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Welcome to the SSPI Mid-Atlantic 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.

SSPI Mid-Atlantic Engineering Student Prize Competition

On April 29th, 2017, SSPI-MA was proud to host the 7th such competition, which showcased the hard work, creativity, and vision of the next generation of satellite and aerospace professionals. Click here for our article detailing this event.

  • SSPI-MA President Pat Rayermann welcomes the attendees, judges, and competitors

  • University of Maryland's Eric Frizzell presents research on how to improve satellite conjunction assessments

  • GWU's Shankar Kulumani presents his research on improving navigation accuracy for asteroid missions

  • GWU's Samantha Hurley discusses her proposal for a CubeSat propulsion system

  • Maryland's Jacob McCullum presents on a lightweight biomimetic robotic arm with cubesat applications

  • University of Maryland's Thomas Leps presents on the potential for robotic retrieval devices

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

Upcoming Events


Article detailing the 2017 Engineering Student Competition, held at Iridium's NOC in Leesburg, Virginia.

Results of SSPI MA membership survey are now available.

Click here to find out!