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Space Policy Institute Alumna Jenn Makins with Astronaut Sunita Williams



Space Policy Institute Alumna Stephanie Wan with Chinese Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang

Current M.A. Candidates


NATHAN BOLL is a first year Graduate Fellow at the Space Policy Institute where he focuses on international cooperation toward the peaceful uses of outer space. He holds a Master of Science in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Mathematics from the University of Montana Western. He currently serves in the Aeronautics and Cross Agency Support Division (ACD) of the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) at NASA Headquarters.  Previously, he was the Logistics and Operations Manager for the NASA Space Academy and the Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative (MARTI) programs at the Glenn Research Center, and a Research Assistant in the Planetary Science Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In addition, he has served multiple terms as a member of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Advisory Board and as a NASA Student Ambassador for Office of Education Infrastructure Division (OEID).


RYAN GREEN is a first year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Political Science and History, with additional postbaccalaureate coursework in engineering and business accounting. His political experience began working in local Congressional offices, and now includes work under the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and with the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. His policy interests include the exploitation of space resources, as well as opportunities for international cooperation and the establishment of long term space objectives.


ZACHARY HESTER is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.S. in Political Science in 2011.  In 2015, Zack served as the project lead for a capstone team that analyzed past U.S. commercialization efforts to produce policy recommendations for NASA’s Office of Commercial Spaceflight.  Zack has interned on the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and is currently a consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice.

Natalie KauppiNATALIE KAUPPI is a first year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute. During her undergraduate experience, she spent a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in International Relations and Comparative Politics. After four years in New York City, she decided to pursue her interest in space exploration and military technology. She hopes to contribute to military policy and the role of space in international relations.


Ekaterina KhvostovaEKATERINA KHVOSTOVA is a first year student at the Space Policy Institute where she is studying international business development in space. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in physics. At UNC, she spent two years as an undergraduate research assistant on astrophysics projects and spent her senior year studying French, Russian, and political science abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, France. She has worked as a legislative affairs intern at NASA Langley and NASA Headquarters and currently works as a business development assistant at NanoRacks. 


Moon KimMOON KIM is a first year student at Space Policy Institute.  He received his B.A. in Finance and Economics from Robert H. Smith Business School of University of Maryland, College Park in 2007.  Prior to joining SPI, Moon was with Morgan Stanley for 7 years in US, Hong Kong, and South Korea, dealing with capital markets and then with equity markets, specializing in operational efficiency and management.  He is interested in development of space policies, both US and international, and particularly interested in space commercialization and involvement and interaction of governmental policies in commercial space markets.  He is currently a research assistant to Dr. Choe, who is a visiting scholar at SPI from South Korea.


KATE MCGINNIS is a second year ISTP student focusing on Space Policy.  She graduated with a bachelors and masters in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 2008 after working on the student satellite team, CUSat, which launched in 2013.  She has since worked in the aerospace industry in California and the DC region.  Her goal is to learn more about the policy considerations that drive the space industry in the US and the world.  She is particularly interested in science satellites and the interactions between civil, military, and international space powers concerning the resulting data.


Etim OffiongETIM OFFIONG is a first year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) from the Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy, where he contributed to the development of a prototype hybrid positioning system that combines Ultra Wideband (UWB) and GNSS signals. He has also worked on a system for combining GSM signals and GPS signals for mobile tracking, and is an alumnus of the International Space University in Strasburg, France (SSP10) where he participated in the Asteroid Mining Team Project. Prior to joining GWU, he was a volunteer at the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is interested in space-related researches that blend technical, policy and management; and in solving problems using ‘systems thinking’ approach.


DEVIN OSTING is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science/Philosophy/Economics, where he was active in intercollegiate debate. For the last three years, Devin has worked at LMG, a public affairs firm, working on aviation issues. Before that, he worked on political campaigns in Washington state, including Senator Patty Murray’s. He is interested in the commercial and civil sector space sectors, and the policy challenges that new uses of space creates.


TRENT SCHINDLER is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute. Trent graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 1995 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he performed research in the area of high-pressure physics. He went on to receive an M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University in 2000, with an interdisciplinary concentration in the fields of planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, and astrobiology. Since graduation Trent has worked in the area of scientific animation and visualization. His work has appeared widely in print, broadcast, and Web media, including among others Nature, PBS NOVA, Scientific American, and CNN. Trent is currently a member of the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he creates visualizations based on remote-sensing datasets from Earth science missions. 


MAYA SHARMA  is a second year student at the Space Policy Institute.  Maya completed her B.A. from George Washington University's Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics, and a minor in Political Science.  While at GWU, Maya interned with a Congressional campaign, the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, The Glover Park Group, and as a Senior Fellow at University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies. Currently, Maya works in Government and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the premier trade association representing the consumer technologies industry.  In this role, she focuses on advocating for regulatory policies that promote innovation, disruptive technologies, and entrepreneurship.  At the Space Policy Institute, Maya is interested in the development of the commercial space sector and global space governance.


KENTARO TANAKA is a second year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute. He majored in Physics at Chiba University in Japan, where he studied the formation of celestial bodies and the large-structure of the universe. During his studies, he wrote a thesis titled “Simulation of Astrophysical Jets and Visualization of the Phenomenon in 3D”. After Chiba University, he has been working for the SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, a Japanese satellite operator and telecommunication & broadcasting service provider based in Tokyo. He has experience working in Hong Kong, where he did marketing for the Asia- Oceania telecommunication satellite industry, and in Tokyo developing one of the largest PPP project in Japan in the Japanese space & defense field.


WILLIAM WEST is a first year student at the Space Policy Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011 with a BA in Geography and a minor in Linguistics, with additional postbaccalaureate coursework in geographic information systems and spatial epidemiology at the University of Florida. He has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Gainesville, where he worked in cartographic production, landcover analysis, and digital processing of aerial photography. He has interned at the National Air and Space Museum's Aeronautics department and at NASA's Office of Interagency and International Relations. His policy interests include international cooperation in space and the use of satellites in remote sensing and in planetary science research.


»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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