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.