2009 Todd Hawley Award

Congratulations to Ayetole A. Faiyetole (MSM 2004) for being selected for the 2009 Todd B. Hawley Award. See the press release for more information about Mr. Faiyetole.

2009 Nominees:

  • Ayodele Faiyetole
  • Lance Bush
  • Marlene Grenon
  • Michael Potter

Ayodele Faiyetole

Ayodele A. Faiyetole is an alumnus of the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session (2003) and the M.Sc. Space Management (2004) programs in Strasbourg, France. He was funded as a Federal Government of Nigeria Overseas Scholar. Ayodele was nominated and elected a Governing Member of ISU in 2004/2005. He has also won a US National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship to complete the NASA/UCAR Heliophysics Summer School 2007 in Boulder, CO, USA. Ayodele is the lead founder and the interim secretary of International Space University African Alumni association (ISU-AA).

He is the founder of EarthSpace, the leader in evolving Scientific but People-Oriented Education (SPOE) in Africa. This SPOE concept (Scientific but people-oriented education and multicultural adaptations of international Heliophysical year education resources: a perspective from a developing country) was published in the journal of Advances in Space Research. He is also the creator of the Young EarthSpace Scientists (YESS!) program: a global mentoring & networking forum for developing, educating & training future SPACE and EARTH scientists, non-scientists and environment friendly leaders from the cradle. (multicultural and interdisciplinary fashioned research-based education at all levels) This YESS! program is being replicated in both public and private secondary schools in Nigeria. We hope to do the same in Ghana and other developing countries.

Ayodele dedicates his time to contribute toward regional and international space development. He leads private level space advocacy in Africa. His professional contributions to African space programs, climate change awareness, and renewable energy have been published in several newspapers. He joined his International Space University alumni friends, Dr. Dirk Englund (SSP03) and Yuki D. Takahashi (SSP03) from Harvard, Stanford, and UC Berkeley to co-found Innovations to Society (http://innovationstosociety.org), a US registered nonprofit organization dedicated to making available affordable efficient lighting to the least-advantaged 2 billion people in the underdeveloped nations.

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 helped guide Paragon’s recent growth (Inc. 500’s 9th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in America) positioning Paragon as a prominent aerospace firm. Dr. Bush previously served Paragon as its Chief Operating Officer, helping establish new departments (manufacturing, R&D).

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. His experience base includes almost every major human spaceflight program dating back to the mid-1980’s including the HL-20, Shuttle II, Advanced Manned Launch System, National Launch System, and National Aerospace Plane. He has had extensive hands-on experience with US flight hardware and programs (Shuttle, Apollo, etc.) and has analyzed many foreign concepts.

Dr. Bush also has extensive senior management experience of human spaceflight programs at NASA Headquarters. He was appointed as the Manager for International Space Station Commercial Development at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Bush also crafted and chaired the International Space Station Multi- Lateral Commercialization Group., responsible for coordination of all commercial activities aboard the station and across the 16 partner countries and reporting to the Multi-lateral Control Board chaired by NASA’s Deputy Administrator. Dr. Bush was appointed to oversee a brand management effort for NASA and the International Space Station.

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 SSP’92 in Kitakyushu, Japan. He served as a faculty member for the Houston, USA SSP’97. He also served as the Alumni Representative to the ISU Board of Trustees for two years.

Marlene Grenon

Currently, Marlene is the chief vascular surgery fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and will complete her fellowship this year. She obtained a diploma in space sciences from the International Space University (ISU) in 1998. Since then, she has returned as an adjunct faculty and lecturer in the department of Life Sciences at ISU. She graduated from McGill Medical School and obtained a Masters’ degree from the Scholars in Clinical Science Program of Harvard Medical School. She was one of the founding members of the Space Generation Forum at the United Nations in Vienna in 1999 during UNISPACE III Congress and subsequently founded and presided over the Association for the Development of Aerospace Medicine at McGill University. She also led a scientific exchange in Moscow between NASA and the Russian Space Agency in 2004 and in 2007 performed surgery in a weightless environment during scientific investigations that took place onboard the Falcon-20 parabolic test aircraft in Ottawa.

Her published work in cardiovascular physiology and aerospace medicine continues to have an important impact on the cardiovascular health of astronauts. Using new methods developed at MIT, she has demonstrated an increased risk for cardiac dysrhythmias during simulations of microgravity and has evaluated potential countermeasures. The research she has been involved in will facilitate safer space travel and lead to new developments that can eventually benefit terrestrial medicine. Her early contributions to aerospace medicine and surgery have recently been recognized in the book written by Laura Woodmansee entitled, “Women of Space, Cool Careers at the Final Frontier”.

Having reached the very final stages as one of the five remaining women of the Canadian Astronaut Selection in 2009, Marlene decided that the best contributions she could make was to continue to progress the field of space medicine and space surgery in support of her astronaut colleagues. She decided postpone her astronaut calling for now in order to continue her dual surgery and space medicine research tracks.

She is now moving to Phoenix to undertake advanced endovascular surgery and research at the Arizona Heart Institute.

Michael Potter

First time documentary filmmaker Michael Potter, who is one degree of separation from most of the key players in this remarkable and historic epic, is an expert on international technology and business. 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. Potter previously worked on the 13 part WGBH Series, "War & Peace in the Nuclear Age." He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the inaugural class of the International Space University. Michael currently is a member of the Board of the Trustees of ISU. Michael was one of the founders of the Ilan Ramon Scholarship fund which has raised scholarships fund for over 10 ISU students. Michael is on the Board of Directors the Manna Energy Foundation, a non-profit foundation that is installing clean water solutions in high schools in Rwanda. Michael is a founder of Odyssey Moon, the first entrant into the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Michael runs a family investment practice and was founder and President of Esprit Telecom plc. He was formerly an international telecommunications analyst at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Potter was also Vice Chairman of the founding Board of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA). He is also a director Global Connect a Danish technology company. Michael is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Space Commerce.