Careers in Space Policy

A number of individuals who have received degrees with a focus on space policy issues have gone on to interesting and rewarding careers.

"I'm very grateful for the exciting opportunities the Space Policy Institute has enabled!" – Dan Hendrickson, Class of 2011

Andrew Aldrin, Moon Express

Joe Bassi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kate Becker, NOAA, Office of International Affairs and Interagency Affairs

Stephanie Bednarek , Government Affairs, SpaceX

Andre Bormanis, formerly science consultant and senior editor and script writer for the Star Trek series and author of Star Trek: Science Logs

Steve Casazza, Manager, Trade Policy & Technology Release, Sierra Nevada Corporation

David Cavossa, President, Harris Caprock Government Solutions

Al Condes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of External Relations, NASA

Tom Cremins, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, NASA

Daphne Dador, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, NASA

Royce Dalby, Avascent

Dwayne Day, Space Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences

Laura Delgado Lopez, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation

Daniel Deudney, Associate Professor, International Relations and Political Theory, The Johns Hopkins University

Brian Dewhust, White House Office of Management and Budget; formerly of Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, NASA

Dustin Doud, Business Development, SpaceX

Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA -- Elliott School Endorsement

Edward Goldstein, Aerospace Industries Association

Lewis Groswald, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space

Erin Hatch Neal, Director of Senate Relations, Washington Office, ATK Corporation

Dan Hendrickson, Business Development, Astrobotic

Garth Henning, Office of Chief Financial Officer, NASA

Thor Hogan, Faculty Member, Earlham University

Chris Homan, Foreign Policy Advisor for Senator Richard J. Durbin

Matthew Isakowitz, Planetary Resources

Corinne Jorgenson, President, Advancing Space Consulting Group

Amy Kaminski, Office of the Chief Scientist, NASA

Jonathan Krezel, Program Executive, Space Launch Sytem, NASA

Daryle Lademan, Director, Strategy and Planning, BAE Systems

Emma Lehnhardt, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, NASA

Rich Leshner, Planet Labs

Celine Levesque, Faculty Member, University of Ottawa

Peter Marquez, Former Director for Space Policy, National Security Council

Nicolas Peter, European Space Agency (ESA) seconded to the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

Becky Ramsey, Office of Communications, NASA

Jana Kosarkova Robinson, Space Policy Officer, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service (EEAS); Special National Expert (SNE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

Robie Samanta Roy, Senate Armed Services Committee; formerly Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Audrey Schaffer, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Avery Sen, Program Manager, Oceanic and Atmosopheric Research, NOAA

George Tahu, Program Executive, Mars and Lunar Exploration, NASA

David Turner, Office of Space and Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State

Tommy Sanford, Commercial Space Flight Federation

Matthew Varthalamis, Environment, Science, and Technology Officer
U.S. Embassy, Athens

James Vedda, Director, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, Aerospace Corporation

Beth Weinstein, Deputy Program Manager, Earth Science DAAC, Goddard Space Flight Center

Kirk Woellert, External Payloads Manager, Nanoracks

Pictured above: Kirk Woellert who is directly involved with putting small payloads into orbit for Nanoracks.




»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment on NOAA Utilization of Commercial Remote Sensing Data.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee on U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness. His testimony is available online.

» SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon discusses his upcoming book titled After Apollo: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program at the National Air and Space Museum

»SPI Hosts Brett Biddington AM for Discussion on Space Activities in Australia: Challeneges, Opportunities and Responsibilities

»SPI Graduate Student Jordan Sotudeh Writes Op-Ed for Space News

SPI Director Speaks at Atlantic Council event, The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program

SPI Director Writes Op-Ed for Aviation Week

SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester Writes Op-Ed for Space News

SPI Director Discusses National Security Space Launch and the Industrial Base: Issues and Opportunities at the Marshall Institute

SPI Director Part of US Delegation to UNCOPUOS

SPI Director Interviewed by KPCC on Conflict in Space

SPI Director Interviewed by NPR on SpaceX-ULA Lawsuit

Space Policy Institute Luncheon with Representative Frank Wolf

SPI Research Associate Published in WPR

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

SPI Professor Featured in GW Magazine

SPI Director Delivers Testimony in Senate Hearing

SPI Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing

SPI Associate Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing

SPI Director Awarded AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service

Air Force General Shelton, Commander of AFSPC, Speaks at an SPI Seminar: "Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World"

SPI Director on Radio Panel, Diane Rehm Show, NPR

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund Interviewed by Forbes

SPI Director's New Collaborative Book Looks Into the Future of American Space

SPI Faculty Article in AAAS's Science Looks Into Human Lunar Heritage

SPI Director on India Mars Mission in NewScientist

SPI Alumna, Emma Hinds, Recognized by Satellite Industry with 2013 Promise Award

SPI and Beijing Institute of Technology's Institute of Space Law Sign Joint Statement in Beijing

SPI Director Weighs Public and Private Interests at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

SPI Director Gives Presentation at NextGen Ahead Conference on the Future of GPS

SPI Director Discusses Space Industry, Policy and Inspiration at Home and Abroad on The Space Show

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon to Receive Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF

SPI Director and SPI Professor Emeritus Review Time in Office as Former NASA Deputy Administrator Steps Down

SPI Director Tells Washington Post TV What to Expect from Space

To the Point Interviews SPI Director on Future of Space

SPI Director Interviewed on Plan for US Lunar Park

SPI Alumna Laura Delgado López to Participate in MIT/Skoltech Initiative in July, Moscow

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

GWU Faculty Honored at AIAA Awards Gala

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

SPI Director Scott Pace Writes Guest Blog for The Diplomat

George Washington University Team Competes in Quarter Finals of 2013 North American Space Law Moot Court Competition

SPI Alumna to Moderate NASA's First Spanish Language Google+ Hangout

C-SPAN, SpacePolicyOnline, The Space Review and Aviation Week cover SPI-AIAA Event, "Columbia+10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned"

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld interviewed on The Space Show

Papers by SPI Faculty named in Science Direct's Top 25 Hottest Articles from Advances in Space Research for 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace cited by Der Spiegel


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