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Speakers Educate Young Professionals about Industry, Career Strategies

During the 29th National Space Symposium, a number of speakers and panels provided young space professionals with insight into the space industry as well as helpful tips for career advancement and growth. Presentations included:

Panel Discusses Launch Vehicles and Satellites

The A Fresh Take on Old Concepts: Reusable Launch Vehicles, Smallsats and Satellite Servicing panel gave the New Generation audience a look at the growing and powerful launch and satellite sectors from a variety of viewpoints. Panelists included:

  • Sean Mahoney, chief operating officer, Masten Space Systems
  • Andrew Nelson, chief operating officer, XCOR Aerospace
  • John Paffett, Ph.D., director, telecommunications and navigation, Surrey Satellite Technology LTD
  • Maj. Gen. Craig Weston, USAF, Ret., president and chief operating officer, U.S. Space, LLC

Read a synopsis here; see photos here.

Leaders Offer Career Advice

The Good Management - The Path to Success panel featured a stellar group of space professionals who gave the audience insight into their career paths, offered tips for success and answered audeince questions.

The panelists (pictured in order, left) included:

  • Theresa Beech, president and chief executive officer, MetiSpace Technologies, Inc.
  • Clay Mowry, president, Arianespace, Inc.
  • The Honorable Patricia Grace Smith, former assistant administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; principal, Patti Grace Smith Consulting
  • Mark Valerio, vice president and general manager, military space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Read a synopsis of the tips the panel offered here; see photos here.

Sirangelo Inspires Luncheon Audience

The New Generation Leadership Perspectives Luncheon on April 11, co-sponsored by Astrium, featured an inspirational speech by Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, who talked about how space has made the impossible possible.

Read a synopsis here; see photos here.

Sirangelo is pictured, right, exchanging business cards with a New Generation participant.

Reception Honors New Generation Participants

The Space Symposium closed with one final New Generation event, which was open to all Space Symposium attendees - the Reception in Celebration of the New Generation Space Leaders, co-sponsored by: Aeroflex Microelectronic Solutions, Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI), Maui Economic Development Board, Space Generation Advisory Council. 

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