Ana Diaz Artiles
Human Performance in Space Department

Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles (SSP10) is a lecturer and research associate at the Sibley School for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Her interests focus on the biomedical and human factors aspects of space exploration, including exercise physiology, cardiovascular modeling, artificial gravity, sensorimotor adaptation, human performance, human health countermeasures, extravehicular activity, biomechanics, and space mission design. At Cornell, she has created and leads the senior/graduate course: “Bioastronautics and Human Performance”, and she directs the “Bioastronautics and Human Performance” research lab.

She received her Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015, where she studied artificial gravity combined with exercise as a countermeasure for spaceflight-related physiological deconditioning. Prior to MIT, Ana worked for five years in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 launch team. Dr. Diaz Artiles has a background in aeronautical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), and SUPAERO in Toulouse (France). She is a 2011 Fulbright fellow and a 2014 Amelia Earhart Fellowship recipient.

Chris Welch
Core Chair

Chris has been orbiting ISU since he first met founders Peter Diamandis and Todd Hawley in 1987. In 2011, after two decades in UK academia, Chris moved to ISU in Strasbourg to become Professor of Spacecraft Engineering and Program Director of ISU’s Masters. SSP17 will be his eleventh SSP. Although technically a physicist-turned-engineer, Chris sees himself more as a ‘spaceist’, interested in all aspects of space.

Chris is a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and a member of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Space Advisory Group. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow/Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Chartered Physicist and Member of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

A longstanding practitioner of space education, Chris is former two-time Chair of the International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee a board member of the World Space Week Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. Chris’ other activities include being a board member of the Arts Catalyst and an advisory board member of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the Space Generation Advisory Council. In 2015 he was the recipient of an IAF Distinguished Service Award.

Chris has a BSc in Physics from Cardiff University, an MSc in Space Physics from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Spacecraft Engineering from Cranfield University.

Twitter: @ProfChrisWelch

Daniel Glover
TP - The Future of ISS

Daniel R. Glover, Jr. holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. in system engineering from the University of Toledo. Dr. Glover is a retired NASA engineer where he worked on projects such as the Galileo mission to Jupiter, cryogenic fluid management research, and satellite networking. He was in charge of the avionics design for the Constellation space suit and for several years he worked in the strategic planning office at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. While leading the satellite networking group, he participated in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and conducted experiments on the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS). He is a senior member of IEEE and is on the faculty of the International Space University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rocky River Public Library. Dr. Glover is married with two sons and one grandson.

Daniel Rockberger
Space Management and Business Department

I was born in London England and moved with my family to Israel in 1981 where i went through the entire education system including my undergraduate degree of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology (SSP16 host site), graduating in 2003. Prior to my undergraduate degree, I worked as a composite technician for a year and a half, and therefore have experience in hands on composite fabrication. My final undergraduate project and my Masters internship at NASA, were both in the field of composite structures design, optimization, fabrication, and testing.

I worked in the UAV industry for nine years, and in 2005 decided to pursue a space career and joined the ISU masters program of 2005/6. Upon my return in 2006 I joined Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and worked on the design of the AMOS communication satellite series.

In parallel to my work at IAI I founded the Israeli Nano Satellite Association, and started the seeds of the Nano satellite activity in Israel, that led to eight different satellites being built and launched by industry, academia and even high school pupils. I was also the deputy manager of the Venus vegetation satellite that IAI are developing for CNES, which is due to be launched on a Vega launcher in 2017. My ISU masters internship was at NASA Goddard working on the design of the LRO mission to the Moon.

I founded my first company NSL Satellites in 2009. Here we developed new innovative technologies under an FP7 funded European fund. Our technology has been launched on a NanoSatellite in January 2017. We also built an educational program in multiple schools and launched 15 experiments to date to the ISS. Nowadays the project is run by the Ramon Foundation, which is run by Rona Ramon, the wife of late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.

In 2008 I also attempted and took part in the ESA astronaut selection. In 2015 I founded my second company, NSLCOMM, raising funds from multiple venture capital funds. This is where my focus is today. In my company we develop high bandwidth expandable antennas for satellites.

Perhaps my greatest achievement happened after finishing my ISU Master Program. Together with Michael Potter I established the Ramon Scholarship Fund for Israeli participants to attend ISU. Since 2008 we have raised over $500K, plus matching funds from the Israel Ministry of Science, and we sent over 40 participants to ISU programs.

I am excited to chair the MGB department this year and hope to meet you soon!

Ed Chester
TP - Roadmaps and Strategies for Space Sector National Capacity Building

Ed’s academic background includes a BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics and PhD in Computer Arithmetic and Signal Processing. Much of the time that this all represents was spent on space projects rather than the matter at hand. After SSP in 2002, he formed one third of the flight operations team for the Beagle-2 lander mission to Mars, then moved to Germany and worked at ESA/ESOC on Herschel and Planck. Over time inevitably became a manager and became more involved with innovation. Ed moved to Spain in 2007 as Head of R&D for the Centre for Aerospace and Space Technology, and in parallel designed and taught space systems engineering courses at the Technical University of Catalunya.

Current activities include management support, proposal preparation and evaluation, and technical consulting services to private clients, the UK Space Agency, and other parts of government. He is also a director of Catena Space, a small company providing hands-on training and technology development in the space domain. Ed is a Chartered Engineer, a Certified Facilitator of Lego® Serious Play® and a flyer of kites.

Jan Walter Schroeder
Associate Chair
TP - The Future of ISS

Walter’s background is in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on human-machine interfaces and neuroscience. Walter studied Medical Informatics in Heidelberg/Heilbronn and wrote his master thesis in Taipeh, Taiwan (ROC) developing a new method for 3D dynamic body surface and volume reconstruction. Towards the end of his studies he participated in the CVA (Community of Ariane Cities) summer school 2007. After his studies, Walter joined CTAE (the Aerospace Research and Technology Centre) in Barcelona, as a Life Supports Systems Engineer in the Human Space Flight Department. Walter also worked alongside with Juan de Dalmau to organize the CVA’s anniversary with the involvement of local schools, councils and space organizations all over Europe. Afterwards he worked at Roche Diagnostics in Switzerland and then started his PhD in the UK developing a medical device that uses electrical stimulation to improve balance for patients with sensation loss. He also lectured in Applied Physics at the university. Walter participated in the ISU SSP in 2010 in Strasbourg. With the completion of his PhD he founded the startup company Sensovo, which in 2013 won the European Space Agency Innovation Prize for the concept of building a tactile navigation belt that leads its user via vibration. Walter runs the startup now as its CEO and is the main shareholder of the company. He holds a pilot license for paragliding and is a certified diver. Walter is a father of a baby boy and enjoys traveling with his family.

Niamh Shaw
Associate Core Chair

Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist and performer is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity, merging performance and theatre with communication, engineering, science, art, and technology. She is interested in pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science, particularly through Space themes, creating science events for both family and arts audiences.

Niamh is an alumnus of SSP 2015, and lectured at SSP 2016 in Haifa Israel last year, as part of the Humanities department activities. As the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, her STEAM lecture/performance piece, 'To Space', toured internationally including Edinburgh Fringe (2015), Adelaide Fringe (2016), Edinburgh International Science Festival (2016), and Cheltenham Science Festival (2016) supported by Culture Ireland, ESA and the Arts Council of Ireland. Her next project ‘A Hand in Space’ has been funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2017 Discover programme, working with ESA’s Astronaut Centre in creating a new multimedia performance about the massive group effort behind human space exploration. She was the artist and journalist for Crew 173, an all-SSP alum team of six simulated astronauts who completed a Mars analog mission at Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert in January 2017. She has presented her work in STEAM at scientific conferences including the International Astronautical Congress (2016), European Geosciences Assembly (2017, 2016, 2015), and European Planetary Sciences Congress (2015).

Niamh regularly speaks at STEM careers events to promote ‘Women in STEM’ and contributes extensively on Irish national TV, radio, and press. She has spoken at TEDxUCD, & World Science Festival, Brisbane. She hosts and creates a variety STEM-themed public events and is a member of function(core), a transdisciplinary and international collective to find solutions to unsolvable problems for our future. Niamh provides specialised communication, ideation and futures workshops in academic research and corporate business environments. She recently co-founded a communications training centre for academics and researchers, in collaboration with University College Dublin, Tyndall Institute Cork, and affiliated with the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science at Stonybrook University, NY. She is the Dublin point of contact, on behalf of Blackrock Castle Observatory for Ireland’s national Space week and is the Space Ambassador to Northern Ireland for the ESA's education and resource office (ESERO UK). She was recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators. Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time, and embraces failure daily.

Twitter: @niamhiepoos

Timiebi Aganaba
Associate Chair
Space Policy, Economics, and Law Department
Previously the Executive Director of the World Space Week Association, coordinating the global response to the UN-declared World Space Week, Timiebi is currently undertaking a fellowship in the International Law Research Program at the Center for International Governance Innovation, Canada, focused on tools of transparency for solving climate change governance issues. Her PhD research at McGill University focused on Space benefit and international cooperation. Dr. Aganaba-Jeanty has an LLM Air and Space Law (McGill, Canada), MSc in Space Management (ISU, France), BL Nigerian Law School, and LLB Law (Leicester, UK).

From 2012 to 2016 she was a Consultant at Euroconsult, a global space consulting firm, where she focused on emerging space nations and conducted socio-economic impact assessments of national space sectors. Formerly a lawyer at the Nigerian Space Agency, in 2011 Dr. Aganaba-Jeanty was a member of the Nigerian delegation to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations COPUOS and in 2013 was the Nigerian Next Generation Aviation Professional Representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization. Dr. Aganaba-Jeanty is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and the Space Education and Outreach Committee of the International Astronautic Federation
Eric Dalhstrom
Space Sciences Department

Mr. Eric Dahlstrom is co-founder of International Space Consultants, and is a space science and space engineering consultant. He studied the physics of black holes at University of North Carolina, galactic astronomy at the University of Maryland, and space systems engineering at George Washington University. He has used several of the world’s largest radio telescopes to map the Galaxy, and space-based infrared telescopes to study interstellar dust. At NASA Goddard, he worked on the design of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) to study the origin of the universe. His focus has been on international and interdisciplinary teams, being involved in 20 summer sessions of International Space University in ten countries. Eric worked on the design of the International Space Station at NASA Langley, where he analyzed many engineering systems (orbits, communication, power, debris, docking, module pattern, robotic and EVA assembly), and the Russian interface. At NASA HQ, he was a co-author of “Lessons Learned from Challenger” and calculated the risk of another Shuttle accident. During the NASA studies of human exploration, he helped coordinate Moon and Mars transportation architecture studies. For the last eight years, he has advised entrepreneurial space companies in Silicon Valley in California. Currently he is a mentor for the NASA Frontier Development Lab studying the asteroid impact hazard, and is working on creating entrepreneurial space ecosystems in countries across the world.

Gary Martin
TP - Entrepreneurial And Innovation Ecosystem For Space

Mr. Gary L. Martin is the Director of Partnerships at Ames Research Center. In this position he oversees public-private and international partnerships for the Center and NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer program for the Agency.

Mr. Martin has worked at NASA for 31 years and has worked at Langley Research Center, NASA Headquarters, and Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to Ames. He has worked primarily in the science mission and human spaceflight areas, usually in program management for advanced technology projects and strategic planning. In 2002, he was named as NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning for the Agency and providing the analysis that was used to develop NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration announced by the President in 2004. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2005. From 2005-2007 and again in 2012-2013, Mr. Martin was on a NASA Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment as the Director of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Mr. Martin holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, and dual Bachelors degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

Geoffrey Steeves
Core Chair

Dr. Geoff Steeves is a physics professor at the University of Victoria and a faculty member at the International Space University. He is a co-founder of the StarAcers science education program and a top 16 finalist in Canada's 2008/09 astronaut recruitment campaign.

Geoff completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Alberta studying ultrafast microscopy. He continued his studies through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California Santa Barbara at the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computing. Current research interests include Mars analogue environments and low latency tele-robotic exploration.

Geoff is an experienced SCUBA diver and a pilot with a commercial pilot license and multi-engine instrument rating.

At the International Space University Geoff was a participant of SSP10, studying in the Business and Management Department. He chaired the Space Science Department (SSP12, SSP13, SSP14), the Space Humanities Department (SSP15, SSP16) and now serves as an SSP17 Core Chair.

Joseph Pellegrino
TP - The Future of Internet of Things and Their Applicability to Space

Joe graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  His first assignment was at the NASA Johnson Space Center as a contractor with Boeing, where he trained crews of several successful Space Shuttle missions in various simulators and the neutral buoyancy pool.  Joe was awarded a master degree research grant by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed a fuzzy logic vibration control system for the International Space Station. He then accepted a position at the Canadian Space Agency where he worked on developing robotic technologies and served as the manager of a tele-operation testbed.  Joe continued his career with Boeing in El Segundo, CA where he served as the Spacecraft Manager for several GEO satellites including Anik-F1 and TDRS I and J. During this period of his career, he lead several launch campaigns on US, European and Russian launch vehicles.  Joe transferred with Boeing to the Kennedy Space Center where he performed integration of the International Space Station and prepared payloads for Space Shuttle missions.  During this period he served as the lead of the Cupola program which involved an international assignment in Italy. He then accepted a position with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and ran the Pasadena, CA office. During this assignment, he contributed to several JPL Mars rover and deep space mission.  Joe transferred with ATK to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he currently leads several missions for the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office.  Joe was an ISU student in 1995.  He served as a teaching assistant in 1996, and has participated in nearly every SSP since then in various roles (including visiting lecturer, department activity lead and department chair).

Norah Patten
TP - Entrepreneurial

Dr. Norah Patten is a faculty member at the International Space University and is the founder and director of a start-up company in Ireland which specialises in using space as a means of inspiring the next generation. In 2016, Norah participated in the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Program, funded by Enterprise Ireland. She was a recipient of the Emerging Space Leaders Grant and a Next Generation Plenary panellist at the IAC in 2015. Through a partnership with NanoRacks, Norah coordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ project which launched Ireland’s first student experiment to the International Space Station in 2014. She participated in the ISU SSP in 2010, has industrial experience from The Boeing Company and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent, is a regular speaker at public events, and has featured on national television and radio.

Norah was named by Technology Voice as one of Ireland’s top 38 Women in Technology in 2015 and was one of ten women listed by Silicon Republic for her achievements in space. Norah participated in the Alpbach summer school in 2008, she was the SGAC Irish NCP from 2012-2016 and is a contributing writer with Astronomy Ireland. Norah holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and a 1.1. Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Limerick.

Facebook: Norah Patten@ My Space Adventure
Twitter: @SpaceNorah

Dennis Irwin
Space Engineering Department

Dennis Irwin became dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in July 2002. Irwin was chair of the College’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1997 to 2002. He was selected as the school's Outstanding Graduate Instructor and Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor three times each. During his tenure as dean, the Russ College received what is still the largest single gift to a public engineering college in the USA, $124M from alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores. In addition, and also during his tenure, the Russ College has been awarded more than $180M in research awards from sponsors such as NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, General Electric, and several hundred other institutional and industry entities.

A registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio since 1989, Irwin currently serves on the nomination and selection committee for the National Academy of Engineering’s Russ Prize, the world’s highest honor in bioengineering. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University, and serves on the Ohio Society Professional Engineers (OSPE) board of directors, which in 2012 awarded him the OSPE Uncommon Engineer Award. He is a fellow of the NSPE, an associate fellow of AIAA, and a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Irwin’s research and consulting has been centered on vibration analysis and control for spacecraft and spacecraft and aircraft subsystems.

He was the 2015-2016 President of OSPE and is the current Chair of NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Higher Education Executive Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Aerospace Institute.

Irwin, who holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S., all in electrical engineering, from Mississippi State University.

Ray A. Williamson
Space Policy, Economics, and Law Department

Ray A. Williamson is retired from Secure World Foundation, where he served as Executive Director between 2007 and 2012 and Senior Advisor until 2014. Previously, he was Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs in the Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University. From 1979 to 1995, he served first as Senior Analyst and later as Senior Associate for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. Prior to employment with OTA, Dr. Williamson was Assistant Dean at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.

He is an external faculty member of the International Space University (since 1995) and editor of Apogeo Spatial, a magazine of space technology for human and environmental security. He is also a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and a member of the editorial board of the Space Policy Journal. Dr. Williamson is the author or editor of ten books on space policy, historic preservation and the astronomical knowledge and ritual of the American Indian.

Remco Timmermans
Space Management and Business Department

Remco Timmermans (1970) is a leading social media specialist for the space industry, developing successful social media marketing campaigns for clients all over the world. Remco founded and leads two very different small companies. He is the director of Seventy Media, a communication agency specializing in the use of social media for space. In addition he is co-director of Expedition Factory, that specializes in corporate team training and Arctic expeditions. Remco also organizes press and space enthusiast trips to rocket launches at Baikonur Cosmodrome. In his spare time Remco is the volunteer CEO of the SpaceUp Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps organize SpaceUp unconferences all over the world. He is also an active member of the International Astronautical Federation and recently participated at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs High Level Forum, in preparation to the Unispace+50 global space conference in 2018.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in 1995, Remco spent over 15 years in the international corporate world, working in IT, finance and process management at Compaq, Hewlett Packard and Oracle. After that he worked several years as a management consultant, specializing in organization design. He co-authored and published three books on sustainable business models, and frequently publishes blogs, magazine articles and papers about business process improvement, online marketing, business travel and space, and is a regular speaker on these topics at industry conferences around the world. During his career Remco lived and worked in several countries. Currently he is based in his native country the Netherlands.

Remco is an SSP13 (Strasbourg) alumnus and has been involved with ISU ever since. Remco was a teaching associate at SSP15 (Athens, Ohio), a team project co-chair at SSP16 (Haifa), member of the SSP15, SSP16 and SSP17 external relations teams, and a member of the SSP18 (Netherlands) local organizing committee and host team.

Robert Hill
TP - Roadmaps and Strategies for Space Sector National Capacity Building

Robert Hill is the Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office and chair of the Northern Ireland Space Special Interest Group (NISSIG) hosted by the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space trade membership group ADS. He has spearheaded the campaign to bring space sector opportunities to the region and recently authored and coordinated the development of the Northern Ireland Space Strategy, launched by First Minister Arlene Foster MLA and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton in October 2016.

Robert is the Space Industry Advisor to InvestNI. This role is to assist InvestNI in advancing sectoral knowledge and development of opportunities for NI research and industry to become involved in upstream and downstream space sector activities. To this end, Robert has helped to successfully create new programs of space activity in the region including negotiations with Thales Alenia Space to set up the new Electric Propulsion Space Integration Test Centre in Belfast and initial proposal to bring Thruster testing and development to Northern Ireland with Aerojet Rocketdyne in the USA. He has assisted several regional SME’s to develop space capabilities including Sixty 5 (Agritech) and InphoActive (Security and Resilience) and coordinated several thematic workshops including the recent ‘Producers and Growers Space Data workshop’ and ‘Digital Society’ events in Belfast. Further, he has acted as regional lead on behalf of the UK Space Agency to develop the Space for Smarter Government Program (SSGP) in the region. This has led to several collaborations to develop space applications for government, including an initial project for first responders and security services. In 2017 he has taken on an advisory role with First Derivates Plc to help develop their space sector portfolio.

Robert is well recognised within the UK space sector and has acted as the UK Space Agency regional coordinator for the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (SpaceIGS) and Satellite Applications Catapult Regional Advisor. He currently holds the position with both the Agency and Catapult as a UK Knowledge Exchange Fellow.

Robert is a member of many European and Global wide working groups and panels including chair and author of the European funded Astronet Panel E elements ‘Relationships with Industry’, ‘Planetaria and Museums’ and ‘Education, Outreach and Recruitment’. He was part of the team evaluating the European Southern Observatory public outreach and educational material. He was a member of the International Astronomical Union Executive Committee Working Group for International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA09) with responsibility for global sponsorship strategy and co-manager of the Irish Secretariat for IYA09. He is a member of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Space Team and has travelled to Tanzania and Nigeria to assist with space infrastructure development. In 2011, Robert had the honour to lead the UNESCO Space Skills team to Bangladesh and participated in several missions to Africa including Nigeria, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Until 2009, Robert was the Business Manager for Armagh Planetarium and was instrumental in obtaining the £3.5M investment and funding required re-developing the facility as a world recognised centre of science education excellence. He is co-author of the Space Science Technology Level 2 qualification in Northern Ireland and Assistant Principal Moderator for the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. He has assisted in the creation of thematic units with regional industry, government and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment to align the latest astronomy and space related resources to accredited and integrated education to provide a relevant future skills base in the province that has capability to grow the space information and engineering sector.

Robert has recently been nominated to serve a further 3 year term on the EURISY Council in Paris. The role of Council will be to establish clearer guidance and best practice in the utilisation of satellites and space related data for the benefits of European society and economic growth.

Ruth McAvinia
Space Humanities Department

A native of County Meath, Ruth studied Drama and Modern Irish at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She worked in radio and national television news, as well as live sports commentary, for a number of years before deciding to retrain in science communication.

Ruth went on to study science and science communication at the Open University completing a BSc in 2011 and MSc in 2013. She has worked on contract for ESA and EUMETSAT in communications and social media.

Ruth was a participant at the SSP in 2010 in Strasbourg and served as TA and Emerging Chair for the Humanities (Space and Society) department in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She has also worked as a team project staff editor and visiting lecturer at SSP and is a member of the ISU Faculty.

Ruth is Vice-Chair (for Communications) of the Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and occasionally still works as a reporter, writing for the Planetary Society blog and the ISU website among others. In her spare time, she likes reading, acting, swimming, stormchasing, and watching television. She speaks Irish (Gaeilge) fluently, and is happy to help you to learn and to pronounce the road signs for you.

Su-Yin Tan
Space Applications Department

Dr. Su-Yin Tan is a Senior Lecturer in the Geomatics Program and Director of the Applied Geomatics Research Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a Faculty Member and chairs the Academic Council of the International Space University (ISU). At ISU, she serves as Space Applications Department Chair of the Space Studies Program (SSP) and lectures at the Masters of Space Studies (MSS) program. Dr. Tan's specialisation is in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and spatial data analysis. She is a distinguished Gates Scholar and received her PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), two Masters degrees from Oxford University (UK) and Boston University (USA), and BSc (Env) from the University of Guelph (Canada). She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Visiting Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (UK), and member of Christ Church College. Dr. Tan has an interdisciplinary background in the environmental sciences and spatial analysis methodologies in a range of application areas, such as climatology, ecosystem modelling, and remote sensing. She has been active in the ISU community ever since participating in SSP03 (Strasbourg), SSP04 (Adelaide), SSP07 (Beijing), SSP09 (NASA Ames), SSP11 (Graz), SSP12 (NASA KSC), SSP13 (Strasbourg), SSP14 (Montréal), SSP15 (Ohio), and SSP16 (Haifa). In the past decade, Dr. Tan has received over 16 awards and scholarships, including a prestigious Presidential University Graduate Fellowship and Overseas Research Scholarship. Dr. Tan received the prestigious 2014 Outstanding Performance Award for exceptional contributions to teaching and scholarship, which recognizes the top professors at the University of Waterloo. Originally from Papua New Guinea, she has a diverse international background and built a record of teaching and research excellence in North America, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe.

Benjamin Gurtl
Senior IT Assistant

Benjamin recently finished his MSc Degree in Information Management at University of Applied Sciences - FH JOANNEUM in Graz where he also was a dedicated student representative in several positions. Alongside his experience in many different fields of computer science, he specializes on IT project management and IT process management, as well as the domain of Enterprise Architecture with special focus on Big Data and Business Analytics. After first getting involved with ISU in Graz during SSP11, as part of the hosting team at the University of Technology Graz, his interest in space sciences was evoked. Riveted by the different fields of Space and the ISU community, Benjamin enjoyed another great summer in Strasbourg – working as IT Computer Lab Assistance – during SSP13. After another two year SSP break, Benjamin was part of the Tech Team and acted as the Medical Officer at SSP16 in Haifa, Israel.

Besides Information Management, computer science and space, Benjamin has a passion for his volunteer work in several domains within the Austrian Red Cross. He not only has experience as a paramedic (EMT), an ambulance driver and as first responder in the rescue services, but also acts as deputy chairman at the local base in Arnfels. In addition, Benjamin assists in communication and IT within the District Rescue Squad as well as taking the role of a First Aid teacher. He is, however, specialized in operation tactics concerning leading and supporting large scale operations; the most challenging of all came with his role as Red Cross Executive Commander in 2015/16 working on the Austrian-Slovenian border during the so-called refugee-crisis.

Overall Benjamin is an outgoing person, who enjoys spending his spare time discussing interesting things - especially with awesome people; he also likes running, hiking, biking and enjoys any event involving being outdoors or socializing over good drinks and good food.

Ciara Deering
Logistics Assistant

I am an undergraduate student studying Physics with Astronomy and Space Science in UCD. I have an interested in sports and have my CMAS One Star Scuba Diving Qualification. I also have completed the Grade 6 Piano Examination with the London College of Music.

Hameed Mohamed Manoharan
IT Assistant

Hameed Mohamed Manoharan hails from the French Capital of India, Pondicherry. He pursued his Bachelor’s in Aerospace engineering, SRM University, India. After his Bachelor’s, he wanted to expand his education in an interdisciplinary approach which made him pursue his Master’s at the International Space University. At ISU, he realized that he was also passionate in the human space performance, space architecture, and education & outreach fields.

During his Master’s individual project, he studied on the performance analysis of E-sail propulsion. He also worked on the Interstellar worldship team project concentrating specifically on the aspect of human performance. During his internship module, he worked as a research associate at the NASA Ames research center studying the efficiency of LOX-Methane propellants and Lunar COTS mission for enhancing cis-lunar activities. He is also one of the founders of Dr. Kalam Initiatives, a National Space Society chapter in India which concentrates on education & outreach activities.

At the moment, Hameed is looking forward to gaining experience in the field of propulsion in the space industry. Alternatively, he is also considering to pursue his higher education on lunar space habitats and improving human performance in space travel using VR/AR technologies.

Hameed’s interests and hobbies include gaming, filmmaking, photography, SCUBA diving, traveling, music, and cultural exchange programs. He likes football and he is a professional volleyball, badminton, and cricket player.

Hannah Petersson
Participant Liaison

Hannah is a M.Sc student at Luleå University of Technology in Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden. She’s studying space engineering with focus on spacecrafts and instrumentation and will begin her fifth and last year after the SSP17 summer. Above that, she’s also a part of a BEXUS team, a student project sponsored by SNSB/DLR/ESA, constructing and designing an experiment to be flying on a weather balloon in late 2017. She will start an internship at the electric department at ESA-ESTEC after SSP17.

Hannah’s ISU experience begun in the summer of ’16 when she was an SSP participant, doing cool stuff with the science department, and helped evaluating the possibilities of putting a human on Mars in the TP aMarte. She was also fortunate enough to represent the team and present the project at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the autumn of 2016.

As a true Swede with access to snow 9 of the 12 months, Hannah loves skiing. She also sings occasionally (all the time). Hannah is a member of SGAC and a pure Slytherin, happily discussing both.

İlke Şahin
Academic Assistant

İlke Şahin was born in Ankara in 1994. She is a recent graduate of astronautical engineering at the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association. Her research interests are orbit determination and control, space system design, collision analysis and space debris mitigation. Besides, she is also interested in aircraft engineering. Therefore, she has also been taking courses as a special student in Middle East Technical University (METU).

During her undergraduate years, she took part in the project named as Guided Missile Design. She was responsible for finding the most efficient design in terms of aerodynamics. Apart from that, she completed her first internship in Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) between June and July 2015. She worked on Earth-oriented satellite applications. Her second internship took place in TUBITAK UZAY which is the Space Technologies Research Institute of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) between July and August 2016. She did conjunction analysis between two space objects.

She is an active member of METU Couple Dances Club. Not only is she learning new dances, but she is also teaching children dance sports. She is a part-time dance instructor at METU Development Foundation Primary Private Schools since 2014. METU organizes well-known dance competition, METU Open World Ranking Tournament, in Turkey and she has been the Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator in this organization for four years. İlke has a lot of energy and curiosity. She likes travelling and exploring new places. She is a warm and friendly person. She has recently adopted a puppy, and she is taking care of it right now.

Goktug Karacalioglu
ISU SSP Academic Coordinator

During his secondary school years, everyone was thinking that Göktuğ (a.k.a. G2) will excel in literature and become a writer. Nope, he had surprised them all by picking “science” as his primary discipline and this was the beginning of his technical career.

In Turkey, you have to make a “sorted list of prefered departments” before you enter the nation-wide university enterence examination. He prepared such a list to put himself into “aeronautics engineering” but when the results were announced, he found himself studying “mechanical engineering”! Luckily he managed to take some astronautics classes which kept him alive! He then switched to Engineering Management for his masters and simultaneously worked as a launch systems design engineer in ROKETSAN for six years.

This was when he first joined ISU as a participant in SSP10 in Strasbourg. He started his PhD on Operations Research, but having no supervisor to accept him to write a thesis related to space, he decided to move to France. There, he worked as the participant liaison for SSP13, then joined the MSS14, wrote a report about launch vehicle failures which won the SGAC scholarship award, graduated with cum laude, moved to California to work as a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, worked on small spacecraft and space debris mitigation projects for two years, wrote a report on the “Impact of New Trends in Satellite Launches on Orbital Debris Environment” which won the SGAC scholarship award for the second time! In 2016, he was selected as the participant liaison for SSP16 in Israel and recently appointed as the Academic Coordinator for SSP17 and SSP18.

Oh, while doing all these, his old passion “to write” haunted! He started writing in the Space Safety Magazine and switched to NewSpace News when he moved to US. Currently, he is the managing editor of the Journal of Space Safety Engineering published by Elsevier and volunteering in organizing space conferences and events.

All of the above, though, is Göktuğ’s "job" jobs. The moment he switches off his computer (and yes, he loves to do that!), he either starts dancing or traveling! With more than 40 countries already checked in his list, he is addicted to exploring remote destinations with his good old camera. His personal interest in launchers and launch sites has dragged him to many locations from French Guiana to Cape Canaveral, from Alcantara to Baikonur Cosmodrome, from Vandenberg to Kodiak in Alaska. His next destination will possibly be Esrange in Sweden and hopefully, one day, Antarctica!

He used to be a competitive ballroom dancer during his undergrad years. Currently, he is holding a dancesport adjudicator’s license and enjoys organizing, watching and judging ballroom competitions. Since 2014 he is the head of dancesport technical commission in Turkey as well as te national administrator of World Dance Sport Federation. To sum up, if you occasionally notice him dancing in his office while reading a technical article, don’t be surprised! ☺

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Carol Carnett
Space English Access Course Lead
Carol Carnett holds a graduate level certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She concentrates her work on English communication skills for professionals in the academic, administrative, and technical sectors of the space community, and continues training in her field through additional advanced degree programs.

Carol is a career Legal Services Attorney (retired); in addition to her JD, she has graduate-level degrees in Music/Theater performance and costume design. 2016 is Carol's 17th year with SSP, where she develops and coordinates the English Program activities to support the participants in communication, presentation, and report writing/editing skills. Carol enjoys playing hammered dulcimer and piano, bicycling, and visiting ISU graduates around the world.

Muriel Riester

Muriel has worked with the International Space University since July 1995. Muriel is the librarian at ISU central campus and is in charge for the library administration, collection development, systems and services, library website, database management & remote access. Personal interests include spending time with family and friends, hicking and.... reading of course!

Omar Hatamleh
SSP Director

Omar is the Director of the SSP at ISU.  Prior to assuming his new assignment, Omar was the Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center responsible for empowering the organization creative thinking and develop capacity to innovate. Prior to that he was the Associate Chief Scientist at NASA ARC responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities.  Previous roles at NASA also included Technology Relationship Manager, Advanced Development Manager, and Space Shuttle Orbiter Structures Subsystem Manager. Omar has Nineteen years of aerospace industry experience and has published over 33 international journal articles; he has four engineering degrees and has been an invited speaker to multiple national and international events. Omar has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA.



Sebastien Bessat
ISU SSP Logistics Coordinator

Sébastien is an IT professional with skills in databases management and web development, holding a DUT in Computer Sciences. IT support was his main assignment in different positions for DARTY, Paris-Bercy, and Alcoa, St Cosme, France.

After a short period of self-directed learning, he ran a web design business and then took the opportunity to join ISU in 2011 in the position of web developer to support database enhancement and related services to ISU alumni and community members.

In 2013, Sébastien took up the challenge to support ISU in his new position as SSP Logistics Coordinator.

Walter Peeters
ISU President

Career: Initial management positions in construction and petrochemical industry. Joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1983 in a number of project control and management functions, among others in the HERMES project in Toulouse, France and the EUROMIR flights with Russia. Since 1980, involved in astronaut activities as Head of the Coordination Office of the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. Joined ISU in 2000 as professor in Space Business and Management. Nominated as dean of ISU in 2005 and as president since 2011. First director of IISC (International Institute of Space Commerce), an Isle of Man based think-tank, since 2009.

Publications include:
Peeters W.A. and in 't Veld J., The Use of Alternate Contract Types in Europe as Protection Against Overruns. National Contracts Management Journal, Vol. 23 (1), pp. 23-34, 1989.
Peeters W.A., Incentives in Government Procurement Contracts. Public Procurement Law Review, No. 4, 1993.
Peeters W.A. and Sciacovelli S., Communication related aspects in Multinational Missions. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 49, pp. 113-120, 1996.
Peeters W.A., Astronaut Support during Euromir 95. In "Euromir 95" ESA-SP-396, pp. 57-62, Aug. 1996.
Willekens P. and Peeters W.A., Space Marketing, ESA bulletin No. 94, pp. 88-94, May 1998.
Peeters W.A., The International Space Station: An affordable step into the orbit. Journal of University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida No. 3, pp. 35-42, 1999.
Peeters W.A., Financing of Space Programmes : Future Trends. Paper presented at Fourth International ZPK Symposium (Russia). March 2000.
Peeters W.A., Utilisation Aspects of ISS. Proceedings of the Project 2001 Workshop on the International Space Station (Berlin). pp. 31-38, June 2000.
Peeters W.A., Space Marketing. A European Perspective. (Kluwer publ., Dordrecht/Boston), 340p. (ISBN 0-7923-6744-8), 2000.
Peeters, W., International Space Cooperation: Economy As A Main Driver. Ad Astra, July-August 2001, pp. 19-23.
Peeters, W., Marketing the Commercial Exploitation of Space Stations. Paper presented at IBA Conference, Cancun, 30 Oct. 2001.

Other Activities:
Member, Project 2001 Working Group (Commercialisation of Space Stations)
Co-chairman of WSC session (Houston, 2002)
Lecturer in Space Marketing (Technical University of Delft) and former visiting professor in Non-profit Marketing (Catholic University of Louvain).
Consultancy assignments (recent): Space Policy (Luxemburg, Baltic States), Space Tourism (Singapore spaceport, Gallactic Suite, Virgin Galactic, IAA)

Education: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, MBA (University of Louvain, Belgium), Doctorate of Engineering in Industrial Organisation (Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands).

Ana Cristina Rosa
Teaching Associate
Space Policy, Economics, and Law Department

Ana Cristina van Oijhuizen Galhego Rosa is a lawyer with background and knowledge in the space sector and work experience in international organizations. Dutch and originally from Brazil, she is a graduate in law from São Paulo Catholic University, Brazil, and in international trade and international law from Lisbon University, Portugal. In 2010, she completed a masters in air and space law at the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and in 2014, the Space Studies Program of the International Space University in Montreal.

Since 2008 she has been working as an observer and legal advisor of the Brazilian delegation during the Legal Subcommittee meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS) in Vienna. She also worked as an intern at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) in 2009; a visiting researcher at the European Space Policy Institute in 2010 and at present is leading her startup, Dipteron founded in 2015. Ana Cristina is member of the International Institute of Air and Space law (IISL), the Women Aerospace in Europe (WIA-Europe) and the Brazilian Association of Air and Space Law (SBDA), where she actively works as an expert in its group on space law studies.

Anderson Wilder
Teaching Associate
Human Performance in Space Department

Anderson hails from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA. He holds a Dual Degree in Psychology and Linguistics with a Minor in Cognitive Science from The Ohio State University. He recently graduated with his Masters in Space Studies from ISU, in 2015. During his time at ISU he worked on his Individual Project on the public’s perception of “What is Spacey?” and led his team project on the human aspects of an Interstellar Worldship. He had the opportunity to intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center with the Behavioral Health & Performance Element and work on Asynchronous Communications issues for long duration exploration missions. He also participated as the XO and Crew Engineer at MDRS, as part of Crew 162. He has contributed to interviews, news articles, and a section of the book Fire Beyond the Darkness, all in regards to some aspect of space because of his involvement with ISU. He is currently applying to PhD programs in Psychology, with interest in aspects of human spaceflight. When he can find free time he enjoys: SCUBA Diving, Sky Diving, reading, chess, hiking, and video games.

Andrew Butler
Teaching Associate
TP - Roadmaps and Strategies for Space Sector National Capacity Building

Andrew is an Australian Lawyer, Australian Registered Migration Agent, New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser and will be receiving his call to the Ontario Bar as a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor in late June 2017. His research focus is the forthcoming intersection of international migration law and international space law governing the future human settlement of outer space.

He has completed a Master of Research from Macquarie University examining the Outer Space Treaty from an international migration law perspective, as well as McGill University’s Strategic Space Law Program. In addition to his Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, he also holds two Master of Laws degrees and a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law. He is a proud alumnus of ISU’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP) in 2016, going on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Space Studies from the University of South Australia (SH-SSP’s host institution in Adelaide).

Andrew is currently employed in a research capacity by both the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. In the decade prior he has worked in the corporate immigration field, in London, Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto as well as for both the Australian Departments of Immigration and Defence. He has also previously served in the offices of both an Australian and a United States Senator.

Daniel Sackey
Teaching Associate
Space Management and Business Department

Daniel is passionate about space and aviation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex and a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Brunel University, London. He attended SSP16 at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience, after which he attended his first International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, in September 2016, after the SSP. Here he presented his Team Project “Artificial Gravity Station Concept Design”, with his fellow participants.

Daniel is currently involved with the Space Generation Advisory Congress, where he is active in two project Groups: In the Commercial Project Group he is working on a project about Commercial New Space Business Models, and The Space Exploration Group, where he is involved in the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017. As a volunteer with the Planetary Society he is helping to organize a SpaceUp Unconference event in London in June this year.

Daniel has always been interested in engineering and entrepreneurship. This interest has led him to take on projects where he could further explore this interest. He released a mobile application in 2015, that was briefly on the Apple app store, to learn about app development. At SSP16 he was a participant of the Management and Business and Department, and also took part in the startup competition.

Daniel is passionate about football (soccer) and likes dancing. He took part in the SSP16 talent show as part of the winning salsa dancing team!

Funmilayo Erinfolami
Teaching Associate
Space Applications Department

Erinfolami Funmilayo is a scientific staff of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTEE). She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering Physics (BSc, Msc) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Has a Postgraduate diploma in Basic Space and Atmospheric Science; and Space Studies (SSP14) at the International Space University, Montreal Canada. Research interests include Space Weather, Human Life space sciences; and Space Administration and Policy. Co-lectures Disaster management module of the Remote sensing/GIS programme of ARCSSTEE. She is involved in Space Education outreach to schools across different grades (elementary to university level), outsourcing and organizing space activities around the country. Currently serving as the National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council, Nigeria. A member of the African Geophysical Society and Materials Society of Nigeria.

Jacopo Panerati
Teaching Associate
TP - Entrepreneurial
Jacopo is a Ph.D. candidate in the computer engineering department of Polytechnique Montréal (Montréal, QC, Canada). He received the M.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2012, the Laurea Triennale degree in computer engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) in 2009, and the Laurea Specialistica degree in computer engineering again from Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) in 2011. In 2015, Jacopo was a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo, Japan) and he attended the International Space University's Summer Study Program hosted by Ohio University (Athens, OH). Jacopo's research interests include machine learning, artificial intelligence, real-time and embedded systems.

In addition to his studies, Jacopo trained and competed in track and field, cross-country running, cross-country skiing, swimming and triathlon. In Canada, he continues enjoying endurance sports with the Carabins de Montréal’s cross-country and track'n'field teams.
Jaroslaw Jaworski
Teaching Associate
TP - Roadmaps and Strategies for Space Sector National Capacity Building

Born in 18th April 1987 at Swidnik, Poland. From childhood interested in aerospace. Member of the local Aviation Club, holds gliding and plane licenses.

Since beginning of studies member of Students' Space Association at Warsaw University of Technology. Alumnus of European Space Agency educational projects – European Students Earth Orbiter, European Students Moon Orbiter and Rexus/Bexus 10/11 Flight Campaign. Organizer of several conferences related to space, e.g. SpaceUp Poland 2012, Space Tweetup Poland 2014. National Point of Contact for Poland at Space Generation Advisory Council 2012 -2014. Interested in history, economy, sport and aerospace. Works in Polish Space Industry Association, responsible for operational activities of the Association.

Jonathan Faull
Teaching Associate
TP - The Future of ISS

Jonathan is a space loving mechanical engineer from Dublin Ireland. He completed his bachelor and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2014 and had the privileged opportunity to complete the 2015 Space Studies Program in Athens, Ohio. Since the invaluable experience of SSP15, Jonathan has been driven to contribute where he can to the exciting space sector: working with SSP team project colleagues, he co-wrote a number of scientific papers aimed at tackling the problem of defending the Earth from cosmic impacts and in 2016 returned to SSP16 to work on the exciting External Relations team.

Back home he led the organisation of SpaceUp Ireland, Ireland’s first space unconference and is a member of the local organisational team at the Cork Institute of Technology and Blackrock Castle Observatory tasked with bringing SSP17 to his home country of Ireland. Jonathan continues to use his passions and expertise to contribute to the exciting future of humanities outer space journey.

His previous experiences include: for his masters project developing a control system to utilize elastic tethers to tow large pieces of space debris out of hazardous orbits (ESA), at the Center for Composite Materials (University of Delaware) on a DARPA project entitled Warrior Webb; which created a support structure to help soldiers carry heavy loads and at University College Dublin co-writing a multi-million euro Horizon 2020 manufacturing proposal at the Advanced Manufacturing Center and co-developing new manufacturing sintering processes at the Surface Engineering Research Group.

Marta Rocha de Oliveira
Teaching Associate
Space Sciences Department

Marta Oliveira is an aerospace engineer with a research focus on orbital mechanics’ optimization problems. She recently had the opportunity to work on the mission profile of EnVision, the Venus mission proposal to ESA, and on the development of a Venus cluster furnace at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with the Solar System Exploration Division. Previously, she was a Horizon 2020 Space and Aeronautics National Contact Point for the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Education, working closely with the European Commission to vouch for national interests. Her selection to ESA’s Alpbach program allowed her to start working on orbital mechanics’ applications of genetic algorithms which was also the subject of her aerospace engineering master’s degree thesis supervised by IST Lisbon and by EnVison’s lead proposer at Imperial College London. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering from IST and is a laureate of the Concours Général des Lycées of the French Ministry of Education. In 2015, she was awarded a full scholarship to participate in the International Space University Space Studies Program hosted by Ohio University and NASA’s Glenn Research Center where she was first introduced to Venus simulation chambers.

Petter Evju Skanke
Teaching Associate
Space Humanities Department

Petter Evju Skanke was born in Oslo in 1993. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Applied Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. To broaden his horizon, he also just finished a one-year degree in Film Studies at the same university.

Petter’s quest to understand the universe has taken him to a subatomic tour of CERN, a sounding rocket launch at Andøya Space Center and the national Physics Olympiad final. As a participant on SSP15 in Athens, Ohio, he first met ISU and the global space community. Following this eye-opening and inspiring experience, he attended SGC and IAC in Jerusalem a few months later, and returned to ISU as APP TA during SSP16 in Haifa.

As an active contributor to the local student community, Petter has been the editor of a student magazine, actor in several student comedy shows, and leader of Nabla, the student organization for his study program. In March this year, he was one of the organizers of the very first SpaceUp Norway.

Personal interests include space, filmmaking, acting, running, nature and photography. Petter hopes to one day become an ESA astronaut, and is driven by the ultimate goal of making humankind a truly and permanently spacefaring species.

Shrrirup Nambiar
Teaching Associate
Space Engineering Department

I work as an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering of Manav Rachna International University, India. I have done my Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), India (2013) after completing my Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT), India (2011).

I work and teach in the field of Computational and Numerical Techniques, Designing Aircrafts, Structures and Aerodynamics. I am the graduate member of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), an educator member of AIAA and an e-Associate member of RAeS. One of my main membership is with International Space University. I am an Alumnus of SSP15 and attending SSP in Ohio, USA was the most exciting and exhilarating experience of mine. I came back to be part of the experience, again during SSP16, Haifa, ISRAEL as member of the Logistics Department.

When I am not teaching, I play video games and FPS games. Apart from that, I love to play football, to swim, listen to music and sleep (a lot). When I am not relaxing, I would be either building rockets, aeromodels or learning various design engineering software. Furthermore, I aim to solve the Navier-Stokes Equations for all types of flows and develop the general equation that embodies the entire flow phenomena occurring across the universe. Am a firm believer of “God never plays dice”.

Elizabeth Carroll-Twomey
CIT LOC Coordinator

Reporting directly to the Head of Research, as Senior Research Administrator I act as the principal contact point between the research community and the Research Office. I provide support with respect to the promotion of grant opportunities, including EU Horizon2020, the preparation of grant applications and the submission of grant reports. I have responsibility for promoting CIT research capabilities amongst a wide cohort of external stakeholders, including industry, schools and regional/national organisations. I also provide support for the implementation of PRTLI (Programme for Research in Third Level Institutes – capital/building) funded projects and support the delivery of the Institute's researcher training. I act as secretariat to the Research and Innovation Committee of the Academic Council and the CREATE Research Facility Governance Committee. I am the SSP17 LOC Coordinator.

Dr Niall Smith

Niall Smith received his PhD (Astrophysics) from University College Dublin in 1990. In 2006 he was appointed as the first Head of Research with responsibilities for the overall management of an annual budget of €17m across all disciplines. Dr. Smith is a member of the International Astronomical Union and an ordinary member of several National Committees, notably including being a member of one of the working parties that developed the national research prioritisation strategy. He is an associate staff member at University College Cork. Dr. Smith has co-authored 27 papers and conference proceedings, 1 book chapter and has supervised 11 postgraduate students to graduation. Dr Smith established the Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO – and currently also holds the position of Head of BCO. The Observatory was opened in 2007 and presently houses a robotic observatory alongside Ireland’s first interactive science center which has won 7 international and national awards for excellence. BCO has welcomed over 800,000 visitors and taken its educational workshops into schools and communities to a further 87,000 students and general public. Dr. Smith’s research interests include developing instruments for high precision photometry from the ground, optical searches for extrasolar planets and robotic telescope arrays. The BCO team have recently installed a robotic telescope in California and leads the team organising the ISU SSP 2017. He is a Board Member of the National Sculpture Factory,has a keen interest in the interface between art and science and is a big fan of the Electric Light Orchestra.