“IAC was an incredibly transformative experience for me as a young professional. Seeing
professionals from across the world giving talks about their relative passions within space has
shown me that despite cultural and language barriers, we could all talk about the same things
going on in space exploration and development. That despite my young age relative to the rest
of the conference, what I said gave others new perspective on my chosen field as well as
American space and life.”
— Kai Perlmutter
“Preparing the research for presentation was the greatest skill I gained from the training sessions, as the concept of answering “why does this matter?” in a smooth way is key to communicating not just research, but much more as well.”
— Justin Clark
“The feeling that stuck with me the most from this trip was simply the indescribable excitement I felt after stepping out of the airport and finally experiencing Germany for the first time. As I alluded to before, coming to this country has been a desire of mine for as long as I can remember. To those who have never had a chance to travel abroad and are reluctant to do so, I would say that nothing is quite like the exhilaration of first stepping foot into a new land.”
— Taylor Huneycutt
“As a policy related student, this event enriched me of how challenging but possible for people from different cultures and languages to cooperate. I found more similarities than differences between both cultural and value systems”
“It opened my eyes to more areas where I might apply my studies in the future! It is incredible how many different careers have opportunities for students from different disciplines”
“It made me consider just how important space exploration is and that I don’t have to just worry about military aspects but also be hopeful about peaceful applications”
“This space workshop was not only the coolest conference I’ve ever attended; it was also the most rewarding. Several of the non-aerospace students (including myself) initially felt like we were sneaking into the event, but by the end, I was convinced that space is truly for everyone! It was the best feeling to apply our various skills to a common interest and goal”
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The students spent the summer doing the research and then practicing the presentation before audiences, developing networking skills, and learning about the practicalities of traveling abroad. Kayleigh Gordon’s presentation was delivered by co-author because she was part of a White House internship program in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
At the Congress, they enjoyed private meetings with acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Bill Nye the Science Guy, President of The Planetary Society. They also interacted with executives of space agencies and companies from around the world, in addition to enjoying dozens of technical research sessions and a presentation by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Two of the students made the semi-finals for best Interactive Presentation in a field of over 150.
The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative won first place in the 30k Student Researched and Designed rocket competition at the Spaceport America Cup at Spaceport America, New Mexico. Their rocket reached 23,224 feet and landed and landed safely with its commercial payload — a GPS telemetry system — from a private sector partner, RadioBro. Nic Flesher, a Battelle Center student, is the project manager for the team.
The intercollegiate rocket engineering competition attracted 110 teams from across the world to the four-day event. This is the only competition where students can launch anything so large, high and fast.
Following Tuesday's (2/21/17) screening of the movie "Hidden Figures," Dr. Elizabeth Newton, director of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, moderated a Facebook Live panel discussion on race, gender, leadership and the importance of diversity and gender equity in the private and public sectors.