Welcome, ISU African Alumni Association

We received an email from James Mason (SSP 2008, MSS 2009) today that the ISU African Alumni Association web site is now open: isuaaa.org. Congratulations, James and team, and best of luck. We've added you to our Community page, where you can hang out with our friends from Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

Yuri's Night 2010 - Boulder, CO

Mike & Carol Simpson, with Ryan Kobrick (MSS '03), at the Yuri's Night Boulder event. Note that Andy Aldrin is on TV in the background, he was on the global webcast at the time.

NASA/JPL Planetary Science Summer School 2010 - Apply Now!

Via Rachel Zimmerman Brachman (MS 1998):

Attention Planetary Science and Engineering Postdocs:

Applications are now open for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Planetary Science Summer School -- The ultimate Team Project!

Applications are due May 1, 2010. See the link below for details: http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/pscischool.


  • Session I: July 19 - 23, 2010
  • Session II: August 2 - 6, 2010

Where: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Application Deadline: May 1, 2010

Notification of Selection: By June 1, 2010

Yuri's Night 2010

Yuri's Night 2010 is this weekend!  Parties across the globe will be happening from April 9-12... is there a party in your area?  Find out if other ISU alumni are hosting or attending a party in your area via the ISU-USA Google or Facebook Groups.

Singularity University applications due 15 March

Hi all,

Applications for Singularity University 2010 Graduate Studies Program are now open! Please see the message below from ISU & SU co-founder Peter Diamandis.




Dear ISU friends & family,

We have an exciting opportunity for you!

One year ago, with the support of Google, NASA, ePlanet Ventures, Autodesk and a dozen Associate Founders, Ray Kurzweil, Bob Richards, Mike Simpson and I founded Singularity University. Through SU's 10-week Graduate Studies Program (GSP), we introduced the next generation of leaders to the biggest ideas in emerging technologies and innovative thought - crucial within the space sector!

In our first year we admitted 40 top graduate students from a 1200+ applicants pool.  In our inaugural (GSP'09) year, 5% of the class came from the ISU family.  In keeping up with our tradition of seeking the best, most innovative and most interdisciplinary leaders and thinkers, we invite you to apply to SU – and help us identify top candidates for GSP10.

We have a number of full and partial scholarships that you (and those you refer to us) will be able to apply for.
Our next SU GSP (Graduate Summer Program) will run from June 19th - August 28th, 2010 (in Mountain View, CA (on the campus of NASA Ames) and we have a number of full and partial scholarships available. Please forward this email to potential candidates and/or ask them to fill out an application at http://bit.ly/SingularityUniversityApplication.

Thank you in advance for taking a look at SU's program and for recommending some world class students!

Ad astra,


Peter H. Diamandis, MD
Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation
Co-Founder/Chairman, Singularity University

Share your 2009 with ISU alumni

Hello, alumni. You may have seen this email (below) in your inbox. We're asking alumni to send ISU*USA a one sentence update -- so short, so easy, and we don't hear from you enough so how can you resist? -- about something interesting that happened to you in 2009. Then we'll compile them all in the newsletter.

But, there are quite a few alumni who we either (a) don't have contact information for or (b) simply haven't gotten the word to yet. (And (c) we're running out of time.)

Could you give us a hand and point them here so they can participate? We'd really really like to hear from you and them and everyone.

Dear alumni,

ISU*USA, the US alumni association for the International Space University, is putting together our end-of-year newsletter for 2009. (If you're not getting it and would like to, email: news@isu-usa.org.) We'd like to share something interesting from your year with the rest of the alumni.

Please send us a one sentence update to news@isu-usa.org about something that happened to you in 2009. (Deadline: this Saturday, 19 December.)

It could be anything: a new job, something exciting at work, an addition to your family, a new home -- anything that you would like to share with the alumni family. We'll include it in the newsletter.

Thanks for your help, and best wishes for 2010,
Kirk Kittell
SSP2006, ISU*USA President

If you have an account here on isu-usa.org, you can post your own updates whenever you like to keep your alumni friends and family in the loop. If you don't have an account, please consider joining isu-usa.org and helping to keep the network strong.

University of Arizona Students Win Space University Prize

From the home office in Wahoo, Nebraska Strasbourg, France:

The International Space University (ISU), in partnership with the American Astronautical Society (AAS), awarded its inaugural prize for "multidisciplinary participation" to the University of Arizona chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) in Tucson, Arizona.

"The University of Arizona SEDS chapter, by attracting students of such varied majors as psychology, business, and education, in addition to engineering, science, and math, exemplifies the founding ideals of ISU", said Steven Brody, ISU's Vice President for North American Operations, and a member of the Board of Directors of the AAS. "ISU embraces a diversity of training and opinion and the spirit of inclusivity as essential values in both the exploration of space and its utilization to serve the needs of our planet."

The ISU-AAS Prize for Multidisciplinary Participation, which includes a cash award of $250, is one of ISU's 'Space For All' prize awards for SEDS chapters initiated this year. It was presented to the University of Arizona chapter in Tucson on November 14, 2009 during the SEDS National Conference, SpaceVision 2009.

Preliminary Program for 14th ISU Annual International Symposium

Hi all. The ISU central campus in Strasbourg would like you all to know about the upcoming ISU symposium in France in 2010. Mark your calendars.

Preliminary program (.pdf, 3.3 MB)

Preliminary program for ISU's 14th Annual International Symposium, "The Public Face of Space", Strasbourg, 16-18 February 2010

During each academic year, the International Space University (ISU) organizes a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems to move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. As an independent organization, ISU has developed a winning formula for a "different kind of symposium":

The Dahlstroms' Last Night in Town

ISU*USA loves to hear about alumni getting together. However, we're sad for our DC alumni who are losing Emeline Paat Dahlstrom (SSP 1989) and Eric Dahlstrom (SSP 1991)... but we're happy for our San Francisco alumni who will be gaining them.

Here's the DC crew saying goodbye from the Sine Irish Pub back in September.

Best of luck in your new home on the West Coast, Eric and Emeline. Singularity University is lucky to have you.

Ayodele A. Faiyetole Wins 2009 Todd B. Hawley Space Visionary Award

Award recognizes Ayodele A. Faiyetole for dedication and service to the International Space University and to the ideals of space exploration.

Washington, DC – August 15, 2009 – ISU-USA, the organization dedicated to advancing the interests of International Space University (ISU) alumni who are U.S. citizens or living in the U.S., is proud to announce the recipient of the 2009 Todd B. Hawley Space Visionary Award, Ayodele A. Faiyetole. The Todd B. Hawley award, named after of one ISU's three founders, recognizes an individual who has pursued a vision of the peaceful expansion of all humanity into a space-faring civilization through excellence in space-related scientific, professional, educational, or political endeavors. Faiyetole gratefully accepted the award at a presentation in Mountain View, Calif. on August 7, 2009, as part of the alumni festivities associated with the 2009 Space Studies Program (SSP) conducted by ISU.

Hawley was instrumental in the formative years of ISU and was well known for his passion, intellect, and dedication towards the pursuit of international and peaceful exploration of space. Hawley was also involved in the founding of the Space Generation Foundation, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), and the Young Astronauts. Although Hawley passed away in 1995, his legacy still inspires students and space enthusiasts around the world.

The Todd B. Hawley Award has only been given out twice before, in 2005 and 2007. This year's recipient, voted on by his ISU alumni peers, Faiyetole is an alumnus of ISU SSP and the Masters in Space Management programs in Strasbourg, France in 2003 and 2004. Faiyetole was nominated and elected a Governing Member of ISU in 2004/2005. He has also won a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship to complete the NASA/UCAR Heliophysics Summer School 2007 in Boulder, Colo. Faiyetole is the lead founder and the interim secretary of the ISU African Alumni association (ISU-AA).

Faiyetole dedicates his time toward regional and international space development. His professional contributions to African space programs, climate change awareness, and renewable energy have been published in several newspapers. He joined with ISU alumni, Dr. Dirk Englund (SSP 2003) and Yuki D. Takahashi (SSP 2003) to co-found Innovations to Society (http://innovationstosociety.org), a registered non-profit organization dedicated to making available affordable efficient lighting to the least-advantaged two billion people in the underdeveloped nations.

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The ISU-USA Alumni Association was founded exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, specifically to advance the interests and promote the welfare of alumni of the International Space University (ISU) who are U.S. citizens or living in the U.S. Specific objectives include: promote professional, academic and social linkages among ISU alumni; represent ISU*USA Members when dealing with the ISU and its various institutions; support the ISU’s goal of academic excellence; and organize various activities and to act in such a way as to fulfill the above objectives to the mutual benefit of the ISU and the Membership of the ISU-USA.


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