SEDS SpaceVision 2012 and FAA ESIL Workshops

November 13, 2012

SEDS members with NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot

Matt Cannella recently returned from Buffalo, NY, where he participated in both the 3rd Emerging Space Industry Leaders (ESIL) Workshop, as well as the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Annual SpaceVision Conference.

The ESIL Workshops are sponsered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bring together students and professionals in order to explore the application of new ideas and techniques to the space industry. Each invite-only workshop focuses on a topic that is considered highly useful, yet is unfamiliar to most of the attendees . This time, the topic was game theory, and workshop attendees conducted a study on the commercial spaceflight training industry, which handles the training of astronauts, including parabolic flights  for zero-G traiing, centrifuge training, and barometric conditioning.

At SpaceVision, Matt was invited to be part of a panel discussion on career advancement opportunities available through SEDS. The five panelists were selected from among students and industry professionals, and each gave a five-minute presentation on the ways their involvement with SEDS had helped them find internships, international conference opportunities, and full-time employment.