SSPI Northeast - Satellite Professions International

April 29th: The 7th Annual Engineering Student Scholarship Competition and Job Fair

Join SSPI Mid-Atlantic and Iridium as we host the next generation of leaders in space and satellite technology. The 7th annual Engineering Student Scholarship Competition will take place on Saturday, April 29th, at Iridium's Network Operations Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Engineering teams from local universities, such as Maryland, GWU, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins are expected to showcase their visionary research in new technologies and approaches that can greatly enhance the space and satellite industries in the not too distant future.

The event is free for all, however pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

New this year! Iridium is hosting a tour of their facilities to coincide with the Competition. Also, we are adding a job fair for students or industry veterans to network with space-related companies looking to hire. If your company is looking to hire and would like to join us at the job fair, please contact Christian Wooldridge for details.

Date: Saturday April 29th
Time: 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.
Location: Iridium Network Operations Center
44330 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Register Now for the 6th Annual SSPI Golf Outing on Monday May 8th

The SSPI Mid-Atlantic golf tournament is an opportunity to network and raise money to fund scholarships for local area students pursuing studies related to the satellite industry.Registration is not limited to people in the satellite industry, so bring friends, family and anyone else who enjoys a round of golf!

Our tournament starts early, leaving time to head back to the office in the afternoon if need be. We will provide coffee and donuts to start off the morning and lunch at the end of play. While on the course, enjoy drinks and snacks from the beverage cart, included in your registration fee.

The event features a scramble-style 18-hole tournament where golfers of all skill levels are welcome to come out for a fun day on the course!

All proceeds from this event fund scholarships for students at George Mason UniversityGeorge Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Your participation has raised $30,000 of the more than $64,250 in scholarships and prizes awarded by the Chapter since 2012.


SSPI MidAtlantic Chapter (US)

Serves: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia

The SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter boasts an energetic and active chapter, with educational and networking events throughout the year. These events support our scholarship program and prize competition, which we hold in partnership with the George Washington University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland.

Our Leadership

President: Pat Rayermann, Semper Fortis Solutions
Vice President: Billie Sims, Hunter Communications
Secretary: Diego Paldao, SpeedCast
Treasurers: Eileen McGowan, Intelsat; Kelly Nicklin, XTAR
Publicity/Communications Chair: Brendan Murray
Membership Chair: Fabien Armogathe, O3B Networks
Scholarship Chair: Christian Wooldridge, Satcom Direct
Programs Co-Chair: Tom Fahy, Capitol Meteorologics
Programs Co-Chair: Arnie Christianson, SES
Immediate Past President: Tim Deaver, SES GS


  • Sallye Clark, Mintz Levin
  • Dara Panahy, Milbank
  • Will Gregory, Ultisat
  • Alena Koci, Inmarsat
  • Ed Spitler, Artel
  • Charity Weeden, Satellite Industry Association
  • Roya Shambayati, Intelsat
  • Mark Lekowski, JSAT
  • Chris Kinman, SES GS



Results of SSPI MA membership survey are now available.

Click here to find out!