time operations. He has been employed at four NASA centers; Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Headquarters. His career has encompassed the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) programs. He is a native of Louisiana and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from McNeese State University.
Dr. Sandra H. Magnus – Keynote Speaker
Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She also holds a Ph.D. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech (1996).
Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.
While at NASA, Dr. Magnus worked extensively with the international community, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), as well as with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also spent time in Russia developing and integrating operational products and procedures for the International Space Station.
Before joining NASA, Dr. Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company from 1986 to 1991, as a stealth engineer. While at McDonnell Douglas, she worked on internal research and development and on the Navy’s A-12 Attack Aircraft program, studying the effectiveness of radar signature reduction techniques.
Dr. Magnus has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX).
Senior Vice President for Strategic & International Affairs, The Space Foundation
As head of international affairs, Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organisations, foreign embassies and U.S. organisations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible for the programme development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the annual Space Symposium. He also supervises the Space Foundation's government affairs activities in the Washington, D.C., office including relationships with government agencies, other space advocacy organisations and associations and corporate interests. Since joining the Space Foundation in 1996, Eisenhart has had a broad range of responsibilities, serving as senior vice president of strategic communications, director of communications and public affairs and communications manager. Eisenhart was a military public affairs official and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
William J. Pomerantz – Speaker
Vice President for Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
Will Pomerantz is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. In that role, Will helps extend Virgin Galactic’s efforts beyond space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne orbital launch vehicle for small satellites as well as suborbital research campaigns on board SpaceShipTwo. Will also serves as a Trustee and the Chair of the Board of Advisers for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the world's largest student space organization. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, he worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE. Additionally, Will has worked at Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, and he was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SpaceAlumni.com, an early social network for space professionals.