2016 Space Leaders Grant Winners Announced

The Future Space Leaders Foundation has announced the winners of the annual Future Space Leaders Grant Program.  The Foundation will provide grants to nine graduate students and young professionals to cover expenses associated with participating in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of the world’s most important space industry gatherings.  The nine grant winners will also have access to other industry events including:  AAS Goddard Memorial Symposium, NSC Goddard Memorial Dinner, Satellite 2017, SGAC Congress and Fusion Forum,  SSPI Gala, SSPI Future Leaders Dinner, AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala and ISPCS.  After a rigorous and competitive application process, the grant winners were selected on the basis of their commitment to the advancement of space sciences and the quality of the abstracts they will present at the IAC.

Travis Doom is an Aerospace Analyst at The Tauri Group; Alexander Gibson is a Space Operations Officer at the US Army National Guard and masters student in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Tara Halt is a masters student in International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University; Kavya K. Manyapu is a Flight Crew Operations Engineer on the CST-100 Starliner Program at The Boeing Company and a Ph.D. Candidate in Aerospace Sciences researching technologies for planetary spacesuits at the University of North Dakota; Tomoya Mori is a research assistant at WayPaver Foundation; William O’Neill is a PhD student in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University; Javier Stober is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University; Dr. Danielle Wood is the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters; Brittany Zimmerman is a masters student in Space Studies at the University of North Dakota.

The Future Space Leaders Foundation is a tax exempt 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals.  The Foundation organizes events and raises funds for grants to deserving graduate students and young professionals. FSLF works in cooperation with other non-profits, companies and government agencies on space-related educational events.  FSLF is also actively promoting the professional development of young Americans targeting careers in the academic fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).