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Space Career Day Gives Students and Military Insight into Space Careers

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Both education programs and programs desiged to aid young space professionals in advancing their careers are an important part of the Space Symposium. Space Career Day, held on April 11, combined the two objectives in one event. With almost 100 participants, including students from Space Grant Universities in four states and transitioning military, the full-day event provided exposure to aerospace companies, career advice and an opportunity to tour the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and to view the final general session presentation at the Space Symposium.

Space Career Day was co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRL).


Hosted by Space Foundation Vice President – Education Iain probert, the event featured presentations by

  • Dan Mosqueda, director of Air Force programs, Colorado Springs USRL
  • Sarah B. Foster, senior human resources generalist, USRL
  • Dr. Pete McQuade, distinguished service professor, program director, space systems engineering, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Space Foundation Research Analyst Mariel John Borowitz, who talked about workforce and education findings in the Space Foundation’s The Space Report 2013: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, which was released the week before the Space Symposium. To find out more about The Space Report, click here(pictured, left)
  • Debra Facktor Lepore, vice president and general manager strategic operations, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., who closed the formal program with a presentation on A Career Path that is Out of this World.

Meet the Companies Sessions

The event also featured “Meet the Companies” sessions that included company overviews and Q&A sessions. Presented representatives included:  

  • Eric H. Anderson, chief technologist, Moog Inc.
  • Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun, USAF, Ret., senior vice president, space & intelligence, ASRC Federal
  • John Elbon, vice president general manager, Boeing Space Exploration
  • Steven Gianoulakis, senior manager, Space Mission Engineering Program Office, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Mike Kirkland, executive vice president, mission analysis, The SI Organization
  • Paul S. Lockhart, senior vice president, space systems and services, Mission Solutions Group, QinetiQ North America
  • Laura Maginnis, manager T&P DoD/NASA Missions, United Launch Alliance
  • Russ Matijevich, system architect & senior capture manager, SAIC
  • Joan McCarroll, chief engineer for system engineering and integration, TASC
  • Michael J. Miller, business development manager, protected SATCOM, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Ron Ramos, vice president, exploration & missile defense, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Anita Renteria, director business development, Barrios Technology

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