At the 2009 National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs from March 31st - April 2, ISU and the Space Foundation co-hosted a "New Gen" reception, focused on attendees to the meeting who are 35 and under. With good food and drink to enjoy, the crowd of up-and-coming space professionals and leaders enjoyed the time to congregate together as a “force to be reckoned with” within the space industry, and also had the opportunity for conversation with ISU's President Michael Simpson and his wife, Carol, other ISU staff members, and multiple ISU alums.
Overall, ISU had a dramatically enhanced presence at this year’s National Space Symposium, from the New Generation Reception at the opening, right through to the Space Career Fair on the last day. ISU’s programs were on full display and drew good crowds both at booths in the Boeing Exhibit Center and the Space Career Fair Pavilion. In particular, there was quite a ‘buzz” about ISU’s brand new Executive MBA. Notably, one of the two-week residency modules of this MBA program will be held in Colorado Springs beginning in March 2010, in collaboration with the Space Foundation.