Space Generation Fusion Forum 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions
This page will be updated regularly.
Last update: 11 January, 2018
Delegate Applications and Scholarships
When will applications for delegates open?
Applications will open 14 January, 2018. Please watch the homepage.
What scholarships are available to attend 2018 SGFF?
Information about scholarships will be available in January 2018, and we will continuously provide updates on opportunities as they become available.
Currently available scholarships:
Can you send me an email if a new scholarship becomes available?
You can sign up for our TALK mailing list or follow us on social media where all scholarship opportunities will be announced.
If I apply to be on the SGFF team, am I still able to apply for a scholarship to attend?
Yes, however, team members will be given the same consideration as all other applicants with their scholarship applications. i.e. being on the team alone will not put you at a higher chance of winning a scholarship. Please take this into consideration if you are relying on scholarship funding in order to attend.
When will I know the result of my team application?
We will respond to all applicants by mid-October.
Why do you ask for a photo as part of the application?
This is strictly to help us streamline the on-boarding process for successful applicants since we include photos of new team members in our announcements. Your photo is in no way a part of the evaluation of your application.
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Fusion Forum Sponsors
2018 SGFF Sponsorship Prospectus [PDF - 1.7MB]
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Apply to be a 2018 SGFF Delegate
Last updated: 13 January, 2018
Please read this page thoroughly before proceeding to submit your application. The information pertained on this page should help ensure the application process, application assessment, and the required steps are clear before submission. We look forward to reviewing your application!
2018 Delegate Application
- Why are you interested in participating in SGFF? (50-100 words)
- Please describe your relevant academic, professional, and/or volunteer experiences that you will bring to SGFF. (Max 200 words)
- What do you view as the greatest challenge to humanity's continued expansion into Space in the next ten years, either from a technology, business, or policy standpoint? (Max 200 words)
- What is the most exciting potential use of Space to you? (Max 200 words)
You are welcome to write a paragraph or a series of bullet points for each question. Remember we can only assess you on the information provided, so feel free to add details where appropriate (e.g. "interned at JSC for 3 months in mission operations" vs "completed internship" when discussing experiences, or "I would like to show how the energy industry and aerospace can collaborate" vs "I have new perspectives" when discussing unique insights).
Global Grants Programme Application
Accepted delegates will receive further information on how to secure their spot by paying the non-refundable registration fee.
2018 SGFF Registration Fees
Full-Time Post-Secondary Students* - $175 USD
Young Professionals** - $225 USD
Included in the cost of registration:
Entry to the 2018 Space Generation Fusion Forum on April 15 & 16, 2018
Breakfast and Coffee breaks for Day 1 and Day 2
- Dinner and Lunch on Day 1 (15 April, 2018)
Delegate materials, including sponsored "swag"
Entry to the opening ceremony of the 34th Space Symposium and NewGen luncheon on 16 April, 2018 at the Broadmoor Hotel
One (1) complimentary ticket to Yuri's Night at the Space Foundation Discovery Center (Sunday - 15 April, 2018)
Discount for registration to the 34th Space Symposium***
* Proof of enrolment may be requested.
** Young professionals are individuals between the age of 18 to 35 as of April 15th, 2018 who are not students.
*** A limited number of discount codes are provided and subject to availability.
Application Closes on 10 February 2018 23:59 GMT.
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Fusion Forum Staff
Chantelle Dubois (Canada)
SGFF 2018 Manager
Chantelle Dubois is an undergraduate computer engineering student at the University of Manitoba. She first joined SGAC in 2014 after attending the SGC and IAC in Toronto, Canada. The event left a deep impression on her and motivated her to continue her involvement with the organisation. That same year she became a member of the web editing team, progressed to web team coordinator, interned at the SGAC headquarters in Vienna in 2015, was a member of the communications team for the 2016 SGC, and was selected as Deputy Manager for the 2017 SGFF. Through her experiences with SGAC she has gained knowledge and appreciation of the international and interdisciplinary aspects of the space industry. In 2016 she became a recipient of the Space Generation Leadership Award.
Chantelle has also been involved with a number of other non-profit, space oriented organizations or groups, including the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS), Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Canada (SEDS-Canada), and the Canadian Space Society (CSS).
Recently she completed an internship at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Saint-Hubert, working with the Robotics Team in the Space Exploration Development branch. As part of her internship, she also spent two-weeks with the International and Regulatory Affairs team in the CSA's Policy branch in Gatineau. Chantelle was also a member of the CSA's 2016-2017 Astronaut Recruitment Campaign Final Selection Committee.
Lauren Smith (USA)
SGFF 2018 Deputy Manager
Lauren Smith is a Manager at Northrop Grumman on the Integration & Test (I&T) Senior Technical Staff for James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – the premier observatory of the next decade that will study every phase of the history of our Universe. In this role, she is the I&T lead for all Nonexplosive Actuators (NEAs) and Deployments.
Lauren loves a good engineering challenge whether it is in our atmosphere or in outer space; prior to JWST, she was a Program Manager for rapid development efforts in both space systems and autonomous aircraft systems. Before joining Northrop Grumman, Lauren was an engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab. She also conducted her thesis work at Glenn, specializing in mechanisms and robotics. This work contributed to her being named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s. Lauren graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, and a minor in political science. Lauren currently serves as the U.S. National Point of Contact for SGAC and is also the Vice President of Caroline’s Project, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to girls who wish to attend STEM summer camps.
McClain Goggin (USA)
McClain Goggin is a first-year master’s student and Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship recipient working on research in astrodynamics and space applications at Purdue University. He has lead the payload team on a NASA-funded CubeSat project, taken multiple space-policy study abroad trips, and completed internships at Cummins Engine Company, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and Northrop Grumman. In 2017, he received the Future Space Leaders Grant to attend the SGC in Adelaide Australia and present his CubeSat mission at the IAC. His ultimate goal is to bring the durability and reliability of diesel engines to the space industry in order to allow more people to take advantage of space on a regular basis. He has a passion for building the future he wants to live in, and for solving difficult problems. McClain looks forward to solving the problems that will arise as mankind ventures farther and farther into space.
Tara Halt (USA)
Tara Halt currently works as an Aerospace Analyst at Bryce Space and Technology. In her role, she is a member of the business development team and also supports the NASA Innovative and Advanced Concepts program at NASA HQ.
Tara lives in the DC metro area and is working to finish her master’s degree in December 2017 at George Washington University in International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Space Policy. In 2015, she graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations. Previously, Tara has interned at NewSpace Global, FAA Office of Commercial Space, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Tara loves being a part of SGAC and previously served on the organizing teams for Fusion Forum and the Space Generation Congress in 2016.
Tobias Niederwiser (Austria/USA)
As part of his doctoral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Tobias Niederwieser is evaluating bioregenerative life support system technologies using green algae for air revitalization, waste water recycling, and food production in spacecraft. Previously, Tobias earned his Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University Munich, Germany in 2013 and his Master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. In parallel, Tobias works as a Graduate Research Assistant at BioServe Space Technologies, where he helps to design, build, and test payloads for scientific research onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Examples are the Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL), an incubator for biological experiments, or the Animal Enclosure Module - Environmental Control (AEM-E), a life support system for the transport of rodents to the ISS. In his free time, he is the national point of contact for the Student European Low Gravity Research Association (SELGRA), officer for the Committee for Expansion into Key Space Industries (CENKI), and enjoys making use of his Private Pilot Certificate.
Conor MacDonald (Australia/Ireland)
Conor is PhD student at the University of Adelaide in South Australia working within the Acoustics Vibrations and Control Research Group. He is in his first year of a PhD program, where he has been awarded a scholarship to undertake research into acoustic metamaterials and their applications with rocket payload fairings. Conor holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide in addition to being an alumni of the International Space University’s SH-SSP.
In addition to his academic interests, Conor is fully engaged with the growing number of aerospace and space university students in Australia through his work with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) and currently is the AYAA Executive Treasurer. Conor has previously attended the 2015 Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Jerusalem and was the Local Team Leader for the 2017 SGC in Adelaide, Australia. Conor is looking forward to his role in the 2018 Space Generation Fusion Forum onboard the Communications Team, and hopes to make the event a fantastic experience for all attendees.
Andrew Stiles (USA)
Andrew Stiles is a senior Economics major at Hamilton College. He founded and leads an online publication called First Report Economic News which has covered the emergence of NewSpace and more specifically, the private launch sector. During his free time, he enjoys fishing and exercising.
Jessica Todd (Australia/USA)
Jessica Todd is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, conducting research in the Man Vehicle Lab and Space Systems Lab. Jessica has been involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council for the past four years, after attending SGC 2012 in Beijing. During her time with the SGAC she has worked as the PR and Communications Coordinator for SGC 2015, Logistics Coordinator for SGC 2017 and as part of the SGAC Communications team. She was also the recipient of the SGFF Global Grant 2017 and the Young Australian Space Leaders Scholarship in 2013.
Jessica has a keen interest in human spaceflight and the engineering, biological and policy challenges of future deep space human missions. She has a Bachelor of Advanced Science, in Physics and Biology, and a Bachelor of Aeronautical Space Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia, and during her undergraduate degree completed research in a variety of areas including Mars planetary exploration, navigation for UAVs and virtual reality. She completed an internship at the Australian Astronomical Observatory and worked for as a graduate researcher for the Space Environment Research Centre. Jessica is passionate about STEM education and encouraging women in space-related fields, mentoring two all-girl student teams in the 2016 and 2017 Zero Robotics Challenge.
Daniel Brack (Israel/USA)
Daniel is PhD student in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on asteroid astrodynamics and he is a research assistant at CU Boulder working on the Radio-Science Experiment team for the OSIRIS-REx mission. Daniel also holds a MSc and BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In addition, Daniel is an ISU SSP14 alum and a team project associate chair in ISU's SSP16. Daniel has served as the SGAC National Points of Contact for Israel (2014-2016) and as a SGFF17 team member.
Kristin Shahady (USA)
Kristin Shahady is a Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Colorado working as an analyst for on-orbit support of satellites. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology. In 2016, Kristin worked for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with a desire to get back into the space industry. She was accepted as a delegate for 2016’s Space Generation Fusion Forum and won MVP for the round robin discussions. This event led to her job at Ball Aerospace and motivated her to be more involved in SGAC. She was one of the 2017 Fusion Forum Delegates Coordinators and gained great experience by interacting with delegates to create a world-class event by building relationships across different parts of the space sector creating valuable outputs from the next generation of space leaders to be delivered to the industry as a whole. She is also the recipient of the Move an Asteroid Competition Scholarship for 2017.
Previously, she has worked for the Kennedy Space Center’s education program teaching children about the shuttle’s history. She had an internship with Space Telescope Science Institute to work with top scientists in the field to optimize the Hubble archived data. Throughout school she researched the orbital geometry of circumbinary planets from Kepler data. She also is actively engaged with the Society of Physics Students (SPS) helping with outreach projects and mentor-ship.
Markus Geiss (Germany/USA)
A native of Germany, Markus Geiss came to the U.S. as part of a foreign student exchange program in high school. He then attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney, the University of Applied Sciences in Munich—where he earned his B.Eng. degree in mechatronics and the International Space University in Montreal. Markus obtained a Master’s in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016. As a fourth year PhD student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is currently focusing on topology optimization and simulation of 3D printed self-folding structures. He completed a practical semester (internship) with Airbus Defense and Space and at the German aerospace center, DLR.
Previously, Markus has attended the SGC and IAC in Toronto, Canada in 2014 and has served as the operations manager and operations chair for the 2016 and 2017 NewSpace conferences hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation.
Barret Schlegelmilch (USA)
Barret Schlegelmilch is a second-year graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concurrently pursuing an MBA and MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering as a Leaders for Global Operations fellow. He joined SGAC in 2017 and was a SGFF Delegate the same year. He is Co-President of the MIT Astropreneurship and Space Industry Club and lead organizer of the MIT New Space Age Conference. Barret is a passionate proponent of human spaceflight and the emerging space economy, and has co-founded two space-focused startups. He has also both worked on national-level space programs through testing of the Space Launch System at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, as well as published astrophysics research while at Gemini Observatory. Prior to attending MIT, Barret earned a BS in Astrophysics from UCLA and served 5 years as a Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer.
Anthony Yuen (Australia/USA)
Anthony Yuen is a medical doctor and mechanical & space engineer, currently working as an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He studied at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he obtained his engineering and medical degrees. His past interests and experience span areas as diverse as ramjets, needle-free delivery of drugs and vaccines, global health, artificial hearts, and high-fidelity medical simulations. His eventual goal is to develop innovative approaches at the intersection of medicine, engineering and technology to overcome the challenges of long duration spaceflight on the human body.
Anthony has been part of SGAC since 2015 and is currently serving as the Web Coordinator. He has attended the Fusion Forum in the two previous years and is excited to be part of the organizing team for Fusion Forum 2018.
Chris Nie (USA)
Strategy & Finance Coordinator
Chris Nie is a Systems and Integration Engineer working on the environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle at Lockheed Martin Space. His career has given him the opportunity to work on GPS satellites, SmallSats, in government affairs and business development, as well as NASA's Human Spaceflight Program, Orion. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a focus in Bioastronautics. His university career spanned work in the fields of space life science research, robotics, ECLSS, human factors, and CubeSats. Chris is active in the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is an alumnus of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). He is honored to have been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s as a rising leader in Aerospace and Defense, and to have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award multiple times for his work in STEM outreach.
Mansoor Shar (UK)
Strategy & Finance Coordinator
Recently graduated from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France with an MSc in Space Studies, Mansoor joined Inmarsat in June 2015 and works as an Asset and Investment Analyst in the Technology Optimisation function, carrying out profitability assessments, technical analysis and supporting cross-functional strategic development activities. Mansoor has been an active member of SGAC since early 2015 when he joined the Web Team during his masters at ISU. He first experienced SGAC’s impact on the space community when taking part in the 2015 SGC in Jerusalem, resulting in a successful workshop that led to a published paper in a peer-reviewed journal. He continued his involvement through participation at SGx 2016 in Washington DC, the 2nd European Space Generation Workshop in Paris and the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum in Colorado. Mansoor is now also a member of SGAC’s Finance and Strategy team. Prior to Inmarsat and ISU, Mansoor worked at Barclays and Goldman Sachs and has a BSc in Computer Science.
Passionate about space applications and entrepreneurship, Mansoor was on the winning team for London’s NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016, and the associated Kennedy Space Centre Challenge: Geotagging Space and Aviation. Mansoor is also a qualified Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
April 15th & 16th, 2018
Broadmoor Hotel - Cheyenne Lodge
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Don't forget to keep up-to-date with the latest announcements on the SGAC website or social media
Check out the recap of the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum below, and visit the SGFF 2017 Flickr Album!
What is the Space Generation Fusion Forum
Held annually in scenic Colorado Springs in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the Space Generation Fusion Forum is a two-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the international and US space industry. Delegates are students and young professionals from around the world and various facets of the space sector including science, engineering, law/policy, business/commerce, medicine, media, military, and government. Through discussion tracks, expert panels, keynote presentations, and interactive activities, these selected delegates will "fuse" their perspectives.
By attending the Space Generation Fusion Forum, delegates will learn, share their knowledge, network with fellow students and young professionals in the space industry, and meet the industry's leaders and experts.
All output produced by the Space Generation Fusion Forum is compiled into a report to be presented at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, as well as other conferences around the world.
To see our speakers list form the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum, please visit this page.
Who should attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum
We invite students and young professionals between the age of 18 to 35 (as of April 16, 2018) who are nationals of United Nations member states and are passionate about the space industry to apply to be part of the delegation. Past delegates have attended from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines.
Delegate applications for the 2018 Space Generation Fusion Forum are expected to open early 2018. Check back and follow SGAC on social media to keep up to date!
Sponsor or Partner with the Space Generation Fusion Forum
Would you like to become official sponsors or partners of the Space Generation Fusion Forum? You will be part of this unique event enabling young professionals all over the world to gather and discuss key space topics, and at the same time increasing your visibility internationally and at the 34th Annual Space Symposium.
For more information, please contact:
Download the 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus [PDF - 1.7MB]
Please note: SGAC does not assume any liability for attendees' safety during any part of the Space Generation Fusion Forum or associated events. Participation in the Space Generation Fusion Forum is entirely at the participants' own risk.