Digital Program

Registration Info

Registration will be open during the reception from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Armstrong Atrium. We will also have a registration/help desk immediately outside Fowler Hall on Friday and Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.


Thursday, November 3


4:00pm - 6:00pm Zucrow Laboratory Tours

Sign up for a tour here


6:30pm - 7:30pm Reception and Registration

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering Atrium


8:00pm - 9:00pm Grand Opening Keynote: Tory Bruno

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall


9:00pm - 12:00am Cosmic Bowling and Billiards Party

Memorial Union Basement - Union Rack and Roll


Friday, November 4


8:00am - 9:00am Coffee Hour

Stewart - 218


9:00am - 9:30am Opening Keynote: Nathan Wong

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall


9:30am - 10:30am Panel: The Next Generation of Astronauts
Barrett Caldwell | Jeff Feige | Kris Lehnhardt | Colin Nugen

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

Today’s astronaut classes have more differences than they do similarities to the Mercury 7. They come from a more diverse set of backgrounds and must be trained for unique and new problems. The astronauts who will take the next first steps will face long duration missions with psychological, physiological and engineering challenges.

Workshop: Understanding and Participating in Space Policy

Stewart Center - 279


10:30am-11:00am Networking Break

Stewart Center - 218


11:00am - 12:00pm Panel: Stepping Stones to Human Exploration
Brad Cheetham | Rob Chambers | Michael Grant

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

Asteroid redirect, moon base, manned mars missions. There is a lot of debate over the steps that should be followed in order to advance human space exploration. How can NASA and the growing private space industry best use their resources to put humans beyond LEO?

Workshop: Mock Interviews and Resume Reviews

Stewart Center - 279

In this interactive workshop, you will hear from a recruiter for one of the world’s largest satellite operators about the many different career opportunities available at the company, what the company looks for in job candidates and how best to represent yourself in your resume. Then it is your turn to engage in mock interviews and ask your questions about how to get a foothold in this exciting business.


12:00pm - 1:40pm Lunch: Council of Chapters and Elections

Stewart 218


1:40pm - 2:40pm Panel: Life in our Solar System
Jay Melosh | Geronimo Villanueva | Farshid Jafarpour | D. Marshall Porterfield

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

In the last decade, scientists have discovered liquid water isn’t as rare in the solar system as we once thought. With evidence of liquid water on Europa, Mars, and other bodies, questions arise about where we should spend our resources in the search for life beyond Earth. Planetary and probe science is important not only for answering questions such as “Are we alone?”, but also in laying the foundation for future manned missions.

Workshop: Technical Project Management - Presented by SEDS UCSD

Stewart Center - 279


2:40pm - 3:30pm Networking Break

Stewart Center - 218


3:30pm - 4:30pm Panel: Big Data and the New Age of Satellites
Hannah Kerner | Ryan McLinko | Hale Reynolds

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

In a data driven society, space offers a unique perspective to gather images and other data that has incredible applications in a growing number of industries. From agriculture and environmental surveillance to weather prediction, the development of low cost remote sensing satellites will impact profoundly impact the world.

Workshop: SEDS Project Basics - Rocketry

Stewart Center - 279


4:30pm - 5:30pm Panel: DO Try This at Home: Space Public Outreach
Kevin Metrocavage | Mike Mongo | Antonio Paris

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

When space doesn't cause a big headline, as was the case in New Horizons or the Philae landing, the public may not be as informed about recent accomplishments. Still, large scale missions, such as a human mission to Mars, will require the public’s attention and support. Without the political context present during the Apollo era, we must find creative ways to engage the public in space exploration.


5:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner Break

Purdue Dining Guide


8:00pm Evening Event: Mystery Science Theater - "Red Planet"

Class of 1950 Lecture Hall


Saturday, November 5


8:00am - 9:00am Coffee Hour

Stewart - 279


9:00am - 9:30am Opening Keynote - Team INDUS

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall


9:30am - 10:30am Panel: A New Space Economy
Brad Cheetham | Team INDUS | Ryan McLinko | Will Pomerantz | Jillian Taylor

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

As humans migrate to and expand their activities in outer space, a new economy will emerge that will not only support future exploration, but also improve life on Earth. A wave of entrepreneurs has already begun to take advantage of the economic opportunities recent technological advancements has opened in space.

Workshop: SEDS Project Basics - SSPI Satellite Design Competition

Stewart Center - 206


10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break - Sponsored by ISU

Stewart Center - 279


11:00am - 12:00pm Panel: Space Policy and International Partnerships
Cody Knipfer | Jane Kinney | Andrew Newman

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

It is unlikely that the most ambitious future space exploration missions will be accomplished by a single nation. International and domestic politics not only play a role in providing some of the resources and support for space missions, but also in defining the goals of the missions themselves. To be successful, the space industry must understand political engineering is as difficult and important as technical engineering.

Workshop: Outreach Projects

Stewart Center - 206


12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

Stewart 206 and 279


1:00pm - 1:40pm Keynote: Loretta Whitesides

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

SEDS Business Pitch Competition

Stewart Center - 206


1:40pm - 2:00pm International Space University - Steve Brody

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

SEDS Business Pitch Competition - Continued

Stewart Center - 206


2:00pm - 2:20pm SEDS-Canada Presentation

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

SEDS Business Pitch Competition - Continued

Stewart Center - 206


2:20pm - 2:50pm Keynote: Rob Chambers

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall


2:50pm - 3:30pm Networking Break and Career Fair

Stewart Center - 279


3:30pm - 4:30pm Panel: The Satellite Industry: Who, What and What's In It For Me?
Robert Bell | Katie Levine | Michael Mosier | Cornelia Naumof | Grace Polhemus | Ambarish Gourisethi

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

The commercial satellite industry is the only business that makes money in space or by using space as a delivery system. It generates over $200 billion in global revenues and, in the US, employs about 230,000 people. It is also undergoing a generational transformation as new technologies uproot established ways of doing business and both incumbent companies and new entrants seek to prove new tech and business models. Who makes up this “invisible infrastructure” business and what do they do? What are the opportunities for graduates to find a place in a business undergoing dramatic change?

SEDS Orbit - Mentoring Workshop

Stewart Center - 206


4:30pm - 5:30pm Panel: SpaceVision Off the Record
Will Pomerantz | Steve Brody | Kevin Metrocavage | Ben Brockert | Loretta Whitesides

Stewart Center - Fowler Hall

Typically conference speakers must filter their advice, afraid that what they say might be tweeted or blogged in the matter of seconds. During this panel, the audience will be asked that nothing leave the room attached to any panelist's name. Students will have the opportunity to hear real, blunt advice about what to expect as they enter the space industry.


7:00pm - 10:00pm Spacevision 2016 Awards Banquet - Keynote: Sian Proctor

Honors College North - Great Hall