September 2009 Post-SSP09 Edition

ISU*USA Alumni Association      September 2009 Post-SSP09 Newsletter

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Recent Events

New Website


ISU-USA Member Survery Coming Soon...

Be on the lookout in the near future for the ISU*USA alumni survey.  We want to know your thoughts and opinions about what the association is doing right, which areas and activities you'd like us to focus on more, or any ideas you may have about how we can improve and make the association more responsive and relevant to YOU.  Thanks for being a part of ISU*USA, and once the survey goes live soon, we'll look forward to hearing from you.

ISU-USA Regional Reps Announced

Hawaii Area - Brian Shiro
Houston Area - Alvin Orbaek
San Francisco Bay Area - Yuki D. Takahashi
NY-NJ-CT Area - Israel Ojeda Coronado
Los Angeles Area - Gina Pieri
Washington, DC Area - Angela Peura
Kennedy Space Center Area - Open...

Want to volunteer and be a regional rep for your area?  As a Regional Contact, your role is to simply be the main POC for your area. You would be aware of other ISU alumni in your region and you would be able to pass information to them and vice versa. AND you would be the person that folks visiting from outside the region can contact - yes, you are the local ISU welcome wagon!  Contact us if you are interested!

ISU*USA releases new website!

In case you haven't checked it out yet, ISU*USA has released a new version of our website.  The big difference: the site is built for creating and sharing alumni profiles.  Please visit and register an account on the site, or at least grab the RSS feeds for news and events. We encourage you to sign up, and we also encourage feedback.  We want to make the ISU network better work for you!


Upcoming Events

ISU's 14th Annual International Symposium - "The Public Face of Space"

February 16-18, 2010, in Strasbourg, France

Papers due at the end of this week, Friday, October 2nd!!
More information here.

Space Generation Congress 2009

October 8-10, 2009 in Daejeon, South Korea

More information here.

IAC2009 - 60th International Astronautical Congress

October 12-16, 2009 in Daejeon, South Korea

More information here.

Notify us of upcoming events by emailing information to'll post them here and in upcoming newsletters.


Recent Events

Thanks to everyone who was able to join for these recent events!  Please visit our website for full details of recent events.

ISU-DC Farewell to the Dahlstroms

September 24, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

A number of ISU alumni in the DC area turned out at Sine Pub in Pentagon City to bid a fond farewell to Emeline ('89) and Eric Dahlstrom ('91), who are leaving DC after 13 years to take positions with the Singularity University in Mountain View, C.A.  We wish them all the best in their new adventures!

SPACE 2009 Conference - ISU Happy Hour

September 16, 2009, in L.A.

During the SPACE 2009 conference, three ISU alumni took the opportunity to meet for happy hour at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.  Though the happy hour was light in attendance, Ken Davidian, Michela Munoz, and Gina Pieri enjoyed good company and good drinks in typical ISU fashion.  Future Los Angeles area ISU happy hour events, in coordination with AIAA and NASA Academy, are slated for the upcoming months!

GWSS Fall 2009 Party

August 29, 2009, in Washington, DC.

The George Washington Space Society (GWSS) hosted a party to honor the incoming class of graduate students to the Space Policy Institute (SPI).  DC-area ISU alumni and other DC space enthusiasts joined in the fun, meeting the new students and mingling with their fellow space professionals.  For more information about the SPI, housed in the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, visit the GWSS Google Group.


We asked this year's 2009 Todd B. Hawley Space Visionary Award Recipient, Ayodele Faiyetole, and the other award nominees, to share their thoughts with ISU-USA about being nominated for the Hawley Award and how they view ISU's role in shaping the future workforce.

Ayodele A. Faiyetole

Faiyetole is an alumnus of ISU SSP and the Masters in Space Management, 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.
My humble contributions to Space and humanity may not have been better recognized. Todd B. Hawley as one of the three visionaries that founded ISU, as likened to the "three wise men," was a man of intellect and commitment with strong vision as an "eagle," being nominated amongst those change agents, fine lady and gentlemen: Drs. Lance Bush and Marlene Grenon, and Mr. Michael Potter, whose achievements were worthy of comparison to Todd's was a great honor. International Space University is a testimony to the finesses of Todd B. Hawley's vision and intellect. I was highly honored to be on the final list of this year's nominees.
ISU's space degrees are, to the space industry, as the technology and engineering degrees from Stanford, Caltech or MIT are to the technology industry.  The International Space University has carved a niche for itself.  The space leaders being developed from ISU are positive and proactive with inventive minds and various skill sets; they are a force that brings positive changes to their establishments and the world, they are global citizens and change agents who understand the technology as well as the humanity aspects of space. The alumni of ISU are well positioned to lead the future workforce of the space industry;their unique interdisciplinary, intercultural and international attributes are wealth of abundance that all forward looking establishments, whether space or non space, should buy into.
My ISU experience helps me to see far, having been opportune to work with stars; bright stars.  ISU exposed and also developed my mind to see no limits, and achieve the impossible even while pioneering.  The rigorous and most intensive program of SSP, which left only four (4) hours of the day for me to take rest, developed in me resilience. The Master's program further entrench the attributes. I am highly privileged to have graduated from these two prestigious and intensive programs.

Lance Bush

Dr. Bush is the Chief Strategic Officer of Paragon Space Development Corporation, a provider of premier life support systems for extreme environments.  Dr. Bush, at NASA for almost 20 years, designed and analyzed human spaceflight systems including future space shuttles, space station rescue vehicles, aerospace planes and Moon/Mars vehicles.   Dr. Bush earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University. In addition, he earned a Ph.D. in Technology Policy and Management from Penn State University, focused on the national and international level policy making and management of space issues. He attended ISU SSP92 in Kitakyushu, Japan. He served as a faculty member for the ISU SSP97 in Houston, Texas.  He also served as the Alumni Representative to the ISU Board of Trustees for two years.
Todd Hawley's belief in the symbiotic value of the liberal arts and the sciences was visionary and one of the key reasons for the success of the International Space University and the leaders it has created.  His spirit lives on today across the globe in all those exceptional people who were touched by his vision.  I was honored to be a nominee amongst these peers.

ISU, now entering its third decade of operations, has tangible evidence of its success in creating leaders in the space industry. As an executive in the space industry with over 20 years experience, I have the pleasure of meeting more and more ISU alumni that are in key positions in our community.  Particularly, I believe that ISU created a cadre of entrepreneurial minded individuals, who were provided with a visionary view of what is ideally possible, and the confidence to make it real.  This role is vital as our industry is evolving into one of more and more entrepreneurial efforts.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the transformation of space exploration make its way from an almost purely governmental operation to include the vibrant commercial industry of today.  ISU has a culture of far-reaching visions, passion, and determination and therefore will constantly evolve to meet the needs of its shareholders.

Michael Potter

Potter has published extensively on technology policy issues. He worked together with key figure in "Orphans of Apollo" Walt Anderson in creating a publicly traded pan-European telecommunications company.  He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the inaugural class of the International Space University.  Potter currently is a member of the Board of the Trustees of ISU and was one of the founders of the Ilan Ramon Scholarship fund which has raised scholarships fund for over 10 ISU students. Potter is also a founder of Odyssey Moon and is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Space Commerce.  Potter was previously an international telecommunications analyst at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
It strikes me that in order to be nominated for the award you have to live your dreams and passions.  It has been such an honor to be recognized by the ISU community for my support of the University.  I am also grateful and humbled for having been recognized for my efforts in Directing my recent film, "Orphans of Apollo."   One of my fond memories from CWISU (Cold War ISU) was an article that Vadim Vlasov and I wrote on opportunities for East-West space cooperation.  This is the sort of material that is fundamental ISU and fundamental Todd Hawley.
It is my hope that in a few decades time historians will look back and identify the moment that the Earth was saved from a NEO hit, was when  three heads of international space agencies got on the phone together, and made a quick verbal commitment to solve the problem collectively.   And only later did the world find out that they were all three ISU graduates, friends and colleagues...

We know that ISU*USA alumni are making a difference in their communities, so each newsletter will feature at least one profile of a U.S. alumnus (or international alumnus residing or working in the U.S.) who is making an impact, whether in the public eye or behind-the-scenes.

Do you know someone who would be a good spotlight in the future? Email us and let us know.